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One job down....dozens to go!

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This week was a mark of victory....we made it through the goal of finishing a fellow missionary's house remodel!  Whoooo-hooooooo!  To God be the Glory!  Now, while from the outside it appears to be for someone else, let me just share that it was really done for the Lord.  He called, He equipped, He upheld and sustained and He gave the time and resources needed to see it through.
As the cheerleader, I can see it was a win no matter how the 'players' feel post game.  It was thrilling to sit on the sidelines and whoop while little plays turned out great.  I would be lying if I said it was a surefire win though.  There was opposition.  There was more than one hiccup.  And?  It was a team effort.....no one man show on this project!  All hands on deck!  But oh, what a sight to behold! One of the greatest privileges of being on the mission field is that we are put in situations that demand our God comes through.....somehow and/or some way.....because we, in and of ourselves, are h…

Answering the Call

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God’s call is not always convenient.  God’s call is not always easy. God’s call is not always expected or planned......but God’s call?  Is always right.  When answered, God’s call is timely and perfect.  
Four years ago, when my husband and I received our 'call' we were full of confirmation, peace and settledness that we knew what God wanted from us and it was time to follow Him.  Wow.  Had I seen all the details that God's call entailed then, I would've been cowering in the corner afraid to face the future, but God is SO kind.  Obedience is ONE step at a time, not scaling a mountain with that one step.   Today?  Obedience looked like making a pot of soup and then sharing the whole thing.  It looked like playing Uno with my children as one of them was under the weather and needed some attention.  For Brian?  It looked different.  It was leading a team of men to complete a started project within deadlines and giving time, knowledge and resources to see it through.  What m…

Together

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We have been trying to instill in our children the importance of being a family.  "What does a family do?" asked one of my children.   "We are a family," I started. We work together.  We play together. We live together. We serve together. As parents, Brian and I want to teach our children that they are a vital part of what we are doing.  I (Phyllis) would be the first to confess that I don't always do a great job at that.  However, it's something I (we) are aiming towards. At this juncture, sometimes it's easier to do the dishes myself rather than contend with water all over the the counter and floor when Gunner and/or Moriah decide they would like to help.  However, I have been convicted to change my attitude and encourage them that we 'work together' because in light of eternity, water on the floor is not a big thing.  God has intentionally placed me and EACH one of my family members together here in PNG to serve Him how we can to bring honor and glo…

Celebrating

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Easter is a VERY special time of year for us as Christians but also for us as a family.  God Himself showed up and took care of our sin problem by carrying our sin, dying, raising and offering new life to all who will accept Him as Savior.  We celebrate with great joy because if this!  Our Makia church celebration was notably small, but it’s not about the quantity of people celebrating, its about the quality of celebration taking place!  We made rolls for the occasion and shared them with the congregation.  Brian was also able to preach about God’s solution to our sin problem.  We had a nice song service too!  While there have definitely been hiccups at our church plant, we are grateful for the opportunity to give God glory over what HE has accomplished!  
Us where the Makia church meets.
Brian also went up the mountain to Kenemaro to observe a sister church's first baptismal service and church membership celebration.  It was an adventure!  Once the main service was over they took a…

Prayers needed

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This last week we have been made aware of some great needs and your prayers would be greatly appreciated!  For starters we have heard that there may be visa issues we encounter this year as foreigners.  The details are still being worked out and we are trusting that God's plan is one that cannot be thwarted regardless of the political power of the day. Second the town we are located in is without water do to money demands as much of this country is run on corruption/extortion.  This doesn’t affect us directly as our only water access is through rain water collection.  However one example we can give is the major hospital has been shut down and continues to turn people away unless absolutely necessary.  We had a teacher that went into labor and due to complications had to have a c-section.  That’s not a big deal in most of our minds, however I can’t explain the hospital conditions here and without water it is even worse.  They had to have some family bring water in each day to help …

Easter Preparation

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Are our children too little to teach about suffering?  Maybe too little to fully grasp the concept, BUT I believe if the truth is planted in them now to expect suffering, they will be better equipped with truth in their minds when their days of trials come.  What does that mean practically?  We are teaching and praying through the story of Jesus.   The reality is that Jesus suffered immensely.  The Easter story is not a fairy tale!  It speaks of deep pain, intense suffering, brutal heartache, and a Savior who endured it for the sake of you and me.  In our preparation for Easter, we have been reading a Bible story leading up to the BIG day each Sunday.  Today’s story was entitled, 'Jesus wears God’s Kingly Crown.'  Exciting, right?  Actually, it’s very sobering.  When Jesus wore a crown at this juncture, it was a crown of thorns.  It Hurt!  As I was reading to Gunner and Moriah, we got to this page....
...where Jesus is arrested.  Gunner had many questions.  Mostly though, he cou…

Expectations

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Things I did NOT expect over one year in....-to still be struggling with language -to still be establishing friendships -to be battling for opportunities to spread the Gospel -my role would SEEM insignificant
At a glance, there is nothing profound about this list.  However, to me?  It reflects some honesty that I wasn’t prepared for.  Naively, I expected to 'get' the language easily and quickly.  However, my reality is that it is hard to find time to study with two toddlers running around.  And, while I am improving, language will be a LIFELONG learning endeavor.    I am not one to make friends easily either.  It takes me time to open my heart and share the deeper places.  I can’t help but think back to my times in other places and how difficult it was as a single to establish friendships when there was more free time available.  Now, as a married wife with two kiddos, I find myself investing my time within 'my own fence' and while I am making bridges to outside friendships…

This is my time…..

