“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” -Hab.3:17-18
|What did the pilgrims have to be thankful for?When the pilgrims left England seeking religious freedom, I wonder what they expected. Their original plan of arriving in two ships in New York in October was delayed through various obstacles and due to poor weather they ended up arriving in Massachusetts on one ship in November. They were not prepared for the harsh winter, and over half of them died. Not what they expected, to be sure. I wonder if they regretted coming. I wonder if they thought about going back home. I wonder if they felt thankful.|
And yet, half of them did survive. They did stay. They did start a new life in a new land worshipping God in a new church. And they gave thanks.
When life is not what we expect, when our disappointments and griefs are great, when we’ve left our old life behind only to be unsure about our new one, can we give thanks?
We have much to be thankful for. We are thankful that we were born in a country with many believers, churches, Christian colleges, radio stations, and books. We are thankful that we have not just one but many translations of the Bible in our own language. We are thankful that we grew up hearing the truth about Jesus, salvation, and living in Him. These are blessings that are not true for most people in Papua New Guinea.
That’s why we are very thankful for you, our supporters, who enable us to be a part of bringing God’s Word to peoples who have never had the opportunity to hear it.
Till all know,
Matt, Karissa, Ty, and Wyck
Top/Left: We were thankful to get to share about our ministry with Revive, one of our supporting churches. Bottom/Right: The kids are enjoying time with their cousins.
– We are nearing the end of our medical appointments
– The boys are doing well with their swimming lessons and Wyck is getting more confident in the water
– Matt’s new class is less stressful than his last one
– Homeschooling continues to go well
– that Karissa’s neurology appointment next week will go well and that her doctor will be able to prescribe a helpful medication for her headaches
– that Wyck’s eye appointment next week shows progress
– for continued wisdom for Matt in balancing school and other responsibilities
– that we can use these next six months well as our home assignment is now halfway through
|What are we supporting? This month’s tribal focus: Pray for the Pei church. Watch this video to hear the story about how God orchestrated for one man’s family to hear about Him. https://vimeo.com/623118211|