What’s Up With the Wards: Newsletter May 2019

 

It’s hard to believe, but we are less than a month from leaving Papua New Guinea. Come May 28th, we will have said goodbye to many friends and colleagues and boarded a plane heading back to Nampa, Idaho.

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Arriving in Goroka December 2015

Throughout these three and half years, God has clearly brought people and events into our lives and used us in ways we could not have imagined. From using us to help with the after-effects of an earthquake disaster, mentoring many nationals, helping with a local karate club, speaking at different youth events about the good and bad of technology,  and in many more ways  God has clearly had his hand at work. We’ve learned that with God we can tackle anything! We also no longer take water, power, or grocery stores for granted. The kids have grown and matured, having been exposed to different cultures and learning how to take on extra responsibility.

 

 

As we move back to the States, our team in PNG will continue carrying on the amazing work we have been involved with.  We’re very excited, as this year MAF Technology Services PNG will have their first Papua New Guinean general manager. It was always our goal to “work ourselves out of job” by training and coaching others. Brian has been busy mentoring and training the new manager for Learning Technologies and Grace has been helping her replacement gain the skills and knowledge she needs to keep the media ministry running well.

It’s exciting to see the fruits of all that effort, to see them step up and out and make decisions and plans for the future on their own.

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Coming to see you!

After settling back in Nampa, Idaho, this summer, we will be traveling East in September and October to visit with our supporters and churches.

We can’t wait to tell you what God has been doing in PNG and say thank you! We could not have come to Papua New Guinea without your support and we know many of you have been holding us up in prayer.

 

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After settling back in Nampa, Idaho, this summer, we will be traveling East in September and October to visit with our supporters and churches.

We can’t wait to tell you what God has been doing in PNG and say thank you! We could not have IMG_9049 copycome to Papua New Guinea without your support and we know many of you have been holding us up in prayer.

 

 

What’s Next?

During the same time we have been preparing to leave PNG, we have been seeking God’s leading for what will be the next chapter in our lives. It is clear that God is still calling us to serve church and ministry leaders in remote and difficult areas by bringing training in life and ministry to them where they live and serve. This is where Brian’s unique skills in teaching and technology continue to be needed.Brian & Jenny at EHC 2

We will once again be assisting several different ministries with developing and delivering training to under-served church leaders. Much of the focus will be on Africa.

To do this we will need to leave MAF and join a different ministry that is a better fit for this type of work. This transition will take place in November. Our next prayer letter will share much more about this transition. We hope you will join us in this new work. Thank you for your continued support of our family and MAF ministry as we finish up our PNG work from the USA, and travel out to share our story with churches.

 

Please pray…

  • Pray for our team in PNG, that God would unify them together as they continue the work now with new national leadership.
  • Pray for the 3 oldest Ward children (Tyler, Grace, and Jenny) as they transition out of PNG and the Navy to university.
  • Pray for us as we say goodbye to many very good friends and face the difficult task of getting together everything we need to live in the US again.

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