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1st Week of Classes with the Kaje, an Unreached people of Papua New Guinea

Students ambushing Jon for the Bible verses from the lesson he just taught.

Jon-Jen Myers August 17 ·  · The first two days of teaching were so awesome and we are so thankful. Words cannot express how amazing it was to see the whole village show up to hear the teaching. What an amazing God we serve! After today’s teaching Nelson told me, “Jon, I am so so happy that God made all these things around us. We have been wrong about how all of these things were created. But now I see that God made them all and he thought of us when he made them.”

5 years later… And the Kaje are finally hearing God’s talk.  God’s Word is penetrating the hearts of the Kaje people!  After 16 days of Bible teaching the Kaje have heard God’s story through Noah.  The entire Village continues to come and listen!  Thank you for all of your prayers!  Here are some of the things they have been saying:

Clemens – “I never new God was the one making trees and garden food grow.  He even makes our hearts beat and gives us life!”

Francisca – “This ground, these trees, animals, these things do not belong to us.  God made them.  They are all his.” 

Konsi – “We have brought shame upon shame on God’s name by attributing his work to animals and spirits.”

Pais – “If God got in a fight with the most powerful spirit here, God would just say, ‘Die.’  And that spirit would be dead.  No contest.”

Moses – “I am so mad at Adam and Eve.  If they were still alive I would beat them up.”

Martin – “When we eat food, it goes in our stomachs and then we poop it out and are hungry again.  God’s talk is not like that.  God’s talk is like food that will stay with us forever. Thank you for coming to teach it to us.”

Martina – “God told Adam clearly not to eat the fruit.  Satan is a liar.  God is not.”

Nelson – “Should I try to find a lamb and sacrifice it to God like Abel? I want him to be happy with me.” 

Francis – “We thought God was happy with us.  We have been so so wrong!  Sin is in us and we have a huge heavy with God because of our ancestor’s Adam and Eve.”

Jino  – “Every time you guys end the lesson I think, ‘No! Where did the time go!  Teach more! It ended to quickly!’”

Bodi – After hearing about God’s future court and the books being written of their sin, Bodi had no words.  After the teaching he just sat there with his head in his hands. 

Michael – “Jon, when Taylor was teaching about the future court and my book, my heart started beating so hard and fast I though I would burst out of my chest!  I think my book is the thickest!”

Kasi – “You guys need to teach all day every day so I can learn how God is going to help me get rid of my sin!”

Martin – “We are such sinners.  It is like we have been storing up fire wood for ourselves for the day of judgement.”

Greg – “I am ready to do whatever God wants me to do to get rid of my sin.”

Ananias – “God saved Noah all the way.  I cannot wait until I hear how God is going to save me all the way.”

Cecilia – “I am going to be like Noah and do whatever God says.  I will not be like the people who did not get in the boat.”

Caspar – “Satan has truly tricked us with his lying talk and hid God’s true talk from us.  But now we are hearing it clearly!”

Ananias – “I have abandoned all of the lying stories Satan gave our ancestors.  I will only hear God’s stories from now on.”

Some of you have been praying for Nggomo who wrote many of the Bible lessons with us before we started teaching.  He told me a few weeks back before the teaching had started, “Jon, if you had not gotten me to come and do this work of writing these Bible lessons with you, I would be in jail right now for life or dead.  Just a few days before you asked me to help you, I had determined in my mind to cut my neighbor’s wife’s head off the next time she was alone.  Thank you for asking me to help you and for teaching me God’s talk.  It has changed my life.” Today he runs a review group of the teaching every evening with his neighbor and his neighbor’s wife.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates on the teaching and to see pictures of the people you are praying for!
 
 
 
Watch as some of the Kaje guys who have learned to read and write, ambush Jon for the Bible verses from the lesson he has just taught.
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Please Pray:
Would love for you guys to read the parable of the sower in Mark 4 and pray specifically for the Kaje that – Satan would not be successful in taking away God’s Word from them. The Word would take root deeply in them and that they would not fall away due to tribulation or persecution.  The cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches and other things would not make the Word unfruitful in them. The Lord would prepare the hearts of the Kaje to be like the good soil and that the Word would produce fruit 30, 60, and a 100 fold.  Pray for us as a team and families to continue to work in unity with one another and our Lord.  

Jon-Jen Myers August 17 ·  · The first two days of teaching were so awesome and we are so thankful. Words cannot express how amazing it was to see the whole village show up to hear the teaching. What an amazing God we serve! After today’s teaching Nelson told me, “Jon, I am so so happy that God made all these things around us. We have been wrong about how all of these things were created. But now I see that God made them all and he thought of us when he made them.”

Jon-Jen Myers …The Kaje sitting in preparation to hear God’s story from Gen 2:9-25. Thanks for all your faithful prayers and support. These are exciting times!

Abby Goheen adds “God’s Talk Today the Kaje heard about how and why God created Eve. They also heard about the two trees that God placed in the middle of Eden; the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The people have heard about these trees and have had many wrong ideas.”

