Desire for Holiness

Today after teaching, we were invited to a friend’s hut for lunch. Over boiled corn, taro, and greens, he shared some of the things that have been on his heart. Much of it was similar to what others have been sharing with me over the past several weeks we have been back. He expressed that he has such a desire to be more obedient to the things he has been learning from God’s Word. What a joy to hear! At the same time though, he said there is a struggle that is does not come faster. So true for all of us!

These conversations are wonderful evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in the hearts and lives of men and women here. We will all foolishly return to our own folly unless we review the foundational truths of the Word of God. In our conversation today, we talked about the need for reviewing and rehearsing the basic things we have learned to be true.

Please continue to pray for us as we shepherd the growing church, and that as we teach and mentor, we can encourage and admonish the believers to be obedient to what they know.

Thank you!
Joey and Brooke Tartaglia
Mibu, PNG

PS I brought with me today the Mibu-written worship song book we compiled last year. As they were singing, I kept looking for the songs being sung. None of them were in there! Makes it harder to sing along, but the positive side is that they are still writing new worship songs!

We’re In Mibu!!

Just a note to let you know that we made it into Mibu on Friday and are settling in now, reconnecting with our friends little by little. Lots of people to see and catch up with, and lots to take care of since we have been out for a year. First (re)impressions: Some of the Mibu kids had major growth spurts, wow! On the flip side, our kids have all commented that our house got smaller this year. Lol. Everything feels damp (take any US humidity and put it to the extreme, and accompany it with a cool rain), our cats look skinny, the avocado pits that germinated in our yard are now 12 foot trees, and everyone is really missing our friend, Yoonare, who passed away last month.

We praise God we and Husas made it back in safely, and all in one day! Please pray for us as we reconnect with our friends and prepare to minister here. Going down for church today (a review in Acts led by various Mibu teachers) was helpful in reconnecting with those living farther away. We are glad to be back (though up to our elbows in cleaning and unpacking) and excited about starting a new term. We enjoy your emails and ask for continued prayer. Only that which God will do will be truly lasting.

Joey and Brooke
Mibu, PNG