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April 2016

This update could be all about:

Conference –

  • teaching, testimonies
  • prayer & worship
  • fellowship
  • Kids Karnival
  • Skit nite, Song nite …

Way “too-many-to-count” praise points to reinterate here so suffice it to say, a wonderful and spiritually refreshing time was had by all!

 

Or the update could be about Pei Literacy which followed hard on the heels of conference. Since conference is past, and Pei literacy is ahead – let’s go there! That is where prayers are currently needed!

For a bit of Pei Literacy background – 2 other literacy consultants and I traveled to Pei back in Feb 2015 to help them begin their primer construction. The team missionaries then did their Home Assignment time, and they are now ready to finalize their primers & readers, make up the materials, and launch their first class!


The team – Candace Swift, Justin & Lauren (recovering from dengue fever) Rees (+Chris & Evie Jones currently in the USA getting their newborn daughter’s clubbed feet straightened!) hope to hold their first literacy class beginning in April. This SHOULD entail my return to Pei to help them with the finer points of classroom procedures. To get there - first there’s about a 40 minute flight to the nearest airstrip (if it isn’t flooded) and then about 2 hours on the river. Sounds like a breeze, eh! But – in missionary letters, there’s always a BUT -- Coming out to conference, their outboard motor fried. Seized up. Went kaput. To quote Rees’ prayer letter:

Just one lapse in memory and the motor was burnt up. Please pray for us as we plan how to deal with the reality of not having our motor in there and what our plan will be for getting back into Pei Village.

Ah, the things God allows to keep life interesting -- to keep us relying on HIM instead of ourselves! And how amazing it is to wait on Him, then eventually look back and see how He has worked out the details for our good, and His honor and glory! God did, thru the efforts of “Friends in Action” missionaries, get the Pei team’s motor functioning again to transport them back to their tribal location! Do please keep them in your prayers as they move toward starting the first ever program locally to teach the Pei people to read and write in their own mother tongue!

Lots has piled up of late like (to borrow an Iwam idiom) logs on a river logjam. Simple finance office kerfuffles led to 20 e-mails back and forth to straighten it all out – only to end up with things having been done right the first time. Computer upgrades have resulted in less functionability and the need for hours and hours MORE modifying to get the equipment back to how it was working prior to the improvement. Sighs of relief at finishing one major literacy project were cut short as the next literacy undertaking jostled itself back into the limelight. Household items have added their demands for immediate attention to the chaos that looms.

There were more hiccoughs and hassles when it came to light that one of our night security employees had learned to manipulate the time clock to give himself 7 days of pay instead of just the 4 he worked. …. BUT all in all, these frivolous frustrations of my easy life prove time and again that they are insignificant compared to what really matters! God IS indeed at work, and though His choices in the lessons I obviously need to learn may not be my preference, He always proves HIS sufficiency in all that He allows to come my way! I can but say, “This is the will of God in Christ Jesus” concerning me just now -- so the 1st of that verse (1 Thess 5:18) needs to be true in my life too! In everything give thanks ….. I’m still learning …..

Looking ahead to April promises to be at least slightly more sane than the March-madness past. Words to one of the currently popular Christian songs that we sang at conference resonate in my thinking:

Everlasting God – Lincoln Brewster
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our strong deliverer.
You are the everlasting God,
The everlasting God.

You do not faint,
You won't grow weary.
You're the defender of the weak,
You comfort those in need,
You lift us up on wings like eagles.

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.


Thank you for standing together with me in all God has us involved in here in PNG. Your faithful prayers prove effectual and efficient encouragement to let God do His work in my life, changing me to be more and more like Jesus! that He might work thru my life, to reflect His Son to the world around. May God highlight in your hearts just how vital you are to His continuing work here! I remain most grateful for your part on the team!

Co-laboring together to bring back Christ as King!
Hope Sharp


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