By the time you read this, Jeremy and I will be in an airplane flying over the vast Pacific Ocean.
Our destination: Pohnpei, an island in the Federal States of Micronesia.
If you’ve never heard of Pohnpei, don’t worry: neither had we.
That is, until a missionary, Bryan Webb, abruptly asked Jeremy over a meal at Cheddar’s on a cold Sunday night in March,
What are you doing the last week of June? I want to you come to Pohnpei with me.”
That unexpected invitation launched us onto this journey of literally thousands of miles, tons of planning and details, and last of all, many weeks of packing and checking off the never-ending to do lists.
(I recently told my sister that I feel like I’ve been desperately trying to keep up, wrap up, and pack up!)
Much to my delight, our journey to and from Pohnpei involves spending a few days in Hawaii. In fact, we’ve been in Honolulu since Wednesday; like I said, by the time you read this post on Friday, we’ll be en route via plane to the Marshall Islands, and then on to Pohnpei.
I’m still intrigued and a bit mystified by this tiny island (population, approximately 34,000; land mass, 129 miles).
When we finally located Pohnpei on the globe, Jeremy and I quickly realized that, by all appearances, it’s a tiny “spot” flung into the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
I’m anxiously awaiting our arrival (and wondering just how badly the fifteen-hour time difference will affect us!).
Our purpose in making the trip to Pohnpei is to minister to the island pastors and their wives during the Pacific Oceania General Council of the Assemblies of God.
Starting Sunday, June 30, Jeremy and I will have a very full week ahead of us.
Would you please pray for us during the next ten days?
Here are a few specific ways to pray:
- traveling safety & health
- Jeremy as he preaches during the day services at the Council
- missionary Bryan Webb, who is also preaching daily and carrying the main load of ministry
- Renee Webb, his wife; Diane Lewis, missionary to Micronesia for twenty-six years
- please pray for me, as well; I have the opportunity on Wednesday to share, along with Renee, with the island pastor’s wives
- cover our five children in your prayers; they will be staying with family members during our absence
Pastoral ministry is a mutual passion for Jeremy and I.
We feel both honored and thrilled to have this opportunity to travel, and to pour out a measure of the grace God has so generously given us.
Your prayers are deeply appreciated as we venture into Pacific Oceania for the next week-and-a-half.
For more information on this region of the world, and the Assemblies of God World Missions outreach, click here.
Here’s the living & loving well-