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.
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
Several 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.
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.
Dear Friends and Family,
Greetings from Wusuraambya!
Thank you once again for faithfully praying for both ourselves and the Wusuraambya people. The church is doing fairly well. I was encouraged by the Wednesday night Bible Study last week which was attended by around 60 people, a pretty good turnout for a midweek gathering after a hard day’s work down in the gardens, etc, etc.. On Sundays we seem to be averaging around 60 adults and just as many children.
In the Wednesday Bible Studies we are going through the book of Romans which is keeping us men busy trying to have the lessons checked and polished, and the Scripture portions as accurate as possible by the time they are used for teaching. During this trip into the tribe I’m trying to make sure the teachers are ready for a full month of lessons since we’ll be tied up during the school break and Highlands annual conference midmonth. My next trip into the tribe will be the last week of March Lord willing.
On Sundays we are continuing through the book of Acts. So basically on Sundays the believers are learning the function of the Church, and on Wednesdays they are learning how to live their lives in Christ and under the control of the Holy Spirit. Pray that the believers will learn to apply the various truths that they are taught each week.
In town our children are all doing quite well with school and extracurricular activities. They all enjoy sports which keeps us hopping, because we live about 15 minutes drive from the center and every activity means another trip. Some days I’ve made 3 and even 4 trips in a single day to drop off or pickup one of the kids for school, sports, class meetings, etc… Rental vehicles and flights into the tribe are a financial strain but we know that financial stress is an ever-present reality in the world today! We would appreciate your prayers though as we continue through this year and next – until Heidi graduates and leaves the field in 2010. One very financial need this year is Heidi’s jaw surgery. She is scheduled for surgery in Australia later this year which is EXTREMELY expensive, yet will hopefully relieve her of the severe headaches she’s had for years already. The orthodontist here in PNG has been working with her to move her teeth into the position where they need to be AFTER the surgery, but the interim effect is not very appealing! So she really would appreciate your prayers that everything would come together in the right time.
Cathy has been working away on the book of Ruth, but progress is slow with her other responsibilities as a mother and the many interruptions both where we live right now and also at the school. Pray that she will be able to finish her first complete translation project soon and find encouragement to keep going with the next book. I need her help!
Living out of the tribe and away from the believers, it is much harder to stay focused on our first priority of translation and lessons preparation with so many other things pulling at us daily. Never-the-less we do know that this is what God has for us right now and we consider it a privilege to serve wherever He would have us to serve. With the goal of eventually delivering a complete New Testament to the Wusuraambya believers, we do need to keep focused as much as possible though. Please pray for us daily in that regard. We have some special help out here in the tribe with Jesi, Josek and Jeri, our three “J-men” who are busy full-time in my office helping with correcting and revising both lessons and Scripture. Right now they are spending every available minute getting the book of Exodus reading for recording, an important step in making a translation flow naturally in the language of the people. With their help I expect to see the book of Exodus ready for final consultant check in the not TOO distant future.
Well, that’s about all the news for the moment. I’ve copied a list of field needs below which you might be interested in perusing. Notice that there are some very urgent personnel needs in PNG. There are many different roles that need to be filled in order to keep tribal missionaries in the tribes. If you know anyone who might be a candidate for one of the positions listed below, please have them contact NTM in Canada at (519) 369-2622 or in Sanford, Florida at (407) 323-3430 for more information on how they can be involved in these important ministries.
Have a great day!
Andrew for the Goud Crowd.
Christmas Greetings from the Gouds in Wusuraambya.
We want to once again thank all of you for your prayers during this year of many changes. This picture collage represents many exciting moments in Wusuraambya this year, and also some very sad memories with both our co-workers leaving us for other equally as important ministries as directed by the Holy Spirit. Yet at the same time the Lord has raised up some very important Wusuraambyans to fill the shoes of those who left. Please pray for us as we continue translating and teaching through the New Testament from where we are in Romans. There is new enthusiasm building as the first lessons in Romans are being taught. The highlight of course is the victory we have HAD over past sins, and the victory we can now HAVE over sin as we allow the Holy Spirit to control us and work through us.
Please continue to pray that we would all grow to be more and more like Jesus in our day-to-day activities as we look forward to the moment when Jesus takes us all to be with him. We wish you a blessed Christmas as you celebrate the birth of Christ once again this month. Thank you for your financial support which enables both us and the Wusuraambya believers to continue the work of translating, teaching, and discipleship, and as they prepare to take the next step by reaching beyond their own village borders to teach others the good news that set them free from Satan, sin, and eternal separation from God.
Serving the Lord together,
Andrew, Cathy, Heidi, Ben, Dan and Josh Goud
and Willis, Kena, Jesi, and Josek who are our Wusuraambya co-workers