February 18, 2020

Nazarene College of Nursing

Mogry, he was one of our kids, and a great guy!

One of the blessing these past couple of years has been our involvement with the "Big Brother Big Sister" program that the College of Nursing has as part of their nursing program.  We started out with 5 nursing students and over the last 2 or so years we had some graduate and gained another one or two along the way.   We  have watched Christian movies with them and we have played games with them.   I will say once they understand the game, they are gamers!   They are truly great kids!  

In January the College of Nursing held their annual retreat for the 3rd year students.   The nursing program is a three year program so these kids will be graduating at the end of February.    Susan and I were asked by the Nursing College chaplain, Andrew, if we would come and speak about God's will.  Wow!  That is a serious topic to share with the these kids who are soon graduating.   After praying about it and thinking about it,  I read a couple of books to get my thinking flowing.   One was by John MacArthur and Charles Stanley.  We also included our own personal testimonies on how we came to be missionaries in PNG these past 18 years and the preparation it took to get here.   God spoke to the hearts of these young people who will be going out all across PNG to serve in clinics and hospitals.   Ministering to the sick and hurting and in some cases ministering to those in need of spiritual healing.   We thank our heavenly Father for this opportunity to share with these precious young adults.   Please pray for them as they prepare for their future in nursing that God would use them and protect them as they move out across PNG.

The 3rd years who will graduate at the end of February.

April 19, 2019

Change, change, change

So much has happened since our last post, it's hard to know where to start! I'll try to give a brief synopsis.  And since I like lists, I am going to make one!.
1) The kids that went to Pt. Moresby for heart caths did great!  One of them needs a little different something to fix her defect and will be returning to Moresby on May 6th.  Her name is Neola.  Pray for her and this upcoming procedure. Two kids have traveled to the US for heart surgery.  They both did well!!  More info on that in a another article!  ๐Ÿ˜€
2) Our HA was awesome!  We met so many wonderful people in our travels!  We love the Nazarene Church and it's people!  Thank you all!  We were able to visit God's people in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Alabama, Texas, Florida and California!  Thank you all!!!  We hope that we have been able to ignite or fan the flames of your fire for missions and challenge you to consider what God has for you to do next for and in His Kingdom!

Dr. Steph served in PNG a few years back.

Steph now serves with her husband Andy here!

Our dear friends pastoring in FL

Re-uniting with former PNG missionaries Andy & Judy 

3) We had the wonderful privilege of celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years with our families for the first time since 2008!!  That was awesome!!
Ma & Pa Myers

Jeff's sister and Mama

Mom & Dad Cummings

Cousins for Christmas dinner

Ohio - winter wonderland!

4) We had amazing times with our kids.  It never feels like enough but we soaked up as much as we could!  We are so very thankful for God's gift to us in the way of our children.  We love them both dearly!  Pray for them as they continue to seek God's will for their lives!

Indians Game in Cleveland!

My most favorite girl in the world, hands down!

5) We got to spend some time with Abby Wagner who is now Ethan's fiancรฉ!  Wow!!  She and Ethan are planning an August wedding!  We were able to meet her family and enjoyed that very much! Abby is a lovely girl and we look forward to future days of getting to know her better!   
The proposal!

6) Jeff, unfortunately, was sick with head cold/sinus infection in the weeks just prior to our departure and it was only after returning to PNG that we recognized some symptoms that were beyond what was consistent with his illness.  We made a trip to Cairns, Australia and found that he experienced a dissection of his internal carotid artery on the right side of his head/neck.   We are extremely thankful for God's hand of protection upon him.  The end result could have been devastating...but it was not!!  PTL!!
7)  We arrived back in PNG just in time to say good-bye to 2 amazing missionary families.  The McCoys retired in January.  We have so enjoyed serving alongside them for the past 18 yrs.  We love them and they are already missed by many.  Then just last month the Dooleys returned to the US, following the direction God has laid on their hearts.  Their departure was expedited as a result of Scott's mother being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Scott served as our Hospital Administrator and Gail was involved in hospital ministry as well.  They, too, are missed greatly!  We do thank God for the many years we were able to walk the journey with them here in PNG.
We've served together since their arrival in 2003!

McCoys served in PNG since 1996!

8) With departures there is a necessary shift in responsibilities.  For this reason, I am back in administration serving as Director of Medical Services and very soon will also attempt to cover the position of Hospital Administrator as well while Dr. Erin gets a much needed break on her HA.  Thankfully, we have an amazing national administrative team and together, with the Lord's strength and direction, we will continue to move forward for the Kingdom!
9) We have a new mission family who just arrived for Australia.  Beautiful family with 5 children, 4 boys and one sweet little girl!  Dave is a pediatrician and is joining our staff at Nazarene Hospital.
The Lean Family

Those are most of the big changes!   Some are fun and exciting and others are a bit more challenging but alas, God knows the future and we can and will count on Him to show us the way!
Thank you so much for your continued support through prayer and giving!  God has blessed us by allowing us to be a part of His team and His work here in PNG and you are an important part of the team as well!!  

November 27, 2018

Follow up on our heart patients

Being on the other side of the earth makes it sometimes hard to get info quickly!  With regard to the children that went to Pt Moresby a couple of weeks ago for heart caths I do know that the first 3 caths that were done went well!  The first procedure was done on a little guy named Caleb who had a Patent Ductus Arteriosus.  Everything went well!  Very exciting!!!
The next two patients were both in children who had Tetrology of Fallot, a more complicated heart defect. Both of these children have proven to be good candidates for open heart surgery in the US next year!  Again, extremely exciting!
Please continue to pray for all the children who went to Pt Moresby along with their families.  Thanks to Dr. Kirk's team and all those involved at Pacific International Hospital in Pt Moresby!

