Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Journey Begins

Happy New Year friends!! We hope your year is off to a great start. We are probably on a plane somewhere between here and New Guinea as you read this. We fly out early on the 1st. We can hardly believe it is true.  We thought we would post a quick update here so you can read through it.  Please write to us at, as this will be our email while in NG. 

As many of you know, the last couple months of our lives have been filled with wedding planning, New Guinea trip preparation, support raising and work.Our wedding was amazing. Thank you to all who could come and be part of it. You were a real blessing to us. The reception in Michigan was also great. We got to visit with a lot of family and friends and enjoy the foot of new snow on the ground! 

Amy has continued to work part-time in the ER at Parkland and Ryan has worked with Free City International. It kept us fairly busy to say the least. Last month Amy took care of one of the original Northway members in the ER who came in with a hemorrhagic stroke. Praise the Lord she is back home now after surgery and many days in the ICU. 

The Free City Soccer league really took off in the refugee community. Through Free City's Soccer League Ryan got to got to know over 46 refugees from 11 countries: Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Congo, Bhutan, Burma, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Kenya and Rawanda. It was good soccer and good fellowship. Ryan really enjoyed getting to know some of these guys. They have incredible stories and we have posted some of them on the blog. You can check it out at

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: "a time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose;a time to keep, a time to love, and a time to hate"; What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

In October, we were in front of the Dallas campus of The Village Church being confirmed into ministry by the pastors and elders there! Pastor Steve and Pastor Brandon prayed over us and asked the body to pray and be a part of sending us to New Guinea.  Many of you made your way down front to pray over us. For Ryan this was somewhat of a culmination of a long journey to be released to go to New Guinea. For us, it is more of a beginning as we start to walk this road together. We were truly overwhelmed by your presence and your prayers. And for that, we say "thank you!" 

Acts 6:6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

Acts13:2-3 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

1 Timothy 1:6&7 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

We've been sharing at home groups, Bible studies and Sunday school classes the last couple months. Every time it is a reminder of where the Lord has brought each of us individually and now where he has brought us together.  It has been refreshing to meet with many of you. We really love how God has brought us to the same conclusion of what he wants from our lives. We are from such different backgrounds and yet through parents who loved the Lord and the individual experiences in our lives, we have been taught the truth of God's calling for us. 

Ephesians 1:15-19 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe.  

A couple weeks ago, we shared at Amy's grandparent's Sunday school class. Someone asked how we were paid. When I told him we received no salary from anyone, he could hardly believe it. Then he asked how did we live. We told him it was through people like him, who believe God is leading them to partner with us. As the Lord leads and as we make our needs known, people will pray regularly and/or give on a monthly basis. That is what makes it a reality. He then commented that it was amazing to him that someone could have the faith to move to the other side of the world trusting in people's giving to keep them there and provide for them there.

Matthew 7:7-11 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! 

This is probably the 500th time we have heard this from someone in the past year. We return to the same questions each time. Do we really have the faith? What is that faith really in? It isn’t in people's giving nature, or in the economy, or in our own abilities. Our faith is really in our belief that God will not ask us to do anything that he won’t provide for. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills right? Everything in this world is His right? So it is and He has the power to do anything. What do we do with that? We believe and move forward. If He finds joy in giving us good gifts and He also provides for the sparrow and He will not lead where He will not provide then…. What do we have to fear? The same is true for you who give.  

Luke 12:6-7 "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows." 

God is showing himself to be our provider even in the midst of the wrestle. He is still the same God who brought down manna from heaven for the Israelites in the desert, who provided a substitute ram as Abraham's sacrifice, who guided the Israelites by day and by night, who fed 5000 men from 12 loaves and 5 fish, and who provided a way for us to spend eternity with Him. In the last couple weeks, the remaining money for our trip has come inThank you to all of you who made this possible. It is so encouraging to see and we thank the Lord for you and pray for you. 

Philippians 4:19 "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." 

All the money that we needed for this trip has come in, just over $13000, it is so amazing to see how God provides. He has done so through many of you and we are very grateful. Amy and I have taken this as a real confirmation of our direction and His purpose in that.  The next step for us will be to raise the monthly support needed. Right now we have $1,165 a month promised in monthly support, with $980 of that actually coming in. New Tribes recommends that we have $4,187/month before we begin full time with them in August. This is really our biggest need at this time. We will be living off of this support throughout training as that is full time and there is not time to work. Please pray that God would lay this on people's hearts and move them to give. None of this is possible without people like you joining us in this endeavor, we need partners to do all of this. Please prayerfully consider this as well.

