Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Waiting Upon the Lord...

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”  -Colossians 1: 9-12

Many disciplines, including security, are predicated on the notion that human beings can predict a subset of future events and make plans to manage potential negative outcomes. Without this ability, humans could not forecast the weather, financial markets, medical outcomes and a host of other highly impactful events. While our God-given intellect allows us to do great things,we are nonetheless quite limited in our knowledge of the future. We do not know when the pandemic will end or what the “new normal” will look like once it is resolved. We do not know the future of the economy. We do not know the future of our country, our work, or how long we, or our loved ones, have to live. Thankfully, we do know the One who has the answers. When faced with uncertainty, the best course of action that any of us can take is to meditate upon God’s word, pray for His direction, plan as best as we are able to and then act when God opens the doors. We, like many of you in this
uncertain season, are waiting upon the Lord. May God give us all patience and help us to be obedient to His will.

Thankful for Spring

Going for many walks lately means we have thoroughly enjoyed watching Spring literally unfold, as the trees bud and leaf out and flowers bloom in abundance. The scents and colors bring joy, even during times of stress and uncertainty. May the Lord give you quiet moments to enjoy nature and to see Him in His creation, and to be thankful for His blessings!

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” -Luke 12:27

Prayer Points...

• Papua New Guinea (PNG): Pray that the coronavirus will continue not to spread in PNG.

• Bible translation: Pray for Papua New Guinean translators to continue to work during the state of emergency order.

• Our roles in PNG: Pray for Scott as he video conferences with the acting Field Security Officer and advises from afar. Pray for the end of the school year in Ukarumpa, for both students and teachers alike to have endurance to finish well.

• PNG missionaries: Pray for wisdom for those traveling to and from Ukarumpa and favor with the PNG government.

• God’s provision: Praise God for His provision for our current housing and pray for our return to PNG in His perfect timing.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Social distancing, NH style

 Spring may be officially here, but that doesn’t mean the snow is gone yet, at least up in the mountains. Regardless of the cold, though, it was a blessing to get out for a brisk hike and to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and lakes. May the Lord give you times of peace and refreshment in His presence when you seek Him during these hard times.

“I lift my eyes up to the mountains-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”                                                                                                                                                            -Psalm 121:1-2

Waiting is the hardest part...

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” 
                                             -Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV

We take a great deal of solace in this scripture; the pandemic has delayed our planned return to Papua New Guinea, but God is more than faithful. We are blessed to have a place to live, a vehicle to drive, and time together. We are also blessed to remain productive during these unprecedented times. Kathy is working on curriculum material and Scott is providing advice to the Security and Crisis Management Teams in Ukarumpa via video conference. We have both been exercising more, tele- conferencing with friends and family and spending time in God’s Word. We do not know when the pandemic will end or what the new normal may look like, but we have the assurance that God is always in control. 

Please pray for us as we patiently wait on His timing. And know that we are also praying for you! ❤

Above: Empty beaches and quiet streets are the new normal but we can still rejoice in our salvation and His promises!

Prayer Points

• Papua New Guinea (PNG): Pray for prevention of the spread of coronavirus in PNG.

• Bible translation: Pray for translation work to continue as translators remain in quarantine.

• Our roles in PNG: Pray for the teachers and students in Ukarumpa to persevere, and for the seniors who are missing the closure of special events and activities. Pray for the two men serving as acting Field Security Officers and for wisdom as Scott consults with them.

• PNG missionaries: Pray for wisdom for the leadership in Ukarumpa during the pandemic.

• God’s provision: Praise God for His provision for our current needs and for our return to PNG in His perfect timing.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Wishing you a blessed Easter!

Our favorite tradition in Ukarumpa is placing flowers on the cross at the Easter sunrise service. It is a beautiful metaphor of the hope we have of life after death, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection. This Easter, I think about the disciples in hiding, afraid, isolated and in grief before they saw the resurrected Jesus. And then, what an explosion of hope and joy! May we all experience that same hope and joy today, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. He is risen, alleluia!