Sunday, May 31, 2009

The gold lining

Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God's justice protect you like armor. Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet. Let your faith be like a shield, and you will be able to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Let God's saving power be like a helmet, and for a sword use God's message that comes from the Spirit. Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God's people.

….,Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. (Ephesians 6:10-18 The Message translation)

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Rosie's 7th birthday party at RumginaeRosie really enjoyed her 7th birthday party (14th May) recently. Lots of friends joined in the egg and spoon obstacle course – even pilot Harold and Daniel had a race… Daniel got stuck in the plastic tunnel.

It has been really encouraging lately to see some of the hospital staff sharing their faith with patients on the ward. This week a young lady from half way across the country was admitted to the ward. She was very sick. We ‘just happened’ to have two lovely young Christian nurses working here who could speak her language! Praise God that through the ministry of Maria, this lady was ready to meet the Lord Jesus Christ as her saviour. She was also able to forgive significant people in her life and tell them she loved them before she died.

We read in 2nd Chronicles Ch3 verse7 that King Solomon ‘used the gold to overlay the Temple walls, the rafters, the entryways, and the doors’ in fact it says in 1st Kings 6:22  that ‘The whole interior of the Temple was covered with gold, as well as the altar in the Most Holy Place’. In fact: 1Ki 6:30  ‘Even the floor was covered with gold’. When reading to Rosie this week, these verses made perfect sense to her… 'He did that so the termites didn’t eat it’.

We have removed quite a few termites this week. The bathroom and linen cupboard doors were full of them and have been thrown out. We put the schoolroom door on the bathroom for modesty reasons. We have also thrown out or attacked many floorboards, walls and timber around windows. In Pilot Rick’s house – he pulled out and burnt the termite infested kitchen bench. In Dr Rosie’s house, we have replaced some of her walls and the cupboards which had fallen apart, in time for her to arrive back to Rumginae this Wednesday.

Also this weekend, Daniel performed the regular (3-6 monthly) task of cleaning lots of algae out of the header tanks on the roof, as well as all the algae growing in the gutters. There are some down sides to getting 6m of rainfall in a year.

Recently, we discovered that a bought loaf of bread was full of weevils. This is not unusual, but there were more weevils than we could easily pick out. Tom was able to take the bread to a friend outside and explain that ‘Me and my family we don’t know how to eat weevils’. This was met with the response ‘This my favourite bread.’ Everybody was happy.

In case you were wondering after last weeks entry: Robert is well and the shoes do fit!

Dr Sharon seems to be settling in to village life Click here to go to her website for more details. For the next month Sharon will be completing a HIV prescriber’s course in Kiunga and Port Moresby. The current prevalence of HIV in PNG is around 2 to 2.5% of the population, with 100,000 people presumed to be infected. Two of the HIV physicians from Moresby came to visit and have a look around Rumginae on Saturday. The highlight of their visit was to see a freshly killed death adder and the man who had just been bitten lying in bed.

Please do pray for Sharon, for Phil and Glenda and family who have returned to Kiunga and for Dr Rosie who arrives back on Wednesday. Pray also for (Dr) Leigh and Jeremy and their 4 children here for 2 months to help out medically. Tom are Rosie are very excited to have more playmates. Pray for Dr Addy as she travels to India for 3 months very soon.

This week, please pray for Tammy and the kids especially as Daniel is going to be away for 4 days at Obo Health Centre (nearly an hour’s flight to the south). Pray that school would go well and that the children would be helpful. Pray that Daniel would be able to give good medical input and spiritual encouragement to the 3 staff at Obo. It is a busy place that we don’t get to nearly enough. We have heard that people are walking in from near and far villages to see the doctor.

Please pray also for Rumginae Bible School Graduation on Saturday (6th). Pray for the district church leadership – for wisdom in addressing some important issues.

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement

Daniel, Tammy, Tom, Rosie and Sam

Sam's schoolwork - a bee

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