Brad, Michelle, Nathan, Hailey and Megan Venter – Working in MAF Papau New Guinea
It is amazing how we often pray and then don’t really expect God to actually answer our prayers! We pray because we feel we should. Then when God answers (especially when He answers in exactly the way we ask), we are amazed! I was precisely like that as we made our plans to return to PNG. I was fully expecting to have to delay our departure because we didn’t have the completed paperwork yet for our new baby, Megan. We had been praying about it for ages and so had many other people, it shouldn’t have been a surprise then, when it all came through on time! I feel chastised and humbled by God’s continual provision and faithfulness. Why we ever doubt, I don’t know! To Michelle’s credit, she kept telling me to relax and trust that God would come through – and so He did!
Our new baby girl, Megan Faith was also born while we were back in South Africa. She was born on the 17th July and weighed 2.528kg. Nath was quite disappointed when he found out that his new baby was a sister, but said that he would love her anyway! Well, he really does love her and both he and Hails smother her with attention all the time! She is now ten weeks and is too cute as she is learning to smile and “chat” to us.
- We praise the Lord for a great time in South Africa. He went before us and provided for us in so many ways.
- We praise God for a healthy baby, Megan Faith.
- We praise the Lord that all the paperwork for Megan has come through in time and we can return to PNG without any delays.
- We are praying for our next two years in Papua New Guinea. We want God to use us as we submit our lives to Him.
- We pray too that we would be able to maintain a strong relationship with the Lord so that we can hear His still small voice and be sensitive to His leading.
- Please pray that we settle back into PNG quickly and that we won’t have any health problems.
Mark, Lorraine, David and Ruth Liprini – Working in MAF South Africa
“When you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” – John 21:18
Bedridden, dependent, frustration, helplessness, passivity.
These were the contrasts that went through my mind as the Lord had me pinned to a bed and forced me to listen to His voice for two weeks.
The op itself was not that painful, the recuperation is not that arduous, but the lessons the Lord is teaching me about Himself, myself, and our relationship are painful and not over yet.
Thank you for all who have been praying for us at this time, please continue praying as the Lord continues to work in our lives.
- We thank the Lord for supplying the funds yet again to cover another recent bout of “unplanned” vehicle expenses.
- Praise the Lord for the opportunities each of us have in the different areas of service He has placed us.
- Praise the Lord for the positive surgery outcomes and that Mark is back flying again.
- Pray for the Flying for Life programme.
- Please continue praying for protection over our vehicles that are in almost daily use.
- Pray for continued and complete healing for Mark’s foot.
- Pray for David as he starts winding up five years’ service with 13th Floor to begin serving in ministry with Cassie Carstens in the Western Cape later this year.
- Pray for Ruth as she works hard to complete this academic year.
Kirstein Combrink – Working in MAF Tanzania
We also cut some grass and filled some termite holes to repair the airstrip of the region’s main town, Orkessumet. The monthly safaris will be based from here; we will pick up the teams from the ELCT Hospital and take them to the other villages. In August we flew to Orkessument, drove to Lerumo for a ground inspection and then went back to do the first landing. Now the strip is ready to use pending the paperwork…
Since our visit we received news from the third village, Kitwai B, that they are also ready for a ground inspection of the airstrip. We will schedule that visit as soon as possible.
The next, and ongoing, step is getting all the paperwork ready so that we can submit it to the Civil Aviation Authority. The process is time consuming as the paperwork goes back and forth for village, regional and district signatures. After that, the application process will also take some time. As soon as all this is in order we will start the safaris. Please pray that the process will keep moving and that we can start with the work as soon as possible
- For the progress we have made on the South Maasai project.
- Making wonderful new friends and fellow Kingdom workers using diverse skills to advance the gospel.
- I’m starting to spend some more time in Arusha and it is starting to feel like “home” – the favour I received while settling in, although I have moved around a lot, I feel part of the team and look forward to fulfil my role here.
- Partnerships already established to sustain this ministry. We’ve reached 88% of the required monthly support.
- The paperwork process for the new South Maasai airstrips to go smoothly and the last bit of work at the Kitwai B strip.
- That our work will be effective and that we will be good stewards of the resources we are given.
- As I take on the role of Arusha Base Manager and South Maasai Project Coordinator. These are both great opportunities for growth, but it also comes with challenges, please pray for wisdom and insight.
- Continued partnerships as we set out to transform lives and build God’s Kingdom.
- That God’s will be done – focus to be on His and not my own plans.
- Our world in turmoil and in desperate need of salvation and restoration from God! (2 Chron 7:14).