Malachi 3:10 "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."  

He isn’t going to ask some of you to give to our ministry without providing for you as well. God loves to give us good things like a father to his children. Even in knowing this I struggle with having this faith. I really do, right now I am struggling with it as our finances are not what they need to be and I am asking Amy to join me in this effort. It was a lot easier when it was jut me. Now I have to trust God to not only provide for my needs but for those of my wife as well. When days are tough and I want to take control of it all I have to look to God and say it is yours. I am yours. She is yours please take care of us

 Psalms 37:4, 25 "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart...I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread."

 A little more about our trip! We will be at the Interface Training Center for a program called Interface for the first 4 weeks. We will spend time learning (reviewing for Ryan) Pidgin English, learning about cross-cultural church planting in a tribal context, and ministering to the local tribe. We will then head to NTM's headquarters where Amy will work for a week in the clinic there with Dr. Bud. Meanwhile, Ryan will assist with the current construction and maintenance projects. The final 2 weeks, we'll travel to the missions center in the islands region of NG. There is a supply depot, a clinic, a guest house and a boarding school for missionary kids. We're visiting because we could move there after completing training.  

Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." 

Pray that we would gain much wisdom and insight from the missionaries that are currently serving in New Guinea. Pray for divine appointments. Pray that we would go as learners and that we'd be able to bless and encourage the workers there. We are hoping to find out what our next step will be. Ryan feels ready to go now as an associate but I am not as ready for this. We both know that if we are not at the same place in this then we need to wait and are praying that God would bring unity in it. We have looked into doing the training New Tribes provides stateside before we go full time but would like to see how we fit with those working in New Guinea, in the Islands Region. Pray God would settle in our hearts what the next step is, and make it clear if we are ready to head there now to if we need to take more time to prepare.

Acts 20:24  But I do not count my life as  any value, if only I may finish the my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus to testify to the good news of Gods grace. 

The next time you hear from us we will be in New Guinea! Here's our schedule:

January 1: Flight leaves Dallas
January 3: Interface
February 1: Amy work in clinic/Ryan work on current construction projects at headquarters
February 28: Back in Dallas
August 14 Leave for full time training with NTM,  or continue on to New Guinea

Monday, September 28, 2009

Our Hopes

Mark 5:13 14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Mark 16:15 He said to them; "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.

  Our ministry and purpose for serving in Papua New Guinea is to be a direct support to those who are working hard to ensure that every "tribe and tongue" have a chance not just to hear but to understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their own language. A task that is amazing and difficult at the same time.

Things like fixing generators, building homes, or other such projects will be my focus, while Amy will provide medical checkups, and emergent care for the region. Our job is to do whatever we can to allow those planting churches and discipling new believers to do so without distraction. All with the hopes of removing the stress and allowing those serving in the tribes to focus on what they are there to do.

Each of us can play a part in touching the lives in the lost reaches of the world. We can do this by supporting those who are on the forefront of the mission frontier. Taking the weight of worry off their shoulders and allowing them to focus on the task at hand, the presentation of the gospel, the translation of the scriptures, and the ministering to those in need, and the discipling of the believers .

Let’s join together each doing the piece God has assigned to us without abandon. Each part of the body fulfilling its God given function whether it be praying, giving, or going. If each with a burden prays, and each with the ability gives, and each one called goes then together we can reach the last tribe with the message. Each of us has a burden to bear lets do so with the grace, wisdom, and strength of our God. Running the race as though to win the prize of every last village being reached with the gospel.

Ephesians 4:15-17 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Supplication, Support, and Sharing

Hello! This is Ryan here. We wanted to send you all a basic idea of what the future holds for Amy and I. We are getting married and then traveling to New Guinea (NG). We are currently raising support for that trip, for the full-time training with New Tribes Mission (NTM), and for our time in NG after that. Together we hope to shine Christ to the world, appealing to them to “be reconciled to God.” The doors are open, and we need you to help us move forward.

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassador, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.

