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Christmas Greetings from PNG

As we sit and reflect back over the past year we know that in our lives alone there have been many highs and lows – and we also know that for some of you the lows have been very low!  And sometimes its hard to really celebrate  in the midst of pain and questions …. BUT God!  This Christmas we have been reminded again (and maybe felt it in a very real way) that our only hope on this earth is in Jesus – in God sending His only son to live the life that we could not live and then to die in our place – so that we can have HOPE for a future with Him!

“The whole world lingers long at Christmas trees tonight, not wanting Christmas to be over.  All of us sit together, longing for this wonder to go on.
But somewhere one Christmas candle flames bright in the quiet. And it will never ever be dark again.  “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given” (Isaiah 9:6).  God is with us.  Jesus is with us.  Jesus stays with us!”  (Ann Voskamp)

So, from our family to yours:
We wish you a blessed Christmas – God is with us!

Love
Brad, Michelle, Nath, Hails and Meg

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South Africa, here we are…!

We have been in South Africa for over 2 months now and the time has flown! Our first 3 weeks were spent in Pretoria and we arrived in KwaZulu Natal in early July. So far, we have visited Waterkloof Baptist Church, Constantia Part Baptist Church, Ladysmith Baptist Church, Mooi River Baptist Church, Hayfields Baptist Church and Hilton Baptist Church (our sending Church). We have also spoken at a number of Bible studies, homeschool groups, schools and other meetings. We have also visited many many different friends and families.

We have started the school year with the kids and Michelle is doing her best to create a stable environment for the kids to try and get some school work done, even though it is quite tricky because of everything else we are doing. So, often that means late nights for the kids and then they still have to do school the next day.

The kids have also had opportunity to spend time with the grandparents and also have had fun connecting with other kids their ages here in South Africa.

Brad’s wrist is much better and the cast is off, but he still does not have full movement and there is still some pain.

The month of August is continuing to be a busy month, but we are looking forward to September when we are on holiday down the South Coast for 2 weeks.

Please continue to pray for us as we try and manage a busy schedule along with trying to school the kids and also trying to find time to rest.

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Packing, planes & poor Brad …

So, we left Papua New Guinea on Tuesday – all the boxes were ticked:  House cleaned, bags packed and all goodbyes said.  Our travels out of Goroka started off quite stressfully, as they decided to open the new Goroka terminal on Tuesday morning!  We were only delayed 20 minutes as we waited for the Prime Minister to land in Goroka for the official opening and all the fan-fare that went with that – a water canon salute for his plane, an army parade group meeting him at his plane and then all the sing-sing groups dancing at the airport!

We are very thankful that the rest of the trip went smoothly and we landed in Brisbane, picked up our hire car and actually found our way to our friends house without a GPS!

We have had a lovely week in Brisbane with our friends just relaxing, shopping, drinking coffee, catching up, laughing and just sharing life with them.  The kids have had a great time with their friends too.  Then yesterday afternoon, while on a walk in the park, Brad decided to try out the skate board!  He and Hailey started skating down a hill when Hailey jumped off her board and it ended up connecting with Brad’s board – resulting in a very sudden stop for Brad!  He fell, rolled a few times and got up in pain!

The end result of this:  A Sunday morning spent at the doctor, x-ray department and emergency room!  Brad has his first broken bone in his wrist, a few impressive roasties and a very black toe nail!

His arm is in a temporary cast until we get back to South Africa where he will get a proper cast.  We do praise the Lord that the break was clean and no operation will be needed!  Please do pray for us as we travel to SA on Monday – that Brad will have a comfortable flight and that Nath and I will manage all the bag handling along the way!

See you in South Africa this week!

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Sight seeing in Brisbane

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Look at my swollen wrist!

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All fixed up … and coffee makes it better!

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Another great time with special friends!

We arrive in SA in less than 60 days ….

The time seems to be flying by as we start the countdown to our furlough in SA …

Lord willing, we will be arriving in Joburg on the 12th June.  Our time will be busy with seeing family, visiting with supporters, sharing at churches, home groups and missions groups, a trip to Cape Town and of course other life stuff like doctors, optometrist, Home Affairs and banking appointments too!  And we will be homeschooling our 3 kiddies on top of all of this!

Here is a brief outline of our itinerary so far:

12 June:  Arrive in Joburg
17 June: Waterkloof Baptist Church (morning service), Pretoria
24 June: Constantia Park Baptist (evening service), Pretoria
Early July: Travel to Pietermaritzburg, KZN
15 July: Hayfields Baptist Church (morning service), Pietermaritzburg
29 July: Ladysmith Baptist Church (both services), Ladysmith, KZN
5 August: Hilton Baptist (morning service), Pietermaritzburg
12 August: Mooi River Baptist Church (morning service), Mooi River
19 August: All Saints Church, Pietermaritzburg
26 August: Scottsville Baptist Church (morning service and afternoon prayer meeting), Pietermaritzburg
1 October: Start our trip to Cape Town – we will be travelling down the Garden Route visiting with supporters, friends and family for the month of October. From the 14th October to the 26th October we will be in Cape Town itself.
30 October: Travel back to Pietermaritzburg
13 November: Travel to Pretoria
20 November: Depart Pretoria

This is only a list of our current, confirmed church visits to give you an idea of when we will be in your area. We would love to share in Bible studies, home groups, prayer meetings, schools etc. If you would like us to visit you or share at an event then please feel free to contact us! The best way to do this would be via email on ventersmaf@gmail.com

 


Prayer and Praise

As we look forward to 2020, please pray for the following…

– Pray for Brad as he has the role of Flight Operations Manager and Pilot.  Pray for wisdom in all the decisions that he has to make as he leads the team of pilots. Pray that he can set a good example, and be a servant leader that can demonstrate the love of Christ and also hold the standards  of the organisation high.

– Pray for Michelle as she teaches part time and looks after the home and family.  Michelle has so much to offer and pray that she can find roles where she can use her many gifts and talents.

– Pray for the kids that they will grow in their own personal walk with the Lord.

– Pray for MAF in PNG. We are still in a significant period of training and change. Pray for continued safety and that 2020 will be a year of increased impact, service and witness to the people of PNG.

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