Dear friends and family The start of phase 2 at Koropa got off to a slow start. Tuesday afternoon the village was deserted and no one came that night. I was a bit discouraged and wondered if anyone was going to come this week.
Dear friends and family Tuesday night it rained so we had the lesson in the house. It was Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on the donkey, the last supper and His betrayal and arrest. It was a small group but Robert and Ekesue were there. I didn’t see them at all last week so it wasContinue reading 17th week of teaching – June 12-14
Dear family and friends This week started off a bit disappointing. Tuesday night it rained so we had the lesson in the house and only three of the regulars were there. It was the feeding of the 5,000 and we went over the story again next morning before we went into Jesus’ confrontation with theContinue reading 16th week of teaching – June 5-7
Dear friends and family This time Heti went with me. They had some heavy rain in the Upper Bena valley so we had a bit of a slippery slidey ride up there. That night it came in to rain again so we had the lesson in the house. The lesson was the man with theContinue reading 15th Week of Teaching – May 29-31
Dear friends and family Heti didn’t go up again this week. He was picking his mother’s coffee. Tuesday night I taught the lesson on Jesus’ baptism. We had taught them the trinity before but this lesson gives a graphic view of the trinity and how they worked together at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. NextContinue reading 14th week of teaching – May 22-24
Dear friends and family Heti had a bad flu so didn’t go with me again this week but that’s all right God’s grace is sufficient for the work He has for us. I was encouraged this week with numbers up again. Tuesday night we finished teaching in the Old Testament. Wednesday morning we had theContinue reading 13th week of teaching May 15-17
Dear friends and family This week Heti wasn’t able to go up because he has to pick his coffee. This is the third week now that he hasn’t gone up with me which makes it a bit difficult having to do it on my own. Also I was hoping Heti would get more involved withContinue reading 12th week of teaching – May 12 2018
Our car is now back on the road HOOORAAAY!!! We went to Lapilo, picked up the parts which had just arrived by plane then out to the village Friday the 4th. We put the wheel back together and got the car back here. The village people where happy to see the car gone so thatContinue reading Week 11 of teaching
Dear friends and family Heti wasn’t able to go up this week so Wendy took the opportunity go. We had a larger vehicle so that made the drive a bit smoother. Wendy’s two friends at Koropa, Dolis and Ableso, wanted to come down here to see her but Wendy ended up going up to seeContinue reading 10th Week of teaching, April 24-26
Dear friends and family The latest on our vehicle. We went out next day to take the wheel off and see what parts we need. When we took the hub apart it was full of mud. The rubber boots on the front drive shaft were split and I ordered new ones an put them onContinue reading 9th week of teaching at Koropa April 17 – 19, 2018
What an eventful couple of weeks. When I rang Heti Tuesday before last he told me that the government member for this district and also a member of the PNG parliament lost his wife. He comes from up there near Koropa so they were having the funeral there that week. So we put the teachingContinue reading April 5, 2018
7th week of teaching at Koropa Heti contacted me on Monday and said that someone killed his pig and the court was to be on Wednesday so he wouldn’t be able to go up with me this week. Satan has many ways to try and stop things in the village situation but he can onlyContinue reading March 22, 2018
6th week of teaching at Koropa Dear friends and family, Well, this time it was a big deal just getting there :). Firstly, I forgot to take my phone. The phone is important because it is the only way I can let Wendy know I arrived safely. So I picked Heti up at Katagu thenContinue reading March 16, 2018
Dear all, I went up on my own again this week as Heti was involved in enrolling students for the teachers’ college. Heti had committed himself to working with them some time ago so he needs to be faithful to that commitment. And sometimes the Lord needs to stretch us a bit. It has beenContinue reading March 8, 2018
Third week of teaching at Koropa
Dear all our friends and family
In these first few lessons we are finding our feet. What are the best times to teach when people are there. We are also getting to know who the regulars are. Last week I (David) went up on my own because Heti was involved in the signing over of the old ITF property to the new teacher’s college. It was in a rainy period (this wet season we are getting periods of rain then dry) and the river was flooded so no one from across the river were able to come. The people didn’t come until it was getting dark, which would have been okay because we have a light, but it was starting to rain. They said that we can continue the lesson in the morning. The next morning I taught the lesson on the creation of Adam. Things were a bit wet as it had rained all night. We had more rain that night and no one came. Thursday morning I taught on the placing of Adam in the garden of Eden and the warning about eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Dear friends and family,
Tuesday night we taught lesson 1 about God’s word. I (David) started by going through the chart (picture above) and pointing out the different people whom God used to write His word. One man didn’t just sit down and write it. It covered a long period of time.
