Jacob and Beth Devine

supporting tribal missions in the Sepik of Papua New Guinea

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!

 

A New Chapter in our Lives Continues to Unfold…

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

God has definitely brought us through some unexpected decisions in the last couple of weeks as we found ourselves in need of a new ministry. We didn’t expect that the Interface program would move to the Madang Region while we were on Home Assignment this year. This also means that we are no longer needed in the ministries which we have been serving in for the last 3 years (for Jacob) and 11 ½ years (for Beth). We won’t be returning to our home in PNG but we asked God where He wants us to serve Him next… we have been wondering where we would be living next… and what would we be doing as we returned to Papua New Guinea with our little Jonathan.

Thank you all for your prayers!! As we corresponded with the NTM leadership in Papua New Guinea we learned of two great needs in the lowlands and we begin to pray about them because they weren’t our first choices as we hoped to be able to stay in the Highlands. But God wasn’t opening any doors for ministry in the Highlands region. So as we prayed individually, God changed each of our hearts. So when we talked about it a few days later, we found that we were both in agreement… God was leading us to Supply Center for the Sepik Region, despite our lack of desire to move there previously. We do have an amazing God! The supply center is in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, right on the coast, which means…. Lots of heat and humidity! Pray for our adjustments, as we have been enjoying the perfect weather in the Highlands of PNG for many years. We were concerned about Jacob’s allergies to mold with a move to the lowlands because of 80-90 % humidity levels. But after an appointment with an allergist we found that his allergies can probably be controlled with medicine. Although we hope to keep an ultra-clean house, so he doesn’t have to take medicine all the time.

You may wonder what it is that we will be doing at the Supply Center for the Sepik Region…  Jacob will be serving on the maintenance team and Beth will be a wife, mom and help out wherever needed. This center supports the tribal missionaries. The center consists of a store, guest house, business office, workshop and many houses for support staff as well as guest homes for bush missionaries on break. And we get to be a part of this ministry. Jacob might also get to help out some tribal teams as projects come up in different bush locations around the Sepik region.

As we think about our new ministry in the Supply Center for the Sepik Region…we are excited! Yet we are very sad to leave our home and ministry at Interface and the national people there. We hope to be able to visit them before moving to our new home and introduce our friends to our little Jonathan. :) This last week, the Bena people were given the news… Interface is moving… there is great sadness in the village. So far, things are going smoothly as the staff move out many boxes and things. And the people haven’t created any problems…. They suggested that the land be leased to another mission organization and asked for our help to find a group to move in after Interface moves out. Please pray that the moving process will go well and that a new mission can move in smoothly!

After we decided that God was moving us on to the Supply Center for the Sepik Region to start a new chapter of our lives, we found out that this Summer’s Interface program will also be held at the Supply Center for the Sepik Region as well as the new Church Planting Internship. Interface’s new location, in the Madang region, will not have everything ready to begin the program there so soon. So we are excited to have the privilege of interacting with the Interface students this summer, for one last time. :)

Please pray for our paperwork situation. Right now we are waiting for Beth’s renewed PNG visa to be put into her passport, which is in Washington DC. We can’t head to Canada until we receive this in the mail. We would like to head up to Canada at the beginning of April, but we aren’t sure if we will have her passport back in time. Please pray also for Jonathan’s visa. We received his passport a few weeks ago and now we are in the process of applying for his PNG visa. Fortunately we are able to travel across the border to Canada with just his birth certificate in hand. So we do not need his passport with visa in hand until we fly back to PNG, hopefully at the beginning of May. And we just found out that the maintenance man, Bill Morlang, who Jacob will be replacing, is leaving for  Home assignment from Supply Center for the Sepik Region on May 10th. So we would really like to be there before that so Jacob can get a run down on how things work and what projects are in the works. Thanks for praying!

We are enjoying time at home in MA with family and friends. And we look forward to celebrating Easter here with Beth’s family. It will be very sad to leave our family here knowing that we won’t see them for 2 ½-3 years… thinking of how grown up Jonathan will be by the time we return…  makes it even hard for us and the grandparents. But we are thankful for Skype!  And we look forward to spending a month in Nova Scotia speaking at churches and introducing Jonathan to all his family. :)

Praises!

-          God’s guidance, direction and peace as HE gave us peace for  a new chapter in our lives.

