September 21, 2017

First Annual Tim R Lee Memorial Indians Game

This past Saturday we attended the Indians game against the KC Royals in honor of Tim.   (They won by the way)  Every Home Assignment Tim was in charge of getting the family tickets to an Indians game.   It was one of the highlights of our HA.   Anthony, Tim and Gay's son, has a lot of memories of he and Tim attending Indians games.   So, it only seemed right that at this time of great sadness to head to the ballpark to celebrate Tim's love of sports and the Indians.   Tim was a great brother in law and so now the organizing of the annual Tim R. Lee memorial game, falls to Anthony.   Tim will be missed but we will always remember his smile and laughter and that he always loved to have fun!

September 18, 2017

A Warrior Welcomed Home

This is Gay and Tim plus my mom and dad celebrating the
men's August birthdays
I have spent the last 4 days back in the States attending the funeral of my brother in law Rev. Tim Lee.   As a missionary over seas (or anyone, anywhere) getting the news that a close family member has passed away is an experience that is just impossible to express.   Last Sunday (PNG time) we received the news that Tim had had a heart attach and had passed away.   Tim was a fantastic brother in law and is a part of the family that will be greatly missed, we loved him dearly!   Friday the 15th of September was Tim's funeral.   It was a celebration of a warrior of the faith who is now in the arms of  his Savior!   It was truly amazing hearing from all the people whom Tim's life had touched.   The people from the place where he worked commented about all the kind words, bright smile and encouragement Tim gave them each day.   He truly was a man of God and it was an honor and a privilege to call him family.   Please be praying for my sister, Gay and the boys, Anthony and Isaac as the mourn the loss of husband and father!   God has had His hand in the whole situation and has been faithful!   Gay has very much felt the Lord's presence through all of this (you only need to see her Facebook posts to realize that).   AS my mom has said God gives us the grace when we need it!  And He has!   Below is the few words I shared at Tim's funeral service, he will be missed!

"1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 

2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12

Tim is a part of that great, cloud of witnesses.   He is cheering us on!   Tim was more than a brother in law to Susan and I.   He was a wonderful Uncle to Jessica and Ethan.   Tim was a man of God, he was a great pastor who loved his Lord and loved his family!   This was evidenced last night as many people came through.   But his Pastor's heart was seen as the people whom Tim worked with  came through saying how Tim had touched them with a warm greeting, kind word and a smile, that was Tim.

The Newsboys are probably my favorite Christian band.  They have a song called "Committed" this morning I thought of Tim as some of the lyrics were going through my mind.

This is my story, this is my song
I have a hope that’s stronger then the dust I’m standing on
This is my anchor, my cornerstone
This is the anthem I’ll be singing, till the Kingdom comes

I am committed, I’m not ashamed
I pledge my allegiance to Jesus, My King
I am committed, got nothing to hide
I’m not giving up, not selling out, I’m in this for life
I am committed, to Christ

For all that He’s given, The price that He paid
Forever we’re freed by the power of His unshakable grace
For all of His children, His daughters and sons
This is the anthem we’ll keep singing from the top of our lungs

To the One who gave it all
To the One who fights for us
To the One who took my suffering
In the name of love
This is our message
Our battlecry
So stand up and sing with me
I am committed

I am committed, I’m not ashamed
I pledge my allegiance to Jesus, My King
I am committed, got nothing to hide
I’m not giving up, not selling out, I’m in this for life
I am committed, to Christ

That was Tim's life, He was committed, to his Lord, to Gay and the boys and to his family!   He will be greatly missed, but we will remember the many times together as a family, sitting around the campfire at the woods, family dinners and on each of our home assignments he organized our Family Indians game outing.  We will remember his laughter and his zest for life.   Death may take him from our presence but death can never take him from our hearts or the love of his Heavenly Savior!   I love you Tim, Susan, Jessica and Ethan love you, but brother WE WILL see you again because we have this hope in Jesus Christ!

