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August prayer letter

3 September 2009

31 August 09

Dear Praying Friends,

Here it is the end of the month again—prayer letter time! August was a big month… not as big as I’m hoping September will be, but I have lots of reasons again to praise the Lord. He is GOOD!

The beginning of August was full of much the same thing I’ve been doing all summer: cleaning houses, nannying, church activities, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the kids during an adult Sunday School fellowship, even getting the esteemed privilege of holding the boys’ frogs and lizards while they went inside to get their food! Hadn’t done that for a while. 🙂 I also got to attend a friend’s wedding in Columbia SC and a picnic out in the country with PNG missionaries, and we had some wonderful African meals at Mrs. Washer’s. For those of you who have never had Lamb Stew and Couscous or Nshima and Umusalu, you should try it sometime! As the month went on I came to the “last time” for many things and said more and more goodbyes. I’m not very good at those. I know I’m going to miss all of the many friends I’ve made over my time in Greenville, but there’s just a strange dry feeling inside that soaks up the tears I almost wish I could shed and drives from my mind everything I wish I could put into words. My Bible Club coworkers had a goodbye party for me complete with ice cream and a big banner that said, “We’ll miss you, Miss Ellie.” I’ll sure miss them, too. Last weekend I had a deputation meeting at Faith Baptist in Linville, North Carolina and thoroughly enjoyed driving up into the mountains and fellowshipping with these good folks. It was my first meeting at an unfamiliar church, and just like they say it seemed like everything went wrong, but everyone was so gracious and I learned a lot to work on for next time. After driving back to Greenville I spent the next couple of days packing and saying last goodbyes. My parents came down in the middle of the week to “carry me back to Old Virginny.” Before leaving Greenville I sold my car, exchanging the freedom of having my own transportation for freedom from debt as I paid off my school bill! It has been amazing to see the Lord provide on that score—over $100,000 for my six years of school. Praise the Lord! I certainly didn’t have that kind of money, or even earn it though I worked hard through school, but my Heavenly Father took care of it for me. One of my favorite hymns is “Begone Unbelief,” by John Newton (who also wrote “Amazing Grace”). It’s not very well known, and I want to remedy that just a bit by recommending it to all of you. Here are some of my favorite lines:

His love in time past forbids me to think
He’ll leave me at last in trouble to sink;
Each sweet Ebenezer* I have in review
(*see 1 Sam. 7:12)
Confirms His good pleasure to help me quite through.

…And can He have taught me to trust in His name,
And thus far have brought me to put me to shame?

Looking back over all the Lord has done for me (including, by the way, complete provision of my support for two years in PNG), how can I ever doubt His good care for me in the future—timing of my work permit approval, travel arrangements, whether I’ll measure up when I get there, etc.? “I trusted in Thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand.” (Ps. 31:14-15) “Safety is of the LORD,” (Prov. 21:31) and “Through God [I] shall do valiantly!” (Ps. 60:12)

Please pray for me to wait patiently for my permit and to honor the Lord with my time here at home. (Have you ever noticed how terribly easy it is to be selfish at home?!) Pray also for the safe arrival of the container (bulldozer, loader, schoolbooks) in PNG and reasonable customs charges; for Mr. Berbin as he returns to PNG to oversee this; and for Matt Crain, who has serious health issues that required him to unexpectedly return to the States for medical care.

For the sake of His name,
Elizabeth Ellinghausen

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"It is not the sense of His presence, it is the fact of His presence that is our strength and stay…. and when there is not any feeling, we rest on his bare word, ‘Lo, I am with you always, all the days, and all day long,’ and are content." -Amy Carmichael

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