Make Room For Mustard Seeds

on small priorities that aren't actually so small

“How shall I describe the kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.”

- Mark 4:30-32

It’s easy, in our planting, to forget that small seeds become what fills the garden.

James 3 explains that peace-makers sow seeds of peace with their words. Galatians 6 warns that we will always harvest what we plant and cautions us to select our seeds carefully. 2 Corinthians 9 encourages us to give generously with the visual of harvesting what we plant.

With our words, with our thoughts, with our time, and with our resources, we are always planting seeds. Peace or conflict, life or decay, scarcity or abundance; what we plant will grow.

As we choose, the small seeds can easily be overlooked for something that appears much more impressive or urgent, even by the most careful planter...

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Cody here, thank you so much for praying for our family this month!

Abishai had his surgery! It went well and he has been a champ during his recovery. We have a follow-up appointment with his surgeon this week, so pray that everything is healing up as it should.

A few different people sent in large one-time gifts this month that we were able to use toward his medical bills. Thank you so much for praying for that need!


 It's good to be home! We've enjoyed so many good visits with supporters, family and friends. 



 We are also keeping busy with partnership development. We are so thankful that the Lord is continuing to give us these opportunities to share about the ministry we're joining.

When we aren't having meetings or preparing for them, we are usually wading through the sea of visa paperwork or trying to schedule the required immunizations, doctor appointments and dental appointments before we head to the field.

Last week, we mailed our paperwork for work permits to Papua New Guinea! Thank you for praying for us during this preparation process!


Prayer Needs

Pray for wisdom and balance as we navigate this daunting to-do list each day. There is so much to do before we go, but we cannot let these tasks dictate our time. Instead we need to dictate when and how much time goes into these tasks. 

Pray that we continue to learn how to manage our time well so we have the time to give to our family and invest in those around us.
We’re also looking to the Lord to provide some pretty significant outgoing and passage expenses before we can leave for the field in January. Thank you for praying with us as we continue to wait on him for those needs. 
A few of the expenses coming up:
  • Paying off the rest of Abishai's surgery ($250 to go!) 
  • Plane tickets to Papua New Guinea (~$4500)
  • Shipping and set-up costs
  • Transportation to get around the base in Goroka (hoping for a 4-wheeler or gator)

Please pray that we will be a blessing, not only to those we work with and serve on the field, but also to those we come in contact with and spend time with during this time of preparation here and now.

Thank you so much for keeping up with us! 


Cody, Beka & Abishai

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