Lasting impact

The past two weeks have been very busy in the Hovey household.We have had visitors (YAY!) and others who have come for various reasons this past month. It has been delightful to welcome fellow servants in the Lord here!Our routines changed slightly though and so we weren't able to blog last week.A HUGE thanks to those of you have been praying for us extra in spite of our lack of communication.It has been a BIG week here in PNG!There was the First of its kind Bena men's meeting (bung) that saw 33 men give their lives to GOD be the glory!!!This may not seem like much to some of you, but let me tell you it is a true miracle.These men are warriors at heart and even their own government considers them hard headed and problematic people.Will you join us in praying that they will continue to grow in their walks with Jesus and transform their families and ultimately the Bena region of PNG with the light of the Gospel??We are believing and praying that God will continue t…


Sometimes test time comes and there is success.  Sometimes test time comes and there is failure.  This past week found me feeling both success and failure in the same evaluation.   We had our first language evaluation after being in class for a little under eight weeks.  There has been a lot of growth and progress.  However, there are still those areas that need to be improved.  
I (Phyllis) felt pretty good going into the test.  I have grown in confidence and have been out among people more.  However, I still have a long ways to go!  Honestly?  I broke down crying in the middle of the whole thing and couldn't seem to recover.  Failure.  That's all I could hear in my mind.  We've been here for how long and I'm still no where near proficient?  I told myself all sorts of things like, "I'm never going to get this....this is supposed to be an 'easy' language....I've never been a bad student, so why is this so hard?....."  As you can see, not produc…

The reality of Ministry

I (Brian) have been thinking about how much stuff is covered under the blanket of "Ministry". It is really hard to comprehend if you have not experienced it first hand.  In my mind it is a bit like running in a marathon or a big sports event.  Generally people only get to see the end result.  They don't get to see the training that takes place everyday, the sacrifices that are given up in order to accomplish the goal.  I am not a runner....unless someone is chasing me of course, but I can only imagine the hundreds of miles someone puts on in their preparation for a marathon.  I am sure there are days they don't want to get out of bed to run or have aches and pains, but they press forward because they keep the focus in mind...the end result.  
When people think of missionaries is generally about preaching, winning souls for Christ, starting churches, and so on...however those are all end result things and we seldom think about all the "training" that is done …

Hero for the Day

To define a 'hero' is a matter of perspective.  There is usually criteria that needs to be met to obtain the title.  In the Hovey home, Gunner was our hero of the day.  Why? Let me explain.... Today we had team meetings in the morning at another missionary family's home.  Gunner and Moriah were to stay at home with a friend and national partner that they are quite comfortable with.  Meetings started at 8:30 this morning, and we stopped for a break around 10:00 am.  Not too far into our break we were all surprised to hear little footsteps running up to the house and a little hand knock on the door.  It was Gunner!  He had run through the morning drizzle and was clearly out of breath.  "Mom!" He exclaimed, "Ms. D. is locked in the bathroom and you need to come quick to let her out!"  I put down my snack foods and ran after him back to the house (which thankfully was next door).   Moriah was getting shoes on and preparing to follow Gunner outside, and sure e…

Change my heart, O God

As I was doing my devotions with Brian last night we were reading from Romans 4:20-21.

No unbelief made him [Abraham] waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. (ESV)
Abraham was SURE of God’s promise.  I wish I knew that delicate art!  I confess, I’m not there....YET....I am convinced though that God is still working on me.  This week has been full of ups and downs emotionally.  I have been praying that God would be the stability of my heart, but I would really enjoy external encouragement at my beck and call sometimes!.....sigh.  This verse however, testified that Abraham's faith had to wasn’t like he just decided to have faith and wa-bam!  It was there.  No.  He had to learn and his faith 'grew strong as he gave glory to God.'   This Sunday in church I was given the privilege of sharing a song with the congregation.  I have to confess, I was supposed …

Men's Conference

The Bena district is a large region adjacent to Goroka Baptist Bible College (where we live). This area is known for sorcery and fierce tribal fighting. The culture in PNG is very male dominated, and Papua New Guinean men are much less likely to be in church than women. There are few men worshiping and taking leadership positions in the churches across the country, but these men need to know Jesus Christ; they need to be leaders of their families; they need to be leaders in the church. A vision our ABWE team has is for God to raise up men in the Bena district to take a stand for Christ. We are praying for GOD to call 100 Bena Men to Himself so that they can be saved and discipled. God is answering these prayers in a mighty way as recently 15 Bena men came to know Christ as their personal Savior. These men’s lives are truly being transformed!  We, in partnership with a large group of Pastors in our area, would like to give out 200 personal invitations to the Bena men to attend outreac…

Deep Roots

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, 
whose trust is the Lord.   He is like a tree planted by water,  that sends out its roots by the stream, And does not fear when heat comes, For its leaves remain green, And is not anxious in the year of drought, For it does not cease to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8
This passage speaks of bearing fruit In ups and downs 'cause of its roots They’re deep, they’ve dug down to the soil That cannot be disturbed or spoiled
It offers life from underneath Regardless of the sun and heat I’m challenged thinking on this truth Because I have neglected roots
In leaving for the mission field I forfeited 'familiar' yield  Transplanted 'cross the ocean wide I’ve been surprised at what’s inside
My heart seems frail at best sometimes Because my roots need to abide In soil rich....the Words of God Not settle for the greenish sod
If trials ceased I would not grow Because they make me crave to know The waters that will yield a crop That will bring life and never stop.