This is not our usual family update. This is a plea for a laborer or two or three… So let’s start off with the key question: Anyone want to come to PNG to keep two church-planting teams in the jungle by helping them with administrative tasks and supply-buying needs in town? If you read no further, that’s what we’re asking. We need someone. Maybe it’s you or someone you know. Interested? Let me know. But if not, please pray that God would send us the right people.
Eight years ago, the Dodds and Canns were in the final stages of coming to Papua New Guinea and realized they would need help with logistics in PNG. So we prayed and asked for someone to come and help, and God answered that plea by providing the Lehmans for 5 years!
3 years ago, the Lehman’s started transitioning out of the logistics role in PNG and we once again needed someone to handle logistics for Finisterre Vision. Enter Craig Noyes and his family. Craig served in that capacity for most of 2018 and took over the role full-time in 2020. But Craig’s desire is to plant churches in the Finisterre Mountains and not to do logistics from the town of Madang. After the Lehman’s left permanently in February of this year, Craig graciously offered to fill the Logistics Coordinator position while his fellow teammates learned the trade language and PNG culture. That was 6 months ago. And their teammates are trained and ready. As I write this Craig and his team are doing survey work to determine where they might allocate. They’re aiming to build houses in a village in the fall.
So here we are. In need of a logistics coordinator once again. The Lord has provided all that we’ve needed in his timing before. And we trust he will do so again. Our team was greatly encouraged by reading Ecclesiastes 3 this week as we listened to a message by Joel James (the Mitchell’s pastor in South Africa). We read, “I [Solomon] perceived that whatever God does endures forever, nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.” The line in italics is what has helped us as we’ve peered into a very uncertain future (from our perspective). God knows what he is going to accomplish. He has been faithful before. He will continue to be faithful in whatever he does.
Now we’re back to the question above. Anyone want to come fill this role for us? It’ll be costly. It’ll involve sweat for sure (it’s the tropics, baby!). Maybe blood too. But your labors will help fuel a myriad of ministries and you may just find a ministry of your own among the people who live and work in the town of Madang.
This job is not for just one kind of person. What we need is someone who loves the Lord, trusts his sovereign care, and is willing to learn a bunch of new skills. Are you a carpenter? Come. We need houses built and projects completed all the time. Are you a CPA? Come and see if you can figure out Papua New Guinea tax law. (That’s got to be a tantalizing plug for you finance gurus out there). Are you a pastor? Come. PNG as a whole is drowning under a sea of false gospels parading as Christianity.
Please pray for us as we search once again for a Logistics Coordinator.
That’s all I’ll say for now. If you are interested in learning more about what this role involves I am not the guy to talk to, but I know a guy or two. Shoot me an email and I can put you in touch with Joey Tartaglia, our director, and Jeremy Lehman, who currently supervises the logistics role from the states.
And finally, let me just put some pictures here to show you a sample of what you might be stepping into should the Lord open up a door for you to come…
This is the Madang airport. As a logistics person, you’ll probably come here a lot. It’s basically a house next to a runway.
Supply buying is an adventure because it’s sometimes quite hard to find the parts you need for any given project or the ingredient you need for any given meal:
Sometimes you’ll load supplies on a speedboat at the Madang docks…
or try to fit all the supplies into a helicopter. Just think of it as a super fun game of tetris:
You’ll live in Madang, which is gorgeous from the sky:
It’s a little rougher on the ground:
But then again, this is reef right outside Finisterre Vision’s Madang property:
It’s not all work and no play (though it is always hot, so bring a good hat):
Em tasol (“And that’s it” in Melanesian Pidgin, which you can learn fluently in under a year because of all the English words).
Thanks for considering this need and praying with us!
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