In the days right before we left the Simbari tribe there were a lot of tears shed. Elderly people were crying and telling us that they would be dead before we return in a year. We tried to encourage them to trust Jesus and that they were in God’s care. The Simbari people have become a big part of our lives and it is not easy saying goodbye, even for just a year. We also witnessed an important tribal initiation before we left. We thank God for this opportunity because we learned a lot about where the Simbaris are in regards to their traditional beliefs. When we get back and finish language study these insights will help us to teach them the Word of God more effectively.
We arrived in the U.S. in May after a free day in Hong Kong due to an airline mistake. We stayed one whole day in a suite at a very nice hotel and all meals were provided for the whole family. It was nice having a break from the 23 hours of flying time between PNG and the U.S.
Seeing family and friends was great but after just a short time home it was time to hit the road for meetings in Missouri. We took advantage of being in the Midwest to do a little visiting. One of those stops was to meet Shari’s new sister for the first time. Shari had a wonderful time getting to know her sister.
Simbari Ministry Team
Q. Who are these people??
A. Answers to prayer. Their names are Lori Morley and Ching Yun Hwang and the Lord has led them to join the Simbari team. First they will need a house built, then they will begin study of the Simbari language. We are sure they will be a blessing to the work. Pray for them as they begin the process of moving out to the bush.
- David traveled to Florida to meet with mission programmers regarding tribal software development. David’s sister, Susie, took us all to Six Flags Magic Mountain for Esther’s 8th birthday.
- We’re still looking for a place to live. We have been living out of suitcases for 2 months now. Please pray that we’ll find a place soon.
- We are keeping busy with visiting, going through pictures and computer work we brought back with us from PNG.