May 23, 2014

MELSP Field Church Development

As some of you know, when I returned from Home Assignment in 2013, I started in earnest the new role I was asked to fill before we left.  That role is as Melanesia/South Pacific Field Church Development Coordinator, or in a shorter version FCDC.    I have very much enjoyed this new role that I am filling.  I will have the privilege of working with National church leaders across 7 Island nations and 16 districts that comprise the Melanesia and South Pacific fields.  I thank the Lord for the way He has already been working and for the way He will work in the days to come.   As I labor to encourage, help with training and empower our church leaders as they lead, please be in prayer that God's hand would move in a mighty way.  As we move through times of transition, growth and work to accomplish God's will for these two fields, please be in prayer that God would be glorified in all we do!   Below is a video that was put together by AP Regional Communications team to help understand a portion of what Church Development is about.   If the Lord would lead you to give financially in support of Field Church Development, below the video is some information on the Church Development "Approved Special."
 
Thank You very much for your prayers and partnership in this ministry!
 
 
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Project ID# 1076 - MSP Church Development
Requesting AreaMelanesia Field
Project NameMSP Church Development
Project DescriptionFacilitating the work of the Melanesia South Pacific 'Field Church Development Coordinator’. This work involves ongoing travel across the seven countries of the Field and working closely with the National Church leaders in each of the sixteen Nazarene Districts. This work includes printing of all appropriate material and the ongoing development of each District Advisory Board, Credentials and Ministerial Studies Board as well as specific development in understanding and familiarity with Nazarene Judicial procedures. This project targets aggressive ‘Leadership Development’ at local, national and field level for the Church of the Nazarene in Melanesia South Pacific.
CatagoryLeadership
Quantity25
Price$1000.00
RequestorHarmon Schmelzenbach
Approval Effective05/21/2014
Approval Expiration05/21/2015

It's Official, Praise the Lord!

The first official water flowing down the canal, headed
 for the generator.
We have become the new water park.
 This is just a quick blog to let you know that the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital Hydro Generating Plant is up and producing power.   Clean, consistent power with no surges or spikes!  It's the way power was meant to be!!   First off we thank our Lord for His hand upon this project and helping us all the way through it to completion.   Also, thank you to a whole lot of people who have helped in various ways.   Those ways have been through financial help, back-breaking labor and good old brain power from very smart people.   The Hydro has been producing power now for about two weeks and has been doing well as we continue to work out a few bugs here and there and she continues to hum along.

At the top of the water canal as it starts the
slippery slide down to the power house.



One of those smart minds (Bill Wright)
checking out the heart and brains of the Hydro system.

May 1, 2014

Power Project Nears Completion

The team preparing the new power pole.
  This was in front of our house


It is hard to believe that what started over 2 years ago is very close to completion.  The Nazarene Hospital hydro project is within weeks of being ready to provide clean and consistent power for the hospital and mission station here at Kudjip.   April 30th was the day of dedication for the new hydro system.  Many people and dignitaries were present for the big event.  It was a beautiful day, sun shining and the Lord had blessed us with no rain during the night so things were in good shape for the day of celebration. 

The mini track hoe standing a power pole up.
One of the ITEC team working with the high wire.
Over the past few weeks we have had Bill Wright and the ITEC team here working on putting in place our new power poles and new power lines.  Along with that Bill with others have been working in the power house setting up the new hydro generator and all that goes with getting that in place.  Earl Hartwig project manager for the hydro project has done a great job these past 2 years keeping the project rolling along.   His hard work and the hard work of the various people who have been involved is greatly appreciated.  We will no longer have unexpected power outages, the power will be steady and not surging or dipping and our hospital will not loose equipment due to the power surges.  Dr. Jim Radcliffe, our surgeon, will no longer experience the lights and equipment going off in the middle of a surgery or any of our others doctors who all do various procedures that need power to accomplish them.

God has truly blessed us with those who have provided financial support and those who have added their expertise, knowledge and plain old hard work in making the hydro project a reality.  Yesterdays dedication was a testament to God's faithfulness in how He has brought together all the components needed to make this project possible.   

The day of dedication in the big tent.
After the dedication service we all made our way down to the dam for a ribbon cutting ceremony where the canal gate was opened briefly to allow the first water to flow down the canal towards the new power house and generator.   Thank you to all who have had a part in making this happen but we especially thank our Heavenly Father!

Panoramic view of the Dam.
The new generator inside the power house.
Water flowing over the new Dam.






April 17, 2014

Visiting the Jimi Valley

Panoramic view of the Bromley District Center in the Jimi Valley.
This is the river that we were collecting stone from. 
It crosses the road you travel on.
These are some of the kids and adults who were
watching the "white skins" putting stone into
the back of a Landcruiser.
As the song says, "We get by with a
 little help from our friends."


















