Our time in the U. S.
We have been home in the U. S. since September 2014. It is amazing how time has flown by. We have just a few months before we return to Papua New Guinea. We are so grateful for the time to visit supporters. So far, we have visited churches in Kansas City, MO; Austin, TX; Longview, TX; and a number of churches in the Dallas and Fort Worth, TX area. Besides being able to share about our ministry in PNG, I have had unique opportunities to preach 4 times. I look forward to preaching again at Bibleway in Dallas, and also at Greater New Guide in Baton Rouge, LA. What a joy to preach and share about missions in so many churches.
Gertrude and I continue to enjoy daily readings of Old and New Testament books while she studied at Texas Woman’s University. It was special to be here for her as she returned to school after 17 years. I was delighted to help her use an advanced calculator to compute statistical data. Quite naturally, she had to learn the special aspects of the calculator to get the right answers or know when she had gotten the wrong one! Another aspect of the TWU adventure included re-entry into the American society of college students. Even though the culture of young college students seemed most foreign to her, Gertrude began to pray that the Lord would keep her alert to opportunities to share her testimony with them. The opportunities came in short bursts of conversation—usually in tutoring sessions. It wasn’t until late in the semester that she realized the tutoring sessions were God’s provision of opportunities to bond with some of the students.
In June we plan to drive to New York—stopping to visit friends along the way as well as making a short diversion to see Niagara Falls. We will be in the Albany area from June 12th until June 22nd. From New York, we will drive to Virginia to visit another supporting church as well as my family. Our next stop will be in St. Louis, MO to visit partners in ministry. Returning to Texas expect to be give testimony of our ministry at four regional conferences of the 8th District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Texas.
Lord willing we will conclude our travels in the USA by visiting friends of our ministry in Los Angeles. Finally we board our international flight to Australia where we’ll have a short rest before the last leg of the journey to PNG on August 26. Please pray for the Lord’s help, guidance, protection, and provision for all our travels.