Monday, September 23, 2019

Home Assignment Travels...

On August 23rd, we flew to St. Louis to pick up a long term vehicle rental from Righteous Rides, a ministry that specializes in providing low cost vehicle rentals to missionaries on home assignment. We drove through 15 states in 13 days and it was a blessing to see so many ministry partners, family and friends.  We were also graciously gifted with tickets to see the Lancaster, PA, Sight and Sound Theater’s exceptionally professionally performed production of “Jesus”, based on the Gospel of Matthew.  And we were even able to spend time on the NC Outer Banks with Kathy’s family before being evacuated due to hurricane Dorian; not as long as we would have liked, but we were grateful for every moment. Thank you to all the families that offered us kind hospitality and encouragement during our travels- we appreciate you so much and are praying for you! We will continue to reconnect with ministry partners and friends in New England, attend two Bible studies and participate in various ministries of our home church until we travel again at the end of October.  Please let us know if you are available, if we have not been in touch yet, because we would love to reconnect with you and know better how we can be specifically praying for you.


Perspectives...

We participated in the “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” course in 2012, where we first learned about the unfinished work of Bible Translation, and it planted a significant seed toward our current service in Papua New Guinea. We’ve been blessed to be able to take the course again as alumni; this 16 week course examines missions from a Biblical, historical, cultural and strategic perspective. If you are looking for an in-depth study of how God has been and is now working redemptively in the world, we highly recommend this course.


Prayer Points...


Papua New Guinea (PNG): Pray for the local pastors as they mediate the conflicts in the Aiyura Valley.


Bible Translation: Pray for preparations for the Gumawana New Testament dedication in Milne Bay on November 6th.


Our roles in PNG: Pray for the student retreat at Ukarumpa International School to bring revival and encouragement.



PNG Training: Pray for the upcoming Translation Training workshop for PNG translators and pastors in October.



God's Provision: Praise for our  travels, including  our NC evacuation. Please pray for God's provision for those who were severely affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Settling in Stateside...

We’ve been blessed to settle in to the mission house (pictured below) at Dover Baptist Church, where we are serving as Missionaries in Residence during this 9-month home assignment. Thankfully, the normal “re-entry” stresses of returning “home” have been minimal, as we’ve been surrounded by brothers and sisters in Christ who have helped ease our transition stateside. Over the last month, we’ve had opportunities to speak at Dover Baptist and The Church at Spruce Creek, attend a baby dedication and baptism at Be Free Church, visit with a lot of partners and friends, get some rest, and even host another missionary who is seeking to return to Papua New Guinea. Next, we’ll travel to St. Louis, where we’ll pick up a vehicle from Righteous Rides, a ministry that specializes in providing long term rentals to missionaries on home assignment- thank you to all of you who prayed and helped financially to make this possible. Afterward, we’ll travel through OH, PA and NC to visit with partners, friends and family before returning to New Hampshire. We intend to spend autumn in NH with trips to visit partners and friends in the Northeast. While we miss PNG, our friends and our work in Ukarumpa, we are so thankful for this time in the US and we look forward to getting to see as many of you as possible. Lukim yu (see you, in Tok Pisin)!



A Mountaintop Experience...

Reuniting with friends and family is always the highlight of our return to the US. It is difficult to be away from people we care about so much, for so long, but we still believe serving in PNG is where the LORD wants us to be, doing what He has called us to do. But while we are here, we’ve been blessed with some genuine mountaintop experiences, like experiencing Soulfest, a 3-day concert and spiritual renewal, and spending time with good friends, for which we are very grateful!


Prayer Points...


Papua New Guinea (PNG): Pray for resolution and peace in the conflict in the Aiyura valley.

Bible translation: Pray for a new project manager to serve the Oro Cluster Translation team, and for the health of the previous manager.

Our roles in PNG: Pray for the missionaries and PNG citizens who are serving in Scott and Kathy’s roles.

PNG training: Pray for the upcoming Biblical Exegesis course for PNG translators and pastors in September.

God’s provision: Praise for a good transition back to the US! Thank you to all of you who have helped us with housing, vehicles and even gift cards for groceries. We appreciate it more than we can express in words!

We are back in the U.S.A.!

July 2019

… We are so grateful for all of you who have been praying for our transition back to the US. We arrived in Dover, NH on July 7th and have been slowly reacclimatizing to the Eastern time zone and extended daylight hours of summer in New England. It has been wonderful to see our church family and we will be moving into the church mission house in a week or so, as we begin our home assignment as Missionaries in Residence at Dover Baptist Church (DBC). We have already had some wonderful opportunities to serve by helping another missionary family to move, and by being a part of the Vacation Bible School (VBS) story time, looking at Moses and the Israelites during their exodus from Egypt and helping kids to understand that even when life is unfair or scary, God is still good, and is with us and for us. That is an equally great reminder to us, and we have seen Him work and felt His presence with us throughout this time of transition. We will be here in Dover for a month before we begin traveling and we’d love to meet with you to share more in person. Please call or e-mail to get in touch with us and we really look forward to seeing you soon!



Above: Kathy serving at the “Roar” VBS at DBC. Going from dissecting toads to talking about plagues of frogs seemed somehow natural!