Postings: The Spiritual Climate in PNG


It’s So Cold!!  It’s So Hot!!

The other night was the COLDEST night we’ve had since we came to PNG 5 years ago.  By the time the sun came up, it had “warmed” up to the low 40s outside.

It's so Cold!!

It’s so Cold!!

In the meantime, our bedroom was a whopping 46 degrees F.  BRRRRR!!

By late morning, the direct sunlight had heated our thermometer to over 100 degrees F!

It's so hot!!

It’s so hot!!

This isn’t the first time we’ve had large temperature fluctuations within the same day.  And luckily that was just the temperature in direct sunlight: the “real” temperature averages about 75 – 80 degrees during the day.

The Spiritual Climate in PNG

The spiritual climate in PNG is much like the above temperatures.  Some people are on fire for Jesus and the Gospel while others are unfortunately cold and unreceptive.  It’s heart breaking when we hear stories of the stronghold that the enemy still has over some people in PNG, but we know that God has been and is working in the hearts of the people here.

For example: shortly before we came to PNG, Ukarumpa village (just across the river from Ukarumpa center) had a very violent fight which resulted in the deaths of multiple people.  But God has worked in the hearts of many there and just this past weekend they celebrated 6 years of peace by presenting a love offering to the Lord (they’ve been doing this annually for the last 6 years).  It was an overwhelming response from the people, expressing their thanks to God for the peace He has granted them:

Arranging the Love Offering

Arranging the Love Offering

An Outpouring of Thankfulness

An Outpouring of Thankfulness

It’s neat to hear stories like this, showing how God is working in the hearts of the people here in PNG.

Thank you for your part in praying for and financially supporting us and our Wycliffe ministry in PNG.  We couldn’t do it without the faithful prayers and financial gifts from so many of you!

Prayer and Praise

Here are some ways that you can continue to pray for us:

  • Prayer: Plane tickets: James is going to a conference in Thailand in October.
  • Prayer: For James as he plans out revisions for a Basic Computing Course here in Ukarumpa
  • Praise: The dry season (yes, there’s a “dry” season in PNG) lasted longer than we were expecting and we were very short on drinking water.  We were able to get a HUGE new tank installed (2500 gallons!), fill it with river water, and purify it.  At the same time, it started raining more regularly.
  • Prayer and Praise: Our whole family has been adjusting well to life back in PNG.  Please pray as we continue to adjust.
  • Praise: As of August 15th, we’ve been in PNG for 5 years!  Praise God!

In Christ,

James and Christina

Postings: Teaching a 2-Week Training Course


James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel

James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel

Getting Settled in PNG

It’s amazing that we’ve already been in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for over 2 weeks!  God has been good to us.  It’s really nice to be back in OUR house, and to be making it into our HOME again.  Thank you for your continued prayers as we get settled back into life in Ukarumpa (our support center in PNG).

2-Week Training Course

I (James) have started a 2-week training course here in Ukarumpa, running from June 8 – 21.

Translators and mentors on the porch

Translators and mentors on the porch

We have 11 Papua New Guinean Bible translators from 8 different languages.  They are here to learn how to better use a computer program called Paratext to help with their Bible translations.  We have heard many translators say that with computers, they are able to work more efficiently and with greater accuracy.  It’s awesome to be a part of this training!

We thought you would enjoy seeing some pictures from previous Paratext courses that I have taught or provided the materials for (while on furlough).

2012 Paratext Course

2012 Paratext Course

2013 Paratext 2 Course

2013 Paratext 2 Course

2014 Paratext 2 Course

2014 Paratext 2 Course

2015 Paratext 1 Course

2015 Paratext 1 Course

2015 Paratext 2 Course

2015 Paratext 2 Course

2015 Paratext 3 Course

2015 Paratext 3 Course

It’s encouraging to look back on these photos and see some of the work that God has done since we came to PNG.  He brought us here to PNG for this purpose: to train Papua New Guinean Bible translators.  And He has been faithful to make it possible for us to do this.

THANK YOU for your part in helping these men and women of God translate God’s Word into their OWN language.

