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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Final preparations...

11 weeks and counting!
Just 11 weeks left of our 3rd term here in PNG! It's been our
longest term so far, and we are really starting to feel it. The kids
are on school break...the last one before we leave, and we are in the
midst of packing to move back into Mibu (upon our return), sorting,
cleaning, selling, and throwing away. A big job, and one we're trying
to get a handle on before the final term of school begins in April.
Pray for us as we work to get in everything that needs to be done, and
finish strong.

A Special Visitor
We have a fun treat to share. When we come home, a friend, a PNG
national policeman, will be coming home with us! It's been a bit of a
dream of ours to be able to introduce someone from PNG to our home in
America. Joel Kombi has worked and saved, and bought his own ticket,
and will be spending the summer with us (including our road trip down
south). Here is a unique opportunity to get to know a Christian from
PNG, and hear a bit on how our ministries here impact PNG lives. We are
very much looking forward to introducing you to him, and to expanding
his horizons!

Ducks in a Row
In so many ways, we feel so much better prepared for this furlough
than we have for our past ones. The Lord has been faithful through
churches and people like you, and we've learned a few lessons along the
way too. We managed to save for our plane tickets home, the Lord has
already provided housing for us for the entire time we're home, and we
even thought we were doing good in saving towards a van for us to use.
5 1/2 years ago, $2,000 bought us a good, reliable, 10 year old van.
THIS is how we have been planning and budgeting for this furlough.
Imagine our shock when we learn that in order to purchase a good,
reliable, 10 year old van, we need 3-4 times the funds! It may not be a
shock to you who have lived in the states these last 4 years, but for
someone who's been gone and out of touch with the used car market, we
find ourselves woefully unprepared for this expense! We are looking
into different avenues, but it appears we are going to need at least
$4,000-$5,000 to get us a van that will handle the miles we need to put
on it (funds of which we only have about half).
We have seen the Lord do amazing things for us these last couple
years. We KNOW that none of this takes him by surprise, even if it does
us. We also know that the Lord works through his people praying. It
seems that this is the last thing (that we know of) that needs to fall
into place before we can literally hit the ground running. (He's even
graciously supplied a "second car" for us to use!) Would you please
pray for us in this need?

Prayer
As we anticipate an incredible year at home, we do have some
additional prayer requests that we'd like to share with you:
1. Our kids' schooling. We've put in an application to a charter
school that is just 2 miles from where we'll be living and we feel like
would be an excellent fit to meet their needs. We find out mid-April if
they made it in or not.
2. Support raising. Please be in prayer with us even now that God
would be preparing the hearts of churches and individuals to join our
financial support team. We wish we could do without this aspect of our
ministry, but the fact remains that it costs money to do what we do.
The cost of living here in PNG has raised substantially in the last 5
years, which is reflected in our current support level of about 55%, and
we are hurting (our website www.walker-talkie.com is out of date and
still states that we are at 90%, how we wish this were so!). Combined
with the sour economy at home, we need the Lord to again intervene on
our behalf.
3. In April, Chris will be hiking into Mibu again for a couple
weeks. During this time, he will: make more detailed notes on what
needs to be done on the house in there before we can move into it upon
our return; do a follow-up post-literacy evaluation from the one he did
while we were there over Christmas, and do what he can to encourage
Geoff & Shannon and the Mibu church.

Because of HIM,
Chris, Angie, Jael, Baruch and Titus Walker

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Christmas to Remember

Reconnecting

    In our our last update, we asked you to pray about the possibility of our family visiting Mibu over Christmas.  We also asked prayer for the sale of our car to allow this to happen.  Our car did not sell, but the Lord graciously provided through other means for us to make this epic trip.  What joy to see our friends and families in Mibu again!  How special and touching it was to see that they were as happy to see us again as we were to see them, and how it warmed our hearts to hear how so many of them had prayed for us and our return.  Chris lost no time hiking here and there, meeting with friends, and showing the kids around to some of the local sights.  Angie enjoyed reconnecting with her closest friends, one of whom lives quite close to where our houses are.  The kids jumped right in, amazing us with their ease in which they embraced their surroundings and the people!  Jael, in particular, enjoyed renewing her friendships with 2 of her friends, and even enjoyed a night of frog hunting with them!  While some things have obviously changed of the course of years, the bond we now share with our brothers and sister in Christ made none of these changes really matter.

