Time Flies!

We have now been in PNG for a year and 3 months. The time has literally flown by. It is such a great privilege to be a part of the team that is planting churches amongst remote people groups. As a pilot I get to see the missionaries who are working in the remote tribes on a daily basis. The sacrifice and dedication of these missionaries amazes me! They have given up everything to live isolated in a extremely remote location, learning the language and culture of the people so they can share the gospel with them. I get to bring them their supply needs and chat with them before I fly off.

I have been flying the Kodiak since arriving in PNG. In December I took on the roll of Chief Pilot for NTM Aviation in PNG. This means I am in charge of all the pilots (currently we have 5 including me in country and 2 in North America on furlough, with one more on the way to start this summer!). I am also in charge of all aspects of the flight operations. We operate three airplanes and 1 helicopter and keep a full flight schedule every week. So between flying and managing I stay pretty busy.

In a few months I will start flying the helicopter as well as the Kodiak. We are down to one helicopter pilot right now, and I will get trained in as the second helicopter pilot. I really miss flying helicopters so I am very excited to be able to fly them again. We have a couple of new missionary teams that will be building their home in the jungle towards the end of this year. Their locations are so remote there isn’t even an airstrip so everything will be flown in with helicopter. It looks like I will start flying the helicopter in time to be able to fly in their things. It is always very exciting for us to get involved in a new church planting work. There is a lot of work that goes into setting these new teams up in the jungle.

Both Adie and I completed our language training in Melanesian Pidgin (the common language in PNG). It was great to have that behind us and get back to full time at aviation. I also took on the Chief Pilot roll as soon as we completed our language training so it was very good timing that I could focus all my efforts on my new job.

Adie is still helping out as a receptionist at the medical clinic. She has also just started going to the local hospital in town and helping to deliver babies! She loves it, although the conditions are much different then what you would be used to…

My parents visited us for a few weeks in March! It was wonderful to see them again and show them all around PNG. We were able to fly them to a remote tribal church planting work and spend the night there in the missionaries house. It was a very eye opening experience for them to see first hand what goes into bringing the gospel to these people. The boys had so much fun with them and were so sad to see them go. The time when by too quickly.

The boys are still loving it here. A karate instructor is now in the area offering classes, so Jaeden and Levi are taking the classes. The boys flew in with us and my parents to spend the night with the missionaries in the jungle. This was there first time to see this as well. I don’t think they fully understand how incredible an opportunity it was for them, but they had a blast hiking the jungle and seeing the sights.

Thank you so much for all your prayers and financial support! You are vital part of the team that is bringing the Gospel to people in PNG who have never heard before.

“O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” Isaiah 25:1 ESV

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10 thoughts on “Time Flies!

  1. Janice Pulford

    So very happy to hear from you again. I cry every time I get to read missionary letters. So exciting to follow you and pray every night for you all. I still support the church up in MN but live in Florida now. Am in touch with Lavida a lot. Thanks again for writing.

  2. Tim and Blossom Teele

    Loved getting the update. Although we have never met you, our son , Clint knows you fairly well and talked of you often and we prayed for you during your entire accident ordeal. What a wonderful testimony you folks are to many. What an amazing God we have. When we think of you we think of that verse that says… God loves to show Himself strong on the behalf of those whose hearts are completely His. May you continue to walk in HIs grace, light and truth as you serve in a crucial ministry there in PNG. Maybe someday if we visit Clint and Ashlyn… you will be the one to fly us and we’ll get to meet. That would be awesome. May God bless and keep you. May you know Him in a face to face way and may His peace keeps your hearts fixed on Him. Lovingly, Pastor Tim and Blossom Teele, Birkenfeld, Oregon.

  3. Anonymous

    Praying for you all..! May God continue to bless you richly!

  4. Laurie Keller

    So good to hear from you once again. I love to share with other church ladies and my grandkids what God has been doing there in PNG. Wow, amazed that you finished language training! May the Lord equip you for every aspect of ministry and grant you good health and safety as you fly and serve the people of PNG. Grace and Peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to Him be the Glory! Prayerfully, Laurie Keller, Calvary Baptist, Republic MO

  5. Marion Barnard

    Thank you for this update on your work in PNG. Jeremy & Mandy Hambrice are missionaries there, and are from my church. You are all in my prayers.

  6. Anonymous

    What a way to start out our week reading your update!! Your are such a shining light and encouragement to us and all those who read it. We were so sad we couldn’t go with your parents, but God knows best and maybe some day… It truly would be a trip of a lifetime! May you be blessed and encouraged by us half as much as we are by you all. God is Amazing! Truly Amazing!

  7. estelle brousseau

    Hi Jon and Adie, Thanks for the great update!  I thank our wonderful Lord for all that He is accomplishing through your lives and ministries!  Keeping you in my prayers, Estelle in Seattle

  8. Sharon Flynn

    Thank you for the testimony you are to God’s faithfulness, power, and glory! Thank you for being such good friends to Jessi, Jon Michael, and the girls!
    Bless you!!

  9. Karen & George Buchan

    It is always an encouragement to read your updates. Both of you simply radiate your love for the Lord and the people you serve. It was wonderful to read that Jon’s parents were able to come to visit, also. What a special time for you to have them there! Love & prayers as you continue to serve our great God.

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