As we prepared to leave Indiana for our survey trip to PNG, many questions were on our minds. What will the living conditions be like? What will the food be like? Will the people be friendly? In what ways will we be able to serve in ministry? What about the weather, insects, cost of living, health risks, personal safety, etc? Maybe the most important question of all. Will we be able to live and serve in a country that is frequently listed as one of the most difficult places in the world to live? So many questions to be answered. We returned from PNG with only one question remaining unanswered. How soon we will be able to return! In every possible way, God’s confirmation was clear. He wants us to serve Him as full-time missionaries to PNG. We give Him glory who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. It is only by His power within us that we can do anything good. So, thank you Lord for your grace, for giving us a heart for the people of PNG, for giving us a desire to serve You there, and for helping us to focus on eternal things, not the temporal.
As we reflect about celebrating Thanksgiving this past week with family and friends, we can’t help but express with thankful hearts first and foremost to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. How He loved us so much to die in our place is overwhelming. Words cannot express our gratitude for Jesus’ love for us in that, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” If you do not know Him as Lord of your life, make that decision today! As we returned from Papua New Guinea a little over a week ago, we do so with very grateful hearts. We are so grateful for the guidance, wisdom, and training of our mission agency the Association of Baptists for Worldwide Evangelism (ABWE). We are so blessed that Bethesda Baptist Church is our sending church for the leadership, incredible support and love for us and for the many individuals who encourage, partner with us in ministry, and lift us up in prayer. A huge word of “thanks” to our families for their loving support of us. A resounding, “Thank You.”
Stay tuned over the next few weeks to see how God confirmed our calling to be missionaries in PNG.