To view or read in PDF >>>>>>>> Click Link>>> December 2017 II Corinthians 1:3c – “…Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…” As Amy and I now prepare for our return in this month to Papua New Guinea and the new work in Bougainville, we can’t help but reflect back over the last year and on all that God has done.
To view or Print in PDF click here >>>>>>>November 2017 Prayer Letter 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
To View or Print in PDF click link >>>>>> October 2017 Philemon 1:20b – “Let me have joy of thee in the Lord” I was excited to be able to speak to Arusa this month as he came into Daru for a both a meeting and supplies. He texted me and I immediately called him back so that I could hear his voice. Many of
To view or Read in PDF click link >>>>>> September 2017 Prayer Letter Romans 15:12b – “and weep with them that weep” Many of you have prayed for us as I traveled into Bougainville to look for land. Amy stayed behind and focused hard on finishing her degree to teach Literacy in Bougainville. Let me say first thank you for your prayers for both
We were all walking through a store together and we saw the newest fad in America; they are called “Spinners”. I commented on them and asked what they are to which Amy replied; “They are for people like you with HDTV”. Well, I do not have an HDTV, but I think she meant to say ADHD…
Since arriving in America I have found a new drink that I enjoy while driving, it is cold brewed coffee or also known as a Cold Brew. Well recently, I was in a church and as I was behind the pulpit, I said, “Have you all tried one of those Cold Brews yet? I am loving them!” After speaking, someone came to me and mentioned that I might want to define the term Cold Brew because Beer is called Brew in America. Good point, Clarify, Clarify, Clarify when speaking.
What I saw there exceeded my expectations. Without a doubt, God is doing a work in Wipim through Pastor Arusa, his leadership team, and the continuing work amongst the Wipi tribe. Previously I spoke to Arusa via text and gave those reports through the prayer letter but to see the results first hand was even better than how Arusa described it. As you have supported us through prayer and finances, God has born fruit to your account – not through us, but according to His own purpose and grace.
“Brother/Sister Burton, we have to say we honestly did not think you were going to make it past the first term in New Guinea.” While that may seem like a backhanded compliment, many knew our life and background in San Diego. So, I understand completely and am thankful to God that He – and not we ourselves – called us to Papua New Guinea.
So, she said to Beth, “When are you going to purchase those chairs for the table?” To which Beth replied, “Well, I want to get a dog first and, besides, you don’t even sit at the table!” Abby, perplexed, stated, “Beth, I can’t sit at the table – it has no chairs! Buy the chairs before the dog so I can sit down at it!” Roommates and sisters! Love it!
What a blessing to know that a month later my latest text did reach him and this is the message I received back last week: “Message received, church is doing well, people saved, 14 new students in Bible School”. I cannot express to you the joy that runs through my veins in reading Arusa’s text.