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?