-          Opportunity to join the Supply Center for the Sepik Region team at the NTM support center.

-          Opportunity to work with old friends on the team at the Supply Center for the Sepik Region

-          Things are going smoothly and peacefully as Interface moves out… the Bena people are sad but not causing trouble.

-          Opportunity to interact with the Interface students this summer!

-          We received Jonathan’s passport in the mail a few weeks ago!

-          Our Jonathan Dennis!

-          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 in 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 visa and Canadian citizenship.

-          Beth’s visa would be put into her passport soon so we can head up to Canada.

-          Safety in travel as we drive up to Canada, hopefully at the beginning of April.

-          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.

We’d appreciate your continued prayers as we adjust to life of parenthood and prayers for continued health for Jonathan. And for prayers as we process the end of the Interface chapter of our lives and the beginning of the Supply Center for the Sepik Region chapter of our lives. And don’t forget be sure to let us know if you would like us to share about our ministry in your church, home group or personally!

 

Another HUGE Life Change!

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on Mar 1st, 2013 | Discuss This Post

Our Jonathan will be 1 month old on Saturday! Wow… what a great responsibility, privilege and honor it is that God has given us a son… we are enjoying the miracle of a newborn… and learning a lot about diaper changing, crying, feeding and sleeping… the daily life of our Jonathan… we are learning a lot and enjoying this new life change… although wondering when we will catch up on sleep. :)

And now God has put another huge life change in front of us, not one that we expected, but something very sad… God is moving the Interface program to a different location in Papua New Guinea and closing down the current Interface property.

We have enjoyed being a part of the Interface program in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. It has been amazing to watch God work in so many lives over the 11 ½ years (for Beth) and just over 3 years (for Jacob). God has greatly used Interface to open many eyes to all He is doing in missions as well as challenge many into missions and strengthen walks with Himself. Sadly, in the last 10-15 years we have seen attendance at Interface drop off significantly. We know that there are many factors impacting this decline but this decline in attendance has put real strain on Interface in many areas.

Recently the NTM Leadership has made the decision to shut down the Interface facility located in the Bena tribe. We know that  it has not been an easy decision. Please note that the Interface Program itself is not being shut down. Interface will be downsizing and moving the program to another NTM property in the Madang region that the Leadership feels will be easier and yet effective.  There are a lot of details to work out, and the future is uncertain, but please know that the Interface staff and leadership, are working through all the scenarios and seeking God for the future.

So, what does this mean for the Devine family? Well, we will not be making the move to Madang Region because the Madang Region center already has support staff in place. They are in need of teaching staff. So please pray for us as we look to the Lord for what HE has for us next. We have a great desire to return to Papua New Guinea in May as planned. And right now we are in contact with the PNG leadership about new ministry opportunities. Please pray that God will give us clear direction and a great peace about which way to go in the next chapter in our lives.

Note that the 2013 Summer Interface Program has NOT been cancelled, and that the new Interface Church Planting Internship that is to start this Fall has NOT been cancelled and will begin in early September. The Interface summer program location has yet to be decided, as the Madang region location may not be ready in time.

Please pray for the Interface staff back in Papua New Guinea as they have a huge task ahead of them… packing up the Interface campus and moving out before July 25th. Pray also for us all as we look to God for our future ministries. And pray for the Bena people as they learn of our departure.

Being a part of what God is doing in Papua New Guinea is never what we expect and never lacks in excitement. As we trust Him, we know that He will use Interface in the best way possible, in a way that will bring the most glory to Himself!  And God is doing just that… bringing changes to Interface that we would have never expected! But we can trust that He is doing this because it will bring Him glory.

Our Family had Grown!

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on Feb 16th, 2013 | Discuss This Post

We are enjoying the great pleasures of a newborn in our lives! :) Our son, Jonathan Dennis Devine, was born on February 2nd at 2:29 am weighing 7 lbs, 8 oz. He is a happy and healthy baby! We are still in awe of the miracle of our son being formed in the womb and being born as a miniature us.  Many people have said that he looks like Jacob… but we aren’t sure why the red hair entered the picture! We laugh at his many facial expressions that sometimes change by the second. :) And we are in amazement that he has the ability to make so many dirty diapers! He is a great little chap who loves to eat and sleep. We are very thankful that he doesn’t cry too much and he usually is a pretty good sleeper. (Although sometimes he grunts in his sleep and keeps his nervous new parents up wondering if those noises are normal for babies.:) )

We are so thankful that; it worked out for us to have Jonathan on our home assignment. We are working on getting his passport and everything he needs to live in Papua New Guinea. We are also available to share at your home churches, small groups or Bible studies. We are always excited to talk about all that God is doing in Papua New Guinea through Interface! If you are interested in hearing about our ministry, please contact us via email or phone!

