Hello friends! Our latest prayer letter is out, and we are so excited. It has been a busy two months, and the next few will prove to be quite busy as well! To read or print our prayer letter in PDF form, click >HERE<
We are so happy to release this prayer letter. Things have finally moved forward with our visas. We are finally able to shift our attention to purchasing plane tickets and making the move across the ocean! Thanks so much for praying for us these past 18 months. We appreciate the care you showed us, and we are privileged to be your missionaries to Papua New Guinea.
Please click >HERE< to view our latest Prayer Letter!
Thanks so much for keeping up with us. Please click >HERE< to see our latest prayer letter.
Just like last time, I would ask that if you currently receive our prayer letter only through this page, please follow >THIS LINK< to sign up for our MailChimp mailing list. It’s just a better system for us to use, and we are able to keep track of our mailing list better this way. I also want to thank each of you who has already switched. Once you have signed up with our MailChimp account, please feel free to unsubscribe from this list. If you don’t, you will just be receiving duplicate emails. Thanks so much, we have the greatest prayer supporters!
Here is our current Prayer Letter. Please click > HERE < to view it. Thank you so much for continuing to pray for us. Hopefully we are very close to finishing our deputation and packing up for the field. God has been so good to us, and we can’t wait to get to work for Him in Papua New Guinea!
I do have a request for anyone who currently gets the prayer letter ONLY through the website. If you get the email update for prayer letters, please make sure that you are receiving the “Mail Chimp” version. We are switching over to a new way to distribute our letter, and the way our website works, I can’t just move the email addresses over to a new list. If you could, please either send me your email to firstname.lastname@example.org , or you can follow > THIS LINK < to add yourself into our current distribution list. If you get added to the mail chimp list, feel free to unsubscribe to the website version.
Thanks for your patience. If you have any trouble at all, feel free to reach out. I want this to be easy on you. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate that you take time to pray for us, and I want to be able to ensure that continues as we serve the LORD in PNG.
Here is our current prayer letter. To view it, please click HERE. If you have any feedback on how we are distributing our letter to you, please let us know. We have had to change the format and there now a few hoops to jump through to get the PDF and print it. We are trying to keep it clear. Thanks for your patience, and if you need help please just ask.
I apologize, as I believe that we missed a month with our prayer letter on this website. Here is our current Prayer Letter. Thanks for having patience with us. We have had to change a few things in how we distribute our prayer letter. As always, thank you for your prayers for our family! Hopefully we will have some good news about when we will be leaving for Papua New Guinea soon!
Here is our Prayer Letter for the past few months. Thank you so much for keeping up with us and for bringing us to the LORD in prayer!
In our prayer letter and in the recent churches that we’ve presented in, I’ve mentioned that the elections have delayed our visa approval. I want to share some of what is going on with that, and give you a glimpse into how different that country is from ours.
I’ve mentioned in some of the churches that we’ve presented in that Papua New Guinea is still a VERY spiritual country. I don’t say that in the same way I would describe a church as being spiritual. I mean that they are very much still into witchcraft and the spirit world. Here is an excerpt from a BBC article that is covering what is going in on PNG.
“The count in Papua New Guinea’s troubled general election has been delayed in one province following accusations of sorcery, it’s been reported.
According to Radio New Zealand International, recounts have been ordered in two constituencies in the country’s East Sepik province because more than one candidate has alleged that witchcraft has been used to remove their votes from ballot boxes.
The radio said that priests had been asked to pray over the boxes to “shield” them from “sinister forces”.
It’s not the first time superstition has affected this election – in April, officials had to reassure church leaders that the country was not being “signed up for the number of the beast”, after it emerged that 666 writs had to be signed to initiate the poll.
“Such views are too shallow and are rejected outright,” Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said at the time. Mr Gamato recently took out a court injunctionto stop his critics from calling him Mr Tomato.
Voting closed in the election on 8 July, but only 26 out of 111 seats have been declared so far. Radio New Zealand says that “multiple issues” including the arrest of poll scrutinisers and candidate grievances are holding up the count.
Violence against women
Witchcraft and sorcery remain a major issue in some parts of Papua New Guinea. Deaths and mysterious illnesses are sometimes blamed on suspected sorcerers, and officials say accusations of witchcraft are often used to justify violence.
The country only repealed its controversial Sorcery Act in 2013, which allowed an accusation of witchcraft as a legitimate defence for violence, and now treats such cases as murder.
A mass trial featuring 122 defendants began in March of this year over the deaths of five men and two boys who were killed in the belief they were conducting sorcery, Australia’s ABC News reported at the time.”
As you can see, its still very real to them. As an American, my initial reaction is to dismiss this as jungle superstition, but as a Christian I’m reminded that there is a spiritual war being waged every day, rain or shine. Papua New Guinea is very open to missionaries, and we thank God for that open door, but at the grass roots level, there is much spiritual activity.
Please pray for us as we go in and share the glory of our LORD with these people!
Thank you for always keeping us in your prayers! Here is our latest prayer letter. We are beginning to get anxious as we prepare to leave. God has been working in great ways, and even since we have written this letter, more churches have taken us on for monthly support! We are getting excited! As always, just click the link and you should be able to read it in PDF.
Thank you so much for reading our prayer letter! I know that many of you are like us and have signed up to a lot of mailing lists for missionary’s prayer letters, so I thank you for taking to time to see what has been happening in our lives. We appreciate your prayers and your concern for our family while we are on deputation! Thank you so much!
As always, just click on the blue hyperlink that says “prayer letter” to view the PDF version of our letter!