Although Frank has mostly been instructing some of our coworkers as they transition from an airplane to a helicopter, he’s also been in the student’s seat for an advanced gross weight/mountain flying course. One scenario they train for is flying down in a canyon with clouds covering the ridgetops, and then coming up to a dead end – an airplane pilot’s worst nightmare. Fortunately, this is not so for the helicopter pilot. When the instructor unexpectedly brings in simulated weather that restricts flight along or out of the canyon, the student starts circling, studying the terrain, identifying the ground most suitable for landing, planning the best approach to that spot, then sets it down to “wait until the weather clears up”.
Frank has now successfully completed this final course! This training has been very valuable in both practical mission flying techniques and in honing existing skills.
In our last update, we asked you to pray for us as we continue to seek wisdom concerning our future ministry plans. Now that Frank’s helicopter training is completed and he’s built up the required flight experience, what’s next? It was looking like we would continue serving in Arizona while we worked out details of serving overseas (specifically some health related questions and how they impact overseas ministry). However, God has made it clear that this is not what He has for us. And so, we are making a sooner than expected move up to Spokane, WA to be close to our sending church as we work on next steps.
Of course, while we are thrilled to be heading back “home”, the sudden transition has had some challenges as well. The last few weeks have provided a torrent of emotions and adrenaline. God has encouraged us and blessed us with help from many generous friends who have cared for our kids, brought us meals and deep cleaned our house with us for the next missionaries to move into. The trailer is loaded and we are ready to move.
Frankie, almost 3 years ago moving to Arizona.
Our trailer is packed and we’re moving from Arizona. When did Frankie get so big??
Currently, we are in Gilbert with family and will begin the trek up to Spokane next week. Once we arrive, we will stay with some friends and begin looking for housing. Please let us know if any housing options come to mind!
Overall, the kids have been handling the transition very well. However, tears and other emotions have not been a stranger to us in this season. Please pray for wisdom as we shepherd our boys through this significant life change for them.
In our last update, we showed a family from the Menya tribe in Papua New Guinea share what they understood of the missionary’s Old Testament teaching. The wife, Rita, pointed out that there was nothing they could do to fix their sin nature – only God could do it. Today, we’d like to share a video showing the day she learned how God did it, after which she makes an unexpected move – getting up right in the middle of the teaching to respond!
The Menya tribe has been waiting countless generations for this moment – what an encouragement to witness their reaction to a clear gospel presentation! This is what we are working towards supporting!
This month, please be praying for us as we work through the high-stress season of moving. Pray that God will use this move to help our boys depend on Him and desire an eternal and permanent home.