Your Instrument of Choice

I have heard it said that your instrument of choice reflects something about your character.I chose the cello.I tried the piano, and I play limited guitar.I have often wished I had stuck with piano lessons rather than cello because the piano seems more available and can be accompaniment, not just for solos or ensembles.However, as I have thought on it as of late, I never would have made it as a pianist….I can’t multi-task for ANYTHING!!!Hahahaha!However, I DO see me in the cello. I do better supporting the melody rather than carrying it by myself, as a violin would.As a mom I’m doing dishes, laundry, meal prep, etc. and while those tasks seem routine a lot of the time, they also hold the ensemble together! The song that comes to mind, when I think of me and my cello part is Pachelbel’s, Canon in D for a string quartet.I had the privilege of playing that in an ensemble in Jr. High.While I was tempted to call my part “boring,” I got to play the same sequence of notes and revel in the m…

Pressing on

🎶I have decided to follow Jesus/I have decided to follow Jesus/I have decided to follow Jesus/no turning back/NO turning back!🎶 -?-  (emphasis added)
We have been trying to write a blog for several days here, but it is difficult to know what to say.  Is there risk?  Absolutely.  Are we going to stay? Until God directs us otherwise, YES.WHY, you may wonder?   Because Jesus Christ gave ALL to save us, and we love Him!  Papua New Guinea has caught up to the rest of the world and is in shut down mode.  All schools have shut down, flights grounded, and any ground travel not recommended.  We have been locking down the Bible College, however much of the country continues to do what they want as there is little to no enforcement.  There is a general sense that something is going on and a brew of panic as we go into any store.  Technology is not very prevalent here and most of what people hear is through word of mouth...and if you have ever played the telephone game you know how quickly facts…

When the rain comes...

Undoubtedly your last week has looked far different than you expected with the panic that is spreading across the world due to the corona virus.  We have been told there are no confirmed cases in PNG yet, but in reality there has not been testing for it either.  So as we see the news stories and information spreading it seems to be a bit of a title wave encroaching at our doorstep.  We can’t control what is coming, but we can decide what we are going to do with it.... Sometimes when it rains, it pours...literally.You might be surprised to know that our little fellowship at Makia didn’t meet this Sunday.It wasn’t because of the feared virus.It wasn’t government mandated.It wasn’t because our numbers necessitated it.It was due to rain.There were no livestream options available to our believers.  There wasn’t another Bible believing church they could reasonably walk to.  We did try to gather, but our pop up canopy and tarps just would not have been enough. Our national pastor made the ca…

At the Cross

🎶 At the cross/at the cross/where I first saw the light/and the burdens of my heart rolled away/it was there by faith I received my sight/and now I am happy all the day!🎶 -Isaac Watts Sometimes we look at the cross and see it as precious.  Sometimes it looks like an instrument of torture.  Sometimes it reminds us of our sinfulness and our need for forgiveness.  Sometimes it reminds us of dark days preceding new life for us all.   Today?  For me?  I look and see a cross (literally) and it makes me smile.  Many hands have made their mark on our campus and it’s physical structures and layout.  Many have been involved in training nationals to equip them to reach the country of PNG with the Gospel.  And the cross?  It is central to us ALL!!!   While the cross was intended to divide Jesus' followers and eradicate His teachings from the temple, it brought unity and the vision of capturing the people of the world with the transforming Words He spoke.  And ya know what?  It is still doing th…

Tangible progress

We have been struggling the last month to get a post out as much has been going on.  Each day has been filled with lots of challenges and victories.  We have had the privilege of having some friends from home come and work with us for a couple months.  They have been a tremendous blessing and have assisted in getting much accomplished here at GBBC.
One project that we have been working on for some time is defining the front entry way to the college.  The goal was to make a circlular style entry way that gives a nice apperiance.
Dirt was hauled in and the large scale  sculpting began.
Once it was mostly defined cement was poured around the perimeter 
We wanted to make is low maintenance so we decided to try to cover it with stone and cement
It was quite a process of searching for stones and placing them one by one.

As usual Gunner needed to be on site to inspect the work and see how he could get dirty!
The completed project has turned out very well!  The guys helping on the project named it M…

Calling Up

This April we are in need of help specifically to work on the project of a huge new boy's dorm.  We have been praying that God would raise up the right people at the right time to help us on this big endeavor.  I (Phyllis) have found myself thinking on a quote I once heard that really resonates with this season of our lives...."The task before us isneveras great as the Power behind us."  I don’t know who said it, but I remember reading it on a daily calendar that my parents gave me the year or two before my Dad died.  Little did I know how often it would be called up in my mind in the years to come, but it has stuck with me.  
Now, as I sit here, I wonder what is being called up in your mind as you read that.  What kind of trials or hardships are you facing?  What are the tasks before you that might be hindering you from venturing out on a 2-3 week mission trip to the other side of the world?   Let me share three struggles that kept me from missions for a long time.... Numb…

Praying a way!

Sometimes on the road, there seems to be NO way through.  We recently had a road trip to Madang, a coastal city in PNG.  There is one road....ONE get from Goroka to there and it was full of obstacles!  It's at least a 8 hour drive but it depends on the condition of the road.  At one point on our journey, the road was impassable.  A bridge had failed and there was no way to cross, so the road was just diverted down through the river.  A semi truck and trailer had gotten through the river but got stuck on the way back up the river bank and there was NO WAY around him.  We were already hours into our drive and there was NO going  We waited and prayed with earnest!  Gunner and Moriah prayed too....and their prayers are just as fervent as ours!  
It's nothing like a road block in the states.....there are no signs of issues ahead, there was no police presence, no tow trucks to was chains and manpower that moved the truck....or so the people thought!…