It is hard to believe we have been in PNG for 7 months already! We spent two of those months (June & July) back flying for SIL Aviation (Wycliffe Bible Translators/JAARS). They were short on pilots for those two months and asked me if I would come back and fly for them. It was a great privilege to be back where I started my time in PNG and help them out, since they invested so much training into me. Adie also helped out as a receptionist at the medical clinic. Once August came, we headed back to NTM Aviation in Goroka. So far we hadn’t received any formal language training. The priority had been getting me trained in the airplane. Now its time for me and Adie to learn Melanesian Pigeon, the trade language of PNG, that most people speak. I’ve been flying just one or two days a week and in Pigeon classes the rest of the time. It’s a sixteen week program and then it will be back to flying full time.
My prosthetic leg gets a lot of attention around here! The PNG people are fascinated by it. Especially when I fly into the remote jungle locations. Many of the church planting missionaries have told the people in their tribe about my story and they have been praying for me. So as I have flown into these locations, the people are excited to see me and see the fruit of their prayer. So humbling, that in the middle of the most remote jungle locations, tribal believers have been praying for me!
Adie is settling in and enjoying life on the NTM center that we live on. In-between caring for our boys, language studies, market and store days, she likes hosting and serving the missionaries that come through here. She also just started working 2 days a week as a receptionist at the medical clinic here at NTM.
The boys are thriving here. It is boy paradise. The weather is perfect, 80’s in the day and 50’s at night. Lots of trees to climb and other boys to play with. All three have starting attending the mission school. They have great teachers and are adjusting well to their new routine. There are fun events for the kids to attend and the kids have just been having a ball with this new life at Lapilo.
We are just so thankful to be here serving the church planting effort! Looking back at the last 2 years it has been quite a journey. The Lord has provided and made it possible to come back and serve! Thank you all for praying us through it all. Thank you for your continued prayers as we serve on this mission field.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24