This is just a short asking for your prayers. Next Tuesday I will be starting to teach at Koropa village. Heti, a believer from Katagu, will be going with me to help with the teaching.
Hallow everyone and a very happy Christmas to you all as you remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ again and why He came to us as a baby. Last year I wrote a Christmas shopping letter, and it will start off that way again this year.
Dear friends and family
We have some sad news and good news at this time. The sad news first. I (David) have been teaching believers at Katagu through Romans since July. After several months of no rain here the people were recently without food. Since they depend on their gardens for their food this is a really big issue for them. I encouraged them to look to the Lord for help rather than the mission or the government. They were reluctant to pray to ask God for rain so I prayed. Two days later it began to rain and they got good soaking rain out of it.
Wendy here again, finally. I just wanted to write to let you know what a great time we had at our conference again this year. There were quite a lot of us here for it. David and I really enjoyed having some old friends stay here with us. They were working here when we were up here before, so it is always special to catch up with old friends, especially those who live in the bush so we don’t get see them often. All their children have grown up and are back in their parent’s home country, Canada, so are missed a lot by them. But it sure was good to get news of all their kids again.
On the 25th we will be celebrating the anniversary of our return to PNG. It is hard to believe that a whole year has gone by. We are going celebrate by taking a break next week . Our poor little Suzuki is also taking a break. Our last trip to Koropa the fuel tank sprung a leak. We have been patching it for some time now but now it has gone beyond patching. So she is having a break while we wait for a new tank. The problem is, they put river gravel on the road so you bounce over the rocks.
What a wonderful time we had!
We took a group of new missionaries who are looking to the Lord for direction to where He wants them to serve Him to look at the Benabena area. We packed three adults and three boys into our small Suzuki and headed off up the Benabena River. There was Paul Swenson and his three boys in the back seat, Craig Noyes and I (David) in the front. We started from Lapilo, went around to Katagu and saw Buka. We then headed on up to Heti’s place and spent some time with him and Janet. From there we went on up to Koropa where we had lived for 8 years and where the people built us a small house. On the way up Craig asked me, “In your opinion where would be the best place to locate?” I said, “Well, I am biased.” He said, “But you are also experienced.” Then I said that we have established a good relationship with the people at Koropa which will be helpful, but that doesn’t rule out looking at other areas too. I didn’t want to put any pressure on them to locate at Koropa or even in the Benabena area.
Dear family and friends
By now you will be wondering if we are still alive up here in PNG. Well we are alive and well and very busy having several projects on the go at once. David is working on digitalizing our old culture file. Back in 1992 all our culture entries were written by hand so they have to be scanned as images. As you can imagine it is a lot of work. Another project is finishing the translation of Romans. Last Thursday he worked with Heti on the start of chapter 13. It was good to get him involved again. Lately he has not been involved in helping but this time David caught him at a time when he had nothing else to do so he had no excuse! But he didn’t have to twist his arm, he was quite willing to help.
At last we slept in our new house built for us at Koropa. On Tuesday we packed as much as we could in our Suzuki and headed up to Koropa. We called in at Goroka and bought a carton of meat and some frozen chickens for a mumu that we had for the Koropa people for building the house for us. We had difficulty finding space for it in the vehicle. We arrived up there about 9 AM and started unloading and setting up house. We had the mumu in the afternoon then that night it was a bit like camping because we couldn’t fit enough in the vehicle to set up the house properly. In the morning we got up and found the family sitting around a fire frying potato chips for breakfast. They have been growing potatoes and selling them to the kai bars (small fast food places) in town so they had plenty of potatoes. In the morning the family worked on the house to make it more livable.
We have just been saddened by the death of one of the early believers in the Benabena but rejoice that he has been promoted to glory. Kokere has been a faithful believer since we first presented the gospel in 2006. Recently he started coming to us with two other believers for teaching but became ill and wasn’t able to come. His health deteriorated until he was taken to hospital.