It is very nice to visit the Jimi Valley.  It is remote, quiet, peaceful and deep in the mountains of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.  The Jimi Valley is also home to The Bromley District here in PNG.  The district is named after William Bromley who along with his wife and family, opened the work there and who also died and is buried there.   Through the years the district has grown and is now a phase 3 district.   Our current district superintendent there is Kamda Kanzpena, and under his leadership the district is doing well.   Kamda is a great man of faith, precious and a good friend.    I was there there for 3 days this week along with other missionary guys.  We had some guests with us and went into the Jimi to show them some of the more remote places in PNG.   To get to the Bromely district you would need to either hike about 4 days over some very rough mountainous terrain or you take a 4-wheel drive vehicle that is tough and travel by road.   To call it a road, at times, is being gracious.   Forty some miles (Kudjip to Bromely district) takes anywhere from 5 to 6 hours, in 4-wheel low, depending on when the last rain fell!  We have also had reports of longer times than that.   But as one of the drivers I must confess, it is fun to go 4-wheeling.  We had a lot of fun.  We worked on adding stone to the little road into the district house where we stay when visiting the district center.  We drove about 15 minutes to the river where we would load up the Toyota Landcruiser with stone and come back and put the stone on the road and did this 3 different times.  On the way back to Kudjip we got stuck 3 times and we would put a tow strap on the front of the Landcruiser and Nationals would help pull us up the hill till we could get traction again.   It was a great time and it is always nice to see the awesome creation of our Heavenly Creator!

Randy is ministering to all God's creatures. 
This Cassowary was enjoying the music
Randy was playing for the kids.

April 11, 2014

Church Development Adventures

A little guy inside the Zion Nazarene Church
God is faithful!  As I am learning this new roll I find myself in as Field Church Development Coordinator, God is leading.   As I am being stretched in this roll God is blessing.   I was reading today from our General Superintendent David Busic's book "Perfectly Imperfect," and he was talking about Joseph and how he was faithful to God's timing, even as he sat in an Egyptian prison.  How at the right time God brought him to a place where he was second in the land only to pharaoh.   My hope is that I too will be faithful as God leads in this new roll that I find myself, that all things would come in His timing.   


Iron Bottom Sound at Honiara
A few weeks ago I made a trip to the Solomon Islands.  I met up with our FSC, Harmon Schmelzenbach, as we were there to meet with the district leaders.   It was a chance for me to meet them and introduce myself.   It was a great opportunity to meet some wonderful people.  Be in prayer for the Solomon Islands as they are recovering from devastating rain and flooding that hit them several days ago.   God is helping the Zion Nazarene Church in Honiara to be a light in some dark times there in the Solomons.  They are working hard to be the hands and feet of Jesus  to the Solomon Islanders, some who have lost just about everything.

Mounted Gun still standing guard at Henderson Field
It was really neat for me to be in the Solomons because I have done a bit of reading on World War II, since I have been living in the South Pacific these past 13 years.  The airfield we landed on is the same airfield that are Service Men fought so hard for in 1942, Henderson Field.  Iron Bottom Sound was so named because of the number of ships sunk in this body of water during the Guadalcanal Campaign.   There are still reminders of the war around Honiara.





Drove this road the final hour of my trip
The people welcoming  all invited guests.  The man with suit
& red tie is the chief of the village, he attends the Nazarene
church in his village and invited the district to have the
pastors gathering in his village. 
This sign hung above the road as we drove up.
This past week I made a trip To the Southern Highlands.   I was asked by DS Joseph if I would come and share with the pastors who were there for a week of training.   I left Tuesday morning at 6:35 am and drove over 5 hours to reach the remote village where the training was taking place.   DS Joseph greeted me with the news that at Monday night's worship service several had come forward to pray and that Tuesday morning as he was teaching Bible Trekking to the pastors and others who had gathered that 2 ladies came forward to accept Jesus as Savior.  God is moving  and we are thankful for all who have come forward during this weeks meetings.  The neat part of this is that the gathering is taking place in a village so there are villagers who have been attending the training and worship services.   I was asked if I would present Church Discipline and the process of ordination.   I thank the Lord for His help.   Tuesday evening's worship service several more people came forward as the Lord was dealing with their hearts.   My goal is to help the leadership of the Nazarene Church in PNG to feel and be equipped in building up the PNG church.   As they bring areas they feel they want training in we will be working to provide it.   These are just a couple of ways Church Development as been developing on the Melanesian & South Pacific Fields.  I appreciate the prayers and support of God's family and I ask you to please, keep lifting Church Development up to our Lord.

The path we walked to get into the area where
the pastor's training took place.