June 8, 2017

I-TEC TEAM Upgrades Kudjip Station's Power

I-TEC TEAM
During the months of March, April and May, the Nazarene General Hospital, Jiwaka, finished seven weeks of electrical power line upgrades. This work was done by I-TEC, a mission organization that does electrical and power line work for other missions. This was their second work team to come to Kudjip. The first team came in 2014, at the end of the hydro project, to put in the electrical lines from the new hydro to the switch house. Plans were made at that time for I-TEC to return and finish the project by upgrading the electrical distribution system to the rest of the station. Tom Garber and Gene Flewelling oversaw a total of 27 volunteers who were mostly power-linemen, electricians, and ground crew.
The amount of work accomplished was phenomenal. The three main goals were to move the switch house (transferring all the breakers and transfer switches) into the new back-up generator/switch house, re-conductor the line from the hydro to the new switch house, and to put in a high voltage line down to the new neighborhoods in Jordan Valley. Other smaller tasks involved installing new feeder lines to the neighborhoods of South, New Camp, Air Strip, and Canal. They also had the time to put the Nazarene elementary and high school on their own power line and run a new line to the lift station.
Besides the work that was done on the electrical upgrade, the I-TEC volunteers were involved in other ways as well. Many hours were spent
working with our PNG electricians and giving
them on-the-job training in power line work.

The I-TEC electricians also used their knowledge to get the “new” laundry dryers working for the hospital and improved the quality of electricity in the dental and surgical areas. The I-TEC team made an impact on the overall quality of electricity on the station, and especially in the hospital. We are grateful for their hard work.
There are many aspects to making a hospital run. God has provided wonderful doctors, great staff and volunteers that are a part of the work and outreach that occurs at the hospital. Each person has a valuable ministry to do, and each point of ministry works together with the others so that God’s name is glorified as we share the Good News with those who come to us for medical attention.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has had a part in the ministry here at Kudjip. Your prayers, donations and time make a difference in the lives of the patients we serve, as well as the people who live and work here. You are all a critical link in the chain of this ministry. To God be the glory! - 

Story & Photos by Earl and Cathy Hartwig




June 1, 2017

Kudjip Nazarene Hospital is Declared by the PNG Government as the Nazarene General Hospital, the Provincial Hospital for Jiwaka Province!

Papua New Guinea: For the last 50 years, Kudjip Nazarene Hospital has been serving the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, including the people in Jiwaka Province. This ministry has become even more blessed as Jiwaka government declared them as the Nazarene General Hospital, the provincial hospital in the area!

It was a great achievement for Nazarene General Hospital and Church of the Nazarene in the Highlands! It was an historic moment as the government of Papua New Guinea issued and signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to partner with a church health service. The signing took place at the Provincial Headquarters office between the National Department of Health, Jiwaka Provincial Government, and Nazarene General Hospital, with the presence of Nazarene District Superintendent Rev. Peter Degene as one of the witnesses.
The MOA declared Nazarene General Hospital- Jiwaka to be listed as the provincial hospital, rather than just a health centre or district hospital, as it has been in the past. Nazarene Health Ministries hopes that this improved partnership will open up new opportunities for further ministry, and to particularly increase training for Papua New Guinean doctors.

Provincial Administrator Mr. Wandil made a public statement that Nazarene General Hospital will continue to run its operations as an independent institution, adhering to its own Church constitution and administrative policies. No political or public entity will interfere with its management, policies, and ministries.
Thousands of people, including the hospital staff, turned up to witness the signing and praised God for this great achievement in christian health service in Papua New Guinea. Nazarene General Hospital Administrator, Dr. Scott Dooley, praised God and thanked the Government for recognizing what the church is doing through health ministries and services in the Highlands. He also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to all the nurses, doctors, and support staff from the hospital for their commitment, dedication, and hearts to serve in this ministry. He also thanked the Kuma and Sekeng tribes surrounding the station for taking good care of the properties over the many years of operations.

Let us continue to pray for Nazarene Health Ministries in Papua New Guinea. May it continue to flourish by touching more lives through their passion to serve God.

April 18, 2017

God Works Though W&W in Vanuatu

This report comes from Rev. Peter Isaac, Missionary from PNG to Vanuatu and currently serving as District Superintendent of the Vanuatu District.   He and Jenny's (Peter's Wife) home district, Chimbu/Eastern Highlands district greatly support Peter and Jenny with a financial gift towards the building of a district center in Vanuatu.  The Chimbu/ Eastern Highlands district followed that up with a Work & Witness team to Vanuatu to lay and pour the foundation for the new district center.   We praise God for working in this district and for the support they are giving to their home district missionaries the Isaac's.   Below is a report from DS Peter on how God used this Work & Witness team from PNG to impact lives in Vanuatu.

"Thanks for your prayers and support toward W&W team from PNG who came to Vanuatu to set the foundation for our District Center. God has given us a good weather from the beginning through Saturday, which was the final day of work before we would close our foundation project and the weather changed. Though rain and cyclone came, it did not disturbed the work, they completed it perfectly. 

We have Mundi Dama the coordinator of the project, who oversaw the work and Joe Bagme the work supervisor instructed and divided us in to five groups to work on different areas to completed the task. Every team member not only worked, they prayed before and after work, they sing worship and praise within the break period, they witness to individual and within the group. They also seem to adjust themselves into Vanuatu culture within a week to help our people. That changes many youths.  Many have never been in the church before but came to church and testify about how the W&W team touched their lives. We praise God for this wonderful team.

The District Center foundation is done.

We scheduled them to preach at five churches, and they did very well. Many were at the alter crying to God to forgive their sins. We had three days revival service and God really came down to touch his peoples lives. We see the power of God moved us to another level of life we never experienced before.

The PNG W&W team also testifies that the very first day they touched down at Port Vila airport, they had already been touched by the divine hand of God. They were warmly welcomed by our church leaders right at the airport with flower rings, and on their way back one of our leaders bought Vanuatu hat to every individuals for Vanuatu memory. 

Keep praying for Vanuatu as at the end of this project they were hit but a very serious cyclone and are working to recover from this storm.

Story and Photos by Peter Isaac

March 27, 2017

Nazarene Hospital's 50th Anniversary Mumu Pictures

Of course any celebration in PNG must include a "mumu."   It just wouldn't be a celebration without a mumu.   So what is a mumu, glad you asked.   It starts with a whole lot of food (you saw that in the last blog article pictures).   This mumu was the biggest one I have ever seen or been a part of, it took 6 mumu pits to cook all the food!  That is amazing!   Those who were preparing the food were up most of the night killing, cleaning, chopping, peeling an preparing the food.   The top picture is not of a grave site but the actual mumu pit before it is stuffed full of food, heated rocks and banana leaves.   Once the mumu pit is dug it will be lined with banana leaves and then they will layer it with kaukau (sweet potatoe), greens, plantains, pig and chicken and the rocks that are heated in a very large fire.   Depending, there could be other vegetable included also.   Once that is all layered and laid in the pit it is covered with banana leaves and left for several hours to cook.   It is some good eating!  The picture to the immediate right is the little piggies who gave their all for us to enjoy!


Getting the fire ready to heat up the rocks for cooking.   They use large branches/sticks
split on the end to handle the rocks as they put them into the mumu pit.

on the right in the middle of the picture is a bucket of plantains ready to go into the mumu
pit.   These guys are getting the banana leaves ready.

First, let me say that at a mumu everything is eaten of the pig but the oink!
So, what would you think these ladies are handling?  In the bottom left of the picture is
Kauaku ready for the mumu pit.









