October 7, 2011
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!
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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