Our family safely arrived in Ukarumpa on Good Friday. Our whole neighborhood came and greeted us as we got off the bus! That was a sweet reminder that we have a wonderful fellowship here at our base.
We were planning on staying in Sivauna village until the end of April, but as is the case for each of you, our plans got turned upside down over the past few weeks. Every other day seemed to bring different plans than the previous one, and our minds were much more spent than our bodies. Were we staying or leaving? To pack or not to pack, that was the question.
We’re grateful that the Lord allowed us to wrap up well in the village. Things were going wonderfully, but once the virus reached our island there were worries about us getting trapped there with no way to get more supplies, thus further burdening our village family for food and protection. Not having the ability to get out, should a medical emergency arise, was weighing on us as well. We were running out of medicine and food, and having trouble with our solar power system and communication. Our headquarters worked diligently to bring us back here in spite of all the travel restrictions in place. Special permission from the PNG government was granted, we quickly packed up the house, and we all breathed a deep sigh of relief when that airplane arrived.
Our village family was sad to see us go. But with our departure, they had the freedom to leave the village and go live in the bush to avoid the virus. Please pray for them with us.
We are praying with you for the many challenges facing our world. Thanks for your patience with us as we unpack both our boxes and our emotions, as well as sift through three months’ worth of emails and other communication we’ve been missing out on.
We’re looking forward to giving you a more detailed summary of our time spent in Sivauna. God is moving!
As ever, we are beyond grateful for each prayer and gift you send on our behalf. May God guard each of you from all harm and give you the grace to walk through your challenges. The Wade family loves you!