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise: We are adjusting well to life back in PNG.
  • Prayer: For the Paratext course that James is teaching.
  • Prayer: For the translators and mentors in the course: that they would learn well and be able to apply their new knowledge in their translation projects.
  • Prayer: That we would settle well in our house and community here in PNG.
  • Praise: We are SO grateful that God has increased our financial partnership.  As of this morning, we have reached 100% of our monthly Wycliffe ministry budget.  He is amazing!

Grateful for God bringing us back to PNG,

James and Christina

Facebook Logo 20px P.S. Over the next 2 weeks, we’ll be sharing prayer requests for the translators in the course on our Facebook Page.  Thank you for your prayers for them.

Postings: God’s Blessings in the Midst of Transitions


James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel (w/ koala)

James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel (w/ koala)

Transitioning in Australia

We are almost to PNG.  Praise God!  We finished up our packing, by God’s grace and the help of family and friends, and left on our way to PNG on May 10.  We are now in Cairns, Australia, adjusting to the climate (hot!) and time zone (17 hours different from WA), and gearing up for our life in PNG again.

Remember this?!?!  James, Christina, Mikayla, and Laurel on their way to PNG in 2011

Remember this?!?!  James, Christina, Mikayla, and Laurel on their way to PNG in 2011

After the stress of packing, saying goodbyes, and leaving the U.S., we are very grateful that we have this time to decompress and prepare for this next stage of our lives.  Many people have asked how long we plan to be in PNG.  Our answer is “3 years, but it’s in God’s hands.”

Watching God Work

Over the time that we were home in the U.S., we watched God work in a number of ways:

  • He healed us from the traumatic incident that brought us home from PNG.
  • He provided a church family where we were loved and cared for and developed deep friendships, and that prayerfully commissioned us for this term in PNG.
  • He provided for us financially, through many of you, when we came home suddenly and had extra, unexpected expenses.  Thank you again for your involvement in our Wycliffe ministry during that difficult time.
  • He gracious provided for our return to PNG when our Wycliffe ministry budget was significantly raised just weeks before our scheduled flights.

Thank you!

We are so grateful for your participation in our Wycliffe ministry in PNG, through your prayers and faithful financial partnership.  We watched God work over this last month and are almost fully funded (just $150/month short of 100%).  This is a huge blessing for us and we are satisfied that God has worked and that He will sustain us in PNG.  THANK YOU for your part in what God is doing in PNG.

Prayer and Praise

  • Prayer: Our final flights to PNG and Ukarumpa (our support center) this Sunday and Monday (your Saturday and Sunday).
  • Prayer/Praise: Smooth transitions through all of our flights and travels.
  • Praise: All of our luggage has made it with us this far.
  • Prayer: For our adjustment to being back in PNG.
  • Prayer: For the Paratext Course that James is teaching in early June.

Serving a God who works in wondrous ways,

James and Christina

 

Postings: Praise God!


James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel

James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel

One Week Until Liftoff

It is hard to believe we’ll be taking off for PNG in just one week!  We are excited to be returning to the work that God has called us to overseas: training Papua New Guinean Bible translators.  Many of you take part in this work with us through prayer and financial gifts.  THANK YOU for being a part of our lives and our Wycliffe ministry.  It is an honor to serve on your behalf in PNG.

Praise God!

We are amazed at God’s handiwork over the last two weeks.  With our recently updated Wycliffe ministry budget, we had a shortfall of over $1000/month.  We are now only $320/month from being fully funded.  God is good!  Thank you to all who have prayed and who have committed to financial partnership with our Wycliffe ministry.

Nathaniel is Ready to Go

Nathaniel is Ready to Go

Packing, Packing, Packing

We are very grateful for the way that God has provided during these last two weeks and now we turn to the final days of packing and preparing to leaving for PNG.  We definitely need your prayers for these last days of decision making and final details.  We are pretty worn out and want to finish strong.  We are SO thankful for all of the help we have received as we prepare to leave.  We could NOT do this without the gracious and helpful hands of so many.

Grateful for a God who Provides,

James and Christina

P.S. If you still feel God leading you to financially partner in our Wycliffe ministry (monthly/quarterly/annually), we would be honored to have you join our team.  Please see the information below.

Interested in Financial Partnership?

If you would like to financially partner with us in our Wycliffe ministry, you can sign up online at www.ThePostsInPNG.com/partner.

