Some of you may remember Alphonse who came to know Christ after he and his wife studied through Course 1. We hadn’t seen him since our trip to the USA for our grandson’s wedding, but he popped in to welcome us back. I asked him if they had studied any lessons while we were gone, and he said that they had finished the lessons in Course 2 and 3. I was pleased to give him the first book of Course 4 (Romans and Ephesians). We are so glad for hungry hearts.
An experiment that went terribly right
Nathan lived across the road from us until he finished 10th Grade and went to work loading airplanes near a gold mine.
Before he left, I was doing quite a bit of traveling so I gave him a simple Engish version of our first course of Bible lessons.
He was reading it before he left, but he texted me last night to tell me he had finished it. I hadn’t taught him, but I wanted to see how the lessons would impact people who just read them on their own.
He wrote, “Good night Pop. I have completed book 2.”
Me, “Did you learn much? Has God spoken to you?”
Our teaching team taught in two locations in Hela Province and this is a report written recently by one of the church leaders. How we thank God for the power of His word. Praise Him with us.
This was a group of people who came for a teacher training course in Nov 15. A couple of the ladies said “We’ve never taught before and when we had to teach a lesson before a group we shook all over, but the Holy Spirit gave us strength. Now we know with His help and the tools you gave us, we can do this.”
This is Paul. We recently hired him to help us with a lot of our physical work. He is a good brother in Christ and we are mentoring him to join our teaching team too. He is married with a newborn daughter. We have been asked to teach about 60 pastors and their wives throughContinue reading February 6, 2016
I have been teaching a man who worked as a missionary, but showed no fruits of salvation. He was proud, bad tempered and self-centered. He came to me asking to be taught from the Scriptures so he could know the ‘true’ way to know Christ. After a few weeks, one morning he said, “I’m like something sunken deep into an outdoor toilet that is full or maggots. No one cares enough for me to reach down and pull me out. God is the only one who loves me enough to rescue me by His grace.” Please pray that he’ll understand the gospel and be saved.
We would like to introduce you to one of the Elimbari leaders who is an excellent teacher. His name is Kaupa (cow-pah) Tom. His first wife, Aina (eye-nah) was also in demand as a speaker at ladies’ conference, but was taken home after a bout with cancer. Now, Tom has a new wife; named Dorothy. He and another teacher are teaching a group of youth 3 nights a week. Pray for him, his family and his ministry.
For the past three years we have seen open so many doors in our new ministry, provide for printing new Bible lesson books and to train many pastors around the country. I believe we’ve trained about 330 so far. Many others are asking for training, so pray that they will get organized on their end. Pray as we keep translating the simple English for Papua New Guinea version. We’ve got 6 of the 9 volumes finished. PTL!
Sometimes we feel like our feet haven’t truly touched the ground in America yet. Our trip to Florida went well except for the new distributor cap that we had to buy. We were glad that we were able to drive it to a garage for the repair.
Our departure for furlough is coming up quickly. Our granddaughter, Grace 23, arrived on Kathy’s birthday (February 23rd) and will be traveling back with us. Our itinerary looks like this: Departing Goroka to Port Moresby March 13, Port Moresby to Brisbane, Australia March 15, renting a car and driving down to Sydney March 17-21, Sydney to Singapore March 21, Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 24, Kuala Lumpur to Zurich, Switzerland March 26, Zurich to London April 2, London to Dublin April 4, Dublin to Charlotte, NC April 9 and driving down to Greenville, SC. We’ll be there a few days and then head up to Michigan.
Our trip to the capital, Port Moresby, was cut short by a day due to a flight cancelation from bad weather. The purpose of our trip was to show Wade Ebersole, our newest co-worker, our contacts there. We also gave out samples of our 3 most recently printed books. We praise God for all the people and places we were able to see.
It seems strange to be writing 2014 already. Life continues.
We had a quiet Christmas with our co-workers, Wade and Deanne Ebersole. Sure missed our kids and grandkids.
