December 2016

Hallow everyone,

We do hope you all have a wonderful Christmas as you remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and why He came to us as a baby, with us once more.

November 2016

Dear family and friends

Our family at Koropa where we lived before wanted to build us a small house so that we could stay overnight there sometimes. They seem to be very keen to have us up there again and they are really going ahead with it. Today we went up to help with putting the roof on.

October 23, 2016

Hallow everyone,

The Lord continues to move things along for us here. Life continues to increase in pace as He adds to our daily work. It is good.
This week we were able to go up to the Upper Bena again, on Thursday, to show a young friend the area pretty well from top to bottom. It was good. I am being reminded that I’m not as young as I used to be as folk now call me Mama who don’t know me real well. They do enjoy seeing us both together again, and not just David as it has been mostly since we got up here.

September 28, 2016

Dear family and friends

Heti, Buka and Kokele came this morning for teaching on Romans. They will continue coming here to our house Wednesday mornings for these teaching sessions. This morning we did an introduction to Romans and just got started into the book. It was a good time and I (David) was encouraged by the feedback I got from them as we went through the lesson. Afterwards they checked a first draft of Romans chapter 9. They all chipped in to help the talk “cry good” (sound good to their ears).

August 11,2016

Hallo everyone,

It is wonderful to be writing to you all at last. First of all I want to thank you for praying about our connection from Moresby to Goroka. It was so good. I did have a little running around to pay for our excess weight, but even with that we were still able to sit for 10 mins waiting for the boarding call. It was fun to chat with the two ladies sitting near us. Our plane arrived on time in Goroka, surprising the folk who were picking us up. They were still on the way when it came in. As you can see it’s quite unusual to be on time.

August 1, 2106

First trip to the Village

I went out in the afternoon about 2.30 PM. The people were glad to see me back. I saw Janet then Mena and Kokere came out of their place and greeted me. I spent over an hour with them. Kokere showed me the translations that he had and said that they would like to have teaching in their language again. He said that they don’t meet as a group anymore. Mena told me that she reads now. While I was with them Jonson came and talked for a while.

July 1, 2016

It has been a long journey for us but at last our flight right through to Goroka in PNG has been booked and confirmed. There has been a mountain of paperwork to get through and things to get done but at last we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

May 16, 2016

Dear friends and family,

We just received the news that our work permit applications have been granted by the PNG government. So now we are in the process of applying for visas (or entry permits as it is officially called).

On Wednesday we travelled to Rockhampton and stayed with friends then Wendy had her first eye operation. It was successful and on the 26th we have to make another trip out to have her other eye done. It looks like by the time she gets her eyes done and a month’s wait for new glasses we may have our visas for PNG and just need to book our flight!

April 18, 2016

Dear friends and family

There has not been any progress in getting our work permit exemptions. It seems that no one at the Dept. of Labour wants to sign them. The mission has been advised to go back and try applying for work permits for us, as they were going to do before all this!

April 1, 2106

Dear friends and family

We finally have a date for Wendy’s eye specialist appointment. It is Saturday the 16th (two weeks from today) in Rockhampton. At this appointment it will be decided if she needs an operation on one or both of her eyes and a date will be set for that. Please pray that the Lord will give the specialist wisdom to know the best procedure. No word yet from PNG.

March 27, 2016

Dear friends and family

This morning we went to an early morning service at the botanical gardens at Emerald. It was a challenging time as we heard about the true meaning of Easter. Easter is not about eggs and bunnies but about the Son of God who sacrificed His life for us sinners. Without the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ there could never be forgiveness for our sins. This is not something we just think about once a year but it affects our everyday lives. It is the basis of Christian living. Afterwards, we had a wonderful time of fellowship with Christian friends as we had breakfast together.

March 2016

Dear friends and family

Our latest news is that Wendy has been having some trouble with her right eye and we went to an optometrist yesterday. The outcome is that she has to see an eye specialist to determine if she will need an operation on it. This means that it will be two or three months before we can consider going to PNG. It seems that the Lord is telling us that this is why He has been delaying our departure. We need to get this dealt with first.