This is Amy. Howdy! For those that I haven’t talked to recently and to those who don’t know me yet, I have been an ER nurse at Parkland Hospital for 3 years, mentoring Somali refugees, getting involved at The Village Church and participating in a triathlon or two. About a year ago, the Lord led me to begin seriously looking for a nursing opportunity overseas, one where I could serve people who have not heard the gospel. Over the years, the Lord brought me to that place through an eye-opening mission trip to Sudan, Perspectives course, Scriptures and various friendships. I am thrilled to continue traveling this road with Ryan and look forward to partnering with you.

Philippians 1:3-7 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace.

We hope to go to unreached peoples who have no access to the Bible and where the gospel has yet to be presented. We have decided to go to New Guinea, the world’s most primitive and untouched place. With 1600+ languages and 2100 dialects, it is the most linguistically and culturally diverse place in the world. Over 900 of the world’s 2300 unreached people groups are found there.

Romans 15:20-21 Thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, but as it is written, "Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.

We will be a part of a team of 130 families planting churches in over 30 language groups. We will be living at a center, which houses a boarding school, clinic, supply depot, guest houses and technical support facilities. Ryan will provide the technical, mechanical, and construction support for those families and the tribes they are in. Amy will provide the routine and emergent medical care for them. We will also serve as mentors for the missionaries’ children at the boarding school. We want to allow those in the tribes translating the Bible, presenting the gospel, and discipling believers to focus on the task God has called them to do.

Ephesians 4:15-16 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Life is a gift from God and we are excited to be able to lay ours at His feet. We are confident that He has not called us to something that He will not provide for in every way. It is His provision, love, and guidance that allows us to reach out to the lost in this world. And, it is His drawing them to Himself while shining through us that makes any of this work. We need to be constantly depending on Him in prayer for everything.

Philippians 4:18-20 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

We have sought the counsel of our church leadership and those currently serving with NTM. Based upon their recommendations and our own convictions we have decided to do the full training offered by NTM. NTM has what is recognized by mission organizations around the world as one of the best and most intensive and exhaustive Mission Training Schools (MTC). With classes meeting from 8-5, five days a week, and studying too, there will be little room for anything else over the next two years. We are excited to dive into the training and prepare for our future in ministry.

1 Peter 1:13-19 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

We are thrilled that a majority of this school’s staff are seasoned missionaries who have faithfully walked the road we will be taking. They’ve planted churches among the most remote, unreached peoples of the world and discipled pastors and elders, while raising godly families. Under their discipleship, we plan to learn from their stories and wisdom how to run the race well to the end.

Acts 20:24 But I do not count my life as any value, if only I may finish the course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus to testify to the good news of God’s grace.

We are about to set out on a journey that is very difficult. It will test us and our walk with the Lord in every way. Our goal in this time of training is to learn to love each other well through our love for the Lord and to prepare our hearts and minds for ministry. In many ways our love for each other in marriage can be a true and bright reflection of the Lord’s sacrificial love for the world. It is this very love for the Lord that is necessary for us to be able to walk together faithfully through whatever the future holds. Our ministry starts and ends with our love for the Lord and for each other.

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

We cannot walk this path alone. Please join with us in reaching these people and lift us up to the Lord constantly. As we set out on this journey we are aware of the spiritual warfare and danger involved. We are driven to our knees in dependence on God and we ask that you join us there. We will keep you updated on our needs and what God is doing around us. In all of this we deeply covet your prayers.

Ephesians 3:18-19 Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication to that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador.

We also ask you to partner with us financially. We are currently at 20% of our recommended support, which is $4897 a month. We are asking for support from people like you who believe in what God is doing through us and want to be a part of it. This may sound like a lot, but it’s really not much. If 200 of you committed to $25 a month ($300/year), our financial needs would be met. We also need $11,500 by the end of November to cover the cost of our trip to New Guinea this spring. We can’t wait to see God provide through you. We have enclosed two documents that explain what the support money covers and how you can give. Please let us know if you have any questions. You can email us at Or, call: Ryan, 574-850-0343; Amy, 214-499-5233. Ideally, we’d like to sit down and chat with you!

2 Corinthians 9:7-8 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Thank you,
Ryan Carpenter &
Amy Smith

Friday, August 28, 2009

Providence Provision and Promise

It is so good to finally have some clear direction. I met with the missions staff at The Village Church a couple of weeks ago and walked through what it will look like for that body to send me to New Guinea (NG) with New Tribes Mission (NTM).

