Life & Language Learning

It is hard to believe we have been in PNG for 7 months already! We spent two of those months (June & July) back flying for SIL Aviation (Wycliffe Bible Translators/JAARS). They were short on pilots for those two months and asked me if I would come back and fly for them. It was a great privilege to be back where I started my time in PNG and help them out, since they invested so much training into me. Adie also helped out as a receptionist at the medical clinic. Once August came, we headed back to NTM Aviation in Goroka. So far we hadn’t received any formal language training. The priority had been getting me trained in the airplane. Now its time for me and Adie to learn Melanesian Pigeon, the trade language of PNG, that most people speak. I’ve been flying just one or two days a week and in Pigeon classes the rest of the time. It’s a sixteen week program and then it will be back to flying full time.

My prosthetic leg gets a lot of attention around here! The PNG people are fascinated by it. Especially when I fly into the remote jungle locations. Many of the church planting missionaries have told the people in their tribe about my story and they have been praying for me. So as I have flown into these locations, the people are excited to see me and see the fruit of their prayer. So humbling, that in the middle of the most remote jungle locations, tribal believers have been praying for me!

Adie is settling in and enjoying life on the NTM center that we live on. In-between caring for our boys, language studies, market and store days, she likes hosting and serving the missionaries that come through here. She also just started working 2 days a week as a receptionist at the medical clinic here at NTM.

The boys are thriving here. It is boy paradise. The weather is perfect, 80’s in the day and 50’s at night. Lots of trees to climb and other boys to play with. All three have starting attending the mission school. They have great teachers and are adjusting well to their new routine. There are fun events for the kids to attend and the kids have just been having a ball with this new life at Lapilo.

We are just so thankful to be here serving the church planting effort! Looking back at the last 2 years it has been quite a journey.  The Lord has provided and made it possible to come back and serve! Thank you all for praying us through it all. Thank you for your continued prayers as we serve on this mission field.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24

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5 thoughts on “Life & Language Learning

  1. Anonymous

    Great update!! Thanks. Take care and keep up the good work.
    Bill & Debbie Tobias

  2. Bud and Edna Gensel

    Thanks for the update. We have continued to pray for your ministry and for your sons. Praying all will continue to go well for you all. We praise God for His work in your life.

  3. John Lind

    Hi there Jon and Adie and boys,

    Thanks for getting out regular letters. That takes a lot of effort, but it is really worth while. We are always interested in how your boys are doing. I am sure that they and you two parents are aware that they are having an exceptional opportunity to live and experience all sorts of things that they might never have had back home. When we walked into our language assignment in the spring of 1961 we had four children – three girls and a boy. Then several years later we added our youngest daughter. As long as we were in the village, the language area, they did their school work with their mother teaching and then did high school by correspondence. We took furloughs and had assignments in other parts of the branch from time to time, but our main focus was the program for the “Straight-Speakers of the Mountains”. Also known as Popoluca de la Sierra. Their New Testament was put into distribution in the spring of 1977. They have had a second and third printing now.

    There are over thirty thousand speakers that live in thirty towns and villages on the Gulf coast down on the north side of the Isthmus, Veracruz, Mexico. It is sort of like the place you are living now. The village we lived in, Ocotal Chico, got 100 inches of rain a year. Most of the area got two crops of corn a year. Many people grow coffee for a cash crop. I tell people that the area is 1,000 miles south of Houston, Texas – across the Gulf of Mexico.

    And your boys do some tree climbing – “grandpa” like I will say to them, be careful – even though the monkeys get away with it all the time. The girls in the Popoluca area often climb trees, not just the boys. Two of our younger kids did quite a bit of climbing in the big mango trees. One day one of them slipped and fell quite a way and landed across a big limb. It knocked the wind out of her and she slid off and fell the rest of the way to the ground. It took her a while to get her breath back. The two Indian girls with them thought sure she was dead, but not so — she got up and walked though with some sore places for a few days. One day some of us were visiting small villages back in the hills. At one I had not been in before — it was the end of the road – as we got into view I could see two bright colorful things way up in one of the big trees. When we got on in to the village we found out it was two of their little girls up there watching us come up the road!

    Your boys could read this letter just for fun. It will give them some practice in map reading and geography. I will say also that we are the folks that lived on a cattle ranch in eastern Montana on the Powder River, east of Miles City about 35 miles. With help from the internet I will guess the boys can find that spot. Look for Locate. It was our post office when we worked up there. It is quite a ways west of where your folks live, Jon, but very similar weather.

    Well, now that the boys have their reading assignment I will sign off. We send you our love and pray for your ministry there in PNG

    From John and Royce Lind living right now in north Tucson, seeing doctors. Had a stroke on Easter Sunday. (got a quick ride in a helicopter into Tucson from Willcox, Arizona to the heart hospital!) More geography – we have a home in Sunizona about in the middle of Cochise County not far from Elfrida.

  4. Thanks for the update, Jon! We love hearing what God is doing in your lives. How fun that He placed your family where your boys can experience so much FUN as part of their family’s act of obedience to a life of full-out service. You guys are always in our prayers back here in MN. Thanks for inspiring us to be faithful to our callings, too!

  5. jack Raab

    I continue to pray for your ministry and for your family. I have been following and praying for you guys since the accident. I am amazed at God’s work and Blessing in your lives and His boundless love. Praying for the language studies, safety in flying and of course and most importantly the advancement of the Gospel in PNG.
    God Bless
    Jack Raab

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