Our team is currently raising the funds necessary to buy the materials and tools we need for building our house in a tribal location. The funds will actually serve for more than just our “house,” but more so for a “mission station,” as this project will involve building our’s and our co-worker’s homes and office space for the countless hours that it will take to learn an unwritten language and translate the Bible. Much of the lumber we’ll use will ... Continue Reading →
One year ago this week I was awaiting a biopsy to find out if I had cancer or not. I was informed two days before Christmas that my chest x-rays I had taken in order to receive my Visa had shown some abnormal lymph nodes. I’m sure you could image my shock…as well as my wife’s. We had been preparing for years to be missionaries and Bible translators, and at this time it looked as our plans had come to ... Continue Reading →
“Our God of Grace often gives us a second chance, but there is no second chance to harvest a ripe crop.” — Kurt von Schleicher
I’ve often heard from veteran missionaries that one of the hardest things about this work of tribal missions is the time shortly after you present the Gospel message for the first time. It’s not uncommon for the people who understand, to ask the missionaries if their fathers and grandfathers knew this “talk,” and if so, why ... Continue Reading →
“Wait, what? You’re moving to the jungle? AND your taking your children? To do what exactly?” Etc, etc, etc…
Before we came to Papua New Guinea to be missionaries these were the type of questions we commonly received (and often times still do.) Now that we’ve been here in country for about seven months I’ve noticed a change in the questions. Before, I think the gist of what people were trying to ... Continue Reading →
Language learning had produced some really interesting conversations with local folks here. I never really know what to expect when I turn on my recorder and strike up a random conversation. Topics have ranged from family to hobbies, animals to travel, and the most recent…giant earthquakes from time long ago.
Jo, has quickly become one of my favorite people in Papua New Guinea. He’s an older guy that lives in the fishing ... Continue Reading →
We’ve now been here in Papua New Guinea for about 1 1/2 months and this past week Jessi and I had our first language evaluation for the national language. I’ll be totally honest with you and just let you know that I was seriously thinking that they were going to have to invent some new “below-beginner” category to list us in (well myself at least,) but to our surprise we did pretty decent. We both tested out of the basic ... Continue Reading →
Twenty-three days of Papua New Guinea life under our belt now. I’m pretty sure we still qualify as “green” but I do think we are settling in to our new lives. Our first few days were spent merely getting adjusted to the 13-hour time difference. Waking up at three in the morning and having your mind thinking that you should get out of bed will wear you out pretty quickly. However, now we are all on a great schedule and ... Continue Reading →
I recently read this quote from Jason Hester, founder of “Restoration Hope,” and felt compelled to share:
“I once thought I was simply blessed to live where I lived and thought very little of my responsibility to the world. I looked at what I considered to be rich people and judged them for not doing more. Then I read a statistic that has forever changed my attitude. Standing in the middle of poverty unlike anything I had ... Continue Reading →
Nine or ten years ago or so, a small country church in Pheba, MS took a chance on a unkempt looking college kid to lead their youth…me. I’m sure there were plenty of times along the way that they questioned that decision, but they were patient, loving….forgiving, and every since then have been an immense part of mine and my family’s life and ministry. I write this blog post for two reasons, One: Simply because I want to brag on ... Continue Reading →
Sorry for such a late update, but at least there is good news to report. I DON’T HAVE CANCER!!! Turns out that both my surgeon and my lung doc thought I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, so I was pretty pumped to hear their inclination was wrong. Turns out I have something called, Sarcoidosis…weird right? I’ve never heard of it before, have you?
So, what does this mean for us? ... Continue Reading →
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