Northeast Leadership Conference: Scheduled for Saturday, April 21st at Central Baptist Church in Southington, CT
Missionary Visits: The Marshalls from Mali will be with us on Sunday, April 22nd for all 3 services. Fellowship planned after the PM Service
Papua, New Guinea
“For Thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and people, and tongue, and nation.” Rev. 5:9
This term began in November of 2010. After arriving and settling in at the mission station in temporary housing, I began clinic work and language study. A month or so prior to my arrival on the field the nurse running the clinic had to leave for medical reasons and was unable to return to Papua, New Guinea. Although I had not intended to do medical work but rather focus solely on language study, we as a team felt that it was necessary to continue the medical work. Trying to keep an appropriate balance I decided to have clinic only two days per week and concentrate on language study the rest of the time.
Medical work, of course, does not keep banker’s hours, so I regularly have off hours emergencies to attend to and other etceteras that come up. Though sometimes the medical work does interfere with language and culture study, it is a very valuable tool for building relationships with virtually everyone in the community.
It was my goal to move into a house in the village proper off of the mission station location in order to have maximum exposure to language and culture. I was able to purchase a plot of land in the spring of 2011. However, building even a simple, small house in the bush requires a lot of time and effort from a lot of people. Every piece of timber was obtained locally. To make a long story short, I was able to move in to the house in the village in the fall of 2013.
Though I had been studying the language as much as possible from the mission station location and during the process of house building, language exposure started in earnest in the fall of 2013. A typical week at that time consisted of clinic on Mondays and Fridays with Tuesday through Thursday spent in gardens with ladies and their families listening, learning, and speaking as much as possible. Evenings are spent in the small national style house on my property with the widowed lady who lives there, learning local language and customs.
Now I am moving toward the goal of presenting a chronological study of the Bible in the tribal language Siar. Translation of the lessons has just started and I would like to be teaching the series by July 2014.
Please pray for wisdom regarding possible changes in the clinic ministry. We are praying about trying to achieve a more individualized personal sharing of the Gospel than we presently do.
Thank you for your partnership in prayer with the ministry here.