Refocusing

    While we were there, Chris was able to attend and also help participate in the teaching of I Timothy.  New, but timely and much needed material for the maturing Mibu church.  While we were there, the church found it necessary to practice some church discipline with a couple (not married) who were involved in adultery.  It was very encouraging to see the church not only wield the scriptures appropriately regarding the guilty, but also rally behind and  graciously support the victims (both parties involved are married).  We were also reminded anew of how radically different the principles of scripture are from the culture of the Mibu people, as some aspects involved on the discipline side of things were hard for everyone to recognize as important and worth doing.  Pray for them as they continue to grow in this area.
    Also, while we were there, Chris was able to tackle a much needed job for Geoff Husa in the literacy program.  The literacy program has been around now for about 8 years.  In spite of the numerous classes, the ability to read and write comprehensively among the Mibu people is very limited.  Part of the problem may be time--it takes time for something like literacy to become an inherent and intrinsic part of a culture.  Part of it may be cultural--it's very difficult to correct someone for risk of shaming them.  Part of it may be shortage of material to read--it takes time to build a library, and the Mibu missionary team has been short-handed these past couple of years.  Regardless of the reason, the ability to accurately read a short passage and comprehend it is way below where we'd like it to be, especially for those who are literacy and Bible teachers.  Results from the post-literacy evaluation system that Chris developed can now show these teachers where they are at, and serve as a benchmark to encourage them as they see themselves improve with practice over time.  A successful literacy program is critical to accurately reading and understanding scripture for themselves.

Affirmation

    Our trip was not all highlights.  We had a mix-up (Angie's fault) and NONE of our clothes that we had packed made it in with us, causing us to scrounge, beg and borrow from our teammates until they arrived about a week later.  We dealt with a faulty hot water system by heating pots of water on the stove and hauling it up a flight of stairs to the 2nd story bathroom for bucket showers.  Our fridge ended up being a glorified cooler that required the use of ice blocks frozen in our partners' freezer to keep all our food from turning.  The last 2 weeks there was very little sun, so our laundry started taking on a strong mildew smell (indeed the entire house started to smell that way before we left).  And, a back injury and nasty virus kept us incapacitated for longer than we'd like, limiting our time with our friends.  And yet, even with all of that, we have come away with an overwhelming sense of affirmation that this is indeed the plan God has for us and our family.  There was no awkwardness or reservations felt on our part.  There are obvious needs that we see the Lord has qualified us to meet.  And each time we meet with the Husas, we come away a little more awed at how much we seem to be on the same page after being on such different pages not that long ago.  On every front we seem to see the Lord's blessing.  This time of living "on location" with our future (even current) partners was so valuable on so many levels.  We are so thankful we were able go.

And NOW....

    NOW, we focus on the rest of this term.  It's likely that Chris may hike in to spend another couple weeks in Mibu sometime in the next month or two to further develop this post-literacy evaluation system, and to even make preliminary arrangements for work that needs to be done for housing our family on our return.  There are two terms of school left to complete (and 2 online classes for Angie), a house full of goods to sort, sell or pack as well as clean, new co-workers to welcome and train, projects to finish, a car that still needs to sell, and relationships to maintain.  There are plans to make, a speaking schedule for our time home to fill, presentations to prepare, and contacts to be made.  Now we enter the last 6 months of our term on the field, and especially since it coincides with the end of the school year, the pace will slowly build to dizzying, even are there are more things to fit into the same hours in a day.  Pray with us that we'd be wise stewards of our time and resources, and that we would finish this term strong.  (OH, and please, if you'd like for us to come speak at your church, Sunday School class, small group, Bible study, or just even your family, you don't have to wait until we get State-side to make those arrangements!)

