Sirah’s condition critical after second surgery


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


More Surgery for Sirah?


Dear Praying Friends:

Thanks for continuing to pray for Sirah.  While there has been some improvement over the past week she continues to bleed internally and her doctor would like to do more surgery to try to stop the bleeding.  He is asking for her family’s permission to operate again and also for blood donors.

On a happier note, Heidi has been promised part-time work pending a security check that is in progress.  Please continue to pray for other employment opportunities that would enable her to return to Bible school in August.

Thanks once again for praying with us.

In Christ,

Andrew, Cathy, Heidi, Ben, Dan and Josh

Cathy – Heidi – Andrew – Ben – Josh – Dan (Port Stanley, Ontario June 2013)

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


Heidi and Cathy back from Australia

Dear friends,

Greetings from Papua New Guinea. Isn’t it wonderful that we have a merciful heavenly
Father who loves us no matter what? We don’t have to get our act together before God
loves us. Thank you, God for sending Jesus, so that we may live with You forever, and also
experience peace and joy amidst the less –than- ideal circumstances of this life.

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Heidi after surgery

Heidi’s surgery

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.

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Akon and Esoli

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.

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Jesi and Willis

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

New Tribes Mission, P.O. Box 1079, Goroka, EHP 441 Papua New Guinea

Canadian HQ: New Tribes Mission of Canada, Box 707, Durham, Ontario N0G 1R0 Ph:(519) 369-2622

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Gary Piovesan back after 15 Years

Gary Piovesan visits after 14 years away

Gary Piovesan visits after 14 years away


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.






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.



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.



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.




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.


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?