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The last few weeks have been riddled with constant change and lots of travel.  I have had a couple failed to depart plane trips to remote parts of PNG due to lack of space or weather.  I have also made two trips for several days each to the coastal city of Lae to search for and buy supplies for our team.  Each time I travel anywhere in this country the sheer beauty of God’s creation is paramount, however the country never fails to surprise me and live up to its name “the land of the unexpected”.  To travel to the coast there is only one road and it is called the Highlands Highway.  I wouldn’t personally call it a highway, more of a minimum maintenance road, however that is the only access to get goods in or out of our area (other than airplane).  From Goroka to Lae it is about 190 miles in distance, however it can take anywhere from 6-9 hours one way….or possibly days, if it closes.  There are constant landslides, bridges failing, trees blocking the road, accidents, washouts, and the …

My Attitude

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My Attitude
This week has reminded me that in the midst of many things I can’t control, that God has graciously given me a choice about my attitude and how I respond to what’s given.  Now, very often, I don’t choose the best response.  Please, don’t get the wrong picture, BUT I was challenged to write a poem in light of this idea.....for me, as a reminder.  I thought it would be fun to share in the hopes of blessing someone else out there and encouraging them to make a choice about attitude too!  
This week we could also use some prayers for our family as Brian will be making the long journey to the coast in search of some supplies.  It is a very long drive on horrific roads.  Please pray for safety him and also pray for me as I will be with the kids.
You can also read our current update letter by clicking HERE!
Blessings,
Phyllis Hovey
My Attitude (By Phyllis Hovey) The runny noses, bums and all That must be wiped at a beck and call Are part of life for moms as me Today I’ll choose: Humility. Th…

New School Year Starts

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Our 'summer' has come to an end and school starts tomorrow!!!  Both Goroka Baptist Bible College and the school where Gunner attends start up in full swing with great anticipation for a wonderful school year.  I think Gunner is a little excited as it's a half an hour past his bed time and he is still up....😜 I (Phyllis), too, will start school this week.  I am teaching a class at the college this semester on how to teach phonics to elementary children.  It will be an adventure for sure!  If you think of us, will you lift up extra prayers for us as a family this week?  It will be transition for us all!
The waking up part won't be an issue as the kiddos are both generally up at around 5:30am every morning without an alarm.  I will enjoy these days of early rising as long as they last!  It's fun to have some time to chat and connect in the mornings before we head out the door.
My class is twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for about an hour.  Gunner goes to school …

Celebrating Moriah!

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Yesterday was a big day in the Hovey household.....Moriah is now TWO years old!!!  Her favorite part about the day was that she got to start eating vitamins.....😀.  Hahahaha!  No, seriously, she enjoyed more about the day than that!  She got to connect with grandparents and some other family and she got some gifts which she enjoyed opening all by herself!  Since her last birthday she has grown SO much!  She can now walk, talk, run, jump, go potty on the potty chair (still learning), and oh so much more!  
As I (Phyllis) sit and reflect on our little lady and all her accomplishments this past year, I am in awe.  She has moved around the globe, made friends on both sides of it, learned about herself, her family, her world, and?  She has managed to do so with a song in her heart.....the song she has been learning lately is called, "I am a Promise."  Her tone, inflection, and pronunciation cannot be replicated in print, but it is ADORABLE how she sings it!  The lyrics are as fol…

Church Progress

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This week has been a bit challenging, but we have great news to share!  We have been assisting a Papua New Guinean Pastor with a new church plant.  The area is in the center of a very 'religious' place, but it is a religion based off fear.  The fear literally controls the people because if they do not follow everything they are told, curses will be brought upon them and their families.  It is truly sad because this all takes place in a church that claims to be Christian yet uses satanic powers as means for control.  When the pastor first started preaching in this area about Jesus Christ people began to throw stones at him and threatened his life.  This pastor was not willing to abandon what God had called him to do.  He continued to come every Sunday and has preached for the last 9 Years to the one or two that would come.  A few years ago there was an arrangement made to purchase some land to put a church building.  The building is very significant because that means you’re he…

Seed Sowing

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These past couple weeks have been marked by seed sowing.  We have been involved in a week long youth camp that was recently put on here at Goroka Baptist Bible College.  There were over 450 campers and Lots of salvation decisions made for the Lord.  I (Phyllis) was on the sidelines of this ministry opportunity because we have small children at home and other roles to fill, but oh!  It was splendid to be on the fringe too and cheer and pray the forerunners on!  There were definitely seeds sown in the hearts and lives of the young people, and we would ask that you join us in prayer that they would continue to be watered, nurtured, and rooted in God's Word, first and foremost, but also in Bible believing and preaching congregations in their home areas.  They came from all over PNG!!!   We also have been sowing seeds in our church plant at Makia.  Brian has been working with guys there to trying to work through family issues, religious issues and to land issues so we can move forward w…