Pat and Melenda Edmiston are missionaries with Wycliffe – Partners in Bible Translation, nondenominational mission organization dedicated to translating the Scriptures and teaching people to read and write in their own language. Pat and Melenda serve in the country of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Here’s an excerpt from their latest newsletter:
Dear Friends at Hyde Park,
We want to thank you for your $875 gift in March. Papua New Guinea is still closed to international travel. Although it has had very few cases of Covid-19, we continue to monitor when it will open its borders again so that Pat can plan his next trip to New Ireland. The Feni and Notsi Madak groups have several books of the New Testament ready to have Pat check and sign off on. Thank you for all your prayers and contributions.
In His Love,
Pat & Mel
With public schools closed throughout Hillsborough County, the staff, teachers and students shared a video to celebrate the love and support they received from Hyde Park’s volunteers. There were countless messages of gratitude, virtual hugs, plus videos and letters from the students as they expressed their heartfelt thanks. As Dawn Stites, Dunbar’s principal said, “Volunteers are the Heart of Dunbar.” Watch the video.
Trish Krider, a Hyde Park member, is a flight attendant for a major airline. The close proximity shared between flight crews and passengers make Trish very aware of the challenges posed by social distancing. During her rotation into 14 days of self-quarantine, she dusted off her sewing machine and began making masks for her fellow flight attendants. She didn’t know at the time that members of Hyde Park’s Little Dresses Ministry had the same idea. Our Pastor Vicki Walker put Trish in touch members of our Little Dresses team so they could share resources. Their effort caught the attention of local online media. Read the whole story.
Nick and Renee Shaw, along with their four children, answered God’s call into the mission field and are currently serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here is an excerpt from their latest newsletter:
ALL THE QUESTIONS, VERY FEW ANSWERS
Let me start by saying that we are safe and healthy. We are living in a furnished house that a friend’s grandmother moved out of a few months ago. Another friend lent us his car since few of us have anywhere to go. We have eaten some of our favorite foods, waved at dear friends from a distance, and overall been incredibly happy to be back in our home state, but what a state our country is in!
I want to share with you a quick recap of our time getting from Congo to Ohio. We spent the second half of February through half of March packing and selling household items that could not make the move to Zambia. When will the movers come get our stuff? When that happened (last minute) we walked with our suitcase to a nearby hotel, stayed one night, and attempted to fly with our missionary friend, Gaston Ntabmbo. What time will Gaston be ready to fly? Great excitement…crushing disappointment. Due to bad weather, we ended up at his house for one more night in Lubumbashi. Anticlimactic but still fun because the Ntambos are incredible people and serve Jesus with their whole hearts.
Read their newsletter here.
Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary (BMTS), our mission partner, is the largest United Methodist seminary in Europe, and serves students from eight countries who study in three languages: Estonian, Russian and English. Their newsletter is titled PrayerChain and the latest edition was published in April, 2020. It begins with a message from Külli Tõniste, Rector. Here’s an excerpt:
Life before and after the virus is worth describing. As recently as on March 8 we had Dr. Phil Meadows preaching in Tallinn Methodist Church. He preached on John 20:19-22. After the death of Jesus, when the disciples were sitting behind the locked doors, fearful of what could happen if they proclaimed the Gospel in the name of Jesus, Jesus himself came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
Read their newsletter
Volunteers needed! To help in the protection of our patients, team members and community, we are asking for your help in creating homemade cloth masks. Our goal is to provide 10,000 cloth masks to the Tampa General Hospital team over the next few weeks.
Based on Center for Disease Control’s guidelines, all mask donations must feature a double layer of unused machine-washable cotton. Further guidelines and step-by-step mask tutorials from the CDC can be found on the CDC website.
Those wishing to donate can visit our drop-off location starting next week. From 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fridays, donate your masks at One Davis Blvd. on Davis Islands. You may pull into the valet area and have the masks collected directly from your car!
Want to donate masks via mail? Please send to Tampa General Hospital, Attn: Volunteer Services, P.O. Box 1289, Tampa, FL 33601.
This effort has generated reports in local media, such as this story on Patch.com.