We hope to be able to travel back to Nova Scotia at the end of March or beginning of April, depending on the progress of Jonathan’s paperwork. We look forward to spending a month in Nova Scotia speaking at churches and introducing Jonathan to all his family. :) Then we would like to return to Papua New Guinea by early May so we would appreciate your prayers about this. It will be exciting to start a new chapter of our lives in Papua New Guinea with our son. We are looking forward to showing all our tribal friends our Jonathan and they are looking forward to seeing him!

Praises!

-          Labor and delivery of Jonathan went well! Mom and baby got through it. :) And Dad didn’t faint. :)

-          Health baby boy… healthy mom and dad!

-          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 adjust to a little one in the house!

Prayer:

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

-          Transition of our family of two into a family of three!

-          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 the baby’s passport, visa and Canadian citizenship.

-          That we would be able to get to know our supporters and home churches better.

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

-          Pray for the Bena church to continue to grow in their understanding of God.

-          Pray for God to raise up many students for our Interface program this summer.

We’d appreciate your continued prayers as we adjust to life of parenthood and prayers for continued health for Jonathan . :) And don’t forget be sure to let us know if you would like us to share about our ministry in your church, home group or personally!

New Year, New Happenings

Posted by Jacob and Beth Devine in Uncategorized on Jan 2nd, 2013 | Discuss This Post

Just 5 more weeks until our little guy enters the world! We are getting very excited, looking forward to God’s amazing miracle of birth. In the meantime, we enjoyed a Christmas week this year at home in Massachusetts with our families… celebrating with Jacob’s family, Beth’s family, Beth’s sister & family visiting from Phoenix and with Beth’s extended family in Connecticut. It has been wonderful to be home with family this year for Christmas!

Papua New Guinea has very little decoration for Christmas and for some in Papua New Guinea, Christmas comes and goes without much happening at all. It was great for us to be here in North America again for Christmas. Many people talk about how North America has lost the true spirit of Christmas. While it is true that the holiday becomes muddled with materialism and selfishness,  we have really appreciated all the decorations and the general “spirit of Christmas” that is here in north America. Even the Christmas shopping was fun! Although at times it was overwhelming to see how many people could be shopping at the same time!

Our church had an amazing choir concert and they turned the gym into  “Bethlehem” to help people experience a unique nativity scene! (complete with a live donkey). It was great to get a new perspective on the almighty Father who chose to send His Son from paradise into a broken world.  It certainly helped Beth and I have a new perspective on the depth of God the Father’s love, since we are expecting a new son in just five weeks. We are looking forward to the New Year and all God has planned for us. We have enjoyed our time in North America and are getting excited as we prepare to return to Papua New Guinea.

Praises!

-          Celebration of Christmas with family! And we even had a white Christmas! :)

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

-          A good report from the Doctor, Mom and baby are healthy!

-          Opportunity to see a physical therapist for Beth’s pinched nerve causing bad back and leg pain.

-          Encouraging words and deeds from many friends and family!

-          God’s provisions for us as we prepare for the baby to come!

Prayer:

-          Health during Beth’s pregnancy for mom and the baby.

-          Continued healing of Beth’s pinched nerve.

-          Smooth delivery of our baby boy… ability to trust God through it all, giving us peace.

-          Transition of our family of two into a family of three!

-          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 the baby’s passport and visa soon after his birth.

-          That we would be able to get to know our supporters and home churches better.

-          Pray for the Bena church to continue to grow in their understanding of God.

-          Pray for God to raise up many students for our Interface program this summer.

We’d appreciate your continued prayers as we prepare to become parents and for the little one as he comes into this world. J And don’t forget be sure to let us know if you would like us to share about our ministry in your church, home group or personally!

 

Network-wide options by YD - Freelance Wordpress Developer