Moning, brata na susa! Em I Oktoba; mipela stap long ples faiv mun nau!
Good Morning, brothers and sisters! It is October; we have been here 5 months now! God has shown us much in that time about the people of PNG, ourselves, and especially about Himself. He’s also given us some incredible opportunities. For the sake of time, we’ll just give you the brief summarized highlights:
*The medical clinic’s busy schedule included 5 medical evacuations, 4 of which Chris was the attending nurse. Many clinic days are filled with routine illnesses and preparing medications to be sent out to our missionaries in the tribes. Other days, life threatening situations turn everything upside down. Adjusting to the thought processes and way of life of a culture with such limited medical knowledge and resources has been challenging; sometimes it’s a fun, puzzle-like challenge and other times it is just incredibly heartbreaking.
*Our Language and Culture Learning was postponed when we first arrived due to staffing needs in the clinic. We finally began our studies just this week! Mornings are now filled with Tok Pisin classes while our afternoons are spent in the surrounding villages, interacting with the people and learning their unique way of life. Please pray that we will learn quickly and soon be able to share with them about the Creator and His power and grace to save them even from the spirits they fear.
*After battling serious life threatening infections, a newborn baby girl and her mother have been spending many of their days in our home where Sarah has been teaching basic infant care and hygiene. This precious girl is now 3 months old, finally gaining weight, and free of infection! We praise God for letting us get to know sweet Nasha and her family and for allowing us to be a part of His plan for their lives.
*After much prayer as a family and asking God for direction, we’d like to share with you an opportunity which has been extended to our family to buy a home here on our mission center. As there are few homes available for purchase and most in need of major repairs, we are thrilled that this particular home is newly renovated and reasonably priced. Owning our own home here instead of renting center housing would give our family the stability of staying in one place (avoiding what is called the “Lapilo Shuffle”), lower our needed monthly support, lower our PNG taxable income, and provide us an asset as opposed to rent. The current missionaries that own the home are asking $40,000 and are requiring at least $10,000 down. Two other families are interested in purchasing it as well but the owners are waiting for our response before considering other offers. Would you prayerfully consider giving toward this project? If you have any questions or would like more details, please email us. If you would like to give toward this goal, please email us so that we are able to make an informed decision soon.
PRAISE! *6,000 copies of God’s Word translated into the tribal language arrived in a crate last week and will soon be in the hands of eager new believers! *Against all medical reason, God miraculously blessed in a medevac Chris took part in involving one of our tribal missionaries with a thoracic aortic aneurysm. *Baby Nasha is thriving, growing, and even starting to grace us with her beautiful smiles:)
PRAY: *Mission staffing needs, especially aviation. *For others to financially partner with us so we can continue to serve here in PNG *Our Language and Culture Learning *The Cooke girls as they have struggled adjusting to a new school and curriculum. *God’s will for our housing situation. *The many tribes in the beginning phases of the Gospel teaching.
Thank you for keeping up with our family and all God is doing here. Check us out on the web at www.ntm.org/chris_cooke to read more about our experiences in PNG or check us out on Facebook as Chris Sarah Cooke for updates and photos. We are excited about all that God is doing through your willingness to be used by Him to reach the lost in Papua New Guinea!
Expanding the reach,