Update on Sirah Elias


Missionary friends in Papua New Guinea stopped in to check on Sirah yesterday. What our friends reported about their encounter with Sirah reminds me of the passage from Philippians 1:21-26 

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.”

Sirah’s condition is critical. She needs more surgery to stop internal bleeding but is too weak to endure another major operation right now. Pray for God’s intervention. But while you are praying be encouraged by the following exerpts from the conversation between Sirah and our missionary friends yesterday:

“After receiving your prayer update last night we felt it was important for us to stop at Kudjip on our way and spend some time perhaps encouraging and praying with Sirah. The truth is they ended up encouraging me!!!”

“Sirah is in a lot of pain and when asked what I could share with you and Andrew she said to ask you to pray for her as she has blood coming out in her stool and is also vomiting blood. I relayed that hundreds, possibly even thousands of family in Christ Jesus have been praying and that you both have been faithful to share her story with others so that many have been praying for her, she is not alone.” 

“Sirah said that she is thinking a lot about Jesus and remembering that He suffered great pain on the cross so her pain is small and nothing. She started to beam as she talked about Bible story after Bible story and recalling the greatness of our mighty God.”

“We storied about the temple in the desert and the tabernacle and Holy of Holies…she just BEAMED as she jumped in to carry on the story of how the curtain was torn at the crucifixion of Christ and that meant that we can go directly to God and not through anyone else.”

“…. it made my heart BEAM to see the precious smile on her face and to hear her share from her heart all the many details ….about who God is!”

“…..she (Sirah) is afraid but TRUSTING the Lord through this.”

“She shared with Dr.Jim’s wife that she is burdened greatly for this work as there are few that have helped and are desiring to help and that burdens her heart.”

“PRAISE HIM!!! She is a beautiful fruit of your labors! May your hearts be encouraged by the testimony that she has been to the Doctors and staff and fellow patients and to me personally!! They shared verses that encouraged them. John 14:14 “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”, 2 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” , and she said to tell you that she wants to give you the verse 1 Corinthians 16:24 “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

We know that whatever happens to Sirah, she will continue to praise God for eternity. But we would love to see her smiling face when we return to Papua New Guinea. Please pray for complete healing and that she would continue to be a light wherever she goes.  ——————————————————————————————————————–

Andrew & Cathy Goud, New Tribes Mission, Box 1079, Goroka, EHP 441 Papua New Guinea
 HQ: New Tribes Mission of Canada, Box 707, Durham, ON N0G 1R0  (519) 369-2622

Urgent Prayer for Sirah


SirahPlease pray for Sirah. Sirah is one of Cathy’s regular translation helpers now, but she has had a very swollen belly for years.  With the help and encouragement of others we were able to bring Sirah to Goroka and have her checked by our own mission doctor.  XRays and ultrasound showed that Sirah’s spleen is 5 times the normal size and must be removed.  The surgeons at a Nazarene hospital here in PNG have graciously agreed to do the necessary surgery to remove Sirah’s spleen. So today two Wusuraambya believers accompanied Sirah to the hospital, a 4 hour drive along rough roads, and the surgery to remove her spleen is scheduled for tomorrow morning.  (PNG time is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time).   Please pray for the doctors and for Sirah as they perform the surgery tomorrow.  Thank You!

In His Service,

Andrew & Cathy Goud


Please Pray for Kena and Caleb Willis

Please pray for Willis and Kena, and their son Caleb who is extremely ill right now.  We are told by the mission doctor that Caleb needs surgery urgently or may die, but when we tried to arrange a medical evacuation for them from Wusuraambya there were no planes able to pick them up.

We also just heard that Kena’s clan is wanting to take her away from Willis and Caleb and give her to another clan member who already has multiple wives.  Pray that God would once again change their minds and protect Kena and Willis’s marriage.  You may remember that Willis and Kena’s marriage was the first Christian marriage in Wusuraambya.   We don’t want to see Satan destroy what God has done there!

Thanks for Praying!  God is listening.

NTM PNG career opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve? Here is a list of current opportunities to serve as a missionary in Papua New Guinea with New Tribes Mission:

NTM PNG career opportunities