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Dedicated to Prayer

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One of the things I deeply respect and appreciate in my husband, Brian, is his dedication to prayer.  My children are blessed with a praying father.  Almost every night, he prays with one or both of the kiddos (depending on who is putting whom to bed).  Usually, he puts Gunner to bed while I put Moriah to sleep.  I so often get wrapped up in trying to get her to rest that I forget to pray with her, but I am gently reminded by my husband as I hear him praying with Gunner in the other room.This year for Father's Day, Gunner, Moriah, and I decided to get Brian a prayer box.  Well, it was me, but it is an idea that Brian has talked about before and I thought it was a winner.  We are going to try to keep it on our dining room table and pick a name or two from our box at meal times to pray for those back home.  I so respect and admire Brian's thoughtfulness and intentionality in this area.  The truth is, we can't keep up with all of our precious relationships back at home as we …

Ministry snap shots

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Ministry here can have many faces and look very different from day to day.  We thought we would give some snap shots into our week.  While the places, projects, and people may be different the goal remains the same...to Glorify God!
Moriah demonstrated our feelings quite well, how much can we fit in our week!!  Or in her case how can I fit in this pan.....  We all have the same 24 hours each day and for us it is a constant struggle how to best manage the time.
I (Brian) was able to finish up a project that I have been working on and off on for a couple weeks.  It was an all metal stair case....seems easy enough, except I have never made stairs before.   It was a bit of a challenge to design it and make it work out correctly, but a good learning experience.  It could have been made out of wood, however it would not of lasted long given the climate.  This was made possible by a generous family in one of our supporting churches who gave us their engine driven welder.  A project like this w…

Obedience

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Q: Why didn't Noah fish while he was in the ark?A:  Because he only had two worms! Hahaha!  This joke is found in Gunner's collection that he likes to share.  A good friend of ours shared it with us as we left for PNG.  This past week Gunner's interest in the Bible story of Noah and the flood (Gen. 6-9) has resurfaced.  We typically read from The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones before heading to bed each night.  Gunner has requested the story of Noah more days than not this past week.  I will come back to this thought. This past week also brought a new wave of disobedience by our three year old.  While I could give several examples, that is not the point, so I will refrain.  The other night, we decided to put him to bed early as a consequence for deliberate disobedience.  The conversation went like this.... Me (Phyllis)-- Gunner, you are going to bed. Gunner--Why? M--Because you are not listening. G--But Mom, I can't listen. M--Why? G--Because my ears are broken. M--…

Memorial Day.....STILL

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Many people may not know this, but Memorial Day weekend marks the anniversary of my (Phyllis') dad dying unexpectedly 17 years ago.  It's amazing to me that some of the memories are still so fresh and real....almost palpable....and others?  Others have faded with time. It is always sad to realize that the good memories are fading.  However, I am thankful that some of the uncomfortable memories have become gray in color rather than stark black and white.  The vividness of both of those kinds of moments are now lightened with God's grace and time.
I was surprised this year to miss my dad and the fact that my husband and children will never get to meet him.  It caught me off guard, and I was tempted to have a pity party, if I am honest.  In the quiet moments, another thought caught my mind too.....but this one?  It tempted me to put a stake in the ground, a visual, tangible reminder that I can come back to and lay ahold of to recall the lesson I learned.  In the Old Testament,…

Moving In

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One of my (Phyllis') all time favorite songs by FFH is entitled "Lord move, or Move me."  I love how it speaks to the idea of pleading and asking the Lord to move in a certain way, and yet humbly realizing that maybe the Lord doesn't need to move at all......maybe the I do.  It isn't easy either way.  However, I'll admit that generally, my way is the most attractive to me.  I share those words in light of our recent move into a new house.  While the Lord moved me (literally), He was also working behind the scenes and in ways I can't even comprehend to accomplish His purposes for our family.  There is such beauty and hope in realizing that this side of things.For example, ideally we were supposed to have the house finished before arriving on the field.  For many reasons, that was unable to be our reality.  However, there have been a great group of PNG students at the Bible college that have helped Brian and the other guys to complete our home.  What an opp…

