July 1, 2019

Thank you so much for your love, prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!

May 2019

Thank you so much for your love, prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!

November 2017

Thank you so much for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!

New Tribes Mission is currently celebrating 75 years of ministry, and has chosen and new name! We are proud of the way our mission has maintained its crystal clear vision of a thriving church for every people group, and are excited about how their fresh name is anchored in a strong heritage while holding tightly to their vision for the future. The new name is Ethnos360. To learn more about the anniversary celebration and name change please go to ethnos360.org.

June 2017

Thank you so much for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!

Thank you for praying with us as we are temporarily living in central Texas. We are making steady progress helping Mikayla get established in the town of Waco where she can be near doctors that provide the best medical care for her connective tissue disease as well as allow her to live close to Baylor University for potential continued education. Thank you for praying for us as we seek the Lord on how best to make this transition. She is currently meeting with a bone doctor in Fort Worth, and although he is not able to provide a cure, he is helping to slow the degenerative effects of her illness. Please pray for her healing, and for deep peace and acceptance for whatever the Lord has for her future.

May 2017

Thank you so much for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!

April 11, 2017

We need to let you know about our change of Plans

We recently sent you an email to say that Susan and I have become very concerned about the painful disease our daughter, Mikayla, is enduring and we decided that we needed to have Susan and Mikenna fly to the States to be with Mikayla as she started a treatment program for pain in Washington DC. Susan has now been with Mikayla for a little over three weeks and it has recently become clear to us that Mikayla needs us to be with her for a longer period of time to help her work through more doctor appointments and treatments, and to help her come up with a plan for her next few years.

March 2017

Thank you so much for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!

October 1, 2016

Thank you so much for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!


We just finished a one-week men’s leadership training “conference” here in Hewa, led by Matthew and Bapo from the Kudjip Hospital. This is the third time Matthew has come to teach our Hewa community, and each time he has brought life-changing information in both medical and community developmental areas. In these remote mountains where tribal fighting and un-restrained tyrants have stomped out potential advancement in the past, there is now hope for the future as men are making decisions to follow Jesus’ principles of love and join hands to make a better community. We are very encouraged by the eagerness with which our community leaders are embracing these principles as they are making plans to make a better future for their children.

August 2016

Thank you so much for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!

We are so sorry for lack of communication! Our email situation in the Hewa tribe has continued to disintegrate and now we have not been able to receive emails for more than a month. We are terribly sorry for this inconvenience and regret that we have not been able to read emails you may have sent to us. The only time we are able to access correspondence is by making an expensive trip to town, so it may only happen every three or four months.

March 2016

Thank you so much for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!

I (Jonathan) have now arrived back to town to join my family after two and a half weeks in Hewa. It is great to be back together with them and also wonderful to spend time with other missionary families who gathered here for our annual conference for missionaries.

January 2016

Thank you so much for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!

December 2015

Thank you so much for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!

Mikayla will be graduating from BIOLA University in two weeks! We are very proud of her dedication and perseverance despite ongoing pain. As soon as her graduation is complete, she will turn her focus to a semester of studies to pass the MCAT exams, which are necessary before applying for medical school. Please pray the Lord provides an affordable medical education so she can continue with her dream to become a missionary doctor. After Mikayla’s graduation, we plan to drive to Florida to spend Christmas with Susan’s family, and then to return to Papua New Guinea in late January.

November 2015

Thank you so much for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!

We are very thankful for a safe and fun filled 4,300 mile trip in October through New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona, and are happy to be back together with Mikayla in California for a short breather. It was great to spend time with many friends, and especially wonderful to attend Micah’s graduation ceremony. Micah is now officially a medic with the Army, and has already been shipped to Georgia to begin airborne school, which includes (I’m very jealous about this part) parachuting out of airplanes!

September 2015

Thank you so much for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!

We are now in California! It was wonderful to visit with the Kopf family in Idaho in honor of my parent’s 50th anniversary, and are now grateful to be in Fullerton where we can spend time with Mikayla during her last semester at BIOLA University. I (Jonathan) am also happy to have the opportunity to participate in an online class this month.

August 2015

We arrived in America!

We were grateful to be reunited with some family and friends and can’t wait to see more. We are now in Idaho, getting ready to help my parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and then plan to drive to Fullerton, CA where we can be close to Mikayla while she attends her final semester at BIOLA University. We feel blessed to have this opportunity to re-connect with family and friends, and we are extremely grateful for the Lord’s provision of a car and house to live in.