The Physical Battle How Others Can Help Lord, I am so glad you are walking with me through my cancer “adventure.” I’m trying, Lord, to count it all joy like James 1:2-5 encourages us to do. To have you beside me is the greatest gift! However, today I want to thank you for bringing special,Continue reading How Others Can Help
The Physical Battle Are you sleeping well? I don’t know about you, but I can usually keep the worrying under control during the day. But at night, my mind won’t shut off. There were many nights I didn’t sleep well. I tried to lay there and rest because everyone was telling me to rest soContinue reading Are You Sleeping Well?
The Physical Battle Tests, tests, tests…I hope I pass! I can’t believe how many medical tests you NEED to have done when you are being diagnosed with cancer or are determining treatments! I had Cat scans, MRI’s, PET scans, many blood draws, colonoscopies, Mammograms, EKG’s, X-rays, bone scans, the list goes on and on….I’m sureContinue reading Tests Tests Tests … I Hope I Pass
The Physical Battle Hair and Tears “It seems that everything is falling from my head; my hair and my tears.” This was a very hard time in the cancer journey. I knew that the chemotherapy was going to make my hair fall out. I thought I was prepared for this, but when it happened itContinue reading Hairs and Tears
The Mental Battle Am I being punished or is this a life lesson? Only you can answer that—no, wait, only God can answer that. I asked God that. I prayed about all my sins wondering if I did something to bring this about. If so, I wanted to do what was necessary to get rightContinue reading Am I Being Punished?
The Mental Battle Where is Your Focus? During my bout with cancer, my eyes bounced from place to place. First, I focused on the fear of the pathology results, then the pain of the surgery, then the treatment choices, and then the medical bills. My focus was on the worries. One day I read PsalmsContinue reading Where is Your Focus?
The Mental Battle Is Anyone Listening? God, listen! Listen to my prayer, listen to the pain in my cries. Don’t turn your back to me just when I need you so desperately. Pay attention! This is a cry for help and hurry, this can’t wait! I’m wasting away to nothing. I’m burning up with fever.Continue reading Is Anyone Listening?
The Mental Battle I am Angry! “Lord, I am angry. You are asking too much from me! I can’t bear it! Any of these things (hysterectomy, ovarian cancer, broken arm) may have been tolerable by themselves, but all together, they are not! YOU could have kept them from happening at the same time. Why didn’tContinue reading I Am Angry
The Mental Battle Cancer Advice If you are like me, you have probably had a few “advice” givers. Who do you listen to? There were people who approached me with a “cure,” a sure way to feel better, alternative medicine options and what to eat. Many shared their own cancer experiences. All this can beContinue reading Advice
Dealing with the Diagnosis God Can Be Trusted in the Dark 2 Samuel 22:29 Lord, you are my light! You make my darkness bright.“It is stage two ovarian cancer.” These are not the words you want the doctor to tell you! Knowing you have cancer is a blow. The number they attach to it toContinue reading God Can Be Trusted in the Dark
Dealing with the Diagnosis Priorities What is amazing is how quickly your priorities get corrected when you get a serious diagnosis! All of a sudden, it doesn’t really matter if you have a big house or if you are 5 pounds overweight. Who cares if you look like a supermodel? The small worries you hadContinue reading Priorities
Dealing with the Diagnosis I Need an Anchor Do you feel like your life is in the middle of a storm? There were many times in my life when the water was not smooth. I felt like a ship tossed on the ocean. While going through cancer, the water was rough and the wind wasContinue reading I Need an Anchor
Dealing with the Diagnosis Intro Are you battling cancer? Have you been diagnosed with another life-threatening illness? Let me tell you about my story. In December 2004, I had my ovaries removed. To the surprise of all medical personnel involved, the pathology report showed it to be cancerous. This news was quickly followed with aContinue reading Intro
Maliyali request, Aug 13, 2014 I assisted Susan and my daughter Mikayla as they gave over 200 vaccinations to help curb a sudden outbreak of measles in our village, so I was tired. The sun had dropped beyond the Lagaip River gorge and I was walking toward my front door with the last of theContinue reading Hewa Tribe: Maliyali request, August 2014
Interesting Fact Before we came, the literacy rate in our village was very low. The local school for kids is located about 1.5 hours straight up the mountain from us, so many children would not make the hike each day to attend school. Several years ago, we started a literacy program, teaching people to readContinue reading Literacy school
Interesting Fact The book of Jonah We currently have about 50% of the NT translated, as well as major portions of Genesis and Exodus. Lord willing, we’ll be able to have another 7 books completed in 2014 and hope to see the completion of the NT in the next 3 years. My main translation helperContinue reading Bible translation
Interesting Fact Bible teaching About 6 months ago, we commissioned our first 2 missionary families. They have moved away from our village, to another Mengen village about 10 hours hike away. Currently they are teaching the “Creation to Christ” evangelistic Bible lessons, and are about halfway through. The people in this village and other villagesContinue reading Mengen Missionaries
Interesting Facts The Mengen people have many traditional beliefs. Much of their culture revolves around the fact that when people die, their spirits linger here on the earth. These spirits have the potential to help or harm them, so the Mengen would do all sorts of magic to manipulate the spirits into giving them health,Continue reading Traditional beliefs
Interesting Fact Our “baptism pool” was discovered several years ago in the jungle, not far from our house. It is a natural rock pool with a little waterfall that keeps the water constantly moving. It’s surrounded on 3 sides by clear rock where everyone can stand around and watch a baptism take place. It’s theContinue reading Baptism
Interesting Fact There are 2 main religions in our area (apart from animism). The one religious group is called “the Cargo Cult”. People who follow the cargo cult believe that if they follow the 10 Commandments, then God will be happy with them and give them health, wealth and success. They will chant the 10 Commandments over andContinue reading Spiritual beliefs
* The Mengen people are subsistence farmers. They live off the food which they grow in their gardens. * To compliment a person in Mengen, you would say, “You are fat!” or “Your skin is big!!” * The Mengen live in houses made of hand-split boards and grass roofs. * Some Mengen believe that theyContinue reading General facts
Ereke died October, 2013 When we first saw Ereke he was painfully shy, peeking out from behind his father’s knee. At that time he was four years old, maybe five. His mother had died when he was an infant leaving him to be cared for by his grieving father and one older brother. They didContinue reading Hewa Tribe: Ereke died October, 2013
By Jonathan Kopf December 2012 I followed my newly-married friend Feyo up a steep moss covered bank in the Central range of PNG, sweat dripping from my chin to my drenched shirt. I was so weary from the 10 hour hike from the Hewa village I had moved to, that I could barely lift myContinue reading Hewa Tribe: Tiko’s Flight to Safety
Hope Sharp Working with New Tribes Mission to assist other missionaries by providing the printed materials they need as they work to establish local churches in their respective areas. A favorite verse among many: Phil 3:12 – “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if thatContinue reading Home Page – Sharp
Caleb and Sandra Theis Serving with Helps International and Hope Covenant Church in St Cloud MN The Theis Family Favorite Verse: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13b-15