Greetings to all in the name of our Lord. We are back in El Cajon, CA after seven weeks of being on the road. What a pleasure and a blessing it was to see so many friends, met some new friends and some family members, too. Our traveling took us to Northern California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Northern Idaho, Washington and Oregon. This time we had the privilege of presenting the Dom New Testament to everyone and to giving a copy to Dick and Marilyn Loyd. The Loyds were one of the first missionary couples to the Dom back in the late sixties. Although the Lord moved them on to other ministries the Dom work has always been in their hearts.
We also, through the generosity of God’s people, were able to fly to Syracuse, NY and receive our oldest, Ilai, out of prison. He is paroled for 17 months in Syracuse and basically starting his life over again. We spent a week helping him with the first details of it all and generally reconnecting. We were sad to leave him but encouraged that God, as ever, has His hand upon our son. Pray that he will learn to leave his old habits behind and to seek God in his life
Praise the Lord we have our tickets back to PNG provided once again through the generosity of Christian friends (you know who you are, thanks again). We leave the US on Oct. 3 and will arrive in PNG on the 5th. Sadly our coworkers, the Wuests, will still be on home assignment in Germany at that time but God willing we will see them again early next year when they return to the field with their new baby boy!
We have had no new news directly from the Dom as the Wuests left the tribe in April, but please continue to pray that the Dom believers would follow God with what they know and turn from their old ways. Gena has continued to teach in the first outreach village where there is now a baby church. He finished presenting the Gospel at the 2nd outreach and is continuing to teach them. Please pray that more of the men would be willing to help Gena in this huge job. At our oldest church, Kapia Joseph and others continue with outreaches and teaching. Pray for their families as all of them struggle with their marriages and with their children. (If you want the actual names of these villages, please email us.)
Don’t forget to pray for Martin Lamb and his daughter Cassandra, as they go to PNG from Canada. They will go to the Dom on July 10 & 11 accompanied by one of our NTM missionaries there on the field, to the two main church locations in the Dom, to pass out the Dom New Testaments to our readers. Pray that the Dom Christians who can read will read it so that we can have good feedback when we return to the Dom in October.
In other news Judy’s family will be having a reunion in June. Judy’s parents, Tom and Corinne, and Brothers David, Joel and Duane will be all together in one place for the first time since 1987. Spouses will be there also :). Judy’s father has been having some medical issues lately so please pray with us that he will be up to coming to the reunion, God willing.
Jim’s sister, Joyce has been in the hospital for two months now. It was touch and go after several operations but she is slowly making progress towards recovery and has a ways to go yet. (Just ask if you want to know more details).
We would appreciate prayer for Brian and his job situation, for good regular employment.
We are rejoicing with our daughter Heather that she graduated from UCSD with a Bachelors in Biochemistry & Cell Biology. She is thrilled to be done with that part of her life.
Last but not least we are happy to announce the engagement of our son, Darren to Katie Duffy. They plan to be married the beginning of August. We are sure they would appreciate prayer as they plan their wedding for here in So Cal while they are still working in Louisville, Kentucky, in order to keep their jobs when they continue on with school in the fall.
Thank you so much for the response to our letter about upgrading our electrical/solar panel need. We are thankful for what has come in so far (40%). Ultimately we know that every good gift comes from God, but we are thankful for your response. We would appreciate prayer for the rest of it to come in God’s good timing.