Birth of a New Church

The day of the beginning of the Mibu church is here!!  Join us in praising our awesome God for the following people who have each professed a clear testimony of their faith in Jesus Christ:

Men: Royfo, Sesi, Kivisi, Samuel, Dopeke, Navang, Tima, Benny, Gero, Hone, Keteng, Semi, and Jepiri
Women: Rao(Devit’s wife), Yoonare, Eson, Nimoke, Joonoomeng, Watikiyo

Royfo:  “Thank you for telling me this!  Jesus died in my place.  Now I know I am going to heaven.”

Sesi:  (While still an unbeliever) Upon hearing about David’s conversion said, “I’m so happy for him.  Soon I will understand and believe too”.  Two days later, he gave a clear testimony of his own salvation.

Kivisi:  “Now I understand.  It is finished.  What is there to say!!”

Tima:  “Just as people in the Old Testament offered animal sacrifices thinking, ‘These animals are dying in my place’, so I look to Jesus who died in my place.”

Samuel:  “Thank you for bringing this talk.  May God bless you for bringing this talk.”

There are also many others who are so very close to really understanding how it was that Jesus’ death bought their forgiveness.  We are overjoyed to tears at each new testimony shared with us, and expectantly watching many of the others on whom light is beginning to dawn.  God’s Word is so very powerful!!

For His Eternal Glory,
Joey and Brooke Tartaglia
Mibu Tribe, Madang, PNG

Sivi and Posilongge

Hi,

I  just wanted to pass on a quick request for prayer.  As the time for the presentation of the Gospel to about 200 or so people draws close, we are super excited as it appears that many people have understood and believed what we have taught on up until this point.  We expect God to do great things.

As excited as we are, there is an element of sadness.  As there are several who although continue to attend the teaching faithfully, are rejecting the message that they are hearing.  This is hard because as we come to the presentation of the Gospel, we know that it will be meaningless to those who have not accepted the foundational teachings that we have taught every day for the last 5 months.

Please pray for specifically for 2 brothers, Sivi and Posilongge.  Pray for them to acknowledge God as the only God.  Also that they would see their ancestor beliefs as the lies of Satan that have held them captive for centuries.

These 2 men are very influential leaders here.  And they are very close friends whom we have spent hundreds of hours getting to know.  Its very painful to see them continue to reject God.  Please pray for them.

Here’s a poem I sent out before, that attempts to describe the world view of Sivi and Posilongge.

Envisage

I am a man of Mibu
where mountains and traditions are steep,
and such I hold to be true
what I see when I’m asleep.

Leaving the world of consciousness
consciousness of the world does not suspend
I hold firm any semblance –
for truth is truth, whether real or imagined.

My spirit in the midst of night
travels far with open eyes
and sees in the dark as if in light;
gives me meaning, tells no lies.

Ask me of my ancestors
names forgotten, it would seem.
Yet I need not look any farther
than answers revealed in my dreams.

As I lay me down to sleep
I pray unto this effigy;
reveal to me the secrets deep
of wealth, success, prosperity.
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Encouraging as it is that many are turning from this way of thinking, some continue to hold to it.  Please pray with us.

Joey and Brooke
Mibu, PNG

Really Great News!!!!!!

Yesterday David and I were working together on the last few evangelism lessons.  We talked about the reasons for Jesus’ death on the cross.  I asked him if, since Jesus is God, couldn’t He have forgiven us for our sins without dying?”  David wasn’t sure how to answer that, so I reminded him of what God had told Adam in the garden.  The penalty for sin is death.  So how can God forgive us without that penalty being paid? It would be against God’s character.

David replied, “If God did that, He would be a liar.”

So I asked again, “Couldn’t Jesus have just declared our sins forgiven without dying?”

Then I saw it all making sense!  The look in David’s eyes and the smile that jumped onto his face gave him away before he even said a word… he got it!  Everything David has been learning in the past months became clear!  He had heard that Jesus died, but just this morning the pieces all fell together as we talked.  We are all separated from God from the Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden of Eden.  Just as God said so many times throughout the Old Testament, The penalty for sin is death.  ONLY Jesus’ perfect sinless life and his death on the cross could appease God’s righteous wrath!  Jesus HAD to die for us to be able to be reunited in relationship with God!   And these conclusions from David’s own lips!

Once he understood God’s plan of salvation, he wanted to tell me over and over and over again; stating that it is true and he believes it!

When I was finally able to get a word in :), I asked David if God keeps His promises.  Since we had recently worked through John 3:16, he knew God’s promise that everyone who believes will have eternal life.

“Yes, every promise is true!” he replied, “And God said that if I believe His Word I will go to heaven and be with Him when I die!  I am going to heaven when I die, and I am so, so happy!!  Thank you very much for telling me this.”

Our cups are overflowing with joy.

For His Glory,
Joey and Brooke Tartaglia
Mibu, Madang, PNG

The Choice

I walked in on a conversation the other morning that sent my hopes soaring. I had gone down to Mibu early before teaching and stopped by my friend Sesi’s house. When I got to the doorway of his hut, I could hear lots of people talking. When I called out, they invited me in. About a dozen people were sitting around the fire pit earnestly discussing recent events in light of what they were learning in the Bible lessons! This, of course, put a smile on my face!

The village was being threatened with sorcery by the local delinquent. He took the credit for the most recent death which he said happened by his power (the man died of TB), and said another 51 people would soon die if his demands were not met. The demand being a wife… Of course, nobody wants to give up their sister or niece or daughter to such a fate, but there was more to it than that. Now more than ever their old beliefs are in direct conflict with what they are being taught in the Bible lessons. As I sat in Sesi’s hut listening to men telling each other that sorcery has no power over them, and that they should not give in to his demands because they believe what God is saying now, my stomach did flip-flops. This is it! This is what it’s all about! Even where they are at now, not even knowing who the promised deliverer will be, they are choosing to side with what they know about God and His Word and His power!

They asked for my opinions, but I told them that I talk all the time, and to keep on in their discussion. Truth is, I wanted to just listen. To hear our friends siding with God even when it goes against everything else they have ever learned… I will never forget the moment. When it was time for us to go down to begin teaching, I left by adding this thought. I held up a flashlight very, very close to the page of a book. Just a sliver of light showed around edge. “This,” I said, “is the small amount of light or understanding that has been given to you by the teaching of God’s Word. You are choosing to trust in it, to believe it, and God will give you more light. And more. As you choose to put your belief in Him, He will increase your light (as I held the flashlight gradually farther from the page.)

To those of you sharing in the journey with us, let us praise God! We are not yet to the crux of mankind’s salvation, but they are allowing what they are hearing to permeate their lives and thinking. If they will just continue to choose believe the truth, it WILL set them free!!

1 Thes 1:9 “…and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God.”

For His Glory,
Joey and Brooke Tartaglia