Singing with some of the believers at sunset.
Dear family and friends,
We will be home in the States for Christmas this year…and not just in our dreams! Since our Christmas with family in America in 2000 prior to coming to Papua New Guinea, we have only been back home for Christmas once. So, we are excited to reunite with family and friends and experience those Christmas traditions once again.
Many of you know that we have been without co-workers in the tribe for a while due to the Kunzers needed extended Home Assignment and Madonna’s treatment for cancer in Australia. Thankfully, Lord willing, both will be returning to the tribe at some point in 2011, to continue the work that has begun here among the Patpatar people. At this point in time, with the young group of Patpatar believers and so many aspects of the ministry being new, we don’t feel that it would be good to leave them without helpand teaching for long periods of time. So we have decided to push our normal Home Assignment (furlough) time back another year to 2012. However, we greatly feel the need to get back to America at least for a little while and so will be coming home this Christmas.
We will be arriving in Sioux City in mid-December and leaving from there to spend Christmas in Oklahoma with Lori’s family. We will be mostly around Sioux City in January and February before leaving to come back to PNG the end of February. I know we won’t be able to see all of our family, friends, and supporters in that amount of time, and we will have to wait until 2012 for some of you, but we look forward to seeing those of you that we can.
We are excited to see family and friends again. We look forward to getting out of the tribe for a while. We are anxious to get some much needed rest. The girls are excited and are asking if it will be cold like when we travel in the car with the air conditioning on. Lori gets to be involved with the name exchange with her family this year and is making plans with them.
I know this update didn’t focus on the Patpatar, but we wanted to let you know our plans for the coming months. Pray with us as we try to finish well with the first literacy class, our study with the believers through the book of Romans, and several other things in ministry by the beginning of December.
ALL for Him,
Fact: The coldest it has gotten here in the Tribe since we have been here is 71 degrees. Usually when it dips down below 80 degrees our girls disappear into their rooms and reappear with their sweatshirts on.
Guess what Sierra wants for Christmas.