"... to equip the saints for the
work of ministry, that is, to
build up the body of Christ."
Eph. 4:12

                                                               



 

April 10, 2014

Church Development Video

If you would like to see the latest video concerning Church Development in Papua New Guinea this link will take you to "youtube.com" to see the video.  This video was shot and created by the Asia-Pacific Regional Communications Team.

http://youtu.be/7-lSTXUIxDQ


March 28, 2014

Isaac Gets a New Heart for all Eternity

My little friend Isaac went to be with Jesus at 10 pm on Sunday, March 16th.  
Thank you for your prayers for him. Please continue to pray for the family as they mourn the loss of his life.  I find comfort in knowing that Isaac no longer has to deal with shortness of breath, swollen legs, pain and weakness.  He can run and play and be happy on those Streets of Gold! I'm trusting, too, that Isaac's family sensed our love and concern for him and the entire family while at Nazarene Hospital.

March 14, 2014

Extra special kiddo on the ward

There are on occasion those kids on the ward that pull at your heart strings a little extra hard.  For me, most recently, that has been Isaac Gabby.  Isaac has a restrictive cardiomyopathy.  It is a disease affecting his heart which we can not cure.  He has not grown well and has signs of not oxygenating well for a long time.  He was admitted a month or so ago with increased symptoms of heart failure.  We have worked hard to maximize his treatment but have not seen as much improvement as I would have liked.  
Isaac has been recently introduced to jigsaw puzzles!  I found several puzzles that weren't too big and he enjoyed them very much.  So, when I decided to start a puzzle at the house, I thought of Isaac and felt confidant he would very much enjoy helping me with it.   A couple of Saturdays ago I was able to borrow an oxygen concentrator in order that Isaac could come and be on oxygen here while working on the puzzle with me.  It was a nice time for him and his mom to get out of the hospital and for me to share this time with him, along with a few cookies and a soda!
Pray with me for Isaac, that God would touch him physically and that he would truly understand how much God loves him!

Back in the Swing of Things

It didn't take long upon our return to PNG to feel like we were right back into life at Nazarene Hospital!  We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season although there was something...or rather someone...lacking.  This was our first Christmas without Jessica's bright smiling face. We did have opportunity to Skype and thought about her much. Having such a wonderful mission family helped a lot!

MAF landings in remote PNG always draws a crowd!
Our Birthday Boy!!!
Jeff has been doing more and more with his new position and it has been good.  He traveled recently out to Dusin and then to the Jimi valley, both remote areas with our Field Strategy Coordinator.  Then just last week he was in the Solomon Islands to meet with our National leadership.  Keep praying for him as this new role continues to develop.
For Ethan, he had a little catching up to do with his schoolwork but has managed to get there.  In Feb Ethan turned 16 yrs old. Hard to believe!  We are very proud of the young man he has become! This past week he and his school chums all went to Madang, a coastal town, for their spring break.
For myself, I continue to serve as Director of Medical Services but have managed to be in the clinic and in the hospital wards more which has been a very welcome change! 
Jessica is doing wonderfully at MVNU.  She has had many new experiences and made some special friendships.  God is good!



November 3, 2013

Coming to a close

Well, here we are nearing the end of our HA already.  Much has happened!  We again have had the privilege of seeing the Lord work in our lives.  We have met many new friends and have seen lots of places we have never seen before.

Myers with Alison in Hobbiton, New Zealand
 
I'll give just a few highlights.   First, we had one last very fun hurrah with our college student!  We made a side trip through New Zealand on our home in July.  That was great fun and made even more so because we spent our time with one of our previous MK school teachers Allison!  She showed us all kinds of fun places!

Niagara Falls
 
Upon our arrival to the US moments after midnight on July 25th we started with
New Student Orientation at MVNU! Following those exciting days and through the month of August we visited the dentist, the eye doctor (Ethan is sporting contacts for the first time!), primary care docs, Niagara Falls with Susan's folks, Cook Forest with Jeff's folks, a Cleveland Indians game, a rehearsal dinner and wedding of Susan's niece, Jessica's Graduation Party for family and US friends, a family reunion and more. All of that in addition to beginning our speaking engagements!
This HA we have had opportunity to visit churches in Ohio, West Virginia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and New Jersey!  It is so great to know that we have Nazarene family members wherever we go.  Thank you to all of you who welcomed us with open arms!  We will treasure these times for years to come!
The countdown is on as we begin to get all the loose ends tied up, visit a few more friends and family members and begin packing.  It has been tough, as expected, coming to grips with allowing our daughter to spread her wings.  But, there too, God has been helping us. 
Please continue to pray for us as we prepare for our departure.  We are trusting in God's faithfulness and provisions to meet all of our needs, including Jessica's, in the coming months.