This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24
Unusual weather: Will Rogers is quoted as saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it will change.” February has been an unusual month for us here. You probably heard that we had record breaking, below zero temperatures and snow like we’ve not had since we moved here. Texas had it worse, with millions losing electricity, many had frozen water pipes bringing much damage to their homes.
How grateful we are for God’s mercy that we never lost electricity, and our pipes did not freeze too badly. We did lose hot water in two faucets so Lance crawled under the house with a hair dryer to warm them up.
We’re not used to winters and didn’t think to start our car – from Sunday to Wednesday during that cold weather, the battery went dead. Thank God with us for some church friends who came to our aid. One brought a battery charger and it wasn’t long and our car was “good to go.” We thank God for the people He has put in our lives – not just here, but around the world. There are so many who love us, pray for us, support the ministry financially and overall just bless us! For each of YOU, we are truly grateful. (By the way, a week after having below zero temperatures it was 80 degrees warmer and we even opened the windows!)
Tickets: No, we don’t have tickets for the Philippines and that feels so strange. We’re usually there or on our way soon this time of year. Except for those with visas or special permission to return, the Philippine borders remain closed.
We recently found out that our pilot and family are planning a short home-assignment in September. Our coworkers, Ron and Michelle Jennings, will also be taking a home-assignment at that time. So for this year we’re not sure what God has for us, even if the borders open. Please pray for wisdom to know what God has for us.
In the meantime, Lance continues with translation on the Higaunon Old Testament books. He and Ron have had a few video calls recently to discuss the work. We’re thankful that the new internet connection in the village is working very well.
Family: On a personal note, we ask prayer for our family. Laura’s brother and sister-in-law in Houston tested positive for Covid, and are dealing with the symptoms at home. Other family members are dealing with some significant health challenges. God knows each one. We’d appreciate your prayers for our family and for us too, as we miss being able to physically be with loved ones scattered far and wide. Yet, we are grateful for technology that allows some family video calls to keep us ‘face-to-face’.
Thank you: Last month we introduced you to Manna and Payiying and this month we ask that you pray for Sonà and Yanit. (If you received an Ethnos360 calendar, you’ll recognize this photo.)
Sonà is one of the church leaders in our village. He spends a lot of time studying and ministering to those who live in our village and he travels to the other villages giving counsel and teaching where needed. Yanit is very involved with the ladies and helping with singing in the church meetings.
Thank you for praying for us and the Higaunon. Thanks to each one who partners with us in this ministry.