“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
Where is the house you will build for me?
Where will my resting place be?
2Has not my hand made all these things,
and so they came into being?”
declares the Lord.
“These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.
Have you ever heard someone say with a tone of irony: “Do not pray for patience, because then God will put you in situations where you have to be patient”? Well, let me tell you something else: Do not pray out of humility. (I hope you can read it with the same tone of irony).
This last month we have had many news regarding the process of team building and the possible places where we can work. Some doors open and others close, we have analyzed many possible scenarios and each of them has changed, many times. Without dwelling on all the details, there are some things we want to share with you. First we have “possible” teammates, that’s good. We had one more opportunity to chat with them a few weeks ago which was very good, but only for a few hours. Unfortunately we still can not close the deal, we have to wait for two things to happen: 1. That they finish their time of study of culture and language to be able to initiate formal talks, which will be until March. 2. That the leadership of the mission, after analyzing several factors, determines if it is a good option to form a team or not. (I’m breaking my head to explain it in a simple way.) Speaking of time, there is another factor that comes into play, in May 2019 we have to leave the country. Emma’s passport expires and in PNG there is no Mexican embassy to renew it. We have two alternatives: 1. Travel to the Mexican embassy in Australia. 2. Travel to Mexico. Both have advantages and disadvantages that we have to analyze to make the best decision. That leaves us with a short window of time to have team building talks, receive leadership approval, (and assuming that all goes well so far) analyze the options of indigenous groups that we can go to work to select a place , which will be our home for the next 15 or 20 years … and then follows another process of field research and logistics, including the construction of a house for each family in that place and the move.
A couple of years ago our family came to Papua New Guinea with the desire to serve God among an unreached indigenous group, although we are walking in that direction it has not been in our time or our way. You know what? Many times I have asked myself: “What are you doing, God?”, I have not said it out loud but in my heart I said “I do not like your plan”, “That can not be good”. How proud my heart is, thinking that my plans and my ideas are better than God’s. -God, ask me, I know when it’s a good time- that’s what my heart has said every time it has resisted trusting the Sovereign God. I have realized that waiting on God is not giving him a little more time to do things as I want, but to humble myself in front of him and recognize that his plan is better, his times are perfect.
My dad used to say a phrase, “more help does not get in the way.” I’m not sure I understand the meaning, but many times it has come to my mind every time I try to get my hands on what God is doing. There is no way, absolutely no, that we can provide a minimal improvement to your perfect plan.
If you pray for humility, God will show you areas where you need to be humiliated.
For now, Isaac continues to serve full time in the print shop, ministry that is of help to the missionaries of the field, where biblical lessons for indigenous groups and other materials are printed. Claudia started a literacy class with a friend whom she also wishes to disciple. We continue learning language and culture, American and Papuan; we continue to learn to behave in a manner worthy of the gospel. (Phil 1:27)
It’s almost Christmas, where we celebrate that the Almighty God renounced his divine privileges; he adopted the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being; The Owner of the universe was laid in a manger, because there was no accommodation available for Him. That was not an error, that was part of a Perfect Plan of redemption. What a good reminder that God is in control!
We love you and we miss you.
Witnesses of a living God
Isaac, Claudia, Jacob & Emma
• God’s direction to choose an indigenous group.
• God’s direction and provision for our trip in May.
• That we serve God first in our ministries.
• May the Lord continue to conform to the image of his Son so that we can reflect it to others (spouse, children, neighbors and people around us).
• That the Lord provide the necessary funds for the construction of a house in the indigenous community where we will serve.
We thank you for all of you who participate in praying or offering for this ministry