“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.” – Acts 13:36
|Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the needs and opportunities in the world? There are terrorists in our world, injustices in our country, sick people in our state, and homeless people in our city. There are struggling families at the grocery store, doubting individuals in our churches, and lonely neighbors next door. There are orphans, trafficked people, martyrs, starving children, and people with no opportunity to hear the hope of Jesus. If I open my news app or scroll through my Facebook feed, I am confronted with sin, pain, and so much need. So what are we to do?|
I have always liked the verse I mentioned at the beginning. It’s not a nice-sounding one you’d memorize in Sunday School or post with a nature background on social media, but it is so interesting. It has always been intriguing to me, because before he died, David completed God’s purpose for him. Obviously he hadn’t done every good thing he could have, but he served the purpose God had planned for him.
Something I’ve struggled with since being back on furlough is the question of how to spend my time. There are so many things I need to do, and so many things I could do, but only so many hours in the day. There is not time to do everything, but there is time to do what God has purposed for me, so I’m trying to seek Him in that. I believe that if I seek His will with all of my heart, He will enable me to serve the purpose He has for me in my own generation.
Please pray for us as we seek to balance all the things that are on our hearts to be involved with in this short time: dealing with medical things, giving our boys opportunities they don’t have in PNG, homeschooling, working on Matt’s degree, debriefing and preparing to go back, spending time with family and friends, connecting with supporters, being involved with our church, working on visa paperwork, sharing with churches, witnessing to our neighbors, etc. etc. etc. We need wisdom about what things the Lord is calling us to do, and what things we need to let go.
Thank you for your partnership with us.
Till all know,
Matt, Karissa, Ty, and Wyck
Top/Left: Wyck in his new glasses! Bottom/Right: We took the kids to the mall to celebrate finishing their first week of homeschooling!
– Ty’s surgery went well, and he is doing fine!
– We have plans to get together with our neighbors soon
– Homeschooling is going well
– I had a good time re-connecting with family we hadn’t seen in a while at a wedding
– Wyck is now doing speech therapy three times a week. Pray that it helps him to improve.
– Pray for an issue to be resolved that we are having with the speech clinic.
– Matt will go to Virginia next month for an intensive class. Pray that it goes well for him and for us.
– Pray for our church as they are dealing with decisions regarding the building
What are we supporting? This month’s tribal focus: Pray for the Menya church. The Menya church was born in 2018, and they are currently learning from the book of Romans. Missionary Wes Chappell writes, “One of the believers, Ponji, shares his testimony— before he believed in the Gospel, he did not think it was possible to know if he was saved, because he didn’t know if he had done enough good works to get to heaven. But now, he is trusting in Christ’s finished work on the cross and has the assurance that Paul quotes in Romans 4:7-8. The Menyan believers are enjoying their salvation and are thankful for the Lord’s sacrifice for them as God’s Word continues to change their lives.”