Jacob and Beth Devine

supporting tribal missions in the Sepik of Papua New Guinea

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all!

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on Oct 16th, 2014 | Discuss This Post

We are privileged to be able to celebrate two Thanksgivings every year! Lots of thankfulness and yummy food! So we just wanted to share a list of things we are thankful for today:

Great find in town: lettuce and apples

Apples turned into an all-natural apple pie for Thanksgiving

Friends to celebrate with on Thanksgiving

Jonathan is eating well and has made the chart… he is at 1 percentile for weight (must have been the apple pie!)

Ceiling fans and air conditioners

New clutch in Jacob’s four wheeler… and it is running beautifully

Jacob repaired our washing machine and de-rusted and painted it

Jonathan’s badly infected sore has healed

Jacob repaired our bread maker

Jonathan… so fun to watch as he learns and grows and talks

Help in finding a hard wired baby monitor intercom system so Beth can work in the office with peace while Jonathan naps

Jacob now has the privilege of going behind the counter at the plumbing section in the Tangmow hardware store to look for his own parts

Packages from family

News that Jacob’s grandmothers tumors can be removed with surgery… and there is no cancer

Refreshing, restful break in the Highlands

Jonathan no longer needs his acid reflux medicine

New Neighbors – the Shontere family

All of you… family and friends at home who are praying, supporting and encouraging us

New Testament in the hands of the another people group in the Sepik region!

God’s provisions for us

Peace and grace that God gives as we trust in His plan for our everyday lives

Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement!

 

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Thankful for strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes and rest!

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on Sep 13th, 2014 | Discuss This Post

Strawberries, sweatshirts, jeans, friends, roller hockey, lettuce and tomatoes are just a few of the things we are enjoying as we take a much needed rest here in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Thank you for praying over the last months as we continued on serving in the busyness of life. Now we are enjoying time to rest, reflect and re-energize ourselves or should we say God is re energizing us? :)

We are enjoying the church services with fellow missionaries while Jonathan gets to enjoy fun times with the other toddlers in nursery. One Sunday, the speaker said that many times in our life, we are going along and things are clear and we can see our goals and objectives. However, sometimes we look around and discover that what was once clear has lost its focus. And we seem to be wandering around in a fog. Many times, growing up in a fishing village, things were covered by fog. People would say that “you could cut it with a knife.” There is an old wives tale of a captain who was lost between the bow and stern of his boat for two days because of the fog. However, if he waited long enough, the sun would eventually come out and “burn up the fog.” It is a great metaphor for our Christian life. When we try harder to make sense of our lives while we are in a fog, it doesn’t work. How much better is it to look to Christ and let his light “burn up the fog”? Then after it is gone we can see clearly again! This break here in the Highlands has been a great time for us to let Christ’s light burn up our fog so we can go back to work with clear vision and refreshed.

This week we also enjoyed visiting our Bena friends who live around Interface, where we used to live. It was so fun to see everyone and everyone loved seeing Jonathan. Jonathan wasn’t too excited though because he was quite confused as to why all these people that he didn’t know were so excited to hold him and touch him. J We continue to pray that missionaries will still be able to go to help the Bena church become strong in the Lord.

Praises!

-          God has given NTM PNG a second new Kodiak airplane! https://canada.ntm.org/mission-news/80094/kodiak-2-for-papua-new-guinea

-          Another New Testament Bible dedication in the Sepik, another tribe with God’s word, on Oct 1st!

-          A Savior who loves us, takes care of us and knows every detail of our lives!

-          Opportunity for a restful and relaxing break in the Highlands! Strawberries, lettuce and tomatoes! And cool weather!

-          A large unexpected tax refund from the Canadian government!

-          Jonathan is now 19 months old… playing ‘ hockey’, cheering on sports players and helping mom with the laundry. J

-          Success as we took Jonathan off of his acid reflux medicine just a few days ago!

-          God’s continued provision for our needs moment by moment!

-          Safety at work for Jacob!

-          Soon arrival of the Shontere family to help us on the NTM support center.

-          Opportunity to help out with the Interface program in Madang region next summer! Beth will cook and Jacob will fix everything that breaks.

-          Jacob’s mom (and maybe dad) will be coming over to help next summer too, to take care of Jonathan so Beth can work in the kitchen!

Prayer requests:

-          Ability to enjoy each day, no matter what circumstances God places in our paths each day.

-          Rest in God as we enjoy being parents each day.

-          Wisdom as Jacob works each day to repair and maintain the NTM Center.

-          Wisdom for Jacob and Bill as they plan and work on the new Boat House.

-          Jacob’s grandmother and family… we just found out that his grandmother has a tumor on her pancreases and bowel and are waiting for the results of an MRI.

-          Healing of our friend, Elissa, so she can work full time in PNG.

-          Greg and Kristen Michaels, as they headed home for medical reasons… healing and transition to a new ministry.

-          The Myer and Goheen family as they head out on surveys into the bush to plan which tribe they will live in, to learn the language & culture in order to present the Gospel message!

-          Opportunity to help out with Interface – Prayer for Jacob’s mom and hopefully dad as they plan to come over to help and take care of Jonathan… finances for travels.

-          God would continue to raise up more missionaries to come to the Sepik and bring the Gospel to those who have never heard it their own heart language.

-          Rich and Dawn Foster & family, as they raise more support so they can return to PNG and settle back into a ministry with the Bena.

-          More co-workers to work alongside Rich and Dawn Foster.

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The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on Jul 31st, 2014 | Discuss This Post

Today is a very sad day and also a very happy day in our lives…. We heard the news that Jonathan has a new cousin, the first on the Devine side of the family, Marshall Douglas Devine! But we also heard the news that Beth’s grandmother, Louise Wheeler, has passed away at age 94. She went to her new home in her sleep. It is hard to be away from family at this time. We would appreciate your prayers.

My mom wrote to tell us that my grandma had passed away…. There is a celebration in heaven!  Now she is at peace and no longer in pain.  A lot of people say that to comfort others and they don’t really believe it but they say the words to be kind.  But we know it is true for Gramma.   She use to say to me when she got another new pain in her body, “What next!” and I would say “You will be in heaven having coffee with your brothers and seeing your husband and daughter.  You will be directing a heavenly choir. ” (She was a choir director at her church for almost 68 years!) That is what’s next.  She would smile and say “That will be very nice.”   God has taken one of his children home and blessed one of his children with a child, all in the same day!

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21

We would also appreciate your prayers for all of us here at the NTM Centre as we adjust to all the comings and goings of missionaries. In the last three months we have had three families leave and five families and a single gal return or arrive for the first time. There are lots of things going on as people have passed on their ministry responsibilities and other people are learning new ministries.

Praises!

-          God has given NTM PNG a new Kodiak airplane! And He has sent a few missionary pilots this way as well!!

-          A Savior who loves us, takes care of us and knows every detail of our lives!

-          Jacob’s brother and sister-in-law gave birth to their first child!

-          Nate, Chef friend, came to visit before cooking for the Interface program in Madang region!

-          Fun time together with Nate, visiting, eating fresh fish, enjoying the ocean, playing games and eating at a couple of restaurants!

-          Jonathan will be 1 ½ years old very soon! Now he is running around everywhere, repeating words that we teach him and eating with a fork!

-          We have received Jonathan’s Canadian passport.

-          God’s continued provision for our needs moment by moment!

-          Safety at work for Jacob!

-          Renovation of the National Guest house is complete.

-          Our internet and email are working now!

-          Return of the Greenlaw family and Hope Sharp!

-          Hutteman family joining our team here after finishing up their ministry in a bush location! Another Church established!

-          Arrival of Greg and Kristen Michaels, more help for Jacob and Bill in the workshop!

-          Arrival of the Myer and Goheen family who are heading into a new tribe to learn the language & culture in order to present the Gospel message!

Prayer requests:

-          Ability to enjoy each day, no matter what circumstances God places in our paths each day.

-          Grace and peace as we are away from family during this time.

-          Rest in God as we enjoy being parents each day.

-          Wisdom as Jacob works each day to repair and maintain the NTM Center.

-          Wisdom for Jacob and Bill as they plan and work on the new Boat House.

-          Healing of our friend, Elissa, so she can work full time in PNG.

-          God would continue to raise up more missionaries to come to the Sepik and bring the Gospel to those who have never heard it their own heart language.

-          Rich and Dawn Foster & family, as they raise more support so they can return to PNG and settle back into a ministry with the Bena.

-          More co-workers to work alongside Rich and Dawn Foster.

Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement!

God’s Goodness!

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on May 2nd, 2014 | Discuss This Post

This week Elissa, a friend from Interface, came to visit us! It is always so good to enjoy the fellowship of good friends and be reminded of God’s goodness. We are reminded of how privileged we are to serve here in Papua New Guinea and to know that God is in control of everything! Elissa was roommates with Beth when Beth received the email from Jacob asking her to “court” and eventually to marry him. So it is so good to think about the last many years and remember all that God has done in our lives despite the crazy situations that we find ourselves in sometimes. :)

It has been another challenging but good month as we saw God work through us in His timing to do all that He had for us! It has been challenging because there are many jobs that need to be done here but only a few people to do them. There are many missionaries getting ready to go home for their Home Assignment in the next few months so things are only going to get busier. However, this week our new coworkers will arrive, so God is providing people to take over the jobs!

Last weekend we had the privilege as God’s children to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection. After watching the episode on the tv series, “The Bible”, we were reminded that we are very connected to what happened so long ago. Every day of our lives and our eternity rests on the fact that Christ has risen from the dead, taking our sins away and giving us a new life by living within us. He is working through us to accomplish His will for His glory every day!

Thank you so much for your interest in what God is doing way over here on the other side of the world! Thank you for all your prayers and support! We are thankful that God is in control of our days. Even in the chaos when nothing seems to be getting done, God has it organized. And everything will be done in His timing which will bring the most glory to Himself!

Praises!

-          A Savior who loves us, takes care of us and knows every detail of our lives!

-          Elissa is helping out in the Highlands with NTM for three months and came to visit!

-          Fun time together with Elissa, visiting, eating fresh fish, enjoying the ocean, playing games and eating at a couple of restaurants!

-          Jonathan will be 15 months old very soon! Now he is walking all over the house and loves to play outside, exploring everything!

-          Packages from home! Thank you!

-          We have applied for Jonathan’s Canadian passport.

-          God’s continued provision for our needs moment by moment!

-          Safety at work for Jacob!

-          Bill and Jen arrived back from home assignment! Jacob is happy to have a co-worker in the workshop!

-          The Sepik Conference went very well, many were encouraged in the Lord!

Prayer requests:

-          Ability to enjoy each day, no matter what circumstances God places in our paths each day.

-          Rest in God as we enjoy being parents each day.

-          Wisdom as Jacob works each day to repair and maintain the NTM Center.

-          Wisdom for Jacob and Bill as they plan and start work on two new projects: the Boat House and the renovation of the National Guest House

-          NTM ICT missionaries who have a big job on their hands as they fix our internet and email problems

-          Jonathan’s Canadian passport will be processed smoothly.

-          Healing of our friend, Elissa, so she can work full time in PNG.

-          God would continue to raise up more missionaries to come to the Sepik and bring the Gospel to those who have never heard it their own heart language.

-          Rich and Dawn Foster & family, as they raise more support so they can return to PNG and settle back into a ministry with the Bena.

-          More co-workers to work alongside Rich and Dawn Foster.

Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement!

 

 

Wisdom!

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on Feb 24th, 2014 | Discuss This Post

God brought to mind a few questions for us the other day… do we just ask for wisdom to get through hard times implying that we don’t need God’s wisdom after that? Do we look forward to the end of our problem implying that life will be easier and we won’t need to look to God for everything like we are doing now? Or, do we really think and know that we need his wisdom every day for every situation no matter how easy or hard it is?

Many times we think, God just get me through this situation and then everything will be ok. Most of the time I got it covered, but this one thing is too big for me so I need your help. But that is the thing about Christianity, anytime you find yourself almost there and you just need a little help from God, you are on the wrong track. Throughout the Bible God has shown again and again how we are helpless to save ourselves and what we really need is grace and mercy, not just a little more wisdom so we can do it ourselves.

Once we accept this truth, we not only receive God’s grace and mercy, we also receive God’s wisdom, “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”  1 Corinthians 1:30

Christ is our redeemer, our holiness, our redemption, and also our wisdom.

It seems like there are so many things we don’t understand and we just want to know why. Why do the water tanks always get holes in them days before we have more than 100 people arriving for a conference? Why does coolant leak out of our new generator? Why does Jonathan love to wake up at two in the morning? :) Sometimes we just want to tell God exactly what kind of wisdom He should give us and when. Then we would be wise enough to handle the situation.

But God is slowly reminding us that Christ already lives in us and He is our wisdom. We are so thankful that we have God’s wisdom and we don’t need to worry, because when we ask for wisdom, God will not give us what we think we need, He will give us what he knows we need. We think that He won’t give wisdom to us when we ask for wisdom in a certain situation. But God always leads and guides when we talk with Him and take time to think and allow God to bring thoughts into our minds. So the question is; do I accomplish God’s purposes with His help or does God accomplish his purposes through me and sometimes, even in spite of me? Please pray with us… that God would give us wisdom not only to get us through the hard times but that he would accomplish his purposes in and through us, that we would trust Him even when we don’t understand so that God will receive glory.

Praises!

-          A Savior who loves us, takes care of us and knows every detail of our lives!

-          Jonathan turned one year old on Feb 2nd! Now he is using the laundry basket as a walker and walking all over the house!

-          Jonathan is doing much better after a week of fevers and a rash! And now sleeping and eating much better!

-          God’s continued provision for our needs moment by moment!

-          Jonathan is now a Canadian citizen!

-          We are adjusting to the heat and humidity, but enjoy the “cold” days of 78 degrees F. J

-          Safety at work for Jacob!

-          Bill and Jen arrive back from home assignment (furlough) next week! (Bill will be working with Jacob!)

-          Opportunity to help host our region’s Conference in March!

-          Provision for a new chest freezer!

-          Our monthly support has increased, we are at 76% support!

-          Opportunity to fly to Goroka for dentist and doctor’s appointments. And we are all healthy!

-          Opportunity to visit our Bena friends while we were in Goroka!

-          Rich and Dawn , missionaries to the Bena, will be returning to PNG to work with the Bena!

 

 

Prayer requests

-          Ability to enjoy each day, no matter what circumstances God places in our paths each day.

-          Rest in God as we enjoy being parents each day.

-          Wisdom as Jacob works each day to repair and maintain the NTM Center.

-          Bill and Jen as they fly around the world and settle back into their ministries here.

-          An encouraging time for everyone during our region’s Conference in March!

-          God would continue to raise up more missionaries to come to the Sepik and bring the Gospel to those who have never heard it their own heart language.

-          Rich and Dawn & family, as they raise more support so they can return to PNG and settle back into a ministry with the Bena.

-          More co-workers to work alongside Rich and Dawn.

Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement!

Resting in God

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on Nov 11th, 2013 | Discuss This Post

Resting in God…do we believe that God only gives us what we can handle? Do we complain when it seems we have too much work, too much to do? Yet God has put us in these situations and has given us these responsibilities. And He knows that when we rest in Him we will have enough strength for the tasks He has set before us each day.

Some friends of ours went out to eat at a restaurant here in Papua New Guinea a while ago. They ordered their food and after an unusually long wait, they asked their waitress if their food was almost ready. The waitress replied, “the cooks got weak and tired and went home”, so there was no one there to cook their food. Sometimes it feels like God has placed us in impossible situations. Physically and logically speaking it doesn’t look like we can function and make it through the day, we know that we can’t do this thing. In short, we get weak and tired and just want to go home, just like those cooks at the restaurant. This work is too much for me, and I know that I will fail.

BUT GOD… , But the reality is, The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. In other words, He can’t fail. And since God has given us our daily tasks and responsibilities, we are doing His work, so we can’t fail either because He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. So, He will make us succeed in spite of ourselves, although sometimes our definition of success is not quite the same as God’s definition of success. J God promised in the Bible that He would succeed. And as we look to God and not our own lack of strength, there is great peace and rest, knowing that God is taking care of things, not us.

As we continue to settle in here in the support center for the Sepik region we are so thankful for the provision of the cost of shipping our belongings from the Highlands to the Sepik. God has provided! Our home feels like home and we are almost at the end of unpacking. Our crates arrived on Oct 2nd (Jonathan’s 8 month birthday!) and after a little over a month we just have a few pictures and curtains left to hang before we can officially say that we are done unpacking. :)

And more news here at the support center… today our new generator is hooked up and working very well! We are so thankful for the team that came over to help install the generator. And so thankful for Friends in Action who were also a huge help in bringing the team over and helping with the whole project! Now, when the town power goes out, which is quite often, the generator will automatically kick on. :) Now we will feel like we are living in the land of luxury with fans and electricity all the time!

And even more incredible news here in the Sepik region….the Yembi Yembi now have the New Testament in their own language! Brooks and Nina Buser along with Tim and Courtney Shontere have been working in the Yembi Yembi tribe for many years. The Busers were actually in Beth’s class at the NTM Language school in Camdenton, MO. So it is quite exciting for us to be here to celebrate the fact that another group of people now have the Bible in their own language! After our time at home, browsing Christian bookstores full of hundreds of English versions of the Bible, we are thrilled to know that the Yembi Yembi now have at least one version of the Bible in their own language!

Praises!

-          Our crates arrived safe and sound on Oct 2nd!

-          God has provided all the funds needed to cover the costs of our belongings via plane, truck and ship!

-          God sent over a team of guys to install the new generator for the center!

-          Friends in Action’s huge involvement in the generator project!

-          Nate and Troy, intern guys, who have been a big help for the generator project!

-          Jonathan is doing much better after a couple months of two types of tummy issues.

-          Jonathan is now 9 months old and crawling all over the house, and pulling himself up to a standing position!

-          Beth has the opportunity to help out in the Business office a few hours a week!

-          God’s continued provision for our needs moment by moment!

-          God’s provisions for us as we continue to adjust to a growing little one in the house!

-          Celebrating 4 years of marriage – provision for a relaxing lunch and swim at a local restaurant! (Jonathan loved the pool!)

Prayer:

-          Wisdom and guidance as we continue to learn to take care of Jonathan.

-          Continue to adjust to new life and ministries.

-          Beth balancing life at home with work in the Business office.

-          Pray that God would raise our support level to the amount needed for a family with one child.

-          Smooth and fast process for Jonathan’s Canadian citizenship.

-          Ability to focus on God daily and rely on His infused strength.

Thank you all for praying!! We definitely have felt your prayers over the last couple months of adjustments!!

 

Isaiah 40:28-31

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Saying Goodbye to Interface

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on Aug 22nd, 2013 | Discuss This Post

“Heaven, once attained, will work backwards.” –C.S. Lewis

Sometimes I tend to think that  when God says that all things work together for good, in Romans 8, He just means that He takes the bad things in our lives and makes them result in good. This is because I think that I will never, ever be grateful this happened to me and I am always going to be bitter about it. But the truth is that when we get to heaven (and sometimes before we get there) we will look back at even the bad things in our lives and be grateful they happened.

Our time here at the NTM Center has been mixed with many emotions as we sorted through our belongings, saw old friends and visited our Bena friends near Interface. Unpacking crates and sorting through all our stuff… deciding what we should keep, what we should sell and what we should just throw away… remembering our years at Interface… meeting with our old friends and coworkers… Sadness, challenging times, more stuff, dirt, dust, familiar mixed with the  unfamiliar … figuring out how to ship our things and starting a new ministry away from our friends here in the Bena… These are just a few things that we have been doing and dealing with and thinking about over the last three weeks here in the Highlands.

It is hard to imagine that someday we will get to heaven and look back on our lives and say, I am so glad God allowed all these things to happen to me, but that is the mystery of heaven.

Praises!

-          Wisdom, guidance and energy as we sorted through our belongings and figured out how to ship them to the support center for the Sepik region!

-          We found all of our belongings and our crates are packed and ready to go!

-          We had the opportunity to see our Bena friends near Interface! And introduce them to Jonathan!

-          Opportunity to see missionary friends here in the Highlands!

-          Opportunity to enjoy lots of fruits, veggies and cooler weather here in the Highlands! And roller hockey!

-          Jonathan is doing well, healthy and growing at almost 7 months old! Now he is sitting up on his own and rolling all around!

-          God’s continued provision for our needs moment by moment!

-          God’s provisions for us as we continue to adjust to a growing little one in the house!

-          God’s grace as He allows us to process a “goodbye” to Interface and a “hello” to the support center for the Sepik region, along with an excitement for our new ministries.

 

Prayer:

-          Wisdom and guidance as we continue to learn to take care of Jonathan, he turns 7 months old soon!

-          Adjusting to new life and ministries at the support center for the Sepik region.

-          Finances for shipping our belongings to the support center for the Sepik region, by truck, boat and by plane.

-          Pray that God would raise our support level to the amount needed for a family with one child.

-          Smooth and fast process for Jonathan’s Canadian citizenship.

-          Ability to focus on God daily and rely on His infused strength.

-          Pray for the Bena church and Bena people as they process the move of Interface.

-          Pray for the Goroka University to be able to move onto the Interface campus quickly.

 

Thank you all for praying!! We definitely need all your prayers as we start a new chapter in our lives!

We are Here in Papua New Guinea!

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on Jul 14th, 2013 | Discuss This Post

Two weeks ago, we arrived here at the supply center for the Sepik region in Papua New Guinea! Three days later the Interface team arrived and life got even busier for us! But now we are feeling a bit settled in our new home.

Thanks so much for all your prayers! We enjoyed our many flights and we are happy to not have to board a commercial plane anytime in the near future! God sent many people to help us along the way! All our bags arrived at every location and we didn’t have to pay a huge amount of money for our one extra bag! Pretty amazing considering that we traveled for four days straight, into a time zone 14 hours ahead of Nova Scotia!

We are so thankful to be able to hang out with our friends from Interface. And so thankful to be a part of the Interface program here! Perhaps it will be held here again next year. :) Jacob is enjoying the opportunity to work with his hands again, although it is a bit hotter than the Highlands of PNG. He is learning how things work and getting his feet on the ground. Beth helped Nate, the chef for this Interface program, finish up the menu after he arrived with the team. Beth is learning to multi task in a new way as she enjoys caring and playing with Jonathan as well as working on a bit of the side trip menu planning and food prep.

Praises!

-          Safe and smooth flights around the world!

-          Starting to settle into our new home and ministries!

-          16 Interface students arrived safely and are enjoying the program as they soak in all that God has to teach them!

-          Opportunity to hang out and work with our some of our former co-workers here for the new Interface program here in the Sepik!

