My mind is racing. So many things I’d like to share with you…
… opportunities to talk about Christ the past few Sunday afternoons as I get to know a young woman and her adult son who attend the Sunday afternoon meals for “those less fortunate” in the community around IBC.
… grief of dealing with doubts from people who believe slanderous Facebook posts accusing the school of dabbling with New Age spiritism and our president being a heretic.
… reward of being able to share with the student body and most of the staff some of the things I’ve been learning over the years about how to care for this body in a godly manner.
… encouragement at the response from the students to the mission conference and hearing of at least one individual who is taking specific steps to be able to travel to Russia this coming summer.
…sorrow at the passing of the woman who takes me in every two years when I stay in Middleboro, Massachusetts for seven weeks duration, but relief at knowing she is with the Lord.
… joy in hearing stories of God’s work in the lives of several of our graduates as I prepared to write the articles for the recent newsletter.
We have lived all these years in “the land of the unexpected”. Well now, it seems we have become “people of the unexpected”.
On Saturday 2nd March, after having been sick for 3 weeks, I was medically evacuated to Cairns, Australia, just as Bill had been in January. My kidneys were functioning at only about 20% of their normal function. Bill was able to come with me and Trevor and Estelle Burns our friends and co-workers of NTM PNG Cairns Assist opened their home to Bill.
My oh my, it’s March already. You have not heard from Corinne and me before now because we just kept pushing with our final editing and proof reading of the manuscript of the revised Hamtai New Testament until we finished it. We just decided to wait until some good news could be shared with you all, something more final. So here it is.
Just this morning we met with our men at the New Tribes Mission Communications Department and made a final decision on what type of binding and paper to be used in the New Testaments. They had obtained printing quotations on the various types available, and it was up to us to decide which one we would go with. We had thought a hard cover would be good, but our Hamtai church leaders said they prefer the soft vinyl covers. So that is what we decided to order. Some advantages of that type of cover are that the 1094 page volumes will not cost so much and they will be lighter weight.
Life here at Hoskins has been very stressful lately, and I am so thankful for all your prayers and support.
Since December, our team has been living at Hoskins, making the occasional trip back into our village. It is such a blessing to see our dear friends growing in their understanding as they hear God’s Word. It’s also a special joy to know that Mengen believers are now teaching their own people, with very little assistance by us missionaries!! While we are here at Hoskins, the 4 main Bible teachers are going through 1 Corinthians and Ephesians and will soon be into the book of 1 Timothy, with the group of believers who meet together each week!!
Dear family, friends and prayer partners,
We are so thankful for each and every one of you who have shown an interest in our work over the years. As I write this letter, I realize that it goes out to quite a variety of folks. (I am sorry that I can’t write each and every one of you a personal letter, but time just does not allow for that.) We have family and friends who want to keep in touch. We also send this letter to our different mission centers here in the USA. We also include our ministry partners who support us in prayer and/or with financial gifts into our account. We don’t want to forget the different ones that we have met over the years as we have served in Thailand and Papua New Guinea. We feel so blessed to know folks all over the world.
February 25, 2013
Dear Ministry Partners,
We trust this letter finds you well. It is hard to believe that springtime is almost upon us even though we wouldn’t have known that by the big snow storm that just hit us this past week. We had even seen some geese starting to fly north but wondering if they turned around and went back. However we are starting to see some new baby calves out in the fields now and reminded of all the new life that is about the spring forth.
Dear Team Members,
Greetings in our Savior’s precious Name from sunny Florida. It is hard to believe we have been home four weeks already! I keep looking back on our trip with MORE SPECIAL MEMORIES! The day before we left our home town in Massachusetts, we were able to celebrate my older sister Bonnie’s 71st Birthday along with my younger sister Lynda and most of their family. The years fly by and we cherish the times we have together. Bonnie presented us with a set of six gift boxes of chocolates to enjoy on our journey back to Florida, so with our trunk packed, back seat packed to the ceiling, and six boxes of chocolates under my feet we headed out on our journey back to Florida! Of course they were finished before we got back!
