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
Not long ago we requested prayer about the need for teachers at our mission school in Papua New Guinea. We want you to know that God is listening and that some of those needs have now been meet. We do however still have needs in the school for highschool math and science teachers, as well as a grade 3 teacher. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW ARE QUALIFIED TO TEACH HIGHSCHOOL MATH OR SCIENCE, OR GRADE 3 and are willing to commit six months, a year, or longer to teach missionaries’ kids in Papua New Guinea, please contact us asap for more information. We’re told that the “window for recruiting closes at the end of February.”
We just received a letter from the staff of our mission school in Papua New Guinea. The staffing situation is desperate for the 2011-2012 school year beginning in July 2011. We have no teachers for Math and Science and only partial coverage for English, Social Studies and PE. Dorm parents are also desperately needed. Dorm parents care for the children of missionaries who are working in the tribes, translating and teaching God’s Word. Without dorm parents they will have to leave the tribes they work in and live near the mission school.
Please be in fervent prayer for these staffing needs. If you are a teacher or know of a teacher who would be willing to go to Papua New Guinea for a year or two to help, please be in touch with us or access the following website for more information: http://www.mmol.org/content/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=852&Itemid=699
After considerable community discussion and debate this past week quite a few people gathered late in the week to do the needed repairs on the Wusuraambya airstrip. They began to realize that they could loose both their school and their medical clinic if they didn’t maintain the airstrip. Both teachers and the local aid post orderly threatened to leave if the people wouldn’t fix their airstrip, because they didn’t want to have to walk long distances to get their supplies. So finally on Friday last week the repairs began, but by that time there was not enough time to get all the work done before Andrew left for Goroka again. That meant that the airstrip would remain closed until his next visit when he could verify to the pilots that the needed repairs had been done. Considering all this the people continued to work throughout the weekend and finally finished the last of the work at dusk on Sunday. EVERYONE was happy to see the plane arrive at their airstrip on Monday morning. Thanks for praying!