“…they say it might even snow.” “It’s September. Impossible!” I reply.
In our last update, we explained that now that Frank’s helicopter training was complete, God has made it clear that it was time to move up to Spokane, WA to be close to our sending church as we work on next steps toward overseas ministry.
In conjunction with this time in Spokane, Frank is also volunteering part-time at Moody Aviation, where he trained to become a missionary pilot himself. Just to be clear, we are still missionaries with Ethnos360 but are able to be “loaned” to Moody Aviation where Frank can help train future missionary aviators and keep his head in the aviation world.
After arriving in Spokane, we set out to start looking into housing. We had every intention of renting a house. In fact, if you had asked us how likely it was that we would buy a house instead, we would have replied, “Impossible.” However, after seeing the surprisingly high rent prices, doors started opening up for us to buy a house instead – a far more financially responsible option in our case. Plus, when we come back to the US on home assignments, we’ll have a home to live in and a familiar place for the kids to anticipate. So to make a very long story short, God has provided a place that we’re excited to call our own, while we’re here!
Please pray for us as we finalize the purchase of our new home. There are plenty of repairs to do so this will be a crash course in home maintenance for Frank!
In our last update, we showed a video of the Menya tribe responding to a clearly communicated gospel presentation – the birth of a new church! But evangelism is just the beginning. Discipleship is ongoing. We’d like to share with you some of the testimonies given at the first Menya baptism. Understanding these truths is impossible without the work of God!
A dear friend of ours was able to visit the Menya church recently. She later wrote:
I was sitting with my brothers and sisters. People that God has redeemed. People from a “remote, middle of nowhere” people group in Papua New Guinea. A people overlooked by mankind, but not by their Creator. A people who now are a part of a new family that God is creating in Christ Jesus. The sweet [Menya baby] I held in my lap is among the first generation that will grow up in homes with parents that know and follow Jesus. Parents who have been redeemed and made new and now have truth to offer their children.
This month, please be praying for the Menya church as they continue to grow in their understanding of how God’s love impacts every area of their lives. Your prayers and support directly enable us to serve on this aviation team. Our aviation team directly enables the missionaries to live in the Menya tribe. God can use you to accomplish the impossible around the world!