July 17, 2018

Great Things are Taking Place on the Sandaun District, PNG!

First, let me give you a little brief history of the Sandaun district.   The Sandaun district, basically, is a remote district that is divided in two by a large mountain range.    It is located on the North Coast of PNG up near the border of Indonesia.   So in a sense half of the district is coastal while the other half is inland and bush with the mountain range in the middle.    It is very hard for the DS to get to all of the district because of the remoteness of the district.   Because of this the district has struggled through the years.   Three years ago one of our Generals was on the Sandaun district and greatly challenged them.  Challenging them that it was time to move ahead, that it was time for the district to grow.   Since then they have taken to heart the challenge presented to them.   In that three years 10 ordination candidates have been ordained and there will be another this year.   The unity of the district has greatly solidified.   For all of this we praise the Lord and are grateful for the leadership of the district.    Below, is the latest report from Sandaun.

Young people leading worship before the
baptismal service.
District Secretary for the Sandaun District, Ps. Peter Weiyip, sent along a wonderful report of how God has been working on the Sandaun district.   Encouraging reports are wonderful and greatly appreciated!
Peter writes:
"Hello Brother Jeff Myers,
I would like to inform you that Sandaun District is having a very wonderful time this year 2018 because of 46 people got baptised and 56 renewed their Christian life. This includes men and women. 
Witwaunek Local Church Children’s Ministry Crusade 11 people got baptised there.
Elkei Circuit Women’s Crusade 3 women got baptised there. 
Witikin Local Church NYI Crusade 32 people got baptised there.
This brings the total up to 46 people baptised so far just in June and July 2018.
Elkei Circuit NYI Crusade 46 Christians renewed their Christian life at the Altar call each night. Tuesday Night = 19. Wednesday Night = 17 & Thursday Night = 20, this brings the total to 56. The Theme for this crusade was; “Preparing Emerging Godly Leaders.” Joshua Chapter 1.
DS Kanisius praying before he begins to baptize.





There [are] 7 Active Preaching Points in which we are planning to organise 3 this year 2018 and 4 yet to confirm.
God is doing amazing things here at Sandaun District this year 2018.
Praise God for that.  Please pray for Sandaun.
Yours in making Christlike Disciples
Pastor Peter Paul Weiyip
Sandaun District Secretary

     
Please be praying for the Sandaun district as God continues to move across this district.   Pray also for those baptized and for those who made commitments to live for Jesus, whether a renewal or for the first time.   Pray for DS Kanisius and the district leadership as the lead this district with servant hearts!

Thank you!

June 14, 2018

A Pictorial Look at the Jimi Valley Road

The other day four of us left Kudjip and headed out on the Jimi road.    Unless you have wings, or lots of money for a helicopter, it is the only way to get to the Bromley Memorial District.   The Jimi Valley Road is like a box of Cracker Jacks, there is a surprise in each time you drive it.   We headed in with two Toyota Land Cruisers, the vehicle of choice for this missionary, because they are built tough and can handle the rough Jimi road.   We were headed into the Bromley Memorial District to take care of some district business.    I have to say though, it is kind of fun to drive.    I mean where else can you go off roadin' and not be labeled irresponsible or reckless!
Besides being a road that literally follows the
edge of the mountains around, there are probably
other reasons the road gets washed away, I'm
thinking.
The road should be where the culvert is but it is gone
washed away in a flood.   We had to stay to the right and cut
left across the water and back up on the road.

Hit the water and take a sharp left!
In 3 of these pictures is a "stay left" theme!

June 3, 2018

Need your prayers!


One of the hardest things about being a physician, no matter where you are in the world, is caring for patients for whom you don't have a cure, where the prognosis is poor and there isn't much you can do about it.  Slightly harder then that are those patients you think maybe could get help if you had more resources to determine the true underlying cause and then the resources to treat their disease more effectively.
I have several kids on the pediatric ward for whom we have invested all that we have to offer for their lung disease and yet their prognosis is guarded at best.  Please pray for these little ones!  Their names are Lavina, Jepta and Margaret.  Each one is precious in God's sight.  Pray for wisdom for me, healing for them and peace for their families.
Left: Margaret on her 1st Birthday!
Right: Lavina enjoying a snack.

May 21, 2018

District Superintendent Training

This was the entrance to the place where we
were having our meetings.   Very beautiful
and colorful as the breeze blew the flags!

