A Time for Prayer…

Hey everyone. Before we get into the adventures of the past few weeks, I’ve got some heavy things on my heart that you can be praying about. Here they are:

Prayer for the Leedahl Family and the Ukarumpa Community

The past two weeks have been an incredibly hard time for my Uka-family and friends. One of our pilots was in a serious motorcycle crash and ended up losing his leg. The Leedahl’s (Jon, Adie, and their three young sons) came to Ukarumpa a few weeks before I went on furlough in June. Their strength and trust in God these past two weeks is a testament to their faith and the Holy Spirit at work in their family. Please visit their website to see their story and how you can be specifically praying for them: http://theleedahls.com/ (it will pop up in a new window).

Prayer for my financial situation

I am currently receiving about half of the monthly budget I need in order to return to PNG in January and be there to teach math for the second semester of school. Pray for people’s hearts to be opened to partner with my ministry in PNG so I can return in January. If I am not receiving 100% of my monthly financial needs by early December, I will not be able to return to PNG by January when I am needed.

To see a video of what my ministry in PNG is about, click on the picture below:


If you would like to become a monthly financial partner in my ministry, click here: https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/leah-rigsby

Prayer for unknowns and impending goodbyes

As December approaches and the need for 100% financial support draws near, I find myself very stressed. Saying that you trust God to provide, isn’t just a statement you make and then it’s done. It is a daily surrendering of your plans and worries that sometimes needs to be renewed hour by hour, or even minute by minute so you don’t freak out and implode. Pray that I don’t implode 🙂

Also, please be praying for me, my family, and my friends as we prepare to say “goodbye” once again when I leave for a three-year term in PNG. I am excited to return, but sad to say goodbye, as I’m sure my family and friends are, too. Pray for them that they can “let me go” but also know that in doing so, they are not only supporting and encouraging me, but are a part of the thousands of pieces that come together so the Bible can get translated into the many languages of Papua New Guinea.

Speaking of friends…

I got to see some these past few weeks! I made my way out to Colorado and it was gorgeous!! I also hiked a mountain. That was not gorgeous. Here’s a pretty funny (if I do say so myself) video about my hike: http://youtu.be/L4oGd7ISlfI

Here are some pictures of the beautifulness that is Colorado:

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Then I went to Florida! Much pretty. So beach. Take a look!

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… And Family!

My family and I got to go to the State Fair of Texas!! We haven’t been there together as a family in almost ten years. We ate all the fried things, went crazy at the food court, and had a grand ol’ time!

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I’m so thankful for this time and these opportunities to see my friends and hang out with my family. I can’t wait till Thanksgiving and Christmas are here and I get to see all my extended family!!

Thank you all so much for your prayers and encouragement. If you have any questions or just want to say “Hey!” shoot me an e-mail at leah_rigsby@sil.org


A Track Analogy… Metaphor… Thing.

I Love Technology… and so do Papua New Guineans!

Hey everyone, here is an awesome story that looks at the way technology (Audio Bibles AND a Smart Phone App) is being used in Papua New Guinea to further the Bible Translation effort! Click the picture of the Audio Bible below to read about the Enga language group and how this new Smart Phone technology (being launched next week!) will allow people to hear God’s Word in their language for the first time!

(Click the picture to read!)

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Some Thoughts…

Welp. It’s October. I’ve been in America for three-and-a-half months. I’m pretty much exactly (this is a scientific term) half-way through my time here and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about getting back to PNG in January.

The longer I’m away from Ukarumpa, the stronger my desire is to return. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing my friends and family. I got teary-eyed the other day when my mom and Grandmother mentioned Christmas ’cause I realized I’d be here for it. I’ve stayed with my best friend in Houston twice. So much laughter and adventures were had. Sadly, there are no pictures because we were too busy having fun to document ourselves having fun.

I also received one of the best comment EVER after sharing about translation work in PNG and my role there as a teacher. And I quote:

“Hey, thanks for sharing with us. I had no idea ANY of that was going on in the world.”

BOOM. Goal. Achieved.

So, my time here in America has been/will continue to be a good thing. Family. Friends. Sharing about God’s work. It’s a beautiful thing.


I’m ready to get back to my kids. My community. Serving God over there in the way He’s called me and gifted me to do. If I can be a teacher for a minute…

It’s kind of like before a race at a track meet (sorry my non-athletic friends, just go with me). The runners get in their lanes and stretch, psych themselves up, get their blocks set, take a couple of practice starts, do other runnery things (I was only in track because they made us do it in the off-season…I digress…) But eventually, you take your mark, get set, BOOM! Right now, I’m stretching and doing the runnery things. It’s good. It’s important to do those things. They make you run better. They get you ready. But… I want to run. I want the BOOM.

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meet held each year at UIS)

The Percentage Point!

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Ladies and gentledudes, we are approaching the ever elusive half-way mark!

But Leah, what does 47% even mean? I’m glad you asked. It means that 47% of my MONTHLY budget has been covered due to the amazingness of partners joining in my ministry financially by giving monthly financial gifts. In order to return to PNG in January, I need to be 100% funded by December 7, also known as:

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December 7 is a month before I need to be back in PNG. I need to be 100% funded by this date so that official paper work can be completed and that cannot be started until the 100% mark is reached.

Ways you can help:

  • Pray – for partners to join me in my ministry financially
  • Advocate – share what God is doing in PNG through my ministry there. Send them the link to this blog, and the link to my video summarizing what I do: http://youtu.be/JLIb_Q7auUs
  • Give – join with my ministry by becoming a monthly financial partner. You can follow the steps to give online at https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/leah-rigsby

In other news, I’m old…

I turn 28 next week. This is problematic because I still look like I’m sixteen. Evidence:

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The only differences are – glasses, tan, and confidence (i.e. the bigness of my smile). Side note – My 16th birthday must have been on Homecoming, hence the school spirit temporary tattoos (I played the snare drum at our football games). Side side note – apparently, the bigger my smile, the tinier my eyes are.

Thank you all so much for your prayers and encouragement! You guys are great!