During October we’re focusing on trusting God for provision. Please see the Monthly Prayer Focus page to read our strategic prayer request for this month.
By Eunice Herchenroeder
Two new technical service specialists by the end of this year? At least five new literacy specialists two years after that? And ten new translation teams by 2019? And a whole bunch of other people serving in other vital roles? What wildly audacious goals! What faith stretchers!
These growth goals all looked impossible when we first began praying for them a few years ago. Take technical services, for example. For quite some time the only missionary serving in this vital role was also our IT administrator, another essential role in which we really needed him full-time. We prayed. We trusted. But really, who wants to leave the comforts of home and a successful career as a carpenter, mechanic, or all-around handyman to move to Papua New Guinea to fight termites, rust, rot, and all the other havoc that tropical heat, humidity, and fauna and flora can wreak on buildings, cars, and other possessions? What a wildly audacious thing for which to pray.
But God seems to specialize in answering faith-stretching, wildly audacious prayers. The first part of His answer came late last year with the arrival of David and Carol, who already had experience living and serving in PNG. David’s role? Tech services. Thank you, God.
In April God sent the second person for whom we were praying – Andy, an incredibly talented carpenter and fixer-upper. Thank you again, God.
But wait! God wasn’t finished yet! Last month He brought yet another person who will help meet our tech services needs as soon as he and his family complete their in-country orientation.
It’s pretty amazing to see how God has done what seemed like the impossible, sending even more than we asked for so we could catch up on repairs, keep up on maintenance, and undertake construction projects to meet housing and office needs for our growing team.
Five new literacy teams? Ten new translation teams? Audacious! Wildly so! But God…
Eunice provides administrative support services and assists in the development of mother-tongue literacy materials for children.