We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the highlands these last couple weeks!
Our stay here has given us the opportunity to meet many of the wonderful missionaries who are here in crucial Support roles, allowing the “bush missionaries” to be fully invested in their ministries. (It has also given us the opportunity to wear sweaters and long pants, drink hot beverages without sweating, and snuggle under blankets on foggy mornings!)
During our time here, we were blessed to sit under the instruction of the NTM doctor, discussing things such as: first aid, antibiotics, allergic reactions, common illnesses, broken bones, vital signs, and even practicing administering epinephrine to each other!
Naya was thrilled to be a student in the 1st grade class at the NTM school for these two weeks. It was a fantastic experience for her… I’m afraid she will think differently about having ‘mom’ as her teacher now. Haha! Also regarding education, we were introduced to the homeschool resource center here, as well as the vision and principles of the NTM school (*and the principal, who is related to a friend of ours!).
We met many folks from other departments as well, and we are SO encouraged by the heart, the focus, the purpose, and the faithfulness of each of these who have obeyed the Lord’s mandate to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Sometimes we think of support missionaries as “just support” (and indeed, sometimes they even drift into that mindset themselves). But if they were not here being faithful to what the Lord has asked them to do--- it would be extremely difficult for ‘bush missionaries’ to be out in bush locations and be effective!
THANK YOU to each and every “support missionary”. Know that YOU are supported by US! We’re thankful to those serving overseas, such as here in PNG. And those serving at the Missionary Training Centers. And those serving at the Bible Institutes. And those who are in Mobilization! Every part of the body is absolutely crucial. Challenge: contact a missionary serving in a crucial* support role this week and let them know how thankful you are for their incredibly important ministry!
*Free tip of the day: EVERY support role is crucial!