We did it! We made it through ICC training! This is a BIG PRAISE, as we have no other required training before we leave. Thank you for being such a prayer warrior for us! Your prayers helped us be vulnerable, humble, and to lean into Christ with learner's hearts. Your prayers also protected our children's hearts as they were navigating much transition.
As we looked to the 8 weeks left till the January Pacific Orientation Course (POC) we were struck with the vast amount of things we needed to get done before leaving... finish up our partnership team, work permits, visas, purchase plain tickets, get all our vaccines, lots and lots of paperwork, and somehow in the midst of all that visit, enjoy, and say goodbye to all of you we love. Then we found out for the first time ever POC would be adding another class option: May. When we learned this option would be available to us, we just had a peace that we were supposed to move our registration from Jan to May. God has been so gracious to us! He has blessed us with more time here so we can leave well, but also so we won't have to wait until August to go. In the meantime, John will now be able to do some job specific training with a variety of departments here at JAARS to be ever more prepared. God is good, and always surprising.
That God goes before us and stirs the hearts of the people He has already chosen to partner with us. We are still waiting to see who He has in store to provide the remaining 40% of our monthly budget. Please pray for our time as we travel to two churches this month: one in Upper Sandusky, Ohio and the other in Hendersonville, NC.
That we have focus and wisdom beyond what we hold in ourselves. There are many balls to juggle between our missions work, partnership development, school for the kids, holidays, and relationships.
For our teammates in PNG. October has be a month on pain and loss for them. Pray for their hearts, that they would continue to turn toward our Father for comfort, strength, and encouragement.
For John to proceed with wisdom as he plans out which departments to do what with in what time frame.
We love you dearly! Please write and let us know how we can be better praying for you!
John and Kristi