An Exciting Change
A Lot has happened this past month and we are eager now to tell you about it! Recently our lovely coworkers, the Yoons, decided best for their family to part ways and join an existing work. There was definitely a grieving process for us but we loved the year and a half working beside this sweet family, and are filled with thankfulness for the time we had together. It was also sad to have to walk away from our hope of working with the Kuri people knowing that they still don’t have a Gospel witness in their language. But we are confident that the Lord is still working and His plans will be accomplished.
This separation did not leave us without direction! We are now in the process of joining a new team and are thrilled about this team and where they are heading! With everything being so new, we probably should not share too much until all is in order- but want you to know we appreciate your prayers for our family as we make this transitional move to a new team and a new people group.
Redirecting the Acodi Airstrip
Josh and a few other co-workers got to go interior to work on a project for 5 days. An airstrip had just been completed by the people of Acodi but now the river was eating away the bank and getting dangerously close to ruining the new strip. One of our interior teams who has seen the church-plant in this tribe reaching maturity recently began an outreach in this village. The Bible and literacy teachers either have to hike 2 weeks over the mountains or fly into this village by bush-plane. The airstrip is essential for the longevity of this work. The men, along with most of the people from the village, worked together to assemble heavy wire cages and fill them with river rock. By hand they moved approximately 80 tons of rock while building two dams and successfully diverting 75% of the river into a side tributary!
Since returning to Papua, we have been in the midst of so many transitions,hardships and changes. We have moved 2 (about to be 3) times, Josh got malaria which left him laid up for a week, our team had a sudden split and we started to pursue joining a whole new team. In this midst of these trying events, I am reminded of the Lord’s Love and Grace that is ever consistent and never changing. It’s amazing to me how out of the hardest of times, the Lord is faithful to show Himself Good and worthy of praise.