Greetings from PNG. It’s such a blessing to be your representatives here in PNG, being part of God’s team planting churches in this beautiful country. We are so thrilled to be a part of what God is doing here. It’s been exciting as we wrap up this class of orientation to realize that each of these 9 families are going to go somewhere in this country and start a church, or join an existing church plant that needs more coworkers. What an honor! And it’s thanks to God through you all who pray and give so we can be here. Thank you for being God’s blessing to us.
Well, here’s how you can be praying this week:
- This week is one final week of classes, and it’s a heavy one. The students will be in class 8-5 every day this week, learning about how to analyze the discourse features of a language. They will finish the week with a translation seminar. Pray for energy and that they will be able to comprehend it all.
- After this week, it will be another big transition for each of these families. Packing up, cleaning their houses, then moving to a bush location.
- The next step for them is “bush orientation. They will live in a bush locations for 6-8 weeks to continue to learn Tok Pisin, but also to get a feel for what it will be like living in an isolated location. That in itself is challenging, and lots of adjustments.
- The next group of 4 families is due to arrive this next week. Unfortunately 1 family was not able join us due to a medical issue. One family will be delayed by 2 weeks because their paperwork just cleared yesterday, and the covid paperwork will take an extra 2 weeks. But, we are praising the Lord for the 4 families we will have.
- Pray for all their transitions, goodbyes, final last minute things, etc etc. Pray their flights and everything go smoothly.
Today, as a celebration for being almost finished, we took the ladies out for breakfast, and for second hand shopping. I am writing this update from the car, as I provide “security” for them while they shop. It’s been fun being a part of each of their lives and enjoying the friendships we have made, and seeing the friendships they have also made among themselves. It will be hard to see them all go.
Last week we had one last “beach day.” We enjoyed the morning at a beach not far from our center. Unfortunately I got “stung” by something and spent the next couple days hobbling around with a sharp pain in the bottom of my foot. But, thankfully that has subsided and I was able to run yesterday. But, it was a nice morning out with the families and all the kids.
In this next class of 4 families, their will only be 5 kids, and they are all under the age of 2. That is going to be different. We are looking forward to getting to know them and working with them for the next 4-5 months.
As always, thanks for holding us up before the throne of grace.
Your partners in PNG, David and Robin Watters