October 2021: edition 2

Grace and peace to you, friends and family. While it is tempting to wait until plans are done spiraling out of control before we write to you, I am reminded in Scripture that these are the moments when we truly need to trust our outcomes and plans to our Father. We need your prayers. In our October update we wrote of the Jesus Film Launch scheduled next Sunday in Sivauna, as well as our plans for some of our family to join Aaron in the village this week. Due to some new government restrictions to control the spread of Covid19, it was necessary to cancel those plans.

One of three packed and weighed pieces of luggage. I was tempted to set it on fire, but just unpacked it instead.

I have read carefully through government documents, consulted with our supervisors and shared as much information as possible with Aaron and the Mamusi Translation team through short text messages. It does seem ironic that I was aware of their restrictions well before they were, but my access to internet and other communication is something they simply don’t have in the village.

The fun and reuniting will have to wait!

It seems like the Translation Training Course, which has gone really well so far, could still be completed under the new restrictions. Aaron is awaiting the final decision from the local ward member there. He will probably return to us on November 8th. But if the course needs to be finished now, he will return this week, November 3rd.

The Mamusi Translation Team is hopeful the Jesus Film Launch will take place at Christmastime. Thanks for waiting and praying with us about this.

Part of the Mamusi Translation Team

Our disappointment is very real, but so is our hope and trust in our Father’s timing.

Another setback to our family this past week was Silas getting diagnosed with asthma. We are so grateful that we quickly had the medicine he needed to begin to improve. We have seen improvement throughout the week, though much slower than we would like. Please pray for Silas’ lungs.

Our active goofball is having to slow down a lot.

Is it ironic that tomorrow begins a month that people from our culture typically focus on gratitude? Is it by chance that Silas would get this diagnosis when Covid19 is the worst it’s been here in PNG? Is it coincidental that Aaron was gone during this? Of course not. All of the restrictions, rules, upset plans, and illness have us taking a step back to refocus our perspectives and priorities. God’s love and attention to the details of our lives remains unchanged. I do not hope in an aloof God. Thanks for praying with us, with me, when I feel like we’ve been pushed down a hill in a barrel and are trying to climb out onto solid ground.

Stricter rules about socializing have led to some creative obstacle courses being built in our yard.

As I was praying for our home country this morning, the Lord challenged me to make my prayer more specific. Matthew’s Gospel clearly tells us what Jesus said “blessed” people are. So instead of praying for God to bless America, I am believing that His Bride in America will be blessed WHEN we are poor in spirit, meek, mourning, hungry and thirsty for righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, reviled, persecuted, teaching the whole truth, reconciled to our brothers, purging our selfish desires, trustworthy, generous, loving, forgiving, and sincerely praying, even for our enemies. Matthew 5 is certainly not the American dream, but we should never be bowing and worshiping at the altar of the American Dream. It’s empty and powerless. Our hope for our souls and for the souls of future generations lies in something too great to fathom, some One who can light a consuming fire in a drowning altar built for and to Him.

In the past 19 months, we have witnessed the Lord take a soggy, drowning Translation program and light a fire in it that can only be explained by His provision, His planning, His love, and His purpose. This most recent setbacks is another opportunity to experience His ultimate and loving sovereignty. Let’s pause together to thank Him for doing impossible things in each of our lives.

Our sunshine and thunderstorms and rainbows.

As each of us works through our circumstances and disappointments, may we ever be aware of the fullness of joy found only in the Living Water, the first and final Word. “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” -Matthew 7:24-27

Know the Word, Friends. Love the Author. Obey.

Beautiful details.

5 comments

  1. dplittlefield · · Reply

    Good Morning Rebekah!

    Although I sense your disappointment in the many changes that you/family face, I rejoice in realizing that your faith grows stronger and that you/Aaron know that God remains in complete control! God obviously has a reason for delaying the much anticipated visit from your family but I’m confident that He will provide the earliest opportunity to make that happen! So in lieu of that “special” visit with those you love, I am hereby declaring the Month of November as God’s Month to bring GREAT JOY to you/family! May His presence not only be evident each day but that unexpected delights will become apparent and His Spirit will touch each member of your family in a remarkable way!

    Yes, we are praying for Silas’ comfort and recovery from asthma and for continued protection for each member of your precious family. To realize the continued sacrifices that you/family have made, what a blessing! I wish that Barbara and I could be there to hug everyone and to (hopefully) bring joy and encouragement to you. So we’ll have to do it “long distance” – can you feel it!

    May God always be near to reassure and strengthen your daily walk – what an exciting journey for your family! We love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    David and Barbara

    P.S. And don’t you dare forget to give those precious children a BIG hug for us!

    On Sun, Oct 31, 2021 at 12:18 AM The Wade Journey wrote:

    > rebekahwade posted: ” Grace and peace to you, friends and family. While it > is tempting to wait until plans are done spiraling out of control before we > write to you, I am reminded in Scripture that these are the moments when we > truly need to trust our outcomes and plans to ou” >

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  2. Naomi Boone · · Reply

    Prayers for you and family.
    I am so thankful for you.

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  3. Emily Phillips · · Reply

    Praying for peace and blessings to all of the Wades as you wait on the Lord.
    Love and good wishes always.

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  4. jerribalkon · · Reply

    Lifting all of you in prayer and praying protection for those lungs. I spent 6 days in the hospital in August with pneumonia in both lungs from COVID. Even though I was never even tempted to smoke my parents were both heavy smokers and at age 60 we discovered the second hand smoke damage. So I have special insights into lungs now. Just more reasons to pray for y’all.

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  5. Malini D · · Reply

    Dear Rebekah! May the Lord be your strength and refuge and ever present help to meet your every need. He will not fail of forsake His children. My prayer is that He will keep you as the apple of His eye and give you peace. Also that His healing hands will restore Silas’ lungs and make them whole and strong. For every delay, may the Lord restore double blessings back to your family. Thank you for your faithful labors in Gods kingdom and bringing encouragement as you share your journey. Your faith and endurance, challenges me to stay my course in trusting the Lord in all things. Much love and prayers for you and your family. Ps 34:4-5.

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