FOR HIS KINGDOM AND GLORY IN CENTRAL EUROPE
Dear Family and Friends,
It’s been awhile since you have heard from us! We are hoping to get this newsletter to you ‘just under the wire’ as we do want to keep you up to date on our news on a monthly basis.
Christmas has come and gone for another year, getting ready for a new semester has come and gone, January 2013 come and gone and here it is nearly the end of February all ready, everyday has gone by just as busy as the last and thank you notes kept getting pushed to the bottom of the pile.
God has provided abundantly for our family in the past 6 weeks. Let us tell you how.
Greetings from Arizona,
Well, the holidays are over and we are enjoying normal Arizona temperatures again. Last week we had lows in the single digits. We even put the dog in the garage!
Bart is enjoying his trips to the hangar in Tucson. A friend in CA gave us a small pickup truck! Bart has been using this to make his trips back and forth to Tucson. This is an answer to prayer! Last week he flew in 29C with the Director of Operations. They put some break-in hours on the newly over-hauled engine before it will be “officially” put in to service. They plan to work the bugs out of it, by flying some instrument approaches. As we write this, one of our pilots is flying down south servicing the Huichol people in Mexico. Periodically, UIM Aviation must fly three and a half hours south to do the Huichol flights.
Have you ever been sick and returned to work refreshed? That is exactly what happened earlier this month; I spent several days in bed really sick but when I was “back in action” (just in time for our semi-annual board meeting) I was somewhat renewed and excited to get back to it! As many of you know, I have struggled with exhaustion and burnout in wearing too many hats, and isn’t it just like our gracious God to use the flu to help provide the grace and encouragement needed?!? Thanks to all of you who prayed for us in our infirmity; your prayers were definitely answered.
We want you to praise the Lord with us as our new Kodiak airplane was able to make it’s first landing in Wana land just a couple of weeks ago!
Announcing the home-going of our village friend Alimpu.
After a long battle with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease brought on by living in smoke filled huts), Alimpu entered the Lord’s presence on the first day of February 2013. I helped the family carry Alimpu’s frail and lifeless body to our church where we joined his relatives and other villagers in grieving the loss of their patriarch (pictured left).
You may remember hearing about old man Alimpu years ago when we wrote to tell how he and his family had been asking for someone to come to their village to teach them the message of the Bible. It wasn’t until January of 2008 that Susan and I were able to move to Alimpu’s village and live in their huts as we helped Yanis and Ken teach God’s Word there for the first time. Alimpu and his grown son Fato were among the first to believe the message of the cross and yield their lives to the Lord. If you would like to know the story of how Alimpu publicly burned his bag of spirit appeasement possessions and then demonstrated his faith by baptism, please feel free to read the account here.
Look out, folks, I’m entering the web era! Though usually the last to acquire any newfangled gadget or anything most consider necessities in this electronic era, I admit thoughts of a “web site” crossed my mind. Crossed it and were dismissed as immediately as high speed internet performs. At least until folks started pointedly asking, “Where’s your web site?” Their asking nudged me toward investigating getting set up – but I didn’t have a clue how or where to even start. Bev, a friend in Australia then prodded me further by providing the e-address for “Laurie” – a tech savvy person at MMOL (My Missionary On-Line) who would set one up for me!
Wow! After finally downloading an instruction sheet of what info was desired for including in such a site, the project went immediately to the bottom of my “to-do” list. Even from there though God kept reminding me I was neglecting His prompting…. MMOL has done a beautiful job putting together my info, so please look around my site to read about how God has used me on the mission field. Thank you, MMOL, for shepherding me onto the web! I do hope, at some point, to add more pictures and maybe even a page of the history of the Iwam work, former co-workers, etc. I’ll get on to that — eventually …..
