We praise God for His perfect timing and perfect plan. Thirty months ago we became missionary appointees with ABWE, the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. We started off on pre-field with a goal of being fully supported and on our way to Papua New Guinea within 18 months. Well that goal changed several times. But God’s plan and timing are perfect. Within a month after our daughter Lauren’s graduation from Moody Bible Institute and her wedding to Aaron in December, God provided the rest of our support. We are currently fully funded and have our final clearance to leave for the field. While on pre-field there were many times of great joy as we witnessed God’s hand of provision through His people as they encouraged us, prayed for us, and supported us. There were also times of heartache as we saw God humble us and cause us to rely more on Him and less on ourselves. We love this quote by Oswald Chambers.
Patience is more than endurance. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says–“I cannot stand any more.” God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God’s hands. Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. “Though He slay me, yet I will wait for Him.”
God has stretched us and taught us to be patient and wait upon Him. And at the perfect time, like an arrow, He will let us fly; fly to Papua New Guinea where He will begin the stretching and straining process all over again as He conforms us more and more into the image of Christ. Our goal is to leave for the field around March 1st. We are still waiting on our visa’s and hopefully will get an update by the 2nd week of February. Our commissioning service will be held at Bethesda Baptist Church in Brownsburg, Indiana on February 21st at 6pm. All are welcome to attend, please join us!
Andrew and Heather
Until we leave, we are trying to spend some time with family and friends and finish up our last class through the Moody Distance Learning program. It is a mixture of emotions as we say goodbye and prepare to leave the US, while anticipating the meeting of our teammates and making new friends when we arrive in PNG. We rely on God for strength knowing we will spend eternity in Heaven together with our brothers and sisters in Christ and that He has called us to minister to those that have not yet heard the good news.
We give God the glory for the work that He is doing in PNG. Youth camp ended last week. It is a yearly event where hundreds of youth come to hear about Christ and participate in fun activities. Here is a picture of just one of the four teams that attended last year. Praise the Lord, this year 433 youth attended, 70 workers helped, and 24 salvation decisions were made!
This is one of the banners Bible Baptist Church in North Vernon, Indiana made for their missions conference we attended. Very humbling to see our names listed alongside Jim Elliot, Hudson Taylor, and others.