The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.
At the beginning of this year our plan was to remain in Guinea for another 18 months or so before returning to the U.S. for our home assignment. We were making good progress in Bible translation and other aspects of our church planting work, and had no thought of interrupting our momentum.
But then we were contacted by Kirk’s niece. She invited us to attend her March wedding in Missouri, and asked Kirk to officiate. It was a tempting thought, but we weren’t sure it was something we should do.
As we began to see the Lord provide the needed finances for this trip, and since it would be a good opportunity for Yolanda to visit her ailing father, we decided a few weeks in the States would be possible and even a good idea.
We arrived in Missouri in late February. But before we were scheduled to return the COVID-19 “lockdowns” began. So here we remain. Guinea has not reopened borders or airports, and we don’t know when our airline will resume flights into the country. So we will likely not be able to return till September or later.
We had made a plan which our hearts told us was the way to go. The Lord is doing what He always does: directing our steps to reshape that plan according to His will.
We have been kept busy here. The wedding became a small, mostly family-only affair as the lockdown descended, but it was good nonetheless! During our months here we have enjoyed time with family and friends, worked on our house, and it has been nice to experience springtime in Missouri.
Kirk has also had the opportunity to work on Bible translation, but he is limited in what he can, not having regular access to our translation team or other mother tongue speakers of Landuma (there is no Internet service in the vicinity of our village in Guinea). Our coworker, Dan, in Colorado, is also working on translation.
We will plan to post again soon regarding the other ministry-related things Kirk is able to do while here in the States.
So a break expected to last just a few weeks has stretched into several months, and has morphed into an early home assignment, which likely means we won’t be returning again to the States next year. (But that would be our plan!) We look forward to returning to Landuma land, whenever the Lord directs, to continue the church planting work there.
We appreciate your prayers for us:
- Please PRAY that Kirk can make good progress on the church planting projects he is working on.
- PRAY for the church in the Landuma area, that in spite of restrictions forbidding religious meetings, the believers would still make opportunities to fellowship, study the Word, and pray together.
- PRAY that Guinea would open her borders soon so we can return to the work God has called us to.