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A Personal Thank You from GapFill.org’s Founder

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As this season of Thanksgiving is upon us, we thought it was a perfect time for the debut of GapFill.org’s newsletter. What a wonderful time of year to say thank you for how The Lord is using YOU through GapFill.org to further His work, one gap at a time. Thank YOU for being the hands and feet of Jesus.

We would like to share the highlights of some of the missionary projects that YOU, GapFill.org donors, help complete.

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Bobb Lewis WalkingHelping Bobb Walk

YOU purchased for Bobb Lewis the Bioness Foot Drop Device back in 2012 after he suffered a stroke on the mission field. This device is helping Bobb walk better while he and Kayleen are on the mission field serving fulltime in Malaysia.

Watch a video of Bobb walking with his new device >>

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Hearing Aids for Phil

Hearing Aids for Phil

Hearing Aids for Phil Rojak

YOU donated toward hearing aids for Phil Rojak. We posted Phil’s need back in 2012 and waited to see what God would do. God answered our prayers over and above what we could have asked or imagined!

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Mesem New Testament

Kathy Vanaria and Joyce with Mesem New Testament

The Mesem New Testament Dedication

Many GapFill donors know the Vanaria’s personally and YOU donated toward their return to Papua New Guinea for the Mesem New Testament dedication.  I was blessed to be able to attend and will be forever grateful for the ability to experience firsthand the power of the Holy Spirit as we walked up the path amongst the singing and dancing of praises to Jesus.

Watch a summary video of the dedication >>

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Nabak Hymnal

Nabak Hymnal

Nabak Hymnals

We couldn’t talk about Papua New Guinea without mentioning Grace Fabian.  She also was in Papua New Guinea this year but was returning to the Nabak people with more copies of Nabak hymnals that YOU purchased. What a way to spend her 75th birthday!!!

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The Charest Family

The Charest Family

Retreat for Missionary with Cancer

Joel and Adrienne Charest, Missionaries in Mozambique, had their retreat funded by YOU in 4 days (a new GapFill record). Joel has been battling cancer and this time away was such a blessing.

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There were many other completed items that YOU made possible…
  • a van for the Bedients;
  • school fees and basic food and housing for Susie Leo and her children after the sudden death of her husband;
  • Christiane and Thomas Weber’s trip back to Papua New Guinea with 230 solar powered MP3 Audio Bibles;
  • a missionary family that was in crisis and needed to be evacuated from a “sensitive nation”.

Thank YOU again so very much.  May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be will all of you this Thanksgiving season! (2 Cor 13:13)

Blessings,

Joyce

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Visit our “Items Needed” tab on the GapFill.org’s website to see how you can continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus. To receive GapFill.org’s blog posts automatically via email, enter your email address in the “FOLLOW GAPFILL VIA EMAIL” box on the right-hand side of this blog and click “Follow”.


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Update from Matthew, Sarah and Family

Family in Need

Matthew, Sarah, Barnabas and Amos

Note from GapFill.org’s Founder:  Matthew and Sarah, a Christian tent-making family serving in a “sensitive area” for ten years, found out their newborn son Amos has Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). This is a serious genetic disorder that requires special medical attention. As a result, they are heading stateside to Fort Worth, TX, to be near a TSC Center. Thanks for continuing to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus by helping to meet the needs of this missionary family.

Update From Matthew

First, we want to express a large and heartfelt thank you to the many of you that have sent messages of encouragement, offered up prayers and even helped us financially. We thank you all so much.


Second, Sarah made it to Texas safely, and she and Amos are doing fine. She is a bit bored, having no friends, having no way to go from place to place (aside from walking), and being in the U.S. where people just don’t hang out outside like they do in China. Amos is fine; he hasn’t shown any other symptoms as of yet and seems to be developing normally. Sarah has found two studies being done by the TSC Clinic in Houston that would pay for travel to Houston and give some (not all) tests (e.g. MRI, EEG) for free, so that sounds promising. God’s blessings continue to appear. Sarah’s also spending time looking online for deals on a car or minivan.


Third, I finished my last day of work this week, though I’m still working on some materials, including a description of duties and tasks to be done that I will need to give to the new EAP teacher replacing me. Barnabas and I fly out Nov. 6. Between then and now I have dinners with friends to attend, repacking to do, goodbyes to say, and generally keep my head from spinning off. Once I arrive, I’ll definitely take a few days to rest and enjoy being with Sarah and Amos again. Then it will be off to the races trying to get a vehicle, sending out resumes, and looking for ways to get insurance and/or assistance in paying for Amos’s treatments.


Prayer Needs
  1. A car/minivan: Despite my dislike of PCs (personal cars), I know we need one at a hopefully reasonable price.
  2. My students: The new teacher hasn’t arrived yet, and I worry that he won’t. I know the students are no longer my responsibility, but I still care about them and want them to learn and reach their goals.
  3. A job or a place? I’m really wrestling with the question of whether I should pray for a job and simply go where the jobs are or whether I should ask Him where to go and trust that He has a job for me. It’s an interesting but significant difference.
  4. Insurance & Medical costs: Ironically with the AFA website troubles and so forth, this may be the worst possible time to be going back to the U.S. for medical treatment. I’m also having difficulty with the Texas CHIP web application, so neither of the boys are yet insured. Not to mention Sarah or me.
  5. Adjustment: Just yesterday, I began to feel overwhelmed by all that lays before me: jobs, forms, applications, a culture I now feel alien in, disappointments, costs, etc. Ask that I (and we) would draw nearer to Jesus and walk with Him in these.


As a not-so-side note, I need a job. If you have connections that may be of help, please direct them to info@gapfill.org and GapFill will relay them to me.
Blessings to you all,


Visit the “Items Needed” tab on the GapFill.org website to see how you can help this “Family in Need”.  To receive GapFill.org’s blog posts automatically via email, enter your email address in the “FOLLOW GAPFILL VIA EMAIL” box on the right-hand side of the blog and click “Follow”.