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January, 2013

Dear friends,

First of all we want to wish you all the Lord’s richest blessings in 2013.  God has given us a new year to use for his glory. May He find us faithful in the work He has given each of us to do.  May you find joy and peace each new day as you shine for Him.  

Christmas
We thoroughly enjoyed having Dan and Josh home for their school break.  We of course missed having Heidi and Ben with us. The weather was sunny most days, quite unexpected for Wusuraambya at Christmas time.  We were able to hike out to the water fall as well as the water hole.  The boys also enjoyed playing volleyball with the Wusuraambyans. The boys worked on the road and small bridges so that it would be easier for us to get around on our ATV.  Celebrating Christ’s birth as a family was wonderful. Without His coming our lives would lack meaning and purpose.

Wusuraambyan Christmas Conference
The believers decided to have a Christmas Conference. They met each day from Christmas Day through to the following Sunday. The theme was the prophesies about Christ in the Old Testament and how they were fulfilled in Christ. They also talked about how the authors of the Epistles looked back at the life of Christ. Willis, Josek and Andrew all took turns teaching. The conference was well attended. On Christmas Day the Sunday school children sang songs, recited memory verses and listened attentively as Emelin their teacher taught the Christmas story from Luke 2 while I put the flannel graph pictures up. It was a wonderful day of celebration. 

Baptism
On December 30 we as a church all hiked down to the water hole. Four believers were baptized. It was a day of rejoicing for Willis, Enuyaas, Kenyol and Jesi  (four brothers) as they saw their little sister Devuraak get baptized. Her husband Iso joined her. Tolai ( husband of the powerful witch doctor Wuvaringak who was saved and baptized earlier) and his daughter Satuwe also gave testimony of salvation through Christ’s finished work on the cross and were baptized. Pray for these young believers that they will grow in their love for their Saviour and stand strong as they face temptations.  

Translation helpers
Jesi, Andrew’s translation helper has faced some family and personal struggles. He took some time off to work through things. We were hoping that by the new year he would be ready to come back to work, while happily he did later in January.  It is really nice to see the joy of the Lord once again evident in Jesi’s life. My translation helpers Jenilaa and Emelin have also left the tribe for a while. After several years of working with these girls, they are able to give a passage back to me from memory after I read it to them. To train new girls for checking translation is a big job. Please pray that these girls will come back soon. Also pray for the girls I am now training.  They are excited about helping with translation checking.  (The list of books needing to be checked by trained translation consultants is growing quite long. We were hoping to have quite a few of them  ready for checking in May.  Losing our help for a while did slow us down a bit, a disappointment to us but no surprise to God.  The books that are nearly ready for the final consultant check include the rest of Romans, Ephesians, 1 Timothy,  Titus, Philemon, Jude, and Jonah.  1 Corinthians is in its first draft and also being worked on. )

Believers moving to town
After all the troubles shipping the coffee beans  last year there is very little money available for school fees, bride prices, and other personal needs.  As a result  many Wusuraambyans are going to town to find work, and also many others are going to town to go to school. We’ve counted at least 30 believers who have left the tribe during the last months leaving a noticeable empty space  in the church building on Sundays.

Please pray for the believers in the various towns, that they would not be drawn away from the Lord by the pleasures of this world. Pray that they would faithfully read God’s Word and pray, and that they would find fellowship with other believers. Please pray that Daanol, a young man from our village, would have a chance to teach his mom chronologically through the Bible and that she would come to trust Christ as her Saviour.  Daanol’s cousin Bene(my helper in our home and literacy teacher),  has also gone to town. Pray that she and Daanol would encourage each other in their faith. Both are young believers.

Dan’s future plans
Dan will be graduating from high school May 29. He is therefore busy applying to a number of schools to further his education. Pray for clear direction for him, and that he would have peace about whatever door the Lord opens for him. Please continue to pray for Dan and Josh for encouragement in the dorm and at school.  Their academic load is fairly heavy.

Thanks you for being our faithful prayer warriors. Thank you for faithfully giving for our ministry here.

Let’s trust God together for HIS WORK here in Wusuraambya.

Love in Christ,

Andrew, Cathy, Dan and Josh Goud

SECOND CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE IN WUSURAAMBYA

October 7, 2011

Dear friends,

Happy Thanksgiving!! Hope you’re having some wonderful family time as you thank God for all He has given you. This Thanksgiving we are thanking God for each of you who so faithfully stand with us through your prayers and giving. We appreciate each one of you!

