Fifteen is a decade and a half. To some it is a long ways away to others it seems as if fifteen years can fly by in a hurry. On Friday we celebrated Rachel’s 15th birthday. She has grown into quite a lovely young lady. It is so nice to see her desiring to follow the Lord. Since we are home, she was able to celebrate her birthday with her cousin Jessica who is only two weeks older than her. They seem to get along like two peas in a pod. It is great for them to pick up on their relationship where they left off 3 years previous and be able to go right along.
We too are recognizing that we have been working in Papua New Guinea since 1995 and this September will mark our 15th year there. We wanted to say a huge thank you for your support for us over the years in many different ways. We take that trust and seek to use it wisely and see His name glorified. We are so honored to be a part of the church planting effort in the islands region of Papua New Guinea. There are so many wonderful things happening there and Christ is establishing His Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
We have had some opportunities to share in our supporting churches and at two schools. We have seen several people show a definite interest in missions since we have been home. That is so exciting to see the Spirit move in each person’s life to bring about that point of change where they are willing to submit to His will for their life. We have even been able to see my employer come to know the Lord. Be praying for him and his wife as we have the privilege of mentoring them until we head back to PNG.
When school is out in Washington we plan on visiting family in Canada and then returning back to Washington state prior to our departure. As our plans stand now we will be heading back to PNG in July. Pray for safety as we travel and that God will continue to orchestrate all the details together with our PNG visas and everything else so we might be able to return to PNG as planned.
Aaron, Erika, Rachel, Micah, Joel, & Grace