The Pettygrove family is lives in Papua New Guinea to serve those working in Bible translation
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Standing Still

These days I feel like things are moving quickly me but yet I am standing still.  We have about a month left in our house.  People are asking if we are having a garage sale.  Yes I answer. However we are running out of weekends.  We just returned from taking Danielle to college.  Next week we have another trip planned.  Our visa papers are being examined.  It is time to write another newsletter.  The number one question is “when do we leave?”  We have no answer for that other than as soon as possible. God has called us to work with Wycliffe. He is making a way for us to go to Papua New Guinea.  We are trying to follow Him daily.
I am grateful that I have a Bible to read in a language that speaks to my heart and reassures me that God is with me. …guiding me.  I am excited to go to PNG where so many translation works are occurring.  I will be working in a medical clinic supporting the many translators. The staff in PNG has also been asking “when are we coming?” They are short nursing staff and are anxious to have more help.

Our partnership has to reach 95% before we can purchase plane tickets and 100% before we can leave the country.  We are standing still around 72%. Wycliffe has to know we will have finances coming in to live on while we are there.  The people that partner with us become part of our team and play a role in Bible translation just as we do.  So if missions, translation work, the Bible, or us are a significant part of your life please consider joining us on this adventure. We are excited to have the 45 friends partnering with us financially on a regular basis already. THANK YOU! Feel free to contact us, sign up to give and or pray.  You can use the link on the upper left hand column for giving or email me if you want to join our prayer calendar.

Exodus 33:13
Guide me clearly along the way the way you want me to travel 
           so that I will understand you and walk acceptably before you.                           (Living Translation)

saying good bye to Danielle

Sunday, August 5, 2012

? Days left

This is a new video that was recently produced by Wycliffe to  explain briefly how the translation work is done.  I thought I would share it with you.

So what else can I share?  Days left?  
5 days until John and Courtney come for a visit
8 days until we take Danielle  to college
32 days until the last shipment leaves for PNG this year. 
?? days until my last day at OSF St Anthony's
?? days until we are 100% financial partnerships
?? days until we leave for PNG

This is our count down.  Not sure of my feelings but I know we are walking in the path God has designed for us.  A friend reminded me again of "joy in the journey".  This is my request...that God will continually grant us joy in these days ahead.  Days of letting go and saying good bye.  Good bye to perishable belongings as well missing the people who we will not physically be with. In the midst of my sadness it comes to my mind that on August 4, in Madang Province of Papua New Guinea, a Scripture celebration took place in honor of the completed Marik New Testament translation. People are receiving God's word in a way they can understand it. That is exciting and brings joy. May God continue  to make Himself known in my life as well as lives around the WORLD!  Thank you for joining me on this journey.
May I take joy in doing your will, my God
for Your instructions are written on my heart.

From Psalm 40:8 (NLT)