Bad news/GOOD NEWS

We could really use some prayer, right now. There is an overabundance of circumstances that point to the likelihood of the enemy trying to cut off our supply lines in some sort of spiritual war turned physical. There is no way the Good News of Jesus Christ can be stopped by this, but I believe that we need to be active in prayer and in standing firm in the authority and responsibility granted to us by Jesus Christ to overcome these things. Some help agreeing with us in prayer and holding onto the promises of God on our behalf would be greatly appreciated. Here are a few concerns:

  • Heavy rains and flooding have caused a bridge to be closed between us and Kainantu (where we could get on the Highlands Highway). There is no alternate bridge. There is no real alternate road (but there is a long motorcycle trail and a 4WD trail that goes through the river (not over it). This makes it harder to get supplies (like fuel and food) that are normally trucked in. The government has been informed of the outage on this national road, but higher priority road disasters (land slips on Daulo Pass and Kassam Pass), coupled with depleted funds from earlier repairs due to floods in other provinces make it unlikely that this will be fixed quickly.
  • A man named Yanis Manki claims that because the creek that our community draws water from gets water drained from his land (with a valid government permit), he wants more money in compensation for that water. He got tired of waiting for the courts to act, so this morning, he took a mob of people past our guards to disable our water intake, in violation of a court order. Remember, this is in the rainy season, with about 29 inches of water in the last month falling out of the sky for free, and the issue has nothing to do with him needing more water. He clearly doesn’t. It would just run down the stream, into the river, past the eroding foundations of the afore-mention bridge. He just wants more money from the “rich” missionaries that what they offered him. Much more. We get plenty of drinking water from our roof, but this is the water we use to flush toilets with and do much of our washing.
  • Our Internet access via satellite has been in a slow, intermittent, degraded state for about 3 weeks. In addition, our ISP just cut off access to the port I needed most to manage the web/ftp/mail server that hosts and 40 other domains. Shortly after that, the server went down.
  • There is more, like the still-missing engine on the airplane in the picture, the PNG visa situation, and adoption paperwork hassles, but I don’t want to whine, just motivate you to pray.

Now, it is a good time to remind ourselves of the GOOD NEWS.

  • We win! Jesus Christ always causes us to triumph!
  • We have eternal life.
  • We get to live with God in Paradise.
  • We will accomplish what Jesus sent us to accomplish, including getting the Word of God to more people in their own languages.
  • We still have supplies, communications, etc.

Praise God!

The Grass is Greener Here

The best place in the world to be is where God wants us to be, when He wants us to be there.
In 2007,

  • We moved twice (once within Colorado, once back to Papua New Guinea).
  • Lori renewed her teacher’s certificate.
  • I continued Bible translation software development while in Colorado.
  • Upon return to Papua New Guinea, Lori returned to teaching, and I started a new job doing custom database programming for the SIL PNG Aviation Department.
  • Two of Rachel’s post-placement home study reports were mailed to oblivion while we were in the USA, and never received by the Social Services office in Port Moresby. There were no backup copies anywhere. It took us being physically present in Papua New Guinea to recover from that mess. The process still has a long way to go, but at least the paperwork is moving, now.
  • We distributed about 1,000 fix-tuned radios that are permanently tuned to Wantok Radio Light.
  • I repaired the Wantok Radio Light station in Kainantu twice.
  • I have been leading a Bible study for 10th grade boys.

In 2008, our plans and goals are to:

  • Continue with our present jobs (teaching and Aviation Department Computer support).
  • Continue helping with Christian radio ministry as practical.
  • Continue leading a Bible study for Evan’s class.
  • Have a family vacation, including Nate.
  • Get Ben enrolled in college in the USA.
  • Complete Rachel’s legal adoption.
  • Attempt to participate in some Bible translation software global open source programming projects.

Long-term missions have long-lasting benefits. We don’t plan to retire before Jesus comes back, as long as we are able to keep serving Him on Earth.