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Where are they?

The car is stuck … in a river?

On our base we sometimes host other missionaries or visitors of missionaries while on their way to their final destination This was the case in January of this year. We had a group of people coming from overseas that wanted to visit a missionary in the south of our island. They choose to take the airplane which was pretty easy but back out they wanted to try the road which is quite another story…

It was rainy season which means lots of water and very slippery and muddy roads, some of them even flooded up to 3.5 feet! But that doesn’t deter everybody from trying to get through. 🙂 Usually this route takes 1 day with Public Motor Vehicles (PMV’s) to travel.

But our visitors had to be 2 days on the road, sleep in the bush and we had absolutely no idea where they were before they made it back to us. They finally arrived on the day where their flight was scheduled to depart home…

The first two came very early in the morning with a car they had found in town and a few hours later the rest of them arrived, exhausted but ok. The river they had to walk across was flooded and they had to cross it by foot in hope of catching a ride on the other side, but there was no car waiting for them. Instead they decided to part ways and send a group of two people ahead in hope of finding a car that could take them all back to town. The rest of them would hunker down somewhere in the bush. But it didn’t work and after walking for a long time the two were able to catch a ride with an ambulance that was on its way to town. The rest of the group was picked up the next day by one of our missionaries that was in the area who’s car was stuck in the river due to battery failure but later pulled out by a friend…

We were all relieved and very thankful after everybody had made it home safely. Thank you Lord!

Completely flooded

It’s good not to build your house on sand, but also not good if you build it on low ground…

It was quite the rainfall, gushing like out of a broken pipe for more then 2 hours, after which our house, which is build on the lowest spot on center was standing like an island in a beautiful lake or should I say more like a sinking boat in a shallow swampy lagoon?

Thankfully there were no alligators around not even inside but the water was a few inches too high. Since it was morning time we were at the house when it all started and had enough time to move everything to higher ground! Thankfully we were able to get the water out and the house dry after a few hours!

Conference and School Testing

After the torrential rain we moved on to continue with the conference preparations. In about 1 month a large group of missionaries would come to our center from their bush locations and stay here for about a week.

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There would be a lot to do on the supply side with missionaries buying their groceries for the next few months and the transport to the bush. But it all went down quite different than expected.

COVID-19

would change a lot. While things believed impossible before where happing now in Europe, Asia and the US, everything was quiet in PNG and nothing was hinting at a worldwide pandemic on our small island. Our conference started mid March and in connection with it we had a few missionaries who had booked flights back home. Now all of a sudden their flights got canceled and even our conference team, speaker, VBS and cooking team had to cancel!

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It was nevertheless a special conference and with the virus now also being present in PNG we like so many of our friends had to make preparations to take our home assignment sooner than expected. We are on home assignment now in Germany till Lord willing we will return to PNG at the end of October.

3 Helicopters For PNG

Our helicopter currently in use in PNG is 40 years old and it is time to replace it. Also the number of works that will use helicopters increased too so that Ethnos 360 Aviation plans to buy 3 new helicopters for PNG. One was already provided but two more are planned to be purchased. Please pray with us that the new helicopter will soon be able to be used in PNG and that the other two choppers can be bought soon.

Check out more about the helicopters here:

https://ethnos360aviation.org/projects/helicopters-for-png

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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!

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Local Village Visit

E2 is in full swing here and we are doing village visits almost everyday now to get to know the surrounding villages. Check out what we did this morning:

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Eating sweet sugar cane! What a nice PNG treat!

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Madang: Here we are!

We made it to Madang! We will spend the next 4 months here and will learn a lot about PNG and its people! It will be an incredible time full of excitement and new things to learn! Our boys are already having a good time here even though it was quite hard to say goodbye to their old friends. They are excited to explore our new home and already made some new friends! We appreciate your prayers for the next couple months!

 

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Independence Day

Exciting days here in Papua New Guinea! Right now we are learning to work in a lot of different areas we’ve never worked before! It is exciting to learn to do carpentry, transport crates, fix computers, work on bath rooms, etc. But even more exciting then just learning new things is working among national believers here! Here is a little story about how the PNG Independence Day went down.

On Friday 09/16/2016 was the National Independence Day for Papua New Guinea. We and some friends went by car to the town of Kimbe, the Capital of West New Britain. While we were driving to Kimbe we saw countless people walking to other Independence Day Celebratios as it seemed. Most of them dressed in the National Colors of Papua New Guinea (Black, Red, White?, Yellow) and carried flags.

There seemed to be some kind of celebrations in a lot of places where we went by. All the stores were closed.

We finally arrived at around 10 am in the city of Kimbe and after waiting in the car for about 10 minutes (because there were just speeches going on) went to a big field where a lot of people had gathered.

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There was a stadium on the side where some people where sitting. The stadium was kind of fenced in with an open gate.
We were standing in the crowd trying to see what was going on.
The people next to us were very kind and one of them even offered to share her umbrella with us to protect us from the sun.
Then the signing and dancing started. It seemed like that they had separate groups that took turns to dance in and out of the gate and in front of the stadium. The dancers seem to wear traditional clothing.
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There was something said from the stadium before each group and after each group.
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After a while the people became tired of not seeing because the groups performed right in front of the stadium – so most people couldn’t see much the people moved into the space in front of the gate.
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After continuing to watch from here a man came out and asked us to come with him and invited us to sit in the stadium.

