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Happy Easter from Papua New Guinea!

Posted by Patrick and Dawn Eggleton in Ministry on Apr 20th, 2014 | Comments Off
Our home in Papua New Guinea

Easter and the resurrection always speak of a time of hope – of new life!  We are so thankful that many who have lived in the darkness of death here have had the hope of resurrection shared with them.  The hope for so many here is in rituals dictated by a village witch doctor.  Others have had a brief glimpse at Truth, but then believe new life can only come from rituals of another type – religious.  It is so good to be a part of a ministry that leads people to New Life – to the One whose resurrection we celebrate this month – the One who desires resurrection in each of our lives.  On Easter Sunday this message was shared for the first time among a group in a tribe on one of the remote islands here!  Some that day experienced that new life for the first time!  We pray your day will be filled with the joy of Jesus and the life He brings you.

“May the Lord bring you into an even deeper understanding of the love of God and the endurance that comes from Christ.”   (2 Thess. 3)  I’ve enjoyed reading through the letters to the T’s – Thessalonians, Timothy, and Titus.  Paul reminds us over and over of the need to come to know the love of God.  We compare the love of God to love we have experienced, yet it is so far beyond that.  Even the example of that love shared on the cross is a small raindrop in the ocean of what He desires us to know.  We pray you will have a deeper understanding of His love as you worship!

 

April Update

Posted by Joe and Pat Chell in Uncategorized on Apr 19th, 2014 | Comments Off

He is Risen!

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. … The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you were looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then quickly go and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”  Matthew 28: 1 & 2, 5-7

What a privilege it is to know and serve the risen Saviour!

Easter Happenings

We are enjoying a quiet Easter weekend and the break from our usual routine.  Good Friday began with a service and was followed by a variety of activities including a hike, waterslide, games, potlucks and an ice cream social.  About 60 of us hiked along a ridge overlooking the Goroka valley.  Sunday morning will begin with a Sunrise service followed by a brunch.

Transitioning

This is the first time we have returned this late in the school year, there are only about 6 weeks left in the school term.  We have noticed that many on centre are weary and looking forward to the end of the school year.  Many are preparing for Home Assignment.  The next few months are a time of huge transition.  One analogy that is often used is that transitioning is like jumping off or jumping on a moving train.  We have just jumped on but many others are preparing to jump off.  We are slowly getting up to speed and the train is definitely moving.

The individual who was covering Pat’s responsibilities while we were home in Canada has already left for a new assignment.  In fact they only had one day of overlap.  We are also updating our computer systems which means there is a lot to learn.  Pat had a few hectic and stressful days but things are settling down for her now.  (Did I mention we are enjoying the long weekend.)

My (Joe’s) transition has been more gradual.  The co-worker who had been covering my responsibilities is here.  This means that we have had lots of transition time.  We are jointly covering the Centre Manager responsibilities.  He is taking the lead on wrapping up some of the items that he had been dealing and I am taking the lead on the new items that are coming our way.

Looking Ahead

We serve at the NTM PNG Headquarters providing support services for the church planting and development missionaries who serve in remote locations around PNG.  We have around 70 housing units on centre typically occupied by about 65 families.  Looking ahead, from July to December we will only have about 55 of our houses occupied.  Many departments will be short of personnel.  For example, our Information Technology department will have 1 or 2 individuals instead of the 5 they usually have and need, the school is having to close an elementary classroom because we don’t have enough teachers, and the Business Office will be functioning without some key personnel.  All this to say that the months ahead will be challenging with many people carrying many extra responsibilities.

God’s Word Being Proclaimed

In the midst of the challenges we are encouraged by all that is taking place. Bible teaching and discipleship is taking place in many locations.  Elders are being appointed.  Many are celebrating the new life they have in Christ for the first time this Easter.  Church planting teams were allocated among three language groups in the last year.  Several families are nearing completion of their time of orientation and equipping as church planters and will soon be allocated into new locations or joining existing teams.  More individuals are arriving in July to be equipped as church planters.  .

We have much to be thankful for this Easter as we celebrate:  He is risen indeed!

Below left is a picture of us overlooking the Goroka valley from the ridge. Right is a picture of where we live.

 

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Posted by Andy and Chrissy Shaub in Uncategorized on Apr 19th, 2014 | Comments Off

Today there were almost 100 people in all.. Milton did an excellent job teaching. Through the years he’s become very skilled in teaching God’s Word – a great encourager.

Santiago is one of the isolated believers who makes great effort to come from a day’s travel away. He has asked for recordings from the song book so he can learn the songs at home… we’re not looking for more to do at this point! Pray for us to have God’s wisdom in the many choices as to what to do.

After Kevin taught there was good interaction, thinking of ways to support those who teach God’s Word. We’re thankful to hear them talking about that. Everyone showed good spirit in helping with the clean up. Fun to be around that kind of attitude!

taking responsibility

Posted by Andy and Chrissy Shaub in Uncategorized on Apr 19th, 2014 | Comments Off

It’s been encouraging to see “new” people taking on various responsibilities. Porfirio (in white hat) has always hung back, but this year he took charge of butchering the pig. His wife Cecilia helped Delia in the kitchen. Chrissy helps too.

