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Greetings from the Gouds in PNG!

August has been an eventful month for us and for the Wusuraambya Bible Church.  Seventeen church members walked the two-day hike to a neighbouring tribe where they attended an annual believers’ conference. The conference began on a Friday and finished on the Sunday. Three NTM missionaries from the Wantakia tribe (near us) were the main conference speakers and did a terrific job. Also one Aziana believer taught the last session on Sunday. After returning to Wusuraambya, men who had attended the conference each represented one of the conference speakers and taught the local believers everything they heard during the conference. In this way the whole church was encouraged.  IMG_20160821_131438990

In the picture above we are posed with those who are wanting to accompany us on a walk for ALS in September. Our brother-in-law Dave Godin is a victim of ALS for which there is currently no cure. The “Godin Gang” will be representing Dave this year in a walk to raise support for ALS research and since we are so far away we asked the local church if they would like to walk with us here in PNG on September 24th when others will be walking in London. They were very excited to do this and be a part in this way. You can click on the picture above or go to this link: http://www.alsevents.ca/PNGteam to find out more details.

Our niece, Kira Fondse, has been here most of this month helping out in a lot of ways such as cooking, baking, cutting and trimming flash cards for the new literacy program, formatting literacy books, helping with Sunday School, and during the last week in the tribe, teaching music to 70 students in the local government school. She did a wonderful job! IMG_20160817_131043236

The Wusuraambya people love Kira because she can pronounce their language and even likes the food they eat!

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The Wusuraambya people are getting excited about the new books that we’ve been working on.  Here’s a glimpse:

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We are really looking forward to teaching literacy again with the new books but first we have to re-write the teacher’s manual for the new course.

There’s lots more to talk about but we’ll keep it “short” for now as we know you are all busy and nobody has time for long emails!

We would appreciate your prayer for suitable people to help with Bible translation and also the checking of the last literacy primers. We hear that Jesi is on his way back from Port Moresby. Pray that he can settle peacefully back into his village and church in Wusuraambya.

Thanks for your continued prayer and financial support.

Andrew & Cathy Goud

Heidi and Cathy back from Australia

Dear friends,

Greetings from Papua New Guinea. Isn’t it wonderful that we have a merciful heavenly
Father who loves us no matter what? We don’t have to get our act together before God
loves us. Thank you, God for sending Jesus, so that we may live with You forever, and also
experience peace and joy amidst the less –than- ideal circumstances of this life.

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Heidi after surgery

Heidi’s surgery

Heidi and I have returned from Australia. Heidi’s jaw surgery was a success. She is now on the mend. Andrew and the boys are definitely happy to have Mom back in the kitchen. It is so nice to be a family again.

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Akon and Esoli

Wusuraambya Believers’ Conference

About a month ago Andrew went to Wusuraambya. The Wusuraambya believers hosted their first believers’ conference. Fortysix believers from two neighbouring tribes walked for many hours to attend. Akon, a Bible teacher from the Yagaria tribe, was the guest speaker. His message to the believers was that Satan has a plan to destroy us but God is greater and he also has a plan – to save us. Akon spoke twice a day during the conference and then ministered to the teachers and leaders at night. His wife Esoli spoke to the ladies in a separate session each day and also visited with them in the evenings. The believers attending were greatly encouraged from God’s Word and refreshed by the fellowship they enjoyed with one another.

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Jesi and Willis

Akon, the speaker, also took time to disciple Willis, Jesi and Josek, the Wusuraambya Bible teachers. He noticed that Josek struggled with his relationship to his father. His father spent time with his second wife, and has never cared for Josek’s mother and his many siblings. Josek has had to take the father role, doing all the work in the gardens,etc. Akon pointed out that Josek needed to get rid of his bitter attitude toward his father as this was hindering his growth as a believer. Josek took this to heart and went right to his father and apologized for his attitude. His father was very touched. The next day Josek was in church with a new shirt on, a gift from his father. This would have never happened before. His father was also in church, a first in a very long time. This is just one example of how God worked in hearts during the conference. Please continue to pray for the Wusuraambya believers.

 

Andrew and I continue with the translation. Lord willing Andrew will be going to Wusuraambya next week to check over the last Romans Bible lessons with Willis, Jesi and Josek.

Thanks for you prayers and financial support that enables us to continue in this ministry. The Wusuraambya believers have also expressed their thanks to you for making it possible for us to come and tell them about Jesus.

Your co-workers in Christ,

Andrew & Cathy

Andrew & Cathy, Heid, Ben, Dan and Josh Goud

New Tribes Mission, P.O. Box 1079, Goroka, EHP 441 Papua New Guinea

Canadian HQ: New Tribes Mission of Canada, Box 707, Durham, Ontario N0G 1R0 Ph:(519) 369-2622


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