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But One Man Hid

on coming to a halt to deal with the heart

“Then Joshua cried out, ‘O Sovereign Lord, why did you bring us across the Jordan River if you are going to let the Amorites kill us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side! Lord what can I say now that Israel has fled before its enemies?...

…this is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: ‘Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you.”

-Joshua 7:7-8, 13


God had stopped the Jordan River in its tracks so that Israel could cross on dry land. He had brought down the walls of Jericho before their very eyes. Boldly, they sent a detachment to take out the small town of Ai, and then they were brutally defeated. Joshua was thrown. I would have been, too.

Why had God delivered mighty Jericho to them, and then brought the campaign to a screeching halt at Ai?

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The top 10 moments of our trip:


We are praising the Lord for what He has done!  He carried us all this way: over 68 hours of travel, 6 flights, and half-way around the world. There were definitely tears, but He gave us so many funny and sweet moments, too, and our sanity is (mostly) intact. 

Great is His Faithfulness!

Answered Prayers

  • Beka and Abishai never got the cough from Cody and we all received negative COVID tests the day before our flight!!
  • The trip was very challenging, but we were encouraged by all the reminders that you were praying for us each day, each step of the way! Thank you!! 
  • Abishai slept on 3 of the 6 flights, and was still excited to climb onto each new "big, big, big plane!"
  • There was some sort of issue, hang-up, or delay with either our baggage, our tickets, or our transfer at every single connection, and YET, the Lord always worked out the details as we waited on Him and got us onto the next flight in time.

A few of our favorite things here:

  • Watching Abishai play in the rain
  • Fresh fruit
  • The view of the mountains and one of the Bena villages from our house
  • We were expecting sad, powdered milk, but there was delicious boxed milk when we got here!! It seems like a small thing, but it was such a sweet surprise!
  • We live next door to two of our best friends from aviation training - each family has a toddler close to Abishai's age

What are we adjusting to?

  • Learning how to make food items that aren't available in the store - like salsa and sour cream
  • Internet and power grid outages. Finding the right adapter or transformer to use our electronics.
  • Hanging clothes out to dry during rainy season (being flexible with when we'll be able to wear that load of clothes again). 
  • Wearing skirts all the time (Beka, not Cody)
  • How much sunscreen we need!!
  • Accepting lots of help! (and we know that doesn't end once we get out of quarantine).

Quarantine = Book Announcement!

Quarantine does have us a little restless, but it has definitely been a valuable time of settling in, quality time for our family, and pressing into our relationship with the Lord. 

Beka was also able to use this time to complete her first Children's Book! It's a lullaby featuring our very own Abishai that teaches little kids they can enjoy and look forward to sleep without fear because the Lord is our security (Proverbs 3:24, 26). It portrays rest time as an opportunity to explore the gift of imagination.

Naps is now live on AmazonYou can find out more here.

Coming Up Next:

We will be out of quarantine as of Wednesday morning, March 10 (Hallelujah!!!!).

We'll have a few days to get our bearings on the base and get some things we need in town. Our orientation and language learning starts the following Monday.

We are so excited to begin! What a privilege it is to dedicate our time to learning about and working to understand the people we came here to reach and to serve.

Pray for us to humble our hearts in preparation for this task. We know how easily we get caught up in just trying to fit in, be well-liked, and impress others. But we have been called to lay all that down; to be beginners who are willing to be ourselves, to ask for help and to look foolish at times. Pray that we will be eager to learn and ready to accept LOTS of correction without growing discouraged.

We also know we are adding a huge task to our plate in a place where our regular responsibilities (laundry, food preparation, errands) eat up a much larger chunk of our time than we're used to.

When we grow weary and frustrated, pray for us take our stress and our weakness to the Lord and readily invite his help. If we are to go after this with excellence, and still give proper priority to our relationship with Him, with each other, and with our son, it will only be by His grace.

Finally, pray that the Lord would use us to show people who He is at every stage of our interaction with them. Even while our communication is so limited, and even in those rough moments where we have grown frustrated and we have NOT been Christ-like, pray for us! Pray that we would not grow disheartened. Pray that the Lord will use these moments to display what a difference the cross makes in our failures. 

Pray that we will yield to him with our whole hearts - that His humility, joy, courage, and gentleness in us would lay a foundation to explain the precious message of the Gospel down the road. 

Thank you so much for keeping up with us! 


Cody, Beka & Abishai


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