We praise the Lord for his safety and protection as Sylvia and Jeffrey traveled back to the States at the end of July. It was a great blessing for them to be with family again and to visit some friends in the different places that they were traveling. Joel and Jeffrey were blessed to be a part of the first-ever MK Retreat held in Kansas City. We thank all those who helped to make it possible. Good-byes are never easy, but saying good-bye to Joel and Jeffrey at Mt. Vernon was the toughest one Sylvia has said so far. The Lord has given many reassurances of His provision during our separation. He is faithful as we step forward in obedience to His call. Keep Joel and Jeff in your prayers as Joel completes his final year of college and Jeffrey his first year.
While she was in Kansas City, Sylvia was able to have the medical tests done that had been recommended almost a year ago. All the GI tests came back normal and treatment for the anemia has been started.
We thank the Lord for bringing Sylvia back safely to Vanuatu last week. It has been wonderful to be reunited with David and Wesley after being apart for over a month. This week she will be leaving for Honiara, Solomon Islands, to participate in the Nazarene Women's conference. Three ladies from the first Nazarene church in Vanuatu will be going with her. Please pray for the Lord to pour out His Spirit upon the gathering of ladies from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. The theme of the conference is "Attractive Christians in the Every Day World." Sylvia will be sharing one day on the passage from Titus 2:3-5, discussing our need to be make the gospel attractive in our relationships with our husband and children. Sylvia and the ladies will be leaving Port Vila on Thursday, September 15 and returning on Thursday, Sept. 22. The conference begins on Sunday, September 18 and is finished on Friday, September 23.
David continues to minister to the congregations here in Port Vila at Malapoa and Tebakor. He is in the final stages of purchasing land on which to build a missionary home. One of the pieces of land that we had hoped to purchase has fallen through, but we know the Lord has a plan and we are looking to him. Continue to hold David up in prayer as he begins preparation for teaching and training men and women for the ministry here in Vanuatu. He is hoping to hold his first class early next year.
Wesley has started his senior year of high school this week. He is excited about all his courses this year. One of his favorites is British Literature. He will also be studying Anatomy and Physiology, Greek, Church History, and French (at the French Embassy here in town). He is a very vital part of our mission team as he leads the Tuesday night Bible quizzing program and assists with the NYI service and music program. Please keep him in your prayers as he desires to bear fruit for the glory of God.
Thank you once again for your prayers. We are relying on your support in prayer for the women's conference and for our family as well. "The ones who do the planting or watering aren't important, but God is important because he is the one who makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work as a team with the same purpose…We work together as partners who belong to God." (1 Corinthians 3:7-9 NLT). Thank you for your partnership in the gospel!
In His joy,
David, Sylvia and Wesley Potter