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!


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!

Cute extraordinaire!!!

Is this little one adorable or what?!?!?!
I have no other reason to put this on the blog except that she was too cute to pass up!! I don't even know why she is in the hospital.  She is being taken care of by one of my colleagues. I happened to walk down to that side of the pediatric ward and saw the beautiful little face that is attached to the lovely purple head band and well...wanted to share her with you!
Please do pray for all our little ones on the ward.  The majority of them don't have the amazing smile this one does due to illness.  Pray for strength and healing for each child,  peace of mind for the parents and wisdom for each healthcare worker!

A Milestone Reached

This 2-story building is now the PNG NB Offices.
A time of prayer and dedication of the new NB offices.
It has been the dream and desire of the PNG National Board, for a long time to have an official office location.   The National Board is the hand that guides and leads the Nazarene Church in Papua New Guinea.   This past Monday, the 30th of January, as a part of the NB Executive meetings, a dedication service was held.    This 2-story building on the campus of the Melanesia Nazarene Bible College was given back to the Lord and His work in PNG.   The location is fantastic as our church leaders will be meeting at the very heart of where future leaders are being trained.  Not only is the new NB offices located on the campus of MNBC but the campus is also home to the Melanesian Nazarene Teachers College as well.   This building will allow the National Board to have an area upstairs where they can stay, rest and have a place to eat as well as a downstairs area that will be used as a conference room for meetings as well as the office of the National Board Secretary.   We are grateful for the Lord's provision and please pray for the National Board as they lead the Nazarene Church here in PNG!   The National Board rejoices in the Lord provision and thanks Him for the building that has been provided!

DS Yambe Sike, National Board Chairman, cutting the ribbon.

January 28, 2017

Surviving Well

Holiness Today, Nov/Dec 2016, p20
I recently read a very beautifully written article in Holiness Today, a publication of the Church of the Nazarene, entitled The Grace of Dying Well by Dean Flemming.  The Flemming family holds a special place in our hearts as Dr. Floyd Flemming was the DS and his first wife Barbara, the NMI District President on the East Ohio District, where Jeff and I grew up, for 21 years.  Dean Flemming also had a great impact on Jeff's life as a teenager.  Dr. Flemming past away Nov. 14, 2014. We were saddened to hear of Dr. Flemming's passing but were blessed as we reminisced his years of service. 
The article shares about a man who had been in service to God all his life both in formal positions of pastor and DS and in the informal day-to-day encounters even until his very last days. 
This past November 2016, another great man of God passed away.  His name is Baru Dirye and he was the Health Secretary here at Nazarene Hospital.  It was a very difficult time for all of us who knew him.  He was far too young, we thought, to be taken from us and he was doing so much for the hospital and for the church. 
I have thought about the article on dying well mentioned above and Baru's recent death.   I have  witnessed Baru's lovely wife Christina mourning in the house holding Baru near to her just hours after his passing and at the krai (a time of mourning where family and friends will gather to share in their sorrow of a lost loved one) and funeral.  And...I have observed her attitude and strength and resolve in returning to work on the Pediatric Ward as our Nurse Supervisor.   I now have a new thought.  Surviving well is an amazing testimony to our belief and trust in the amazing, loving, compassionate, ever-sustaining God we serve!   I am sure it is not easy for Christina.  I am sure she thinks about her late husband every day and wishes he were well and with her.  I presume she continues to have questions.  But, she has allowed God to use her to show me and others that He does have the power to carry us through and He gives us what we need to face another day and to continue to be used by Him to touch another soul for Him...and another, and another, and another! God's not done with Christina!  She is His child and He will never leave her or forsake her!
My prayer for you and I is that we, too, will live well, die well and survive well in the face of whatever comes our way. He will never leave us or forsake us!

January 9, 2017

The Year 2017

Happy New Year to each of you!   We are 9 days into the year 2017.    It is a year full of hope and promise.  What took place in 2016 is now behind us, it is finished.   We cannot change anything about 2016 now.  I hope for you, 2016 was a good year.   There might be some who would say 2016 was not a good year and are happy to see it end.

No matter what kind of year 2016 was for you, I want you to start off 2017 knowing that God is faithful!   We can trust Him.   My hope is that you are looking forward to this new year.   I know sometimes stuff in our lives may cause us to doubt God's faithfulness, cause us to doubt His presence in our lives, but that is the work of the devil.

My message for you today is the same as the message Moses gave to Joshua in Deuteronomy 31.

The children of Israel are about to cross over into the promised land and God has told Moses that he would not lead the Israelites into the promised land but that Joshua would lead them and go ahead of them.

Moses tells the Israelites what God has said to him,
"The Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you." Deut. 31:3

Moses goes on to tell them that the Lord will defeat their enemies and that the Israelites will take possession of the land that God has promised them.

Then Moses gives them a very big challenge.  This is our challenge for today!

"Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."  Deut. 31:6

Satan wants you and I to doubt and think that you and I walking alone in this life, not true!   In Deut 31:7, "Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, 'Be strong and courageous.'" And in verse 8, Moses tells Joshua, "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."  Praise the Lord!

You may be thinking to yourself, that's great, but Moses spoke that to Joshua thousands of years ago.   Correct, but this is the word of God.  2 Peter 1:21 "Above all you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophets own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."   So if the Bible is the inspired Word of God and if the Bible in Hebrews 13 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever," then you and I can be confident that the very words that Moses spoke to Joshua were included in the Bible because they are important for you and I today!