-          Jacob found that the hardware stores here have more stock then the hardware stores in Goroka!

-          Our own stove and washing machine welcomed us to our new home. :) Beth is quite happy about this, especially because she washes cloth diapers every day!

-          The three of us are adjusting well to the heat. We love ceiling fans! And the wonderful breeze on our back porch!

-          Jacob has no allergy symptoms!

-          Nate, friend and chef, came to cook for the Interface team… and Beth gets to help him a little bit with planning and food prep!

-          God’s continued provision for our needs moment by moment!

-          God’s provisions for us as we continue to adjust to a little one in the house!

-          Opportunity to be involved in this summer’s Interface team!

-          The Goroka University is interested in leasing the old Interface campus… and buying the buildings from NTM!

Prayer:

-          Wisdom and guidance as we continue to learn to take care of Jonathan, he turns 5 months old tomorrow!

-          16 Interface students as they continue to have their eyes opened to missions.

-          Adjusting to new life and ministries here.

-          Wisdom, guidance and energy as we head to Goroka for 2 ½ weeks to sort through our belongings and figure out how to ship them here.

-          Finances for shipping our belongings here by boat and/or by plane.

-          Pray that God would raise our support level to the amount needed for a family with one child.

-          Smooth and fast process for Jonathan’s Canadian citizenship.

-          Finances for our tickets that we just purchased.

-          Ability to focus on God daily and rely on His infused strength.

-          Pray for the Bena church and Bena people as they process the move of Interface.

-          Pray for the Goroka University to be able to move onto the Interface campus quickly.

Thank you all for praying!! We definitely need all your prayers as we continue to adjust to a new life.

Leaving on a jet plane!

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on Jun 4th, 2013 | Discuss This Post

Beth’s visa approval has come! And now in just a few days we are heading to Papua New Guinea! Friday we fly out of Halifax, Nova Scotia to Boston, MA. We are excited to see Beth’s mom in Boston for a few hours before we board the plane to Phoenix, AZ to visit Beth’s sister and nephews for a few days. Then June 11th we fly out to Australia and then on to Papua New Guinea arriving on June 14th! We would appreciate your prayers for our travels around the world with our little Jonathan!

We enjoyed the last 11 months at home, so thankful for a little extra time to visit friends and family! It was so good to be able to share about our former ministry and future ministry at so many churches! We weren’t able to visit all our friends and family in North America, but we enjoyed seeing so many of you! If you didn’t get a chance to see the video we made about our Interface ministry please check it out on Youtube!! http://youtu.be/lxm1-VcKsMg And sign up to head over to Papua New Guinea for the Interface program! The program has moved to a new location, but it is still an amazing, eye opening and challenging trip for all interested in missions!

Praises!

-          Beth’s passport with PNG visa arrived in the mail a couple weeks ago!

-          Wonderful time in Nova Scotia the last two months!

-          Great family times here in Nova Scotia!

-          Many opportunities to share in churches here in Nova Scotia about our former and future ministries!

-          God’s continued provision for our needs moment by moment!

-          Encouraging words and deeds from many friends and family!

-          God’s provisions for us as we continue to adjust to a little one in the house!

-          A wonderful 11 month home assignment watching God provide, teach and grow us in many ways!

-          Opportunity to be involved in this summer’s Interface team in the Sepik region!

Prayer:

-          Wisdom and guidance as we continue to learn to take care of Jonathan.

-          Continued transition of our family of two into a family of three!

-          Wisdom, guidance and energy as we sort, pack and finish all the last minute things before we fly out on Friday.

-          Ability to process and adjust to our move from the Interface ministry to our ministry in the Sepik region of PNG.

-          Ability to jump right into our work helping, as the Interface program starts 4 days after we arrive in the Sepik region.

-          Beth, as she helps put together a menu for the Interface team in the next few days.

-          Pray that God would raise our support level to the amount needed for a family with one child.

