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October 13, 2017

Thank you so much for your prayers and support for the trip to Papua New Guinea. Grace and Ruth made it there and back safely and are happily enjoying the renewed comforts of home.

Missionaries Ben and Lauren Childs picked them up in Goroka, and they spent one night at the New Tribes Mission Lapilo Center before continuing the next day to the village of Tirokave. It was a 3 hour drive from Goroka to Tirokave. About half the time was spent on the Highlands Highway and the other half on bush roads up into the mountains. The highway was marked by large potholes, gravel sections and by groups of young men stopping cars to ask for payment for filling in some of the potholes with dirt. Driving on the highway proved to be much faster and easier than the bush road though. The bush road was rife with deep holes, washouts, and large rock beds designed to try and keep erosion at bay during the punishing rainy season.

The people in PNG were wonderful. Everyone was friendly and ready to be kind. They are quick to smile and laugh. The children are like children the world over. They love to play and are curious about things that are different. They were fun to watch and listen to as they wanted to be noticed and remain unseen at the same time. The adults were ready with a mornin or apenun greeting. It was wonderful to be welcomed into their lives and to see what their lives were like there in the village.

The time in PNG flew by. They unexpectedly had to return to Goroka a couple of days early, but the Lord even used that for good. A doctor at the New Tribes clinic welcomed Grace into the clinic for a day and allowed her to shadow him all day. He and the nurses patiently taught her what they were doing and were able to give her valuable insight into how a missions clinic works. They were also able to take some time later and talk with a nurse who works in a clinic for natives in the bush. It was good to hear her perspective on missions and medicine.

I know that God has used this trip in Grace’s life to open her eyes to needs around the world. God has used this trip in Ruth’s life as well. I see again His loving care for His people around the world. In a house here in the UP, in a house in the city in Cairns, in a grass hut in the mountains of PNG, nothing separates the believer from the love of God. His family is large and diverse, and we will truly stand before Him one day and proclaim, “Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.”


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