Archive for May, 2009

My first prayer letter!

31 May 2009

Dear praying friends,

It is with great joy that I sit down to write this letter and tell you about what the Lord has been doing. It’s certainly exceeding abundantly more than I ever asked or thought! As you can tell from the letterhead and may have heard through the grapevine, I have been accepted by Gospel Fellowship Association as a short-term missionary to teach Papua New Guinea children at Joy Christian School. It’s hard to believe it’s me! I can’t tell you how excited I am at this opportunity to have a part in the Lord’s work there, and at the amazing way the Lord has directed and made my path plain!

As many of you knew, I had my heart set on going back to Zambia, where I was privileged to go on a mission trip with my church a couple of summers ago. I was studying all I could about missions and African culture and even Icibemba (the language of Zambia’s copperbelt region), but the Lord had other plans and opened up an urgent need for a teacher in Papua New Guinea right under my nose and used some godly mentors to point it out to me. He brought again and again to my mind the question, Elizabeth, are you willing to go anywhere I ask you to go? My very pious response was, Of course, Lord! So, after consulting my parents, I contacted the mission and told them that if they wanted me in PNG, I was willing to go. I was so surprised to receive an immediate and enthusiastic response. I’m afraid I came down with a touch of the poochie lip disease for a little while— after all, I wanted to go to Zambia! I knew basically nothing about PNG, and I’d been preparing so long for Africa. Plus, I wasn’t at all too sure about those log-and-stick bridges… However, the Lord worked in my heart to make me truly willing, and reassured me that, in the words of Mrs. C. H. Spurgeon, “It is a mercy that our lives are not left for us to plan, but that our Father chooses for us; else might we sometimes turn away from our best blessings, and put from us the choicest and loveliest gifts of His providence.” I believe with all of my heart that this opportunity is a choice and lovely gift from the Lord, and I’m so excited to see how He will work!

Lord willing I will be working with the Randy Smith family, Tiffany Parks (teacher), and Catherine McQuaid (nurse) in the mountain village of Kiari for two years, teaching at Joy Christian School and helping in the ministry however I can. I’ve sent the application for my work permit, and I’m praying that the Lord will speed me on my way to obtain this permit and my visa, raise my support (set by GFA at $750 per month), and travel to PNG in time for the beginning of the fall term this year. Please pray with me that He would have His perfect will in this regard and get me there in His faultless timing.

Thank you so much for the love and support that many of you have so graciously expressed already. I have been greatly encouraged! May the Lord bless you.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Ellinghausen

Adventures with Ellie 090530.pdf