When we got off the airplane on Nov 23rd in the Philadelphia, USA we never would have imagined all that God had in store for us over the next 8 months! Wow! God has certainly provided for us, encouraged us, loved us, taught us, blessed us and strengthened us since we have been in North America… on road trips through the US and Canada, visits to family in the US and living in Nova Scotia for the last 5 months! And we are excited to watch Him continue working in us as we prepare to leave our home in Nova Scotia August 31st and move to our new home (for the next 5 months) in Massachusetts. We have connected with many friends, churches, family and supporters. And we have enjoyed meeting new people, making new friends and watching God open the minds of many people in regards to missions and all He is doing in Papua New Guinea!
We will enjoy our last two weeks as we continue to share about Papua New Guinea in churches each Sunday. And we also have many opportunities to get together with family, friends (new and old) and supporters. It has been amazing to watch God work during our time here in Nova Scotia… enabling us to rest, process and heal as well as provide for us in ways we never would have imagined!
It has also been very encouraging to watch God open doors and give opportunities that we could never have imagined. It has really confirmed in our hearts that God wants us back in Papua New Guinea as we have seen Him continually provide for our needs and open doors for us to return. It is such an confirming and confidence building experience to watch God guide our steps as He promised. So we can look forward to whatever He has for us. Even though we don’t know what God will do in the distant future. He provides for us in a way that lets us trust Him for tomorrow because we know He will lead and guide our steps. And He slowly leads us to trust Him in the distant future as He provides and shows us His glory in the present and how He weaves our lives into a pattern that displays His glory.
Thank you all for praying for us as we share what God is doing in the Sepik of Papua New Guinea. Please let us know if you would like us to stop in for a visit while we are home, or if you would like us to share in your church, small group or Sunday school class. We just have two more weeks here in Nova Scotia. Then we will be in MA from September 2016 through January 2017.
-Good ultrasound results at 20 weeks! And continued good reports from the doctor, now at 29 weeks!
-We are having a girl! Healthy baby so far! Due October 27th!
-Enjoyable, profitable and restful time here in Nova Scotia!
-Many friends, churches and family who have been such an encouragement to us over the last 8 months!
-A God who sent His Son to die for our sins and rose him up so that we could have daily life abundantly and REST in Him!
-Opportunities to share about Papua New Guinea at so many churches in Nova Scotia!
-Encouraging, safe and fun three week trip to the US in May/June!
-Opportunity to surprise Beth’s mom and grandmother with birthday parties while in the US!
-God is raising our support level!
-God’s continued provision for our needs moment by moment!
-Provision of an SUV with 4 wheel drive for this coming winter in MA!
-A summer ferry cuts out two days of driving and we can arrive in MA all in one day!
-Opportunity to visit Beth’s family for Labor Day Weekend in Western NY!
-A home to live in while in Massachusetts in a quiet country neighborhood!
-David and Wendy Lee have just returned to work with the Bena people in PNG!
-Healthy baby and good pregnancy. Strength and wisdom each day through the aches, pains and discomforts.
-Rest in God as we enjoy being parents each day.
-Clarity of mind and speech as we share our ministries.
-Wisdom and strength in packing up our home here, and packing and sorting to send things to Papua New Guinea.
-Safety in travel as we head to MA via car and ferry on August 31st. (Beth will be 32 weeks pregnant)
-Safety in travel as we head to visit Beth’s family for Labor Day weekend.
-Safety in travel as we head to western PA to drop off our boxes to head to PNG via ship, after Labor Day.
-God’s provision for full support before we return to Papua New Guinea in Feb 2017.
-Healing of our friend, Elissa, so she can work full time in PNG.
-God would continue to raise up more missionaries to come to the Sepik and bring the Gospel to those who have never heard it their own heart language.
-More laborers to minister to the Bena people.
Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement!