David and Shari Ogg

Missionaries to the Simbari people of Papua New Guinea

Simbari Update April 2014

Posted by David and Shari Ogg in Uncategorized on Apr 8th, 2014 | Discuss This Post

Recently we received a call from a Simbari Bible teacher in Papua New Guinea named Rison. Rison is the father of Gwandambi, the boy with the leg infection. He had good news for us about Gwandambi’s progress since his trip out to town to see the doctor. The doctor prescribed a new treatment program including strong antibiotics and physical therapy. After a few months of this he is now walking around much better and is even hiking to some gardens. This is wonderful news! Please keep praying for his complete recovery.

We were also told that the men in the leadership development program whom David has been training are preparing to travel around doing evangelism in some of the remotest parts of the Simbari tribe. They are planning to begin the trip in April so please pray for God to be glorified and that He would bless their efforts so that many would trust in Christ as their Savior.

It’s encouraging to hear about the Simbari church planning ministry activities even in our absence which is another sign that the church is slowly maturing. We are excited to return to Papua New Guinea and continue with leadership development and Bible translation etc. Our departure date is set for July 21st! We want to finish well, and there is still more work needing done to complete the church planting effort in Simbari.

Home assignment is going by quickly and we continue to enjoy many opportunities to share about our ministry with the Simbari tribe at various churches and with friends, family and supporters. It’s also been refreshing to be able to worship and spend time in the Word of God in our own culture and language. In addition to participating in various church activities we are homeschooling Jason and are fixing up our house as we are able. Shari was blessed with a trip to visit her family in Florida and just returned a few days ago. It all keeps us very busy but we are so thankful for every opportunity. If we haven’t had the opportunity to meet with you yet and you would like us to share about our ministry with the Simbari tribe or even just for a personal visit, please feel free to send us an email or click “contact” on the website toolbar above.

Simbari Update for October 2013

Posted by David and Shari Ogg in Uncategorized on Oct 16th, 2013 | Discuss This Post

 

Rison teaching God's Word

“How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy as we enter God’s presence. Night and day we pray earnestly for you, asking God to let us see you again to fill the gaps in your faith. May God our Father and our Lord Jesus bring us to you very soon. And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen” 1 Thess. 3:9-13

This week we received an e-mail with some refreshing news about the Simbari church from some friends who work at one of our support centers in PNG. They were finally able to made radio contact with Rison, one of the Bible teachers, and he gave them some news to pass on to our team.

It brought tears of joy to hear that the baby boy Shari had delivered a few days before we left the village is healthy and eating solid food now. (read about the baby) However, we were even more overjoyed to hear that the Simbari church is continuing to grow and thrive in our absence.

They have been going through the Creation to Christ lessons on Sundays since there are a lot of new people coming who have not yet heard these foundational Bible lessons which are so vital. Some are even making the rugged hike over from another village in order to hear the lessons.

A group of the believers are also getting together on Wednesday mornings to read some of the Bible portions together for extra reading practice and encouragement.

Thank you for continuing to partner with us in prayer for our brothers and sisters in PNG!

Ogg family gatheringHome assignment is an opportunity to share about what God is doing among the Simbari. We had many opportunities to do just that during a recent trip around the USA. Now that we’re back in California we’re looking forward to many more opportunities to share. It’s also a time to catch up with family and friends and be refreshed in the Word and fellowship. David has been attending a weekly missions class at church and it has been extra special for him to have his two sisters attend the same class. He is also helping out with Awana and keeping busy with many other projects. Shari keeps busy with home-schooling Jason in 7th grade, attending a Bible study, being a mentor mom for MOPS, singing with the choir, etc. We are also catching up on some much needed medical and dental work after being overseas for the last 5 years. Shari had her gallbladder removed recently and is recovering well. Thanks for praying.

Esther recently moved to the San Diego area. Please pray that the Lord would provide a car and a job for her. We are really enjoying having Simon at home with us this year and it has been good to see him interact with his younger brother after not being together these last three years. Please pray for Simon as he graduates from college in December and begins his post-grad credentialing. Rachel is enjoying Bible College in Wisconsin (www.ntbi.org). Please pray about her job situation because she hasn’t been getting enough hours lately to be able to pay her monthly school bills. Jason is homeschooling for 7th grade and enjoys hanging out with his brother and cousins.

Thanks for your prayers for us and for the Simbari church!

David & Shari

Rachel’s Grad

Posted by David and Shari Ogg in Family, Ministry on Jul 19th, 2013 | Discuss This Post
Rachel Ogg class of 2013

Rachel Ogg - Class of 2013

Our daughter Rachel Ogg graduated from high school last month and we’d like to thank all of you for the part you have played in her life over the years. Here is a message from her about her future plans:

 

  • “I have really enjoyed growing up in Papua New Guinea and getting to see God transform the lives of the tribal people there. This has given me a desire to spread the gospel to other unreached tribes. I will be pursuing a tribal church planting ministry, and would like to attend New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, Wisconsin in the future. I would appreciate prayers as I face financial difficulties and learn to fully lean on God. I am grateful that God is in control of my life. Please pray that I would follow God’s leading and be a light in a lost and dark world.”

 

Rachel's senior picture

Rachel Ogg 2013

Her plans are a bit up in the air at this point since she recently discovered she needs $2350 by August 1st to start the semester and she doesn’t have that much. She is open to what God wants for her even if it means staying home to work and earn the money over the next 6 months or year and starting Bible school later. Please join us in praying for God’s provision and leading in Rachel’s life.

Thanks,
David & Shari Ogg
ps. If you’d like Rachel’s contact info please send us a note via the “contact” link above. Also the “Give” link above can be used for sending Rachel gifts by designating them for “David & Shari Ogg” for the purpose of “Rachel’s schooling”.

Back in the USA

Posted by David and Shari Ogg in Family, Ministry on Jul 19th, 2013 | Discuss This Post

 

The Ogg Family with Simbari believers in the capital city

Greetings from the USA! We recently returned from Papua New Guinea for a one year home assignment. On the way travelling through the capital city of Port Moresby a bunch of Simbari believers came to greet us at the airport (pictured above). It was nice to see them and hear that they are meeting together for teaching and worship even though they are away from their homes in the tribe. We also got a chance to talk to a Bible teacher named Rison who is still in the village and he said all is well but they had been feeling a “heavy”. When we first heard this we thought it was something bad but then he said that “before they had been living in darkness but we had brought them the Light so now that we were gone they were really missing us.” They said the believers in the tribe have been spending extra time with each other for encouragement and are no longer feeling “heavy”. We were glad to hear but we ask you to pray for them.

The Ogg Family reunited

The Ogg Family reunited

On the way home we had a layover in Hawaii where some of David’s family met us for a vacation. After that we were busy moving in and then we took a trip up to Hume Lake to see Esther and Simon who are working there. It was wonderful to be together again as a family after 3 years apart. But we had to say goodbye again :-( and come back down to Santa Clarita where we will be spending most of our home assignment. The day after getting back to Santa Clarita both David and Rachel had all their wisdom teeth removed. That was only a couple days ago so they still have sore mouths. We have quite a bit of dental and medical work to get caught up on after a 5 year term in the jungles of New Guinea. We are also settling into our “new” house just up the street from David’s parents. It’s been under renovation and is really coming along but still needs some things done. If you’d like to call or stop by and say “Hi” you can contact us using the link above.
We will be taking Rachel out to Wisconsin where she be attending Bible college. We will also be visiting friends, family and supporters along the way including a visit to Shari’s family in Florida. We’re looking forward to seeing you and sharing about what God has been doing in the Simbari tribe of Papua New Guinea.

