Archive for February, 2010

February prayer letter

27 February 2010

Dear Praying Friends,

Greetings once again from good old Powhatan, Virginia. I’m sitting at my aunt’s kitchen table on my weekly visit, catching up on some things while my cousin does his schoolwork. Aunt Becky has shared lots of good tips from her years of teaching experience, and our day together is always a joy. As I listen to Matthew do his math flashcards and spelling test, I can’t help but wish I was hearing different voices answer the questions in a very different place, but obviously the Lord’s timing has not come yet. My heart fails but I am determined to hold out to the end. As Matthew pointed out in the poem at the beginning of Pilgrims Progress, “Dark clouds bring waters, when the bright bring none; Yea, dark, or bright, if they their silver drops Cause to descend, the earth by yielding crops Gives praise to both….” And so shall I. This month my Bible reading took me to Job, and since I’ve never quite understood it I decided to follow along as I read in another of Dr. Layton Talbert’s books, Beyond Suffering. It has been excellent. Though my trial is absolutely nothing in comparison with Job’s, I’ve been particularly encouraged with the fact that, despite all of his complaints, he is called patient (of all things!) in the book of James. Though his heart did fail he endured and maintained his integrity and faith under great pressure. Please pray for me to do the same. Honestly my little ordeal is a very light grey cloud, so to speak, and isn’t worth a bit of complaint, but unfortunately I’m not quite sanctified yet and feel pretty sorry for myself sometimes. I’m definitely “standin’ in the need of prayer.”

Robinson Crusoe said that even in the worst of situations we can always find something “to set in the description of good and evil on the credit side of the account,” and that has been abundantly true for me. The home scenes I am sure will grow even dearer when they are far behind, and certainly it has been a blessing to spend lots of time with friends, both old and new, and my family. This month I celebrated my twenty-fifth birthday, the first at home since I turned eighteen! It was good to sit around the kitchen table with the whole family there like old times. Towards the end of the month Daddy had surgery to remove his gall bladder, and seems to be recovering well. I was able to visit Grandpa and Grandma quite a bit and do some sewing and alterations there, and I especially enjoyed sledding with Matthew and building up faster and longer trails to make the sledding even better. I also was able to do a great deal of reading which was very profitable.

Obviously, please do keep praying for the paperwork situation, which has been frustrating to say the least. Its been over nine months now since the process began for me, and others have been waiting even longer. I told you in my last letter that we’d been told our visa approvals had been faxed to Washington on Jan. 20th, but apparently not received. This month the same thing has happened once or twice more. It certainly seems like a stalemate; we’re checking to make sure they were sent to the correct fax number but I haven’t heard yet whether thats been confirmed. Please pray for us not to be distressed but to encourage ourselves in the LORD our God. We are confident that He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think.

For the sake of His name,
Elizabeth Ellinghausen

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“Wait…”

16 February 2010

Still no news… I’ll post when there is! Please pray as it is somewhat discouraging to be so close and yet so far away.

Some news from Mr. Smith…

12 February 2010

I got the following from Mr. Smith yesterday… after hearing nothing for so long, any news is wonderful!

About all Mandel has found out is that the approvals were faxed, but not received in Washington–welcome to PNG! On Wed. they were getting together some “copies” that they would need to take to Immigrations for I. to be able to re-fax the approvals. Mandel says they are doing their part today (Thurs.) and Immigrations might do their part on Friday. We’ll keep praying and see if this is the time!

Please join us in praying that the Lord will have His way!

Another item of prayer would be that the PNG embassy in Washington would be able to reopen soon. They’ve been closed the last couple of days because of all the snow up there.

Thanks for “holding the ropes!”

30 Jan. prayer letter

4 February 2010

Dear Praying Friends,

Greetings from a blustery Virginia! As I’m sitting here writing this letter snowflakes are swirling from the sky and the drifts outside probably average around a foot deep. It’s so beautiful, especially right this minute as a brilliant red Cardinal just lighted on the snowy Magnolia branch outside my window! I’m sure once I’ve been in PNG for a while I will think back and remember this winter where God gave me lots of snow to enjoy-enough, just maybe :-), to last me for the winters I’ll miss! There’s another reason to praise the Lord, too-I was hoping to leave for PNG today, and if I had I’m sure we would have had quite a time making the drive to the airport (over an hour in good weather!) and then there probably would have been airport delays and a good chance of missing flights. Isn’t the Lord good?

Some of you have heard about what has gone on this month and some of you haven’t. As I told you in my last letter, my papers were found and started on their way to the PNG government in early December. I received word on Jan. 4th that my work permit was approved, and then on the 15th that my visa was approved!!! That’s all, right? Well, there’s one more “little” step. approval has to be faxed to the PNG embassy in Washington to stamp that visa in my passport and return it to me. We were hopeful that this would be finished quickly and I would be able to arrive in PNG on Jan. 31st or Feb. 1st, but the Lord has seen fit to allow another delay. The problem is that the people in PNG say that they sent this fax on Jan. 20th, but the people in Washington say they haven’t gotten it! Well, the Lord knows and I would just ask for you to PRAY that this will all work out in His perfect way and that I’ll get to go when He wants me to go.

Over the past month I’ve had all sorts of adventures. In early January I got to go up to Detroit to Student Global Impact (SGI), a conference held every other year for young adults interested in missions. I wanted to go two years ago and my group ended up not getting to go, but this year I did make it (thanks to some good folks willing to give a stranger a ride!) and it was such a blessing. I think that having been away from that kind of people and atmosphere for a while made me appreciate it even more than I would have when I was in college. It was such a joy to see many friends whom I’d thought I’d never see again, or at least not for years. The messages and workshops were also very helpful and encouraging-not to mention most applicable as I’m about to really go!

Other things I’ve enjoyed have been going snow tubing with a family from church, visiting and going out to eat with family and friends, and of course lots of good reading. My quote for this month is one I had copied down a while ago and found again recently on just the day I really needed it. It’s from Dr. Layton Talbert’s book Not By Chance, citing Dr. Robert Vincent, one of our assistant pastors at Mount Calvary: “Our delays are God’s opportunity to effect our spiritual maturity (James 1:3-4). to complete our preparation. [and] to prepare circumstances for His timing.” I’m beginning to see that already in my own case. 🙂 But also, according to my dear friend Yvonne, her own experience in PNG is proof that delays are OUR opportunity to pray and see our God show Himself strong! Please join me in pressing on to do just that.

for the sake of His name!

Elizabeth Ellinghausen

From prayer that asks that I may be
Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,
From fearing when I should aspire,
From faltering when I should climb higher,
From silken self, O Captain, free
Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

From subtle love of softening things,
From easy choices, weakenings,
(Not thus are spirits fortified,
Not this way went the Crucified)
From all that dims Thy Calvary,
O Lamb of God, deliver me.

Give me the love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay,
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire;
Let me not sink to be a clod:
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.

-Amy Carmichael

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