Today marks a very special day. It was 9 years ago that Gertrude and I first met. We have now been married 8 years, 5 months, and 29 days. How good God has been to us in these years together. We never believed that it could happen as we were busy serving the Lord. We had both made the choice to get involved in foreign missions as single adults. We guarded our hearts so that we would put the Lord first in our lives so that we could serve in this way.
We have heard too many stories of people who had one time sensed God’s call to missions, but they let work, or relationships come first. Years later to talk with regret that they did not pursue the call that God gave them. As we learned to put the Lord first we could see Him taking care of us in so many ways. “But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:33–34 NET).”
We are standing in front of the new plane that has just arrived in Papua New Guinea for service with SIL. The Kodiak is a plane that has been designed especially for use in missionary aviation. We were able to fly in this aircraft from Ukarumpa to New Ireland. We enjoyed the flight very much. It is quite the high tech aircraft.