Archive for June, 2011

Taim bilong senis

29 June 2011

I can’t remember when I last posted, but it seems like about time for another blog entry. I’m afraid I’ve fallen rather short of my original goal of writing weekly!

“Taim bilong senis” means “time of change”… and there are certainly lots of changes going on right now! School will be finished the day after tomorrow. Closing program is next Tuesday, and Jeff and I are leaving Kiari on Thursday or Friday for our wedding trip. We fly out of PNG the following Monday and will be in SC with his family for a couple of days before driving up to spend the week before our wedding with my family. The big day, just in case you have forgotten :-), is July 23rd. Please pray that the Lord would be glorified in all of our preparations and in every part of that special day. Our prayer is that we and everyone else will keep the right focus and not stress about things that don’t matter. Instead we want it to be a happy and uplifting time for everyone, and we desire so much that our wedding and marriage present a clear and accurate picture of Christ and His Church.

We will be in the States for just a couple of weeks after our wedding before returning to Kiari. I am looking forward so much to moving into our little house in Kensa that Jeff built and getting to know the people in that area of Kiari. School will start again as soon as the books arrive. Please continue to pray that the Lord would send someone to help me. There are no indications of any interest at present, but we wait on the Lord and are excited to see how He will supply this very real need.

Another rather urgent prayer request is for the Lord to provide paperwork for the Ellisons, a couple who are coming as furlough replacement for the Smiths. There has been a hangup and we are all hoping that it won’t take 5 months to resolve as it did in my case. It really needs to go through in the next couple of days for them to be able to use the tickets they’ve purchased (which are for next week!). The Smiths are leaving in just a few weeks now, so if the Ellisons aren’t able to come it will just be Karen and Jeff and me– three very young and inexperienced individuals to be carrying on all the ministry in Kiari!

I’m so thankful that we have an all-powerful, all-knowing, and very loving God who will take care of everything so infinitely better than we ever could ourselves.

Have a great rest of the week!

Elizabeth

“O use me, Lord, use even me, Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where….” -Frances Ridley Havergal

Keep on praying

13 June 2011

I have been thinking that I needed to write another blog post but was shocked to look back in my email and find that the last one was almost a month ago! Time is sure flying by– which I’m most thankful for as I eagerly anticipate Jeff’s and my wedding in only 45 days! 🙂

The main thing that I am burdened to ask you to pray about is the Lord’s work in the hearts of my students. Last week in Bible class my four second graders answered the question “Have you trusted Jesus as your Savior? If so, tell the story; if not, tell why not.” I was really surprised and sobered at the responses. I had expected that the unsaved students would either lie or try to smooth over their need for salvation, but they didn’t. Two answered the question, “NO!!!!!” with all caps and exclamation points. One’s explanation was that he didn’t understand how to be saved, which is either not true or else the Lord has closed his mind, because he explains it quite well and actually says he wants to be a preacher when he grows up. Please especially pray for this student– he’s been really bighead (rebellious) at home lately and his parents are very burdened for him. The second student (who I think copied the first one on the big NO) said that he didn’t believe the Bible and sometimes he was afraid at night in his bed. Pray for the Lord to convict him of his sin (including several instances of cheating) and open his heart to trust Jesus as his Savior. A third student said he wasn’t saved because he was confused about not having the action– meaning, I think, spiritual fruit, because I think he’s made professions a couple of times but his parents have told him that when he’s really saved his life will change. Please ask the Lord to open this student’s understanding and help him to be genuinely saved. PRAY that the Lord would do the work in the hearts of these three students that only He can do! Praise the Lord for a good testimony of salvation from the fourth student. Pray that she’ll stand strong and continue to grow in Christ. She seems to really listen and be watching me, so please pray for me, too, that I would be a godly influence and testimony.

There have been several funny things lately that I’ve thought I should tell about, but for the moment the only one I can remember is Samuel writing a vocabulary sentence for the word “gallantly” that said Dave thought he got water (a typical chore for kids here– go to the stream and get water) the most gallantly of the whole world. 🙂 Oh, and I just thought of something else– recently the second graders had to write something about waiter at a restaurant, and they asked me what a restaurant was! And of course they didn’t know what a waiter was either. 🙂 I guess that shouldn’t be too surprising since there definitely are no restaurants anywhere near Kiari, but sometimes questions like that just kind of give me a little shock back to Kiari reality. 🙂 Obviously I don’t miss them since this is the first time in a whole year here that I’ve had that thought! Another funny vocab sentence was for “perilous”. A student who knew he and another student had to meet with the headmaster after school wrote, “Know [now/today] is a perilous day for ___ and ___,” (putting their names in the blanks). Bless his heart!

Well, I’m about to head out and send this before our church prayer meeting this afternoon. Thank you so much for your prayers!

Elizabeth E.

“O use me, Lord, use even me, Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where….” -Frances Ridley Havergal