My heart was set on going to go to PNG, and I was supposed to leave in January. I had to pause for a minimum of six months due to the melanoma. It was hard to put everything on hold and trust that God knew best and had it under control. I had postponed raising support until my doctor was comfortable with letting me leave the country as she needed to find out more information on the cancer. The second set of tests have come back clear!

Over two years had passed since I started support raising and preparing to head to PNG. It seemed as though a life-time had passed. In that time of waiting my frustration gave way to prayer. I begged God to be so real in this situation that it would be impossible to miss his hand and his guidance.

I started working with a non-profit that helps with refugee assimilation and evangelism. It allows me to work cross culturally here in Dallas and reach un-reached people in the neighborhood where I live.

Being in Dallas an additional 6 months also allowed me to go to East Africa on a vision trip with my church. It was tough to see so much need and angst and Islamic hostility to Christianity. The darkness of the Muslim world is overwhelming. It was a real encouragement to see the believers there stand for their faith in spite of it possibly meaning their death. One man who had been beaten and left for dead over 7 times was still getting up again to tell of our God. It really pressed on me the value of the gospel and that I need to look at each moment with value and spend it well.

This time has stretched me in so many ways. My travels and my working with refugees has only confirmed in me the desire and conviction to be in those places were the gospel has yet to be preached. No matter if it is here in Dallas with refugees or in NG with tribal peoples who have never heard, I will preach the gospel as loud as I can.

I also started dating an amazing woman named Amy Smith a few months ago. She has been a real blessing in my life and it is really encouraging to watch her selflessly serve the refugee families here. I recently asked her to marry me and she said yes! I thank God every day for bringing her into my life. She has spent time overseas and was pursuing going with Africa Inland Mission as a nurse when we met. We are now traveling this road together, going wherever God would open the door.

We will be going to PNG in January for Interface so Amy can get to know NTM a bit and PNG culture. From there, we will travel to NTM headquarters in Lapilo. Amy can work in the clinic and get a feel for medicine there. Then we’ll head to Hoskins, where  I will work on construction projects and Amy will work in the clinic at the base. We’ll be able to get to know the people we could be partnering with in ministry. In addition, it will allow us the opportunity to see what vocational training we should pursue to better enable us in ministry.

As much as I would like to be in PNG now, a lot of prayer and the counsel of church leadership and mentors has changed that.  Amy and I have decided to go through two years of training before going to New Guinea long-term. Our hope is that this route will best prepare us for life and long-term ministry, not to mention, learning how to live together and love each other well! This also gives my doctor the additional six months of tests that she would like. Our church leadership is excited to pursue this with us.

With full-time training and a trip ahead of us, there is definitely a financial need. I have been returning to people who had committed to supporting me before and asking for their support again. Funds will now be going through Free City, the training organization of The Village Church. Please email me for specifics immediately, or feel free to call me 469-644-6157.

We hope to find 200 people to partner with us financially at $300 a year or $25 a month. We ask that you all consider being a part of this. We can’t do it without you being involved. We will be sending out more info on how you can do this in the next couple of weeks.  Right now, please pray for us in this season of transition, and feel free to pass this along to anyone you may know who might be interested in joining us in this time as well.

Thank you,
Ryan Carpenter

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Prayer Update

Prayer update!

Hey, I just wanted to drop you a quick line to ask for your prayers. I am really excited to finally be able to have the full backing of my church, The Village Church, and a clear health report from my doctor to pursue heading to Papua New Guinea (PNG) with New Tribes Mission (NTM). I had to put it on pause for a few months and it is good to be able to head that direction again. I will have one final check in August that will be the final determiner of when I will leave.

I am still working through the details of time frame and what that will all look like. I have been talking through it all with the missionaries in PNG that I would be serving with and they are excited to have me coming down. Amy and I are trying to work through what this will look like for our relationship. I am serving with a Non profit here in Dallas that works with refugees and want to walk well here as I look to the future.

In all of this I am going to have to go back to raising support and sharing with people what I will be doing and how they could help it all happen. It is exciting to see how all of this will have to be the body working together and how I can in no way do it alone. I am praying that God would make Himself and His direction mightily evident.

