|Supporting Tribal Church Planting in Papua New Guinea
|“So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth.” – 3 John 1:8
Friday afternoon. Ty works on his homework while Wyck drags every toy he owns out into the living room. I pour my third cup of coffee for the day and sit down to grade my students’ grammar assignments. Matt is still at the office, having a meeting about how to help this next group of people who are returning to the country.
This was our afternoon yesterday, and a pretty typical one. Not doing anything crazy or exciting, but just plugging away at our work, doing what we can to serve the other missionaries here in PNG. But the awesome thing is, by grading grammar and attending meetings, we are doing something crazy exciting. We are helping other missionaries to be in their tribes, bringing the gospel to people who have never heard it before! What a cool life we get to live!
I came across that verse in 3 John earlier this week during my quiet time, and I thought it was such a cool description of support work. By supporting other missionaries, we are being their partners as they teach the truth.
The school here resumed last month, and I have been teaching junior high English. Over the past ten months, we have heard so many people talking about how they weren’t able to do their usual ministries because the school was closed and they needed to homeschool. As a result, there was a lot of strain put on others trying to do those jobs, as well as some things that fell through the cracks. It is such a blessing to be able to be a part of teaching and to see so many people be able to return to their ministries.
Matt is still hard at work helping more missionaries to return to the field. Lord willing, we will have another large group return later this month. Who knew that helping the gospel go forward required so much paperwork and meetings? 🙂
Thanks for your partnership in the gospel. “I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace to you.” -3 John 1:14a
Till all know,
Matt, Karissa, Ty, and Wyck
Karissa teaching her class
– Teaching is going well
– Ty is loving school
– Missionaries continue to be able to return to PNG
– Wyck is starting to adjust to our family’s new schedule
Sometimes, when you live in PNG, you get a Christmas present in February!
Wyck often does artwork in Karissa’s classroom while she works
– that everything will go smoothly for the next group of missionaries hoping to return
– that new routes will open up for missionaries to travel
– for energy for Matt as he continues to work around the clock
– that we can be an encouragement to those around us
|What are we supporting? This month’s tribal focus:The Nakanai church has been around for a while now, and the believers are currently doing an outreach so that others can hear God’s word. Please pray that many will understand and put their trust in Christ. After there is a mature church, often what happens is the believers begin outreaches to other nearby villages. During this time, the missionaries sometimes live on our center so that they can let the church work on their own, but still make trips back in to encourage and support hem.
Here is some more of what we have been up to: