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Saturday Slugger

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Brian hit a home run this week with the group of guys he is working with to create an "entrance" to GBBC.  Check this out!  Gunner and Moriah striking a pose…. Finishing the electrical on the back side…. The flags are the twenty two provinces of Papua New Guinea.  The sign is to testify to the establishment of the Goroka Baptist Bible College, but ultimately?  The whole project is to the glory of God!  The "hill" that the flags and sign rest upon is known as "Mount Moriah."  It has been no small feat for the guys to build and transform what used to be a nice mound of dirt and create a masterpiece that testifies to our Creator God who redeems life from the dust of  the ground!   Gunner also hit a big milestone….we now have a seven-year-old in the house!  Can you see a glimpse of his excitement in his face while he was opening gifts? He had great fun….he requested homemade corn dogs….for breakfast!  I denied his request, but I made them for dinner instead. H

Sneaking a Peek

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It is no slight thing to catch a glimpse of heaven here on earth.  This Easter Sunday, we had such a privilege.  Gunner and six other national believers followed the Lord in a believer’s baptism.  What made it heavenly to me was the fact that it was multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-generational, and yet?  The entire thing was   worshipful !  Worship brings unity to our feeble, human hearts and is a demonstration of intentionally looking off ourselves and up to our Savior.  What a marvelous thing to behold!!! We had no idea what to expect exactly for the service as PNG is known as “the land of the unexpected.”  We walked 20 minutes through a village and down the side of a mountain to reach the spot where the river water pooled.  I (Phyllis) fell twice on the way down….hahaha!  Thankfully, I wasn’t hurt too bad. 😂 Gunner bounded down the steep incline and tried to keep up with the “big boys.”  The service was simple, but oh!  SO rich!  Gunner was busy trying to put rocks from the ri

The Gift of Change

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I started writing this little book for our son, Gunner, when he began school at Nuhmonoi Christian Academy here in PNG.  To be quite honest, I didn’t finish it in time to give it to him before his first day, so I shelved it.  However, it came to mind this morning as I was contemplating a blog post.   Change is all around us.  It is inevitable.  However, we have a promise we can claim that is constant.  2 Cor. 5:17 in the Bible says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come…" Our Savior offers new life to ALL….and?  He offers it freely!   As you read about the gift of change, I pray you are encouraged to consider that Christ is the hope you can set your life on! He will never change!!!

Getting Older and Asking Questions

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Our 100 year old Gunner! Yesterday Gunner celebrated 100 days of being in school this year!  He dressed up as a little 100 year old man to celebrate the occasion….and I might add that he played the part well!!  His acting reminded me of life’s frailty…The Bible talks about our lives as a vapor—here today and gone tomorrow (James 4:14).  It also talks in Ephesians 5:16 to “…make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil…”. What makes the days evil?  The fact that it shortens the time we have to share the Gospel!   People are dying daily and although it is often sugarcoated, the reality is that they are perishing and headed into eternity without the Lord….heartbreaking!!! Gut-wrenching!!! Unbelievably hard to swallow!!!  However, we are NOT without hope if we have  Jesus !!!   This past week I had a conversation with Gunner on the way to school.  He was sitting in the back with Moriah and seemed to be enjoying the quiet, when out of the blue, he hit me with a brave question

Learning!

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Moriah hard at work recording the date in her journal…. This week has been one of lots of learning!  We started Moriah working on Kindergarten school work now that she is five years old….she’s been asking about starting school since Gunner did this fall, so it’s been awhile in coming! She loves it!  She takes it very seriously……in her journal this week, she wrote that the thing she is looking forward to the most this year is reading….a girl after my own heart! Gunner dressed as a book character for a school dress up day…..Jim Elliot was his character of choice! Gunner has been learning to read more fluently and in greater volume…..so cool!  His big undertaking this week was there was a screen free week challenge during reading emphasis week at his school.  We will sometimes do a Friday night movie night and routinely Saturday morning cartoons, but we are past those days!   He made it!!!  SO proud of him! This was our syllable reading class….I’m not pictured because I was behind the cam

Turning the Corner, but Still on the Path

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  Our dear boy outside our new church work... For the past couple years, we have been involved in a church plant in a community called Makia.  Struggles over land ownership have arisen again , leaving us still without a permanent structure, more legal complications, as well as a season of waiting on the horizon. On the tail end of this turmoil, teammates with a giftedness and passion for reaching this area have also arrived back on the field after furlough.  After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to shift our focus from Makia and allow our teammates the privilege of regrouping and rebuilding the body of believers there.  God has given us a different wheel house.  We are excited to couple with the same national pastor at another congregation where we will focus on discipleship.  Our sending church pastor once preached a message on discipleship, saying, “Salvation is a free gift, but discipleship will cost you your life.”  While we are refocusing our attention, we are choos

Ketchup?

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Yes!  Let’s “catch up!”  Over the course of our return to PNG, we have not been as diligent in keeping up with our blog.  Our apologies!  We thought this week’s blog we could do a flyover of some of the things that’ve been going on that we haven’t covered….here we go!   This group of guys have dedicated time, hard work and sweat to the improvement of Goroka Baptist Bible College’s drainage work.  We live in a tropical climate where the seasons are limited to: rain or no rain.  When it rains?  It pours…literally.  Having said that, it is crucial that we funnel the water where we want it to go rather than letting it wreak havoc as it finds its own way down the mountainside of where the college is located.  While there is still work to be done, the rainy season is upon us, and so?  We wanted to honor these men and their work for the Lord as they coupled with us to improve the campus.  We provided an “American” meal with burgers, hot dogs and French fries to try to communicate appreciation