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.

February 27, 2017

Preparing for Nazarene Hospitals 50th Anniversary

In just three weeks Nazarene Hospital will be celebrating 50 years of medical service to the people of Papua New Guinea.   On March 18th, many will gather to celebrate what God has done here at Nazarene Mission and Nazarene Hospital, the lives that have been ministered to and the lives that have been saved both physically and spiritually!   Special guests will be here with us to celebrate and to speak at the weeks evangelistic meetings leading up to Saturday's main event, the celebration of the hospitals presence for 50 years in PNG! General Superintendent David Graves will be present along with Dr. Verne Ward, Global Mission Director, Asia Pacific Regional
Director Mark Louw and former
missionary to PNG
Rev. Neville Bartle.
Each of these men will be speaking
during the weeks festivities leading
up to Saturdays celebration.

Because of all that will be taking place in the upcoming weeks, the Jiwaka Province has actively been taking part in repairing the road leading into the Nazarene Mission Station.    It is a road belonging to the province and it has been in need of repair for a long time as it has been a very rough washboard.   Through the years hospital maintenance has worked to fill holes and make it a little smoother to drive.   Over the last week the Province has been out grading the road, cleaning the drainage ditch that runs along one side of the road, and sit down for this, they are putting in curbs and a side walk.  And the culmination to this project is that they are to pave the road too!   It has not seen pavement in many years.   We are thankful for this work and for our Lord working in peoples lives to get it accomplished but most of all we are thankful for the lives the Lord has touch in the 50 years that Nazarene Hospital has been open to the people of Papua New Guinea.

Please be in prayer for the hospital and the work being done, also, for all those involved with the planning and the events leading up to the 50th Anniversary celebration!

Thank you!

February 23, 2017

Housing and Water Project Dedication

This past Saturday the 18th of February Nazarene Hospital welcomed visitors (US Ambassador for PNG, Aus aid representative and Miles Zinn from NCMI) for the dedication of the Newly completed hospital staff housing and the water project.   We have needed new and additional housing for staff for a long time and through the partnership of USaid, Ausaid and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries  Internatioanl, it has come about and the houses are now completed.   Along with the houses is the water project.   Three wells combine to provide clean water for the whole station.   Each house has been provided with water from the well system.

Below is a link to the news cast from EMTV, PNG's national television station as they were there covering the dedication this past Saturday!  We thank all of those who help to make this happen but most of all we thank our Lord for His hand upon us and for the generosity of those who partnered with us!

http://www.emtv.com.pg/news/2017/02/kudjip-hospital-fair-housing-and-water-project/

In the photo below, if you look at the bottom right corner, (The Blue Oval) you will see 25 little circles.   Those circles and the building close to them is the new well system and pumping house.   This is the south end of Kudjip station and also the highest point of the station.  Hence it is where the well system was located because from here it is all down hill!  The road next to the pumping station is the road to the local village.  There is also a spigot there for them to have access to clean water too.

                By the way Dr Susan and I's house (Red Circle) is the long house in the center of the  
           picture.   It is a duplex, we are one half and the other is shared with our friends the Deuels'.

Photo Courtesy of Tim Deuel

February 14, 2017

Jimi Kome Church

Completed Pastor's house
Three or so years back the Melanesia/South Pacific Field was able to help our DS with an iPad.  It was done so that we could stay in touch with them, since many of them live far away and in remote places.   It has also been a great way for them to let us know what is happening and how God is moving in their area of PNG.   One of the DS who has really taken this to heart is DS Kamda Kanzpena from the Bromley Memorial District in the Jimi Valley.   He regularly sends us stories and pictures. 

Rev. Steven and his wife, Kakil in front of
Jimi Kome church.
This story is about the Jimi Kome Preaching Point.  Ds Kamda said, "It's only 3 years [old] now and God's hand is with this Church. It's growing fast.   Rev. Steven and his wife Kakil are working so hard to get the development of the church going."  In the first picture you can see the complete Pastor's house.   In the second picture you can see Rev. Steven and his wife standing in front of their Church building. The last picture you see these men are digging ground in preparation to build a permanent church in 2017. "Rev. Steven is please with many prayers Nazarene Christians sent to his church. God is really working. The Church now has 72 members. All the Christians and the Community members are so excited on what God is doing. We all praise God for his work."  Pray for this church that God would continue to help them grow and reach the lost in their area of ministry!

Photos & story by DS Kamda

Men digging in preparation for a new church building.

February 2, 2017

Thanks a million - Highlights from our recent Home Assignment!