We thank God repeatedly for each of you...
Chris, Angie, Jael, Baruch and Titus Walker

Pictures:
Jael with a group of friends.  They painted her face (though it's hard to see), so she would match them!  They were celebrating a school meeting that was going on when we arrived in Mibu.
Baruch and Titus (Jael too) had hours of fun playing on the Merry-Go-Round that their grandpa built them years ago.  Still runs smooth as the day it was installed in the ground there, and still provides great enjoyment for kids.
Chris reading I Timothy to the Mibu church.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

MOVING FORWARD!!

> Furlough Plans
> Our tickets are bought! June 14 we land in Chicago ready to take
> in all the time with family, friends and American culture that we can.
> This is new to us, to have our tickets so far in advance, but we feel
> blessed that the Lord has faithfully provided over the last couple
> years so that we were able to save a bit by each month. We will be
> enjoying some much needed family time on our way home (another first
> for us), and the entire family is looking forward to getting to see
> Manila and England along the way.
> Another blessing from the Lord.... Some dear folks from our home
> area have made a house available for us to stay in while we're home.
> Knowing ahead of time where we'll be staying makes us SO VERY thankful
> for this offer, and the absence of stress that comes with figuring out
> where to live is amazing! It may not seem like a big deal, but when
> you're literally half a world away, and only staying in the US for 1
> year (so many places want 2 year leases now it seems) and have a
> limited income...it becomes a big deal! Our family is ensured of our
> "own space". To this third-culture family...that is music to our ears!
>
> Check your Calendars!!
> We have actually already scheduled our first 2 speaking
> engagements for while we're home, and we can't wait to get more!
> After taking a bit of time to acclimate, catch up with family,
> friends, our home church, and get used to driving on the "right" side
> of the road again, we hope to start taking meetings with our
> supporting churches, individuals, new churches, families, Bible
> studies, Sunday School classes, and any other kind of meet you can
> think of, starting in mid-July. Check your calendars, and let's "set
> a date"!
>
> Mibu Christmas???
> We thank you so much for your prayers as we've talked,
> investigated and prayed about moving ahead in Mibu. The Lord has been
> SO good, and we believe there is clear indication that we should move
> ahead in this. We have met with the family that remains there serving
> the Mibu church, Geoff and Shannon Husa, and have been tremendously
> encouraged with our talks and times of fellowship together. While
> there are still a number of things to discuss, both families feel
> confident and comfortable with us moving forward in our plans. We
> will take the opportunities to talk as they come.
> One BIG opportunity we could have is to spend Christmas with them
> in Mibu! We have flights booked for a visit from Dec. 14 to Jan. 7.
> Almost 3 1/2 weeks to reconnect with the church there, talk, plan and
> dream! It's a wonderful opportunity that we believe would benefit
> everyone. However, with it being a helicopter only location yet, the
> price is prohibitive. We are doing all we can to sell our car to make
> those funds available. It has been on the market now for over 4
> months, and despite us dropping the price significantly, we just can't
> seem to find a buyer. Please pray with us that the car would sell in
> the next 2 weeks so that we could make this visit into Mibu with the
> entire family.
>
> Ministry Math...
> ((ICT - Chris) + Larry) = (Chris + Mibu)
> With all this moving forward, it is sometime hard to remain
> focused also on the present. We are rapidly approaching the 4 year
> mark of when we returned to the field in early Jan. 2009. The
> combination of the holiday season, the extended time away from
> precious family and friends, and the fact that we still have another 6
> months to serve here can be overwhelming at times. As we choose to
> fix our eyes on Him, He is faithful to supply the strength we need.
> Another blessing from the Lord, (and a form of strength being met) He
> has provided a replacement for Chris as a Help Desk Technician at
> ICT. Chris has begun the process of training a dear fellow brother
> Larry Folkers to take on the many responsibilities in this ministry.
> It is rare to have enough time to allow for a proper transition in
> ministry, so we are simply amazed at the lengths to which the Lord has
> gone to ensure a smooth transition back into our ministry in Mibu. As
> Larry grows more comfortable with the Helpdesk role, this will free us
> up for more trips into Mibu in the comming months (provided finances
> allow)! Our desire is to finish strong even as we feel our strength
> waning. Please pray for us, maybe especially during this holiday
> season, that we would stay focused, and continue to give our
> ministries here our best...right up to the end!
>
> Thank you, and have a blessed Christmas season!
> Chris, Angie, Jael, Baruch, and Titus Walker
>
> Pictures: Jael 11 1/2; Baruch 8; Titus 4 1/2
>
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

He is MIGHTY to SAVE!

