Journey With Us

Asia - Pacific

Papua New Guinea is the world’s largest tropical island that is located just north of Australia. The nation is slightly larger than California. Papua New Guinea is a rugged and beautiful country of rain forests, palm trees, coral reefs, winding and powerful rivers, innumerable waterfalls and mountains. The highest peak Mount Wilhelm stands at 14,793 feet. Despite the beauty of Papua New Guinea, many are lost and do not know Christ. Religion is important in PNG society. Unlike Westerners, religion is intertwined with every part of life in PNG. While the names and details may be different from tribe to tribe, most societies believe that the supernatural is part of the ordinary physical world that can cause annoyance, harm, or even death. The people have strong beliefs about the dead, magic and sorcery. We want to share the love and hope of Christ in a culture steeped in fear and uncertainty.

Bible Reading

During my daily Bible reading this week, in Revelation 22, the angel showed John what would soon take place. John fell at the feet of the angel to worship him. The angel responded,” Do not do it!’ I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” The angel tells John not to worship him but to worship God. We too can fall at the feet of anything we worship instead of God whether possessions, family, recreation, job, technology, etc. Anything can be an idol. A great reminder to worship the One True Living God!

Praise

Huge Praise! Missionary Development funds were available from Bethesda Baptist Church to pay for the upcoming trip we are taking to Papua New Guinea this November. What a blessing!

Upcoming Dates

  • September 16,17 Crossroads Fellowship Conference in Bloomington, Indiana
  • November 1-3 Missions Conference at Bethesda Baptist Church
  • November 4-23 Trip to PNG.  We will be visiting Goroka and Simbai.

Join Us

Many have asked if we are still working. The answer is yes. Phil continues to work as a computer programmer. Jan continues to work as a dietitian. We are both still working until we have enough support to leave our jobs and devote all of our time to  pre-field ministry. Join with us on this journey as we fall in love with the people of Papua New Guinea as we will be ministering there soon. Please consider partnering with us in prayer and financially as we are raising our support to get to the field.

Stay Tuned

How did we get to becoming missionaries? Stay tuned. We will post our testimonies and how God led us to this point in our lives over the next several updates.

Sent and Appointed

We returned home from ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) Candidate School and Enrichment Conference July 26th. It is hard to believe we have been home for a month already! Just to recap, we are being sent by Bethesda Baptist Church in Brownsburg, Indiana and appointed by ABWE as career missionaries to Papua New Guinea.

Candidate Class of 2013 information:

  • Number of people appointed: 60
  • Average age of appointees: 37
  • 20 appointees in their 20’s
  • 20 appointees in their 30’s
  • 10 appointees in their 40’s
  • 10 appointees in their 50’s

Part of our training while at ABWE included Good Soil training. This training includes 40 lessons from The Story of Hope and 20 lessons from The Way of Joy. The Story of Hope is a wonderful evangelism tool starting in the beginning of The Bible in Genesis. The Way of Joy is a great resource for discipleship. We highly recommend these resources. Free leadership guides are available ONLINE.

We were also privileged to be able to attend the Missions Enrichment Conference. We were encouraged from God’s Word and testimonies from veteran missionaries, many who have served on the field for 35 years or more.

Moving Forward:

With much anticipation, our prayer cards, Facebook page, and website have been launched. JB Waggoner and Eddie Ferguson have partnered with us to put together a couple of videos for our ministry presentation. We are very grateful for their involvement. We will be posting the videos when they are available. We have been arranging individual meetings with those that are interested in learning more about our ministry to the people of Papua New Guinea. In the near future we will be scheduling meetings with churches.

How You Can Help:

We would ask that you partner with us, by way of prayer and financial support, as we reach the lost in Papua New Guinea through evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and AWANA. In future updates, we will be posting more details about our ministry and how God has led us to this point in our lives. Contact us if you would like to have a personal presentation. LIKE our Facebook page to continue to glean little snippets of information of how God continues to work in our lives.