March 23, 2017

More Sights from the 50th Celebration of Nazarene Hospital

The blessings of food from grateful hearts that Nazarene Hospital has been
 here these last 50 years to meet not only physical but spiritual needs as
well in this Highlands region of Papua New Guinea
No PNG celebration would be complete without a Mumu.  To have a mumu you need food and for the 50th celebration you need a lot of food!   People from all over the Highlands brought food to the station as a way of saying thank you!   Even the local high school brought food and firewood for the celebration.   All week long people kept bringing food and not just a little either as these pictures show.  These two pictures are two different deliveries.   Our Lord has truly blessed Nazarene Hospital and has used Nazarene Hospital to bless those we minister to!


More food donations being given for the
50th anniversary celebration.

In the last blog article, "Nazarene Hospitals 50th Celebration"
I mentioned Papa Timothy.   He is a very sweet and precious
 man!   He has worked for Nazarene Hospital for 45 years!
This is Papa Kintak, I mentioned him also in the last blog article.  Oh, by the
 way, that's Susan and I with him.  Papa Kintak was the first Doktaboi trained
by Mary Ellis Condor between '57-'61.  In talking with his son, White Kintak
principle of the College of Nursing, we believe Papa Kintak to be in his
early 70's.

March 21, 2017

Nazarene Hospitals 50th Celebration

As the third longest tenured doctor at Nazarene Hospital, Dr. Susan shared
her testimony Monday night about how God called her to missions.
A contest was held to create the 50th Anniversary Logo
and this was the winner.  Very Nice!
Well, all the fun and festivities of the 50th celebration have come and gone, but what a wonderful time it was!   Starting on Monday the 13th and going through Friday the 17 was evening services with the big celebration ceremony taking place on Saturday the 18th.   One of the highlights was the nightly testimonies that were given by various people.  Each of our long tenured doctors gave their testimonies but we also heard testimonies from the four ladies who were apart of the first College of Nursing class.   We also heard the testimony of Papa Timothy, the cutest and sweetest man who has worked for Nazarene Hospital for 45 years and from the first Doktaboi.   Papa Kintak (the first
Doktaboi, pronounced Doctor Boy) was trained by Mary Ellis Condor back in the late 50's early 60's. Papa Kintak help in the little bush house pharmacy that Mrs. Condor started.   Another neat fact about Papa Kintak is that his son White Kintak is our Principle of the Nazarene College of Nursing.

Throughout the week we heard from several preachers, DS Andrew Akus, Dr. Verne Ward, Global Missions Director, Rev. Mark Louw, Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator, our General Superintendent David Graves and retired PNG missionary and now DS in New Zealand Neville Bartle.   All week long the Good News of Jesus was proclaimed as Jesus was lifted up and glorified for all He has done for Nazarene Hospital these past 50 years!

Joyce Bartle and Jan Watson being very warmly greeted by
their former nursing students. 

It was great seeing and meeting some of the retired missionaries from PNG who came back for the celebration.   Jan Watson and Joyce Bartle were two key ladies who started the nursing program here at Kudjip many years ago and it was neat to see the nursing students they worked with back then greet them again!   We also had visiting John Bromley and his daughter.   John's father William Bromley died in the Jimi Valley serving the people there and I have visited his grave sight at the district center on the Bromley Memorial District.    It was great seeing some of the old pictures from the early days of the PNG mission here in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.  Over the next several days I will be adding pictures from the week long 50th celebration, so keep checking back for new pictures!

Former missionaries and our PNG DSs being honored
Monday Night. Pictured left to right, Jan Watson, Neville
and Joyce Bartle, DS Yambe Sike and his wife Martha.  And
Further right out of the picture were 8 more DSs and their wives.
Thank you for praying for the Nazarene Mission and for Nazarene Hospital, your prayers move the hand of God, Thank you!
Some of our station kids presenting music and pageantry, thanking all
of those who have through the years, had a part in Nazarene Hospital.

Papa Yapo, a very precious man, who worked at Nazarene Hospital for
over 30 years, giving his testimony.   Papa Yapo and his wife mama Sandy
were our neighbors here on the station.   He was our ambulance driver
until he retired.

March 10, 2017

Faithful to the Ministry!

