In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. ~Proverbs 16:9
Ruth and I are very surprised to be writing this update to you from yet another region in Indonesia. Let us explain a bit, as you may remember we are in the midst of chaos with government paper work. Step 1 of all the paper work was waiting for a person from the American consulate in Java, Surabaya who was planing on coming to our home town on official business but also wanted to help us with all our paper work. Well, a few days ago on the day she was scheduled to arrive I got a call from the consulate that she had a medical emergency and was having to cancel her trip. Wow, what a shocker this news was to us! Our American paper work is already looking to be late and so I knew we (as a whole family) had to get on a plane ASAP and head to the island of Java for a consulate visit. we flew in on Sunday afternoon, finished all our paper work today, fly back to our home tomorrow. Some times we don't understand it, but God does choose to send us some whopping curve balls sometimes, does He not?! Honestly though, with all the expense and confusion of all these trips and paper work we've finally just gotten to the point on GIVING UP and resting in our Maker. After seeing how everything right now is so beyond us I find resting in Him is a VERY NICE place to be! We know somehow in the end this will all work out for His glory and He'll use to it to continue to shape us into the people He wants us to be..
Please be praying for us these next few weeks as you think of us and our family. Right now Isaiah's passport is scheduled to be done in two weeks and then it will be mailed to our government office to begin the process of applying for his visa. After that is finished we all get on a plane again to fly to Singapore for a few days and then fly back so that Ruth, Chloe, Addie, & Gwen can then be under a new visa (my work visa). Lot's going on! Right now we pretty much just want all this behind us, but will have to bare down for a while before that happens. :( Thank you for your many notes of encouragement and prayers for us.
Until every last tribe is reached with the Gospel!
~Ben & Ruth
Chloe, Gwen, Addie, & Isaiah
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