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!
Thank you for praying for us as we made our recent trip into Hewa. I (Jonathan) was able to work there from September 14 through November 11 and Susan and Mikenna were able to come join me for Mikenna’s school break in October. We are praising the Lord for the progress we were able to make in the middle of an exciting but also very difficult time for the Hewa.
We say it was a difficult time because one of our professing believers fell into the large river in the valley below our village and drowned. Immediately after, a group of four unbelieving boys from a different village went and killed a man in the same river valley, believing that he had an evil spirit that caused our friend to drown in the river. Our hearts were torn apart by their action and it sent our village leaders into a frenzy trying to figure out how to bring the young men to justice while at the same time trying to keep the relatives of the murdered man from retaliating and causing a war. Our village and church leaders had to spend weeks hiking to different village locations to hold meetings with key relatives at the risk of being attacked both by the young men that committed the murders and also by the relatives of the dead man. Though this is far from resolved, the leaders have charted a course in fellowship with police and court officials from distant towns, that will hopefully restore a sense of justice and harmony in the jungle.
We can also say that our two month trip into the tribe was exciting and beneficial because we were able to teach through the book of 2 Peter, and also make much progress in New Testament translation, as well as to witness firsthand the impressive progress that our new little Christian School has made during our one-year absence. The two teachers, Gabriel and Emanuel, have gained tremendous respect for their teaching and training of the children. The village leaders have also shown amazing effort in continuing to build village-style temporary classrooms (leaf-roofed, dirt-floored) and cooking facilities for the two current teachers as well as for two female teachers they hope will arrive at the start of the next school year in February of 2022.
We already began revamping the house our previous co-worker left for us to be used for classrooms, offices and library while re-working his office and tool room to be used for sleeping quarters for two potential woman teachers. At the same time, we are still developing plans to build future permanent classrooms that will include steel-roofing, plywood floors, and ‘real’ desks. As you are aware, construction materials have become harder to obtain during these difficult times but we are trusting the Lord will direct us and provide what is needed each step of the way. We are now convinced even more than before that providing a Godly education for the Hewa children will help to strengthen and deepen the impact of the church in these remote mountains from now until the Lord’s return.
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.