Dear Family & Friends, November 2010
It is with mixed emotions we begin this letter. It will probably be the last one we send to you from Papua New Guinea . It seems appropriate as we approach Thanksgiving Day to reflect on the goodness of the Lord in our lives.
October – November 2010
It is with much thankfulness we look back on these last weeks. Susan’s mother’s health had begun to decline dramatically. After talking to family members, it became apparent that Susan should make the trip back to the states. We are grateful for the good care that mom received. Presently she is in a long term care facility closer to where Susan’s parents live so she can receive rehabilitation. The road ahead is long and uncertain however we are grateful to our kind heavenly Father who is always in charge. Susan was glad for the chance to spend so much time with her parents. After 53 years of marriage, their devotion to each other in “sickness and in health” was pretty special to watch. Susan has been really glad for the extra time spent at Kevin & Heather’s home after leaving her parents. Jared was able to come up some and Susan certainly enjoyed all her special grandma times with Micah.
November – December 2010
We appreciate your prayers as Susan once again makes this long trip alone back to PNG beginning on November 9. The remaining weeks will be busy ones as we sort, pack and get ready for our departure. We look forward to this next phase in ministry, but our hearts are incredibly sad as we anticipate the final good byes to our PNG friends and our missionary friends and co-workers who have truly become family to us after all these years. This is certainly a time of reflection and remembering and we feel so incredibly grateful to have such wonderful memories from the past twenty six years. We are so thankful for the ministries, for the blessing of raising our children in Papua New Guinea , and we are very grateful for you – those that have been faithfully praying for us and giving financially.
We will be arriving at Cedar Lane Missionary Homes in NJ ten days before Christmas and plan to be there until February when we head down to Florida to begin working at the New Tribes Mission USA Headquarters. We appreciate your prayers for the many details and finances associated with this big move (housing needs, vehicle needs, household items, new ministries, etc.) NTM doesn’t pay salaries so we’ll still be dependent on whatever the Lord sends our way through you, His faithful servants.
With Much Love and Gratefulness,
Brian & Susan Shortmeier