Road Trip U.S.A.
If you live in Papua New Guinea for a long period, among the many longings is for a road trip. Understand there isn’t much infrastructure in P.N.G. Well, we have cured that woe. We hit the road June 11 for 37 days; we traveled to Indiana, Michigan, Kansas, Colorado and Wyom-ing.
We attended a Family Life Conference, “A Weekend to Remember” which was a wedding gift from some dear friends. This conference helped us in preparing for a successful God honoring marriage.
The remaining portion of our road trip was to visit Paul’s family, friends and our supporters. As well, God provided some great opportunities to get some answers for Paul’s skin and allergy problems. Our mission doctor in P.N.G. “happened” to cross paths with a very good dermatologist and Christian in East Asia at a conference for mission doctors. Her practice is in Wichita, KS (near Paul’s parents!). Praise God we are getting answers and Paul is taking medicines. We may be facing a whole new lifestyle of eating habits as Paul has removed glutton, soy, shrimp and peanuts from his diet. We will re-introduce these one at a time and hopefully, prayerfully see no reactions. If we do, then that item will be a “no go”. This can complicate life in P.N.G., which is already complicated compared to the many conveniences here in America.
Additionally, we had a wonderful unexpected family reunion with Paul’s three nieces in Glendo, Wyoming. Let me tell you there isn’t much of anything around Glendo, but the lake there was a beautiful place for our reunion. Paul’s mom and dad showed up as a surprise for his nieces. (It has been several years since we were last together.) One of Paul’s nieces now lives in Florida, one is married with her first baby girl and the youngest is a part-time live in babysitter for her sister. Paul got to meet baby Vivian and husband Levi for the first time and they got to meet Andrea. Praise God! What a great time we had.
And Lots More
We have just finished two weeks of Vacation Bible School at South Potomac Church (Andrea’s home church and our new sending church). The first week we had about 130 kids (including pre-school) for a mid-day program. This second week we had an evening schedule for the elementary kids, with about 45. (Preschool stayed on the mid-day schedule.) The cool thing about the second week is that we had a bus ministry that focused on the non-churched kids from the area.
The V.B.S. theme was a bayou (swamp) with the various animals found there, named “Crocodile Dock”. As the Bible teachers we taught from Exodus and Passover was the climax. We shared how Christ has become our perfect Lamb that paid the price for our sins. The Gospel was clearly shared several times during both weeks. Pray that the kids understood and will trust in God’s gift. Pray the kids heed the Holy Spirit working in their hearts with the Truth that was shared.
• That the kids trust Christ as their Savior & grow in Him.
• That Paul’s skin condition & allergies/asthma will improve.
• That we travel and transition well back into our ministries in PNG.
• For wisdom when to return to PNG.
• Our road trip went very well.
• We enjoyed friends and family.
• Andrea’s PNG visa has been issued & received.
• Our two month old marriage.
• God medically providing.
• For supporters (You!).