Since it’s now Febrauary and our visa expiration date was January 30, we want to ask you to keep praying that we (and the rest of our team) receive our visas soon. There is a famous phrase here in Indonesia that applies to situations like this – “dalam proces”, or “it’s in process” – we are just never sure how long the process will take. We’ve already sent our passports down to the offices in Sentani, and have been told we’ll soon receive them back with new visas inside. Please ask the Lord for His favor and that we’d be allowed to stay here without interruption.
A little less than one week ago our second oldest son, Isaiah, left his pregnant wife, Ashley, and 2 year old son, Skyler, in Washington state for Naval Recruit Training Command (boot camp). That’s right – we have another sailor in the family! Go Navy! His plan is to become a Navy SEAL and he and his family will need a lot of prayer support over the next two years in particular. Please pray for safety, comfort, and increased faith for and in all of them. We are very proud!
Almost two weeks ago, I (Fawn) was in a motorcycle accident. I walked away very sore, scraped up, and shook up but other than that am totally fine. There is absolutely no doubt that God’s hands were wrapped around me as I wrecked – shielding me from worse injury, hitting anyone else, or landing in the sewer/ditch. Normally a very busy road, there were no other vehicles except the guy who slammed on his brakes in front of me (I was too close) and drove away and my bike has minimal damage. If you’re going to have an accident in a place like Papua (where the foreigner is always automatically at fault for injury or damage), it couldn’t go any better than that. We are still thanking God every day for His mercy.
The kids have been going to school full-time for two weeks now and have adjusted extremely well. Adria makes up 1/3 of the 5th grade and Kalem 1/4 of the 6th grade. It’s about as soft of a landing from homeschool into a ‘traditional’ school setting as one can have. They both love it there and mom is enjoying newfound time to learn the language, maintain our home and develop relationships. One of the biggest things we talked to God about before moving here was the kids’ friendships and education. Of course, He was/is faithful and continues to go before us in all those details. We are so grateful!
Michael has been flying and has had some interesting adventures. One of the most recent was a flight of a government official into a village that experienced a bad mudslide. They had been working diligently for a long time on building a new runway in order to receive much-needed supplies and support. That work was completely buried, without hope of recovery. The official was there to assess the damage in order to provide government support. Michael connected with some of the people in the village and assured them that even though airplanes can’t get in there, the heli still can and we won’t forget them. He also reassured them that Jesus loves them and HE will never forget them! What a blessing it was for Michael to be able to share that hope with them.
ALL because we love Him,
Michael, Fawn, K&A