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Postings: Exciting Expectations


We are expecting a number of things in the next few months to a year.  Be sure to check out our most exciting news at the end of this newsletter.

Paratext 1 Course

We are expecting about 20 Papua New Guinean Bible translators for a Paratext 1 Course in about 1.5 weeks (Nov 2-15).  I (James) am excited to teach them how to better use computers for Bible translation.  We are also looking forward to hosting them for tea, getting to know them, and hearing their stories of how God called them into Bible translation.

June Paratext Course Graduation Tea

June Paratext Course Graduation Tea

Improving Bible Translations

My trip to Thailand went really well, both for me in Thailand and for Christina and the kiddos in PNG.  Christina was just sharing that it went very well and that she could totally feel your prayers.  THANK YOU for praying!

Much of my training in Thailand was about improvements to the translation software (Paratext).  We expect that translation teams in PNG will be able to use this updated software in the future to improve their translations and translation process.

I also got to ride an elephant AND enjoy excellent Thai food!

Elephant Ride!

Elephant Ride

The Most Exciting News

Our most exciting news is that we are expecting a baby in May 2017!!

Reserved: May 2017

Reserved: May 2017

We are happy that we will be able to have this baby in PNG at a mission-run hospital.  We are grateful for this opportunity because it will be a lot less stressful to make this transition to a family of 7 without two international moves on either side of the delivery. :-)

We were amazed to see our baby actively moving in the ultrasound!  Click on the picture below to see the video!  It’s amazing to see such detail when the baby is only about 2″ long!

Look at the detail in that hand!!

Look at the detail in that hand!!

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise: The gift of a new life!
  • Prayer: Safety and health for Christina and the baby.
  • Prayer: James, the Bible translators, and mentors during the Paratext Course.
  • Praise: A good trip to Thailand.

In Christ,

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

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

Postings: Passports, Paperwork, and Documents


Bring it on!

We submitted applications for Nathaniel’s passport and Laurel’s passport renewal before Christmas. We had them in hand by early January: SUPER fast! The next set of paperwork was sent to PNG about 1 month ago and is already completed. Praise God!

Next week, we should be sending documents to get our visas for PNG.  We’ve still got a ways to go, but we’re glad this phase is almost over.

Still on “The List”:

  • Booking Plane Tickets
  • Packing up our house in Washington
  • Final Doctor and Dentist Appointments
  • A bit more paperwork (how’d you guess?)

Thank you for your continued prayers as we prepare to leave for PNG.

In Him,

James and Christina

Postings: Estimated Departure Date


Three months… it feel like a LONG time, and yet it feels just around the corner.  We are planning on leaving for PNG in about three months, give or take.  In essence, we know that our time in the USA is coming to an end, but we still don’t have an exact departure date.

To bring you up to speed with what we do know…

  • Our paperwork is currently in transit to Ukarumpa via DHL. Estimated arrival by Feb 5.
  • Once in Ukarumpa there are two steps that have to be completed.
    • Step 1 should take about 1 month in PNG (this is assuming everything goes smoothly)
    • Step 1.5 should be instantaneous: once the paperwork is approved in PNG, they electronically transfer the approval to Washington D.C.  Can you believe it?!?!  Something instantaneous actually exists in this process!  :-D
    • Step 2 should take about 4 weeks in D.C. (what is the difference between 1 month (PNG time) and 4 weeks (USA time)?? Your guess is as good as mine) :-)
  • Then our passports with visas will be sent back to us.

That means that we *should* have our passports/visas in hand by mid April if all goes well.

We are already beginning the process of seriously sorting and packing in preparation. Hopefully by starting now it will help keep things from getting too overwhelming down the road. It has been hard to start what we know is going to be a major upheaval for our family, but it is necessary and putting it off any longer isn’t going to make it better. We have enjoyed having a home in the USA and now it is time to begin the transition period again. This is a period of time where we feel torn between two sides of the world: The sadness of saying goodbye to our friends, family, and life in the USA again while simultaneously feeling excitement/anticipation at returning to our life in PNG. Packing is so much more than straight up sorting/packing…it is a time filled with many emotions and a lot of energy spent processing through these feelings and emotions – both for ourselves and with our kids.

All of that to say that while we are in the throes of preparing for our departure to PNG, we don’t have plane tickets yet and therefore do not have a departure date yet. Our plan at this point is to buy plane tickets once we know Step 2 above is underway (hopefully the second week of March). And at that point we will look at plane tickets and buy whatever is most reasonably priced during the last week of April or first week of May (to allow for our paperwork to for sure be in hand well before we leave for the airport, instead of right before we leave for the airport like last time).