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They asked us to sit down and even offered our kids a bottle of water (we had forgotten ours in the car :-)). The dancing and singing continued for a while.
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On the road we also saw trucks that were decorated and driving around celebrating.
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After a couple hours we drove back. Not sure how much longer the singing and dancing continued.
Please pray for us as we continue to get to know PNG culture! Pray for us as we work on building relationships with the people here and work to learn Tok Pisin!
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Busy for God

We are super excited to be at our next destination! We are in the islands right now, at West New Britain! After our 3rd move within the last 3 weeks we are very happy to be at our destination for the next 5 months!

Looking back at what we did the last three weeks we are so thankful that we got to spend so much time in two different centers in PNG! We met lots of people who gave us insight in what God is doing through them in their ministry location. We were encouraged to meet the people who do all the leg work to keep the bush missionaries out there where they are. Without them the work would be almost impossible to do.

There were teachers who teach the kids at school,  pilots who fly the missionaries and supplies to their bush locations, the mechanics who fix those airplanes when they need it, the supply buyers who shop for the missionaries in the bush and load all their groceries into an airplane and ship it off to them in the tribe. There are consultants who travel to the various ministry locations in the bush, visit the missionaries and guide them in their work. There are doctors and nurses who are on call when somebody needs help, and there are finance people, IT guys  and many many more people. They all play a vital role in church planting, they are just as important as the missionary in the bush who learns the language of the people and lives with them.

Sometimes I wish I could take a look from heaven at all the work that is done on this earth for Christ’s sake, seeing what God is accomplishing through his children who probably often are not even aware of it. It really encourages me when I think of the time when we will stand before the lamb and it all comes together.

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—

to receive power and riches

and wisdom and strength

and honor and glory and blessing.” (Rev 5:12 NLT)

What a great day this will be when all of us believers see the end result of God’s work through his children: His Son receiving all the glory and power that He deserves!

What a privilege, to be a child of God and being blessed to do His work on earth, wherever we are!

Now back down to PNG. 🙂

Since we were the only ones coming this July (the intake for new missionaries) we were asked to work on the support side of tribal missions until January comes around. We are very thankful that we get to know Papua New Guinea a little bit better before we start our official training in January.

We are at our location for the next 5 months right now and are looking forward to what God has in store for us! We are not sure yet as to what exactly we will be doing these next months, but we know that there are many roles that need to be filled!

So please continue to keep us in your prayers! You can pray this time of transition, that God would help us to adjust quickly and be a blessing to others!

Here are the impressions from our first three weeks in video:

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Finally in PNG – the Land of the Unexpected

We are here!!! So grateful for God’s goodness and faithfulness in our lives in bringing us this far!

Thank you for all your prayers for our trip! Everything went smoothly and we were able to catch all our flight connections. We also had the chance to spend a few days in Australia to get over our jetlag. This was also the perfect time to prepare ourselves for our time in PNG and to refocus on God! About a week ago we finally arrived in PNG! Another missionary family picked us up at the airport and took great care of us during our first days here! We’re spending the first weeks in the Highlands of PNG. The first few days were filled with lots of new impressions: right after we arrived at the airport we saw a group of mourners standing behind the gate as they were waiting for a coffin that apparently had been transported with our airplane. At first we did not know what was going on, until another missionary filled us in.

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From the airport we drove to the base that would become our home for the next couple of weeks. The main road here has lots of potholes, and we saw lots of cars full of people. Our friends told us about some accidents that had happened lately, some of which involved some other missionaries, too.

This is our house for now:

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We are staying on a smaller base in the mountains, which is only 10 minutes from a much bigger base. There they have a small grocery store which carries a lot of things that we didn’t even expect (just at a much higher price than we’re used to of course :)). There is also a medical clinic on that base. On Sunday we went to church there and had the opportunity to share our testimony. We really enjoyed seeing some old and new faces and were even able to speak a little bit of German 🙂

Last week Frieddy was also able to get his PNG driver’s license and survived his first trip quite well (while I was anxiously waiting at home haha).

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One morning we went out to town and to the market. Of course everybody notices you when you are white and people were trying to sell their stuff: plastic bags, bananas, watermelons, SIM cards… And everybody gets excited when they see white kids 🙂

Our boys have adjusted great so far and love to talk to and hang out with the nationals. They have already picked up on some words in Tok Pisin which is PNG’s trade language.

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In the weeks ahead we will go through some more orientation, get to know the missionaries on the base and also try to learn some more Tok Pisin. In a week from now we will be moving over to the bigger base for the rest of our orientation.

Our family is doing great and we can’t emphasize enough how thankful we are how God has been carrying us through this time of transition! We are so excited to finally be here and the boys are soaking up all the new things they are seeing and experiencing! Please pray that they would continue to find good friends as we will go through a lot more transitions in the future.

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God is good and we are looking forward to what He has for us here in PNG!!