More Prayer Notes

October 9, 2013 by

Anne’s mother Kila was baptized, as was Wendy’s husband Ishmael. Also two Peters from Goodenough plus 28 at the national lectureship. Please rejoice with God as you remember them in your prayers.

Robert plans to end his part-time ministry job at the end of the year, but I believe he will continue to volunteer. Pray for him, Ramukas, Jimmy, and other servants of God as they look for work.

Arianne, a Harding student, blessed us by staying seven weeks here as she did rotations at the hospital. Thomas Williams plans to do an internship over the holiday season. Please pray for these young people as well as the local young people that are often the focus of their ministries.

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Ministry Training

October 9, 2013 by

Ministry Training

The girls went out with Diane and me to Yaneyanene for four Sundays. Diane taught the women and I taught the men, and we both helped teach the children. The four struggling house churches out there recently combined to form one larger church, so they are excited about starting new ministries. Here is one of Diane’s students, Molly, practicing her newly learned teaching skills.

Turning 38

October 9, 2013 by

Turning 38

As Faith, Rochelle, Hadassah and Hannah improve their baking skills, I get more birthday treats!

Traditional Dress

October 9, 2013 by

Traditional Dress

September 16 is independence day for PNG. Here’s Faith, our youngest, with classmates and teachers. Her headdress, facial markings, and the colors on her grass skirt are unique to our local area.

Interns etc.

July 25, 2013 by

The Harding interns, Victoria Sams and Bonnie Foreman, did really well. They were brought honor to God’s name by their humility, compassion, and willingness to work. May God blessings go with them.

While they were here, we had a unique opportunity: over an hour in front of an audience of 500 students and their teachers at a Hagita school. We teach similar classes every week, but none of this magnitude. The children’s ages ranged from 6 to 16. John Kirarata helped with prayers and songs, the interns answered questions about themselves and helped us act out some Bible stories, and I was also assisted by a very helpful puppet (not pictured). Please excuse the mud splatter that showed up in the photograph!

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While the interns were here, we also did special service at Gama for the youth. The next week, Wesley baptized three sixteen-year-old girls (Sinenabu, Madi, and his daughter Edith) and one young man in his early twenties (Diwe). The young man’s wife (Marie) and nephew (Tom) had been baptized a few weeks earlier in a nearby village. I believe this growth is partly due to God’s work in Wesley and the other members at Gama who have been faithful witnesses through many discouraging years. They have shown themselves to be trustworthy with small things, and God is now allowing them to care for six more precious souls. Pray for all of them.

Eddie, who was avoiding me and the church for years, showed up at my house recently and said he was recommitting himself to God and sorry he had stayed away. We’re thankful he and his wife Susan are now worshiping at Gama again. Roy is a similar story. He was very upset at me for close to two months because I had privately corrected him. It was a very stressful time for both of us, especially as he is the preacher for Sineada church, but we are now reconciled. Pray for these, that they may be stronger than ever.

Hannah, our oldest, taught the babies class for a while, and then took a turn teaching the children’s class. We’re proud of her. Diane has also been teaching a women’s inductive Bible study at our house after worship. My mentoring classes with leaders have focused on counseling techniques as well as some inductive Bible study.

We have scarcely more than ten months left here. Before my next big mission work projects, I’m hoping to get the house sale started, as it sometimes takes that long for the process to be completed.

We attended the InterMission retreat in Australia, led by three couples: John and Beth Reese (my parents), Kent and Nancy Hartman, and Dale and Sheila Hartman. It was amazing to make so many precious new friendships, and the classes were very helpful. We were blessed to spend some days afterward with my parents, and as usual our travels were made easier by Pat, Rosie, and Britanny O’Dell, saints in Brisbane.

Time seems to be short for the Ahiyoma church I’ve been trying to establish. Kila and Judith are moving away, and the other leaders Jimmy and Rahab plan to move away in three months. However, I am happy that I have had this time with them. I believe, in the words of Philippians 1:6, that God will complete the good work he began in them. And if the other local leaders attempt to plant new churches because of my example, then my efforts will be fully rewarded.

Ramukas and Baptise, Christian leaders at our remotest location, are requesting aid because they say continuous rain is resulting in food shortages for their whole village. Pray for them and for us as we consider distributing aid that has been collected.