So I (John) just got back from a trip to Enga Province this last week. It was about an hour west (by plane) from where we are in the Eastern Highlands Province. Marty Driggers (Youth Director), Tony Romito (Bible teacher), and I (Builder) went to do some reconnaissance for the high school mission trip that will happen early next year. Our first stop was Wabag where we stayed with the Boyd family who are a translation team. Our second stop was Kompiam where the Mills family operates a hospital and school. I thought you might enjoy some pictures and stories from the trip and these should also give you some ideas as to how to pray for what God's doing here in PNG. Enjoy!
Everyone that we met was eager to meet us and sit down with us to talk for a bit. I tried to learn as much of the Enga language as I could in a few days, and people always seemed pleasantly surprised and happy to teach me as much as I could handle.
It's hard to put into words all that we saw at Kompiam. Dr. David Mills and his family have worked among the Papua New Guineans there for more than 18 years. They run the hospital, school, and radio station among many other things, and support numerous clinics scattered throughout the nearby jungle. Many of those clinics are only accessible by foot.
Apparently, I stop and "smell the roses" too much. I was always the straggler on hikes because I was taking pictures, and Kristi made fun of me (in a nice way, of course!) for all the valleys, mountains, trees, flowers, moths, etc. that were included in my slide show night when I got back. This small sampling has been seriously edited down for your enjoyment.
Not only do I smell roses, but I'm always on the lookout for new orchids (which grow like weeds here).
These pictures are from the Sunday that we went to the Baptist church at Kompiam
The school at Kompiam serves the children of hospital staff including the Mills' own children. It's currently grades K-10, but could go up to grade 12. Please pray for Mrs. Mills and her leadership of the school, for teachers for the school, and for the students who hear God's Word every day.
The morning that we were leaving, we had the privilege of being interviewed on the radio by Kairu. He graduated from the Ukarumpa International School (that's our school, y'all) back in 2016, and is now the station manager (and artist extraordinaire! yeah, that's his work) at the radio station in Kompiam. The station broadcasts throughout the area and offers Christian music and programs as well as health information and news.
Please continue to pray for this upcoming mission trip (probably March 2018). Pray for wisdom and strength for Marty and Sara Driggers as they bear the bulk of the preparations. Pray that God will direct the students and provide for them to go. Pray for safety as we will travel and do many construction related tasks. Pray for peace in these areas to which we will travel. Pray for the Boyd family and the Mills family and their ministries in these areas in Enga Province. Thanks for praying for all this and more!