Wow… can’t believe it. August has come and gone. These summer months have been amazing. Each filled with the Lord’s blessing, but each has been thoroughly exhausting.
In June we were focused on Pre-Field Orientation training down in Sanford, FL. And though some folks thought it might be our chance at a two-week vacation, it was not. It was a twelve-hour per day emotional and spiritual exercise. In the end, we forged lifelong friendships in Christ that we look forward to continuing in Papua New Guinea.
July was no less intense; spent on the road talking to churches and individuals about our mission. I believe six out of seven days per week were spent visiting a church, driving to a church, sharing with family, or having friends over to the house. But to the credit of the Lord, nearly 30% of our targeted support was raised in July. Friends would come to our house and ask to become partners out of the blue. Though it shouldn’t surprise me, it always amazes me when the Lord provides unexpectedly. Hallelujah!
August was a different kind of month filled with ups and downs. In early August, our home church surprised us with an amazing one-time financial gift that funded several of our plane tickets. We also were granted our entry permits to PNG. Now, we only await our last bit of financial partnership and house renters. In addition to this blessing, we had been praying for closure in our secular roles and provision to pick up our new mission. August was Terry’s last month fully employed with Aurora North America. And though we wanted to be in PNG and have the kids begin school in early August, we ended up putting the kids back into their former school in Michigan for the time being. The kids had mixed responses. We had a great summer, I’m not sure they wanted to go back yet, but I think we all had our hearts set on starting school in PNG. So, August contained both incredible blessings and difficulties.
We still have a long way to go. In September, we are focusing on our last bit of partnership development and renting the house. We still need lots of prayer for this. We are still looking for the right property manager and renters for our house. And we are still praying for other churches to partner with us. As praise, our home/sending church, Calvary Church of Wayland, has been behind us from the start and continues to bless, support, and pray for us. Their support has been amazing.
Melinda and I want to whole-heartedly thank the churches that are partnering with us and our friends and family that stand behind us. All of you have been an amazing encouragement and blessing to our mission. Without you, we would not be able to take on this mission to help the missionaries and peoples of Papua New Guinea. Thank you for all of your hard work, kind hearts, and prayers.
Terry & Melinda; Jay, Tyler, and John Ganka