Greetings from Steve and Sandy Aholt,

We praise the Lord for Facebook Messenger that we can use to communicate with our coworkers and friends in Papua New Guinea and around the world. This allows us to almost instantly have crucial conversations half-way around the world. Thank you, Lord, for this technology.

Updated info on Vero’s condition, November 18, 2019: 

Thank you for praying. Please continue to pray for Vero.

Vero had her surgery and the doctor told her that she had TB on her bone plus some infection the morning after the surgery. That afternoon the doctor said that she did not have TB. She has typhoid. The doctor said that the typhoid got into her blood and caused the two large boils to come up on her foot when the sickness came out. The doctor later told them to go home. Then, a few hours later the doctor told them to stay in the hospital.

It sounds like confusion to us. However, we know that God knows what is going on in Vero’s body. He is not the author of confusion. Please pray for clarity of thought for the doctors to know what to do and to do it accurately. Please pray also for complete healing of Vero’s right foot.

Last prayer letter, we wrote:

Please pray for Vero. She is a pre-teen daughter of Mathew Taku, one of our Goroka Baptist Bible College (GBBC) graduates. Vero has two very severe sores on her right foot. Mathew sent me a photo. It has the appearance of MRSA – a flesh eating bacteria. She will likely lose her foot, leg, or life if that is the case or if proper treatment is delayed. They are at the nearest small hospital for treatment. Please pray for wisdom for the doctor treating her to know what to do and to have the proper medicine and equipment to treat this. Please ask Jehovah Rapha – The LORD who heals – to heal her foot and strengthen her to get through this.

Thank you for your continued prayers for Vero. Her foot has healed significantly. The doctor still has concern that the infection may have gone into her bone on her right foot. The x-ray machine at the nearest hospital has been broken for months, and it has just been repaired – while you all have been praying. Mathew and Vero have travelled to the hospital in Kundiawa, had the x-ray, and will be getting the results soon. Please pray that there will be no infection and for complete healing.

Last letter we also shared:

As you know, Bundi Baptist Church is a church that God allowed us to start in Papua New Guinea. Mathew is a convert who graduated from GBBC and returned to Bundi with his family to work as an evangelist in the that area – where six additional churches have been started. One of the deacons, Kasi, of Bundi Baptist, fell into sexual sins that have disqualified him as a deacon or pastor. Kasi refuses to admit to the allegations brought against him by several women. He is a fugitive from the law, and he is causing problems in the growth of the church in the Bundi area. Bundi Baptist has called Mathew as their pastor, but Kasi continually threatens violence against Mathew, his family, and other church members, if Mathew comes as their pastor. Mathew’s wife Priscilla died several years ago from severe cerebral meningitis. Her death left Mathew with the responsibility to raise and care for their children.

Please pray for God to remove this hindrance, Kasi, from the spread of the Gospel.

Just as a sore left untreated will become infected and will affect the whole body. Even so, the sin of one will affect the whole body of believers. Please live righteously and pray fervently about these two situation that are going on right now in Mathew’s life. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16b).

Please continue to pray for the situation with Kasi (Cassie). Mathew has come up with a plan following 1 Timothy 5:19-22. Kasi continues to resist admitting to his sins, and he rejects to scriptural church discipline that they have followed in Matthew 18:15-17. The plan is to try to assemble all of the available missionaries, and pastors to come hear the witnesses against Kasi and, “them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” Thank you for your continued prayers. God has given us ways to deal with sin so the church will be made stronger by following His plan. Pray that Kasi would confess his sin so God can forgive him and cleanse him from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). The purpose is to keep His church free from sin, and with the goal to restore the sinner to a right standing before God. Thank you for your prayers about this.

Our ABWE mission home office sent a letter to all of our supporting churches asking them to consider continuing their prayer support and ½ of the financial support amount that they have been giving, following our retirement. Thank you for your continued prayer and consideration of a reduced financial support amount for us during our retirement that began on November 1st.

We have been sending out these Aholt Advances emails since before 1990. Thank you for the many hours that you have invested in our lives and ministry through reading, praying, and giving financially to our ministry over these 30 years.

We will continue to desire your investment of time in prayer for the furtherance of Christ’s church in Papua New Guinea and around the world.

Listening for the trump,

Steve and Sandy Aholt