“As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away. Who understands the power of Your anger, and Your fury, according to the fear that is due You? So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:10-12)
When we finished reading this passage in our Spiritual Formation group, having just celebrated another birthday (one young lady will be 19 this coming week), our conversation turned to the frailty of our existence, the brevity of our lives, and the necessity of making every moment count for God.
Our one week break passed by all too quickly, and we returned to work on Wednesday. In the finance office, Kathy found a stack of things waiting for her and she jumped back into her routine. I discovered that the two books I had asked to be printed had been done and I got busy on proofreading one of the volumes. They are a simple English version of our Bible Lessons. We already have an order for 100 sets of them. Hopefully, we’ll be able to have them ready to go to print by the end of next week.
Dear Team Members,
Greetings from us Cases who are unpacking our cases! With over 11,400 miles behind us we are getting settled and are now, at times, enjoying temperatures in the high 70’s and not freezing weather like it was up north! Last night it got down to around 50 degrees, but that’s not bad! Two weeks ago before we arrived in Atlanta, we drove through a horrible blizzard with about 12 inches of snow. The highway was not being plowed as it was peak hour traffic, semi-trucks were stuck, one of our windshield wipers looked like it was going to snap off, and constant prayers were going up! Though we could not get up the hill to the motel in Hillsville, VA, Charlie was able to sort of turn around and head back down the hill so we could go through two restaurant parking lots and eventually get up to the motel :o) Now safe and warm, for supper we enjoyed snacks and cereal we had with us :o) It did look like a winter wonderland in the end :o) Charlie did not call it that! The next morning about 14 minutes after we were on the road there was no snow on the ground!
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion untilContinue reading January 2013
Don’t you love it when God gives you a verse to hang on to thru the year? Guess He knew how much I was needing one for this era! Sometimes life seems hard. Uncertain. Grueling with challenges. I say this knowing that, as life goes, I have it easy compared to many of you! I live in the “express lane” with 8 items or less in my basket of “concerns!” Still, heading into the new year, God knew I needed something refreshing to hang on to, so He gave me one of those “mind boggling” times with Himself! — Christmas morning I followed my favored holiday tradition for when I’m “home alone” and listened to Handel’s Messiah, looking up the verses that inspired each song.
1980-2000 were the nostalgically wonderful years of my missionary life as I lived in a remote village and worked among the May River Iwam people here in Papua New Guinea. In the picture above, my house was the first one up the hill from the village. Unlike most missionaries I was an extremely slow languageContinue reading Prior Mission Work
Kristin was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She grew up in a Christian home with her parents, Dave and Dee, and two younger twin sisters, Stephanie and Melissa. She became a Christian at the age of six and is so thankful for her church family in Scottsdale, Arizona who encouraged and supported her asContinue reading History
My parents’ interest in missions instilled the idea into my thinking at a very early age so as a 5 year old, when our Cherub Choir director dared to leave us and go to Alaska to be a missionary, that’s all it took. From that point on I knew God wanted me to be aContinue reading History
Since finishing the May River Iwam New Testament in 2009, God has me living and working in town on the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. He keeps me busy with projects to support the other missionaries who work in church planting ministries in the rural areas around our province. My main ministries include: TribalContinue reading Current Ministry
Thank you for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in sharing the love of Jesus with our Hewa tribal friends here in Papua New Guinea. Thank you!
We have been asking you to pray the Lord will provide a tractor for our future airplane runway, but you will never guess how the Lord has been answering your prayers! Last month a ministry called Friends In Action informed us they are going to donate a small Kubota 4X4 tractor! Then, on top of that we just received news from friends from Green Valley, Arizona that they are going to contribute toward the cost of flying it by helicopter into our village by donating $5000! We are so excited to see the Lord answering your prayers. Thank you!!!
Greetings to you all,
Thank you for your faithful prayers. God has given us a safe trip back to Papua New Guinea.
Thanks to each of you for your part in allowing us to labor for Christ here. Without Him – our faithful LORD – we could do nothing. And without you – our faith supporters – we would not be able to minister here.