You can also mail a check with a separate note saying, “Preference for the Wycliffe ministry of James and Christina Post (240439)” to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators
c/o Receipts Dept
PO Box 628200
Orlando, Florida 32862

Please also contact us to let us know so we can update our records: Contact Us.

Postings: Update – God is Doing This!


James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel
James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel

Encouraging Stories

As our partnership team continues to grow, it has been encouraging to hear friends share their excitement about how God is working in PNG, and also how God has been moving in their hearts to partner with us.  These stories are a blessing to us and bring glory to God.

God is Doing This!

Just 8 days ago, we emailed asking people to pray for our financial need.  At that time, we were over $1000/month short of reaching 100% of our Wycliffe ministry budget.  By Monday, God brought that number down to about $700/month.  Now, God has dropped it to just under $400/month.  We can clearly see that God is doing this!  He is sending us back to Papua New Guinea to continue serving and training Bible translators, who are working hard to translate God’s Word into their own languages.

We appreciate your prayers for the final few days: we’d love to reach our goal of 100% by April 30.

If you feel God leading you to financially partner in our Wycliffe ministry (monthly/quarterly/annually), please see the information below.

Interested in Financial Partnership?

If you would like to financially partner with us in our Wycliffe ministry, you can sign up online at www.ThePostsInPNG.com/partner.

You can also mail a check with a separate note saying, “Preference for the Wycliffe ministry of James and Christina Post (240439)” to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators
c/o Receipts Dept
PO Box 628200
Orlando, Florida 32862

Please also contact us to let us know so we can update our recordsContact Us.

Watching God work,

James and Christina

Post Family in Grass

Postings: Update – God is Moving!


Post Family on a Hike

James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel
(with Mt. St. Helens in the background)

May 10th is Coming Up Fast!

As our departure date comes nearer and nearer (about 2 weeks from today), we are getting closer and closer to being ready to leave.  The house is getting packed up, last minute details are being taken care of, AND…

God is Moving!

God is moving in people’s hearts to partner with our Wycliffe ministry.  In the last few days, we’ve had a number of people sign up to financially partner with us, and a number of others express interest in doing so.  We are currently just under $700/month short of being fully funded (last time we emailed we were just over $900/month short).  It is wonderfully encouraging to seeing the gap closing and God providing.

Thank you for continuing to pray and considering how you might be involved in bring God’s Word to people in Papua New Guinea.  Please keep praying with us to reach our goal of 100% by April 30.

If you feel God leading you to financially partner in our Wycliffe ministry (monthly/quarterly/annually), please see the information below.

Interested in Financial Partnership?

If you would like to financially partner with us in our Wycliffe ministry, you can sign up online at:
www.ThePostsInPNG.com/partner.

You can also mail a check with a separate note saying, “Preference for the Wycliffe ministry of James and Christina Post (240439)” to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators
c/o Receipts Dept
PO Box 628200
Orlando, Florida 32862

Please also contact us to let us know so we can update our recordsContact Us.

In Him who makes all things possible,

James and Christina

Post Family in Grass

Postings: Update – God Knows EXACTLY What We Need


James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel

James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel

Leaving so Soon?!?!

We fly out on May 10, JUST around the corner.  Thank you for your continued prayers as we pack up and prepare for an overseas transition.  Since our email a few days ago, we’re $100/month closer to reaching 100%!  God is good!  Thank you also to those who have committed to praying for us during this time as we focus on reaching 100% of our Wycliffe ministry budget.

God is in Control

We are currently still about $900/month short of being fully funded.  While we do not wish to go back to PNG without meeting our full Wycliffe ministry budget, we are committed to going no matter what.  It IS stressful to live in PNG while not receiving 100% of our ministry budget, but we know that God is in control and that ultimately He will provide for our every need.

Thank you for praying and considering how you might be involved in the work of Bible translation.  Would you please continue to pray with us to reach our goal of 100% by April 30?

If you feel God leading you to financially partner in our Wycliffe ministry (monthly/quarterly/annually), please see the information below.

Interested in Financial Partnership?

If you would like to financially partner with us in our Wycliffe ministry, you can sign up online at www.ThePostsInPNG.com/partner.

You can also mail a check with a separate note saying, “Preference for the Wycliffe ministry of James and Christina Post (240439)” to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators
c/o Receipts Dept
PO Box 628200
Orlando, Florida 32862

Please also contact us to let us know so we can update our recordsContact Us.