Thank you very much for your partnership with us and for your prayers for us and our ministry in PNG. Please pray for God’s grace and peace to reign in our lives especially during this time of transition and upheaval for our family (physically/emotionally/spiritually/mentally).

Postings: Counting the Cost


We’re gearing up to go back to PNG (hopefully in April), and we are excited.  We really built our life there, and in many ways we feel more at “home” there than in the U.S.  But we are also realizing that this time is a bit different from when we went the first time in 2011.

Costs

We knew that there were costs associated with being missionaries in PNG.  Costs like leaving family, friends, church, and some of the more convenient aspects of life in the U.S: affordable things like store-bought tortillas, yogurt, and cheese, fast/reliable internet, good roads, etc.  When we left in 2011, we hadn’t truly experienced those costs.  Everything was wonderful, exciting, and a bit exotic…  I mean, we were going to PNG!!  What a great adventure!

And it still is wonderful, exciting, and a bit exotic.  It still is a great adventure.  In some ways, it’s an even greater adventure because we have a more complete picture of what it looks like, what we’re going back to, and we have a better taste of what we’re leaving behind here in the U.S.

Family

When we went in 2011, we had an 18 month old and a 6 month old.  They could engage with Grandma and Grandpa, aunt and uncles, and cousins to an extent.

Kiddos with Grandpa Charlie and Grandma Peggy

Kiddos with Grandpa Charlie and Grandma Peggy

Now we will be going back with a 6 year old, 5 year old, 3 year old, and a baby.  The older children are much more able to engage with their extended family, which means that they also will be feeling the pains of leaving family behind.

Post Family at the Zoo

Post Family at the Zoo

In a way, they have been feeling it already when we say goodbye to certain family members and travel across the country.

Post Boys with Great Grandpa Post and Grandpa Doug

Post Boys with Great Grandpa Post and Grandpa Doug

With Great Grandma Post and Gramma Rachie

With Great Grandma Post and Gramma Rachie

Please pray for our family as we make this transition back to PNG.

Friends

When we went in 2011, we were stepping into the unknown in regards to friendships over in PNG, and in the U.S.  After being in PNG for a number of years, we’ve come to realize that friendships in the mission world can be very different than in the U.S.

Christina and Friends at a Picnic

Christina and Friends at a Picnic

With people constantly coming and going to/from furlough, new people coming to the mission field, experienced missionaries retiring, and good friends feeling God’s call to a different country, different part of PNG, or back to their home country, our friendships have known a depth, sorrow, and goodness that we didn’t really expect.

Christina and Friends at a Birthday Party

Christina and Friends at a Birthday Party

Saying hello and goodbye for the 100th time isn’t easy.  Having new friendships grow and old friendships fade is difficult.  But God is faithful, and he has provided friends with whom we can easily pick up where we left off, which is a crucial aspect to being a missionary.

Friends in a Tree

Friends in a Tree

Mama Ruth and Mikayla

Mama Ruth and Mikayla

Please pray for our friendships in PNG, and the friends we are leaving behind in the U.S.

Church

As some of you know, our “home” church closed peacefully during our 1st term in PNG.  So in a way, we came home as “missionary orphans”.  Now we have a new “home” church, and they have taken us in like family.  They have loved us and cared for us, and we have been able to love and care for people in return.  It has been a good thing.  Leaving that church body physically behind is going to be difficult.  Please pray that we will be able to stay connected with our church in the U.S. while connecting and engaging with other Christians in PNG.

Is it Worth It?

I think that every missionary (and every Christian) has these realizations, and we all have moments where they really, truly have to look at the costs and say, “Is it worth it?”

It’s not a coincidence that the passage that came up for me today, in the midst of thinking about these very things, comes from Mark 8:34b-35: “Jesus said, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.'”

Jesus also said, “I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.” (Mark 10:29b-30).

Our Answer: God’s Faithfulness

So what’s our answer to the question, “Is it worth it?”

YES!  A resounding YES!  We are so grateful for the ways in which God has blessed us in PNG.  We love our work there, we love our home there, we love our friends there.  And while that does not make it easy to leave our work, our friends, and our family here in the U.S., it does make it easier.

Thank you for praying for us as we begin to transition back to PNG, and away from our life in the U.S.  Thank you for praying for our family, for our friends, and for our work.  There’s a lot left to do before we go, but we serve a big God who gives us the strength to persevere every day.