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November 23, 2008

November 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — smythsinpng @ 4:27 am
Mt. Garbuna multiple vents

Volcano with multiple vents

Sulfur.  That is an odor we smell frequently here in the islands region. The volcano east of us sends ash our way about half the year. The volcano west of us occasionally sends a wisp of sulfur toward our house and is a factor to consider on most flights to the west.  Three other volcanoes are a regular part of flying here including one listed among the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, or so I am told.

The smell of sulfur is not on my list of top ten favorite odors. Sodom and Gomorrah along with second death in the lake of fire are judgments described in the Bible where sulfur and fire are mentioned.  The odor reminds me of what God’s plan is for those who fail to trust in His bountiful grace and mercy provided on the cross by Jesus Christ. It reminds me of the urgency of our task; proclaiming eternal life as a gift through Christ.

Mt. Uluwan

A tall volcano

Thanksgiving.  We have a great deal for which to be thankful.  Through people such as you God has sustained us many years in a foreign land.  In those years we have seen many churches grown from the first seed to mighty oaks of faith. You have had a part in this through your labor, gifts and prayer.

Mouk People watching helicopter

Mouk People watching the helicopter depart with cargo

Your labor is not in vain.  Your support has made it possible for us to be involved in church planting in many languages.  We have spent significant time in all of the regions so are familiar with many of these tribal works.  In some tribal locations we have had significant long term roles and others incidental roles.

Just since 1994 the following language groups in Papua New Guinea have heard the Good News about Jesus Christ in their own language and many have believed: Benabena, Gende, Iwalaqamalje, Kafe, Kuman, North Wahgi, Dinangat, Inapang, Ma (Mibu), Manam, Tobo, Kakuna, Kaulong, Kol, Lavongai, Mengen, Maleu, Solong, Tigak, Hewa, Malaumanda, Bagwido, Nakui, Saniyo, Abau, Sorimi, Inanbimali. 

Twenty-eight tribes representing a hundred to several thousand people can seem like a lot, but when you consider that Papua New Guinea has over 850 different languages you can see that there is much work to be done.  We are praying that as these churches mature and take on personal responsibility, they will be able multiply our efforts to reach the country of Papua New Guinea with the Good News of eternal life. 

Source Searching

More Shopping Relief

Most of the thirty-five language groups reached before 1994 have continued to grow in faith with some groups such as the Mouk, Ata, Bisorio, Iteri, Yagaria, Hamtai and others taking significant responsibility to carry the gospel to other villages and language groups. We are not yet as effective as we need to be to see this generation in these tribes come to faith in Christ. Please pray for laborers!  God gives the increase.

Loading Food Supplies

Loading food supplies for delivery to a remote airstrip where the helicopter will pick them up and take them to the missionaries.

Thank you for laboring in prayer with us!  To God be the Glory!

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