Archive for May, 2010

It came!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

29 May 2010

Dear praying friends,

It is with great joy and thankfulness to God that I would like to tell you that Tara’s and my visa approvals came in today!!! I got a call from the PNG embassy at about 11:30 this morning with the happy news. The visa officer said that we could go ahead and get our tickets!! Praise the Lord with me for this answer to so many prayers in His perfect time.

Please pray that our passports would be returned quickly in the mail and that the Lord would give wisdom for travel plans and final arrangements. This coming week I will be at the Wilds for the GFA conference, and I’m sure all of the other missionaries would join me in asking you to pray for the Lord to do His work in each of our hearts. Missionaries are just regular people in just as much (if not more!) need of your prayer for the Lord to do His work not only through but IN us. Following the conference I will be in Greenville for a couple of days before I return to Virginia for the last days of packing and goodbyes.

THANK YOU so much for enduring in prayer for us and for encouraging us as we waited. I am so excited to think about how many of you are now joining me in joyfully thanking and praising the Lord for this wonderful answer to prayer.

For the sake of His name,
Elizabeth Ellinghausen

"Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf." 2 Corinthians 1:11

GFA conference

28 May 2010

Please pray for all of us who will be at the GFA conference at the Wilds next week. Missionaries need for God to work in our hearts as much as anybody else.

Still no news on my visa– pray that the Lord would work in the hearts of the folks in the Immigration Department and move them to really send Tara’s and my approvals. Pray that we will believe God and patiently wait out His timing. As Spurgeon said in his Treasury of David, “This little word ‘wait’ is easy to say, but hard to carry out, yet faith must do it.”

April prayer letter

5 May 2010

30 April 2010

Dear Praying Friends,

Hasn’t this month flown? Or this year, for that matter? Believe it or not, this is volume one, issue twelve of Adventures with Ellie. I have to admit that I didn’t really feel like writing this month because, frankly, I feel like I’m writing the same story over for the twelfth time and you must all be bored to tears. I mean, really, Elizabeth (you must be saying), how can you call these Adventures??? Well, first of all, let me assure you that my day-to-day life has been far from boring. 🙂 From special trips and visits to design work for church, book/Bible repair, babysitting, basketmaking, tutoring, music, gardening, housekeeping, and more, some days have been almost frantically busy though very pleasant. And…maybe this whole thing really is an adventure! After all, I may be a buck private but I get to be in the army of the greatest Commander there is! I am an itty-bitty piece in a picture as big as the world. And, as such, I would be completely out of line to demand an explanation of "why" I have to do this particular assignment. No, sir! My job is to obey orders, and right now those orders are very obvious: wait. Unadventurous as waiting might seem, it’s still an important and necessary part in my great Commander’s strategy. Most likely someday I’ll understand "why" without having to ask, and I’ll be so glad if I did my part.

Earlier today I had a great conversation with Mary, the visa officer at the PNG embassy in Washington. It sounds like she talked to some of our missionaries in PNG and was able to get some information from them and pass it on to Immigrations herself. She is hoping for a response early next week. It is my great desire to be able to leave soon and help relieve the strain on the teacher and nurse (who’s also been helping at school) in Kiari. Please pray with me that the Lord would allow these approvals to come through very soon, if it’s His will.

The other day I was reading an old article written by my pastor, Dr. Mark Minnick, and I found this quote by the Puritan Richard Sibbes that just seems to fit my situation perfectly: "God is the cause why things are not, as well as why they are. Nothing so high, that is above His providence; nothing so low, that is beneath it; nothing so large, but is bounded by it; nothing so confused, but God can order it; nothing so bad, but He can draw good out of it; nothing so wisely plotted, but God can disappoint it." Need I say more? 🙂 If I can just think right I have a perfect peace about the whole thing. Unfortunately there are days that I don’t, but I do feel the Lord has grown me a lot and given me an underlying confidence, even on the bad days, that my wait will end in His time.

A big THANK YOU for sticking with me—especially to those of you who have persisted in bringing me and my visa situation faithfully before the Lord in concentrated prayer. My heart is so encouraged every time I learn of someone else who has taken on this special burden. I am so thankful to God for every one of you.

For the sake of His name—here and in PNG,
Elizabeth Ellinghausen

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