Hi Friends! Can you believe it has been 3 full months now since Deborah left?
Deborah got back from her three week trip to Wewak shortly after her birthday. The visit and training went well, and Deborah had no fears of flying in a plane that only seated 8 people to get there and back. The large base of missionaries there serve as a great support and are very good at making the new missionaries feel comfortable–the pilot prayed with them before they took off. Coming back after three weeks, Deborah is again “settling in” to her daily tasks and to life at the Center. She does seem to have gotten over her fear of pests and bugs. *Honesty requires me to disclose here that I (Anna) wondered about whether such a thing would ever be possible!* 🙂 There has been a lot of rain at Center recently, which in itself is an answer to prayer, as they had been experiencing drought last year before Deborah arrived.
In PNG, Deborah is experiencing not just a new way of living herself but is also exposed to different cultures and their practices. Last week, she told us about a Papua New Guinean who killed his wife:
“The man hid in the jungle. Normally, what would happen in a situation like this is that the wife’s family would come after the murderer and kill him, or if they couldn’t find him they’d get revenge by killing a family member of the murderer. If the police got involved, the police would burn family members houses if the family members didn’t say where the murderer was located (usually a brother or someone knows). In hiding, the murderer puts his family at high risk of danger. Thankfully, the murderer turned himself in after a few days, sparing both himself and his family.”
Another example she shared with us was about a burglar who came onto the Center and went to two different homes. One house he went to, the lady of the home invited him to play Wii, and he did! What an interesting response to being robbed–I wonder how many of us could take something meant to harm us and rob our families and respond in such a way?
Please pray for:
- Continued strength and physical health
- Energy for the day to day grind of work and that good progress will be made during Deborah’s time in PNG
- Discernment in knowing what all to be involved in, choosing between many great things and not taking on too much (yes, this comes from us, Deborah’s family, as we have communicated and heard about the many opportunities Deborah has to be part of different projects, events, and roles)
- A zeal and closeness with the Lord deeper than Deborah has ever experienced before
Thanks for being part of this journey with us! Deborah covets your prayers and is so thankful to have a team of believers supporting and lifting her up in prayer!