First Day of School

We had the first Iski-language literacy class the other day! The school day started out like you might expect, …

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Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda

This is the official last day of our “vacation.” As you can see, we have taken to using little quote marks when we refer to our time out in town. I now understand the pitying looks our partners gave us before we left, when we told them how much we were going to benefit from 2 weeks of rest and relaxation. What naive, newbie missionaries we must have sounded like!

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A Noticeable Contrast

When Sunday rolled around, I was pulled away from my coffee cup by my co-worker’s knock on my door. I could tell right away that I was in for an interesting morning, because Andre (my co-worker) was out of breath.

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Honestly, there’s not a whole lot for us to say, in the way of introductions. For the most part, we’re just your average, everyday family. We like to read together, camp together, cook together (“togetherness” is kind of a big deal for us). We like super-hero movies, Calvin and Hobbes, and pirate paraphernalia.  We have three awesome little boys, who love to wrestle, play in the dirt, and read their books. (Not that any of them can actually read yet, but they LOVE to sit and flip through the pages!) We met at New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson, Michigan in 2007 and got married in August 2009. We’ve each completed four years of training with NTM, which included in-depth Bible study, as well as cross-cultural ministry preparation. We moved to Papua New Guinea in August of 2014 to take part in bringing the Gospel to a people group that had yet to have the message of salvation taught in their language. In February 2015, after spending 8 months learning the trade language, we joined the newly opened NTM work among the Iski people. The Iski live in the lowlands (swamps) of the Madang Province and number between 10,000 –…

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