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.
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!
The Wusuraambya people love Kira because she can pronounce their language and even likes the food they eat!
The Wusuraambya people are getting excited about the new books that we’ve been working on. Here’s a glimpse:
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
Thank you all for continuing to pray for Sirah. Praise God for the people he has brought alongside to care for Sirah’s needs.
The surgeon did operate again last week to attempt to resolve the internal bleeding issue but by the time he had removed five feet of dead bowel Sirah’s state was too unstable to continue with the operation. Also after five units of blood the supply was depleted and we now wait for the blood bank to be resupplied and for Sirah to regain enough strength to withstand yet another major operation. Please pray for strength for Sirah and for donors with the right blood type.
In the meantime Heidi was offered some part-time work this week. In fact in one morning she was contacted by four different places offering work! She is thrilled to be working finally and thankful for what God has been teaching through these last weeks.
Thanks again for praying with us. God is listening! 🙂
Andrew, Cathy, Heidi, Ben, Dan and Josh Goud
Dear Friends, many of you know that Sirah had her spleen surgically removed just before we left PNG last week. At first the operation appeared to be successful but earlier this week she took a turn for the worse, losing a fair amount of blood. Then yesterday the doctor reported that she was doing better again and expected to be released next week, but today she started bleeding again. We just received this prayer request from her doctor: “Dear Friends, I regret to inform you that Sirah had another bleeding spell last night probably from her esophageal varices. We had to give her two more units of blood. Please have your folks pray for her and for wisdom and skill for me to know what to do. We may have to do more surgery for this. Also have your people pray here and at home against any spiritual warfare that may be involved. thanks, JIM” Thank you all for praying for Sirah. We know that God is in control and he has not forgotten about Sirah or turned his back on her.
Another matter for prayer is Jesi’s hand. Just as we were leaving for Canada Jesi slipped with a knife and partially severed three fingers on his left hand, two of which still have no feeling or movement after being stitched by a local nurse. We depend heavily on both Jesi and Sirah for translation help, and they are also our very close friends. Pray for healing and pray that God will strengthen their faith in him even through these difficult circumstances.
Finally we ask for prayer for our daughter Heidi. She has been diligently knocking on doors throughout the city trying desperately to find summer employment. Pray for the right job to help pay for her education.
“ And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,l whom have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)