Looking over this past year, I’m thankful for . . .
• A Faithful God: He has been the ultimate Comforter on the lowest days.
• A Goodly Heritage: My mom, from Day 1, has reinforced the fact that this is God’s will, His way is best, and God is good.
• A Loving Church: Our God is a wonderful Comforter Who lifts us up in our lowest valleys, yet He uses His people to help in that process. I just want to thank you all for being willing to be used.
As I sit down to write this update, it has been exactly one year since my father and Gospel preacher went Home to be with Jesus. It has been the toughest year of our lives, but we can truly say that God is good and has been faithful each step of the way. It reminds me of a verse I read this morning: “Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.” (Psalm 36:5) We cannot begin to thank each of you who has prayed for us, supported us, and encouraged us along the way.
I know that people are praying and that God is working! In our last update, I asked you all to pray for two things specifically. First, I asked you to pray that Boon Baptist Church, where my dad pastored, would find a new pastor. Second, I asked you to pray that I would have the opportunity to go to Alaska to help Missionary Nathan Smoot reach out into the uttermost with mission aviation. God has sweetly and miraculously answered both of these requests.
Pastor Matchinski, along with his sweet family, has moved to Boon, and we are excited to see what God is going to continue to do in that place! Please keep them in special prayer as they transition in.
Next the Lord opened the door for me to assist Bro. Smoot in Alaska. It was great to be on the front lines, seeing mission aviation in action, in a very remote and rugged mission field that the Lord has called him to. Instead of landing on hot, dried-up lake beds, like we have done several times in Haiti, we were landing on a cold, snow-packed airfield. God is doing a sweet work up there in the villages. What a joy it was to see the emphasis the Lord Jesus puts on the value of one. All of the labor, hard work, support, and prayers that it takes to get the Gospel message to even the most remote and small villages are worth it in the scope of eternity. “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” (Luke 14:23) Whether we live in a city of thousands and go to a church with hundreds or whether we live in a small town or village and go to a church with just a handful, God wants us busy compelling others to His love.
This morning we started the annual inspection on N206AA (the Cessna 206 that the Lord has allowed us to use for ministry work). It was just over a year ago that it was in Haiti, with my mom and dad, flying critical missions. We have enjoyed using it on several occasions this last year for the furtherance of the Gospel, and we look forward to another year of productive service for His glory. Please pray all goes well with the inspection.
We appreciate your prayers, love, and support.
Your servants in Christ,
Mark and Laura Siegwart