Merry Christmas from the Stephensons!
As we approach the end of this year, we are so thankful for the adventurous journey that the last 12 months have taken us on. In November of last year, we moved to Papua New Guinea, and since then we have had the amazing opportunity to live and serve in this country.
Morgan has been working with the Field Workshop to improve the mission housing, fix and maintain mission vehicles, begin work on a new lodge building for the mission station, and many more projects that generally keep life running smoothly here at Kudjip Mission Station. He has rebuilt a clutch (that is something that goes in an engine), laid wood flooring, moved tonnes of rock and gravel (a great workout program!), and even gone swimming in a septic tank! (It was a brand new tank only full of water.)
Danielle has taught the Missionary Kid highschool, finding herself doing everything from explaining 8th grade Pre-Algebra to drawing diagrams for 11th grade Consumer Math to “explaining” (googling the explanation for) 12th grade Physics. She has also subbed in as a PE teacher, taught a cooking class (donuts, anyone?), and passed a rule for the classroom which allows only correctly constructed paper airplanes to be flown.
Theron has learned to talk while we have been here, and now liberally sprinkles his conversations with non-English words. His favorites are “pundown” (fall down) and “apinun” (good afternoon). He knows by name the Strawberry Man (John) and the Asparagus Man (Wapi) who come by to sell us produce every couple weeks, and he enthusiastically greets them. He also finds it important to shake the hand of every security guard, jump off of every rock, and pick up every stick on the way from our house to Grandma’s house.
Lula was born while we were here, and now is already crawling around and pulling up! She loves exploring the kitchen cabinets, and removing the labels from tin cans. Fortunately I only buy two types of tinned food, and the cans are different sizes easily told apart even without labels. Lula believes all people should be equally grinned at, and makes a practice of dispersing her smiles liberally.
We will return to the States in March of this year to begin working at a Christian Camp ground in Colorado, so we are entering the last couple of months here in Papua New Guinea. We have loved our time here, and are anxious to squeeze as much as possible out of these last few months. Morgan is working to get some vehicles up and running before he leaves, and Danielle is working to hand over the running of the highschool to the new teacher arriving in a couple of months.
To you who have allowed us to be here this past year with your support through prayer and over $24,000 of donations toward our financial requirement to be here, THANK YOU!!! You are amazing and we are so humbled that you have seen us as worthy of your support. We have never gone hungry, we have always had enough for each day, and for every need that arose.
We ask you to pray with us and consider partnering with us during these last three months as we wrap up our work here and buy tickets home. We still need about $2800 to be able to return home.
Pray for safe and tantrum-free travels.
Pray for us to finish strong.
Pray for us to be able to pour ourselves out to accomplish as much as possible during our last days here.
Thank you for journeying with us this year!