Dear faithful prayer partners,
Thank you for praying for my trip. It was long, we came back home exhausted, but it was so good. I am so glad I was able to go. While the purpose was primarily to get the house ready for one of our orientation families to live in for the next 6 weeks, being able to see a tribal church in action, and to spend 4 solid days with my coworker was so valuable to me. Thank you for praying for me.
- The last of our current class leaves tomorrow. Pray for all 9 of these families as they go through yet another transition. Pray for direction for each of them also as they trust the Lord for who to work together with and where God wants them to go.
- Pray for the next class. They will be arriving here to begin our course on the 15th. Pray we can quickly establish relationships with them and that they will be open to input in their lives.
- Pray for this week as we work to prepare for them coming. We have houses to clean and move furniture for setting them up for these new families. We need to stock their cupboards with some initial basics so they can get by until we do our first shopping trip. We need to make some arrangements for places for them to go for language study. etc. etc. Lots to do in the 6 days we have in between.
- Continue to pray for us as we learn this job. There are still a lot of things we don’t know. Pray that we are able to provide a quality orientation for the 4 families, and that when we are finished with them, they will meet the qualifications of an elder without any question.
My trip was really good in so many ways. What my coworker Bill and I did was the same route the RVA school kids have to do to get back and forth to school. RVA is a high school for the teenager children of our churches in the Ramu area that Bill and his wife have established here at our center.
We left at 6:00 AM on Saturday. The drive up the coast to the Ramu river took us about 5 hours. From there, we loaded into a boat.
We traveled for 3 hours up river on the Ramu, then turned onto a smaller river, and traveled on that one for about 5 hours, arriving at the village about 5:30 PM.
On the way back, we came back the same route. Except when we arrived where we get a vehicle to go back to town, we arrived at about 5:30 PM. But, they didn’t leave for town until around 10:00.
Because we were using public transport, they took their time, stopping often. We arrived back home about 5:30 AM, completely exhausted from almost 24 hours of travel!
The next day (Thursday) the helicopter came to fly the orientation family into the tribe. What took us almost 24 hours to do the day before took about 25 minutes in the helicopter! This is a great example of the value of our aviation team and the need for helicopters to speed up the work!