Wow! So much has been going on in my life and there are so many people to keep in touch with. I have not been very faithful in my correspondences, I apologize, and will try to keep you informed more regularly. Let me bring you up to date with just some of the major events leading up to me sitting here in my dorm room at New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, Wisconsin. While in Papua New Guinea last summer I saw the great need for missionaries and Christ’s clear command to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. While I was still in P.N.G. I decided to begin missionary training and return to the field as soon as possible. After being accepted to the Bible school (phase 1 of New
Tribes’ 3 phase training program) the first thing to do was get out of debt. I moved out of my apartment and sold most of the cargo I had collected. I continued work at the Gas Company until right before leaving for my first semester at Bible school which started in January. I was broke when I left my job and had no idea how I would get out to Wisconsin but the Lord has promised to provide for my needs and I have seen His hand all semester long. I had surgery to remove a malignant melanoma from my ear, but the whole time I was confident the Lord would use me and cancer was not going to stop Him. Nor would the hospital bills! The training has been just great and the Lord is using this training to make some of this head knowledge become heart knowledge. Classes and homework are just a part of the program that stresses responsibility, discipline and accountability.
Speaking of hearts, the Lord has blessed my heart with a special love for a special girl named Shari. I met her as I made plans to go to Colombia, South America to work for the summer. Now I’m thrilled that I will be traveling with Shari and will be able to meet her parents who are missionaries there. The mission’s field leaders have not confirmed my exact project but it will probably be construction. I can hardly believe how quickly the semester has gone by. Finals are in two weeks and the last day of school is May 28. We are planning for six weeks in Colombia and two or three weeks in California before returning to Waukesha. I will be in California late July to early Aug. Needless to say I am really excited about this summer.
Please join me in lifting these to the Lord in prayer:
- My pride
- My motivation in studies
- Relationship with Shari
- Trip to Colombia
- Faith-that the Lord is able
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, a always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58