On 9/11/2012 6:33 PM, Angie Walker wrote:
>
>>> A SAVED relationship!
>>>
>>> Some of you may remember that just over 3 years ago, we received the
>>> devastating news that our partners in Mibu no longer wanted to work
>>> with us. The particular issues no longer matter, but as you can
>>> imagine, there was a great amount of hurt and shock that accompanied
>>> this news! Since that time, we have been praying for reconciliation
>>> with our co-workers, whom we still see from time to time as they fly
>>> in and out of the tribe.
>>>
>>> About 2 months ago now, one of the families (Geoff and Shannon Husa)
>>> returned from a maternity furlough, and while they were here waiting
>>> for their flight back in to Mibu, Geoff mentioned to Chris they
>>> thought it was time to talk with us about reconciliation! We were
>>> floored, but pleased to have this conversation with them. What
>>> followed was absolutely amazing, as they shared how God has been
>>> working in their lives over the last couple years and months. With
>>> beautiful humility and grace they shared how they believed they were
>>> wrong back when they told us they no longer wanted to work with us,
>>> and how now, knowing the things they do now, they would have done
>>> things differently. Specifically, they would have worked together
>>> to a mutual understanding and decision, instead of just cutting
>>> things off and not giving us or leadership any further say in the
>>> matter.
>>>
>>> So completely out of the blue!!! And yet, so completely what was
>>> needed! We sat back in amazement as they unfolded the journey God
>>> has led them on on the understanding of unity among His children,
>>> and how grace comes into play. We were able to talk through what
>>> had happened three years ago with no malice, and understood how some
>>> of the things we had said and done prior to that had been
>>> misunderstood and prompted the end of our relationship there. As we
>>> spent more and more time with them, we could feel God's soothing
>>> balm pour over our spirits as whatever remaining wounds were there
>>> were healed away completely. We are REJOICING in this restored
>>> friendship, and curious about where things God might have in store
>>> from here.
>>>
>>> A SAVED life!
>>>
>>> Two weeks ago, Tuesday morning, started out as a usual day. Chris
>>> went in to work, Angie went off to school to do her educational
>>> therapy! When she was done, Angie stopped in to see Chris (as she
>>> often does), and noticed he looked a little spaced out. He said he
>>> wasn't feeling quite right, but had taken some Tylenol, and was
>>> feeling some better. At lunch time, he came home and went straight
>>> to bed. (Sometimes he does this if he's not feeling well, to get a
>>> power nap over lunch, and especially if he was up later the night
>>> before....which he was.) Angie left for some meetings that
>>> afternoon, and when she came home at 3, Chris was sitting on the
>>> couch, wrapped in a sweatshirt and blanket, shivering (on a rather
>>> HOT afternoon). He said something about it feeling like Malaria, so
>>> Angie got on the phone to call the medical clinic about getting him
>>> a blood test and treatment. The clinic told him to come on up, so
>>> he did.
>>>
>>> Later that night, the medical staff was working to start an IV to
>>> give him some fluids, and were having a terrible time. The Dr. told
>>> us later that his body was in shock, which wasn't helping matters.
>>> They got one started, and also were finally able to draw blood to
>>> run tests. They ran tests for just about everything they could, but
>>> nothing was explaining his high fevers and body aches, so they
>>> started treating for a virus (as well as covering all other bases).
>>> Around 9, Chris was finally relatively comfortable (as comfortable
>>> as he could be), but the Dr. decided to keep him overnight there for
>>> observation. Angie went home to relieve our sitter and be there for
>>> the kids all night. Around midnight, the Dr. called (NOT the kind
>>> of calls you like to get either). Chris's blood pressure and
>>> dropped dangerously low (low 80/30 something) and he really felt
>>> Chris needed to be in ICU. We started the ball rolling for an
>>> medivac to Australia. Dozens and dozens of people were awoken, and
>>> our well-oiled cog of medivac procedures went into effect for the
>>> Walker family once again. Angie's first action was to call her mom
>>> (we never outgrow needing to hear mom's voice in emergency
>>> situations, do we?) and inform our circles of people on Facebook to
>>> PRAY!! Then she called and found someone to stay with the kids
>>> while she went with Chris to Australia. About this time, her nerves
>>> started to calm (answer to all those prayers) and the Dr. called
>>> back saying his blood pressure seemed to have stabilized (around
>>> 115/70). He suggested that we could wait to see how he did before
>>> actually leaving, but to continue with the paperwork for the
>>> medivac. Time went on, and he remained stable, so around 9 on Wed.
>>> morning, the medivac was officially cancelled.
>>>
>>> We still have no idea as to what caused this sudden and serious
>>> illness...not specifically. We are convinced though. that the
>>> combination of our excellent medical staff and the prayers of so
>>> many at home are what saved Chris's life that night. We are SO
>>> thankful that he is still here with us, and that God still has work
>>> for him to do! Two weeks later, he's not quite 100%, but continues
>>> to improve a bit each day.
>>>
>>> SAVED marriages!!
>>>
>>> Recently, the church in Mibu hosted a marriage seminar attended by
>>> couples from 7 different villages! In a culture where women are
>>> very unappreciated, taken advantage of, and sometimes treated like
>>> animals and the men are despised by their wives, only God and His
>>> truth can effect change. Geoff spent some time sharing from
>>> scripture, but he shares that much time was also spent by different
>>> Bible teachers and church leaders discussing ideas on how husbands
>>> and wives can express their love for each other in practical ways.
>>> Geoff shares that at one meal time, the men did all the cooking so
>>> that the women could sit back and relax and enjoy the time to visit
>>> with each other that the men usually get to do. What wife doesn't
>>> appreciate a husband who does that? Pray that the information and
>>> ideas shared over the few days they had together will stick with
>>> them in the weeks and months ahead. Pray that these changes will
>>> also affect the upcoming generations.
> Here still because of His grace,
> Chris, Angie, Jael, Baruch and Titus Walker
>

He is MIGHTY to SAVE!

>> A SAVED relationship!
>>
>> Some of you may remember that just over 3 years ago, we received the
>> devastating news that our partners in Mibu no longer wanted to work
>> with us. The particular issues no longer matter, but as you can
>> imagine, there was a great amount of hurt and shock that accompanied
>> this news! Since that time, we have been praying for reconciliation
>> with our co-workers, whom we still see from time to time as they fly
>> in and out of the tribe.
>>
>> About 2 months ago now, one of the families (Geoff and Shannon Husa)
>> returned from a maternity furlough, and while they were here waiting
>> for their flight back in to Mibu, Geoff mentioned to Chris they
>> thought it was time to talk with us about reconciliation! We were
>> floored, but pleased to have this conversation with them. What
>> followed was absolutely amazing, as they shared how God has been
>> working in their lives over the last couple years and months. With
>> beautiful humility and grace they shared how they believed they were
>> wrong back when they told us they no longer wanted to work with us,
>> and how now, knowing the things they do now, they would have done
>> things differently. Specifically, they would have worked together to
>> a mutual understanding and decision, instead of just cutting things
>> off and not giving us or leadership any further say in the matter.
>>
>> So completely out of the blue!!! And yet, so completely what was
>> needed! We sat back in amazement as they unfolded the journey God
>> has led them on on the understanding of unity among His children, and
>> how grace comes into play. We were able to talk through what had
>> happened three years ago with no malice, and understood how some of
>> the things we had said and done prior to that had been misunderstood
>> and prompted the end of our relationship there. As we spent more and
>> more time with them, we could feel God's soothing balm pour over our
>> spirits as whatever remaining wounds were there were healed away
>> completely. We are REJOICING in this restored friendship, and
>> curious about where things God might have in store from here.
>>
>> A SAVED life!
>>
>> Two weeks ago, Tuesday morning, started out as a usual day. Chris
>> went in to work, Angie went off to school to do her educational
>> therapy! When she was done, Angie stopped in to see Chris (as she
>> often does), and noticed he looked a little spaced out. He said he
>> wasn't feeling quite right, but had taken some Tylenol, and was
>> feeling some better. At lunch time, he came home and went straight
>> to bed. (Sometimes he does this if he's not feeling well, to get a
>> power nap over lunch, and especially if he was up later the night
>> before....which he was.) Angie left for some meetings that
>> afternoon, and when she came home at 3, Chris was sitting on the
>> couch, wrapped in a sweatshirt and blanket, shivering (on a rather
>> HOT afternoon). He said something about it feeling like Malaria, so
>> Angie got on the phone to call the medical clinic about getting him a
>> blood test and treatment. The clinic told him to come on up, so he did.
>>
>> Later that night, the medical staff was working to start an IV to
>> give him some fluids, and were having a terrible time. The Dr. told
>> us later that his body was in shock, which wasn't helping matters.
>> They got one started, and also were finally able to draw blood to run
>> tests. They ran tests for just about everything they could, but
>> nothing was explaining his high fevers and body aches, so they
>> started treating for a virus (as well as covering all other bases).
>> Around 9, Chris was finally relatively comfortable (as comfortable as
>> he could be), but the Dr. decided to keep him overnight there for
>> observation. Angie went home to relieve our sitter and be there for
>> the kids all night. Around midnight, the Dr. called (NOT the kind of
>> calls you like to get either). Chris's blood pressure and dropped
>> dangerously low (low 80/30 something) and he really felt Chris needed
>> to be in ICU. We started the ball rolling for an medivac to
>> Australia. Dozens and dozens of people were awoken, and our
>> well-oiled cog of medivac procedures went into effect for the Walker
>> family once again. Angie's first action was to call her mom (we
>> never outgrow needing to hear mom's voice in emergency situations, do
>> we?) and inform our circles of people on Facebook to PRAY!! Then she
>> called and found someone to stay with the kids while she went with
>> Chris to Australia. About this time, her nerves started to calm
>> (answer to all those prayers) and the Dr. called back saying his
>> blood pressure seemed to have stabilized (around 115/70). He
>> suggested that we could wait to see how he did before actually
>> leaving, but to continue with the paperwork for the medivac. Time
>> went on, and he remained stable, so around 9 on Wed. morning, the
>> medivac was officially cancelled.
>>
>> We still have no idea as to what caused this sudden and serious
>> illness...not specifically. We are convinced though. that the
>> combination of our excellent medical staff and the prayers of so many
>> at home are what saved Chris's life that night. We are SO thankful
>> that he is still here with us, and that God still has work for him to
>> do! Two weeks later, he's not quite 100%, but continues to improve a
>> bit each day.
>>
>> SAVED marriages!!
>>
>> Recently, the church in Mibu hosted a marriage seminar attended by
>> couples from 7 different villages! In a culture where women are very
>> unappreciated, taken advantage of, and sometimes treated like animals
>> and the men are despised by their wives, only God and His truth can
>> effect change. Geoff spent some time sharing from scripture, but he
>> shares that much time was also spent by different Bible teachers and
>> church leaders discussing ideas on how husbands and wives can express
>> their love for each other in practical ways. Geoff shares that at
>> one meal time, the men did all the cooking so that the women could
>> sit back and relax and enjoy the time to visit with each other that
>> the men usually get to do. What wife doesn't appreciate a husband
>> who does that? Pray that the information and ideas shared over the
>> few days they had together will stick with them in the weeks and
>> months ahead. Pray that these changes will also affect the upcoming
>> generations.
Here still because of His grace,
Chris, Angie, Jael, Baruch and Titus Walker

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Learning, learning, learning...

Learning to Teach

Angie's trip to Manila seems suddenly upon us. In about 6 weeks,
she will be returning to Manila, Philippines, to receive the 2nd level
of training as an educational therapist with NILD. We have been so
encouraged with the results of this educational therapy with Jael the
last couple of years, and we are excited for Angie to learn even new
techniques in targeting the specific deficit areas with Jael to spur on
even further growth. We feel a bit like we are walking a wire as we
wait for the funds to slowly trickle in. Please pray that all the
needed funds are in place at the right time.
We have also reached a new era in parenting...adolescence (and all
the accompanying emotions)! So far, this has dramatically changed the
atmosphere of working on school related things with Jael. Please pray
for wisdom for us as we wade into these new, deeper waters together.
As we move along and learn more in this area of special education,
and how each of our children specifically learn, we are growing in
confidence that when the time comes for us to possibly resume a tribal
church-planting ministry, we will be able to do so without sacrificing
our kids educational needs.

Learning to Learn
We recently received the results of Jael's annual testing, and the
results were encouraging! Slow but steady progress continues to be the
trend! We discovered that her strengths have become even stronger, and
even her areas of deficit improved a bit. We know where the problem
areas are and what we need to keep working at, and we know what areas we
can pull from to help compensate. While progress is slow, the projected
outcome is very hopeful that she will be where we want her to be by the
time she starts high school. Yes, we have a ways to go yet, but are so
encouraged with the progress we are seeing, and for the more focused
picture we have of her overall profile. Please pray for strength and
courage for Jael and Angie to keep hammering away at these weak areas as
it is HARD work. We are thankful the school year is almost over, and
that we can lighten her academic load for a bit (though we will continue
to work on some areas throughout the summer).
Baruch is also doing some better in the classroom. We have
discovered a few things that really seem to help improve his ability to
pay attention. However, the fact remains that he is an imaginative 7
year old boy who exhibits ADHD characteristics...some days are just long.
Titus, now 4, is learning what it means to share, and be a good
friend. This is hard to do with the most prized of his possessions.
Yet, he is a friendly boy, so we are hopeful that a little training and
discipline will resolve the matter.

Learning to Lean

Over the years that we have served here at Lapilo, we have shared
bits and pieces about some of the people we rub elbows with on a regular
basis. Our "work meri" or house girl, is one of these individuals. We
have had the extreme privilege to minister to her spiritually: Chris
through the evangelistic teaching at the store a few years ago, and
Angie through her almost daily interaction with her. We have seen her
grow and mature in amazing and sobering ways over the years, though she
is perhaps right now facing the greatest trial of her faith to date.
Recently, this friend received the shocking news that her husband
wanted to divorce her. No reason has been communicated to her and it
seems that his family is as surprised by this news as she and her family
is. His and her families met to try and work through some issues with
them, and a date for court has been set for this coming Thursday.
In PNG a girl only really has the rights that her father, and later
her husband, grants her, for as long as he grants them. In situations
of divorce, a man owns everything, and women have been forced out of
their homes, leaving their children (and hearts) behind. We have heard
rumors that this may be the case here too. As I have prayed with my
friend this week, she has gone from understandable worry and anxiety
over what the future may have in store for her and her three young
children, to a calm confidence of acceptance and peace that God is in
control and will work His will.
Please pray for her this week. I know from experience that leaving
things in God's hands is a moment by moment decision, and with the court
date looming, the temptation to take those things back to fret over them
is going to grow exponentially. Pray for God's will to be done, and for
her husband to be gracious with her. Please pray that testimony of her
response to her situation will create opportunities in her community to
share this faith that offers hope and peace that reaches beyond one's
circumstances or understanding. She may be one person, but one person
can cause a ripple effect that is stretched far and wide. PRAY she
remains strong in her faith!


I know that this update has gone long. We thank you in advance for
prayers for our friend and her situation, for wisdom in educating and
training our children, and for his continued provision for Angie's trip
to Manila. God is so good!

Because of Him,
Chris, Angie, Jael, Baruch and Titus Walker