Jetina’s Baby

Posted by David and Shari Ogg in Ministry on May 13th, 2013 | Discuss This Post

Shari holding Jetinas baby

Jetina's babyAfter waiting for five years and praying for a child, God has graciously blessed Pita and Jetina with a new little boy. It has not been easy for this young couple to wait patiently on the Lord, and at times it has really tried their faith. We’re so thankful that Peter did not cave in to the social pressure to take a second wife, but was willing to continue trusting the Lord.

Jetina and her long awaited babyIt was a privilege for me to be with Jetina during her long night of labor, half of which was spent outside underneath the stars until it became too cold for all of us, causing us to take refuge inside an empty house where a fire was started.  I am so thankful for the Lord’s protection over Jetina and her baby boy, whose cord was wrapped around his neck. It was an answer to prayer and a true joy to share this special moment with my sister in Christ.

The NCA Experience

Posted by David and Shari Ogg in Family, Ministry on Apr 29th, 2013 | Discuss This Post

 

NCA Bittner Dorm 2012-2013

NCA Bittner Dorm 2012-2013

 

Chris & Peggy Bittner

Chris & Peggy Bittner (dorm parents)

NCA 6th grade class - teacher: Carmen Devries

6th grade class (teacher: Carmen DeVries)

We can hardly believe that there are only about four more weeks left in this school year! At the end of May Rachel will be graduating from high school and Jason will be graduating from sixth grade. Both of them have had a wonderful year at Numonohi Christian Academy and we are truly grateful to Chris and Peggy Bittner for opening their home to our children as well as several other students whose parents live far from the school. Rachel and Jason have enjoyed being together this year as well as building close relationships with their dorm siblings and fellow students. We also thank the Lord for the dedicated teachers at NCA and their love for the Lord and each of our children. What a privilege it has been to have them on our team, doing their part to see the Simbari and other people groups in PNG reached with the good news of Christ!

 

Stretching…and finding God sufficient

Posted by David and Shari Ogg in Family, Ministry, Translation on Apr 13th, 2013 | Discuss This Post
David teaching 1st Corinthians

David teaching 1st Corinthians

Noxi, David, Rison and Talis

The Simbari church continues studying the book of 1st Corinthians. Many of the Simbari Bible teachers are still out in town which has given David more teaching opportunities than usual. An unexpected benefit of being short on teachers is how it has encouraged two previously uninvolved men to begin attending leadership development meetings with David. It’s a blessing to meet with these men and hear them acknowledging their weakness and yet be willing to stretch their faith and let God use them to serve the needs the Simbari church.

Rison

We are thankful a Simbari Bible teacher named Rison has returned from town. Rison had been under some economic stress recently when his son, Gwandambi, was out in town in the hospital. After returning to the tribe Rison continued to worry about Gwandambi’s need for future surgery and so went back out to town to search for employment in order to earn some money. But God worked in his heart and led him to come back home to his family and the church. After apologizing to the church he said he had left God’s work and went looking for money work in town because he wasn’t trusting God. He said he had acted like Jonah and had run away from the work God had for him. He was thankful that, unlike Jonah, nothing bad had to happen for him to see that he wasn’t trusting. All this occured without even a word from us missionaries. Things like this are all part of the slow growth process of the church.

2 Corinthians is a complex book and difficult to translate. David’s translation skills have really been stretched as he worked on the preliminary draft of this book. It’s definitely been the hardest book he’s translated so far. But as 2 Cor. 12:9 says: “My grace is sufficient for you” by God’s grace he was able to complete the preliminary draft recently. There are still a lot of procedures to be done before it is complete but the preliminary draft is a major chunk of the work to have out of the way.

A couple weeks ago we had a farewell feast for Rachel who is about to graduate and leave PNG. (see pictures here) We only have about a month left in the tribe before heading out for her graduation. After that we will leave PNG for a 1 year home assignment. We’re still trying to get our house in Calif. fixed up enough to move into when we get home. Please pray for good progress on that in the next couple months. Also pray for us with all we have to do during these remaining weeks in the tribe. We look forward to seeing you soon!

ps. here are a few more pictures: April 2013 Photo Album

Simbari Child Knows the Answer

Posted by David and Shari Ogg in Ministry on Mar 30th, 2013 | Discuss This Post

Happy Easter from Simbari!

