Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Where Our Treasure Is

"Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." - Matthew 6:21 (NLT)

This past month has been a month of purging. We have been going through everything we own trying to decide whether to ship it, store it, sell it, or give it away. While it is easy to get rid of junk that has been laying around, it can be quite difficult to part with sentimental items. So many items seem to have memories associated with them, and when we part with such an item, it feels like we are parting with those memories. It can be a painful process. Yet it is also a powerful reminder that we are not supposed to be attached to the things of this world, but rather we are to give our lives in service to our Lord Jesus Christ. We don't want our treasure to be the stuff we have accumulated, but the relationships we have formed and the people whose lives God has allowed us to touch. But that is easier said than done! Please pray with us that God will help us to let go of the material goods we have accumulated and focus our hearts on the treasures we can store in heaven through the work he has called us to.

We Have Our Plane Tickets!
We have purchased our plane tickets for Papua New Guinea! We depart out of Los Angeles on Singapore Airlines on January 20 in the afternoon and arrive in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on January 22 in the early morning. From there we will take a local flight to Madang, where we will be for our initial fourteen-week Pacific Orientation training course. We have also received our Work Permit and have applied for our Visa. Please pray that we will receive our Visa with a waiver (which means that we wouldn't have to submit a bunch of extra paperwork).

Trip Back East
We just concluded our trip to Pennsylvania and New York, where we shared at Ingomar Church and the Brooklyn Tabernacle. We also had a chance to take Jacob and Bella into New York City, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Jacob and Bella in Times Square!
By The Numbers 
Months to Departure: 3
Hours of travel from LAX to Madang: 28

Oct 7 - Adam's Birthday
Oct 9 - New Hope Church
Oct 11 - Asher's Birthday
Oct 16 - Crossroads Assembly
Oct 23 - The Blessing Center
Oct 30 - Brimhall Road Assembly of God
Nov 2 - Glad Tidings Church
Nov 6 - Centro Evangelistico
Nov 12 - Bakersfield Christian Church
Nov 13 - Family Fellowhship Church
Nov 20 - Orange County First Assembly
Nov 27 - The Connection