A wise man once said life has 3 phases: preparation, the journey, and reflection. Through years of learning, molding, pursuing, failing, growing… we have felt a persistent calling, identified it’s roots, and diligently pursued its fruition (read our “About” page for more on our story). We now sit at the brink of a passion becoming reality, our springs loaded and ready to leap from preparation into the journey… and yet we are forced to wait. Just months ago, we thought we’d be on our way to PNG by now. Instead, it seems our plans are delayed until at least January. It’s like the worst case of senioritis or the watched pot that never boils. We’re too afraid to blink but fear our eyes will dry out if we don’t.
And so we find ourselves revisiting the age old lesson of patience, and the question becomes not when, but what we will do with the waiting period. Being a missionary clearly starts long before lift off on that first flight. A friend recently asked if coronavirus has thrown a wrench in our plans, to which we answered with a resounding yes. We were reminded, however, that a commitment to cross-cultural kingdom service is a registration for a life full of wrenches. With that perspective, we are claiming this time as a gift to visit our loved ones, raise support, study a new language, and share our passion with anyone that will listen.
An update from PNG: COVID-19 is present but has been difficult to accurately track in case numbers and geographic distribution across Papua New Guinea. Testing, resources, and healthcare workers remain limited, and even some medications for other common diseases (e.g. malaria, neonatal prematurity) are harder to come by as first world countries claim them as potential covid-19 remedies. These secondary impacts to many developing countries truly are a need for prayer. A handful of other missionary doctors have also experienced unforeseen delays to their travel, so our friends at Kudjip are understaffed. Please pray for strength and perseverance for our friends in PNG that are still working to deliver hope and healing.
As we wait, we invite you to wait with us, pray with us, and see what still quiet whispers can be heard from above. Sit around the proverbial fire and watch the pot with us. We trust it will boil soon enough. Until then, we hang in the present, utilizing it to prepare for what’s to come while taking care not to miss what is before us. Is that a bubble rising…