They Came From “Last Place”

At church today I saw Janet. She was sitting on the back pew with her little man, paying close attention to the message. Janet and most of her family are believers. She is from a village called “Las Ples” because it is the “last place” where our Kamea people had moved to the south.  Since the name was given, though, the Kamea have moved even farther south…but the name stuck anyway.

Janet needed counseling, so I spoke with her after church. Then I offered to get the little man more baby milk. “How many cans do you need?”  “None,” she said with a smile.  “He is already a big boy, he eats a lot of food.”  He is probably close to a year old, but there was no whining, no tears, nothing.  And then I remembered, he IS her umpteenth child.  When I asked how many children she has, she used all her fingers and toes and then said there are more, but they are grown.

Janet and her healthy baby boy

Janet and her healthy baby boy

Then Janet pointed to another lady with a baby who had come to church with her.  I had never seen this lady before. “This lady needs milk for her baby.”  Sure enough, the baby was frail and tiny.  They think she was born 3 months ago, but since there is no way to count days, the date is only a guess.  The baby weiged less than six pounds.  The mom told us that the baby is healthy, but she just does not have enough milk to feed her.

That was when she showed me the terrible scars that she has from mastitis (breast infections).  I had noticed her nursing during and after church. “Poor child, poor mom,” I thought as she explained that she nurses the baby all the time, but just cannot get enough milk to feed her.

So, the three of us (along with their babies) sat on the floor of the clinic as I explained how to boil the water, mix the formula, clean the bottles, and not to save any of the mix for the next feeding time.  I taught her to feed the baby from the breast first, and then to supplement with the formula.  She followed through, and then did it all herself.  Tomorrow she will return and we will teach it all again, plus Margaret (our clinic worker) will do it in her tribal tongue.  Mom will surely have questions, and Margaret will be better able to answer them in Kamea.

Three months old, under six pounds--a new milk baby

Three months old, under six pounds–a new milk baby gets her first bottle

The best part of this story is that Janet and her family know the Savior. I do not know about this new family; but since they are ALL staying with one of our Bible school families, they will hear the Gospel in Kamea from them. And tomorrow at clinic, they will hear it again in Kamea, from Margaret.

Just as this baby needs milk to grow, believers need the milk of the word to grow and the Holy Spirit to teach us.  Without it, we’re like this new milk baby: weak, frail, and tiny.

Janet from Las Ples has the word of God on a solar-powered audio Bible we distributed last year. For now, she can hear the New Testament in the PNG trade language; but how much better when she will be able to hear it in her own “heart” language of Kamea?

Nothing, Better and Best…having no milk, no access to God’s Word; something better is having God’s Word in a language you partly understand; but the best, the absolute best, is having it in your own language.  We English-speakers are so blessed to have it in our own language.

Would you please pray for us?

  • Pray as John works on learning the tribal language of Kamea.
  • Pray that our people would realize a hunger for the word of God as he and our teammates work with our men to translate it.
  • Pray as we put out the word of God, in print and in audio form; that as God promises, His word will not return void.
  • And pray for our medical ministry, that by our hands and His love, more Kamea people will see His hands (that created the world and that bled for them) and will love Him with all their hearts.

This is from my heart–Lena Allen

 

Medical Supplies Needed!

We go through lots of supplies! Student nurses learn how to suture under supervision of veteran missionary nurse Rachel Muldoon.

We go through lots of supplies! Student nurses learn how to suture under supervision of veteran missionary nurse Rachel Schellenberger.

Updated July 4, 2013–We will be shipping the container this Fall, and need the supplies sent to the address below by the end of September. THANK YOU to all who have already given!

March 20, 2013–Kunai Health Centre is in need of more supplies! Last year we sent a container with medical supplies, and just over a year later, the supplies are used up. We’ve been contacted by several churches and individuals who desire to help us with this need. A missions support group from our home church has generously offered to help coordinate and ship for us, so we are extending this plea for supplies.

We do request that you limit what you might send to only those items on the following list. These are the items we need, and other items would not only be wasted, but would cost us extra in shipping and air freight.

Also–and we don’t want to be picky, but we must be honest–please do not send liquids. We can re-hydrate things here at our location in the bush. The liquids add to our air freight costs, as EVERYTHING has to be flown in. We don’t have access to a road at all.

Please contact us at    lenaallen@yahoo.com   if you have any questions. Please ship all supplies to:

Bob and Stacy Norcross
907 W. Palmyra Lake
Palmyra, IN 47164

Thank you for being a blessing!

Multivitamins with iron
Children’s chewable vitamins with iron
Powdered milk
Baby formula powder (not liquid)
Naproxen (Aleve)
Ibuprofen (Advil)
Diphenhydramine (Benedryl–not liquid)
Vicks Vaporub
Baby bottles, nipples, and rings
Baby bottle brushes
Washcloths
Women’s elastic waist skirts (ladies’ size 10 and under)
Baby shirts or onesies (for one-year-olds and under)
Baby caps and booties
*We only need clothes for children under one year.
2″, 3″, and 4″ ACE wrap bandages
Muscle rub (like Ben Gay or Theragesic)
Anti-fungal cream (like tolfanate; we have plenty of hydrocortisone)
Ointment for sores (like Neosporin or Triple Antibiotic)
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Band-aids (standard size)
4×4 6-8 ply gauze
2×2 6-8 ply gauze
Kerlex bandages
Sutures (only 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, & 5-0 sizes)
Fiberglass casting material
Disposable bed covering pads (Chux)
Hand gloves (small, medium, large)
Zip-lock bags (all sizes)

Margaret sorting TB medicine for some of our many TB patients.

Margaret sorting TB medicine for some of our many TB patients.

Second Chances

One of the local teenagers made her own way and did her own thing.  We helped her in labor and during the delivery of her first child, a little girl.  Though this young mom has had plenty of opportunities to follow the Lord, she continually made bad decisions.  Many girls here leave their unwanted babies to die in the bush.  Thankfully, this teen girl’s sister from a distant village was visiting when she delivered.  The sister already has an adopted teenage daughter of her own, but has never had any natural born children.  She fell in love with this little one, and has since taken her back to her own village a couple of days hike away.  She will continue on baby milk for another 8-9 months.

Two lives rescued

Follow up story (January 2013): This young teen, through the witness and faithful love of the believers here, has become a believer and is growing strong in the Lord. Pray for her as she learns to walk in her new life in Jesus Christ.

Libby’s New Life

The pastor of Kotidanga Baptist Church, James Naudi and his wife Kelisa, have been unable to have a child.  About a year ago, they adopted Libby. Kelisa has very carefully learned and followed instructions on boiling water, mixing the formula and keeping the bottles clean. Not long after the Libby was adopted, her natural parents began attending church.  Early in 2012 her biological father, Apollo, accepted Christ as his Savior.

Baby Libby with her mama, Kelisa Naudi

Baby Libby with her mama, Kelisa Naudi