Duplantis Update, April 22, 2012

Dear Friends,
Well, you all know that "time flies when you're having fun" so we must have been having lots of fun because we cannot believe how fast the last month has flown by!  We've been resting, reading, visiting, eating and shopping and somehow the days have zipped by almost without our noticing, but we have been encouraged! 
We've been encouraged by your words and interest and continued support and prayers.  We have been encouraged by Peter's continued good health - he says he feels back to 100%!  We've been encouraged by worshipping and hearing the Word in English!  We've been encouraged by a generous gift that gets us well started on what we need to purchase a new vehicle to continue our ministry in Angola.
We've also been feeling daunted.  Daunted by the finances still needed - both regular monthly committments and one-time gifts for the previously mentioned vehicle.  Daunted by the size of the task before us in Cavango - the endless needs, the amazing opportunities, the struggle to not be overwhelmed by daily living! Daunted by trying to share what the GOD of the Universe is doing in a very small corner of it called Cavango and in our very small lives and hearts! 
Daunted but not dismayed!  We know He is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine!(Ephesians 3:20) Today, I was convicted by this thought from Jesus Calling - "Walk with me in holy trust, responding to My initiatives rather than trying to make things fit your plans. I died to set you free, and that includes freedom from compulsive planning.....A mind preoccupied with planning pays homage to the idol of control......Listen to me and live abundantly!"  I am a "planner" and like to "know" what is going on....Ha!  So I need your prayers for me to listen to God and not my "plans" that I may radiate His Joy and Peace!
Ironically this next paragraph is about our plans but we know that they are all in His control!  We plan to leave on Weds, April 25, and return to Greensboro around June the 7th.  We will be in Louisiana for just over two weeks to visit many of our Duplantis' family and then we head up through Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania to visit many of you!  If you live in those places and you don't know about our coming then let us know and we'll see if we can't work something out!   We'll be going over 3500 miles in 7 weeks!  Pray for "Scarlett" - the little red VW bug that has been graciously loaned to us - it is adorable and we love it, but it has a lot of work ahead of it!  
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
Website: www.hopeforangola.org (you can donate online!)

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