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Soldiers, sickness, and success

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We were blessed this last week with reinforcements.  A team of Australians came to help the team here with some projects!  What a blessing!   In some ways, pictures speak louder than words.....so here are a few....although they are far from capturing the impact these soldiers of the Lord made!
Here is Brian on the tractor towing a 20 foot container that was cut up to become our security guard house at the main entrance to the campus.  The guys who came and worked cut out the windows, door, and welded the security bars before it was ready to move.  
In this picture, the guard house is in place and the roof trusses are being out in place and secured.

This is the other side of the guard house looking from the road side of the college.  

As you can see from this picture, there were lots of hands and hearts working together to serve the Lord.  It took a small army to get everything up and in place and we give God the glory for all that was accomplished!

Here the roof is being put on and attached…

Fish Project

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We have several projects going at any given time and often it’s hard to see tangible progress in the day to day activities.....especially when they are large projects.  One of these large projects that has been taking place at Goroka Baptist Bible College is the construction of fish ponds.  There is a fishery department that has been created within the PNG government that has seen the great need to boost nutrition and economic solutions for the many struggling people of our area.  With the help and guidance of this fishery department we able to get this project moving.  The goal for us as a Bible College is to create a good food source for our students and if the Lord allows we can sell fish to generate some much needed income for the school.

Some land was set aside at the campus for the placement of the ponds.  I was originally told that the ponds were going to be dug by hand by the students.....while it was a good thought that would take a very long time...... Gunner came out to insp…

Joining the Battle

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It's not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena...who, at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.  —Theodore Roosevelt I picked up If You Want to Walk on Water You Have to Get Out of the Boatby John Ortberg yesterday.  It was a book that I read as I was praying about missions that a gal in my small group had given me at that time.  The pages are littered with comments, underlines, and dates.  How fun to relive that time, in part!  That’s where this quote comes from, in fact. I chose to start with this quote by Theodore Roosevelt because it resonates with the American Dream.  It speaks of independence, courage, risk and success.  However, I also wanted to challenge you, reader.  Do you agree or disagree with this statement?  I thought and prayed a…

Doing ALL things

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Some times when you are a missionary, people get an unrealistic idea of who you are because of your 'title.'  It happens in many other occupations too, but I wanted to share about it as a missionary.  As a missionary, I am not some super Christian.  I am not a walking encyclopedia of the Bible.  I don’t know how to deal with every situation or crisis that occurs.....I am still sinful and flawed.  I am just one sinner saved by God’s Grace.  As we began this journey to serving the Lord in missions we were often reminded that "God does not always call the equipped, but He equips the called."  This means we have to come face to face with our own ineptness to complete the work God has given us to do.
I have made my fair share of mess ups this week....with my husband, with my kiddos, with others, with time management, and the list could keep going.  However, that's not where I want to dwell.....even though it is so easy to stay there.  I was reading the book of Philippi…

Treasure Hunt

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Some great movies and numerous stories are told surrounding “the treasure”.  It is something our kids have latched on to without really teaching them about it....we often find them digging in the dirt or in search of treasures.  When I think of treasure one thing that comes to mind is pirates.....men and women who would do anything and go anywhere in search of the treasure their heart desires.  While each of us don’t sail the seas looking for ships to rob, plunder and seek the hidden treasure, we do have more in common than you might think.  Each of us has a “treasure” or a vision of the treasure we are seeking in our hearts.  It gets us out of bed each day for something, maybe it’s providing for the family, caring for children, an expensive car, a dream house, a wonderful retirement......what is the treasure you’re seeking?
As I (Brian) was thinking of this question I must admit the treasure that I have sought after were often from selfish desires.  Things that may look good on the ou…

Another Mom's Shoes

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Sometimes laughter really IS the best medicine for the soul.  This last week was a doozy...and I mean that to be real, not to exaggerate or make you, dear reader, feel bad for me.  It just kind of knocked me off my feet.  By Friday night, I was toast.  I was frustrated with myself, my children, general circumstances, and I wanted to just turn in for the night because I wanted the week to be over.  That sounds so dramatic, but I really felt that way.
My dear husband asked if I wanted to watch a movie with him.  I hesitated.  It was tempting to think about turning 'off' my reality and turning 'on' a different one...just for an hour or so.  I said I needed to think about it.  So? While I went in the other room to unwind a minute, Brian started looking up movie options.  Hahahahaha....he knows me well.  We debated between a couple different options and landed on "Mom's Night Out."  He said, "That’s what you need, right?"  "Heh...." I respon…

Oh, Rats!

