Lenzes View – January 2019

Answered Prayer

In July I asked you all to pray for a man and his wife as I was taking them through the Creation to Christ Bible lessons. He had heard parts of the teaching before, but kept missing key lessons and was not able to put the pieces of the Gospel together to see how it applied to him. This particular man is one who, in the past, has caused quite a bit of grief for our team, and I equated loving him to be something similar to hugging a porcupine. As we know, the Holy Spirit is the one who changes lives and His word says that the faithful prayers of a righteous man produces much fruit. I want to thank you for your prayers for this man as God has removed the veil from his eyes and he now understands the message of the Gospel and proclaims that he is trusting the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus on his behalf for salvation. He states, “For 19 years I used God’s name and thought I was doing his work, but it was all for my own gain. I realize that was all a waste and is not what will get me to heaven.” Please continue to pray as our new brother in Christ is hungry for more teaching. Pray for his wife as she is conflicted in what to do with the teaching she has received. On the one hand, she would like to believe and put her faith in Christ, but on the other hand, she knows this will result in ridicule from family and friends.

Purposeful Planting

I was visiting my friend James the other day and looked down and saw bean sprouts growing out of a pile of rocks. Oddly enough, I had gone to his house that day in order to ask him if he’d be willing to allow me to walk him through our Bible lessons one-on-one. In the past, we have done many large and small group Bible “courses”, and the results have been as Christ described in Mark 4. Recently, due to our limited time and resources, we’ve been discussing being more intentional with where we sow the seed of the Word.

James was one of my language helpers when we moved here in 2009. His wife, a young believer now, has been growing in her walk with the Lord and she’s been devouring the teaching she’s been getting. James has been on my heart for a long time, but he has never really been interested in making the time to listen to the teaching. Now seems to be the right time! I shared with him that his efforts in helping me to learn their language was not without a purpose. The purpose was to be able to share God’s Word with them; but many others are reaping the benefits of his hard work while he has nothing to show for it. He said he wants to hear the Bible teaching and we settled on Monday and Wednesday evenings at his house for the venue. Please pray for James as you did for our brother mentioned above. Pray that the soil of his heart will be ready to receive the seed of the Gospel and that God’s Word will impact him and his family in unimaginable ways.

One More Request

Please also be praying for Robyn and Krystiana as they’re supposed to be leaving from Michigan on Thursday, the 31st, to begin their journey back to PNG. Please pray that the weather will cooperate and flights will not be canceled. Pray for safety and energy for them as they travel. Pray especially for Robyn, Krystiana, and Michael as it is going to be difficult for them to part again for the next several months.

Thank you for standing with us in this ministry.

Levi & Robyn Lenz
Serving the North Wahgi people
of Papua New Guinea
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