|Flying over Wamena|
A lot has changed here in Wamena in the last few months. Our base manager and his family have had to leave Helimission due to his wife's health and they are now back in Switzerland. Our replacement base manager is still in the UK trying to get a visa to come back to Wamena. He left for a 4 month furlough and has been gone over 1 year because Indonesia isn't granting visas at this point due to Covid. Our other teammate, a pilot and mechanic, has taken a furlough and won't return until mid-July. That leaves Amanda and I as the only Helimission expat on base. This has increased Matt's workload a lot as he is not only the only pilot/mechanic, but is now overseeing the whole base and it's operation. Please pray for him during this time as he manages his time between so many positions.
|Dr Mia checking a patient|
|Buzz praying for the local people|
Many times, Helimission will support missionaries in a village until they are able to build an airstrip. Usually, an airstrip is built before the Bible is translated or before the gospel presentation happens. One such village is Bina. We supported them for many years, but once the airstrip was opened we only got hear what was happening in the village instead of seeing it first hand. We have heard they presented the gospel to the Dem people and many gave their lives to following Jesus. This is why we are here, and why we work hard to support missionaries interior! The light of our savior is breaking through the darkness in Papua and people living without hope are, for the first time, hearing the hope that you and I have in a Savior that died for our sins! How amazing to be a part of bringing such good news to the ends of the earth!
Creator's Talk in Bina
|Amanda learning the trade|
|Gracie jumping high|
amazing to watch her grow and learn. When she gets to accompany us into a village, she comes alive. She loves playing with Papuan kids and she has learned the language so well! We are very proud of Grace and love to see how she loves people here. Grace is a very active kiddo and we can't believe how fast she is. This girl loves animals and we are currently raising a massive grub that should turn into a rhinoceros beetle in a few months. She also has a few cats and they keep having kittens, so that brings her a lot of joy. Wamena has been short on expat kids lately, but now other families are arriving so there are more kids to play with.
|Audrey picked flowers|
We want to send you all our appreciation for supporting us both financially and with your prayers. We really love being able to serve the people of Papua, and it's such an honor to be able to be a part of reaching people with the gospel who have lived generations in fear and without hope. Thank you for being a part of advancing God's kingdom here in Papua by sending us. If you want to join our financial support team just click the "support" tab above and see how you can support us.
|Family Photo in the Famous May Grass of Papua|