Here is a little video clip of a Simbari mother, Rindilav, asking her child about the Cross.

What a joy to know that the Simbari men and women of Jesus are teaching their children of what Jesus did for them through His death and resurrection. Now even this young tribal child knows of her Savior, Jesus.

Eph. 1:19 “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead…”

 

“…without LOVE I am nothing…”

Posted by David and Shari Ogg in Ministry on Feb 3rd, 2013 | Discuss This Post
Rison pointing to the phrasal term for "love" in Simbari

Rison pointing to the phrasal term for "love" in Simbari

A few weeks ago we began teaching about love from chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians. The Simbari church has been slowly working their way teaching through the whole book of 1st Corinthians. It’s been encouraging to see their slow but steady growth from being under consistent teaching of the Word of God. By way of review we started by going back to portions they’ve already heard such as Eph. 5:1-2Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” and Romans 5:8 “…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Point number one on the chalkboard pictured above says: “Of all the spiritual gifts the greatest is love.” We never cease to be amazed at how these wonderful truths are being clearly communicated in the Simbari language. And how the Spirit of God is using His Word in the lives of the believers. It’s a good motivation to keep making progress in Bible translation. David is still working on the exegesis and draft of 2nd Corinthians.

Rison held up his Bible today while teaching and said, “Long ago there were many mighty miracles that showed the power of God. And now we have the Word of God and it clearly shows us the power of God.” And he went on to talk about how Simbari people in the town of Port Moresby are responding to the Creation to Christ Bible teaching that is in progress down there. We’ve mentioned before about how many people have left to go out to the towns and it’s encouraging to see that the Bible teachers have adjusted to the situation and are taking the teaching to where the people are. God is at work and the group that is meeting there in town is growing. And meanwhile the group of believers back here in the tribe is rising to meet the challenges (of many key people being gone).

 

Rison and Gwandambi

Rison and Gwandambi

Speaking of challenges: Gwandambi has been making regular progress in his physical therapy and he is now up and around on crutches! He’s not moving very fast but after 6 months of immobility it’s an amazing accomplishment. Gwandambi’s dad, Rison, gave God the glory for doing the impossible and saving Gwandambi’s leg and helping him through this trial. He was so thankful to see his son make it from one end of the airstrip to the other on his own using the crutches.

Bo'wol

Bo'wol

Bo’wol shared a testimony today too. “There was nothing I could do to purchase my salvation. I couldn’t buy it like buying a plane ticket. But Jesus bought my salvation by the work he did on the cross for me. …the FREE gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom.6:23)

 

 

David and Shari’s 25th Anniversary

Posted by David and Shari Ogg in Family on Dec 21st, 2012 | Discuss This Post

David & Shari 1987

On this day 25 years ago … David and Shari were married!

After exchanging our vows we sang a song to each other called, “Household of Faith”.  Not long after that we moved to Papua New Guinea and have spent the last 21 years here sharing that faith with people who didn’t know about God’s love for them. We have been blessed to raise our family in such a beautiful place and have 4 amazing kids. Esther (23) is a college grad and working at a Christian camp and plans to get a teaching credential. Simon (21) has about a year left of college, he helps with youth ministry at church and wants to become a missionary school teacher. Rachel (18) is soon to graduate from high school and is planning to attend New Tribes Bible Institute(ntbi.org) in the fall so she can deepen her understanding of God’s Word as a foundation for wherever God leads her. Jason (11) is in 6th grade and loves music. Our kids are such a blessing to us. We are blessed by our families back home who have been supportive of our ministry over the years even when it meant long separations from their grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. We are also blessed to have a new spiritual family here among the Simbari people of Papua New Guinea. God is building households of faith among them as well.

The last 25 years have been an amazing journey as our love for God and for each other has grown. We look forward to more great adventures together in the years to come. After all: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Cor. 2:9

Esther Simon Rachel Jason

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