What's What with the Walkers - April 2019

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Several weeks later, where the attack on the Mibu church took place.  Now everyone is praising God for restored relationships!

Forgiveness & Reconcilliation

You may remember that back in February an attack on the Mibu church took place that was highly concerning.  Authorities were notified but due to budget cuts no response was made.  What choice did the Mibu church have but to bring the matter before the Lord in prayer.  A few weeks later we received word that some of the attackers had voluntarily humbled themselves and went to Mibu expressing remorse over what they had done.  They even brought gifts of money for the property they damaged.  The Mibus had it in their hearts to forgive but feared further attacks, so out of conflicting emotions they contacted authorities.  In asking for help, the  church was concerned that a police response might have en-flamed relationships and caused a barrier to future outreach opportunities. Needless to say, now the Mibus are so very thankful that God brought about forgiveness and reconciliation in a way that only brings glory to Himself.  What a mighty God we serve!

 

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Difficult hike for the Walker kids, but unforgettable memories too!

Family Hike into Mibu & Ministry in Wewak

With time off of school during spring break the Walker children were able to accompany Chris along with our partner Geoff, his daughter Skyler and fellow missionary Ben Orth on an exciting hike into Mibu.  At the same time Angie was asked to go on a ministry trip to a coastal town near border with Indonesia to help facilitate school tests for a number of missionary families.  The hike into Mibu was the first time the kids had ever endured such a difficult trip.  Still they were able to see and experience many things during the four days of hiking that they will remember for the rest of their lives.  During this time we were able to improve office power making it much easier for the believers to continue to have access to computers even while we are not with them in Mibu.

 

 

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Guys taking a moment to pray with Song.  Song is now going through a review of Chronological Bible lessons that he didn't understand years ago.

Summer Plans & Seeking Wisdom

With the summer break approaching, as a family we are looking forward to returning to Mibu for an extended time.  This will give Chris a much needed block of time to make further corrections to scripture translation that has been drafted so far.  It will also be the first time in over two years that Angie has been in Mibu.  Still, we are waiting on some key decisions to fall into place before we can finalize travel plans.  Particularly we need to see what role and what level of commitment Angie will take on in the field of education helping our MKs across the field and ask for your prayers in this regard along with safety in travel etc.

Thank you,

Chris and Angie Walker .

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Chris Walker
Church Planting Among the Mibu People of North-Central Papua New Guinea
4715 18th Street
Byron Center Michigan 49315
Cell - 616-834-6816 (Chris)
Cell - 616-834-6820 (Angie)

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From Left to Right- Jay, Terry, Tyler, Jon & Melinda

Introducing the Ganka Family...

We are SO excited...it's hard to even know where to start.

 Every time we go to the states on home assignment, we put the challenge out there to everyone we share with, to consider how you might get involved in missions.  We talk about how you can pray for missionaries, how you can give financial and emotional support, and how you can consider going yourselves.... and that the only real "ability" that is needed to be a missionary is availability.  We enjoy these conversations immensely, and on occasions some individuals take the conversation seriously.  In such cases we can only pray and wait to see what happens.
 
Terry and Melinda Ganka started attending our home church several years back now...they started attending while we were serving a term overseas here in PNG.  When we went on home assignment, their keen interest in missions sparked conversations with us, which quickly grew into friendship.  Over the years, we have come to cherish their friendship. This last home assignment, talk turned to them coming to visit us here in PNG as a family (their three boys, Jay, Tyler, and Jon, are all interested in becoming missionaries--especially missionary pilots). Questions and plans swirled with the giddy idea of a dream come true--visiting the mission field!  They started praying, and investigating options and opportunities.  Ideas led to contemplation, contemplation led to investigation, and investigation led to application!  YES!  Our dear friends, from our home church, have applied with Ethnos360's Associates program and have been accepted to come and serve here, WITH US, in PNG for a term of up to 4 years!!

The Ganka’s firmly believe the mission field  is wherever you are at any time, and always strive to keep an open heart to what or where the Lord might lead. This belief is evident in the way they have plugged in to our church, their school, and reached out in faithful witness to those around them. Terry will be  serving at our hanger with our flight program as the flight coordinator. This involves logistics and scheduling of flights for four aircraft to over 50 active remote and urban locations. This is a crucial role for our church planting teams in the bush, and one that has had multiple individuals in this role just this last year. Continuity is always a good thing, but especially  when juggling the priorities and needs of our pilots, who keep us and our supplies coming and going from our tribal church-planting ministries. Melinda will be putting her administrative skills to work part-time in our business office. Paperwork is what makes the world go 'round, right?
 

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Tyler and Titus, cut from the same cloth :)

Please join us in partnering with the Ganka family

Please be praying for our friends as now that the decision has been made, there is a whirlwind of activity and things that need to fall into place in order for them to meet their goal of being here on the field in time for school to start in August.  Support, both in prayer and finances, needs to be raised. Tickets bought. A household made ready to sell, store, or ship. Visas and work permits to obtain. Goodbyes. Transitions. Unknowns. All at once! Our God is big, and His people are responsive. He has moved mountains to open doors for the Gankas to this point, and we trust he will continue to do so to get them here.


If you are interested in learning more about our friends, and following them in their ministry here, please feel free to drop them a line at:

melinda_ganka@ntmpng.org
or
terrence_ganka@ntmpng.org

As always, we love and appreciate each one of you. Thank you for sharing our joy and excitement with this news.

Chris and Angie Walker