|Missionary Update: Greg & Laura Melendes
Post Date: 2012-03-20 12:59:12
March 20, 2012
I wanted to check in one last time as the hours tick down toward my departure to PNG on Thursday night. This last month has flown by as we`ve wrapped up those projects that always need attention during these trips?from the actual trip logistics to the house, car, finances. Yes, by now we`ve got it down to a bit of a system, which definitely helps. Yet each step still must be repeated for each trip, so there aren`t too many short cuts! One nice prospect thoug with our very mild winter, there`s little chance the ladies will be needing to shovel much snow while I`m gone.
This trip is going to be packed, as all of them are, but it`ll have some special highlights all its own. Lord willing, Luke and Hebrews will be checked and approved for printing. We`ll do the first comprehension check of John with the team, then tape 2 Corinthians. I`ll leave most of the front draft of Matthew with Kletus and he`ll comb through it on his own and critique it before my next trip. And on one spare weekend I`ll fly to visit some dear old missionary friends and check their epistle of Ephesians.
Laura and Aubrey, in the meantime, will be making the stretch run of a journey that began many years ago in a little thatch-roofed schoolhouse?Wenim Riverview Academy. From her Pre-School through sixth grade Aubrey shared many hours with her mother in that 12?x14? building, burning through the 3 Rs and so much more. I loved seeing her golden curls bouncing in the sun as she`d run barefoot to the house for her morning snack. Some days the slowing of her gait and wandering off the trail sent signals that she wasn`t coming home for a snack, but for discipline from `Principal` Dad. Even that was amusing, or at least it is now. Well, soon she`ll be walking to receive her college degree with honors. So over the coming days teacher and student will be making final arrangements for her grad day, and days thereafter.
After allowing me a little fatherly ramble, please allow me to leave you with these request for prayer for us over the next weeks. Following also is my schedule while in PNG. And before closing we all want to thank you for your prayers and support that has made this trip possible, and Lord willing, those prayers that will make it a profitable time for the Waxe churches and translation.
Our love in Him,
Greg for the 3 of us
Please pray for:
-Health, safety and wisdom for Laura and Aubrey during this time, and grace for all of us.
-Safety and good health for Greg in his travels and time in the bush.
-Good concentration and thoroughness in all the details of the translation work for the entire team and consultant.
-Profitable days meeting with the churches and church leaders in Wenim and Meska.
PNG Schedule (add 17 hours to CA time for PNG time)
-Wed Mar 21 Depart Denver for Los Angeles
-Thu Mar 22 Depart Los Angeles 10:15pm for PNG via Auckland-Sydney
-Sat Mar 24 Arrive Wewak 5:25pm
-Mon Mar 26-Wed Apr 4 Consulant check of Luke and Hebrews
-Thur April 5-9 Malaumanda to check Ephesians
-Tue April 10-Mon Apr 15 Visit Wenim-Meska churches
-Mon April 16-Thur Apr 26 Comprehension check of John, taping of 2 Corinthians
-Fri April 27 Depart Wewak for Port Moresby
-Sat April 28 Depart PNG for Los Angeles via Cairns-Auckland
-Sat April 28 Arrive Los Angeles 2:45pm
-Sat April 28 Arrive Denver 9:56pm
If you would like to donate to our ministry or to the March PNG translation trip, please send donations to:
New Tribes Mission 1000 E. First St. Sanford, FL 32771
Pleases specify to account 656500. A tax-deductible receipt will be issued for your gift.