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Breakthrough for Unreached Pacific Tribe

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For the past 4 1/2 years our young missionaries have worked hard to build loving relationships with the Kaje people of Papua New Guinea. They’ve learned  the language, translated the Bible into their mother tongue, and have daily prayed for the Holy Spirit to prepare their hearts to hear God’s story.  That time has finally come.  Jon Myers, our missionary on the ground reports, “On August 15, Thursday morning  we began teaching the Bible. The anticipation and excitement can be felt here. We are so thankful that the Kaje desire to hear God’s truth.” Then he asks, “Please continue to pray with us for these things:

Pray for:
Jon and Taylor as they will be teaching 4 days a week, and while still carrying on with bible translation and lesson writing.
Our families as this time period will be a very busy, stressful, and exciting time.
The health of our families and the Kaje people.
That God’s word would penetrate the Kaje hearts and minds and that they would believe His message and know Jesus as their savior.”

More news to soon follow —

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Halloween: Are You Frightened?

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Today is Halloween, the only holiday I know of that is dedicated to celebrating fear. Both children and adults dress up in scary costumes to trick or treat us at our doors. Are you frightened?
I hope not, for you no longer need to fear anything if you love Jesus and trust Him to love you. David, the boy who faced the giant, wrote: “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.” How does God do that? By giving us a new spirit. As Paul encouraged his timid son in the faith, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7. So choose faith over fear and trust over trembling.
 
I have to admit I used to fight a lot of fears! But the more life I live and the more sources of anxiety I overcome, the more my fears subside. Isaiah 51 is now my sword in battling the lies of the evil one. There the Lord says, “I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies and of the son of man who is made like grass, that you have forgotten the Lord your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, that you fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor.” In other words, fear is the act of forgetting God and believing our problems are greater than His strength. I don’t want to make that mistake. Do you?
 
Of course, this broken world gives the devil a multitude of tools to trick us. The greatest one is found in Hebrews 2:14-15 – Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” Fear of death and dying have long been the enemy’s greatest weapons for crushing our faith. But believing that Jesus died to forgive our sins and rose again to give us new life renders those weapons ineffective. For no one but the Lord Himself decides when we are born and when we will die.
 
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This past year I have been the recipient of several unwanted diagnoses. Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, spinal stenosis, and leukemia are among a few of them. But instead of fear, I find myself enjoying a deep sense of peace knowing that since I gave my life to Jesus, He has promised to carry me through every trial. Isaiah 46:4 holds the promise, “Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.”

This coming Monday, November 6, I will undergo my second operation this fall. My neurosurgeon will perform spinal surgery in an attempt to free the nerves that are being pinched at four different levels, with the hope that I can walk normally again. Right now I can walk about a block without being crippled with pain. So please pray for me. That is one means of grace that God has given us for dealing with the devil’s devices – “Pray for one another that you may be healed.” James 5:16
 
Let me add that I’m sorry for failing to keep in close contact with you. But the pain of sitting in this chair and trying to type has made it difficult. But you can be sure that if this surgery is successful, I will be in contact very soon.

By the way, if you know someone else who is struggling with fear and anxiety, be sure to pray and encourage them too. Did you know that Galatians 6:1 says you can do for them spiritually what my neurosurgeon plans to for me medically. It prescribes, “Brethren, if a man is  overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” The word “restore” was a Greek medical term used to describe the resetting of a broken bone or dislocated tendon. That is to say, just as a doctor would put a bone back in its proper position, we are to restore one another to a place of faith and faithfulness. How? Paul says that our bedside manner is to be one of “gentleness.”
 
So no matter what the anxiety, let not your heart be troubled. Jesus said, These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Our love, thanks, and prayers in Jesus,
 
Gary, Cheryl, and family
 
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“God Answers All My Prayers – Both Big and Small!” by Rebecca Schwarz Schnabel

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The living, breathing God gave me a Rebecca-specific miracle, not long after reading Romans 8 this morning. It says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

Sunday, my compassionate friend asked how things are, and I just started crying. (It’s one of those life seasons.) She asked how she could bless me, and I told her I didn’t even know what to ask for. (“We do not know what we ought to pray for.”)

Last night, I told Aaron and God I was so overwhelmed. I didn’t know how I was going to handle this week.

A friend of my sister’s (I’ve only met her 4 or 5 times) brought her son for some landscaping work we’re having him do. She texted after dropping him and asked if she could come to help me with my business or anything, housework, etc. for the hours she wanted and needed to fill until her appointment because of the not wanting to go home to Vancouver in between.
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She spent not only those 3 hours helping me but also forewent her afternoon plans to help me finish my laundry, interact with my kids, and finish sanding my magnets for me while I wrapped up various little jobs, fed the kids lunch, put away my laundry (IN DRAWERS, EVEN!). Plus, she took time to encourage me and help build me up spiritually.

You can’t say to me that the God of the universe doesn’t hear prayers when He literally sent a woman I barely know to my front door to ask if I could give her work to do around my house and for my business when since the weekend I have been in agony asking Him how I was to accomplish so many household chores, watch kids, and work endlessly until my festival this Saturday, for Him to just help me know what to do and how to do it.

I may not know a lot of things, but I know this is not how life usually works out. I didn’t know how or what to ask for or from whom to ask it, but He knew I literally needed someone sent to my front door to ask ME if I could let THEM do some of MY work.

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Praise Jesus is all I know to say. The LORD be glorified. Because, “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Amen!

Romans 8 from https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/…