One year ago today (August 20) we commenced orientation in PNG.
It feels like so much has happened – new and exciting experiences, physical and personal challenges, and many times that caused us to marvel at God’s grace. In all this time we have, with few exceptions, maintained a hectic pace, and the year has flown by. This naturally leads to contemplating the time we have left on this posting.
To be serving overseas involves coping with an existence across two worlds. We have the daily reality of our life and ministry here in Lae while continuing to process the events of regular life back in Australia. The next twelve months see us approaching the time of returning to friends and family and the comfort of familiar surroundings and routines. We will be re-connecting with our home church and renewing the relationships we miss so much.
Yet there is the awareness that the task God has given us is far from complete – there is much to be done and our focus needs to be on advancing the work of Bible translation in PNG. Jesus had some tough words for those with ‘double vision’ when it came to serving Him.
Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:61-62
When ploughing the ground, looking back – or for that matter looking to far ahead to the distant untilled field – can only result in going off course, particularly in the days of equipment pulled by oxen. In many PNG gardens, not being attentive could result in a painful tumble down a mountain!
We are trusting God to guide us over the coming year, and beyond as we continue to serve wherever He takes us.
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Psalm 127:1
Please pray …
- for us to follow God’s agenda for our service of Him.
- thankful that He knows all that lies ahead, and equips us for the task.
- that we leave the concerns of family in Australia at the throne of grace, trusting that what results is His good and perfect will.
- that our focus remain on the task God has given us… right to the end.