In just over a month (it makes me want to scream just typing that) we will be leaving Papua New Guinea and heading back to the US for our year of home assignment.
After praying and talking with our leadership, it became clear that a slightly early home assignment was necessary. We originally decided to go earlier in order to stager the home assignment times of our mechanics. But it also became clearer that Paul needed a break from the stress and work load of the hangar. His on-going allergy problems have not helped but we are thankful to report that we are now able to get his expensive allergy medicine up from Australia. We are so glad that the supply lines are now open!!!
What are our plans for 2017? After spending Christmas with Paul’s family in Kansas, we will make our way to Maryland. Let the doctor appointments begin! Pediatricians, dentist, eye-doctors, allergist…we are going to be busy. We are looking forward to seeing many of you as we have several road trips planned as well.
What can you be praying about? Thanks for joining with us in praying about these things:
- We have a lot to do in the next month….packing up our house and cleaning it for the next renters.
- Paul is still pretty busy in the hangar. In between Kodiak inspections they are working on getting our helicopter back in service.
- Physical adjustments ahead…..going from perpetual tropical weather to winter. Our kids will go from wearing Crocs, shorts and playing outside every day to wearing boots, pants and vitamin D withdrawal.
- Emotional adjustments….PNG is home to us all and we each will be dealing with culture shock as we are emerged back into our American culture.
- Financial needs. We are amazed at how the Lord provided for our tickets home (Just under $6,000). We now are trusting Him for all that is needed in setting up life back in the States for the next year. We are so thankful for Paul’s parents providing us a vehicle as it will help us save money for all the many other expenses.
- For us as a family. Pray for wisdom and strength as we help our kids during this transition. Pray that we will also have times of rest and refreshment.
No NIV. No KJV. No NASB. No NLT. No ESV. Imagine if you didn’t have access to the living Word of God in your own language! Hard to imagine since not only do we have the Bible but most of us have it in many translations and in many forms.
The Dom people here in the highlands of Papua New Guinea just received the printed New Testament. And like the latest iPhone, the Dom lined up to make sure they got there’s.
These Bibles represent years of hard work for our NTM missionaries. But the work is not over. Please pray for the Burdetts and Wuests as they disciple and lead the church there in Dom. Pray that the people will not only spend time reading their New Testaments but that they will apply it to their lives.
Praise & Prayer Requests
- Praise: Our plane tickets have been purchased and paid off!
- Praise: Paul is able to once again go on his expensive but very effective allergy shots.
- Praise: We have two new mechanic families almost through language and orientation.
- Prayer: Our up and coming home assignment time.
- Prayer: For the Dom church
- Prayer: Wisdom and discernment as we parent our kids through this transition and home assignment. (BONUS! Reverse culture shock included for free.)