In Him who makes all things possible,

James and Christina

Post Family in Grass

Postings: Excited to See God Work


James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel

James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel

Excited to Go Back!

God provided excellent plane tickets for our return to PNG; we leave Portland on the 10th of May! We are excited to be back in PNG to continue the work of training Papua New Guinean Bible translators.  Because of the training that James has done, Papua New Guineans have shared things like this:

  • “God sent you [here]… to teach us… You teach us like a Papua New Guinean!”
  • “We no longer have to wait for somebody else to do the work for us.  Now, we can do the work ourselves!”

Without the prayers and the financial partnership of so many of you, we could not do this work.  Thank you for partnering with us in giving the people of Papua New Guinea God’s Word in a language that speaks to their hearts.

Our Need

The ministry budget Wycliffe sets for our ministry in PNG recently increased significantly.  We are currently about $1000/month short of the new budget.  We know that it would be very helpful and wise to go back to PNG fully funded.

Would you please pray with us to reach our goal of 100% by April 30?  If you feel God leading you to financially partner in our Wycliffe ministry (monthly/quarterly/annually), please see the information below.

This is no surprise to God, so we are excited to see how He will provide, and we will keep you updated as He does!  Thank you for praying and considering how you might be involved in the work of Bible translation.

Interested in Financial Partnership?

If you would like to financially partner with us in our Wycliffe ministry, you can sign up online at www.ThePostsInPNG.com/partner.

You can also mail a check with a separate note saying, “Preference for the Wycliffe ministry of James and Christina Post (240439)” to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators
c/o Receipts Dept
PO Box 628200
Orlando, Florida 32862

Please also contact us to let us know so we can update our records: Contact Us.

In Him who makes all things possible,

James and Christina

Post Family on Porch

Going Away Party: Last Chance to See Us!


Come join us for an evening of stories about PNG (and goodbyes).

Saying Goodbye

With our departure date just around the corner (early May), we are having a Going Away Party to say our goodbyes and share fun stories, pictures, and video about PNG.  We hope that you can join us!

Going Away Party Details

  • When: Saturday April 23
    • Potluck Dinner: 5:30 pm
    • Sharing Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Woodland Christian Church (click for map)
    430 Buckeye St
    Woodland, WA 98674
  • What: Potluck Dinner and PNG Sharing Time
Mikayla, Laurel, and Timothy on their skateboard boat

Mikayla, Laurel, and Timothy on their skateboard boat

We hope to see you there!

James and Christina

Postings: Update – Passports, Paperwork, and Documents


Visas in Hand!!

What should have taken 3-4 weeks is already done.  Praise God!

When we sent in the last of our paperwork for PNG in mid-March, we didn’t expect to get it back until mid-April. So we were (more than) pleasantly surprised when the passports showed up at our door just 1 week later.

Christina, Nathaniel, and Passports

Laurel and Passport

Timothy and Passport

Many of you may remember the nail-biting, faith-building experience we had with our paperwork renewal last time. It came down to the wire with us receiving the passports just 1.5 hours before we left for the airport. (You can read more about that saga here: 2013 Visa Saga.)

Christina with Passports (2013)

We are very grateful that there was plenty of time to spare this time around.

With lots yet to do before we head back to PNG, we are still planning on departing in early May. Traveling across states, timezones, and countries is always interesting. Thankfully, we have a travel agent who is able to help us find good deals for missionaries.

The next significant step is purchasing plane tickets, finishing our “last minute” doctor, dentist, and eye appointments, and packing up our house here in Washington.

Our Family

There’s never a dull moment around the house, or at the park (which our kids love to frequent). We couldn’t help but share some of our recent photos of the kids. They are growing up fast and learning so much.

Mikayla (6)

Mikayla (6)

Laurel (5)

Laurel (5)

Timothy (3)

Timothy (3)

Nathaniel (5 months)

Nathaniel (5 months)

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise: We received our PNG visas back, in plenty of time for us to get affordable plane tickets.
  • Praise: Packing is going well, with plenty of help from our church family.
  • Prayer: Purchasing our plane tickets.
  • Prayer: Packing up our house. We basically need to “touch” each item in our house: do we want to pack, ship, store, or donate it.

Much Love in Christ,

James and Christina