The past two weeks have been busy with traveling! Traveling is a big part of our lives as we work in Papua New Guinea and raise support by visiting Churches and individuals all over the United States. Unfortunately with the busyness, we missed the last two Woodsy Wednesdays, but we are back this week.
So many wonderful things have happened that I am unsure what I should share this week. Lydia is everyday achieving new milestones. Annie is constantly learning something new. For Easter my family had a great trip to North Carolina to visit family. And last week, We attended a missions conference in The Woodlands (near Houston, TX) where a lot of new friends were made, yet none of those seem to be what my HEART wants to share.
Honestly a lot of great things have been happening, and I wouldn’t change anything. But, this lifestyle can get very tiring. Physically, we are going non-stop. After all of the recent traveling, we only want to crash at home, but that doesn’t get to happen. Matthew jumped straight into classes, and has been staying up late every night in order to get all his work done, in order to spend time with our little family.
And, as you could imagine with two little girls, my life rarely stops! Emotionally, we are ready to go back to Papua New Guinea, but still have a good bit of financial partnerships to raise before we can even think about packing and buying our plane tickets.
I’m so thankful for this life that God has given me. I have a great husband who loves his family well, and is working hard to learn all he can for the work of Bible Translation that God has called us to do. I’m thankful for two girls who make life interesting, and also teach me a lot about love everyday! And though at times its hard, I’m thankful for the joy, but also “burden” of walking with Jesus. Its not always easy, but we cannot deny that the Lord is providing for all of our needs, both big and small.
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ~Matthew 11:28-30
My hope is that every morning I will wake with Matthew 11:28-30 on my mind and in my heart. I need to meditate on it day and night! The Lord is providing for us, and I will continue trust in Him to give me rest, both physically, financially (for ministry) and emotionally.
Thankfulness is overflowing from my heart, because of our friends and partners in the ministry of Bible Translation. We wouldn’t be able to do this without you! Physically, financially (for ministry), and emotionally you have been by our side. We have not taken a single step in this ministry with out you there. I can’t wait to see what the next few years bring!
I miss you, Rachel. Thank you for sharing your heart so tenderly. We love you guys. Sara
Dear Matthew & Rachel,
Great prayer letter. Pauline and I are praying that God will connect you with just the right people and that you will soon have the prayer and financial partners you need to return to effective ministry in PNG.
*Mark Nelson *
*Resource Coordinator, *
*Ministry and Care Resources, *
*Wycliffe USA Human Resources*