Archive for December, 2009

December prayer letter

5 December 2009

Dear Praying Friends,

Merry holiday greetings to you all! It’s hard to believe that December is already here! I enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family. Though I’m definitely still eagerly awaiting my PNG work and entry permits, it has been a sweet gift from the Lord to spend this special time with loved ones. There is no word at all on the paperwork, but we’re hoping it will come soon. It’s now been six months since the applications were sent in and well over a month since we turned in the additional paperwork that was requested. Keep praying! Last night as I came in I noticed the full moon and brilliant stars and was reminded of this Amy Carmichael poem:

I am the God of the stars:
They do not lose their way;
Not one do I mislay.
Their times are in My Hand;
They move at My command.

I am the God of the stars.
Lift up thine eyes and see
As far as mortal may
Into eternity;
And stay thy heart on Me.

It really does seem as though the major ministry of this time is the Lord’s ministry to my own heart. Again, Amy Carmichael sums it up quite well:

His thoughts said, The time of preparation for service is longer than I had imagined it would be, and this kind of preparation is difficult to understand.

His Father said, "Think of the quarry whence came the stone for My house in Jerusalem."

His thoughts said, I wonder why these special tools are used?

His Father said, "The house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither; so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building. If thou knewest the disappointment it is to the builders when the stone cannot be used for the house, because it was not made ready before it was brought thither, if thou knewest My purpose for thee, thou wouldest welcome any tool if only it prepared thee quietly and perfectly to fit into thy place in the house."

Other special joys this month include God’s providential protection of my father, allowing him to not only survive but walk away from a bad accident; good times with my new friends Caroline and Anna (pictured in the attachment making a special potato dish :-)), meeting my best friend for lunch in Charlottesville, and a wonderful Thanksgiving program at church.

More than all of these, I am thankful your faithful prayers. Please keep praying for good progress in Pidgin and that I’ll be a blessing here. Pray also for those in Kiari (particularly new believers), and for the continuing airstrip construction.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! I have lately been thinking especially of how Jesus was the ultimate missionary. In light of what He did and does for us, nothing we will ever do for Him could even remotely be considered a sacrifice! May we press on to give Him our lives this holiday season and throughout the new year.

For the sake of His name,
Elizabeth Ellinghausen

Adventures with Ellie 091201.pdf