Be strong!
Be courageous!
Do not be afraid!
Do not be discouraged!

"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

Moses knew that the Lord would go with Joshua and the people of Israel because in Exodus 33:12-14, Moses has this talk with God, 
"Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.   The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

God loves us and just as his presence and Spirit went with Moses, Joshua and the Israelites his presence will go with us because He "is the same yesterday and today and forever."   Rest easy because God knows your name too just as he knew Moses name.  We can believe the Word of God!

When we face battles and trials in our daily lives remember Deut. 20:1-4, "When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.   When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army.

He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them.    For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

We could say, when you face someone who is trying to hurt you, God will be with you, because He has been with you before.

When your money is short and you need food, God will be with you, because He has been with you before.

When you face a situation and you don't know what direction to take, God will be with you because He has been with you before.

When we face death, God will be with you because He has been with you before.

In fact, Isaiah 43:1-2, states: "But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." 

The Lord did not promised that we would never have pain, trials or hard times!
His promise was simply that He would be with us!

As we look to a new year remember pain and trials will be a part of our lives because we live in a sinful world, can't change that.   What we can change is how we look at the times of pain and trials.   We can remember that God is with us and he will not leave us or forsake us.  We may doubt but God is faithful and true.  He will empower us with His Holy Spirit to stand strong, to be courageous.

This is why as Christians it is important we are filled with the Holy Spirit, because by the power of the Holy Spirit, we will stand strong.   Sometimes I have had doubts, and I would guess that there have been times when you have doubted also.

There is no sin in doubting unless that doubting makes us turn our back on God.  The Bible has many examples of people who questioned God, the book of Psalms records many times where doubts arose but the Psalmist always comes back to God's faithfulness, God's goodness.

In Psalms 46, the Psalmist says, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.   Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging."

And verse 7 the Psalmist says again, "The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."

As we look forward to 2017, let us move forward with courage and strength, trusting that our God is with us always.  Let 2017 find us busy doing the Master's work as Jesus commanded us in Mat 28, 
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

In Romans 8 the Apostle Paul states clearly, " If God is for us, who can stand against us."

Go in the strength and courage of the Lord, knowing that no matter what you face in 2017, GOD WILL BE WITH YOU!   

May 16, 2016

One Month and Counting

We are getting very excited about heading to the US!  We depart PNG on Wed June 15th and arrive in Akron, Ohio on Thurs June 16th.  We certainly have come to call PNG our home and we love our mission family and national friends but that doesn't lessen our desire to spend time with our Stateside family.  Especially our Jessica!!!  We haven't seen her since the end of January last year 2015.  Can't wait to get our arms around her!!
Please keep us in your prayers in these areas:
Our time of sharing in your churches.  We have updated our speaking schedule here to the right of the screen. As you can see we have several Sunday evenings open yet and numerous week-days.  If you are interested in hearing an update of what is going on here in PNG please contact us.  We are happy to try and find a time to come to your church.
We feel blessed to have a place to stay again this HA at our District Camp Center in East Ohio. That has been our second home throughout our 15 years of missionary service! Thank you East Ohio District!
We don't yet have a vehicle to drive while home.  We are confidant the Lord will provide this need. He has always made a way.  If you are feeling Him tugging at your heart to fulfill this need, don't resist Him!:)  Or if you have any leads on a car we could use, please contact us.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Jeff and Susan

February 16, 2016

PNG Missionaries, Peter and Jenny Isaac

The Church of the Nazarene has been in Papua New Guinea 61 years.  Throughout those years the National Church has sent out missionaries to the Solomon Islands and East Timor.   Currently, Peter and Jenny Isaac are in Vanuatu where they have been serving as PNG Missionaries for the past 10 years.   It is hard to believe that 10 years have past already.   I was privileged to be at the Isaacs commissioning service back in 2006 on the Chimbu/Eastern Highlands District.  It is also neat because Peter and Jenny were also a big part of the team that started the Radio Ministry here in PNG before the left to serve in Vanuatu.

Jenny and Peter Isaac, PNG Missionaries to Vanuatu

People coming forward to give to Isaac's deputation offering.
They are presently here in PNG on their Home Assignment going around the country sharing about how God is working in Vanuatu.   Recently we were able to attend one of their services here at the church on station.   Jenny shared how through the years on the field there have been challenges but God has been there and the Holy Spirit has been with them.   Even during the Cyclone that went through the Islands a year ago God was faithful.  Jenny said, "If we lose our lives it is OK, we've a place in heaven.  We've given our lives to Him."  

Peter stated that the first goal was to teach others how to follow Christ.  At the last district assembly, the district set a goal of planting 50 new churches.  At the present Vanuatu has six churches and eight preaching points.   In 2015 they graduated 3 students from Bible College and Peter mentioned that more are wanting to attend.   Pray that God would raise up more pastors to meet the vision of 50 new churches set by this past district assembly.

Peter challenged the church to stand up and do whatever God calls us to do, he went on to say, "Don't be afraid of what God may ask you to do, or where He may ask you to go.  Doesn't matter where you die, God will take care of your family, be obedient."

Please pray for Peter and Jenny and the family as they travel around PNG speaking and sharing what God is doing in Vanuatu.   Pray for God's blessing upon their lives as they faithfully serve Him and are obedient to God' leading in their lives.