The Q2016 Quiz Team from PNG
It's never too late to say thank you right!?
We arrived back on Kudjip Station on Oct. 27th.  Yes, it has already been 3 months since returning from the US.  And it has been very busy!   But before any more time goes by we want to just highlight some of our time in the US this past summer. 
First, I will be careful about mentioning specific names because undoubtedly I will miss some key players.  The Lord allowed us the wonderful privilege of meeting and spending time with some amazing children of His!  We have seen how warm and friendly and generous our family of God can be.  Thank you to everyone!  You know how God allowed our paths to cross and please know that we have felt blessed all along the way!
At the Indians game, Indians came from behind and won on
an in the park home run, the rally hats worked!
We left PNG a little earlier than our scheduled Home Assignment (HA) due to my need to take the Pediatric Board Certification Exam which comes around every 10 years.  I was permitted a study week and time for the exam.  God was once again faithful and helped me through the exam process for which I am extremely thankful!
We, including Jessica, then traveled by van to Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City with Jeff's folks, sister and brother-in-law and nephew for Q2016.  We had a great time there! 
Our PNG MK Quiz team did an awesome job and made us all very proud.  Ethan was on the team and was fantastic!
Of the 6 children of Jim and Kathy Radcliffe, 4 are now married.  Jeff and I got to attend our first Radcliffe wedding uniting Cilla with Wyatt Mills.  It was beautiful and a special blessing in and of itself and it allowed us to visit with many long time friends with connections both Stateside and from PNG.
Ethan starting his Freshman year at MVNU.
Between fitting in eye exams, dentist appointments and physicals we got going on our speaking schedule.   We visited churches in Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.  Again, we made some amazing new friends and ask God's blessing on each one as they continue to serve God through a variety of avenues.
My side of the family spent a week at the Jersey Shore following Erma Holiness Camp Meeting and the adults on the Myers' side of the family spent a long week-end over Labor Day at the cabin in Pennsylvania.  Both opportunities to share with family were a special blessing and will be treasured in our hearts for many years to come!
A summer isn't complete without a trip to Progressive Field for a Cleveland Indians game and what a game it was! The Indians won and we got free Fedoras, hot dogs for a $1 and fireworks after the game!!  We also spent a day at Cedar Point, an amusement park, which was loads of fun!  Of course, re-connecting with long time friends is a high point as well and was enjoyed thoroughly!  Thank you all for being willing to work with our crazy schedule to make these special times happen!!  We enjoyed our times with you and look forward to the next time we can make it happen!
The biggest change for our family of four this HA was putting Ethan in college and coming home as empty nesters. God has been with each of us and we survived!  Ethan has now completed his first semester at MVNU and is doing extremely well!  We are very proud of him and his accomplishments thus far.  Jessica will be graduating from MVNU in April.  Lord willing we will make it home for that special event!
Cape May Lighthouse, New Jersey. 
Another special treat for me was being in the same country when one of my great nieces was born!  I love all the nieces and nephews and would have liked to be around for all their graduations, weddings and the birth of their little ones.  But...that just isn't possible.  So, it was very sweet to actually see one of these special gifts from God within a few days of her birth!  Thank you little Tambre Grace for accommodating us!!

Of course, there are many more blessings we could share from little tiny ones, to big huge ones!! (Like one of MVNU's professors allowing us to borrow his car for 2 months!!  That was huge!)  As each Home Assignment comes near it is easy to allow Satan to raise questions and concerns in our hearts and minds about how everything is going to work out.  Things like where we will stay, what we will drive, scheduling services, raising enough deputation funds to cover our expenses on the field as well as to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities the church provides for putting money aside for retirement and medical expenses and more.  But...every time we head home we are reminded of God's faithfulness and yours.   Thank you  for your obedience in responding to the Lord's prompting in your giving and in your prayers.  He knows what we need and when we need it. And He knows how He will meet those needs and who He will involve.  We are thankful we can partner together to accomplish what God wants to accomplish here in PNG and we are amazed and thankful that He allows us to share in it!!!!
Susan and little Tambre Grace

If you ever have any questions regarding what we do, how you can pray or how you can partner financially, please write to us at the email address on our prayer card or make a comment to this blog. If you would like to partner with us as we seek to fulfill God's calling to assist Him in His work here in PNG, you can do so directly at: http://web.nazarene.org/goto/Myers

Thanks again to each and every one of you!
May you feel overwhelmed today only by His amazing love and peace!
Susan for us both!