We last posted on our blog eleven weeks ago.
Have you wondered where we’ve been? What we’ve been doing? Why we haven’t written?
Here is a brief breakdown of what has been going on!
We spent the rest of February packing everything we own and, by God’s grace, on February 25th, we officially moved into the village of Mawarero! After years and years of training with our home church, God brought us–one by one–people and churches who wanted to see the gospel go to the mountains of Papua New Guinea through us and, in November of 2014, we arrived in the town of Madang, PNG.
Months were spent acclimating to this new environment, language, and culture. Then we were ready to begin the search for a remote tribe in the mountains that might want us to live among them. Months of surveys followed. We traveled by land, sea, and helicopter, fueled by prayer and support from back home, looking for a remote tribe in the mountains that might want us to live among them for the purpose of one day preaching the good news of Jesus Christ in their language!
God answered the many prayers that were prayed when we found the tribe of Mawarero in the Finisterre Mountains.
This monumental decision of where to go made, we spent the next eight months building two houses on this remote mountain ridge.
We did not do it alone.
We were accompanied by dozens of dedicated friends from the US who flew out to help us build, as well as multiple church bodies who walked with us and cared for us month after month and hundreds of individuals and families who prayed for us and gave to this cause throughout this tiring season.
So it was that, in God’s perfect timing, a year and three months after arriving in the country, we were ready, once again and finally, to move into the tribe of Mawarero.
Also according to God’s sovereign plan, we were without a reliable Internet connection until just last week–so it is that today we bring you our first official blog post from the tribe!
Here is a summary in pictures of what we have been doing these past eight weeks–mostly, making our houses fully functional and getting settled here. Warning: there are quite a few!
Clearly we did not get to this point alone.
As missionaries, we feel few things more keenly than our dependence; first, on the God who made us, saved us, and brought us this far and then on the many people whom He moved to do just that through their own giving and prayers and love! Thank you to those who love and care for us over here and being a part of what we’re doing in Papua New Guinea!