He Is Risen!

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As the beautiful clouds covered the mountains in the background and the morning sun poked through the clouds, we met for Sunrise Service at 6 am at Praise Baptist. Phil had the honor of preaching the Easter message. After worship service there were many tear filled eyes and others wailed as we watched the Passion of the Christ using a generator. The pain and suffering our precious Lord and Saviour endured on the Cross is unbearable to fathom as He paid the price for sins of humanity. The darkness of Jesus’ Crucifixion followed by the magnificent announcement by the angel, “He is not here, he has risen, just as he said.” Matthew 28: 6. We rejoice that the tomb was empty because HE IS RISEN! Believers in Christ have hope to be united with our Lord and Saviour because He paid the ultimate penalty on the Cross!

Vehicle
With great joy we can say that we received enough funds to purchase a working vehicle! We are praising God for His provision. Thank you so much for praying and sacrificially giving! We are no longer borrowing others’ vehicles to go to town or to ministries. Also, we give so many people rides to the ministries we are involved with since most people do not own cars here. They walk or use public transportation called a PMV. Words cannot express our gratitude! We also had 2 increases in monthly support. Thank you for helping us to minister to those in PNG!

Kenemaro
We are thankful God has provided dedicated students who faithfully share the Word of God at Kenemaro. This past week a heavy rain almost cancelled the evening, but we decided not to cancel. With heavy rains, we have a higher likelihood of getting stuck in the slippery mud of the horrendous roads. In the picture Peter (pink shirt) shares the Bible lesson while Willie (blue shirt) assists. We re-enacted God using Moses to part the Red Sea and the kiddos loved it! Willie portrayed Moses, the ladies were the Israelites, the children were the Red Sea and the men were the Egyptian army.

Married’s Student Fellowship
We started back meeting with the married students for fellowship, games, food, prayer, and singing. Nothing sweeter than hearing the students, many who face challenges, praising God and Glorifying Him!

We are enjoying the abundant rains God provides. This is a picture outside our backdoor with rainwater shooting out of our small water tank we use for the garden and chickens.
Phil continues to do the accounting for the ABWE missionaries and now has the added responsibility to do the accounting for GBBC (Goroka Baptist Bible College) for the next 5 months. Please pray for him with the added responsibility. Term 1 at GBBC is wrapping up in the next 3 weeks. This term Phil teaches computers 4 times a week and Jan teaches English seven times a week.

Praises and Prayer requests
Two precious souls were saved this past month that God allowed us to be a part of.

My dad (Jan) is not doing well with his health. He has had many recent falls and is struggling. Please pray for him and my mom (Gerald and Rowena Curry).

Security issues have intensified recently. Break-ins around the campus and more tension in town/PNG have occurred. Please pray for safety of us and our teammates and dear brothers and sisters in Christ and for the many lost here.

The 3rd and 4th year Education and Theology students will be going out on practical for Term 2. Pray for a good experience for them to use what they have learned and they can be shining lights for the many blinded souls here in PNG.
Our team is praying for a full-time business manager to join us and couple who would be bush missionaries in a remote area of PNG called Simbai. Please pray about these opportunities if God is leading you to join our team.

Your missionaries to Papua New Guinea
Phil and Jan Smith
John 1:29

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