Today I am down nursing my back. Every now and then an old PNG wound surfaces. I remember the day I lifted a load of corrugated iron up so I could shut the tailgate on the truck. Immediately I knew something was hurt and after a trip to the bush, I was on my back for two weeks fearful my missionary career was over. Gratefully, the pain subsided but occasionally I’m reminded of that fateful day. So today I spent some time looking at old photos of our life in Papua New Guinea and thankful for people like you who stood behind us.


On a brighter side, I have some news that will warm your heart. It was bound to happen sooner or later. In this case, it took 22 years and after a 3 year relationship, one of my most favorite daughters got engaged. Mariko and Elijah a southern Baptist Pastor’s son with a degree in Marine Biology are presently planning their wedding. A dress has already been ordered and hours are being spent looking for a Church and a place for the reception, decorations and caterers and everything else to make this day special. So these are exciting days.

Last time I wrote I told you of some of the challenges the generation called Millennials face to becoming missionaries. High education debt, out of wedlock children, low moral values, BUT, with God all things are possible and presently there are 152 students signed up to start missionary training. Pray for these young people and their families as they prepare to serve Him. Pray too that the Lord will raise up faithful people to stand behind them as you have stood behind us as your generation of missionaries. We continually give thanks for you.


Mark & Joan