At the end of  this past AApril I traveled to the Philippines to take part in the DS School of Leadership Training.    Not because I am a DS, but because I work with our DSs on the Melanesia/South Pacific Field.   Our Field has 14 DS that represent 17 districts across 7 island nations in the South Pacific.   Harmon is our Field Strategy Coordinator and I work out of our Field Office as our Field Operations Administrator.   This was a great 3 plus days of training and equipping our DS from around the Region, our theme was "Equipped to Equip."   Pray for our DSs as they work in some very tough and remote places across the MSP Field and across the Asia Pacific Region.

A couple of nights we had meals out on the water
in these little cabanas above the water, very
nice and cool.
L to R Back Row: Kafoa, Harmon Jeff, Talomua, Dickson, Yambe
L to R Front Row: Peter, Gabriel, Ako, Peter, Peter, Canisius, Sivas, Joseph
L to R Sitting in front: Peni, Andrew

February 26, 2018

Namesake!

Baby Susan at 12 hours of age!
The culture in PNG is a very relational one.   A PNG National who's life you have touched through friendship or helping them with something or by being a part of a significant gathering may choose to honor you by giving you a gift.  That gift may be a bilum (string bag) made just for you or by bringing you gifts of produce from their garden.  Or, a very special way, would be to name one of their children after you!  The child would be referred to as your "Namesake".
A few weeks ago when I was on call I had been following the progress of two ladies in labor.  Their progress was a bit slow and so I was checking on them pretty regularly.  The time came when I decided we needed to go to plan B and get each of these ladies ready for a C-section.  The one lady's unborn baby was showing signs of distress so I took her to the OR first.  When we were near finished I asked one of the operating theater staff to call the labor ward and have them bring the second lady over.  After she had been brought over and we were ready to move her onto the operating table  I felt impressed to check her one more time to see if she had dilated completely or not.  Well guess what?!  She had and although this mama was pretty worn out I thought we could safely get the baby out with vacuum assistance and avoid a CS.  We were successful!  Both mama and baby did well!  Yeah!!  Mama was very pleased and asked me my name and right then and there named her newborn baby girl Susan!



February 5, 2018

Important Training in Church Development!

Jeff teaching the Articles of Faith.  The Illustrated
Articles of Faith are a great tool!
Joani Goossens going over church board
budgets and finance.
















DS Ako Arua of the South Coast District.
This past weekend I, along with Karla and Joani, from the Field Office spent the weekend in Port Morsbey teaching and training pastors and church board members on the South Coast district.   We left on Friday from Hagen and flew to PNG's capitol city.    I taught about the Nazarene Articles of Faith (by the way do you know have many Article the Nazarene Church has?) and talking about the duties and responsibilities of the Church Board as well as covering the calling of a pastor.   On Saturday morning  Karla startled off covering Statistics.   Statistics are on of the areas that Karla is often training in.   I very much like the way Karla has explained it to our district secretaries, it is important to understand and get the statistics reported correctly because, "it is the way in which we tell the Church what God is doing in the Church of PNG!"   God is doing great things here in PNG!   Joani is our Field Treasure and was asked to come and share concerning church budgets.    Our National brothers and sisters are very eager to learn and they were asking a lot of great questions through out the weekend sessions.    I appreciate DS Ako asking us to come down, it was a great time together.    Ds Ako and his sweet wife Lilly are special to us as DS Ako was our first pastor here at the Station church when Susan and I first arrived in PNG.   DS Ako and Lilly also were pioneer members in radio ministry in PNG.   DS Ako was one of the 5 original (as I like to say) Founding Fathers of Radio Ministry.    Lilly was one of our first Directors of the Women's program that we air across PNG.   Sho also came up with the name for the program Krai Bilong Ol Meri, (The Cry of the Women).   We thank the Lord for His hand upon this weekend!   We had great fun with the South Coast District and they were very appreciative.
Karla Deuel training in Church Statistics.




February 2, 2018

Do people really read these?

We have quite a few informative posters on various walls in the Pediatric Ward and around the hospital. I have wondered at times just how often these gets read.  Do they ever get read?
Well, I was happy to see that at least one poster concerning child health was very thoroughly examined this morning!! 😊

Until I interrupted him of course!!


January 14, 2018

Partners in Life


We need each other, that’s a given!  What would life be like if we had to face everything alone?  It would be sad, discouraging, limiting, hard, joyless, empty, and overwhelming.

