Howard Photo Update - July, 2018

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those
who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

These are two of our organization's four turbo-prop Kodiak airplanes, which we fly between the capital, Port Moresby, and our mission base in Ukarumpa.

Greetings from Papua New Guinea!

After over 30 hours of travel from Los Angeles, which began on Wednesday afternoon, July 11, and included over 22 hours on board three different planes, we finally disembarked our small, single-engine, turbo-prop Kodiak plane around noon on Friday to be welcomed enthusiastically by friends who had gathered at our hangar. Our dog was so excited to see us again after a year away, and our cat was also very happy, climbing onto laps to soak up the extra attention. We enjoyed catching up with friends as several families hosted us for lunch and dinner the first three days back, which was especially useful since we arrived on Friday and the Ukarumpa store is closed over the weekend. Since returning a week and a half ago, we have been settling into life here, unpacking our house, trying to catch up on sleep while dealing with jet lag, getting the kids started back to school (on the 18th), renewing our van safety inspection, having our local internet and email reconnected, beginning to look at our options for purchasing another vehicle, making contact with an Adzera translator, meeting with teammates, and doing a bunch of other little things.

We've been able to Skype with Katie twice, and she is doing well despite challenges with her summer job. We're thankful that she has the support of David's family before the next school year starts. She's had a huge learning curve -- driving on her own for the first time, moving to a different house, and starting a new job -- all on the day that we left to begin our trip back! We have had to trust the Lord for her safety and well-being, but we know that she is in good hands.

Thank you for your prayers as we continue to settle in and move forward with our ministry. We appreciate all of you so much.

David, Susan, and family

Samuel and our 14-year-old cat, Dori, warming themselves by the fire on a chilly dry season morning in Ukarumpa, which is a mile above sea level. When we got up, it was only 45 degrees outside and 51 degrees inside the house! But as expected, it turned out to be a clear, sunny, and hot day.

Jonathan with our 11-year-old dog, Teddy, after giving him a walk

Praise God:
* for a safe and uneventful (though exhausting) return trip to Papua New Guinea
* for His faithfulness to us at all times

Please pray for:
* Katie as she learns to cope with challenging situations in our absence and prepares to continue her college education at the end of August
* a continued smooth transition for the rest of us as we adjust back to life, work, and school in Papua New Guinea