Some might be asking, “Where did they go?” We decided back in September that our season of indecision had lasted too long and began the phase of transitioning out of the mission, Ethnos360. This was a difficult decision that involved much prayer and counsel from our wonderful home staff in Sanford, FL and McNeal, AZ. Thankfully leadership has designed this to be a 90 day transition period because it isn’t simple.
Almost two months into this transition period and we believe we have seen Andrea’s mom’s (Diana) health improve. We live in the finished basement of her home and are very involved in her healing process, doctors appointments, physical therapy, etc. Diana would agree that although she has met her own physical goals of post shoulder surgery that she still has a ways to go. However, it is encouraging to see her push herself towards independence.
We want to say a BIG thank you for your faithful prayers and personal support. We have been able to connect with many of you over these last 23 months and we appreciate the love and fellowship you share with us. Please continue to pray for us that we be open, obedient and trusting in our Lord as we walk through this return process. Our plans, right now, include spending Christmas and perhaps New Year’s with Paul’s parents in Kansas. This will be another road trip and in the heart of winter this time.
Phoebe and Joshua are excited about the possibility of getting back to our “red house” in Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the mission support center. We finally figured out why Joshua calls our off-white multi-shaded house this: it’s the color that our front and back porches were stained. When you are 3 years old all you see going in and out is what’s right in front of you. The red porches becomes our “red house”.
Busy Days Ahead
We have much to accomplish before our return to PNG early next year (Feb-Mar). Supplies to buy, next size kids clothes, laptops for mom and dad, airline tickets for four, dentist & doctor appointments (the adults need polio boosters!) and the list goes on and on.
One big “to-do” item relates to Diana. With us gone she is going to need more help and we don’t want it all to fall on Andrea’s sister (who also lives with Diana) or our dear neighbor, Kathy. We will be looking for a dependable handyman/lawn care person, an agency to use for transportation to her many doctor appointments and also maybe someone who can help offer assistance here and there for minor “senior issues.”
Just before Christmas Paul will finish working as a contract aircraft mechanic. This will give him more time to help with all these preparations. Andrea will continue to homeschool Phoebe and Joshua. Pray for us in this process that we trust the Lord with each twist and turn.
Praise & Prayer Requests
- Praise: Diana is recovering nicely from her shoulder surgery and we are looking to return to PNG next year!!
- Praise: While our monthly support has decreased some we are praising God for how He provided the funds for our return tickets!
- Praise: A wonderful thanksgiving spent with family!
- Prayer: Safety as we drive round trip to Kansas this Christmas.
- Prayer: So much to do! Pray we can find the help that Mom needs.
- Prayer: For wisdom as we prepare — especially with buying airplane tickets, laptops, stocking up on meds, etc.