Today we left Sydney and arrived in Port Morsby, Papua New Guinea. According to itinerary we had just about an hour to deplane, retrieve our luggage, clear customes, get tickets for our next flight, go through their version of TSA and get back on a new plane. We were stressed to say the least. Fortunately we got off the plane first and headed straight to customs where we were first in line. It was super cool except we managed to stand in the wrong line becasue we needed to buy a visa. The kind attendant told us where to go and we wound up being the last people on the plane to pass through customes. By this time we were in a panic and figured we had a ten percent chance of making the flight. After retrieving our bags we passed through the other half of customs and they held Van Johnson back to take a look in his bags. Josh and I acted like we didn't know the man and walked toward another area to retrive our tickets from an agent for the next flight.
While on the way to buy those tickets we met a man named Steve from New Tribes Missions. Steve is a weathered missions veteran. His face reflected all the people he has met over the years and he still burns with passion to reach the people of PNG with the gospel. It was Steve who informed us that our flight was canceled. All that hustle and bustle turned out to be for nothing. He then directed us to the customer service counter and later led us to our cab. Without Steve, we would have been clueless on what to do next. Steve was our advocate and he was there when we needed him. Although we had never met him prior to this trip he was sent to the airport to help us. I'm sure glad he was around.
Just like Steve was our travel advocate Jesus is our spiritual advocate to our heavenly Father. I never could have known how much we needed Steve until Steve presented himself to us. In the same way I don't think most people know how much they need Jesus until Jesus reveals himself to them. And when He does, we see things differently. Our fears are soothed, our worries are washed away, and a peace fills our hearts that previously wasn't there.
Steve told us what we needed to do and as we did the things he directed us to things just worked out. In the same way when we trust Jesus He will lead us. Jesus speaks to us through His word, circumstances, other people, prayer, and His church. I hope that you will trust Him to lead you and guide you today.
Tomorrow we fly north to Goroka where we will stay for 24 hours in preparation for our helicopter ride out into the jungle to live with the Pal tribe for a week. Please pray for safe travel and that Chris and Maggie will be encouraged by our presence and your prayers. We came here to let them know how much Freshwater loves them. Encourage them and help in any way we can.
P.S.S. I'm not sure if I will be able to blog everyday due to lack of internet.