Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
At home in Oklahoma. We’ve been living here in South East Oklahoma for about three weeks now. It’s been quite cold, but people tell us that’s unusual for here this time of year. Last Sunday night we even had snow!
We have now been in the country of Papua New Guinea for about a year and a half. Things were way different then we ever expected or could’ve ever imagined. No one is wearing gourds or threatening us with bows and arrows, just about every speaks the national language, and a ton of people have TVS (even though they have to use a generator to see them).
When we first got here we wanted to be in the most remote village with the least access, thinking that would be what “real missionaries” did. God slowly broke that thinking down and gave us a true heart for Papua New Guinea as a whole. As He started to soften our heart, He gave us a vision of reaching this country for Jesus. This is no easy task as there are over 800 languages here and still about 600 unreached!
Then we heard about the Kuman people. This people group has over 150,000 people with many spread out all over this country! They are the lawyers and government workers of this country and very well educated. There have missionaries in and out of this place for many years, most never even learning the language. That was until 1999, when the Tallman family moved in and then shared the gospel in 2011. They have been in this work for many years alone now, trying to translate and keep the church going, but the gospel has not gone out. There are about 100 believers in this language out of 150,000!
This place has a road, electricity, and a small “movie theater” right next to the house! So it was way different than our original thoughts, but we see the huge need of the gospel here spoken in their mother tongue!
The Lord laid this on our hearts and after much prayer and meetings with leadership and our coworkers, we decided to join this work! After learning the language and culture, we will be strengthening the church leaders and taking this gospel into the other villages in hopes to see the whole language group hear the gospel in their heart language! This people group has the potential to reach this whole country if discipled in the Lord, so be praying for us and the people as we embark on this journey!
Take a look at this video introducing the team and the place!
We just wanted to share the most recent picture of our son Joshua’s beautiful family. God has blessed each of our boys with a wonderful wife and soul mate.
Realities of our life right now: Came up to Jon’s hospital room for date night with Thai food, a cuddle & watch a show. But he is out! Poor poor man! He’s been in so much pain the last 24 hrs that they upped his pain meds. So it knocks him out.
This is the hard part of all of this…limited times to see each other. But when we do, all I want to do is cuddle & make him feel better. It’s a hard spot to be in emotionally, but we take this day-by-day and having to learn how to lean heavily on the Lord, with the knowledge that this is temporary.
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalms 27:13, 14 NKJV)
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Lets try and see if this will work.
We praise the Lord for you who have chosen to stand with us in ministry and pray for us. You are special, created in the image of God to bring glory to His name. The past couple of weeks we have been thinking about our Lord Jesus Christ and have spend time dwelling on His names which describe His character in a kaleidoscope of ways: Advocate, Almighty, Anointed One, the Beginning and the End, the Creator, the Eternal One, Immutable, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, our Shepherd, our Savior, our Redeemer, and the list goes on and on.
This Thanksgiving and Christmas, we want to encourage you to give thanks to our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ who gives us everything we need for life and godliness. Pray for all of those who are presenting the Gospel to those around the world and here at home who have never heard the message that Jesus Christ came to redeem us for all eternity.
During our first few years in Thailand we lived in the city. We didn’t have the chance to see and experience the rice harvest. It’s a hoot! People use the time cutting stalks of rice to chat, laugh and get to know each other better. The work itself isn’t particularly difficult but the sun is certainly hot so people take frequent breaks. Harvest is truly a joyful time of the year in the village.
We don’t engage in activities like this mindlessly. We are in a phase of our work called “pre-evangelism.” During this warm-up to sharing the gospel we frequently ask our friends questions like, “Who made the rice?” We may express our surprise that when we plant rice kernels we never get a papaya tree or vice-versa. These questions are designed to get people to start to think and begin to question their assumptions about how the world works and who made it. The rice harvest provides a perfect opportunity to ask these questions. Please pray for us as we prepare the soil and toil in the sun to save the people God has placed in our lives.
We’re looking ahead to another harvest in the near future: a harvest of souls.