November 8, 2017

Meningitis, meningitis, meningitis...

I mentioned a few weeks back that we are seeing a lot of children, infants mostly, with meningitis (infection in the meninges, the tissues around the brain).  Well, late yesterday afternoon we lost another child to this nasty infection.  Please be in prayer with us on how we can best help these little ones.  Pray that every healthcare provider across the country will be attuned to the signs and symptoms of meningitis such that appropriate treatment can be started early and lives can be spared.  Pray not only that these precious children will survive but they will not have long term brain injury that prohibits them growing and developing normally.

These three little ones all have brain injury from their recent infections.  Pray for their parents, too, as they deal with caring for children with disabilities.  There are not a lot of services available to them to help and encourage along the way.
Thank you!  God is faithful and He does hear our prayers!

Saying good bye after 676 days in hospital!!

Tuesday Nov 7th, was a bitter sweet day for the Pediatric ward staff and I.  Anna was 13 yrs old when she came to us. She is paralyzed from the waist down and had infected deep pressures sores, down to the bone.  We did all kinds of wound care with different types of dressings and antibiotics to get the infection under control and promote wound healing. She had major surgery as well involving muscle flaps to fill in the defect.
Yesterday, after being in the hospital for 676 days she was discharged!  Anna doesn't have any family members who are able to care for her and her special needs.  However, a Catholic run orphanage has agreed to take Anna into their care.  We celebrated with balloons, flowers, signs, gifts, cookies and sodas for all the A ward staff, patients and their caregivers! Words of appreciation and encouragement were shared along with a prayer offered by Chaplain Moses.
Pray for Anna as she embarks on this new chapter.  Pray specifically that there will be someone at the orphanage who will be willing to invest in Anna, that she will feel loved, that she can get an education, that she will follow the Lord faithfully and experience whatever God has for her to the fullest!

October 31, 2017

District Assemblies Underway in PNG

You only get to Dusin by plane!  Our pilot going over the
pre-flight stuff with us.
A look at the very neatly cultivated gardens.  This is how the
vast majority of people in PNG live, by the food they grow.
DS Peni, giving his report.
The District Assembly season is underway in Papua New Guinea.   Yesterday we kicked off the district assemblies with an MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) flight into the mountains of PNG.   This year on the Middle Ramu District 11 ordination candidates were waiting to be ordained by our General Superintendent Jesse Middendorf.   We had a great time of fellowshiping and worshiping with our precious brothers and sisters in Christ of the Middle Ramu district.   Samoan missionary, Peni Fakaua, has been the DS for the last 5 years and has aggressively been providing ministerial education, through the EBS (Extension Bible School) program for the pastors of his district.   Many of these pastors walk in, taking 2 or 3 days to make the trip, to attend these educational classes every 6 weeks.   Peni's DS report to General Middendorf, was an exciting report of how God has been working on the MRD!  Since Peni has started the EBS program the district has graduated 52 student from the program.  The MRD has 58 churches, 100% of those churches are pastored by district licensed or Ordained Elders.  They have 13 preaching points (new churches), this year the added 319 new members for a district total of 4355 members on the Middle Ramu district.   Also, at this district assembly Rev. Sivas Jambal was appointed as the new district superintendent of the Middle Ramu district.    Please be in prayer for Rev. Sivas and his wife Sinda as they lead the district forward in reaching the lost for Christ!  Also a part of this district assembly was the privilege of seeing 11 candidates answering God's call on their lives as they were ordained by General Middendorf, becoming Elders in the Church of the Nazarene.   Please pray for the 17 districts that make up the Melanesian & South Pacific Fields.
We were greeted warmly with singing by the
 Middle Ramu District.
Newly appointed DS Rev. Sivas and
his wife Sinda Jambal.

Long time friend,
Rev. Obed Ingaun

General Middendorf during the ordination service.

October 25, 2017

Growing the Church on the Bromley District

Rev. Nelson and family are pastoring the Barom Sios (church).
Please uphold them in your prayers.
These bottom 2 pictures are the man, women and kids
attending the Barom Church.
DS Kamda is a small man in stature but a giant of man in  spirit and love for his Lord.   DS Kamda is the District Superintendent of the Bromley Memorial district in the Jimi Valley of Papua New Guinea.   He sent this update and pictures  of the Barom church.    The Barom Mission Church is a preaching point.   DS Kamda said, "It is only 8 months old with 8 members and 26 already were converted and are in process of going for baptism. It is a growing church now."

DS Kamda does a fantastic job passing along fun and great stories like this one.   It helps all of us, here in PNG and from wherever you might be reading this, to see how God is moving and growing His church in Papua New Guinea!

Please keep the Barom Church and Rev. Nelson in your prayers that God would empower them for the work He has called them to do as they reach out to the lost in the Jimi Valley of PNG. 

Car Wash PNG Style!

Ever wonder what a car wash looks like in other countries?   Well, here in PNG this is the local car wash.   You pull into a spot, the boys grab a hose and a rag, and if you are lucky, they might even have a bit of soap to use.  They go all around your car and do a good job of washing it down.   They even get very detailed and washout inside the wheel wells and anything else they can reach in and wash.   All of this service for 5 Kina or in US about a buck seventy.   Not bad ... and nice and clean too!

October 24, 2017

A Bright Spot in the Day!

The pediatric ward at any given time has lots of kiddos with pneumonia.  A certain percentage of these kids will develop pulmonary hypertension and need to stay in the hospital longer for oxygen therapy and will continue on medications for months, perhaps years, after discharge.  They also tend to decompensate pretty quickly with each and every respiratory infection.  This little guy's name is Michael and he has pulmonary hypertension and is what we call a "frequent flyer" since he has been admitted to the ward on numerous occasions.  In this picture he is about to go home.   Isn't his smile amazing!!   If ever you are having a bad day, his precious face will surely brighten things up!!    

Please continue to partner with us in prayer for all the little ones we have the privilege to care for day after day.  In addition to all the pneumonia patients we have had a lot of infants with meningitis over the past few weeks.  Some of them have recovered well and we expect great things long term.  Some, however, suffered some level of brain injury from their infection.  Please pray for them and their parents as they begin to adjust their thinking and hopes and dreams for these little ones.  Pray, too, for the Lord's direction for our medical staff as we provide the best we have for the sick who come to Nazarene Hospital.

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

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.