Showing posts from October, 2018

Ebb and Flow

Growth in a child is something to not only be praised, but remembered.  I share this out of my own shortcomings and the conviction of things that really matter.  I have had many trying moments with my children lately.  Sometimes during the day, some at bedtime, some in the night, and that's how our story has been going lately.  Now in spite of my trying moments, I have also had moments of great fun with my children.  We have laughed, cuddled, played and worked together in deep, rich ways that are rewarding.   I think there is constant ebb and flow in the life of 'family.'  The tide comes in and the moment is full of fun, laughter and lots of splashing....unless of course you had just built the most amazing sandcastle and the tide just ruined your masterpiece...and then?  The tide goes out and there are two perspectives there too.  We can be crushed by the water going down or we can rejoice in the treasures we can now discover along the shoreline.   This week in the Ho

Lasting impact

The past two weeks have been very busy in the Hovey household.   We have had visitors (YAY!) and others who have come for various reasons this past month. It has been delightful to welcome fellow servants in the Lord here!   Our routines changed slightly though and so we weren't able to blog last week.   A HUGE thanks to those of you have been praying for us extra in spite of our lack of communication.   It has been a BIG week here in PNG!   There was the First of its kind Bena men's meeting (bung) that saw 33 men give their lives to GOD be the glory!!!   This may not seem like much to some of you, but let me tell you it is a true miracle.   These men are warriors at heart and even their own government considers them hard headed and problematic people.      Will you join us in praying that they will continue to grow in their walks with Jesus and transform their families and ultimately the Bena region of PNG with the light of the Gospel??   We are believing and pr


Sometimes test time comes and there is success.  Sometimes test time comes and there is failure.  This past week found me feeling both success and failure in the same evaluation.   We had our first language evaluation after being in class for a little under eight weeks.  There has been a lot of growth and progress.  However, there are still those areas that need to be improved.   I (Phyllis) felt pretty good going into the test.  I have grown in confidence and have been out among people more.  However, I still have a long ways to go!  Honestly?  I broke down crying in the middle of the whole thing and couldn't seem to recover.  Failure.  That's all I could hear in my mind.  We've been here for how long and I'm still no where near proficient?  I told myself all sorts of things like, "I'm never going to get this....this is supposed to be an 'easy' language....I've never been a bad student, so why is this so hard?....."  As you can see, not prod