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 22 years of working together, our dear co-workers, Keith and Angie Copley, are now moving back to Florida to take on a new ministry with Ethnos 360. They have been faithful in the various ministries they have been involved in here in PNG and they will be greatly missed. In the banner above, you can see Keith and Angie gathered together with the Hewa believers as they are saying their final goodbyes. We were blessed to be able to attend their third daughter, Layla’s, graduation from high school (with high honors!) and look forward to seeing them from time to time as they come back to encourage the Hewa believers in their faith.
Mikenna has successfully completed 8th grade here at the Christian school for missionary children, and she even received a certificate for the honor roll! Now she’s officially ready to start high school. Her greatest interest is in science and currently, she is fascinated by space exploration.
Susan and Mikenna are now in South Carolina while I am trying to stay focused in the tribe. We are not excited about being separated but we felt it was important for Susan to be with her parents as her father’s health continues to decline. Please pray for clear direction for Susan’s family as they seek to care for this wonderful man who spent his lifetime serving the Lord.
Yet another delay! A team of two carpenters and their three teenage sons were set to fly to Hewa on June 10 to construct the new Christian School classroom building but once again our plans have fallen apart because of shortages of pilots available to deliver the lumber from the city of Wewak. The reason we had originally planned to have the lumber cut in the city and flown to the tribe was because of lack of available volunteers during the Covid crackdown, but now as things have settled down we are praying for some rugged men who can endure the hardship of milling lumber from our local trees. Check out one of the cedar logs (below) just waiting for an eager man to come turn it into lumber.
In the meantime, I have been able to turn my attention to preparing lessons to teach the book of Hebrews for the first time. I am excited by the themes of the book and pray it encourages and energizes the Hewa believers to deeper faith and perseverance as they seek to grow and thrive in the jungle. Please pray especially for the elder/pastors (Yanis Faimpat, Kifeson, Maikol (pictured above on the log), and Ken) as they are definitely experiencing setbacks and unexpected trials as they try to shepherd the flock the Lord has given them. And please also pray that the Lord will bring us more faithful teachers who will not only teach academics but will have a passion to disciple the children in a God-honoring way.
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.