Taim bilong senis

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!


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