Our work load at Nazarene Hospital varies depending on the inpatient census, the length of the outpatient line, whether it is coffee bean season when people have more money readily available for clinic fees, how many docs are on HA (Home Assignment), how many volunteers we have, how many difficult cases each doc sees on any given day and more.  The most difficult cases are often the ones for whom we have no treatment options.  The ones we have to give bad news to.  A few of these in a short period of time, leaves me feeling emotionally spent.  We are, in our own strength…not strong at all.  We are weak. 

We need the God of all Creation and we need each other!  That’s what He intended.  That we would live in community with one another, believers bound by our common desire to bring glory to the Master.  As believers in community we are able to build each other up, combine our strengths and resources, help meet each other’s needs and, as partners in the Gospel, accomplish so much more for Him!  We see this very picture in Acts chapter 2.  The disciples devoted themselves to meeting together, breaking bread together, praying together.  Verse 44 says, “All the believers were together and had everything in common.” The result of this was, “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”


As partners we can celebrate Kingdom successes together! 

This past November we held our District Assemblies in 17 districts across 7 island nations in PNG and the South Pacific Fields.  44 ordinations took place!  Let’s celebrate! 

Through Chaplain ministry at Nazarene Hospital 8 new church plants have been started in the past 2 years. Through Nazarene Radio Ministry two new church plants have been started as well!  Let’s celebrate! 

We had 2 new doctors join our Medical staff in 2017. Another will join us in July and still another in Jan 2019!  God is continuing to call doctors to medical missions! Nazarene Hospital is in the process of being approved by the PNG Surgical Society to serve as a training site for young national surgeons! We will be able to actively help in the training of PNG surgeons as well!  Let’s celebrate!  All of us!  We are in this together!

Jeff and I need you!  We need your prayers, your love and concern and your financial support.  Would you take some time to prayerfully consider how God might use you to partner with us for His Kingdom work in PNG? (2 Corinthians 8:3-4)

If you would like to be added to a list of Prayer Partners and/or if you would like more information on partnering with us, contact us at drsusanmy@gmail.com  If you would like to contribute financially now, go to http://web.nazarene.org/goto/Myers

May you be overwhelmed today only by His amazing love and peace!

Jeff and Susan




January 13, 2018

Gerad

There have not been too many days where I have seen Gerad smile.  But on Thursday this past week I did!  He got tickled about something silly I said.  I then asked him if I could take his picture in order to share with my friends and ask for them to pray for him.  He smiled again for the photo!
I mentioned Gerad in a recent post.  From what we are able to discern he has a cancer we are unable treat.  He's just 10 years old and has a sweet smile when I can get a glimpse of one.  Every day when I see him he tells me he wants ice water.  So, for the past week I have been putting a plastic bottle of water in the freezer each night so that I can offer it to him the next day. It's such a  little thing but he sure does enjoy it!
Please keep praying for Gerad.  His family is working on arrangements for transporting him back to their home place.  They are from the island of Manus which is off the north coast of the main island of PNG.  It will not be an easy trip for him or his family.  Pray that they will sense God's presence with them every day and be drawn closer to Him.

December 31, 2017

2 Cuties and a few prayer requests


Lavina is such a sweetie and is totally loving this banana!!  She started her life as a tiny preemie and so hung out with us for a while in the nursery till she was big enough to go home.  Sadly, she still comes in very regularly and stays with us on the pediatric ward.  She has congenital lobar emphysema and doesn't have a lot of lung reserve.  The slightest little cold can trigger her to decompensate and require another hospital stay primarily for oxygen therapy till she recovers. Pray for her and her parents. They pastor a Nazarene church nearby and are wonderful parents to this little one. As time has gone by, Lavina seems to come in more frequently and takes longer to recover.  Her future is uncertain.

The next little cutie, is just that!!  A cutie!  I can't remember now why he was admitted to the hospital but couldn't resist including his picture!!
Please remember a kiddo named Gerad.  He is 10 years old and has broken both his thigh bones, up at the hip joint, because of an underlying disease that is affecting his bones.  We are unable to confirm the underlying disease process at this time but are investigating it. One of the biggest issues we face here on an almost daily basis is sorting out the difficult cases largely because of a lack of various lab and radiologic tests beyond the basics.  Then there is the issue of treatment options.  Even when we can confirm the more unusual cases, we often times are unable to provide proper treatment. Please pray for Gerad as we continue to seek a proper diagnosis and explore treatment options.  Pray that we can control his pain. Pray that we can show Gerad and his family that God loves him like crazy and that we can know how best to support and encourage them.