-          Smooth and fast process as we apply for Jonathan’s Canadian citizenship.

-          Finances for our tickets that we just purchased.

-          Ability to focus on God daily and rely on His infused strength.

-          Pray for the Bena church and Bena people as they process the move of Interface.

-          Pray for a new mission organization to be able to move onto the Interface campus very quickly.

-          15 Interface students and 2 staff will fly over to PNG, arriving June 17th. Pray for safety and God’s work in their lives during their time in PNG.

 

Thank you all for your prayers and support as we head back to Papua New Guinea! If you would like one of our new prayer cards, just drop us an email and let us know where to send it!

 

 

 

 

In Nova Scotia, awaiting a visa!

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on Apr 25th, 2013 | Discuss This Post

Yesterday we received Jonathan’s passport in the mail with a Papua New Guinea visa inside! Thank you for praying! Now we are just waiting for Beth’s visa approval. We were able to ask the PNG Embassy in Washington DC to send Beth’s passport back to us in Massachusetts so that we could travel to Canada. Then once we crossed the border, we sent it back to the Embassy. So now we are still awaiting approval from Papua New Guinea for her visa. Keep praying!

We had an uneventful trip here to Nova Scotia. Jacob’s parents were able to visit us in Massachusetts and leave their truck there for us to drive back to Canada. We had to return our rental car before we left the states, as we wouldn’t be back before leaving for PNG. But Jonathan seemed to enjoy our new vehicle…. He did quite well in the back seat of the extended cab as his car seat vibrated slightly when we were on the highway… so he slept a lot!

We are enjoying time with Jacob’s parents, extended family and friends here in Nova Scotia. And God has given us a lot of opportunities to speak at churches in the area, which has been very encouraging! We will enjoying waiting here among family and friends until Beth’s visa is approved, hopefully soon. We hope to book our tickets to Papua New Guinea as soon as we get Beth’s passport with PNG visa. We are hoping to leave mid-May but we know that God’s timing is better than our plan. God is teaching us that he makes everything happen at the right time, in the big things and the little things!

Praises!

-          Wonderful time in Massachusetts over the last 5 months!

-          Great family times and good opportunities to take part in church activities while we were in MA!

-          Jacob’s brother, Josh and his wife Rebekah came to visit in MA!

-          Danny and Tammy Mixter (former Interface co-workers) came to visit us in MA!

-          Jacob’s parents visit in MA!

-          Provision of Jacob’s parents truck to drive us and our belongs up to Nova Scotia!

-          Safety in traveling, 3 days, to Nova Scotia!

-          Many opportunities to share in churches here in Nova Scotia about our former and future ministries!

-          We received Jonathan’s passport with PNG visa in the mail!

-          God’s continued provision for our needs moment by moment!

-          Encouraging words and deeds from many friends and family!

-          God’s provisions for us as we continue to adjust to a little one in the house!

Prayer:

-          Wisdom and guidance as we continue to learn to take care of Jonathan.

-          Continued transition of our family of two into a family of three!

-          Wisdom and guidance as we learn more about our new ministry and figure out what to pack and how to plan.

-          Ability to process and adjust to our move from the Interface ministry to our ministry at the Supply Center for the Sepik Region.

-          Pray that God would raise our support level to the amount needed for a family with one child.

-          Smooth and fast process as we apply for Jonathan’s Canadian citizenship.

-          Approval of Beth’s PNG visa so we can book our tickets to PNG!

-          Finances for our tickets to travel back to PNG at the beginning of May.

-          Ability to focus on God daily for and rely on His infused strength.

-          Pray for the Bena church and Bena people as they process the move of Interface.

-          Pray for a new mission organization to be able to move onto the Interface campus very quickly after Interface moves out.

Thank you for all your many prayers over the last few months of our home assignment in North America! God has certainly done great things as He has guided us into a new ministry and given us strength and wisdom through the birth of our little Jonathan and continued adjustments!

 

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