|Missionary Update: Mark and Holly Woodard
Post Date: 2010-03-09 15:10:11
What God is doing among the Bagwido language group and in our lives:
?. . . Oh Great Creator Being,
Your kids are everywhere on this ground ( the whole world).
Use your Holy Spirit to give them strength today.
Oh Great Creator Being, only You!
Only You, with your kind of big mercy-giving-ways
and your kind of big grace-giving-ways,
You took us from Satan?s canoe and loaded us into Your canoe, into Your family, and not only that, but you joined us back to YOU, our life source.
Oh God, You alone, You alone, You alone.?
(?Portions of Rafael?s prayer to start the service on Sunday?)
We really want to do the update-by-name so that you can check out how the Bagwido family is doing what you are praying for. The hard thing is that file is too big for us to email, so we will just hold off on that until we get back to the States.
Yes, you heard right ? we are coming back to the United States this summer. We had originally planned to come back the summer of 2011, but we have been praying and asking God to lead us in the situation that we find ourselves in with Holly?s back & neck. She has been down to Australia 3 times since February of last year to get help. Although this did help her, it has not been the permanent ?fix? that we are looking for. Praise the Lord, it?s nothing to do with ruptured discs; but it has been painful for her lately. Mark and Allie do a lot of back massages for Holly! All that to say, our co-workers, the young Mariama church and many others all agree that we should come back to the States to try to get some relief for her. So, in early June Lord willing, we will be finding ourselves back on your side of the ocean. Praise the Lord for great co-workers and some solid Mariama believers that will not miss a beat with us gone. They will keep right on teaching and learning in Ephesians. The end of this year will bring them through I Corinthians.
Our coworkers, Brian and Andrea, are currently in Australia for a couple weeks, having a little vacation and getting some health issues taken care of as well. None of these health issues that our ladies are facing are life threatening. But like a believer prayed the other day, ?Oh Great Creator Being. These ladies are not like paddles or canoes that break and then they rot into the ground. Our canoes and our paddles, they go bad and then we just go back to the jungle and make new ones. These ladies (Andrea & Holly) are not like that. Great Creator Being, you made these ladies and gave them to Brian and Mark. So we put them into your hands.?
Privileged to be a part of this with you,
Mark, Holly, Allie, Brandt, Bryce & Brock Woodard
(& our coworkers: Brian, Andrea, Trenton, Sophia, Cade & Carson Holmquist)