As we have been living in Bethesda Baptist Church’s mission house since this past April, our house in Lebanon feels less and less like home. The mission house has been such a blessing to us. But we don’t really feel like we belong anywhere. We have this huge longing to move to Papua New Guinea to help the nationals plant churches, tell them of the love of Christ and His amazing plan of redemption, disciple them, and teach boys and girls about Christ through Awana. At multiple times during the day, we wonder about and pray for our teammates in Papua New Guinea and the people who have never heard the name Jesus. Yet our hearts scream loudly at the day we say goodbye to our family and friends who we dearly love. We marvel at how Christ left His home in heaven for earth. And yet, Christ did not stay that babe in a manger that many forget about once Christmas is over. He did the unthinkable. He willingly died on the Cross to rescue lost and dying sinners from the condemnation of hell. He gave His life so believers could spend eternity in heaven with Him. Have you accepted Him?
This past month, Lauren’s sweetheart, Aaron Vigilante asked Lauren for her hand in marriage. She said YES! The wedding planning has begun and the wedding dress is bought! Great time as friends and family helped in the final decision making process. We missed having Rowena Curry (Jan’s mom), Tena Corbin (Phil’s mom) and Stacey Vigiliante (Aaron’s mom) there.
We had the joy of welcoming back Rich and Marcia Ernst from Papua New Guinea. We attended church with them at Beech Grove Baptist (their home church) their first Sunday back in the States. Ezekiel, Meagan, Matthew, and Liam Magill spent the evening with us at the mission house as they were passing through Indiana on their way to Iowa to say good bye to family. They depart for Papua New Guinea on December 29th. Teammates Steve and Sandy Aholt left the field of Papua New Guinea to return back to Kansas for retirement as they have served many years there as ABWE missionaries. The Goroka Baptist Bible College celebrated 40th Anniversary in November and their 400+ graduate.
This past month Phil and Pastor Eddie finished teaching the Good Soil training at Bethesda. We continue to make progress with our Bible classes we are taking through Moody Bible Institute. We took another leap of faith and Jan cut back work from four days a week to three days a week. We have been working on purchasing appliances for Papua New Guinea that will be shipped in a 40 ft. storage container that we are sharing with our teammates Tim and Leandra Hawes who will be leaving for the field in February Lord willing.
Please continue to pray for:
Jan’s dad as he is continuing to struggle with problems with his heart. No real answers yet from his doctors for treatment options.
Phil’s mom as she finishes up her chemo treatments and looks forward to the healing process.
Bill Smith, our field director, broke his hand. He will need to travel to Australia to see a hand surgeon.
Baby Esta in PNG went home to be with the Lord this past week. Pray for her family to come to know Christ, and for those who mourn the loss of this dear little one.
Thank you to everyone that is supporting us in prayer and finances. You are a great blessing and encouragement to us. We pray you have a wonderful holiday season as we celebrate the birth of Christ our Savior.
Luke 2:11 –
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.