I just thought I would like to share a little about the journey that God has had me on over the last few years. When we were called to MAF we said we wanted to go wherever we were needed most and to be honest if I had known back then how many moves that would mean I probably would have put all the countries MAF works in a hat and picked one out and say we were called there so that I didn’t have to move so much. This is our 9th year with MAF and we have packed and moved many times. 11 actual moves and more pack ups in between when we returned on furlough etc.. I had always said I wanted to move to one place and stay there wherever that was and it was a dangerous thing to say because God didn’t want me to get too comfortable.
I want to thank all of you because you have been a part of this season of our journey and I have learnt much from you. I have learnt about hospitality, cooking tips, grace, forgiveness, stress, being a part of a team and looking after each other. I have learnt how important these things are for being a part of a community. When we came from Melbourne and were sent to Kawito it was beyond anything I had experienced before and it was such a different way of life and I have learnt many lessons from that. So it has been a struggle to readjust my expectations to the thinking that I will be moving on from PNG back to Australia and it is disappointing. Disappointing to not be ‘on the front lines’ and seeing the difference every day. But I know God has a plan.
The verse that has particularly resonated with me these last few months has been Proverbs 3:5-6 which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.” The part about ‘lean not on your own understanding’ rings true. Because I can see there are needs here and important work to do and everybody stretched to the limit and I had thought we would stay many years. Yet I know there are needs elsewhere and MAF International have said it is more important to get the training school running and in line with MAF’s vision and that is the role they have seen us fit to do. I have wrestled with this because the need here is immediate but I can see how this role will hopefully multiply the efforts here. God has been helping me to readjust my expectations and he has been so faithful in affirming this decision in many ways. I’m so glad we are still going to be a part of the same team working for the same goals of spreading Christ’s love to remote peoples and I’m starting to look forward to this change. I’m so thankful that you all have been in our lives and for your faithful examples of Christ’s love you have been to me and for all the things I have learnt from you. I want to encourage you to press on in Christ and that while we don’t understand why God does some things the way He does. He will make straight our paths and we must trust in Him as Proverbs 3 says.