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Sometimes we have to live and learn the hard way...and so?  We begin our rat story...we are hoping and praying it is a short episode, but time will tell.  Last week, Brian took a trip to Lae to get some building supplies and materials for Goroka Baptist Bible College.  While he was gone, I heard noises in the kitchen.  As any sensible woman would do, I went out to investigate as it was the middle of the day.  What did I spy?  I didn’t know for sure, but it looked hairy and alive!  It was behind my stove and making racket, but it stopped when I walked in the room.  Yikes! Not going to lie, I thought about it the rest of the time I was trying to lay the kiddos down for rest time.  We were finishing reading Charlotte's Web by EB White, which talks about a rat, Templeton.  He is so disgusting in habit that by the end of the story and after my brief sighting, I was trying to derive a plan to eradicate this creature from my home!  That night, I blocked crawl spaces with newspaper that I …

Charlotte's Web Revisited

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Gunner,  Moriah and I spend part of our day reading.  Just recently, we started reading Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.  I read-a-loud while the kiddos listen and 'rest.'  Sometimes they fall asleep, and sometimes they don’t.  Either way, we enjoy sharing stories together.  We read a chapter this week entitled, 'Wilbur's Boast' in the above mentioned book. In it, this conversation between two friends was recorded.... The thought of death came to him [Wilbur, the pig] and he began to tremble with fear."Charlotte?" He said softly. "Yes, Wilbur?" "I don’t want to die."  "Of course you don’t," said Charlotte in a comforting voice. "I just love it here in the barn," said Wilbur. "I love everything about this place." "Of course you do," said Charlotte.  "We all do."  The goose appeared, followed by her seven goslings. They thrust their little necks out and kept up a musical whistling, like a tiny…

Building for Eternity....by taking small steps

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A lot has been happening over these last couple weeks.  The ground at our church plant, Makia, is getting dug up and leveled which means we are getting the ground ready to put up a building!  Whooooo-hoooooo!  To God be the glory!  It is exciting to see God's work moving forward!  On the flip side of the same coin, however, there is also opposition on the move.  On the day after our groundwork was finished, we received some legal paperwork declaring we must stop all work because the ground is being contested.  We were shaken, but not moved.  All government officials were not working and offices were shutdown because of an internal dispute.  This made matters harder because we were not able to get any answers.  Thankfully, this last week we received word that a judge ruled the paperwork we received not accurate and has squashed it.  He has given the opposing party until next month to file a valid complaint.   We know God is in control and if He desires us to move forward His plan c…

Really Helping

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Tonight as I sit before the computer screen and look through pictures of the week, the question crosses my mind as to whatreally is helping and what really is not.  Today Gunner helped me peel three piles of carrots.  Thatreally helped me.  The other day, I asked Gunner for help to wash Brian’s socks, which he happily agreed to.  He made a bigger mess than I would’ve and I had to wash all the socks again anyway.  However, did thatreally help?  Not with the task, no, but with MY Attitude while completing the task?  ABSOLUTELY!  So was itreally helping?  I would say 'yes!'  
I was challenged in my quiet time with this thought too.  I am working through the book of Matthew, but I read a story that is found in Mark and Luke too.  It’s a story in Mark 5:21-43.  There was a ruler named Jairus whose daughter was sick....very sick for she was near death.  Jairus approaches Jesus and asks Him to heal her.  Jesus agrees to go to her, but on the way, a woman who has been sick for twelve y…

Bena Men’s Meeting (#2)

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This last week we had the opportunity to take part in the second annual men’s meeting in the Bena district.  I say “we” because while Phyllis and the kids did not attend it was definitely a family effort.  From the computer work to the scheduling of things before it happened and the long nights of being away last week....it took all of us.  This year it was hosted at a new church called Kenimaro Light House Baptist Church.  I watched the very first church members get baptized this year on Easter and it was a privilege to watch them take on an event of this proportion!  The topic of this men’s conference was Servant Leadership.  While in name that sounds like an oxymoron, it is very far from it.  It is taking the example of the greatest leader that ever walked the earth...Jesus Christ.  It is very counterintuitive to think this way given our world view and who we believe to be great leaders.  Yet the God of the Universe, The Creator of all things came to this broken and twisted world a…