EXCITING NEWS...for all of us praying for the Ramu Valley Academy!!!
“Hope delayed makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Pr. 13:12 CSB
WE HAVE EXCITING NEWS!!!! Those of you who know us, know that the Lord has been leading us to partner with the Itutang church once again - this time to start a secondary school in Madang, PNG to support the Ramu Valley churches that we have had the privilege of planting and discipling the last 15 years. Most of you also know that it is with fear and trepidation that we enter such a huge initiative and that we have begun building a team around us to help with prayer, finances, and educational administration. Our spoken goal has been to raise $544,000 by this fall so that we can order building supplies and have them onsite to begin construction in 2019 and then open the doors to the first 7thgrade class in January of 2020. So, we did our part. We traveled and spoke and shared the amazing work of the Lord in the Ramu Valley. We presented the need for this school and left it with our churches and supporters to spread the word and pray to the One Who Can Provide. Many of you have have supported us financially for over a decade and now are giving sacrificially towards this project and to you we say, "Thank you!" We absolutely couldn't be doing any of this without you!
As we began, we thought about what we were saying…$544,000 before the fall? This seemed outrageous, but in February, we made a promise between us and the Lord. We determined that we wouldn’t begin the project until the Lord had provided most of the funds and then we asked Him to show us that He was in this and would lead us forward by providing a chunk of the financial support 1) by August and 2) through a means that we had no way of explaining so that we wouldn’t be able to take any credit for it. One of our “life mentors” encouraged us not to go about this like the pagans, but to pray Exodus 3:21, that the Lord would grant us favor in the eyes of those who could make this happen if it was His will that we move forward with the school project…and then trust him. Well, prayers are being answered!This week a few Christian businessmen who are experienced in helping with overseas evangelical education initiatives contacted us and want to be involved with RVA! We spent some time explaining the 15-year process leading us to this point and what we are trusting the Lord with now and they want to lend their financial support to help us reach our $544,000 goal by this fall! They have already matched a portion of what we’ve raised and will continue, dollar for dollar, until we complete our fundraising! This means that with their match, we now need to raise $214,000 to maximize the matching grant and meet our goal! We would love to be able to reach this goal by October 1stand begin ordering supplies (some of which may need to be purchased overseas and shipped into PNG), but it is clearly a team effort and something that needs to be covered in prayer! Please continue to pray and share the RVA story as the Lord leads and THANK YOU to every single one who has given so that others might have the gift of LEARNING! We are so excited to see how the Lord will provide over the next couple of months for His children - through His children - for HIS GLORY! Please be in prayer also for the curriculum development as we move forward andfor prepared student hearts as we seek together to know Jesus and then make Him known throughout the field in PNG. The harvest is ripe…may RVA provide many workers!By God's Grace & For His Glory~ The Housleys