Friday, June 25, 2010
Last Friday, they were joined by six Nazarene young people at an area called Prima. One of the young pastor's wives is from this village and would really like for her family to come to know Jesus like she has. The team conducted a Kid's Club with more than 50 children, youth and adults in attendance. Puppets and games and activities all focused on sharing Christ's love through his death and resurrection.
This weekend they are joining together with the Nazarene youth in an evangelistic outreach to an area called Eratap. Pastor Peter Isaac has been preaching there for about a year now and a congregation of about 30-40 has been faithfully meeting. Please pray for the team as they share through Kid's Club, sports evangelism and Jesus Film and then lead the worship service on Sunday morning.
On Monday, June 28th, the YIM team along with 6 Nazarene young people, Pastor Jenny Isaac and us will be boarding a ship headed to Tanna, an island to the south of us. This team of 12 will be visiting three separate villages to share the love of Jesus with as many people as we can. Tanna is an island that is known for its animistic practices, resistance to the Gospel, and home of the John Frum cult. Our desire is to see people in each village come to know Christ as their Savior and started in some basic discipleship studies. We will be ministering on Tanna for two weeks, so please pray daily for open doors to the Gospel, and that we will be able to declare the message clearly and boldly.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Our time in the US was spent mostly in Buffalo, New York, getting acquainted with our two little granddaughters, Dora and Sylvia. We were delighted to finally hold these two precious girls in our arms after 3 months of admiring them from the other side of the world!
While David and Jeffrey drove to Mount Vernon, Ohio, to attend the MVNU commencement, Sylvia was able to go with Joel and Bekah on the girls' first picnic in the park. It was a beautiful spring day complete with a very slight shower. David and Jeffrey drove back from Ohio, along with Grandpops (Dr. Jim) Radcliffe and Tim and our youngest son Wesley. The following day, May 23rd, was one of the highlights of our trip as we all gathered at Joel and Bekah's church to dedicate the babies to God. Jim and Tim had to leave the next day, but Wesley stayed through the entire week. It was a great delight to have our family all together. Joel took the guys for a hike one day in a "gorge-ous" place called Letchworth State Park - the Grand Canyon of the East!
After Wesley had gone back to Ohio, we took two days and spent some time in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada, to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed a music concert in an old Anglican Church with local musicians performing, bicycled through the lovely vineyards and along the Niagara River, and enjoyed Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. To view more pictures of our time in the States click here.