Spirit and Truth

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This is the day that Baby Girl‘s heart stopped beating several times and Susan breathed for her for hours until we all thought it was over, but God decided it wasn’t and she became Talitha.

In the picture Susan is actually giving the baby chest compressions while the mother holds her hand over the baby’s fontanel.

Hewans believe that the spirit of the baby can ...

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You live WHERE?

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 This picture was taken in town last week. You read that correctly. TOWN. We were on our way back from     hanging out at a local pool/restaurant with some friends, and this is what we saw driving down the road next to us.

This is not an everyday occurrence in town, though. This past weekend an event occurred in the town of Goroka where several of the area tribes dress up and do cultural dances and songs. And if ...

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Open Grave

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If you heard us speak over furlough, then you have seen this picture of our daughter in the waterfall not too far behind our house in Hewa. We use this to illustrate the animistic beliefs of the Hewa people. The people believe that evil spirits live in waterfalls and are afraid of them. They leave an area with a waterfall undisturbed as they try to evade those spirits when planting gardens and clearing hiking trails.

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Quick Update

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We learned yesterday that the police flew into the village where the two women were recently killed and arrested one person involved in the murder of Yamene and immediately flew back into town to imprison him. Most people here are saying that he is not the actual killer- that his brother pulled the trigger that put the bullet in her chest- but the brother ran into the jungle when he heard the plane flying in. The father of these ...

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Good News

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After months of what seems like nothing but bad news, I’m thrilled to finally have some good news to share…

John Michael recently had a language evaluation and even though the days before were filled with running around trying to handle every thing he could with the latest witch killing AND even though he had the beginnings of malaria at the time- his test went extremely well.
The language rating system here goes up to 10 levels and the language consultants ...
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A Witch for a Witch

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Still no “real” news about what really happened with Yamene’s murder. Our people feel pretty confident, though, that because the murderer was related to Mifila (the woman who was killed in May) that this was a revenge killing. Yesterday as we talked individually with different villagers almost everyone said the same thing…

“Mifila’s family asked for help from the police and told them they wouldn’t kill in revenge. They would do what is right and wait for the police to ...
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Another Murder

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We just learned that there was another murder in a neighboring village (the village where our co-workers started the Hewa work). The same village where Mifila was killed three months ago. A woman named Yamene was killed by a man and his two sons. Right now we have very little information on this and we know it will take several days for us to hear the whole story.

But one ...

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They made it out!!!

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A year and a half ago, John Michael hiked over the mountain to a neighboring village and listened to a desperate woman begging to be evacuated, tell him that she didn’t want want to be murdered. Her exact words were, “I don’t want to be cut up with axes and machetes”. Her name was Usam. She was being threatened and we started making a plan to get them out. The threats kind of fizzled, so the family gave up ...

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Pray Them Out

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Once again I have a huge prayer request that I need all of you to jump on right away. As many of you know we are planning to evacuate two large families of women and children who have been marked as witches…well two large families and the children of Mifila, the woman who was killed in May.

 

 

There has been a lot of back and forth as to whether or not these families are going. They initially run to us, ...

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Talitha Koum

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The summer of 2013 was an incredibly difficult one for us…actually the whole year of 2013 was difficult, but the worst, most difficult time came that summer. We experienced two suicides of young boys in our village that summer- one of whom was my husband’s language helper and best friend in the village. It was shocking and horrifying and in the center of it seemed to be one family…

Was, Kai, Efoko, Nifi, Salipom, and Nosem. “Was,” the father of ...

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