Please pray with me for these things:
That God would give my girlfriend Amy and I peace in this all and a clear sense of Gods leading.
That as Amy and I travel to Michigan to meet family and talk through plans God would make it a sweet time and help us see His will for us.
That God would make the time to go very evident.
That the provision and open doors would such that He gets all the credit.
That my final checkup in August would come back clear allowing me to go.
That God would provide people to partner with me financially providing the needed funds to go and serve.
That I would be able to dive deeper in my relationships as I look at leaving in Gods timing.
That God would surround me with a multitude of people on their knees running to God on my behalf.
That I would finish my responsibilities well and not get lost in the transition.

Thank you very much, it is going to be an exciting journey, and I covet your prayers. I will be sending a more detailed letter very soon, I just wanted to let you all know where this is at. I will also update my website in the next couple of days.

Friday, March 27, 2009

A quick update

I just wanted to let you all know where things stand, as a lot is on hold right now and i don't seem to have many answers.

1. I had another MRI on Monday of last week for my Melanoma, please pray all comes back clear. I have left it up to my Doctor as to if I will go to New Guinea or not.

2. I have just started dating an amazing woman named Amy Smith who loves the Lord and is pursuing missions as hard as I am. Please pray we would grow together in this time and that God would make it very clear to us how to move forward.

3. I have been asked to go on a vision trip to East Africa with some good friends of mine to look at how the church could be involved there. Please pray for safety as we travel and that God would be very clear in all of this. He has provided over $13k in as many days for the trip. All we can say is thank you Lord.

4. Please pry for patience and wisdom for me, it has been very hard to put all of this on hold and seek God in it all. I want to be overseas serving now and the waiting has been hard. It has been good to as God is definitely pouring out his blessing. Please pray I would lean on him and see what He is doing in it all.

5. In the interim of waiting I have begun to work a nonprofit named Free City International. The main focus is evangelism and discipleship in the refugee community here in Dallas. It is exciting to see God opening doors of ministry here as I wait on Him. there are over 65k refugees here and most of them are either Muslim of Hindu. It has been a challenge to show them true Christianity and not the Hollywood version of it. Please pray for God to move in their hearts and that we would be able to live our lives in a way that shouts loudly to Him.

6. I have stopped raising support as I am now unsure of when I will be leaving, I will be taking the remaining support and using it for this trip to East Africa. I have been able to do enough freelance construction work to put food on the table and a roof over my head but not much else. please pray God would continue to provide the finances necessary to continue forward in this and still remain free to go when the door opens.

Thank you all for your prayer and support, you have been a real encouragement to me.

I am excited to see what God is going to do in all of this.

please keep me in your prayers,

Ryan carpenter

Ephesians 3:14-21  For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Delayed for a reason

I found myself over the past few months wondering just what God was thinking. I had every hope of being in PNG this fall and getting used to the culture and routine of things by now. It was very difficult to keep waiting on God to move. The finances just hadn’t come in for me to go like they should have, I mean if I was being faithful in sharing the need then why wasn’t God bringing in the funds to enable me to go??
It is funny to me that I profess to believe in the sovereignty of our God and yet in those moments when I cant see I begin to doubt Him. Yet he works in spite of my doubt!
I went in to the dermatologist in Dec to have a couple of moles removed from my head based on a history of carcenoma thinking that it was best to do that now before I was in the bright New Guinea sun and only antagonizing them.
The doctor asked about another mole on my neck wondering if I had any more and after looking found a 3/4 inch one in between my shoulder blades that had her really concerned. I had both the one on my neck, the one on my back and two more on my head removed. The biopsies showed that two of them were stage three melanoma. The doctor wanted to do more tests, and the biopsy had shown that they had missed some of the one on my back.
They ended up removing a 3 by 2 by 1/2 inch section from between my shoulders and two lymph nodes for further testing. It turns out that the cancer had spread to one lymph but no farther and that the surgery had removed it all. I will have to do one more recheck in three months and another in 6 months and if all is clear then I can leave at that point.
I find it incredibly encouraging and humbling that God knew all along what He was doing. The doctor said that as advanced as it was that it was only a short matter of time before the cancer had spread to my entire lymph system and became much much more dangerous. To think that he caused things to go slow and gave the doctor the wisdom to see. I am so grateful for His hand in my life.
Please pray that my back will continue to heal and the soreness will go away.
Please pray that the tests will come back clear in March and August.
Please also pray that God would bring in the finances both for the doctors bill and for the support to head out in 6 months.
His timing is perfect and all is in His hands. If he can do this I can’t wait to see what else he is capable of in the future. God is so amazing!