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October 3, 2008

October 3, 2008

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Isle Isolation

Isle Isolation

How do you write about hours staring at paperwork or working through billing or figuring price quotations or the endless crackle and cha-cha of listening to an HF radio or the hours sitting in the driver’s seat watching the world go by? 

It’s more fun to write about the events and people along the way rather than the hours of the mundane activities required to accomplish the work.

Volcanic Venting

Volcanic Venting

This past week took the aircraft and its driver to various remote locations in support of six tribal church planting works.

The pictures of volcanoes, mountains and swamps could be interesting to some folks, but the real stories to tell are about people.

Island Jewels

Island Jewels

WWII Bomber

WWII Bomber

The sick child with the serious infection has healed enough for the missionary family to return their remote home. We parked the aircraft by a pillbox on the beach and perused WWII relics while waiting for the oceanic transportation to their house in the jungle. Language learning may now continue and the hope of eternal life is for this people group again drawing nearer.

I picked up another missionary family returning from their tribal ministry to their home on the support base. The tribal church there is growing. Translation of Hebrews and John is nearing completion and will soon be in the hands of the church there. 

Maleu Waiting for Life

Maleu Waiting for Life

While waiting for the truck I talked with some of the Maleu people near the airstrip who have not yet heard God’s word. Pray that they, too, will hear and understand the Good News. It will be up to the Maleu church to reach each area of their language group.  The missionaries reaching this group are filling in some of the gaps in the support end of things so that other tribal ministries can continue.

Maleu Motoring

Maleu Motoring

The flight back permitted time for me to hear from my passengers of the drive through ten foot tall kunai grass to get to the airstrip along with reports of the Gospel being taken by tribal believers to new areas. In 1994 most of the Maleu people had no understanding what God had done for them through Christ. I heard testimony this week how the Maleu believers, despite persecution, have passed on what they have learned to other communities within their language group and how God is displaying evidence of His glory in their lives through changed behavior and the practice of obeying His word. I often wonder if some prayers of the U.S. Servicemen who lived and died in this area are now being answered concerning these people.

Some of my other passengers included missionaries returning from a week with the kids by the beach and new missionaries returning from their first long exposure to bush living and planning. (Bush orientation is part of their training and preparation for tribal evangelism and church planting elsewhere.) All who had hiked into their tribal locations very much appreciated the helicopter ride to the nearest airstrip and the airplane ride home.

Vaccines Arrive

Vaccines Arrive

I was able to spend quite a bit of time on the ground in the Mouk tribe this week, while waiting for the helicopter and delivering medical supplies. Sebastian is the medical officer there who is from the Maleu tribe and was led to Christ by some Mouk believers.  The Mouk outreach to the Kombe tribe continues. The building of houses for the Mouk missionaries to the Kombe tribe has been completed. Next week the Mouk missionaries will move into their new houses and begin their ministry to the Kombe people. The Mouk church is facing some decisions similar to other sending churches. Do we start teaching immediately using the limited language skills we have or do we “waste time” by learning the language and culture that will enable us to plow the soil of false beliefs before planting the Good Seed?

House construction continues among the Baining and Nakanai people. Language learning will take several years before effective presentation of the Bible can begin.

We really appreciate your interest, support and prayers for us which enable us to serve in Papua New Guinea.  Jesus is building His church here!

Randy for us

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