Just a few weeks ago new chronological Bible teaching started among the Kaje people here in Papua New Guinea. After spending many years learning their language and culture, the missionaries (3 families: the Goheens, Myers and Meyers) are finally able to share God’s Word with them in their own language. How are they responding? (So glad you asked):
Martin – “We are such sinners. It is like we have been storing up fire wood for ourselves for the day of judgement.”
Nelson – “Should I try to find a lamb and sacrifice it to God like Abel? I want him to be happy with me.”
Ananias – “God saved Noah all the way. I cannot wait until I hear how God is going to save me all the way.”
Jino – “Every time you guys end the lesson I think, ‘No! Where did the time go! Teach more! It ended to quickly!’”
Caspar – “Satan has truly tricked us with his lying talk and hid God’s true talk from us. But now we are hearing it clearly!”
Please join us in praying for these dear Kaje folks as they continue on. It is amazing to hear how their hearts are being turned and soften in preparation for Jesus!
We are also excited that the Koval people are one step closer to hearing God’s Word in their own language. We have a missionary team ready and they have been busy slabbing trees in preparation for their houses in the bush. And late last month our aviation department was able to get a bunch of helicopter sling loads in of building supplies and such. Let the building begin!
Pray as the missionaries build relationships with the Koval people as they house build, move in and begin formal language and culture study….all with the goal of one day hearing them say, “But now we are hearing clearly!”
PNG’s Independence Day!
To help celebrate PNG’s Independence day, we hold a carnival-type event and welcome our local national friends. We do this in partnership with them and it really is a busy but great day!
Did you know that our mission center had a train? Well, actually it is a home-made train of barrels pulled by a 4-wheeler. And since we find ourselves the babysitter of said 4-wheeler, we enjoyed giving rides to the national kids around our center. Not even a kidney stone would keep this from happening!
For most of the day we loaded and drove kids and they had a blast. Sadly we ran out of time and not every child got a turn.
This reminded me of the words of the owner of the 4-wheeler. Matt Dooley went back to the States in April for some medical tests and was diagnosed with cancer. He lost his battle and gained his heavenly reward just days before this year’s celebration. Last year, he posted this:
“For many of these children this is the closest thing they (have) to an amusement park ride they will ever see….I was sad at the end of the day that I had to tell many children that we had to end the train rides. They had been waiting patiently for their turn and now time was up…This is like our work here in PNG bringing the gospel to the people. The more they hear about it the more they want to join in. Yet there are not enough workers to meet the needs of the crowd and time will run out for many in the crowd.”
Please join us in praying for more workers for His harvest (Matthew 9:37-38).
Praise & Prayer Requests
- Praise: Thanks for praying for the kids as they adjust to our mission’s school. For the most part, they have enjoyed it and love their classes and teachers, but not the homework. (They really have wonderful teachers!)
- Praise: A great time celebrating PNG’s 44th day of independence!
- Praise: Another 3-month supply of Paul’s meds is being hand-carried from the States.
- Prayer: For the Kaje people as they hear God’s Word. Pray for the missionaries as they work hard to communicate clearly.
- Prayer: For the Koval team as they house build, move in and begin language & culture study.
- Prayer: For a much needed updating of our community water system. (More later.)