Hope you are doing just great today! During our last stretch in Papua New Guinea and since the Mengen Church has started to give their first independent baby steps. I have been freed up to ultimately and it has been a major eye opener to hang around with national believers from other churches and learn […]
HI FRIENDS Thanks so much for the way you guys have been praying for Madeleen and thanks to those who have helped financially supporting Madeleen up to now. I thought it would be good to write a quick report for you guys about how she is doing. For those who do not know Madeleen, let […]
The Mengen church was born in 2009; ten years later, the translation of Scripture is nearly complete, and the three churches are reaching out. But they lack resources for literacy kits, Bible lessons and Bibles. The Mengen believers do want to take advantage of opportunities to take God’s Word to more distant villages, some of […]
In these days I got the sad news that another Mengen believer has passed away. He and his family are very precious to me. When we moved into the area in 2009, this family was the first to open their hearts and home to me and Marie. It’s very very hard for me, as they have become my family! I would want to be there with them. I would want to spend a few days with them, standing at their backs! But this is God’s plan for me for now.
As you know we are not working among the Mengen on our own! We are part of a much larger team. It all starts back here at home and stretches all the way to where we are working. And each link is vital. Check out this blog, and see how you can be part of this chain reaching the Mengen.
Before we enter any people group, we first conduct different surveys. We thus first visit specific people groups who often invite us to come and live amongst them, to help us evaluate what the need is and to present to them the purpose of what we are wanting to come and do. Last year I […]
Heres a couple of clips, that gives you bit of an idea of what home is for us. Check out these next clips…
The “hausboi” is a Pidgen term, for a men’s house. In Mengen they call it “Giunga.” In our Mengen culture, this is a house only for men. Young boys used to leave their homes and move into the men’s house when they are between 10 – 13 years old and then they get introduces to […]
One of the greatest struggles all of us has is, to be honest. All of us are wanting to hide some aspects of our lives and present ourselves the best we can. This is obviously the same for us as missionaries and maybe even worse at times. We have many people looking at us, and […]
It is now 6 months since we arrived here in South Africa. And even though we long for our home back in Papua New Guinea, we can thankfully summarize by saying, “The Laureti’s are doing very well”. Those first few weeks here felt like a whirlwind… landing in JHB, some medical appointments, seeing friends and […]
Many moons ago, a nervous me, landed in our bush village between the Mengen valleys and mountains. It was only for a short visit, to meet our future co-workers and meet the Mengen friends amongst whom we would live for the next roughly 20 years of our lives. During this time I met Brus and […]
Hi Friends Marie and I have been sharing this morning about our joys and tribulations as missionaries in Papua New Guinea, and it was interesting to note, that our joys are actually our tribulations when handled correctly. One of these challenges for us was to have to raise a special needs child in our family. […]
The First time I met Gabi, was on a survey to the villages of Mar-Mar on the South coast of the Mengen people group. I went there with a few Mengen young men, with the purpose of visiting a few families that have been asking us to come to them and teach them Gods Word. […]
Hi friends Through Gods grace, we have reached an amazing milestone and that is being involved in Gods ministry for 25 years. It has been an absolutely amazing journey, from Bible School to youth worker, to support missionary and now church planter amongst the Mengen for the last 12 years. God has used you guys to […]
Let’s be honest, we missionaries don’t like to be honest about our insecurities, hurts, struggles and failures. Even though we experience God’s grace in the most amazing ways, and even though we are learning to live in absolute dependence on Him who loves us greatly, we are still learning and growing in the process. […]