The Merriam Webster dictionary defines "persevere" as:to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter influences, opposition, or discouragement.
If that doesn't sum up life in the time of COVID for many of us, I don't
know what does! As we reflected on our ministry here in Papua New
Guinea at the end of 2020, perseverance was the theme that kept coming
up. This was not the year where we accomplished anything groundbreaking.
We didn't accomplish all of our goals. Many of our plans fell apart.
But we persevered. Through the Lord's grace, we were able to remain in
Papua New Guinea. We were able to persist in this undertaking, despite
discouragement and challenges. Many of our colleagues have returned to
their home countries due to family challenges, medical needs, their age,
or other factors. They have persevered in other ways, as they continued
to trust the Lord through unexpected upheaval and found different ways
of partnering with Bible translation remotely.
God Continues to Work!
We are grateful for each one of you, and know that you have
had your own challenges to persevere through this year. You have faced
unique uncertainty and loss, different from what we have faced here, but
no less challenging! We have been praying that God would continue to
strengthen and encourage you during this time. If there are specific
ways our family can pray for you, please hit "reply" to this email and
let us know! It would be an honor to stand alongside you in this way.