PREACHING THE WORD
The last three months, Lena and I have been visiting the established Baptist churches in Port Moresby, meeting with the pastors and getting to know their people. We appreciate the open door we’ve had in several of those churches to preach the Word.
We just finished an awesome week at youth camp in Australia at Grace Baptist Church in Malanda, Queensland. There was such a spirit of service among the workers and a great spirit among the youth. Many decisions were made, including some for salvation. Lena and I got our cups full as we spent time with some of God’s choicest servants.
TRANSLATING THE WORD
Pastor Ben Samauyo and Bro.
Yali Tapaqueo flew from Kotidanga to Port Moresby to stay with us for a couple
of weeks while we worked on a full translation check on the Gospel of Luke. It
was very profitable for us all, and the three of us being back together to work
and fellowship was refreshing. Pastor Ben was able to speak at Shalom Baptist
in Port Moresby, and that evening was a help and delight to everyone involved.
LIVING THE WORD
We are so grateful for those who come to serve with us in the ministries at Kotidanga. Laura Lee Alford recently returned home after serving with us for nearly a year.
Jennifer Thompson arrived in July, but due to an unknown allergic reaction she had to return to the States in September. Pray for Jenn as the doctors seek the cause of her illness.
TEACHING THE WORD
Since arriving in Port Moresby, we have heard and seen the need to conduct a Bible Institute for the training of new ministry leaders. The city pastors and churches are doing a great work, and we want to come along beside them to partner in training future leaders for both our city and for the nation.
There are some Baptist Bible schools around the country, and one Baptist Bible college in the Highlands. The other option is to send students overseas to the Philippines, Australia, or the USA for training. We want to offer the option of these leaders being trained here in the city while being mentored by their own pastors in their home churches.
Pray with us as we prepare to begin the Baptist Bible Institute of Port Moresby in February 2020.
As I write this, we are getting ready to board a flight back to the USA for several weeks’ worth of meetings. Pray we can minister well as we report and recruit! Thank you for all you do to help us in the work.
Because He Is,
John & Lena Allen
2 Thessalonians 3:1
Enjoy some photos from the last couple of months…