Christmas 2009 in Wusuraambya

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Wusuraambya Airstrip shuts down for maintenance…..

Airstrip

Because the surface of the airstrip has become very rough due to water erosion, it became necessary to close it on August 5.  Drainage ditches are needed along each side of the airstrip as well as addition maintenance. Since the airstrip closed, we have heard that the Wusuraambya  people are working hard on the required maintenance. When Andrew goes in Sept. 24 he will fly in to a neighbouring airstrip and hike for about an hour (if the trail is dry) to get to our home. Please pray that people will stay motivated to complete all the necessary repairs so that the airstrip can be reopened soon.

Goud children begin new school year at Numonohi Christian Academy

After nearly two months in the tribe for summer vacation, our children have begun another school year at Numonohi Christian Academy. Josh is now in middle school (grade7) and Dan, Ben and Heidi are in highschool, in grades 9, 10 and 12.  Heidi is on the softball team and Ben is on the volleyball team.  All four children enjoy interacting with friends.  We thank the Lord for dedicated staff who seek to be a godly example to the children. Please pray for Heidi, Ben, Dan and Josh, as well as us as parents, that our love for our Lord would grow stronger each day.

NCA

Believers teaching in Romans 12, giving our bodies to God

During these next two weeks the believers in Wusuraambya will be taught from Romans 12 concerning the aspect of giving their bodies to God as living sacrifices for Him to use as He desires. Pray for the believers as they discern what this really means.  If we give our hands to God would we continue to use our hands to steal or play cards (gambling) or fight?  No, God would not desire to use our hands in that way. If we give our mouths to God, would we say harsh words of hatred towards people who hurt us? No, God would rather use our mouths to speak the words of love contained in the Gospel.  Pray that we would not only be teaching these thoughts to the believers but also have practical opportunities to teach our children how to apply these truths in their young lives. Pray too that we as a couple will noticeably apply God’s Word in our day-to-day lives.

Students of INTERFACE come to Wusuraambya

S7300549Several times a year groups of young people who wish to “check out” missions, come to the college-level missions program known as “Interface” here in PNG. (Click on this link to find out more:  Interface PNG) As part of their program they visit a tribal location.   The day they wanted to fly in, the weather was TERRIBLE with clouds right down to the ground!   The team never did make it in the first day, and the second day there was only a window of time for them to get in before the clouds set in again. Despite having to slosh through the MUD, they had a wonderful time of fellowship with the Wusuraambya believers.

ITF Team

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Heidi and Cathy leave for Australia on September 7 for Heidi’s jaw surgery

It is only a short time now until Cathy and Heidi travel to Australia for Heidi’s jaw surgery. They will fly down on September 7th.  Heidi has 4 pre-op appointments with the surgeon beginning on September 9th and  the actual operation is scheduled for October 5th. They will stay for two weeks after the surgery for additional appointments before returning to PNG on Oct. 20. Please pray for Heidi as this will not be a pleasant experience, and for all of us as we are separated for 6 weeks.

Sonlight Service in PNG

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–>"He is not here. He is risen."

Dear Friends:

We began this morning with a “Sonlight service to celebrate again the Risen Christ”. The “sun” was not visible through the fog but certainly the “Son’s” presence was evident among us. As we gathered together and praised God this morning we reflected on the significance of the resurrection. Romans 8:29 speaks of Jesus as the first-born among many brethren. True, the Scriptures tell us that some died and were raised back to life, but Jesus is the first to be raised to eternal life, and he is now seated at the right hand of God as our Lord and High Priest, interceding for us. It is His blood that was shed for our sin, and as one man noted this morning, if there was no other person on earth but me, Jesus would have died for me alone.

Translation
{{56395}} In February we were able to get Romans 1-2 checked by two translation consultants. Kena and her cousin Bilinda were our Wusuraambyan translation helpers. The check went very well. We thanked the Lord for His enablement;. The meaning of the verses came through very clearly!! It was exciting for Kena and Bilinda too, to see God answer prayer. The consultant commented that it was one of the best initial Romans checks that she had done. May all the glory go to the Lord. Now we have courage to continue through the rest of Romans and into the other Epistles. We do covet your prayers as we do not feel adequate for this job and many days it is slow going and we would like someone else to take over. But we press on so that the Wusuraambyan believers can have God’s Word in their language. (Our translation consultant only had time to check two chapters while she was here. We’re waiting for another man to come from the USA to check Romans 3-8 and Ruth 1-4. )

Wusuraambyan Believers
We have had weekly contact via radio with the Wusuraambyan believers. Jesi and Josek continue to work on the revision of the book of Exodus, and Willis, Jesi and Josek take turns teaching from the book of Romans on Wednesdays and the book of Acts on Sundays.

The people are enjoying the lessons. Some of the believers are facing some hard times in their lives. Some have been staying home for the teaching because of various trying circumstances. Last week we encouraged the three Bible teachers to go visit these people in their homes so they could find out what was wrong and encourage them from God’s Word. Please pray for these young babes in Christ, as they continue learning the full significance of all that Christ did for them at Calvary and the position they now hold as believers, citizens of heaven, seated with Christ at the right hand of God.

Andrew to Wusuraambya

In two days Andrew will be going to Wusuraambya to spend time discipling the believers , {{56392}} checking some translation corrections that he’s been working on for Romans, and also going over my translation work on the book of Ruth. Please pray for him that he will have good opportunites to share with the believers and encourage them.

Heidi’s Jaw Surgery
Plans are quickly falling into place for Heidi’s jaw surgery later this year. Medical insurance has now agreed to pay for the surgery; we are responsible for travel and lodging. Heidi’s lower jaw never fully developed, possibly causing her chronic and quite severe headaches. It is hoped that corrective surgery will provide some relief for her. {{56393}}I (Cathy) will be going down to Australia in early September. She has 4 weeks of pre-op appointments leading up to surgery on October 5th. We have been encouraged to see the Lord begin to provide what is needed. Please pray that we will continue to rest in Him as we see Him work out all the details. Heidi and I have never been to Australia without Andrew. We know God will be there with us all the way.

We wanted to thank you for being a vital part of our ministry through your prayer and financial support. The Wusuraambya people thank you too. We wish you could meet them!

May our Risen Lord encourage you in a special way today. In Him we have life. Hallelujah!
In Him,

Andrew , Cathy, Heidi, Ben, Dan and Josh Goud