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Ford Family in PNG

PNG Fords, PO Box 912, Alotau, Papua New Guinea www.pngfords.com pngfords@gmail.com 011-675-671-7788

May – June Newsletter

Volume 4 Issue 3

Newsletter and Blog Improvements
By Craig INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1 1 2 3 4
Newsletter and Blog Improvements Furlough Events 2009 Money Help for Christians Family Perspective, Pictures and Devotional

Since we have been on furlough I have enjoyed the opportunity to get online and update both our blog and newsletter format. I hope you like the layout.

Here are some of the new blog features:
1. Our blog is now found at www.pngfords.com. If you go to the blogspot address you will be redirected to our new page. If you are linked to the blogspot address you might want to update it. 2. The blog now has an email updates feature. Simply add your email address into the box under the “Subscribe by email” title. Each time we update our blog you will be sent an email. 3. The look of the blog has been updated. The layout includes more pictures and other features. 4. Newsletters will now be accessible through the blog site and will be archived there. We currently have about 20 subscribers and would love to see more of you have access to that information. Subscribe by visiting the site and entering your email address.

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 NIV)

Furlough Events 2009
By Craig Our 2009 furlough began earlier than expected with the news that there were some possible complications with Jeri’s pregnancy. We were blessed to know that there was not an issue after all. At the time of this writing our family is currently staying with Jeri’s family in Cheyenne, Wyoming. During our time in Canada Craig was able to make presentations at the following congregations:
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“Money Help For Christians” Blog Launched
By Craig
I know that this article is really outside of the main focus of our newsletter, but I did want to introduce you to a new personal project.

This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24 NIV)

Our time in New Guinea has made me keenly sensitive to issues related to Christians and money management. Anyone who has lived in a third world country knows the importance of developing theology of wealth and a theology of giving. This helps you function in the midst of poverty. So I have spent some personal time over the last few years studying, questioning, exploring, and even writing on topics related to Christians and money. Following this study I decided to start blogging about Christians and Money. As of June 4th, 2009 I launched a blog called Money Help For Christians that is found at www.moneyhelpforchristians.com. In the blog I focus on (1) Financial teachings from a Biblical perspective. (2) Daily posts on topics that impact all aspects of personal finances. This includes practical tips for saving money, earning money, and managing your money. (3) A behind the scenes look at our finances - the motivations, impulses, and the spiritual implications of our financial decisions.

In addition to the writing, I have made two presentations on this material for a preacher’s luncheon in Ontario and at a Bible class in Cheyenne, Wyoming. You can subscribe to receive daily emails delivered into your inbox by clicking here.

NEWS
Here are a few blogs you might want to check out:  Marcus and Diane Reese: http://marcusanddiane.wordpress.com/ The information is a little dated, but worth a visit if you haven’t seen their blog.  Velma Foreman shares some of her experiences at the One Mile medical clinic. Here is the link for the clinic: http://www.onemileclinic.org/  Please pray for the missionary team in Cochabamba, Boliva. There was recently a bus accident where three young people died. You can get more information by visiting Josh and Julie Marcum’s blog: http://jjmarcum22.blogspot.com/

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Family Perspective
By Jeri
We spent May and June in Ontario with Craig’s parents and were blessed by our time together. (Thank you, Art and Ruby, for being such gracious hosts.) Hannah and Caleb became very comfortable with them, as well as their Canadian aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was a blessing to visit many congregations in Canada as well and to see some old friends. On June 18th, our lives became a little busier when Elizabeth Ruby was born. She has already captured our hearts and we are thankful for her good health. Elizabeth was born with a head full of dark hair, weighing in at 6 lbs. 2 oz. We’ve been adjusting to life without as much sleep and being outnumbered by our kiddos, but we feel very grateful for the children God has given us. Hannah and Caleb are very proud big siblings, of course. We look forward to our time in the States for the next couple of months. Thank you to everyone for your encouragement, support, and prayers.

Five Ford Family.

Government, Passport and Papers Update
By Craig Ontario did expedite Elizabeth’s birth certificate so we have that on hand. The Canadian High Commission in Denver has approved our request to expedite a passport so that should be underway in a few days. From there we will wait for the PNG government to give Elizabeth an entry permit to PNG.
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Continuation of the churches we have visited on furlough:       Ville-Emard Church of Christ in Montreal, Quebec Meaford Church of Christ in Meaford, Ontario Collingwood Church of Christ in Collingwood, Ontario Tintern Church of Christ in Tintern, Ontario Newmarket Church of Christ in Newmarket, Ontario Beamsville Church of Christ in Beamsville, Ontario

Coming up in the next few weeks I will be making presentations at:  Cheyenne Church of Christ in Cheyenne, Wyoming  Beatrice Church of Christ in Beatrice, Nebraska  Lander Church of Christ in Lander, Wyoming  Mountain View Church of Christ in Colorado Springs, Colorado  Champions Church of Christ in Houston, TX Currently our plan is to leave North America on August 30th to start our trip back to PNG.

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6 NIV)

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Devotional
By Craig
God always provides. God made a bold promise to a 99 year old man named Abraham – I will make you into a great nation. That promise initially seemed threatened by frequent issues of infertility. The casual reader might doubt God’s choice of Abraham as the Father of Many Nations. Story after story in Genesis we are left to wonder if the promise will really come to fruition. The book of Exodus begins with the same theme that ended the book of Genesis. Exodus’ first word in Hebrew is “and.” The story continues. Only this time God’s people have the exact opposite birthing experiences. While infertility plagued God’s people, now they are reproducing in staggering amounts that the Egyptians feel threatened by the size of the Israelites. And now, in Exodus God’s promise is fulfilled. Abraham’s descendants have become a great nation. God always provides.

Craig, Jeri, Hannah, Caleb, and Elizabeth Ford
PO Box 912 Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea Phone: 011 (675) 671-7788 Web Site: www.pngfords.com E-mail: pngfords@gmail.com