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One job down....dozens to go!

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This week was a mark of victory....we made it through the goal of finishing a fellow missionary's house remodel!  Whoooo-hooooooo!  To God be the Glory!  Now, while from the outside it appears to be for someone else, let me just share that it was really done for the Lord.  He called, He equipped, He upheld and sustained and He gave the time and resources needed to see it through.
As the cheerleader, I can see it was a win no matter how the 'players' feel post game.  It was thrilling to sit on the sidelines and whoop while little plays turned out great.  I would be lying if I said it was a surefire win though.  There was opposition.  There was more than one hiccup.  And?  It was a team effort.....no one man show on this project!  All hands on deck!  But oh, what a sight to behold! One of the greatest privileges of being on the mission field is that we are put in situations that demand our God comes through.....somehow and/or some way.....because we, in and of ourselves, are h…

Answering the Call

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God’s call is not always convenient.  God’s call is not always easy. God’s call is not always expected or planned......but God’s call?  Is always right.  When answered, God’s call is timely and perfect.  
Four years ago, when my husband and I received our 'call' we were full of confirmation, peace and settledness that we knew what God wanted from us and it was time to follow Him.  Wow.  Had I seen all the details that God's call entailed then, I would've been cowering in the corner afraid to face the future, but God is SO kind.  Obedience is ONE step at a time, not scaling a mountain with that one step.   Today?  Obedience looked like making a pot of soup and then sharing the whole thing.  It looked like playing Uno with my children as one of them was under the weather and needed some attention.  For Brian?  It looked different.  It was leading a team of men to complete a started project within deadlines and giving time, knowledge and resources to see it through.  What m…

Together

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We have been trying to instill in our children the importance of being a family.  "What does a family do?" asked one of my children.   "We are a family," I started. We work together.  We play together. We live together. We serve together. As parents, Brian and I want to teach our children that they are a vital part of what we are doing.  I (Phyllis) would be the first to confess that I don't always do a great job at that.  However, it's something I (we) are aiming towards. At this juncture, sometimes it's easier to do the dishes myself rather than contend with water all over the the counter and floor when Gunner and/or Moriah decide they would like to help.  However, I have been convicted to change my attitude and encourage them that we 'work together' because in light of eternity, water on the floor is not a big thing.  God has intentionally placed me and EACH one of my family members together here in PNG to serve Him how we can to bring honor and glo…

Celebrating

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Easter is a VERY special time of year for us as Christians but also for us as a family.  God Himself showed up and took care of our sin problem by carrying our sin, dying, raising and offering new life to all who will accept Him as Savior.  We celebrate with great joy because if this!  Our Makia church celebration was notably small, but it’s not about the quantity of people celebrating, its about the quality of celebration taking place!  We made rolls for the occasion and shared them with the congregation.  Brian was also able to preach about God’s solution to our sin problem.  We had a nice song service too!  While there have definitely been hiccups at our church plant, we are grateful for the opportunity to give God glory over what HE has accomplished!  
Us where the Makia church meets.
Brian also went up the mountain to Kenemaro to observe a sister church's first baptismal service and church membership celebration.  It was an adventure!  Once the main service was over they took a…

Prayers needed

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This last week we have been made aware of some great needs and your prayers would be greatly appreciated!  For starters we have heard that there may be visa issues we encounter this year as foreigners.  The details are still being worked out and we are trusting that God's plan is one that cannot be thwarted regardless of the political power of the day. Second the town we are located in is without water do to money demands as much of this country is run on corruption/extortion.  This doesn’t affect us directly as our only water access is through rain water collection.  However one example we can give is the major hospital has been shut down and continues to turn people away unless absolutely necessary.  We had a teacher that went into labor and due to complications had to have a c-section.  That’s not a big deal in most of our minds, however I can’t explain the hospital conditions here and without water it is even worse.  They had to have some family bring water in each day to help …

Easter Preparation

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Are our children too little to teach about suffering?  Maybe too little to fully grasp the concept, BUT I believe if the truth is planted in them now to expect suffering, they will be better equipped with truth in their minds when their days of trials come.  What does that mean practically?  We are teaching and praying through the story of Jesus.   The reality is that Jesus suffered immensely.  The Easter story is not a fairy tale!  It speaks of deep pain, intense suffering, brutal heartache, and a Savior who endured it for the sake of you and me.  In our preparation for Easter, we have been reading a Bible story leading up to the BIG day each Sunday.  Today’s story was entitled, 'Jesus wears God’s Kingly Crown.'  Exciting, right?  Actually, it’s very sobering.  When Jesus wore a crown at this juncture, it was a crown of thorns.  It Hurt!  As I was reading to Gunner and Moriah, we got to this page....
...where Jesus is arrested.  Gunner had many questions.  Mostly though, he cou…

Expectations

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Things I did NOT expect over one year in....-to still be struggling with language -to still be establishing friendships -to be battling for opportunities to spread the Gospel -my role would SEEM insignificant
At a glance, there is nothing profound about this list.  However, to me?  It reflects some honesty that I wasn’t prepared for.  Naively, I expected to 'get' the language easily and quickly.  However, my reality is that it is hard to find time to study with two toddlers running around.  And, while I am improving, language will be a LIFELONG learning endeavor.    I am not one to make friends easily either.  It takes me time to open my heart and share the deeper places.  I can’t help but think back to my times in other places and how difficult it was as a single to establish friendships when there was more free time available.  Now, as a married wife with two kiddos, I find myself investing my time within 'my own fence' and while I am making bridges to outside friendships…