Dear friends,

Greetings from COOL, DRY and WINDY Hoskins. It’s not often you hear those words all in one sentence, but at the moment, we are in the midst of El Nino weather conditions. This means that 24 hours a day we are having extremely high winds along with a severe drought. It doesn’t feel like the tropics at all—instead of a fine layer of mold, everything is covered in a deep layer of dust! It is getting a bit old, being blasted by hurricane-force winds day and night, but it sure keeps the mosquitos away and keeps us nice and cool!! No doubt rainy season will kick in soon, so we’re trying to appreciate the dryness while we can. This has been going on for at least 8 weeks now, so the situation is very grim for the local gardens. So sad to see the folks here struggling again. Just in February of this year, the situation was desperate because of a massive hurricane and flooding which destroyed everything. Now we are having drought.

As for me, the past 5 weeks since returning to PNG have been busy, settling into my new apartment here at Hoskins and getting back into the work again. Unfortunately last week my main computer stopped working. I had nearly everything backed up, but it has been a huge pain trying to get it all set up on my other computer. It’s always a struggle when these computer programs are “upgraded” and you have to get used to a whole different format again!

I am excited to be back into Bible translation again. I’m picking up where I left off, in laying out the rough drafts of the 4 remaining Pauline epistles which haven’t been translated into Mengen yet. Several months ago I was able to complete the rough draft of Galatians, and now I’m halfway through Colossians. After drafting out Philippians, I’ll start into the “long book” of 2 Corinthians. It will be a huge project, so I’d appreciate your prayers!

One of these days soon, I’ll have a couple of my Mengen friends come out here to Hoskins to help move the translation on to the next step. However at the moment, I’m getting it all ready, so when they come, we can move quickly through the work. The “setting up” stage is huge and time consuming, and I’ll be thankful once it’s done.

Well, life here at Hoskins has been interesting lately. We’ve had several visitors from various parts of the world, so that’s always fun. However this week we’ve had a couple of incidents that were not fun at all. On Thursday, one of the young missionary boys here got very sick. His parents and also the mission doctor suspected appendicitis. Miraculously there was a plane in the area that could take him straight to Australia that same day. By the time he arrived, his appendix was already leaking. Praise the Lord that they were able to get to the doctor so quickly, otherwise the situation would have been much more serious.

Then the very next day, another missionary boy fell out of a tall tree. Thankfully he ended up with just a broken wrist…it could have been much worse. They were able to fly him out to a medical clinic in another part of PNG. Sounds like he’s doing well and should be home soon. We thank the Lord for his daily protection. It can be scary when the nearest adequate ER is in another country! The smaller clinics are alright for broken bones, but not major surgery!

Thanks again for your generous support and faithful prayers. The Mengen church continues to grow and mature. We are so happy to see the Bible teachers leading the church and caring for the believers. They are extremely busy with various outreaches and with literacy programs etc. It’s neat to see the Lord provide for their needs.

May the Lord richly bless you!!