Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
We just wanted to let you know, what all is going on. We have been living with Amy's parents while settling in to life as a couple and getting used to being back here in the USA. Ir has been a good time, just getting settled in as a couple and learning what marriage looks like. It has a been a good time. We have been praying for a place to live and God has provided us with the chance to move to South Dallas close to Cornerstone Church. Pastor Chris has offered us one of the units in the old motel there by the church and we are happy to accept. This will allow us to live cross culturally to a point as well as to pour time into lives Ryan has already invested in for the past few years through C-kids etc.
Ryan has started a small construction business and has been doing remodeling and landscaping jobs and the work is coming in consistently. We are hopin to be able to pay off his student loan by the end of the year and are putting his income to that end. Please pray that jobs would come in consistently and allow us to do just that. Amy is still at Parkland and will continue there until we are set to leave the country.
We have talked with our church leadership and they are excited to be sending us to PNG with NTM. They have asked that we wait until we have been married one year before we head overseas long term. That means the soonest we can go would be December of this year. We have talked with PNG as well and housing there isn't really available until January. The leadership there has asked us to go to the main center first so Amy can practice medicine for 8 weeks under the doctor there with NTM and get a feel for tropical wilderness medicine. There is a conference we would like to be there for in June, so our hope is to be there sometime mid February. This would allow us to get settled in and have Amy be able to do the 8 weeks under DR Bud before we head to our home in Hoskins.
So what is next? Our plan for the next few months is as follows.
Continue in our jobs and pay of debt by the end of October.
Move to Cornerstone and get settled into life and the community there.
Lay low the next couple of months to get used to being married and settle into life here.
Finalize the applications process with NTM and apply for Visas
Begin to raise support for the tools and such we would like to be able to take to PNG
Begin to prepare to move to PNG and think through that process.
Start raising support in September.
Training in FL with NTM in November,
Christmas with family in Mi then support raise there until February.
Return to TX in February and say our good byes.
Head to PNG mid Fedruary.
This our hope and plan as God enables and allows. Please pray that we would be faithful to his call, and grow as a couple to love him and each other as He would have us do. Please pray for continued divine appointments as we move forward and for God to provide the finances and support to make it all happen in His timing.
Ryan and Amy
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.