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Acts 14:27c – “…They rehearsed all that God had done with them…”
We came back to America early this year to rehearse to our support partners what God had done in Wipim, Papua New Guinea with Arusa being ordained and voted in as Pastor. We also desired to share how God has directed us to Bougainville (also referred to as “Buka” by the Bougainvilleans), a place without a gospel witness for almost 30 years. We are thankful for all of your support over the years and for allowing us to seek new support on this furlough. We could not make it to all of our supporting churches this time around. Yet, because of your flexibility with us, we were in many new churches and made many new friends. We are happy to report that we are at 96% of our needed support. Before we return to Papua New Guinea, we still have three new churches we will present in along with two current partner churches. Other new churches have asked us to come in and present our Bougainville ministry, but because of our strong sense of urgency to get back to the work, we declined several meetings beyond January. We pray that those churches would consider us on our next furlough if not before then. We are thankful daily for the support God has given us through the churches.
Arawa, Bougainville Land Update…
We continue praying for a land parcel in Arawa. Two different entities are to meet during the month of December to consider our petition for land. Lord willing, we will receive the parcel God wants us to have. By faith, I have been preparing for the one with the worn out buildings on it. With that in mind we packed and shipped our cargo container on December 1. We loaded it with many items that your churches donated to assist with the ministry over there and this is a huge blessing. We are particularly thankful for our church family Desert Gateway Baptist in Gilbert, AZ. They not only purchased and paid for the shipping of this container, but also helped us to pack it. The men of the church showed up in force eager to help that day… Thanks, Church!
Thank you from the Burton Kids…
Amy, the kids, and I again need to say, “Thank You” to all of you who have made our working so far away in PNG easier for our children. This year our kids were overwhelmed with the generosity of so many churches giving to them for their birthdays. Amy and I are thankful that our children who are still very much a part of our ministry in Papua New Guinea (although assisting here in the USA) are not forgotten as so many still pray for them and even send gifts to them. We also want to say, “Thank you” to the many churches who this year and in the past sent us extra support for CHRISTmas. Amy and I have never thought that the regular support you give belongs to us. Rather, we believe it belongs to the people of Papua New Guinea and we try to spend very little on ourselves. So, these extra gifts are often spent on our children to help with school items, extra clothes, or a needed item. It is truly a blessing to serve with each of you. We love you and are thankful to God for you all.
And Finally Burton Bloopers…
On Thanksgiving weekend, we had three of our kids with us and on several nights we played a Trivia game. One of the questions was “What do Kevin Costner, Whoopie Goldberg, and Bruce Willis have in common? 1. All have same birthdays, 2. All put out a Gospel album, or 3. All converted to Judaism” – to which Drew jumped out and screamed… “They all put out a Gospel album!” – Um, really? NO! We all laughed… seriously “A gospel album?” – Only our kids!
As we end this year of 2017, Amy, the kids, and I all want to wish each of you a very Merry CHRISTmas. We look forward to reporting on what God is doing in Buka as we arrive next year. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Thank you for your faithful prayers and investment in our family and ministry.
The Burtons – Doug, Amy, Abby, Drew and Beth – Hebrews 12:2