Teaching In Menya!
We call it “Phase 1” here in our lingo. It’s the teaching that finally starts after a tribal missionary team has learned the tribal language and graduated the first literacy class. Sometimes, it has taken YEARS to get to this point! Phase 1 starts with creation and culminates in the gospel presentation (then phase 2 continues the story). Phase 1 is a time of rejoicing! Pray for the Osborn and Chappell families as the tribal people in Menya are finally starting to hear the truth! Praise God with us, and pray with us, that many Menya people will attend the teaching, hear the truth, and have that truth change their lives.
It seems the current trend with missions is to not have much support staff – or any. Aside from the fact that we are not very trendy, here in Papua New Guinea the infrastructure is not sufficient to allow us to fulfill our mission here. Our tribal missionaries would spend half their time getting visas granted, work permits issued, supplies purchases and delivered, with no way to pay for anything. Our support staff is doing much more with much less these days. Aaron is still serving as the Business Manager helping our 14 Business Office staff accomplish the mission here. Stacy is homeschooling Kiera, helping babysit for orientation folks visiting, subbing at the school, hospitality for folks coming out of the bush, and everything else she can manage along with the needs at home.
We’ve created a needs list online. We’ve been updating this every time we go through our finances. Here’s the link if you’re interested.
We need construction and maintenance help here in PNG! Our leadership writes: “An area of critical need that we have is for skilled tradesmen. Specifically, we need individuals with carpentry, plumbing and/or mechanical experience to be project managers on our centres. As these positions involve training and managing citizen employees, the ideal candidate would have managerial experience. Perhaps you know a skilled individual who could “stand in the gap” to fill one of these needs. Perhaps there is someone in one of our churches who would be willing to come for a year or two.” See these links if you are interested.
The Business Office is working on a myriad of projects to help things run more smoothly here in PNG. They would probably put you all to sleep. Here’s some samples:
Leading our new constitution project for NTM PNG – updating our governing documents
Putting our pidgin ministry teaching materials into inventory
Helping our Tribal Resource team with some POS issues
Trying to get somewhere with the Lands department in Port Moresby to get some things straightened out.
Getting tax refunds from the PNG Government
Getting my Commissioner of Oaths (Notary) paperwork renewed – and helping our employment team to get theirs as well
Standard Operating Procedures written and updated
Many other duties as assigned
If you are still awake, that’s why we don’t normally include all these exciting projects from the Business Office in our newsletters… ???? Aaron is going to the capital city again soon to make sure these projects keep progressing.
Prayer Requests / Praises
Praise that Menya is teaching Phase 1!
Prayer for parenting wisdom!
Pray for Aaron’s sister Debbie who has cancer
Thank you all for praying for us, supporting us financially, and being engaged with what God is doing in Papua New Guinea!