The first time I met Sivi, he was only visiting home here on a school break.  He was curious and excited about the new colorless people who had moved in and who sounded like little toddlers that could only spit out phrases like “good morning” and “it’s hot” and “get out, doggy!”  Sivi wanted to know firsthand why we were here and what our plans were, and how many of the circulating rumors were true.  I’ll never forget that first conversation, knowing he was headed back to town and to school.  I remember telling him in the trade language, “Just be sure, Sivi, be sure you come back when we are ready to give this important talk from God, when we can speak your language and explain well what His message is for you.”  I don’t know if he remembered that conversation like I did, but Sivi came back, and he stayed for it all.

Sivi went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 18, 2007.  Thank you so much for your prayers for him, and for those who already miss him acutely.  He was too sick to speak a word the last week he was here in Mibu, but the conversations we have had together this last year leave me and his family resting in the comfort of his love for his God, and his presence with Him now.  I picture him, healed and strong, his lazy eye straight and gleaming, maybe reflecting the glow of those golden streets.  I wish we could ask him what it’s like there, and it if all was worth it… but I guess we already know that.

Meanwhile, our lives continue here.  Brooke continues with homeschool and the latest project, together with our co-worker Shannon, of putting together a reading-practice Mibu story booklet.  Shiloh reminds us daily that her 11th birthday is approaching soon (July 3:), Marietta is constantly on the lookout for something else to paint on, and Solomon turns sticks into swords and boxes into castles.  We are grateful to you, our friends and family, for sharing in this journey with us.

For His Glory!

Ups and Downs in Mibuland

We just arrived back in Mibu after going out for our yearly school testing.  The kids did well, which gives us the courage to keep plugging away at home schooling, even if we’re only parents, not teachers!  🙂  It does seem like we’ve been gone more than home lately.  Our whole family spent two weeks over on the island of New Britain attending a translation workshop.  We learned a lot, and really enjoyed getting to know some of the missionaries who work in the islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea.  Our kids loved the time spent with the other missionary kids there (they love ANY time spent with other MK’s!!)

The day we returned from testing, the Mibus were able to use a helicopter supply shuttle to also fly in Sivi, who has been very sick and was in the little clinic on the coast in Saidor.  He is dying from meningitis (a severe complication from malaria) and his family wanted him home to finish looking after him and bury him  here.  It has been hard for all of us to see him like this; but the Mibu church is rallying around him and praying with him and his family.

We had a communion service on the Thursday before Easter, that was led completely by the Mibu leaders.  It is so refreshing to see them so thankful for the eternal life they have been promised.  We worshipped together while Keteng led us through the story of the last supper.  After the communion service, worship continued through the evening and went all the way until the next morning!

We have been so encouraged with the evidence of God working in their lives.  He is working in our lives, too, and teaching us so much.  Thank you for your love and prayers for all of us!