Dear Friends, Returning to America after 51 years in Papua New Guinea has been quite an adjustment we call “reverse culture shock.” We are so thankful for all of you who have prayed for us and it seems like we are nearing the end of our re-entry.
Time Moves On As we approach our 57th wedding anniversary this month, we realize how much time has moved on. The waterfall reminds us how water keeps flowing. We visited there recently and actually walked behind the falls to see the view from there.
It’s hard to believe we left Papua New Guinea twenty-two months ago. Life seems to fly by these days.
Our first Christmas in Papua New Guinea was in 1969 and we were up to our necks in culture shock. So many new things to observe and learn. One outstanding thing was that the people let the Christmas season come and go with no seasonal music playing, no gift-giving, no decorations, no big meals, etc.Continue reading December 2022
We received this message this morning and want to share it with you. Jos is a faithful servant of the Lord who is assisting his missionary in translating the Old Testament. He is living in our former station and is referring to the village surrounding it.
God’s Faithfulness March 1969 to March 2022 53 years When we gave our lives to serve the Lord, we had no idea what the future would hold, however, we did know God held the future and He could be trusted.
Faithful Servants and Friends Years ago, we were asked to send some teachers to help a group in a Province in which we had never taught before. We were on home assignment, so had to organize it from America. I chose one man with whom I had done team-teaching before. His name was Enoch andContinue reading Winter 2022
How is a peanut and a missionary related? Not long before we left Papua New Guinea, a special group of people from our community came to say farewell to us. Special because they had been taught through the first three Bible lesson courses, got saved, and were now studying the epistle of Ephesians. Special becauseContinue reading October 2021
Brain Fog the New Norm We have been back in America for just over one month now. Through the years, we have experienced jetlag many times, but this trip back, our “Transition Time” has been like jetlag for a whole month so far.
Over 50 years on the mission field! Joy and Tears–Painful Farewells
55 Years Together July 23, 1966 to July 23, 2021
The first Creation to Christ teaching was done here a couple of years ago. Some attended as skeptics but discovered the Word of God to be true and convincing as many got saved. That was a start. From there, the Word started going out to other areas and people are growing grace and knowledge.
Betty sat on the wooden floor of the classroom and her eyes never left the teacher. Even when they brought her baby to be fed, she stayed focused on the teacher. Later, it was evident that God was doing a deep and lasting work in her heart. He was transforming her from darkness to light.Continue reading May 2021
Gardens Can Wait Man can’t live by sweet potato alone! I heard a great testimony today. God’s Word has impacted a whole village and great changes are taking place.
God is at work in the mountains! The Gospel of Jesus Christ has gone to another village in Papua New Guinea! In 2019 we took the Firm Foundation lessons to the village. In 2018, we first went to take a look at the place and the people were often drunk from a home brew calledContinue reading Late March 2021
This young man is JayJay. He was saved a couple years ago but drifted to bad friends and practices. He thought people were gossiping about him and was driven to despair and finally took a knife and cut his own neck in an attempt at suicide.
This group of teachers were supposed to split up and teach in two locations, but one of the villages wasn’t prepared to host a large group of people.
Joy in the Midst of Mourning Jeremy was born and reared in our host village but he worked for an airline company in another province, married a girl from there, they adopted some children and had some sons of their own. We met him when he came home for holidays and vacations but never knewContinue reading January 2021
EXPLOSION OF JOY! Hi all, Just wanted to share some of the highlights of the ministry going on in our community.
We would like to introduce Roy and Elizabeth to you. They are attending Bible studies on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are a little over halfway through the evangelistic lessons, Creation to Christ.
This was an eager group of future teachers. They started arriving Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. I had the help of two teachers, Jonathan and Mark, to carry the teaching load. There were 14 people attending and we pray many of them will go back and teach their own people through the Word of God.Continue reading October 2020
Mentoring the next generation. This is my latest painting. I loved that it produced emotions in me about the older generation helping the younger and bringing the younger onboard spiritually.
THE BORDER WILL NEVER BE THE SAME A team of teachers headed out not knowing all that would lie ahead of them, but they were believing God would look after them and bear lasting fruit through His Word. They went by faith to the border of Morobe and Gulf Provinces. There were mountains to climb,Continue reading April 28, 2020
Minape and Monica Lumi are now living in the coastal town of Wewak. Minape is one of 3 men we trained to be a trainer of Bible teachers and he will be coordinating the Bible courses in East and West Sepik. They are a great couple and are loved and respected by all who knowContinue reading February 18, 2020
Releasing the Teachers The churches in the Simbu Province decided to get together to do something they’d never done before. They had a church in one area where the missionaries were absent, and they are sending the Elijah family there for 6 months until their missionary returns. The Thadias family are being sent to aContinue reading February 2020