It has been two months since we arrived Stateside from Amdu, via Northern Ireland. This sweet time of family reunions has been all the sweeter as we met two nieces and two nephews for the first time. We have relished all these moments being with our extended families.
Thankful for such a full summer, we look forward to making it to some of our supporting churches this Fall and connecting with friends whose hearts have been with us in Amdu since day one! We have lots to tell you about as this past term we have reached some major milestones on the road to Gospel Day in Amdu. In fact, leaving all that we had going in Amdu to be here on furlough was more of a strategic move than it was an expedient one. Taking time now gives us more flexibility next year when we begin foundational Bible teaching.
Our kids will continue with their home school schedule but are going to get some fun opportunities like attending dance classes and tapping our local YMCA for experiences we just don’t get in Papua New Guinea. Writing Bible lesson plans is one of Benjamin’s goals for this time home. Missy has translation objectives that she will give time to as she can. Balancing our Amdu priorities with family, friends and furlough objectives is a challenge. We know you get it! Thanks for praying for us!
In the coming weeks you are going to see us launch a furlough communication project called Amdu Hatton’s Newsletter. If you are reading this update from your inbox then you don’t have to respond to the invitation to subscribe that we’ll be posting. We are just attempting to build up our list of contacts and freshen our approach to communicating with people who are keeping us Amdu strong. You will keep hearing from us just the way you have been. Perhaps just a little more frequently.
For some images and clips of the first two literacy classes click here and view a short video we have posted on our vimeo page. We’re thankful for people like you who are interested in the Amdu people and our ministry with them beyond just thoughts and words. Your sacrifice in faithful giving and praying is our lifeline.
Benjamin and Missy