Sunday, January 1, 2012

You Are Coming With Us

When we began telling people that we were itinerating to raise money to go to the mission field, they would sometimes look at us with sympathy. It was almost as if they were saying, "I'm sorry that you have to go through something like that during such tough economic times." They were surprised when we told them that things were going well and that the experience had been really positive. And for the past year as we have been visiting churches, we have been able to say the same thing. From the beginning of our itineration, God laid on our hearts to share our story in a way that would minister to and challenge others. We have done our best to be obedient to what we felt God wanted us to do, and we have seen God touch people's lives as well as pour out his blessings upon us. The hardest part of this whole process is anticipating saying all of the goodbyes. But the greatest thing we have come to realize is that we will not being going alone. You are all coming with us. We couldn't do this without your support. Whatever God allows us to accomplish in Papua New Guinea will not be done by just us but by all of you who have prayed for us, encouraged us, and supported us financially. You are also the missionaries. You are the senders, and we could not go without you. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity, kindness, and support, and we thank you for partnering with us to do not just what God has called the Boyds to do, but what God has called all of us to do.

Open House to Say Goodbye
We wish we could visit everyone one more time to say goodbye. But with just a couple of weeks to go before we leave on January 20, we know that is impossible. So we would like to invite you to stop by our house to say goodbye. We will have an open house on Monday, January 16 and Tuesday, January 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. If you are able to come by, we would welcome the chance to see you one more time and say goodbye. You don't need to RSVP, and please do not bring any gifts or food (we will not be able to bring anything else with us). Our house is located at 218 E Puente St in Covina. We hope to see you then!

Prayer Requests
Please pray for our travel to Papua New Guinea. Pray that we and our baggage will make all of our connections without delay, that we will not have any excess baggage fees, that the cargo we are shipping via boat will arrive without any problems or excessive customs fees, and that God will pour out an extra measure of grace and patience upon the whole family during our extremely long trip. Please also pray for health and stamina during our 14-week orientation that begins three days after we arrive in Papua New Guinea. God answers your prayers, so thank you for praying.

2011 Boyd Family Video
Each year, we create a video to commemorate some of the highlights from our past year as a family. You can watch the 2011 Boyd Family Video below.