Christy - Christy continues her ministry of preparing newsletters, and printing and sending correspondence for Dad and Mom. She also prepares the display board for missions conference (coming up the end of this month) and gets new prayer cards printed when they run low, and so forth. Another thing she enjoys is searching out and buying or ordering the things Dad and Mom need and also packing and sending these things. She is excited to have this part in their ministry.
Connie - An opportunity came up for me to go to Papua New Guinea to visit Dad and Mom. I was to leave on September 8th. However, because of ongoing health problems this was not possible. Recently I put an update in a note on the side bar saying that the doctor wanted to do blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis. Also, I had food allergy tests done. The rheumatoid arthritis tests came back normal. The food allergy testing was not too bad. Did find out I was allergic to green beans, pineapple, almonds, sunflower seeds, and beans (specifically kidney beans). The doctor still wants to refer me to a rheumatologist, though there has not yet been a call back on an appointment.
Since I will not be able to go to Papua New Guinea this year, I will no longer be getting a portion of support. However, at this time I will be working up to 20 hours a week on projects for Dad and Mom. This is quite exciting. If I could not go to PNG, I wanted to be involved as much as possible in a ministry here. God has answered that prayer and granted that desire.
Several projects are in the works. A series of photobooks on the Fruit of the Spirit has been completed, and God has provided for the printing of all but 2 or 3 of these books. (I think there were 21 in the series in all). Other reading materials are in progress as well.
One of the plans was for me to go to Owena and teach science to the children in Papua New Guinea. A science curriculum has already been prepared. However, since I will not be going to Papua New Guinea, this curriculum is being revised to become reading material for the young people there.
Mom has translated almost 100 songs into Melanesian Pidgin English. Musical scores for the public domain hymns are readily available online, and these songs are being prepared to go in a hymnal for the people there. Most of these musical scores come from ccel.org/cceh/ or from the Cyberhymnal, now known as hymntime.org. (Sorry, I wasn't able to paste the links) There are a couple of songbooks in Pidgin, but none of these contain the music for the songs as far as we know. Mom would like to request permission to use a few songs that are not in the public domain. Please pray as we will be seeking to secure this permission in the near future.
Below are some pictures of the works in progress. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for wisdom and for the Lord’s help in accomplishing all that needs to be done.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom… Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.” Psalm 90:12,16,17