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 are leveling ground for the new school building! It was exciting to return to Hewa and be there with our friends for Christmas and most of January. We and the village leaders chose the locations for the three 20’X60’ buildings we would like to construct, and then the students and adults started leveling the ground, removing stumps and rocks. There is a lot of excitement about putting up these classrooms and we hope to have enough materials purchased and flown to the tribe in time to begin mixing cement and setting the steel foundation posts for the first one at the end of April.
While we are spending part of our time at the mission center near town, Susan has been asked to take a two-month online masters-level course to qualify her to be an educational therapist. She has always had a heart for the children of missionaries and this course will prepare her to invest in the lives of the students who need assistance. She is already three weeks into the class and is enjoying all that she is learning.
Now that I am back at the mission center I am preparing the New Testament books I have translated to be reviewed by a consultant. Three men will come from the tribe at the end of February to assist the consultant in checking each verse to make sure that it is both accurate and understandable to the Hewa way of thinking.
Teacher interviews—Both Gabriel and Emanuel have done a terrific job teaching over the last year and a half at the Hewa Christian School and now, thanks to the Lord’s gracious provision, we are ready to hire two female teachers. We have started the interview process and are looking forward to seeing who the Lord provides.
As we are purchasing construction materials in preparation for building new classrooms we have re-worked our previous co-worker’s house to accommodate a few classrooms as well as a library and an office space. We also turned their office and work-shop into two sleeping quarters for the new female teachers. Then we made temporary desks and benches to be used by the students as they start their new school year this month. Our plan is for the teachers to fly to the tribe at the end of this week to start teaching. Please pray for a good year.
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 Ministry account in PNG# 416228.