The Body

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Traveling around to different churches has given us the opportunity to get a glimpse into the ministries God has started around our district.  In the midst of all the bad news we see reported it is refreshing to see the hope God is brining to these communities.  There are puppet ministries, a coffee shop ministry and churches that open their doors for other churches to use the facilities.  One church took their  Sunday morning service time to help out around the homes of people in the community.  Another has a weekly food pantry. On multiple occasions I have seen churches that have been such a blessing to me personally as a mom of kids with special needs as they have welcomed  adults with developmental disabilities with open arms.   What a beautiful and hope-filled picture of the body of Christ these churches are to their congregations and surrounding communities.

Beyond Physical Healing

Moving to PNG involves far more than treating the physical wounds and illnesses of the body.  Helping people find healing through the forgiveness of Christ is also incredibly important and changes lives.  Read about Robert, who faced few consequences for fighting, drugs and robbery, until one attempted robbery landed him in the hospital.  Pray with us that Robert will be discipled in his new found faith in Christ.

And . . . It’s Off!

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It didn’t take a scale to know that six years of school books (two years apiece for the oldest three kids) was going to be very heavy and would take who knows how many 50 lb. suitcases to cart them across the ocean.  Instead, we opted to ship them on a slow boat to PNG.  In each box there was enough room to add a few extra items like kitchen supplies, toiletries, toys and towels.   We were told that cribs are not easy to come by over there, so a couple of cribs made the list of things to ship as well.

Nazarene Hospital Foundation ships a container to Kudjip Nazarene Hospital three or four times a year filled with medicines and other medical supplies.  They also ship things over for the missionaries occasionally, so we were able to get our boxes delivered in time to go on the latest shipment.  It’s supposed to take about six months to get there, so if there aren’t too many delays we should be getting our school books not long after we arrive in the fall.  I kept out the first few months of school books to take with us just to be on the safe side, so the kids don’t need to worry about having to miss any school if the shipment arrives late. 😉