Isaiah 55:8-9

Josh and Beth Paulick on May 10, 2016

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9.  Elijah and Avery have been learning this verse, but I don’t know if they really catch the gravity of it just yet. I don’t know if I have fully felt it’s weight, but the last couple of months have certainly made it a little more real.
    It seems like a lot has happened since our last update. We attended the memorial service at the end of March for Todd DeKryger, our teammate who passed away in February.  We were able to celebrate Easter Sunday with Beth’s parents in Dayton on our way home from the memorial service.  Monday afternoon, March 28th, Josh’s step-dad passed away rather suddenly, so we had two memorial services in six days. That left us pretty emotionally and physically exhausted, but the words of the verse above have been resonating with us a lot lately.  We are learning more and more about God’s will and learning to trust Him.
    In March and April, we had the opportunity to present at three different churches as well as a Sunday School class. We were so blessed being able to share our ministry with them and were encouraged by them as well.  In March, we were also able to get both Avery and Isaiah dedicated in our sending church, Washington Heights Baptist Church.

IMG_1994 Isaiah and Avery baby dedication
IMG_1991 Paulick Family at baby dedication

     We are still at 30% of our support, but we have a few people that have shown interest in partnering with us, so we are excited to see what God has in store.  
     We have a couple of churches in the near future we will presenting at (one in May). At the beginning of June we are attending a Muslim Evangelism course in Minnesota.  We are getting excited and have been reading through the required reading for the course and have already learned a lot!  
     We are also praying and seeking wisdom about whether Josh will go to Togo for a two week trip sometime this summer.  Josh has been asked to come to Togo for two weeks to help fill a gap in surgical coverage at the Hospital of Hope. Our hearts are still very much hurting for the DeKryger family and for our missionary family in Togo as they continue to grieve the loss of Todd.  We know there is a tremendous gap at the Hospital of Hope now with him gone.  It has been so incredible to see God’s people step in to fill the need, but there is still a great need there.  We know the need is great there now, but we fear that the more time that we spend in Togo now, the longer it may take us to get back full time.  


 

Prayer Requests and Praises

Praise for the opportunity to present at several churches recently and for several more that have shown interest in having us come.

Pray for wisdom as we try to decide if Josh should go to Togo for a 2 week trip this summer

Praise that we had a chance to dedicate Avery and Isaiah at our sending church

Pray God would continue to bring up both prayer and financial partners