From Small Town USA to the Highlands of PNG


When Nazarene Hospital opens its doors every morning 150-200 people wait in line for their turn to be seen by a doctor.  Some have been carried by friends or family from miles away.  Nearly 60,000 patients are seen each year as outpatients and about 6,000 are admitted to the hospital.  Here in the US there are 242 doctors for every 100,000 people.  In Papua New Guinea there are 5 doctors for every 100,000 people.  Of the six long-term doctors at Nazarene Hospital three will be retiring over the next few years.  Who will fill the need?

Nathan and I planned to be involved in missions from the time we were married.  Most of the first four years of our marriage were spent in Israel while Nathan attended medical school.  We returned to the States to complete residency and Nathan then began to practice Family Medicine.

After our three biological children were born we began the adoption process to bring our son home from Hong Kong.  Fifteen months later we adopted our daughter as an infant from here in the States.  Both were born with Down syndrome and as God led us to adopt kids with special needs we were aware that they may come home with needs that would make living overseas difficult, but trusted in God’s plan no matter if that kept us in the States or moved us overseas.

When we heard of the need for doctors in PNG in January of 2015 we were both interested in the possibility of our family moving there to help.  There were several obstacles we saw, but as we prayed for wisdom  God opened every door that we assumed would be closed.  We now have the privilege of helping to fill the need for doctors in PNG.  The plan is to move our family over in the fall of 2016.

You can be involved too.  We need both prayer and financial support in order to go.  Visit the Support Our Ministry page to find out how you can help.

Prayer Requests

  • The people of PNG – While rain is usually abundant there has been a drought since our summer time.  Even as rain returns many people have lost their gardens which is their main source of food.
  • Logistics of moving – We’ve begun gathering paperwork for visas and work permits.  Pray for this process as it’s not uncommon for delays to happen.


6 thoughts on “From Small Town USA to the Highlands of PNG

  1. Nathan

    I hope that you are doing well. It is great to hear about you and your family heading to PNG. My wife and I spent time there when I was a 4th year Med student. It’s such a wonderful place and all of the doctors and staff were such a joy to be with and learn from. I hope you the best and know that we will be praying for you. Hopefully we will meet up sometime at Kudjip.

    Be safe.

    Josh Adams


  2. We are praying for your safe travel and service to our Lord in PNG, where Barb’s Dad spent much of his service time in WWII. God bless your family and may you find that wonderful will that God has for you. We are glad to sponsor you in this endeavor. Love & Blessings, Dave & Barb Martin


  3. I’m so happy to be part of what God is doing in PNG and in our lives. Like David Martin, I am glad to sponsor you in this endeavor. Love and prayers for God’s best in your lives. Grandma Smith


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