Monday, December 17, 2018

Celebrating God's Provision in 2018

We have been blessed by God’s kindness to us through our faithful partners this year in many ways. We’ve settled into our new home in Ukarumpa and have been able to purchase a vehicle, both of which we have been able to use to bless others through hospitality and help with moving and travel. We were able to attend the Baruga Bible dedication in June, which encouraged us to continue in our support roles here that allow Bible translation to continue. Afterward, we traveled back to the U.S. for a month to visit family and friends, as well as empty our storage unit in New Hampshire. It was such a blessing to reconnect with several partners and churches. In July, 2019, we will be returning to the U.S. for a 9 month home assignment and look forward to seeing everyone we missed in June. Until then, we will flexibly serve in our roles here in Ukarumpa, thanking God for the ongoing opportunity that He has given us to minister in Papua New Guinea.

Thank you all for your faithful prayers and partnership during 2018. Please know that we pray for you as well and would love to hear from you and know any particular requests you have. 

Above: Celebrating with the Baruga at their Bible dedication in June was a huge highlight for us. To be with Jim and Joan Farr as they dedicated the Baruga New Testament after 29 years of service there was a reaffirmation of the greater purpose for which we are all here serving. Plus, we had a great helicopter ride to reach their remote village! 

The Joy of Giving

God has answered many prayers as we have served in our expanded support roles this year. Kathy continues teaching middle and high school classes, serving as Science department head, and just began co-leading a grade 9 girls community group. Scott temporarily assumed the role of Chief Human Resources Officer and taught a self defense class at the high school. In June, Scott assumed another temporary assignment as Senior Manager for Regional Centers, while maintaining his role as Field Security Officer. Scott also gave of his time and expertise to assist another mission by co-designing and facilitating a crisis management exercise (with Kathy in her first cameo acting role). We have been able to minister at the local hospital in Kainantu as well, praying with patients and delivering clean water, food and baby clothes. Even emptying our storage unit in NH gave us the opportunity to give away furniture and housewares to Habitat for Humanity and a local shelter. We are grateful to God for giving us the strength and ability to serve in these various ways, so that we may give of our time and talents with joy. Yet, any giving of ours pales in comparison with what God has already given to us through the gift of Jesus Christ, His Son. Christmas is an annual reminder that God is faithful and He is still on His throne. Despite our sin, God made a way for us to be rescued through faith in Jesus Christ alone; it is by His grace that we are saved. The joy of receiving that gift is what compels us to continue to serve in Papua New Guinea, in obedience to God’s call, for as long as He would have us here.

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgement and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9: 6-7 (NKJV)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3: 16-18 (NKJV)

Glimpses of 2018

Monday, November 19, 2018

Staff profile: Pastor Ham, our Security Liaison Officer

Our mission in Papua New Guinea requires many kinds of people with various skill sets. The people who make the day to day operations run smoothly here include not only expatriate missionaries from all over the globe, but also our Papua New Guinean staff. One such person is Pastor Peter Ham, a member of the Security Department who serves as our Liaison Officer with local communities in the Aiyura Valley. Whether it is helping to solve a conflict in the valley, communicating with police regarding a motor vehicle accident involving our missionaries or resolving disagreements between local residents and members of our own staff, Pastor Ham serves as a resource for peace and cultural understanding. In addition to his work for our mission, Pastor Ham is also the pastor of church in the nearby village of Ba’e where he ministers to his congregation and serves as a Christ-like example to many. Scott not only values Pastor Ham’s work ethic, but also his ability to operate between Papua New Guinean cultures and those of the many expatriate missionaries here in Ukarumpa. God has blessed Scott’s security ministry here in Ukarumpa by providing the right people to come alongside him and help him to make improvements. Pastor Ham is one of those indispensable people.  

Above: Please pray for Pastor Ham, as he strives to be a godly mediator and peacemaker in the Aiyura Valley.

Once in a century?

The century plant, a species of Agave, is monocarpic, meaning it will only flower once in its lifetime. That one bloom may not appear for over 10 years, depending on the climate (the tall spike is the flower!). We don’t know the age of ours, but it reminds us that giving thanks should be the exact opposite- something that flowers frequently in our words and deeds and lives. This Thanksgiving, we are so very thankful for you, our partners, for enabling us to continue to serve here in Papua New Guinea. Thank you!

Prayer Points

Papua New Guinea (PNG: Pray for peace in the Aiyura Valley and through-out the country, especially during the Asia Pacific Economic Summit.

Bible Translation: Pray for Steve and Debbie McEvoy and the typesetting of the completed Migabac New Testament.

Our Roles in PNG: Pray for a successful end of Term 2 at Ukarumpa International School and upcoming semester exams. Pray for wisdom and balance for Scott in his two roles.

PNG Training: Pray for the new Culture Meets Scripture workshop underway in Alotau.

God's Provision: Praise for our partners supplying for our needs and enabling us to continue to serve here in PNG!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Who we serve in Papua New Guinea...

As Christians, our desire should be to serve those God brings into our sphere of influence, whomever that may be. Typically, that will be those in our community; for us, the Bible translation families and support staff of Ukarumpa. But God also often calls us outside of our comfort zones, to go into the wider community and show the love of Jesus Christ to those in need. Ministering at the local hospital in Kainantu by praying with people, giving out banana bread and clean water is a small thing by the world’s standards, but if done with love it makes a difference in people’s lives. Kathy found the best way to spend her birthday was by praying with the new moms and their babies and offering them food and drink, baby clothes and blankets and feminine hygiene kits. Scott prayed with the men in the wards and gave out water and food as well. Who is God calling you to reach out to in your community with love, prayer and practical needs? Our faith is active when we serve those in need around us with the love of Christ.

Above: Please pray for peace and healing for the patients and the resources needed for the staff at the rural hospital in Kainantu.