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Prayer is a vital activity in advancing the Kingdom of God. Christians are called upon to be constant in praying for enemies, for governments, for authorities, for fellow believers, for open doors, for boldness, etc. Christians are called upon to be devoted to prayer.


Even with all the Bible passages that direct us to pray, many of us struggle knowing how to pray enemies or governments or fellow believers or, as in our case, missionaries. Not knowing how to pray often kills motivation to try. Don’t give up! One helpful means of discovering how to pray is to use a prayer guide. Click here or on the image to download a prayer guide to assist you in praying for the people involved in the translation of the Somau Garia New Testament.


Thank you for joining us in making the scripture accessible to the Somau Garia people!


The Long Awaited Update

Uria Mopo Road Repair-2I have a confession to make. It has been months since I’ve posted here. OK, so you already knew that. Whew! I’m glad we got that out of the way!

I last posted a few weeks after we arrived in Papua New Guinea. Our initial weeks here were spent in the provincial capital, and then we transitioned to Uria Village, where we live most of the time.

One challenge of living in Uria Village is that, while there is a cell tower nearby, its data transfer rate is very slow. Most of the time it is impossible to upload blog posts to I’m currently looking for an elegant solution to allow me to upload from Uria.

We invite you to pray with us regarding a possible solution to the challenge. The current tower is owned by a company called Digicel. While they provide excellent service in the urban centers, their rural service apparently hasn’t been upgraded since the original towers were installed in 2008. Digicel’s competitor, BeMobile (partly owned by Vodafone) is erecting two new towers, one to the north of us, the other to the south. I’m guessing that the BeMobile towers have upgraded equipment (3G or 4G LTE). If so, it is likely that we will be able to get data speeds fast enough to keep up with the website and social media. Please pray that we will be able to get increased access while in the village.

Pictured above is a portion of the track we hike on into Uria Village. Fortunately for us, there is a lot of work being done to improve physical access to our area. It is likely that by the end of rainy season (toward the North American summer), we will be able to drive into and out of Uria–something that we’ve not been able to do for a very long time. Pray that increased physical access will be a blessing and not a curse. Much is changing in Papua New Guinea, much of which is being used for evil.

Finally, we invite you to pray with us as we launch a very busy 2016. Our part in shaking the gates of Hell involves translating the New Testament into the heart language of the Somau Garia people of Papua New Guinea, a people created for God’s glory. Among other things, we are conducting a translation workshop (beginning February 8), a preaching workshop (later in the year), and a spiritual retreat for Somau Garia translators. Pray that the Holy Spirit will stir the hearts and minds of the participants, bringing transformation and renewed passion for Jesus Christ.

Thanks for stopping by–and thanks for praying!


Breaking Through the Barriers–Day 21

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“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations . . .” –Matthew 28:18-20

On Jesus’ authority alone we are given marching orders—a commission to go and make followers for Jesus from all nations. On one side are senders sending out the ones who go. It takes both senders and goers for this commission to be fulfilled. Ask God to break through the barrier of resourcing. He has called many to send and many will not. He has called many to go and many will not. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field. The harvest is plentiful! But the workers are few!


Breaking Through the Barriers–Day 20

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“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and in from of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.'” –Revelation 7:9-10

The Somau Garia people are a people with a unique culture and language and purpose given them by God for his glory. Ask God to break through the barrier of hardened hearts to bring a remnant of this people into that great throng gathered before the throne in heaven.


Breaking Through the Barriers–Day 19

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“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” –Ephesians 4:1

Missionaries are called to a very different life than most people. The pressures and ongoing stress can push the missionary to the limit. Yet, we are exhorted to walk in humility, gentleness, patience, and longsuffering in love. Ask God to break through the barrier of weakness that would allow us to live less than to our calling. Ask God to intercede in our hearts, minds, and bodies in such a way as to reflect the glory and majesty of Jesus from fragile and broken vessels.


Breaking Through the Barriers–Day 18

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“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” –Ephesians 6:10-12

The ten years we were living in Papua New Guinea were pocked with the craters and scars of intense spiritual battle. Ask God to strengthen us against the evil day, to give us wisdom and insight into how to employ the armor of God, to grant us victory over the darkness that looms on the horizon.


Breaking Through the Barriers–Day 17

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“Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now God has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” –2 Corinthians 5:2-5

Ask God to break through the barrier of hopelessness. Somau Garia culture reflects a fatalism and uncertainty about life after the grave. Ask God to show them, by his Spirit, life both now and forevermore.


Breaking Through the Barriers–Day 16

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“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” –Revelation 21:4

Burned into our souls is the sound of mothers wailing over dead infants or young fathers destroyed by disease or violence. Fear, anger, and ritual bubble up from a fountain of grief. Ask God to break through the barrier of mourning and pain to show his gentleness, mercy, and power over death to these people made in the image of God for his glory. Ask God to fill Somau GAria hearts with the hope of redemption, with the dream of heaven, with the reality of the Comforter imbuing them with life.


Breaking Through the Barriers–Day 15

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“And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.” –Colossians 4:3

It is God who opens doors that no man can shut (Revelation 3:8) and it is right and good to ask him to open the door for the message of the mystery of Christ. The Somau Garia people are a passionate and influential people. If the door stood open for Jesus to come into their hearts and dine with them (those who would open the door to him), thanksgiving would ring out and the gospel would spread in every direction across northern New Guinea. Ask God to open the door for our message, that Jesus’ name will be held in high esteem all across New Guinea.


Breaking Through the Barriers–Day 14

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“And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” –2 Thessalonians 3:2-3

Violence takes many forms—people hurting other people, earthquakes shaking the ground, traffic accidents, etc. The Somau Garia people have known many tragedies due to violence either visited upon them or that they have visited on others. Ask God to break through the barrier of violence that creates an atmosphere of fear and mistrust in many Somau Garia speakers. Ask God to grant his peace and forgiveness to those who would harm others.