Jason and Nisae
Jason and Nisae
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.
We can all relate to times when the direction is unclear and we’re not sure which way to go. There are other times when clarity is revealed and the way forward could not be clearer. We are excited to say that after months of uncertainty, we could not be more confident about what the Lord has for us next. We are excited to share these new developments with you, our partner in the Gospel.
As you may recall, our plans have been to reallocate to another Tobo village after our orientation ministry, in hopes of seeing a healthy church established. However, as we have tried to move forward with these plans over the last year we have seen the Lord continue to close the doors. Instead of continuing to press forward and ask the Lord to “join us”, we have been stopping to consider where He may want us to go. In other words, we have taken down the walls of our ‘box’ and have given the Lord freedom to direct our steps. We have seen Him redirect us to an open door in quite a different direction, one that we can see He’s been preparing us for as we look back over the last year.
We are thankful for the years we had in Tobo, how the Lord used us there, the ministry we were able to be a part of, and the relationships we built. The people will always be on our hearts and we trust that in His timing the Lord will bring about growth in their lives.
Together with our field leadership and sending church, following our time in Madang leading the orientation program, we have decided to pursue a new church plant in a completely different language group called “Iski” (isk-ee). Iski is located in the hot and humid lowlands of PNG and neighbors a language group called Itutang, where NTM missionaries have lived, worked, planted a church, and equipped believers to plant other churches throughout their language group. For years the Iski people have witnessed the life change that has taken place among their Itutang neighbors. They have noticed a quality of life that, in comparison to theirs, feels as if they are living in the dark. One Iski man, upon seeing the change in the Itutang believers, put it like this:
“It’s like you are all so happy sitting in your houses and we are standing outside looking in and just getting washed by the rain.”
As a result, over the coarse of many months the Iski have been requesting a missionary team for their village.
During the past few years, Jason has interacted quite a bit with the elders of the church in Itutang because of his trips in to do language checks for the missionaries who neighbor Itutang in the language group on the other side. He has heard first hand of the burden they carry for the Iski people and has enjoyed getting to know the elders. We would have the privilege of working somewhat under the indigenous Itutang church in our strategy to reach the Iski people.
In a recent survey to assess the needs in Iski, a fellow missionary reported:
“There are some older people in this community and they mentioned to me a few times that they didn’t have many years left and they really wanted to hear this teaching before they died. During the afternoon and evening I spent in Iski I remember constantly being asked for missionaries. They mentioned that they would build the house for the missionary and even were willing to give the missionary the whole village if he would just come. I have never heard a clearer request from unsaved people for the truth.”
Through a series of clear, open doors, we believe the Lord is directing us into Iski, to bring the gospel message to a people group whose hearts are ready to hear the truth.
Please pray with us for the Iski people, that the Lord would prolong their lives to hear of His salvation. Pray that the Lord would provide co-workers and allow our team to move into Iski by next summer. Please pray for the finances needed to allocate and build our home over this upcoming year.
Thank you so much for those of you who have stood behind us throughout these transitions and thank you for your faithful investment into building God’s kingdom here in PNG!
Humbled to be HIS vessels, and YOUR hands & feet,
Jason, Nisae, Kadynn, Judah & Eden
right this last week a few of our supporting churches along with help from our awesome family put on the first ever Tobo Trot 5k race! Despite the snowy weather It was a huge success and raised over $4000 to help with out future plans of moving to a new village in Papua New Guinea! We are so humbled by the outpouring of love and generosity. To view pictures Click here.
Did you know….
That in PNG there are 13 tribal works that are waiting for church planting teams? Did you know that beyond that there are another 40+ tribes that need to be assessed and then could also be ready to put missionaries in? These are some of the things Nisae and I and challenged new missionaries with when we flew down to Missouri to be part of the 2013 NTM field fair at New Tribes Mission‘s Missionary Training Center. There we had the chance to share about the needs and challenge new missionaries to join our team in PNG. As we talked with many people it was clear that God is raising up a new generation of church planters to join us in PNG! What a privilege to be part of such a great opportunity.
Are we leaving next week?
Yes that is the question we are asking the Lord these last couple days. We are scheduled to leave the states to go back to PNG March 30th. However to do that we need to have our passports back with an approved work visa stamped in it. As of today they have yet to be approved. We know our God is big and He can certainly make this happen so we are praying for a miracle. Would you pray with us?
We are so thankful for you all, those who have stood with us and those new partners who have joined us recently. We pray that the Lord would bless each and everyone of you for your sacrifice.
Your hands and feet,
Jason & Nisae Kadynn Judah and Eden