The last three days has been really difficult, as Sarah and I have both been really sick. We were in Phoenix this last Thursday-Saturday for the ANAM (Association of North American Missions) regional (where I had the privilege of representing the association as its board chairman) and picked up some bug in the hotel. We have both been “flat on our back” the last three days but are on the mend. I was able to limp in to the school tonight and teach my first Christian Family class–with 20 students! This was my main prayer for the last few days, as I view this class as one of the two or three most important classes that IBC offers.
Dear family and friends,
Wow! It seems hard to believe that 13 days of 2013 are already history! I am excited about what wonderful things the Lord has in store for us this year. It is sure to mean tons of blessings, but it may also mean some difficult trials. We can be assured that whatever comes our way, that it is part of God’s perfect plan for our lives. GOD IS GOOD!
I have been remiss at not letting you, our dear friends and prayer partners, know of what transpired at Doug’s appointment with the Consultant plastic surgeon.
It has been a L-O-N-G week…. Anyway, there is MUCH to the story, but in essence, the specialist has ordered an MRI and a CT scan, before any decisions will be made, as to the next move. The lesion on Doug’s nose is cancer, and they didn’t get clear margins on the lip in the previous surgery. However, the specialist mentioned his concern that Doug isn’t as strong physically as he was 3 years ago, and went through all those other operations…. He is also concerned that he is running out of options for reconstruction, and Doug could end up with one or two holes in his face if they have to cut away a large amount of his face. So we are praying and asking the Lord for direction in decisions to be made. The plastic surgeon will meet with the whole “Neck and Head” team next week, and discuss the options. We then have an appointment to see the specialist on the 22nd January, but the earliest Doug could have his MRI done, was the 24th January, so I doubt we will come to any conclusions on the 22nd. As for each one of us, it is one day at a time, and knowing God’s grace will be sufficient for each moment of each day.
Dear Fellow Co-workers,
Wow, it hardly seems possible we are already into a new year! We trust you had a great Christmas and that the year 2013 has gotten off to a good start. We enjoyed celebrating Christmas together with Jeanne’s mom, my folks, and also my sister and husband who came up from Texas. New Years Eve Jeanne and I stayed up to watch the big ball drop in New York City, which was 11:00 p.m. our time, and figured that was close enough so went to bed. We did reminisce back to the New Year 2000. At that time we had just arrived back to Asia Pacific and were staying in a hotel awaiting our flight up to the province. The national TV station was broadcasting the New Year as it hit each of the 24 time zones in major cities of each zone. Of course we couldn’t see them all but it was fun to tune in every so often and see the celebrations in many cities around the world. It might interest you to know that out of the 24 time zones Asia Pacific is fourth in line to celebrate the New Year, with Fiji and New Zealand being the first.
Thanks so much for your faithful prayers for me!! The past few weeks have been busy and stressful and exciting, in more ways than one.
ROMANS: Just a few days after Christmas, our translation consultant Jason and I sat down with 3 Mengen friends, and began the “final check” of the book of Romans. It was SO encouraging and exciting to see God’s Word being communicated clearly. We had hoped to check 4 chapters a day, and in the end, we did 6 chapters the first day, 7 the second day and 3 on the last day, finishing up a day and a half earlier than planned!! Now that the check is over, all that is left to do is to format Romans in preparation for printing. Lord willing in just a few weeks, we’ll be able to see the book of Romans placed into the hands of the Mengen people!! It was a long, hard task, but I am so thankful for the Lord’s sustaining grace which enabled us to see it through to the end.
Honestly, I was pretty apprehensive about the whole thing. Driving that far north in December and January, navigating unfamiliar streets in downtown Saint Louis, piloting my way through a massive crowd of college students . . . just seemed like a lot to undertake at my advanced age and lack of adaptability. Okay, so I’m not that old nor, hopefully, that inflexible, but my fears were real.
Dear Friends and Family,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! This has been a year of many changes and LOTS of travel. We spent the first half of the year having an awesome time continuing to connect with the students, faculty and churches in the community of Arkadelphia, AR and Ouachita Baptist University as well as spending as much time as possible with our sons, Ryan and Bret, before going back to Europe as empty-nesters. We were able to make 2 trips to CA to visit Ryan and 3 trips to OK to visit Bret as well as take a big road trip to the Grand Canyon. We count ourselves blessed to have had so much time with our sons and family members while in the States.
We have learned that some of our prayer warriors have been worrying about our health because they had not heard from us for quite a while. We do apologise for that. We are well and are enjoying what the Lord gives us to do each day. The days have been full once again since I returned from the five weeks I spent in Cairns getting medical help in August and September. We are presently staying with the tribal team in North Waghi up near Banz in W.H.P. [for anyone who wishes to explore on a map.] We came up for a vacation on 17th December and tomorrow will return to Sobega.
WRAPPING UP, LOOK ING AHEAD
As we wrap up 2012, we are grateful for the Lord’s abundant faithfulness to us, both our family and our school, Numonohi Christian Academy. First, we are grateful for this four year term of ministry that we are wrapping up. The Lord has worked in so many ways at NCA over these past years: raising up a highly qualified team of educators and administrators, enabling us to achieve accreditation, working in the hearts and lives of so many of our MK’s, and allowing us to be part of the team bringing the Gospel to several new people groups in PNG during these years, In addition, we are also grateful for the way he has blessed us as a family this year. Leaving Ben in the USA was one of the most difficult things we’ve ever had to do, but God has been so faithful to provide a great situation for him at LeTourneau University and has really blessed him in his first semester there. We missed Ben even more than usual during the holidays, but we are so grateful for our families who provided a home for him during this time. We are thankful for God’s faithfulness in the lives of our other children as well, seeing the Lord working in their hearts and growing them in His grace day by day.
