Duplantis Update, Oct 8, 2011

Dear Friends,
This past month has been full of milestones for us and our family!  My dad and mom's birthdays, 87 and 85 respectively, our 12th Anniversary and Peter's birthday!  Milestones are always a good way to reflect on God's faithfulness over the years and we are constantly reminded of His goodness and grace.  This year more than most we feel that we are totally upheld by His strength and grace as we can't say that "we" have accomplished much for the "Kingdom" or even for Cavango.  It has been a year of resting in Him and trusting that He has a plan amidst all the confusing circumstances that He has allowed.  We were listening to a Charles Price sermon on Abraham's life and could identify with the "famine" that came even when Abraham was exactly where God wanted him to be.  We too feel that we are where God wants us to be and that He has continually confirmed that to us by His provision and peace, and that the current "famine" is a time to grow in our faith.  Pray that we would not "flee to Egypt" taking matters in our own hands as Abraham did, but that we will remain resting in the Lord - our Jehovah Jirah(the Lord God Who Provides). 
Peter is much better than he was in August, Praise God!  He is still lacking "spark" and motivation to initiate doing things, but at least is no longer anxious.  Thank you for your prayers!
We plan to go to Cavango next week with Steve Foster as our vehicle is still awaiting parts for repair.  We will just go for a long weekend again as a chance to catch up with the mission folk again and see some patients at the clinic.  Until our vehicle is repaired we will probably spend the majority of our time at the Tchincombe ranch trying to be useful wherever we can be - feeding and training horses, sewing and cooking(Shelley), fixing things and making things(Peter).  We have also been able to pick up the leading of Sunday morning adult Biblestudy while Stirling has been away. 
Mom and Dad moved to Lubango last month - in fact exactly a month ago this weekend.  They have settled in quite well and Peggy and Steve are also gradually getting settled into the new house.  Dad continues to lose strength, and finds it more and more difficult to talk, but still smiles and enjoys conversation around the table. 
Thank you for reading this and for your prayers and support.  We are all members of One Body and we are your fingertips touching Angola!  Without you, we could not be here!
Running the Race Together,
Peter and Shelley Duplantis
Advancing the Gospel in Angola, Inc
Field Address:
C.P. 33 Lubango, Angola via Portugal
Home Office Address and Donations:
25 Maple St.,  Addison, NY 14801 USA
Acct:  01002

1 comment:

Charles_Wong said...

Dear Peter and Shelley:

This is Charles Wong - I hope this note finds you well! I was thinking of you guys today as I was reading 2 Cor 6. I remember some of the troubles you shared with me (Peter particularly) and I wanted to encourage you with this verse:

4Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Running the race is hard, but it is so worth it! I really pray that God continues to bless you both and makes you fruitful agents of His will in Angola. Praise God for Peter doing better this month! Miss you and the whole team over there.

Your brother,