Greetings All !
I trust all is well with you on your side of the Pacific. My time here in Asia Pacific has gone well and I have REALLY enjoyed what we have been able to be involved in. Over the past two weeks we have been able to fly into the Da’a Tribe to make a consultant visit with our team there, had another consultant with our Lauje tribal team, and also made a visit to our team working with the Banggai people. All of these three teams have Wana tribal missionaries serving on them so it is a special blessing for me to be able to be involved with them and the Wana churches as they are now sending out missionaries “cross culturally.”
I have a special prayer request to share with you. I am scheduled to depart here for the capital city in 21 hours. When I woke up this morning we could not see the mountain ridges on either side of the city here. I am guessing the visibility was under 2 miles. This is due the the very long dry season we have had here and with it comes smoke from the burning fires to the west of us. This is gardening season for many of the peoples living in the interior regions of the islands. Many of them still use the “slash and burn” method of farming. When we have a severe dry season as we are having now the fires often get away from them causing large parts of the forest to burn. This in turn causes all the smoke we are now experiencing, which in turn can cause for canceled flights. I really need to be able to get out tomorrow as I have a flight scheduled for the USA the following day so would just appreciate your prayers that the Lord would lift the smoke enough to be able to get flights in and out. We were just talking the other day with one of our missionary teams who were a bit discouraged wondering how the Lord would open the doors for them to begin teaching. We reminded them of how the Lord opened up the Red Sea for the the Israelites when they were escaping Egypt. As I have been typing this letter I too have been reminded of that and how God is able to open up the skies to allow to passage through the smoke. Thank you so much for your prayers – they have been much appreciated.
“And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.”
We want to thank you so much for your prayers. Flights were being canceled left and right yesterday due to the heavy smoke and poor visibility. Yesterday afternoon we went out to the airport to check the status of this mornings flight. They told us that if the plane could land last evening then likely we would likely be able to get out this morning. About sunset we noticed that visibility was getting slightly better and after supper we could even make out one star right above us. We then got on a “flight tracker” and watched as our plane made it’s way across the ocean toward us. At about 10:00 we got the notice that it had landed – PTL!!!! We decided to get out to the airport early this morning as we knew the airport would be crowed and the flights full so we didn’t want to be late. We were able to get check in fine and left on schedule. We landed a couple of hours ago and I am writing this from the capital city. I am traveling with another of our NTM consultants. He will be leaving about 10:00 this evening for San Diego and I will be departing at 6:15 tomorrow morning headed for Lincoln, Nebraska.
We want to THANK YOU so much for your standing with us through your prayers, and we thank the Lord for allowing us to keep our schedules and not have to redo all of our travel arrangements.
Ed, and Jeanne too
Our flight into the Da’a tribe last week. This village is literally built on the side of a very steep mountain
Our Missionary team serving there
The missionary house where we stayed
Talking with the team about Bible curriculum development. They were waiting for me to quit talking so they could eat