January 7, 2016

Dear friends and family

Well, this game has as many twists and turns as some of our TV contestsSmile. After all the drama of looking for our missionary training diplomas, having to go with photo copies of them, sending them off with work permit applications and other paperwork to our government representatives in Port Moresby then waiting for the PNG government to reopen after the Christmas break we were told that we don’t need work permits!

December 28, 2015

Dear friends and family

You will remember that we sent out an e-mail last month regarding a Suzuki Vitara for sale at our base in PNG for K28,900 (around $15,000 AUD). Recently the owner of that vehicle wrote to us and said, “I have a Suzuki Vitara for sale. We put it on the market for K28,900 (that is around US$ 9700 or AU$13,5009), but for you I would sell it for the price of US$6,700 or AU$9340. Of course, you need to see the car yourself and drive it, but just want to let you know what options you have.”

December 2015

Dear friends and family

We are praying that you all have a wonderful Christmas as you spend time together remembering the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and all He has done for us. Some of you, like us, won’t have so many family members as you did have in years gone by. But when we and they love the Lord it is very special to remember them. We are glad that the Lord has given us memories to enjoy the special family members and friends who we have known and loved. This year we will be having a quiet Christmas here at hot and dry Willows Gemfields.

September 26, 2015

Dear all our friends and family
What an exciting but tiring time we had travelling for 7 weeks in our little caravan down as far as Dubbo, across to Newcastle area then back up here. We met so many old and new friends and received so much support for going back to PNG. A huge thank you to all of you who helped us on our way. And a huge thank you to God for His faithfulness to us all the way down and back. We had such a wonderful time {#emotions_dlg.laughing}. We have been home for 3 days now and still getting over it.

July 2015

Dear all our friends and family

We have just received an e-mail from New Tribes Mission Papua New Guinea inviting us to return to PNG and work with the Benabena people. The Benabena Church is in a sad situation at present and it breaks our hearts. We grew very close to them when we were with them before. They are a small group of believers scattered around the area and not functioning together or fellowshipping with each other at all. Please pray for this small fragmented group of believers there in the Benabena Valley. Pray that God will give the mission leaders and us wisdom to know how to approach the situation. And pray that we will have god’s love for them as we get with them again.

March 18, 2015

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We thought we would give you an update on how things are going with us. At first it was all excitement, the Lord had challenged us both with the Benabena work in Papua New Guinea. We received an e-mail from the field requiring medical checks and we thought, “We will just get these tests done and we will be off to PNG.” But the medical checks revealed some health problems that needed more checks.

February 2015

Greetings in our Saviour’s name

A big concern for us right now is the Benabena church. There has not been missionaries there for a long time now and they are desperately in need of teaching and encouragement. Back in November last year we became very concerned about the Benabena church and their need for teaching & discipleship and were praying for them when the Lord challenged us about going back. David told the Lord that he was willing go back but wasn’t sure if Wendy would be able to consider going back. So he told the Lord, “I will not say anything to Wendy. If you want us to go back let it come from her.” When Wendy came out from her rest she started talking about going back to PNG. We contacted the mission and they requested that we get comprehensive medical check-ups as it would be difficult for them to get us out in a hurry if we had a medical emergency in PNG.

December 2014

A very merry Christmas to all!

Dear friends,

It has been a while since we have written a newsletter, mainly because there has not been a lot of excitement here. A good place to live if you like the peace and quiet Smile. But there has been some excitement on the Gemfields lately. Our home group at Anakie has been growing with a few people coming from Sapphire and Rubyvale. A man who has a rare blood disease came to know the Lord and is growing spiritually. A ‘Shed Happens’ has started at Rubyvale and quite a few men from the area have been coming. The idea is that men can tell their stories or share their problems without the fear of it becoming gossip. We feel that the Lord is doing a work in the area.