The past 6 weeks . . .
have been a whirlwind here in Asia Pacific.
In August we hosted a 7 person short- term mission trip from our church in Carmichael, California. The ladies stayed here in town with me and decorated our national training center’s new childcare building and also put on a Vacation Bible School for the children of the missionaries here, while the men traveled with Greg into the village. Both groups had a wonderful time and really came to understand what we are doing here. They were such a blessing to us, as well as to the believers in the village and the missionary candidates at the national training center here. I was really blessed by the fact that it seemed as if God chose each member of the team for a specific purpose, and how each of them where able to reach out and make a difference here in ways none of us planned or anticipated, we could really see God’s hand in the entire visit!
Just a couple days after the team left Greg’s parents arrived for a visit. It has been so nice to have them. As is their custom, they have spent time with each of our children individually and we have had some neat family time as well. Caleb even gave Nita, Greg’s mom, the highest compliment a 3 year old boy can give, he told her she looks like Lightning McQueen, the race car from the movie “Cars”! It will be hard for all of us when they leave, as we have gotten used to having a set of automatic book-readers, game players, and huggers around! They will head to Singapore on Monday before heading back home.
Coming up for us . . .
Just this morning Greg headed to a neighboring island where he will be met by our teammate, Herman Kodidi, three native speakers that will be helping, and our Translation Consultant, Bob Clark. They will work on checking the translation of the first 20 chapters of Acts for the next week, then he will take a quick trip into the village before coming home the first week in October. Please Pray for clear understanding on the part of the helpers, and a successful translation check.
Once Greg gets home we will start packing and planning for our big move into the village. We still don’t have a firm move-in day, but are hoping to be settled in the village before Christmas. We have seen the Lord begin to provide in amazing and unexpected ways for this move, and are trusting in the months ahead that He will continue to provide the things we need to set up house and minister in this remote setting.
You are the key!
We are so thankful for each of you and for the vital role you play in our ministry. Without your partnership we would not be able to share Christ with these people. We appreciate your prayers, support, and encouragement, and as always, we love to hear from you and how we can pray for you.