Surprising to think that I leave for Guam in 11 days! This is a very fast trip, and yet seems daunting still! Last year while in Guam it was proposed that the counseling skills course I typically teach in the seminary, be adapted for the annual Minister's Equipping Conference. It evolved into this upcoming conference on pastoral counseling and I am now preparing in earnest. Our Senior Pastor from Gateway Bible, Fred Hennes and his wife Meredith will be there as well. Fred will also be presenting on his use of pastoral counseling within the church and through outside resources. We'll also be talking about Branches our counseling ministry at Gateway. What a blessing and joy to be able to be in Guam and presenting with a pastor I so admire and respect!! He'll teach at chapel and hopefully I can show him and Meredith around Guam before I leave! A small Gateway team will be joining them after I leave to help with general needs on campus. Of course prayers needed for all!
Pacific Islands University, as you know, is near and dear to our hearts. At the moment things are difficult with Dave, the president, here in the states dealing with a severe medical issue. We are short staffed at PIU, and the usual need for resources is there on all levels. Please pray for this vital mission in Micronesia, and if you feel led, to contribute in some tangible way. Blessings everyone!