Faith in the Jungle – August 2013

Thank you so much for your love, prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in helping to share the love of Jesus with the Hewa tribal people of Papua New Guinea.

Praise the Lord with us for a smooth trip back to Phoenix and a wonderful time reuniting with family and friends! It is great to be back together with Micah and Mikayla and Susan’s family. We can’t wait to see our other family members in the near future.

Faith in the Jungle – May 2013

Thank you so much for your love, prayers, and gifts!  We are deeply grateful for your part in helping to share the love of Jesus with the Hewa tribal people of Papua New Guinea. We have lots of great news!

Three men recently arrived to help build Jag & Abby’s new house here in the village! Construction progress is going great and the Dunns can’t wait to move into their new home. Many of their supplies will not arrive until the end of June but they plan to move into their home and live with only the bare necessities until that time. Pray for their health and safety over these next months as they plan to start learning the Hewa language and culture.

Faith in the Jungle – April 2013

Thank you so much for your love, prayers and gifts!  We are deeply grateful for your part in helping to share the love of Jesus with the Hewa tribal people of Papua New Guinea.

 We are coming home! We were able to purchase airline tickets and our plans are to arrive in Phoenix in early July for a six month home assignment. We can’t wait to get back together with family and friends. Between now and then though, there is a lot to accomplish so please pray for us and for our Hewa friends.

Faith in the Jungle – February 2013

 

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.

January 2013

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!!!

Faith in the Jungle – November 2012

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!

It has been exciting to help John George build his new house next to our house here in the ‘Yifki’ village. We are very grateful for the men who have volunteered to help us cut lumber from local trees and for the men who have helped build his house. John, Jessi and their three daughters have moved into their new house while John continues to work to make it comfortable. 

September 2012

Reason to celebrate. Guess what season it is here in the jungle? It’s not Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving, but it is equally exciting. It is now the season for collecting wild fowl eggs! Each year, as soon as the jungle acorn nuts have fallen, a certain wild bird no larger than a chicken scrapes together all the rotting leaves and vegetation from the jungle floor to make a pile that is sometimes over four feet tall and eight feet wide. The bird will then lay one huge egg each day for the next few weeks in that pile and leave it to be incubated by the heat of decomposing matter. This is the time of the year when our Hewa friends love to search through the jungle for these nests of treasures. They have already been bringing a few of these sometimes partially developed delicacies back to the village to share with us and they are anticipating a big harvest this year. Is anyone ready to join us for an egg hunt?