Milton’s wife, Deliah, has again taken responsibility of a lot of the cooking – this is so neat to see her growing like that! I still remember how it was like 3 years before she would even greet me! Real friendship takes years in many cases among the Awa.

snapshots of Saturday

Posted by Andy and Chrissy Shaub in Uncategorized on Apr 19th, 2014 | Comments Off

Today there were almost 100 people in all.. Milton did an excellent job teaching. Through the years he’s become very skilled in teaching God’s Word – a great encourager.

Santiago is one of the isolated believers who makes great effort to come from a day’s travel away. He has asked for recordings from the song book so he can learn the songs at home… we’re not looking for more to do at this point! Pray for us to have God’s wisdom in the many choices as to what to do.

After Kevin taught there was good interaction, thinking of ways to support those who teach God’s Word. We’re thankful to hear them talking about that. Everyone showed good spirit in helping with the clean up. Fun to be around that kind of attitude!

not everything is fun and games…

Posted by Andy and Chrissy Shaub in Uncategorized on Apr 19th, 2014 | Comments Off

But we’ve been having a pretty good time! Everyone loves tug of war. :-)

Kathy’s had a good group of kids to teach this year.

Challenging Hearts…

Posted by Keith and Angela Duncan in Family, Ministry, News Article, Prayer Request on Apr 19th, 2014 | Comments Off

Last weekend Keith and I were privileged to travel to St. Louis to visit Keith’s brother and family and speak at their church. We were invited to share there because they are planning an overseas trip to our part of the world this coming summer. We shared in the church service about missions and what kind of culture they will run into when they arrive.

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We showed them some artifacts and photos that we had…

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…and talked and visited with them…

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We cooked some delicious food…

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We made santan to go over rice

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…with green beans and a spicy tomato sauce!

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We enjoyed serving the church

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and visiting with them during lunch.

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We are thankful that God is challenging hearts and we feel privileged to be a part of seeing the Gospel go out to the ends of the earth!!! Happy Easter to all as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!!!

 

The Hope of New Life

Posted by Aaron and Lori in News Article on Apr 19th, 2014 | Comments Off

Resurrection Sunday…it’s nearly here! And it has huge significance for a small group in a hamlet a few miles from our village.

For the last several months, nearly once a week, I have been able to walk down early on a Saturday or Sunday morning and join two of the Patpatar Christian families from our church who have been teaching a small group of people through God’s Word. I love the opportunity to help teach on occasion, but it has been even more exciting to watch them take on this role with their relatives and friends.

Sometimes a teaching session will go for hours as we sit there on aging pieces of timber underneath some corrugated tin held up by bamboo. Their questions, comments, and conversations highlight the new truths they are learning about God, man’s need of a Savior, and the promise of a Messiah. They have been working their way from Genesis through the old Testament and into the Gospels. For the past several weeks they have been learning more about the life of the Son of God that was sent to make a way for us to be reconciled to God. It just so happens that this Sunday they will be hearing about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

So please, as you celebrate what Christ has done for us on the weekend, join with us in prayer to for this new group who will be hearing that Good News. Pray for those who will be teaching and pray for those that will be hearing to accept the gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

Also, be sure to check out the “Fact” in this update if you want to find out more quickly how it went on Sunday.

Because He Lives!

Aaron

Fact – We are thousands of miles away and years behind, but we are trying to progress in the area of technology and communication. I guess there has been something invented called FaceBook and Twitter. We don’t know too much about it and how it all works and our internet ability here in the village is highly limited, but we are going to try it. I don’t have any fancy links or anything yet, but those of you who use it will probably know what to do. Lori just got a FaceBook account, if you want to do one of those Friend Request things. I just got a Twitter account so if you want to get occasional quick updates…Follower??…look my name up @AaLuse.

teaching today

Posted by Andy and Chrissy Shaub in Uncategorized on Apr 18th, 2014 | Comments Off

The gathering of the Awa believers began the church elder Paulino sharing the basics of salvation since there were several visitors.

After lunch Milton was telling us how reading through gospel of John made him cry about Jesus being abandoned by his closest friends in the crisis. I think he might be fearing it could happen to him, carrying the weight of the responsibility in the church in our planned absence. Pray for the Milton and Paulino as they lead the church.

 

Kevin and Kathy are leading the group in the memory verse. The theme is “Each doing his part”. Pray that the believers will grow in their service to God and each other.

other workers

Posted by Andy and Chrissy Shaub in Uncategorized on Apr 18th, 2014 | Comments Off

The other day we had some visitors from Colombia who came by to talk with us about the interest they have in working with the Awa in their area. It was great to hear how they as Guambiano and Paez tribal believers see their responsibility to reach out to others in their own country, including the Awa. Neat to see God using others to relate with the Awa besides us!

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