Dear Faithful Friends,
Greetings in the Savior’s Name! Thanks very much for your prayers and support for our ministry with PMU, for Providence Bible Presbyterian Church, and for our family in general.
Spring is sneaking back into North Idaho! The year is marching along, and there is much to catch you up about.
Travel update: As you know, I had a very profitable trip to Southeast Asia back in December. This new year is shaping up to be one of the busiest travel years I’ve ever had as PMU’s Field Director, with trips scheduled to South Africa in April (possible new field opening up), Michigan in May (teaching a modular preaching course at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary), Montana in July (Presbytery youth camp), Florida in August (Synod), California in August (Team Timothy), and Tennessee in September (preaching conference at our newest BP church, Grace Presbyterian Church in Greeneville). There will be more in early 2019 as Pastor Southerland and myself visit the presbyteries to get him “introduced” – though he’s already known, of course, just in a different capacity.
Transition update: So this is my last full year as Field Director, and it isn’t slowing down (see “Travel Update,” above!). In addition to the heavy travel schedule, we’re training my successor, Rev. Casey Southerland, who is getting ready to take the helm in August of 2019. We’re also working with our Pre-Missionary Candidate, Miss Michaela Sharpshair, as she readies herself to serve in Uruguay for a year. Major effort is going into producing missionary videos, right now especially, as we have missionaries stepping down from their service with PMU who need to express a grateful farewell to their long-time supporters. Preparing for Team Timothy ministries in Northern California this year will soon ramp up, as will the necessary labor for the Mission Council’s annual meeting.
Church update: We are enjoying a tremendous season of growth in our little church here in North Idaho, in numbers as well as spiritual progress. I am incredibly encouraged by the enthusiasm of our congregation for the Word, and for their testimony as a warmly welcoming and loving group of people. And the chaplaincy ministry continues to expand as well, as local emergency services agencies become more familiar with the work we are doing, and what we can offer their personnel along with the community.
Some family news: This Spring has brought both highs and lows. Our wonderful kids helped us take an incredible vacation this month to England. We’ve always wanted to go there, and everything came together to make it happen this year. And then they (along with many helping hands from the church family) surprised us with a remodeled living and dining room when we arrived at home. God is good.
God is also good in the lows. Our daughter and son-in-law announced that they were expecting their third child, due in September — only to find out in March that they had lost the child around the twelve week mark. The Lord’s comfort has been precious to us during this time; please do keep Chelsea and Shane in your prayers.
We thank you again for your constant upholding of PMU’s ministry, and ours in particular. Without your prayers and financial support we would be unable to continue. You are our Lord’s faithful servants on our behalf, and we are grateful to Him and to you. May He bless you richly!
For the Kingdom,
Dr. Len Pine