Archive for January, 2010

Another delay

27 January 2010

Dear praying friends,

First of all, a great big THANK YOU to all who replied to my news about my visa being approved! My inbox was just overflowing, and my heart was full as I read the many little notes telling me of your joy at the news and assuring me of your prayers. It’s always such a tremendous encouragement to receive that kind of response– a reminder of how many are praying and really having such a vital part in what I am doing. I always love that, but it has been a special blessing this week.

Now for the latest on the current adventure. 🙂 I had hoped to use this space telling about travel plans, but instead I have another delay that I would ask you to join me in bringing before the Lord. As I told you in the last update, my visa has been approved, for which I’m very thankful. The next step in the process is for the Immigration Department in Port Moresby to send a fax to the PNG Embassy in Washington DC, informing them of the approval so they can stamp the visa in my passport and mail it back to me. All of this, as I understand, should really be able to be done very quickly– perhaps a day or two– which is why I had hoped to leave this week. However, for some reason though those in PNG say that they have sent that fax to Washington (last week), the people in Washington say they still have not received it (as of today). So, obviously, since I can’t purchase my ticket until I have that visa, the chances are looking pretty slim that I’ll be able to fly to PNG this coming weekend.

All this has been in the Lord’s plan all along. There is very little we can do about the situation, but we know the One Who can do any and everything about it. Please pray that I will weather this delay in the grace of God with a spirit of joy rather than distress, and that He will get me to PNG in His perfect way and time

for the sake of His name!

Elizabeth E.

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“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.” -Mrs. C. H. Spurgeon


Quick update

17 January 2010

Just wanted to let you all know that my PNG work permit and visa have been approved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m hoping to fly out two weeks from today!!! PLEASE PRAY as there are so many decisions and preparations to be made in a very short amount of time.

For the sake of His name,
Elizabeth Ellinghausen

January prayer letter

3 January 2010

Dear Praying Friends,

“As sometimes God is said to hear us in not hearing us, so we may say He should sometimes deny us if He did not delay us. It is (saith Chrysostom) like money, which lying long in the bank, comes home at last with a duck in its mouth, with use upon use; when money is out a great time, it makes a great return: we can stay thus upon men, and cannot we, shall not we, stay upon the Lord, and for the Lord, for a large return? God causeth us by delay to make the more prayers; and the more we pray, the longer we stay, the more comfort we shall have, and the more sure we are that we shall have it in the latter end. Distinguish between denying and delaying. . . . In God our Father are all dimensions of love, and that in an infinite degree; infinitely infinite: what if He defer us? so do we our children, albeit we mean no other but to give them their own asking, yet we love to see them wait, that so they may have from us the best things, when they are at the best, in the best time, and in the best manner: if a mother should forget her only boy, yet God hath an infinite memory, He nor can, nor will forget us; the expectation of the waiter shall not fail for ever, that is, never.” This quote was sent to me in response to last month’s letter by a good friend, and was such an encouragement that I just had to share it. I know it’s a bit long, but I think it’s well worth wading through—I hope you did!

This past month I enjoyed being home. We already had snow a couple of times, which is rare for this part of the state. The second time it was about a foot deep—even rarer still! I finally broke down and got my heavy winter coat, boots, etc. down from the attic where I had hoped to leave them for the next few years, and I thoroughly enjoyed going on long tramps through the woods in the snow with our dog, Cricket. Some other special things I have savored are family times around the fire with Daddy reading to us like old times, Christmas caroling with people from church, gathering greenery and making Christmas decorations, lots of time with young friends, cutting Daddy’s hair, preparing gifts with Mama, playing duets with Emily, watching William enjoy the auto repair book I gave him for Christmas, helping Daniel put his new windshield wipers on his car (even though I got sprayed in the process when he tried them out!), and quizzing Sarah on her EMT class material. As several people have reminded me, this time with my family is going to be a special memory as I’m gone for the next few years. I am truly thankful.

Though I didn’t have reason to contact most of you over the past month, there is some news from PNG, and it started happening right about the time I sent out my December letter. Mr. Smith (GFA missionary in Kiari, PNG) was finally able to get through to our agent in Port Moresby and found out that our papers had not yet even been submitted to the government. They promised to do so that day, December 4. Hopefully that means that, at long last, we should get our permits fairly soon, though potentially it could still be a while yet. Specifically, I am hoping and praying that things will go through in time for me to make the trip to PNG when some of the missionaries are planning to be in town for vacation during the last week of January or first week of February. That way nobody would have to make an extra trip to get me. Please join me in prayer that the Lord would have His way and work it out in His perfect timing.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers and encouragement. I’m excited about that “large return,” aren’t you?

For the sake of His name,
Elizabeth Ellinghausen

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