It’s been a weird week. It seems like there are a lot of things in my life currently that are in God’s hands and they are at a tipping point between breakthrough and not going how I would like. I have no control over many things, and I am having to trust in God’s goodness and provision. This is a week of believing for breakthrough, but preparing myself to be okay if it doesn’t happen.
God is reminding me to stay in the present.
When you worry about the future, you miss what’s right in front of you. Even if every single thing that I am believing in faith for doesn’t turn out how I want, God is still sovereign and I’ll be okay. Find the joy in each day, because God is good! He has good things for you every day, no matter what is going on, no matter what you are uncertain about. Take the changes as they come, and trust that God knows what he’s doing.
We have seen SO much breakthrough with the Liberty over the last month. We finally got our dry dock date, our engineer’s paperwork to travel to PNG has been approved, and he’s currently on his way there! We’ve also had financial breakthrough when it comes to things we’ve needed to purchase for the ship, like a new water maker, or a device that will allow us to diagnose TB in the field.
Things are moving forward in a way they never have before, and I am confident that the Liberty will sail in 2021!
I am still hoping to travel to Papua New Guinea in May, as we want to start our outreaches in June. It relies heavily, however, on Covid restrictions. It’s difficult to get visas for PNG right now, and each person entering the country needs approval from the government and must quarantine for 2 weeks at their own expense. Medical volunteers can’t come for a two week outreach with those types of conditions, so we need the restrictions to lift or to get an exemption in order for it to be possible.
I don’t currently see a way through, but I know God does, and so I’m operating in faith.
I’ve been keeping myself busy with liaising with various potential donors of medical equipment, assisting with volunteer recruitment, as well as sourcing supplies that are going to be sent in our Oral Bible Translation (OBT) container!
Things have really ramped up in the last few weeks, and we are so pumped about the momentum. As I said at the beginning, it feels like we’re at a tipping point, and there is going to be a lot of spiritual pushback, but we need to pray it through so that many other things will fall into place!
YWAM Liberty Medical Coordinator
To read more of Ashley’s journey, check out her blog here!