Thank you so much for your love, prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa with the love of Jesus. Thank you!
After the successful consultant review of the New Testament books, our family flew back to Hewa on March 17. A week later, our co-workers, Keith and Angie Copley along with Layla and Lexie, flew into the tribe to join us for a few days in order to say goodbye to their many friends. Though we are sad to see our long-time friends and co-workers depart, we are confident the Lord is leading them to a new phase of ministry with Ethnos360 in Florida, and that it is important for them be in the States to assist their four daughters in flourishing as they each pursue further education and transition into their early-adult lives there. Before Keith and Angie left the tribe, the Hewa church held a very God-honoring ceremony in which they delivered grateful speeches, gave gifts to the Copleys and prayed for God’s continued leading in their lives.
After the Copleys and Susan and Mikenna left Hewa (so our kids could return to school) I, Jonathan, stayed in the tribe to prepare for the arrival of the first construction team of three men. During that time, I helped the Hewa men receive many airplane loads of lumber, roofing, siding, plywood and other supplies that will be used in constructing the new Christian school buildings.
On April 11, Chris, Josh and Judah arrived and quickly began laying out string lines for the construction site and soon the Hewa men were helping them dig holes and mixing cement to set the first steel foundation posts in concrete.
In a very busy three days they dug a total of 120 deep holes and set the foundation posts for all three buildings, PTL! Now, as the concrete cures, we are waiting for the rest of the lumber to be milled in the town of Wewak. There have been a few delays with the sawmill so we are now waiting for word that the lumber has been cut and dried so it can be flown to the tribe where a second construction crew can begin putting the first building together. We are confident the Lord will bring all the details together in His perfect timing.
In the meantime, we have turned our attention back to translation and lesson writing toward the goal of assisting the Hewa believers with developing a thriving church. There have definitely been setbacks and unexpected trials, and we are currently feeling the direct assault of the enemy each step of the way. And yet at the same time, we are eye-witnesses to how the Lord is working in hearts and developing depth of spiritual character in His children. We are so very proud of how the church elders especially, have risen to the challenges and are faithfully directing the believers to obediently follow their Savior.
We have been in close contact with Susan’s parents in South Carolina, and it is apparent her father’s health has been taking a turn for the worse. We are currently in prayer asking that if it is the Lord’s will for Susan to make a short summer-time trip to the States to be with her parents, that the Lord will bring everything together in such a way that it confirms His answer. Please remember to pray with us for God’s clear direction.
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.
Mikenna, Jonathan, Susan, Lexie, Keith, Lauren & Angie