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Trip into Mibu

We finally got to make our long-awaited trip as a family into Mibu.  Some good friends made the trip in with us, and the Husas moved back in.  This is the Land of the Unexpected, and this trip was without exception.  Chris preceded us to Mibu by a couple weeks, and upon his arrival he promptly learned that our VSat system was not functioning, our cell tower that we use was down, and before the rest of us could join him, the antenna for our radio collapsed.  SO, our first few days with everyone in was devoted to restoring communication lines.

One thing we were able to do was have the namesake ceremony for Jael and her little namesake.  It was a short, but sweet, and a special memory for Jael.  We also got to reconnect with a number of friends.
Jael and Her namesake. Little Jael not in the mood

Emergency Trip Out

          Our trip was cut short however.  On our third day in, Angie started bleeding quite heavily.  A couple days later, it happened again.  We contacted our mission Dr., and we decided that if it happened again, we would look at coming out of Mibu sooner than we had planned.  Just a few hours later, it happened again.  Working with our incredible support staff, our pilot made a Sunday morning run in to get us.  When we made it to our clinic we determined that she was stable enough to go home and try a course of meds.  A few days later, there was another bleed, and again a few days later.  Nothing was making a lot of sense, and in interest of getting to the bottom of things before her health was in serious jeopardy, we decided to go to the capital city of Port Moresby to a private hospital there to get things taken care of and see if we couldn’t find some answers. 
Angie recovering from surgery


          We found some answers.  Ones we really weren’t expecting to find.  Come to find out, Angie was about 9 weeks pregnant, and was suffering yet another miscarriage (if you have been following our ministry’s history, you’ll know we have had a few in the past).  It was a shock (still is), but it explained several things.  Even with the difficult news, we thank God for his gracious provision of medical help, for his peace in time of grief, and for his healing touch.
Taking advantage of Port Moresby Shopping... well, "window" shopping anyway.... yeah that's a big block of Parmesan!!!  (Again, just window shopping)

Madang Meetings

   In the next week Chris along with literacy committee meetings, will be joined by two guys from Mibu to meet with missionary orientees to represent the needs of our neighboring Jerung tribe letting them know of this ministry as a possible partnership between NTM and the Mibu church.   As these new missionaries will be forming teams over the coming weeks we would ask you to pray for the Lord’s leading for each of these 6 missionary families.

Back Into Mibu

After the meetings in Madang, Chris will return once again to Mibu in preparation for our upcoming furlough.  With so many projects (translation, discispleship, training, preparing house and other things for furlough, handing over the reigns to our partners etc) each competing for limited time, pray for wisdom in deciding what is highest priority and that we’ll finish strong. 

Thank you for praying,

Chris, Angie, Jael, Baruch, and Titus Walker
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