It’s common at this time of year for Simbari people to get restless and travel out to the towns. The Simbari Bible teachers have such a burden for the those of the church who are scattered around in different locations, not able to hear these great truths in their own language. So recently after the lessons about the spiritual armor in Ephesians 6 David’s translation helper, Raymond, wanted to pass on the good teaching. So after work one day he hiked 3 hours up to the top of a mountain, which happens to be the nearest place to pick up a cell tower signal. He spent the night there getting rained on then the next morning called the capital city where some of the believers are right now . He then used his mobile phone to teach those Ephesians lessons as well as some from Romans to a group listening in the capital city. Pray for the Simbari believers who are out in the towns to continue walking with the Lord and be sharing the good news of Christ with others.
We are happy to have some neighbors for a few weeks living next door to us. Dave and Katie Walker who are friends from one of our supporting churches in California arrived in PNG last July and have been learning the trade language and culture at our regional center. As part of their orientation they are required to spend several weeks in a tribal location as they continue their national language study. It also gives them a good taste of what it will be like when the time comes for them to move into a tribal location to begin their own ministry. They’ve had some technical difficulties with the solar fridge and the water pump but they haven’t let those things discourage them. Rather they have kept themselves busy mingling with the Simbaris and practicing the language they have been learning. Pray for their family to stay healthy and encouraged during their time here.
This Sunday when we arrived at church we were astonished to see that the night before there had been two large landslides just behind the church building caused by the nightly deluges we have been getting. The Simbaris are thankful for the fact that the landslides were not too close to the new church building which was just finished earlier this year.