Our co-workers taught chronologically, creation to Christ (phase 1) in 1997. They had a years furlough and taught phase 1 again in 1999. Through both times we believe there were several who trusted Christ for Salvation.
God led them out of the work in 1999; the same time we were going on furlough. In 2001 we returned to Kakuna and started working with the believers. We found that there was some interest in those who had not heard the phase 1 or were still interested in hearing it again.
In 2002 God made it clear to us that we should move out of Kakuna until we received an invitation to come back in. Since that time we have had a little contact with those in the tribe. Our heart is still to see them hungry for God’s Word. Be praying for them today.
They have the entire Phase One and Phase Two lessons in book form. Portions of scripture were also translated and they have that as well.
Since then Aaron has functioned in that role for NTM in the Islands Region.
Between language evaluations, Aaron worked in many different capacities. Carpenter, Finance officer, Regional Administrator, Business Manager, Government Liaison, and our mission’s store book keeper.
Erika is a busy mother of 4 children. There is a school for the children to go to. She has been a hostess for many families coming and going from the mission field.
We departed for our furlough in February 2005.
We furloughed in Camas, Washington and made several trips to Canada to visit Erika’s family. We applied for Erika’s US Citizenship in July 2005, and May 1, 2006 she was sworn in as a US Citizen in Seattle, Washington.
We returned to PNG June 11, 2006. The main ministry for Aaron is to be the Islands Region Consultant Coordinator and the full time CLA consultant for the Islands Region.
Aaron has been on several CLA trips getting people started in their language study for the first time. He will be doing several evaluations in the coming weeks and months. Check out the schedule below.
Aaron is also working with the Orientation program for our new missionaries arriving to the field. This involves teaching them how to learn the trade language, Tok Pisin, and teaching them much about the general PNG culture.
Erika’s ministry is in the housing department. She, along with 2 other ladies set up houses with furniture, appliances, and basic household necessities for new and returning missionaries coming to the field.
Rachel is in 6th Grade. Micah is in 4th Grade, Joel is in 1st grade, and Grace is in preschool. Erika feels like a free mom all the sudden.