When I can get some pics, I'll add them above!

Extremely Thankful!

Fall foliage in PA
Jeff and I are feeling extremely blessed and thankful...for just everything!!
It's hard to believe but our Home Assignment has flown by and before we know it we will be boarding a plane headed back to PNG.  Our time home has been amazing!  We have met many wonderful people in California, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Alabama and Florida and in a few days we expect the same in Texas!  God's people are awesome and the Nazarene family everywhere we go truly does feel like family! Thank you to all who have made our time in the US very special.  Thank you for your hospitality, love, generosity and prayers!  
Felt right at home in Raytown, MO!
We are just coming away from a wonderful Thanksgiving time with both sides of the family and with both of our kids at our sides as well! The week before Thanksgiving we also had a Cummings family gathering which included most of that part of our tribe, too!  It was great!
Our Thanksgiving weekend was topped off with the privilege of speaking at the Troy Church of the Nazarene where Jessica is on staff!  It was heart warming to see our girl in action as she shared her Pidgin speaking skills in a pre-recorded video spot, sang with the Worship Team, introduced us in the main service and then had us join her Sunday School group where we had another opportunity to connect and share about PNG!  We are very proud of Jessica and the amazing young lady she is!  Her church family has looked after our girl so well for which we are very grateful and thankful! God is good!!
Trussville Hispanic Fair, Alabama

Jessica with worship team at Troy Nazarene
Beautiful in spite of the cold!
Boca Grande Light House

November 12, 2018

Heart procdures in PNG this week!

These are exciting days in PNG!  Please be praying for the 8 children/young adults and their parents who will be flying down from Mt Hagen, the closest commercial airport to Nazarene Hospital, to our capitol city of Pt Moresby where they will undergo heart caths this week!
There are not a lot of options for children in PNG to get help if they are born with or later develop a heart problem that requires intervention beyond medications.  A number of years ago we were privileged to have Dr. Kirk, a pediatric cardiologist from the US, come to our hospital.  Kirk along with a team that he has assembled will be in Pt Moresby this week at the only hospital that has a heart
One of our heart patients!  
He is going to feel so much better 
by the end of the week!  
cath lab.  Six of our patients will have procedures done to cure or improve their heart function and 2 will be further assessed by heart cath to determine whether they will be good candidates for open heart surgery next year.  
Please pray for Neola, Mark, Ashla, Roselyn, Caleb, Wom, Lydia, and Petrick along with Mr. Lash who will travel with the kids and their parents to Pt Moresby and Dr. Kirk, his team from the US and the staff at the hospital in Moresby who will be assisting in many ways in order to make things happen!!

September 25, 2018

New PNG Church Plant

We  just returned from Platue, Nipa over the weekend. [Nazarene] College of Nursing preaching point out reach, has moved into a new place, called Topua. This is the 2nd preaching point, the first church [that NCON] started several years ago will be hand over to [the] Southern Highlands District on the 22nd of this month. This new preaching point is my late wife's uncle's village. The door has opened and 45 souls came for the 2nd service. The first  service was held about two weeks ago and about 25 people attended.  We began to see that this district has potential for the holiness message to be spread as more calls coming from many place.

We see that The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. "Lets Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field"

W.Kintak -Principle of the Nazarene College of Nursing

September 23, 2018

At Home in Raytown

We are in Raytown Missouri this weekend sharing about what God is doing in PNG.   We feel very much at home here not only because they are great people but the teens did a great job of re-creating the iconic "Circle" of PNG.    The Circle is what so many people think of when they hear about the work in PNG.   We had a wonderful time this evening fellowshipping with our Raytown brothers and sisters.   We look forward to sharing tomorrow morning more about how God is working in PNG!

August 19, 2018

Paniel - complete recovery!!

This cutey was a patient on the Pediatric ward 2 years ago or so. At that time he was very sick. He had fevers and seizures and was very weak on the left side of his body, hardly able to move his arm and leg at all. We discovered he had a brain abscess. Dr. Ben was able to drain it and with lots of prayer and IV antibiotics and time...he recovered!  As you can see from this photo he is a happy little guy!  He has no weakness and you wouldn't even know he had ever been sick!

๐Ÿ˜€I love when God does stuff like this!!!

July 29, 2018

Follow up to prayer request

On June 3rd I wrote asking for prayer for several of my little ones on the pediatric ward.  Thank you for that.  Margaret and Lavina both went to be with Jesus.   They are no longer sick!  They are not short of breath!  Their nail beds are pink, not blue!  Pray for their families as they continue to feel the void.  God is good and he is faithful!

Gearing up for Home Assignment!!

The excitement is growing as we prepare for flying the friendly skies on our way to the USA!
There is much to think about: what to pack, what we will drive, confirming details of our speaking engagements, finalizing our thoughts on the things God wants us to share about the work here in PNG and making sure we have time with our families to name a few. Thanks to the East Ohio District NMI, we don't have to worry about where we will live!!  Thank you so much to our East Ohio family for meeting that need for us all these years, it has been an amazing blessing!  There's also things on this side of the ocean that need to be wrapped up, things related to our work here and leaving our house ready to be used as needed in our absence.   But as always, God is faithful!
Please pray with us for these specifically:
         > Jeff as he finalizes preparations for our upcoming District Assemblies which will take place                 in October.
         > Our presentation to the churches we will be sharing at.
         > A car to drive.

Thanks family!!  See you soon! ๐Ÿ˜