This week has been one full of deep thinking and soul searching. Scary, huh! I've had so much on my mind and it's not fun but it's necessary. Circumstances in life seem to get me down and that is not good. My joy should not be dependent on the circumstances around me. I think of the passage in Matthew 14:22-33 where Jesus is walking on water and Peter decides to get out of the boat and follow Him. Peter did fine until he took his eyes off his Lord and looked at the waves around him. He reminds me of me. So often, this week especially, I take my eyes off of Jesus and start to "sink" because I look instead at my circumstances. I covet your prayers for me. My faith is so lacking in everything. You would think I would learn my lesson after Papua New Guinea, but I haven't. Even this week I was "complaining" to God that things weren't happening that I can see in the way of language school. It's like I'm on a plateau of sorts right now but God sees the whole picture. I need to be faithful in the little, every day things and He will make things happen in His time, not mine.
I thought I would post some pictures of PNG for you all to see. I went there this summer for 5 weeks with New Tribes Mission on their Interface program. It is an intense bible/language/culture course. I was blessed by it and hope you enjoy the pictures. Precious memories for sure!
Me with a banana spider on my head. Why, I'm not exactly sure. Sorry if this grosses anyone out. I have absolutely no fear of spiders. Snakes are a totally different story!
Flying to West Britain Island for a side trip. My missionary friends live there and it was such a blessing to be able to visit them. The view from the 12-seater plane was breathtaking!
A glorious view not marred by paved roads and electric poles. The quietness is loud if that's even possible. One thing I miss about that place is the uncrowded feeling. But I'm so thankful to live here in the States!
With some precious sisters in Christ all the way on the other side of the world. What a privilege to worship with them and share a potluck meal, PNG style after the service Sunday.
Finally, how I looked when I got home from my trip which consisted of 6 connecting flights, and a 14 hour time change. It was August 9, 2009 for 48 hours. I was indeed very jet lagged when I got home to the welcoming arms of my family. It was SO good to be home! My brother even bought me roses. Aww...
Hope you enjoyed these pictures. So many amazing memories from that trip. And the travel bug definitely bit me! Now I just want to go anywhere and everywhere in the world and see all the sights and meet all the people. Ok, so I dream big! =) May God grant you all an amazing night. Dios te bendiga!
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