Archive for November, 2009

October prayer letter

4 November 2009

Dear Praying Friends,

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:1-2). Praise the Lord with me for His many blessings this month! I am so grateful for His gracious kindness and patience with me, even when I am impatient and don’t always appreciate the GOOD gifts He gives me like I should!

I called the PNG embassy again today and they still haven’t received approval from the labor and immigration departments to issue my entry permit. I must admit that I have been pretty discouraged with the long wait, but I have to remind myself that the longer I wait the closer I am to being done waiting! Plus the Lord has been teaching me a great deal. Im reading Not By Chance by Dr. Layton Talbert (an excellent book if you haven’t read it), and though I’ve known all along that God is in control, etc., etc., I have really been impressed lately with the fact I really am not in the hands of the PNG government, but in the loving hands of my Heavenly Father. Nonetheless, I really do hope with all my heart that this is the last month in a very long time that I’ll have to write a prayer letter from the United States! 🙂 Please continue to pray with me for God’s will in this matter.

Sitting around in the US isn’t nearly so bad as I make it sound sometimes. This month I was able to give a presentation at Veritas Classical Christian School in Richmond, VA and participate in the annual missions conference at Mount Moriah Baptist Church (where I grew up, as I’ve mentioned before). They even mercifully put me to work and let me design their conference booklet and a little Children’s Passport. That was fun. More recently I had the opportunity to watch children (something I really miss!) and play the organ for a funeral. I enjoyed lots of time with my grandparents, helped with my mom’s and aunt’s computers, and even went on a couple of field trips with my aunt, uncle, and cousin– the National Marine Corps Museum and, yesterday, fishing off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel pier. I even caught a baby shark! 🙂 This month I’ve particularly savored the beautiful fall colors– something I won’t get in Papua New Guinea. Daddy drove us up to the mountains to see them last weekend, and they’ve been beautiful around home too (see attached PDF for pictures).

I need your prayers more than ever now. Please pray for me not to fret but to “wait only upon God; for my expectation is from Him” (Ps. 62:5). According to Strong’s Concordance, wait = Heb. damam: to be dumb; by implication, to be astonished, to stop; also to perish:–cease, be cut down (off), forbear, hold peace, quiet self, rest, be silent, keep (put to) silence, be (stand) still, tarry, wait. (Easy to say, even to ask for others to pray for you; very hard to do.) Pray that I’ll be diligent with my Pidgin study and service opportunities at home. Pray also for wisdom, strength, and growth for the missionaries and believers in Kiari, and for safety and good progress on the airstrip– Mr. Dale Crawford, a GFA administrator, is there for a couple of weeks to run the bulldozer. Thank you so much for your faithful intercession for us.

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

Adventures with Ellie 091030.pdf