Greetings from Kansas City,

  • We thank you for your prayers and continued financial support of our labor for Christ in Papua New Guinea.  Our ministry has presently changed location since August 21st.  We received word that we needed to get home fast.  Sandy’s mom has a terminal illness and had developed other health complications also.  We are presently in Kansas City, MO.
  • We praise the LORD for a family who has loaned us one of their cars to use.  Their generosity has really been a blessing for us.  Thanks Ron and Ann!
  • Thank you for your continued prayers for Sandy’s mom.  We came home to find mom is failing health from the result of a terminal illness.  Her health continues to decline daily.  Please continue to pray for the family during these trying times.
  • Steve’s brother had a rotor cuff surgery last week Thursday, on his left shoulder.  There was a complete separation.  Steve has been busy helping him in various ways as he is the closed sibling that can help during this time.  He is beginning the recovery from that surgery.  A brother is born for adversity (Proverbs 17:17  A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity).  Thank you for your prayers for his complete recovery.
  • It was time for Sandy to get her eye pressure checked again.  The pressure has been high for the past several months.  The doctor did not like the pressure that he observed in her left eye.  She went for a recheck the next week and the pressure was unchanged.  Therefore, she has a trabeculectomy procedure scheduled for her left eye on October 1st.
  • Steve’s learned that his aunt was on life support.  This week, Steve’s sister and he attended her funeral service on Monday.  It was a two hour drive to Glasgow, MO where the funeral was held.  Steve also learned that two of his cousins have been diagnosed with Leukemia.
  • The next day, Steve got a call to inform him that his niece has been diagnosed with a serious form of skin cancer.  She has four children with the youngest being one year old.  Please pray for the family as the children are having difficulty coping with this new development.  She will see an oncologist soon.
  • We learned today that the son of one of our mission co-workers, Elijah Thyng, was taken to the hospital to be put on an IV.  They are in WV due to Elijah’s illness.  He has 3MCC.  He is four months old.  Thank you for your prayers for the family at this time.  This all happened within a couple of hours of when the father, Dan, was to leave Princeton, WV for the airport.  He had plans to travel back to Papua New Guinea to sell some of their possessions and ship their other personal belongings back to the USA.
  • We also learned today from PNG that Pastor Enoch and Catherine had a new-born son who died.  We spoke at their church just before we came back to the USA.  We heard that the baby may have caught some type of illness while in the hospital.  There has been an increase in infant and mother’s deaths at the Goroka hospital this past month.

God is at work in our lives to strengthen our hearts (Ecc. 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.).

Listening for the trump and praying,

Steve and Sandy Aholt