Thank you so much for your love, prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your partnership with us in reaching the Hewa tribal people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!
We arrived in Papua New Guinea! Thank you for your fervent prayers since the time you heard our first flight had to be canceled three weeks ago. God chose to grant ‘favor in the eyes of the king’ and we are deeply grateful to be back to our place of ministry. The trip started a little rough when our initial flight was grounded due to a storm in Philadelphia (which would have ruined our entire itinerary) but God provided a helpful agent who was able to reroute us through Dallas, allowing us to slip back into the original international flight plan. Praise the Lord! The entire journey of travel and layovers took about 57 ½ hours, door-to-door.
We are currently in the middle of our government-required quarantine process in a temporary rental house at the Ethnos360 mission center near the town of Goroka. Though it’s not so fun to be stuck mostly inside, it has been a huge blessing to have many missionaries welcome us back by providing meals and assisting us with other needs. It has been especially heart-warming to have friends come by the yard and visit with us, while keeping an approved distance. Mikenna has been thrilled by the students who have come near our house to welcome her back. Even though she is missing her first couple weeks of school her teachers have graciously provided her with school work so she won’t fall behind the rest of the class.
We plan to rent a home here on the mission center so that Mikenna can attend the Christian school. I will continue to work on translation and lesson development while here and then make frequent trips to Hewa to work together with the believers on the passages, and also to teach the newly translated Scripture. I hope to spend a couple weeks in the tribe next month and then take the family there for Mikenna’s school break in October.
We can’t wait to be re-united with our tribal friends, like Faimpat and his wife and baby (pictured above). We hear the Hewa church and Christian school are both doing well. If you have not had a chance to check out the video made by our pilot friend, Ryan Farran, just click on the link below or copy and paste this link in your internet browser.
Thank you for your love and prayers,
Jonathan, Susan & Mikenna
If you would like to donate toward the Christian school you may send your gift to the regular Ethnos360 address in Florida (312 W 1st St Sanford, FL 32771), and include a note to have it forwarded to the Hewa Christian School in PNG, Acct # 416228.