Thanks To God

Praise God! A believer from the Mina area attended our local believers’ meeting last week and with joy announced that 36 were baptized in Titirapok last Thursday and Friday! We are so excited for their obedience to what they are learning! Please pray for them as there usually is some level of persecution that results from this.

Love,
Joey and Brooke

Faith is putting our full confidence in the things we hope for, it means being certain of things we cannot see. – Hebrews 11:1

It’s been such a blessing to review with the group the principles of teaching evangelism. One of the subjects we talked about at length was “What is faith?” The guys talked about this abstract concept using concrete things they understand to illustrate what faith is.

One example I loved was crossing a high bridge tied together by vines, they are depending on the strength of the vines to hold them up. If the vines aren’t enough, they will die. That is faith!

Another example was selling their coffee in town. They put their entire confidence in one person who takes everyone’s coffee to the buyers. If that person takes off with their money, they lose everything. And so the kind of person they look for is a person of whom they can say, “That person, he is able.” That is faith!

Our conclusion on what it means to have faith in Jesus: It means that we are fully confident that His death was cruel enough to appease the anger of God… cruel in the sense that a perfectly righteous person received the worst possible punishment. Our souls’ eternal destinies depend on that one thing. If, for some reason God was not satisfied with Jesus’ death, then we will be lost forever. Because, we can put no hope our own goodness, but we are resting completely on Jesus. In short, Jesus is enough.

I often wonder to myself… If I was sent here to minister to these people, how come they are the ones that are such a blessing to me?

Resting in God’s grace to us,
Joey and Brooke Tartaglia
Mibu, PNG

Evangelism Review

I wish you could hear some of the great discussions we’ve been having here on Evangelism. For the last several weeks about 15 of us have been meeting to discuss questions like, “Why do we start teaching in the Old Testament, instead of starting in the Gospel of John?”

I was so encouraged by their thoughts…

Posilongge said, “By studying the Old Testament first, we see that one Person made everything. He made us and we are accountable to Him.”

Sesi jumped in and said, “If we didn’t study the Old Testament, we would have wondered if there was another Creator.”

Royfo added to that that we see from how God worked in the Old Testament what kind of Being He is – His judgment, His holiness, His mercy and grace.

Keteng emphasized that we see how God created everything – by His powerful Word – not something we can do.

Benny brought out how everything that God ever said would happen, happened.
It was either fulfilled in the Old Testament, or many things found their fulfillment at the cross of Christ. He also mentioned the Jewish religion and how important it is that we understand things like “what is a priest?”
to understand the New Testament.

Others mentioned that in the Old Testament we learn the makeup of humankind (body, soul, and spirit), the real reasons why we die, and why sorcery isn’t real.

Another said “The Old Testament is what taught us to turn away from thinking that we can manipulate the outcome of things by use of magic and charms.”

So, why the review? When the Gospel first came to Mibu, almost the whole village trusted Christ. But, there were a few that did not. And since then, there have also been people who have moved from the Nankina language group to Mibu village. As these people settled in, some began to cause trouble.

The big question in the church has been, “Do we run these people off as would be our custom? Or do we see it as an opportunity? Perhaps God has sent them here so we can preach the Gospel to them?” And so, 4 men have begun back in Genesis 1:1, gathering and teaching those who have not yet heard or understood. Please join the rest of the Mibu church in praying for these souls to be rescued from eternal separation from their Creator.

For His glory,
Joey and Brooke Tartaglia
Mibu, PNG

The man urged Paul, “Come to Macedonia to help us.” – Acts 16:9b

A believer from the neighboring Mina dialect hiked to Mibu to tell me about a conversation he had with an older man from the neighboring Ngaing language. The man from Ngaing told how he had heard the story of how the Word of God first came to Mibu, and then went out into the Mina language. He went on to talk about how he really wants to hear the message, too. He said…

“I only know a few words in the Mina language. If I go there to hear the message, I’ll miss most of what’s being said. So, I gave up and just waited, hoping…. I’ve been listening expectantly for a report but I haven’t heard even the slightest whisperings that the message will come down here. So, I was thinking to myself. ‘Okay, whenever the message comes, it comes. But! One thing is, if I wait all the way until my death, what then? What will happen to me? And all the other old people here, if they wait and wait, and then they die without hearing the message, then what? I’m very worried about that.’”

Would you pray with us for this man and the Ngaing language group? There is so much work to do, and too few to do it.

If you know anyone that is interested in missions, but looking for a place to go minister, please put them in touch with us! There are at least 99 Gospel destitute tribal groups in the Finisterre Mountains, and our hearts break for the many grandfathers, mothers, children, fathers and grandmothers who are still waiting to hear.

If you would like a list of the groups so that you can pray for them, please write and ask!

~Joey, Brooke, and the Mibu and Mina believers