Highlands Conference

When the boys finished their first term of school, we attended our annual Highlands Conference as a family. The messages were very convicting and challenging. We enjoyed delicious food and wonderful fellowship. We came away very much encouraged. Since Ben is now a senior, he shared his testimony along with two other seniors whose parents work in the Highlands Region. Boys Home for School Break Andrew and I have been enjoying having our boys home in Wusuraambya for their school break. We would have liked to have seen the sun a bit more, but are thankful for the hours of sun we did have in between the rain and clouds. We have played games and watched movies, gone on walks and played lots of volleyball. Each afternoon a group of young people has been coming to play volleyball so we have been able to get some good rallies going back and forth. Monday, October 10, the boys fly back to school. Please pray for Ben, Dan and Josh that they would hunger after God, and please pray for their dorm parents Chris and Peggy Bittner, for wisdom in the daily running of the dorm.

Heidi

Heidi is enjoying her second year at Redeemer University. Last weekend she was able to go to Michigan with a friend and was able to connect with two of her classmates from Numonohi Christian Academy in PNG. This weekend she is going to have Thanksgiving dinner with Andrew’s family. Heidi has seen God’s wonderful loving hand in numerous ways in the last weeks.

Believers Attend Bible Conference

Last weekend about 60 Wusuraambya believers walked to the neighbouring tribe for a Bible conference. It was neat to hear how the young men stayed right with the women and children, helping carry the children, and also helping the women and children across a swift flowing river. They had a wonderful time of rejoicing in the Lord together. They heard messages from God’s Word; one message which really spoke to them was about the old and new natures struggling within us. The speaker described the struggle as a rugby match where the old nature and new nature are trying to tackle each other back and forth. Satan will not rest. The battle is intense but we are on the winning side.

When the Wusuraambyans were asked to share a special number in music they all stood up and it seemed like there were more people standing than sitting. They sang their hearts out. Everyone came back encouraged. It is fun for them to meet other believers from different tribes in this area. They were concerned that the hike back would be long and difficult, but they ask God for strength and they said their trip felt much shorter than they expected; they thanked God for answered prayer.

When they arrived home, they were faced with trials immediately. One young mom, Naasulin, came home to an empty house. A thief had broken in and stolen almost everything. The house next to her was also broken into. Willis and Kena had food stolen from their garden as well as firewood. They realized that they had a choice to make, to let their joy in the Lord continue or be very upset about what was missing. Satan wanted them to be defeated by this they recognized. Please pray for Naasulin that God would encourage her heart in a special way, especially since her husband is in town and she is here alone with four young children.

Josek and Goma Getting Married

These last weeks, Andrew and I have been meeting once a week with Josek and Goma. We discuss different aspects of marriage with the four of us and then let the two of them discuss the same things alone. We want them to build a strong marriage right from the start. Both Josek and Goma are really enjoying these sessions, and are enjoying getting to know each other better. (This marriage has been arranged by the parents therefore they do not know each other well). One of the things we talked about was that they both need to follow God with all their heart. If one of them follows God wholeheartedly moving ahead spiritually like an arrow, and the other flounders and follows God only some times, moving ahead like a winding river, it will be hard to be united in their marriage. That spoke to both of them. We have seen growth in Goma. She is now reading God’s Word and seems to hunger after God. Please pray for this young couple as they grow in their relationship with each other and with God. Going over these marriage questions has been good for Andrew and I too. Next month we will be married 20 years. It is good to reflect on the commitment we made to one another, considering how we need to grow, and stopping to cherish one another afresh.

Andrew Translating 1 Corinthians

The translation of 1Corinthians is going slowly right now. We have been having trouble with a lot of equipment and this has been very time consuming for Andrew. Our generator and printer have been the latest things to give us trouble. Please pray for Andrew for wisdom and encouragement as he tries to fix things. Perhaps we need to replace some of the equipment.

Cathy Checking Translation

I have been working on checking the translation of Ephesians. When my translation helper comes we make very good progress. Unfortunately she has not been able to come regularly. I have realized that I need to ask someone else who would be able to come more regularly. Please pray for wisdom as I decide who to ask to help me. Not everyone is able to give back in detail what they hear, especially in difficult chapters like we find in the epistles.

Jesi

We thank God that Jesi continues to come very faithfully to help Andrew with translation. Jesi’s computer is one of the pieces of equipment that has been given us trouble. It gets discouraging when Jesi loses the translation he has been working on. We know that God is in control and that He will not give us more than we can bear. Please pray that we will keep our eyes on Him in the midst of the challenges we have been facing. What we see as interruptions are lessons that God has chosen to give us. May we learn what God is trying to teach us.

We appreciate your prayers for us.

Thankfully in Jesus,

Andrew, Cathy and sons