Called to raise up and disciple this generation
Hi Family and Friends,
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes out innermost thoughts and desires.
The word is active when we practice it, reading alone is not sufficient. I have to constantly practice the word, not doing what I feel, but what the word says.
Doug and I do want to wish you a “Happy New Year”. Of course, true happiness comes from walking with the Lord, and resting in all He bestows upon us, whether we deem it good or bad, we know that ALL things work together for good, to them that love God.
Dear Team Members, WOW it is hard to believe it is the end of 2012. Recently we heard that “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end the faster it goes!” We trust this finds each of you well and encouraged in the Lord. The northern cold weatherContinue reading December 31, 2012
Well the world didn’t come to an end, but this year did! It has been a fruitful year and we thank God for His faithfulness again.
It was the year in which we saw a new ministry and a new department started. We are calling it the Bible Teaching Resource Department for now. We have 269 Bible lessons translated into Pidgin English, a leadership/teacher training manual, and we just finished a book for leaders with helpful Scriptures for long and fruitful ministries.
Dear praying friends,
I actually sat down to answer all the personal emails that have come in over the past few days – but have just realized how weary I am – I was up before 4.00 this morning, and drove to the airport with David, Roxanne and children, so I could drive their vehicle home, as they left for a week in Singapore. They had some very excited kids!!! I am sure it is warm in Singapore.. it has been downright HOT here, and we even ran the air conditioner today! They estimated it would be 41 degrees Celcius, but it only hit 39… with further HOT days are forecasted for the next 3 or 4 days.
Greetings to you at this Christmas time,
Today we are up in a tribal area in Western Highlands Province. I am sure you will be thrilled with this story.
Back in 2008 I tried to help little Rex Kumo, a three year old boy from a Yagarian village who was born with a nasoencephalocele. Here is a photo I took of Rex at that time.
Thank you to all who wrote and said they were praying for Doug on Wednesday 19th, and thank you to those who have written and asked after Doug since he had his surgery. I was SO tired last night when I got home, I only emailed our daughter in PNG… then, this am I left home at 6.15 so I could be at the hospital to help Doug with his breakfast.
Last year we received an invitation from the fellow in green below to come to his village to teach the Bible. They have had a protestant church here for years but only ever tried studying from the Bible in the national language. When they realized that they could actually understand the Word of God which had been translated into their own language they asked for some of our men to come and teach them. Just recently 10 of these folks have come to know Christ as their Savior! We thank the Lord for what He continues to do in “Wana Land” and for the tremendous interest in the gospel from many different villages not unlike “Kalincu”. Thank you for being a part!
Attached is our latest prayer letter. In it you will read about our coconut Christmas tree we had when we first moved to Papua New Guinea.
Progress? Yes, after submitting all the text and cross references and pictures to Doug Lotz in our NTM publishing department, Tom finished editing all the introductions to each book, then the glossary, and all the Hamtai names in the maps. As Doug finished editing each book, he would pass the book to Jack Abbott, a retiree in the Homes, to check his work of transferring the text into the final format of the New Testament. Jack checked formatting, chapter and verse numbers, paragraphing, picture placements, etc. Then he would pass the book on to Edna Trigg (pictured here) to proof the manuscript again. They would each stick a little yellow “post-it” on pages with notes telling what needed to be corrected. Edna is also a retiree here from the Yagaria tribe in Papua New Guinea, but she keeps very busy with proof reading and doing typing of translations for the PNG Field.
Merry Christmas to each and every one!! For those of us here in PNG, Christmas seems rather distant, without all the commercialism that we have in our home countries! Although we definitely won’t be having a white Christmas this year, we know it will be a special time nonetheless as we celebrate our Savior’s birth!!
Dear Praying Friends,
Thanks to each of you for your prayers, emails and phone calls. God is answering prayer. We hope that the Love, Joy and Peace of Christmas will bring you to a closer walk with our LORD!
Dear praying friends,
It is so good to be back “online” after more than a week, with a ‘wonky’ modem. During the last two weeks, Doug has had a chest infection, and a few visits to our GP. This coming Friday, 14th Dec., Doug will have his pre-admission at SCG Hospital, with surgery scheduled for Wednesday 19th Dec. Doug has some 9 spots to be cut out on the 19th, and although the plastic surgeon is going to cut conservatively on the 19, he is planning on doing yet another biopsy, on the side of Doug’s nose which may require more surgery, in the New Year. ALSO on Friday 14th, Raewyn will undergo knee surgery.
DINNER AT THE HANGAR
110 people came to the UIMA hangar for dinner! We focused on opening a new base in Mexico to work with the Huichol Tribe. Many of you assisted with this dinner by sponsoring…thank you!
Dear Team Members,
At this Special time of the year we reflect on the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, knowing that without that without Him, life would be hopeless. What peace and joy we have knowing we serve a risen Savior. The names on the other side of this letter reflect His character and can give peace to this troubled world.
Isaiah 41 :7 . . each helps the other and says to his brother, ‘Be strong!’ The craftsman encourages the goldsmith, and he who smooths with the hammer spurs on him who strikes the anvil. He says of the welding, ‘It is good.’ He nails down the idol so it will not topple. ”