But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Some heavy stuff

Hi all,

First, the blessings: we got to go to Aviation to pick up Matthew with his mom and siblings! He made it back a day earlier than anticipated. It was SO good to see him totally back to normal! I'm pretty sure my hug embarrassed him, but oh well. :) He came over Friday night for supper and a movie with his brother and another friend. Isaac was elated. Hearing them all laughing and seeing Matthew sitting at our table eating his food made me overflow with thanksgiving. It was surreal. GOD IS GOOD.

And I write that above line because it's what I keep remembering (thanks to the Holy Spirit) as we face two other pretty heavy issues in our area and one minor "spot of bother" here at home.

Starting on the home front, Will is sick with vomiting and diarrhea and fever. He's a miserable little dude. Please pray the other kids don't get it. It sure adds to the laundry pile!

. . . Which brings me to the first big issue we're facing as a town/country: (1) Rain - or rather, lack thereof.

We actually had no water to flush our toilets yesterday (when they direly needed it!). I don't want to give too much information for those who have weak stomachs, but we don't flush our toilets until absolutely necessary, and we only wash clothes that are well and truly dirty/stinky. But with 6 very active kids, that adds up to a lot of laundry quickly. We might look into digging an outhouse - we had one at our old house and using it was no big deal, but we need a GOOD lock on this one! It's also tricky given potty-training right now. (Marcie's the only one really doing it, though. The others give an occasional try.) Bottom line (ha, ha, no pun intended!): WE NEED RAIN. The whole country needs rain, desperately. Our "lawn" has dried to the point that it has several deep fissures in it (not big enough to lose a quint, don't worry). While ugly and annoying, we don't have to depend on our lawn for our livelihood.

(2) Our Finance Department situation is also dire. Here's the public statement:

Finance Team Shortage

The PNG finance team is already critically short-staffed, but things have gotten more difficult this October as one coworker leaves for home assignment and another retires. Currently there are no accountants or finance people in the pipeline to come.

A task force is discussing how to ensure sufficient accounting resources to keep Bible translation going in PNG. Our first step in June was to pray and to ask others to pray. Will you join us?  Contact our recruiting team (hr-recruiting@sil.org.pg) to learn more how you can serve in a vital role here in PNG.

For a video about our finance team, you can view it here:

So, here's your invitation to come live near the quints and Isaac! :) Seriously, please pass this on to anyone who think might be interested. We need help!

Gotta run minister to Will,

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Matthew is out of the hospital!

We just heard that Matthew is out of the hospital and resting.  They are planning to return back to PNG on Friday, Lord-willing!  Thank you all for your prayers on behalf of the Crosland family!

If you want to know more about them, look up "The Croslands in PNG" on Facebook.


Picture of Matthew

Psalm 27:13-14: "I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be strong, and may your heart be stout; wait on the Lord."

Please continue to lift Matthew up in prayer. I've not heard anything from them since 1:30 this morning (8 hrs. ago). I am desperate for news. He has been through so much already. Here is our boy in his natural habitat. - FB post by his mom

Praising God!!! Thank you for praying!!!

I just heard from Matt in Cairns. Matthew started to make a rapid recovery about an hour ago, and has regained much of his memory. The CT scan did not reveal any bleeding, Praise God. He was diagnosed with a severe concussion and will be observed overnight. We believe that he had an undiagnosed head injury after his last fall in May that caused this relatively small fall to result in major damage. Looking back I can see that there were signs, but his body was in such a mess it went overlooked. If things continue to improve he will be discharged tomorrow and will be home on Friday. I have no doubt that it was the prayers of thousands around the globe that has turned this nightmare around. Thank you, God. Thank you friends. Thank you prayer warriors. Matt will update when he gets a chance.

- again, from Matthew's mom (Matt is the dad). Matthew had a really bad fall in May, which is why in her previous post she said something about how much can one little boy handle. We love this family. They have three boys around Isaac's age, which was nice of them. :) Matthew is the closest in age, the oldest. Isaac was so sad and scared last night, he'll be thrilled to hear this good news when he wakes up! He'll also be thrilled to hear Matthew is coming back on Friday already, Lord willing! He kept asking (1) if he'd be okay, and (2) how soon he could come back. (They had a sleep-over "scheduled" for Thursday night - it's a two-week school break here.)

I've posted pictures in the past of the boys burying each other in our sandbox. :) I can't get ahold of Matthew's mom right now for permission to post a photo with identifying names; maybe later. I hope she's sleeping! 

Love and unspeakable gratitude to our Great Physician and you all who prayed!,


***This is A CALL TO PRAYER***
Matthew has just been medi-vacced to Cairns with a head injury with total short term memory loss and some long term memory loss as well. Matt has flown with him this time. They barely made it before last light. Please pray for a safe flight, wisdom for the doctors, me here home worried sick with the 6 other children, and for complete and total healing for Matthew. I am wondering how much one little boy can bear. We'll update when we can.

- this was written by the mom of the boy who was hurt in our backyard this afternoon. It was a total fluke, not from any even remotely dangerous game or crazy type of play. Isaac and I are particularly devastated, and we are all deeply concerned. PLEASE PRAY WITH US for Matthew's complete recovery!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Farmer Boy (and girl)

These are the tractors out at Aviation, used for cutting the grass (I presume). Seth and Gracie obliged us with a few photo-ops.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Cute conversation with Seth

Seth came in crying brokenheartedly. I took him on my lap and asked him if he needed a snack or some chocolate milk (bear in mind this is the child we are supposed to be fattening up at every opportunity. Basically he drinks enriched Ovaltine.) He said he wanted the "choc-it milk" and waited patiently for me to get it for him. Meanwhile he struck up a little conversation:

"Mommy, are you alright?"

"Yes, I'm alright. Are you alright?"

"No! I'm not alright, I fell DOWN!"

"Oh no! I'm so sorry buddy! Where did you get hurt?"

Seth, checking his limbs all over, "I don't know. Where did my owie go? You find my owie? Where did my owie go!?!"

He finally gave up trying to find his owie and just went away happily drinking his milk.

And David JUST came inside, asking "How you going?"

"I'm going good. How are YOU going?"

"I'm not going. You're going."

Gracie, David, Will and Seth looking down into our valley. Our center is off to the left, that mass of white houses in the far distance. The airstrip and helipad from which Gavin flies is just down below. The kids are looking at it. (Marcie was home with me.)

"Ready, set, jump!"

Gracie started making all kinds of cute poses and faces. :)

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones