A Maturing Church

Last weekend we had the opportunity to go into a tribal location as a family with some of our friends.

After a 3 hour road trip we arrived at the village that was next beside the road.

The church in this location has been established about 20 years ago and is now a community of about 200 believers. In their tribe as a whole they have 10 churches in other locations.

We sat down with the believers and talked for hours with them picking their brain and learning from their experience as Christians in PNG. They come out of the same background as the people that we want to reach with the Gospel one day!

Their own language is spoken a lot but they all understand and most of if not all speak Tok Pisin. Because of some people that married into their community but came from other language groups they just started a presentation of the Gospel in Tok Pisin and we had the opportunity to attend!

They are teaching 5-6 mornings a week and it will take them 2 1/2 months until they reach the Gospel going from Creation to Christ.

It was so refreshing to talk with some of the believers there and gave us an encouraging picture of what the final picture might look like of what we’re aiming for!

We’re looking forward to visits in other locations too!

Entering a New Stage in Life!

We were really excited when we received word from PNG this week telling us that we are officially part of the team! We received lots and lots of emails with information about what is needed to apply for work permits and visas… It seems like it will be a lengthy process with lots of paperwork, and we are hoping that the stuff we have to mail in will arrive safely in Papua New Guinea!

At the same time we are very thankful for the opportunity for Frieddy to teach the refugee small group at our church. Last Wednesday they went through creation (day 1-5) and are getting ready to hit the creation of man in two weeks. Please pray with us that it will be a time where we all get to know God better and grow closer to him and that those who are not saved yet will understand the Gospel!

Please also pray for the preparations for PNG that we will rest in God and that He will prepare the way for us.