Wednesday, April 23, 2008

To Port Moresby and beyond...

We are still a little sleep deprived...but we can’t blame it all on our neighbours! Rather, travelling. Tomorrow we’re off to Port Moresby on the early bird flight—leaving here at about 5:30am. Meaning we’ll be up at least an hour before that. I don’t know about most of you, but I find I often have trouble sleeping on nights like this, mostly because my head won’t stop thinking—What if we sleep in? What if we miss our plane? Did I forget to pack anything? Etc. Actually already the last two nights I’ve lain awake for an hour or two, just thinking about all that I have to do before we leave. In desperation last night, I wrote down a few things on some tissues that happened to be on my bedside table. Just so I could stop thinking about them! Only to wake up this morning to the realization that you cannot write legibly on tissues, especially in the dark.

Ian is on the Board of Governors for the Bible College in Port Moresby and we’re going so that he can attend some meetings in this regard. We’re staying with our friends and colleagues, Wayne and Cheronne VanderHeide who along with the ‘t Hart family live on the Bible College’s property. So while it’ll be mostly work for Ian, it’ll be fun for me and the kids to hang out with Cheronne and Sjaan, Bryce and Cameron, as well as Dorinda and their kids. We’re looking forward to meeting the new ‘t Hart baby Jabez too.

Most of you have probably heard by now that Rev. Stephen ‘t Hart and Dorinda have accepted a call to a church in Western Australia. This means that sometime next year they will be leaving PNG. This will, of course, leave a huge gap in the churches in Port Moresby as well as at the Bible College. But we trust and know that the Lord will provide, according to His will and in His time. We pray that another missionary will accept the call to come work in Port Moresby next year.

So we’ll be in Moresby for the weekend and then as a family we’re taking a bit of a break—for about a week and returning to Lae on the 6th of May.

And before we sign off, here's a photo of our two children...stuffing their faces!

May the Lord bless and keep us all!

5 comments:

JJ'S CARD N CRAFT said...

"oh bless those little darlings"
they are so cute.
Hope your little break is wonderful and relaxing for you all.
We have heard that Rev t'Hart has accepted the call and know too that God will take care of those who he will leave behind at the appointed time.
our best regards Hil & Jen

Allan and Alice Buist/Plug said...

Those cuties....
I so totally understnad the tissue thing. I have done that I don't know how many times! We hope you have a really good time in Port Moresby and as you relax together afterwards before heading back. Say hi to Cheronne from me.

Mike & Alina Noot said...

Aw, talk about your typical Dutch kids, lol!! They don't get much blonder or blue-eyed than those two :-) Hope you enjoy your trip, and we, too, pray that a replacement will be found for the t'Harts in due time. Take care!

John Harsevoort said...

Wow, your son looks so much like Nadia's brother Joel!
Great to see you guys are doing well. Keep up the great work and God bless you in everything you do
John and Kim Harsevoort

Rebecca said...

Your kids are adorable! My mom has a picture of you, Nadia, at my 5th(?) birthday. You're stuffing a cupcake into your mouth, icing all over your nose. Carlyn reminded me of that picture! She looks so much like you!

Hope that you have a wonderful break. You are in our prayers.

Love, Rebecca