    I hope today finds you rejoicing in the Lord’s Goodness and Faithfulness!    Often we can get caught up in everyday ministry and wonder if what we are doing is really making a difference.   I think at one time or another we all have had that experience.  Below is an article from a young lady who just graduated from the Nazarene College of Nursing just a couple of weeks ago here at Kudjip.   This article ran in The National, one of PNG's newspaper going out all across the country. 
(You can find it here: http://www.thenational.com.pg/praise-for-programme/)   

    We thank the Lord and this reflects the hard work that Principal White Kintak along with the NCON (Nazarene College of Nursing) staff are doing, not only to prepare the student's for a career in nursing but also preparing them for Eternity and to share God’s love with those they will minister too through medicine.   Please, remember that nothing we do for our Lord returns to him empty, ABSOLUTELY NOT! (Isa 55:10-11)  We may not always see it as this newspaper article represents, but we must remember that people are impacted by the love of our Lord, when we faithfully carry out the ministry and work He has called each of us to!  

Robert A. Cook, a preacher I heard many times on the radio growing up, would always end his radio program with this line, and I leave it with you today,

“Walk with the King today and be a blessing!"



Praise For Programme
Sr. Rose Wali on the left & Betty Kondil on the right.


Faith


By TONY PALME
A NURSE who graduated from the Kudjip Nazarene College of Nursing on Saturday has hailed the college’s spiritual and leadership development programme.
Betty Kondil commended the Big Brother and Sister programme that placed students under the care of lecturers and tutors in their first year for mentoring and pastoral activities.
“I am now not only a nurse but a pastor and a leader as well. This also applies to my other colleagues that graduated,” she said.
“All of us belong to the Big Brother and Sister programme. We came to this college with nothing but we leave after being enriched spiritually, physically and mentally.”
Kondil said that she did not know about other nursing colleges in the country, but for Kudjip, it is worthwhile studying there.She thanked the tutors and lecturers who have mentored her from first year to third year.
“They have moulded and shaped us to be better people. We have developed in all aspects and can face any challenge in life,” Kondil said.
“The most important thing that we learnt at Kudjip is to become God-fearing people. I was so privileged that I came here.”
She thanked her group mentor Sr Rose Wali and others for encouraging and guiding her to become a better person.
Kondil and 35 of her colleague nurses were told to be agents of change when they went out into the workforce.
“I do not regret having chosen Kudjip. It is a great institution. My three years of being here were worthwhile.”
She urges other students doing Grade 12 to apply to Kudjip  for nursing training.
“You can come here with nothing but Kudjip Nazarene College of Nursing will give you something that you will never want to stay away from.”
She added that the college has some of the most highly qualified lecturers, tutors and pastors who directed students to be good citizens.
Kondil said apart from her nursing duties, she would do pastoral work like praying and teaching patients about the word of God.

March 6, 2017

... And the Preparations Continue!

Workers raking and cleaning along the road.
Waiting for the trucks to return, to load them again.
In the last article I shared about how the Provincial Government was helping to fix the outer road that leads back to the Hospital gate entrance.   Well, this past Saturday all of Hospital staff got into the act of cleaning up the road bung. ("Bung", Pidgin for junction or where things come together.  In this case 2 roads.)   It was announced that the cleaning of the road bung would commence at 6 am and go to 9 am.  There were many people from the station who came out to help, if I had to guess, I would say 75 to 100 people showed to be servants and an example to those around the road bung.   We cleaned the banks, picked up trash and several trucks were present to haul it all away.   Maintenance even brought out the backhoe to clean the baret (Pidgin for ditch) were run off water flows away from the road bung.   The baret had filled with a mixture of trash and dirt that had collected from the heavy rains we have here in the Highlands of PNG during rainy season.  With everyone coming together a lot of work was accomplished and the road bung is looking good!
Susan & I along with Rev. Andrew Ken,
chaplian at the Nazarene College of Nursing



Backhoe cleaning out the baret.