Greetings from PNG!!!

At long last I have gotten email set up. Many apologies for the lack of communication to this point– hopefully I’ll be able to post weekly now. ☺ I arrived in PNG on June 20th and spent several days in town before flying out to Kiari on the 25th. The trip went well and I felt very welcome as Kiari turned out to welcome me. The kids even decorated the gates to my house and made cards and a poster for my bedroom.

My first couple of weeks were pretty slow, basically adjusting to life here and getting to know my way around. Catherine and Tiffany, our nurse and other teacher, were on vacation during that time, so I had the house to myself and enjoyed having the Smith girls over a lot. School started up again this past week, and I’ve really enjoyed teaching more and more classes each day. The school year will end in August and Tiffany is leaving in September, so I’d really appreciate your prayers as I make lots of decisions about the next year (schedule, how many grades, etc.).

One night that really stands out in my mind is Tuesday, July 6. We have evangelistic “fellowships” in different hauslains (lines of houses) every Tuesday evening, and this particular time it was up at Haitakol, high up on a ridge above my house. Lots of people crowded into a grass-walled house with a dirt floor, and by the light of a single battery-powered fluorescent bulb someone had hung up we sang and prayed and Pol (Paul), one of our church leaders, preached a very clear message about how Jesus is the light of the world, and whoever follows Him will not walk in darkness. As far as I know most of the people listening are still walking in darkness– please pray for them to choose Christ’s light.

The funny thing about the night– and the thing that really fixed it in my mind– was that one of Pol’s illustrations contrasted two groups of five people walking in the dark– one with a light, one without. The group without a light would obviously be in trouble, especially on the steep, slippery mountain trails of Kiari. Well, going back, our group of five was walking in the dark with flashlights. But our flashlights were only so good, and when we got to a place where we had to walk down a barely-notched log, I couldn’t see where I was stepping and slipped and fell, spraining my ankle. Thankfully the Lord strengthened it to carry me down the mountain to my house, with the help of my kind companions who carried my bag, held a light so I could see where I was going, and caught me innumerable times when I stumbled and would have fallen. The next day I couldn’t walk at all, so I know it was the Lord Who helped me down that night. However, the whole thing has really burdened me for the folks of Haitakol. Sure, I slipped in the dark and fell, and it wasn’t fun– but I’m fine (actually now I can walk normally for the most part– just carefully ☺). But if these dear folks continue to walk in their spiritual darkness, they will surely fall, and their fall will be into the eternal darkness and pain of hell. Again, please pray for them to come to the Lord and walk in His light.

Well, this is long enough for now so I’ll close. Thank you so much for your prayers! Please pray especially this week for a mission team from Kiari Baptist Church that is going to the village of Gono. Several of our ladies are from there and are burdened for lost family members and friends.

And one more note– you may have noticed that my prayer letter was not posted this month. I realized that most of you are also on my prayer letter e-mail list and were getting it twice, so I decided not to post it on my blog any more.

Again, thanks for your prayers, and I hope you have a great week!


“O use me, Lord, use even me, Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where….” -Frances Ridley Havergal

Since I have only a limited connection in PNG, large files will not make it through to me. Please do not include the text of this message when you reply and don’t send pictures or attachments. In other words, leave off all the “extras”—but do still write! ☺