Wusuraambya Outreach about to begin

Greetings from the Gouds in Papua New Guinea. We have just heard that the believers in Wusuraambya have been welcomed to a Yinowaimwaaru to begin teaching Phase 1 of the Chronological Bible teaching that they first heard in 2005. This is bout an hour walk from home for the believers. Friday, March 5th they will go to build an open shelter for teaching under during the rainy season.

Please be praying for the believers as they share their faith with these people, and pray that the people will be receptive to the truths they are about to hear.

Thanks for praying!

THE GOUDS

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Gary Piovesan back after 15 Years

Gary Piovesan visits after 14 years away

Gary Piovesan visits after 14 years away

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This weekend we had a visit from our former co-worker, Gary Piovesan, who left the field in 1995. After 19 years of ministry in Papua New Guinea it had been depressing to see how little impact the Gospel had had on the Wusuraambya people back then. So when he visited the believers this weekend and listened to the many testimonies of God’s grace in Wusuraambya it was very encouraging for him. He spoke (in the Wusuraambya language after 14 years!) in church on Sunday, and again on Monday at a “mumu” (feast), encouraging the believers. It was a very special time.

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TRANSLATION CHECK ROMANS AND RUTH…….

Today we finished another translation check of 4 more chapters of Romans and the book of Ruth. Ruth is Cathy’s 1st translation project and checked out very well. Her next project will be Titus.

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Last week I (Andrew) was also able to check Jesi and Josek’s progress with the book of Exodus. They are making good headway too.

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JESI AND MARRIAGE EXCHANGE…
Another way that God has been answering prayer lately is in Jesi’s life. Jesi was having a hard time these past weeks because there was a lot of cultural pressure for him to marry a certain girl whom he did not feel God was leading him to marry. He also did not want to be married right now so that he could focus completely on the translation work as well as the Bible teaching. During this past week I visited the tribe and spoke to the believers about marriage from both the Biblical and the cultural points of view. Using the example of Isaac, I pointed out that an arranged marriage can be a happy occasion when God is consulted.  Thus we CAN follow God’s plan within the context of Wusuraambya culture, but the important thing is to truly wait upon God for the right person and the right time. In the end the believers all agreed that it would be wrong to force Jesi to marry this girl right now. Jesi was very happy and relieved when this was finally resolved.

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BACK TO THE TRIBE……

The kids finished their school year yesterday and are very happy to be off for the “summer” break. We’ll be flying back to the tribe next week and staying until the last week of July when school starts again. As of today Heidi is a SENIOR! In only ONE year she will be leaving the country she grew up in and going to start a new life in Canada.

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UPDATE ON HEIDI’S JAW SURGERY……
We mentioned in our last letter that Heidi would be having jaw surgery later this year. This has been a great adventure in faith. A few months ago this appeared to be a great impossibility. God has shown Himself strong in such a wonderful way. Firstly, our medical insurance will cover the cost of the surgery. Secondly, Cathy and Heidi have been offered free accomodation while they are in Australia. Thirdly, God has begun to provide funds towards the flight expenses as well as other expenses which will be incurred while they are there. We want to say THANK YOU to those of you whom God has nudged to be a part of seeing this need met in our lives. These miracles have been a faith-strengthening experience. Why do we ever doubt God?