A Mothers Heart

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The David of the Bible is often known as "a man after God’s own heart" (1 Sam.13:14; Acts 13:22).  Brian and I have been reading through 1 and 2 Samuel as well as 1 and 2 Kings as of late.  We are nearing the end of 2 Kings and it has been an eye opener to read the account of "only a boy named David" to the development of the "warrior David" and onto him as "King David."  What has struck me most has been the latter part of David’s life.  
While this may sound backwards, the latter days of king David have been especially encouraging and challenging to me....as a mom.  King David encountered all sorts of trials as a parent.  Perhaps one of the most challenging was when his son, Absalom, forms a conspiracy against him to oust him as king, kill him, and then take over the throne.  Wow.  How tough!   As Brian and I wrestle with the challenge of raising toddlers, I (Phyllis) often feel overwhelmed at their tendency and bent to disobey and go their own w…

PNG Wedding

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We had the opportunity to attend our first wedding in Papua New Guinea this last weekend.  I (Brian) would say, in general, weddings are occurring less and less not only in PNG but around the world.  I personally believe that is because a wedding between a man and a women was created by God.  It is a covenant before Him first and a commitment to each other second.  When we take God out of the equation, a marriage covenant really seems less important....more of just a formality.
Anyways, the wedding was for one of the teachers from the Bible college who is slightly older than us.  What makes his story more unique is that he is the first born son of a chief.  The culture here is very male dominant, and there is a very defined hierarchy among the villages.  For a man in this position to follow Christ is very difficult as it is culturally acceptable and often encouraged to have multiple wives and live in some very bad ways.  This guy however chose the hard road over that easy path, and it …

Great Healer!

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As the week comes to a close....I am not ready for another to start.  But God has been faithful in many ways this last week, and I do look forward to how He will show up this week.  We all struggled this last week with this pretty pink flower called "May grass" here.  It has created havoc with our allergies and eventually lead to both kids being on antibiotics.  Thankfully we are all on the mend....or at least going in the right direction I hope!   We made some big hurdles on the house this week as all the posts for our fence are concreted in and our laundry room has some walls!  Between the getting supplies and doing the work, I must confess I am getting a bit weary.  Thankfully the end is in sight as starting tomorrow I will have some students working with me full time for a couple weeks while school is on break.  This gives them an opportunity to make some money to pay their school fees and be a Huge help!   I was also able to be a part of a mobile clinic outreach in a new …

Under the weather

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While our home state of Minnesota is enjoying a little bit more of the winter snow....we find ourselves 'under the weather' here too.  Gunner's been running a fever off and on for the past couple of days, which we found out tonight is an ear infection and allergies have kicked in for Brian and Phyllis.  Moriah was running a low grade fever last night, so we will see how it all goes, but since we have arrived in PNG, it seems that when we get sick, we get sick as a family!   Even though we find ourselves under the weather, we have so much to be grateful for....really.  I (Phyllis) caught myself thinking this week that although we don't 'have it all' we 'have what we need' and ya know?  It really is MORE than enough!  While we may be sick, we have access to a teammate who is a health professional and has medicine.  What a gift! Gunner's third birthday is next week, and he has started to receive birthday cards for the occasion.  Thank you to all of you t…

Turning hard things into GLORY

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"Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing but to turn it into glory." -William Barclay 
A friend and I were having a discussion about this quote this weekend.  I had come across it, written in the margin of my Bible at an earlier date, and we were talking about its application.  "What does it mean?" we pondered.  I got to thinking about 'glory.'  When I think of glory, I think of the lion's mane or the giraffe's neck....the qualities in an animal that makes them unique and, in turn, make them glorious.   I can’t help but think of that in light of people too.  What is a person's glory?  The unique qualities and character traits that make them stand out.  Uniqueness is not usually easy to bear.  Typically, it is the source of teasing and ridicule.  Joseph was the favorite son of his father.  His special attention caused hatred and betrayal from his brothers, but it also brought him glory later in life when God had time to finish the st…