As I sit in our temporary home and vacuum seal the bedding we will be shipping in the next week to Papua New Guinea, it hits me again.... this is REAL! I mean, you don't really ship boxes of your things somewhere unless you are going to be there to need them sometime, right? So that must mean we are leaving. In 109 days, really, if our Wycliffe partnership team is complete. When our Wycliffe partnership team is complete. We are only $1,100 away from the monthly minimum budget Wycliffe has established for us. We must be at 100% before we can be released to go.
You see God has done this crazy thing, He is making us fall in love with these people we haven't met, this land we haven't even been to! When I read about them, or watch a film of them I want to reach in the screen and hold their hands, to prepare meals with them laughing over events from our day, to share with them the wonders and the glories of our Savior... I want to do life with them. You know it's God when your heart longs for a thing it can't even put into words. God has filled my heart with His love for these people who are waiting for Him. They are not waiting for me, they are waiting for Him. I humbly get the privilege of being the conduit of His love.
Our partners get that privilege too! Our ministry is only possible through the generous support and prayers of our partners from around the world. God's love flowing through you, through us, to them. It's a beautiful thing to be a part of God's body working together for His glory and purposes.
To those of you out there who have not partnered with us yet, it's not too late! Join us! Be apart of this amazing tapestry God is weaving with all our lives. Help us share Jesus. It's quick and easy to join our Wycliffe team (it only takes about 3 minutes!).
And to help uncover some of the mystery of what we will be doing on the other side of the world; here are two short films that will give you some good insight about Papua New Guinea, Bible translation, and what God has been up to over there!
The first one is about 30 minutes long and is about the Arop people group in PNG and how God used a tragedy to get His Word to more Bibleless people groups faster. We have friends that are on a translation team in this region (they are in the photo at the end). I can't watch this movie without being moved to tears. I hope that it blesses you like it has blessed and changed us.
The other is about 4 minutes long, and will give you a glimpse into some of the work John will be doing – and who he will be working with. Enjoy!