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Moving Forward
 
After a busy week of meetings, receiving guests, and making plans, the three of us sat down on the bed to talk. We had just made what seemed like some pretty big decisions, our minds were full, and we felt like we were in a little over our heads. Then we started praying, one by one, each voicing our feelings to God.
 
Last week our family took some exciting steps as we decided on a people group to work with. Over the past several months Neil, along with a few other guys from our team, had been making trips into different people groups to see the realities in these different locations. Micah and I went with him on one of these trips. Together, we we’ve been seeking God’s leading and asking him to guide us into one of these groups. We wished we could work in each village we visited. After a lot of prayer and consideration along with some input from our leadership we decided to work with the Kisi people who we did survey with in 2018. The other guys and their families will continue doing survey in these other people groups, while we’re excited to move into this next phase. We’re also encouraged to see how excited Micah is and to see him starting to understand why we are going in to live with these people, far from roads and electricity. It feels like we’re getting on a roller coaster when we look ahead at what’s next, especially for me, a mom. Just thinking of all the possibilities ahead, wondering what God will accomplish there, wondering about the hidden dangers and difficulties of life, not to mention the challenges of learning another language, some days my emotions want to rush on ahead unchecked. On those days the only place to find refuge from all the uncertainty is in the Word of God.

Looking back, I remember quite clearly a hot humid night in a Kisi village in March of 2018. Neil, Micah and I had retired from a long and tiring day traveling on the lake in a crowded boat. Now we had finally met an end to our day and we lay in the bed of a small guest room. There was no electricity in the village and the night was still and silent except for the humming of mosquitoes buzzing over our heads. Upon our arrival my mom eyes had taken in the lack of mosquito netting over the bed and the absence of mesh wire over the window. Now, I lay awake thinking about the threat of dengue fever and malaria. Sometime past midnight, unable to sleep, I opened my Bible which fell open to Psalm 91:1-6:

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors at night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in the darkness , nor the disaster that strikes at midday…”

With those verses in mind I climbed back into bed and slept that night. I carried those verses close to my heart throughout the rest of our visit there as well as on our trip back to America in May of that same year. Now with our minds made up and our eyes looking to the southwest of Tanzania they have come back into focus. We realize that the next phase of our journey will have many challenges, yet we  remember Jesus’ promise in John 16:33:

“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Pray for us as there are still many details that need to fall into place as we begin this process. Neil will be travelling in soon seeking to reopen connections that he’d previously made. As we’ve seen however, a lot can change in a year’s time. Pray for good contacts as well as for wisdom in explaining what we’re doing. Pray that God would lead us to the right people, the right village, and the right house for ministry there. Pray for our hearts, that they would be soft to God’s leading. Pray for the hearts of the Kisi to be open to God’s Word. Pray for another family to come and join us in the future.

Pray for Thomas and Joas, our Tanzanian teammates, who will be travelling with Neil and helping him set things up.

Pray for the Lopez and Button families who will continue on with the survey work Neil was helping with. Pray that God would show them where he wants them to work, and that he would open up the doors for them to do so. Pray for these other people groups to one day embrace God’s Word.

Pray that God would raise up co-workers from Tanzanian churches with a passion for His Word.

Thank you all for being together with us in prayer, even while we’re far away.
 
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