Wow. It’s been so long since I’ve blogged, it took me a while to remember the password! But having emerged from the bush, and with easy Internet access on the foreseeable horizon, I thought it time to dust off the keypad and take a stab at staying connected to the world and the few in it that know us.
I could wax eloquent on leaving Alduba, the transitions that lay ahead, the missionary life in general, or I could tell some entertaining stories about life in the bush, the kids, or about my car accident on the way up to Addis (ok, not entertaining…). But not today. Today I refrain.
One of the big advantages of blogging, for us, is to get prayer requests out to those who love and pray for us. I can share something timely, share it once, and in an instant, we have hundreds of people reading the blog and praying. That’s awesome. That’s worth staying up an extra hour to type out a post on my iPad with my clumsy-not-used-to-this-been-in-the-bush-without-internet-too-long fingers, who definitely need the practice.
So here it is…while I sit here in Addis reacquainting myself to the world of “devices” and all things high-tech and the “connectivity” they provide, Trent is out on a survey trip in what is probably the most least (can you say that? only when tired) explored part of South Sudan, if not Africa – the eastern edge of the Eastern Equatorial State that butts up to the Ethiopian border. Taposa territory. Yep. He’s out there in the “real” middle of nowhere. I mean really. Nowhere. A 500km wide space of nothing, nothing except cows and Taposa and a lot of swamp land making right now, dry season, the only time to travel. He’s been planning this trip for a long time, and now he’s there, he and some others who share his passion to get the gospel to the truly unreached. Following the survey trip, there will be a two-day round table discussion including four different missions and a few national church leaders on how best to launch a new work in this area.
Please pray for their safety and health, but more than that, pray that it would be a profitable undertaking, that they would see and hear what God wants them to, that they would learn much, that their vehicles wouldn’t break down in the “real” middle of nowhere. Pray too that as they all meet together at the consultation that God would reveal His plan, His vision, and give His wisdom as how to move forward, after all, it’s His work, His church, His harvest.
You can pray for the kids and I too. Ten days apart is a lot. They are participating in the mission school’s Field Days this week which is fun but exhausting, for kids and mom alike.
Pray that we get our clearance letter and exit visa done in the two business days we have between Trent’s return and our departure on February 3rd!
Well, that should keep you on your knees for a while. Not sure when or if I’ll hear from Trent (we left our sat phone in Alduba…13 years of doing this and we still manage to forget things), but if I do I’ll let you know…hopefully one of the other guys has one☺️
So glad we’re all in God’s hands…