A Waiting Tribe
“It’s just sad; heartbreaking. They live out in the middle of nowhere, and they’ll probably never get the Gospel.” Brent, one of our missionary pilots in Papua New Guinea, was telling me about his first few years on the field.
One of his initial jobs was to be the Flight Coordinator. Anyone in PNG wanting a flight from our mission called his phone. At least once each week he would get a call from tribal people asking for a missionary. “But we don’t have enough to send them… Almost no one that asks will get one… I hated that part of my job.”
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”
While we don’t have all the missionaries necessary to reach these tribes, it is still a big task to meet the needs of the missionaries that we do have on the front lines right now. Our team in PNG needs airplane pilots, but they also desperately need helicopter pilots. That’s why they asked Brent, one of their airplane pilots, to learn to fly the helicopter. Frank started training him in October.
A few weeks ago they did a trip to California for Brent’s training. They did night flights around LA and enjoyed the city lights. The R66 just barely fit it in this hangar!
Frank also trained Brent to fly the helicopter without looking outside.
A Chosen Tribe
Just a couple years ago, the Menya tribe became one of the few to get a missionary. Located in Papua New Guinea, two Ethnos360 missionary families moved in to live among them. With the goal of a clear Gospel presentation, the families’ first priority was to gain a deep understanding of the Menya language and culture. Once proficient, they began teaching.
This video was taken about a year ago – towards the end of their language and culture training, but before teaching began. They interview a tribal man and ask what his life is like and what he thinks the upcoming teaching might be like.
A Blessed Tribe
As we enjoyed the Christmas season, we thanked God for our own “tribe” and how He has blessed us. The kids are continuing to grow and learn. They love life here and the boys all love their little Hannah. As we desperately seek His wisdom in our parenting, we remember that He is good and worthy of all praise!
We are thankful for you!
☆ Ask God to send more workers into His harvest field ☆ Pray for Frank as he finishes training Brent in the helicopter ☆ Pray for wisdom as we work out the details of a future location to serve ☆ Pray for wisdom to shepherd our children’s hearts to love Him and desire to obey Him! ☆