Duplantis Update, Feb 1, 2012

Dear Friends,
Where to begin?!  First, a HUGE thank you to all of you for your prayers and love and sympathy expressed in these last few weeks over the passing of my dad, Dr Bob Foster.  We have really felt sustained by you all!  The funeral went really well - the church folk in Lubango wonderfully took care of all the details - basically we as family just had to attend.  It was/is all a bit of a blur still, but was also very God honoring and as lovely as a funeral can be.  You can read tributes, if you are interested, at www.drbobfoster.blogspot.com or you can send tributes to be posted there to sjffive@gmail.com. Keep Mom in your prayers, too.  She is grieving.  
The next big thing for us - is FURLOUGH!! Wow - as we think back it has actually been four years since we were really in the US to visit our "team".   We fly out of Windhoek, Namibia to Frankfurt on March 5th and then from Frankfurt directly to Charlotte, NC arriving at 3pm on Tues, March 6th.  We plan to be in the US until early July.  Apart from all the "boring" routine medical appointments, our plans are to VISIT as many of you as physically possible!!  We will be in touch more personally as we know better what our schedule will look like.  We also want to pursue as much physical, spiritual and mental healing/health as we can and toward that end are also booking in time with a  Christian psychiatrist/counsellor couple and we will follow where that leads us - particularly hoping it is out of the depression doldrums and on to full recovery for Peter.   We thank you for your prayers to that end. 
One really big need we have is a vehicle for furlough.  Our original plans have recently fallen through, sooooo if you or someone you know would be willing to loan us a vehicle we do need one!  We need something to get around the Triad/Triangle area of NC initially and then we need something that could go up and down the east coast in order to visit our out-of-NC supporters and family.  Please let us know if you can help us out!  We are a bit "late" for the missionary service organizations that do this for ministry - but we know God has a plan! 
We are currently at Cavango and it is great to be "home".  As of today we have 8 young men working on plastering the outside walls of Livingstone House(that's the name of our house) - so hopefully it will be completed before we leave for furlough!  That is the goal anyway!  We will probably need to make a trip to town next week for more cement and a medical team comes the following weekend(18-20th) so we will be busy to the end!  
Once again this year, Jesus Calling, is hitting me where I need it!  Today's reading started out with "Follow Me one step at a time.  That is all I require of you." and it ends with this admonishment  - "Keep your mind on the present journey, enjoying My Presence.  Walk by faith, not by sight, trusting me to open up the way before you."(pg 34)  So we go forth each day, knowing that God in His sovereignty has all our ways in His perfect plan.  May you also rest in knowing His Plan is perfect for you too!
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

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