Firstly, thank you to all of you who prayed for us during our trip … and thank you to all of you who have generously helped cover the costs of our travels. There’s no way that we can do this without you guys!
As other-side-of-the-world trips go, everything went really well on our way to PNG! We didn’t have any big issues or any major delays. The girls slept decent on each flight, and we all got a good night’s sleep during a long layover at a hotel. Our bags all made it and we’re all still healthy.
All in all … it was a big win!
No matter which side of the world we’re on, the unknowns and changing circumstances are always a real part of the battle. Who knows what the future holds and how the drama will unfold around the world … but we know for certain that God can’t be defeated no matter what our circumstances look like. He’s still the wise, gracious, and loving Father that He always has been. He is still patiently working to see as many as possible become full grown sons and daughters in His family. And each of us get to be part of that! Regardless of what else changes, God’s character never changes … and His mission never changes.
It took the girls a few days to re-adjust to the time and sleep schedules, but for the most part it wasn’t too bad of a transition.
As soon as we arrived at the mission support center on the mainland, we were dropped off at the house where we’ve been quarantining for two weeks. Most of us are familiar with what quarantine feels like now. It hasn’t been much different here. We’ve actually had some of our own extended family taking care of us. We aren’t biased at all, but they’re pretty great! They’ve taken care of us with anything that we’ve needed during quarantine.
We have a few days now before our flight back to our island (New Ireland). We still have some supplies to buy and some computer stuff to set up before we head out. And since we don’t get to this side of the country very often, we are thankful to spend some time with friends that we haven’t seen in quite a while.
the Last Flight
Our last flight of the trip back to Konomala is on the 9th.
We’ll be flying on one of the mission’s planes with our stuff from home, some supplies for ourselves, and some supplies for our other co-workers on New Ireland. Luke, Ellenie and their boys will be there to pick us up when we land back in our normal supply town (Kavieng). We’ll do the bulk of our supply buying over that next couple days, then we’ll all drive back in to Konomala.
All the official steps are behind us now … time to Rock n’ Roll!
That we keep growing closer to Jesus every day.
That we choose to put our minds on the things that are true.
That we would be faithful to push our girls towards Jesus.
That we would be self-less, gracious, and full of truth in raising them.
That the rest of our trip to Konomala would go well.
Good flight, good roads, inflated tires, in-tact bridges etc.
That our transition back into Konomala life would go well: reconnecting with Hodgdons, reconnecting with our friends in the community, and re-adjusting to what’s normal.