“…I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in Him is being talked about all over the world. God knows how often I pray for you.” Romans 1:8-9
Dear Faithful Friends and Prayer Warriors,
Greetings from the homeland! We are excited to be home and enjoying the part Body of Christ who resides in the North American continent. It has been a breath of fresh air to see some of you face to face and to be able to worship side by side once again. Our hearts are full with your kindnesses and your love and prayers that we have already experienced in the last two months as we have travelled around the southeastern United States.
Overseas, the leadership in our local churches are growing in their spiritual walk and abilities to lead and shepherd. We were just able to FaceTime with one of our elders who made his way out to the mission centre in the coastal town of Madang. He told us of the marriage and family “mini conferences” they are doing in each village in our area. These meetings are meant to strengthen and encourage the young boys in the Lord. These young men will be the future leaders in the local community and church. It was good to hear this report and to hear of this elder’s love for the local churches that he oversees. He actually was able to see Bill’s parents via FaceTime as well and gave Jack a thank you because he raised Bill to be concerned for getting the gospel to others and that because Bill came and lived among them and broke the language barrier, he is living in truth today with hope of heaven. This was a good reminder as we are caught up in the comforts of stateside and friends and family that the stark need in PNG is an ongoing reality with many more tribes still existing in that dooming “never heard” category. Please continue in your faithful prayers for the churches of the Ramu Valley as they reach out.
The Inapang churches are continuing to grow as they study through God’s Word a book at a time. The Tangguat work has two potential families who are interested in joining Promise to help disciple and finish that work there. They have tender hearts of discipleship and desire to be a blessing to the local village church and to Promise. Please be praying for the Itutang elders, Promise and the two families as they spend time together in prayer seeking the Lord’s guidance in the team building process in the coming weeks.
Here stateside, our family has grown and now includes little Ansley Marie born to our daughter Madison and her husband Jonathan on March 11th. We are so thankful the Lord has allowed us be home during this very special time. Our family will grow again as we add Austin Hedrick into our family. He and Sabra will be married this summer. We have many kindnesses to be thankful for in this new season of life and our hearts are full to the brim and spilling over in joy. God is surely a gracious God who bestows undeserved blessings on His children.
There is more exciting news to share!!! Stay tuned later this week for another blog called “Introducing the Ramu Valley Academy.” We will be officilally kicking off the RVA project with you, our support team and look forward to partnering with you once again….’til the valley is reached for the King!
By God’s Grace & For His Glory~
Bill and Kelley Housley