It’s a good thing you are not at our house this week. It looks like a cyclone hit it. With the help of Nathan, a young man from the community, we managed to move things and pull up all the carpets and get them shampooed. Do you know what happens to a cluttered room when you remove the carpet? Everything gets piled up and shifted around. I’m afraid that’s how we welcomed in the New Year. It is slowly getting back to order, but it has helped us decide what to keep and what to liquidate.
Mount Elimbari 9,250 ft
My recent 5 day trip to Elimbari was quite a mixture of experiences. I thought I would be teaching church leaders for 3 days and then speak to the whole congregation on Sunday morning. Wrong! The congregation wanted to meet every morning from 8:00-10:00 and then I met with the leaders from 10:30 to 12:30 and we met in the evenings too. Needless to say, my well seemed dry. I rejoiced to see the church still going strong, but they need to spread the Gospel and plant new churches.
Hope this finds you doing well.
It was a month of many backward blessings for us. Do you ever have those? We had a lot of things that were very frustrating and seemed like obstacles to progress, but we were reminded that anything worth doing for Christ will be opposed by the enemy. We just keep pushing through by faith, and the blessings come in the end.
Wish you could have all been with me on my last trip just so you could have experienced the bone-jarring drive of 7 hours on an unbelievably rough road, sitting sideways in a 10 seater four wheel drive truck, with all the cargo and 12 fellow passengers. (It’s probably more like, “Misery loves company.”) I told my co-worker, Greg Greenlaw, that these trips are a test of endurance. But let’s not let the story get skewed by the travel arrangements. We went to introduce our Bible lessons to pastors and their wives and to teach them how to use them. The Lord used the time to encourage many hearts. Erave is in a very remote area of the country and the people there don’t get much outside help. God gave us a wonderful time with them, and the power of God’s Word never ceases to amaze me.
We are so thankful for the resurrection of Christ. His payment for sin was complete and accepted by the Father.
This orchid decided to open up for Easter. It is the first time that it has blossomed. The Lord is opening new opportunities to minister too. We have three pastors’ seminars scheduled so far this year. We want to see these pastors encouraged and challenged to more fruitful ministries.
Our one week break passed by all too quickly, and we returned to work on Wednesday. In the finance office, Kathy found a stack of things waiting for her and she jumped back into her routine. I discovered that the two books I had asked to be printed had been done and I got busy on proofreading one of the volumes. They are a simple English version of our Bible Lessons. We already have an order for 100 sets of them. Hopefully, we’ll be able to have them ready to go to print by the end of next week.
Well the world didn’t come to an end, but this year did! It has been a fruitful year and we thank God for His faithfulness again.
It was the year in which we saw a new ministry and a new department started. We are calling it the Bible Teaching Resource Department for now. We have 269 Bible lessons translated into Pidgin English, a leadership/teacher training manual, and we just finished a book for leaders with helpful Scriptures for long and fruitful ministries.
We had a wonderful time in Manus with the folks you see in the photo above. Many of the village pastors were excited to have the Bible lessons to study and to teach from. This month, we’re heading to a remote airstrip near Mt Bosavi in the Southern Highlands Province (SHP) where 60 pastors have registered to attend so far. In November, we have a conference in the Pawaian tribe and another pastors’ seminar near Lake Kutubu in the SHP. Pray that God’s word will go out with power.
Pastors’ Seminar in Manus Province
How thankful we are for many things. Word is getting out that we have Bible lessons printed and available for sale, and we are getting more and more requests to hold seminars to teach people how to use them properly. This month we have one in the province of Manus, pictured in dark red on the map to the right. We’ve never been there before, but it seems like God’s timing to allow us to get acquainted with pastors there. Pray that the sessions will go well. We have invitations to hold pastors’ seminars in October and November in the Southern Highlands Province. These are more remote areas and the pastors say that they need help. Next year, we were asked to teach in a training center for couples who want to be involved in full time service outside their own tribes. They know how to do church planting in their own languages, but want to reach beyond their borders. Pray for God to rise up the right couples, to see the Gospel go out to more places.