We’ve got so much news to bring your way that we are making this update a little bit like the headlines of all the latest news with links to short videos that tell more of the story. Scroll down for those stories, but before we get to those news stories, we wanted to give a brief update about Patpatar Tribe.
Last month I (Aaron) got to go back to the village for another visit. The church in the mountain village continues to be a great encouragement to me. Despite social antagonism, they continue to grow in number and in spiritual maturity. The pastor of the church was one of the first Patpatar men that I discipled down on the coast. His family has endured incredible things to see the literacy program established, new evening Bible classes in the classroom built from jungle material, bi-weekly church meetings, and a whole lot of informal discipleship mixed into it all.
The church on the coast is further along in its spiritual growth and larger in number, but the leaders there are dealing with some complacency in the church. The plateau has me concerned and they also recognize the need to see a rekindling of their first love for Christ. I was able to meet with key families in the church to pray, strategize, and refocus on what really matters.
Now on to our other news:
It’s been over three years since we left American soil as a family to head back to Papua New Guinea and two years since we’ve seen Avalon. We are excited to be headed back to the States to reconnect with you—our family, friends, and supporting churches. We’d love to connect and tell you even more about what God is doing in Patpatar and in Papua New Guinea and how we’ve been able to be a part. For those in the Southeast corner of the country look for coming news of our possible travels to your area.
That’s a bit of our news because of the Good News!
Aaron, Lori, Sierra, Kylee, and Briella