30 Jan. prayer letter

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

Adventures with Ellie 100130.pdf

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