It's been a while since I've sent out a post, mainly because I really don't have much to report. My health is almost totally back to normal. I only notice that I seem to tire a little more quickly than before, but I expect that to improve as time goes on.
So, as I mentioned before, the main obstacle to my return to PNG is now my paperwork. Michael Berbin, one of the missionaries in PNG, is continuing to work with the PNG immigration department but has been unsuccessful so far. My work permit, along with those of most of the GFA missionaries in PNG, will expire at the end of this calendar year. If I am not back in PNG by then, I will have to wait until our work permit renewals are approved, which could be several months. But, regardless of inefficient third world governments, it is a blessing to know that the Lord is ultimately in control. He allowed the issue to arise and He will clear it up in His own perfect timing.
In the meantime, I am finding various things to stay busy. I had the opportunity to speak to the Bob Jones University chapter of the University Nurses Assocation, a student led organization for nursing students. I shared with them about the ministry in PNG and about the opportunities available in medical missions. Last week was Missions Emphasis week at Bob Jones, so I was able to assist at the GFA table, sharing with students about long and short term opportunities with GFA on mission fields around the world. In a few weeks, I will be speaking at the ladies group of one of my supporting churches here in Greenville, SC. I have also enjoyed opportunities to see and visit with my family, even attending my 10 year old nephew's chapel program at his elementary school.
Please continue to pray for the Lord to open the door for me to return to PNG in His timing. Also please pray for wisdom for some decisions that need to be made in the meantime.