REJOICING IN WHAT GOD HAS DONE
Manandi Dagoino checks a young patient.
Since we last wrote, Manandi and Chelsea have joined the Kunai Health Centre team. They have oriented well in the work, and along with the rest of our national staff (Jon Mark, Ellie, Jasper, Linda, and Jessica) they are ministering to our people in a Gospel-centered way.
Chelsea Moorman teaches a mother
how to administer medicine to her child.
Jon Mark teaches Atenapi how to
take her TB medicine.
REVELING IN WHAT GOD IS DOING
· This year Kotidanga Baptist Church voted Ben Samauyo as their pastor, and he was ordained in June. Many were saved this year, and we have seen many others grow in their walk with the Lord!
Gideon and Amon listening intently during a recent
message at Kotidanga Baptist Church
· Our radio station, Gutnius (Good News) Radio, went on the air in October with the help of Michael Wakefield from Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship. This has been a long-time project with many man-hours of back-breaking labor by our people to put the tower up on top of the mountain, and a lot of “brain work” to figure out the logistical and transmitter issues.
This is a picture from 2014 of our people at the Gutinius Radio tower
on the top of the mountain above Kotidanga Baptist Church
· The Kamea Bible Project made good advances this year. We now have several books of the New Testament completed and ready for checking. I so appreciate my coworkers on the project, Pastor Ben and Yali.
Pastor Ben is recording the Gospel of Mark in Kamea, while
Yali works on the back translation of the Gospel of Matthew.
· God has given us a great team of fellow workers. Sam & Marybeth Snyder and their children joined us earlier this year, and along with Sarah Glover and our nurses who were with us in 2017 (Tiffany, Erika, and Chelsea), they have served our people well and made a real difference in the lives of many.
Sam & Marybeth Snyder, with Leland, Tommy, & Bethany
Erika, Tiffany, Sarah, & Lena, with friends Kelesa & Caleb
Ricky Beyaba worked with Matt Allen and Andrew Schellenberger
for three years on our airstrip. Ricky was able to come back to visit us for a week
along with Daniel Jezowski from SIL Aviation (click here to read
Daniel’s newsletter to get a visitor’s perspective of the ministries at Kotidanga).
I made a quick trip back to the US in October to be in the Pensacola Christian College Missions Conference. It was great to be among so many servants of our great God and to be able to talk to so many young people about serving the Lord in missions.
It was great to spend time with our former co-workers,
Andrew & Rachel Schellenberger. We are so thankful
for the four years of service they gave to our people in Kotidanga!
REVISITING FAMILY & CHURCHES
After my trip to PCC, I returned to PNG where Lena and I wrapped things up to head back to the US for our furlough. We arrive in the US just before Christmas, and we hit the road the first week of January. We covet your prayers as we travel, and even more, we long to have many wonderful Gospel conversations with believers and non-believers. Pray that we can be a blessing and that the Lord will be magnified. We will be in Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Florida, Texas, Michigan, and Virginia…probably not in that order. 🙂 We plan to be back in PNG in April 2018.
Also, we just celebrated another milestone: Lena and I have been married 40 years! Woohoo! Glory!
We thank the Lord for your faithful love and prayers. The Lord continues to supply our needs, and we thank Him for using you all to do it. May you have a blessed Christmas, and may the Lord put His touch on your labors for Him in the coming year!
Serving Him in the Field,
John & Lena Allen
2 Thessalonians 3:1
Lena & Anjuta teach the Saturday Ladies’ Meeting.
Sela recently had her baby at the clinic, and she came back
to say “thank you” with two fresh pineapples!
It’s a busy clinic day as Pastor Ben shares the Gospel.
No matter how busy the day is, Manandi always finds time to enjoy her patients.
Sometimes the children come to the clinic just to hang out.
Pastor Tau Abary and his wife, Suzanne…long-time friends of ours in PNG!
We got to spend time with wonderful our family in Port Moresby, PNG:
Matt, Becky, Ariel, & Hannah
Here’s the rest of our wonderful family in the USA:
Sarah, Dave, Nate, & Amber
Abe, Abi, Emerson, Graham, Beth, baby Autumn, Cece, & Ben