May/June 2016 Prayer Letter

May/June 2016

And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: —Luke 1:31-32

We are walking through the book of Luke in our Sunday morning services at Capital City Baptist Church, and I couldn’t help pausing and magnifying our Saviour from these verses: He shall be great. I seriously doubt Mary had any idea how great our Lord was, and is, and is to come. He is Great!

Recently we have seen tremendous growth in the church, both in numerous salvations and in what I’ve come to call “growth in depth.” Many people have stepped up to volunteer to cut the grass, clean the bathrooms, drive the church buses, and be a part—all without anybody asking for that help. This has been an encouragement to my soul.

Last month, our men and boys took our first missions trip as a church. We went to visit one of my graduates from Kotidanga Baptist Bible School: Preacher Konos Manus. A five-hour drive brought us to the village he is working in; and for three days, we helped him build his new house. Our men and boys got to experience missions firsthand. Some of the younger guys had never been out to a village like this, and it was eye-opening for them to step out of their comfort zones. An added blessing was the way this trip bonded the hearts of our men.
The last few months brought unexpected maintenance to the airplane. We had both GPS’s  fail within a few weeks of each other; […]

November/December 2015 Prayer Letter

November/December 2015

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. —Ephesians 3:14

The Apostle’s prayer is for the church to know who they are in Christ and how to act as His sons. It has been our privilege as we walk through the book of Ephesians these last few months! Capital City Baptist Church has continued to grow. For the last two weeks, our attendance has been up over 80 people; and the church folks are excited about our growth!

Melissa heard about our school and began asking questions. When she found out that the school is a ministry of the church, she asked if she could attend. We obviously were happy to have her join us for services, and then she got saved! Her husband faithfully drives his truck, bringing her to church and drops her off. A few hours later, he comes back and picks her up. Pray with us that he would join her for services and that the Gospel would work in his heart.

Missionary Pilot Tyler Nikkel received his PNG Pilot’s License a few weeks ago, and we have begun doing his In-Country-Under-Supervision flying. He has to do 50 hours total, during which I observe from the “co-pilot” seat. I can’t begin to express my nervousness as I have to keep my hands off the controls. Tyler has done very well in learning the PNG Aviation system, and he will make a great pilot for the TTMK team of missionaries.

Please pray with us for the school enrollment. We have six students enrolled currently, and we need another 16 students in order to be self-sustaining. We are, however, amazed at what God has done in preparing things […]

January 2015 Prayer Letter

Spia Recruiting Banner-Prayer LetterNow unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20-21

I write from Cairns, Australia, at the completion of our furlough. Yesterday, we finished the 5th of 6 flights that will return us to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. It is early morning here, and the tropical birds sing in the early morning darkness that precedes the rise of the tropical sun. These are the sounds of being home…well, almost home. We will pick up a few last minute items here in Cairns (it is the closest major modern city to Port Moresby), and in three days, we finish the journey. Home. I wish you could read the smile on my face.

Many of you gave towards the Drywall Project on our house. Thank you so much! We shipped the container with the drywall and other building materials, along with household items. That container is scheduled to arrive in Port Moresby on February 21.

Over the last year, we have planned for a new school in Port Moresby. We want to train young people from kindergarten all the way through their college years to be reachers and trainers of others. God has miraculously provided—and that in a way that we could have never expected. Pray with us as we are looking for four teachers (K4-1st grade) by February 2016. We will be building the new classrooms this year—have we ever got our work cut out for us!

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Projects For Him

House in Progress

 

 

We’ve come a LONG way! Earlier this year, this is what the house looked like, and now, with the roof on, and doors and windows in place, we are talking about drywall! How exciting it is to see the end coming on this construction project.

There is a new website that is a lot like KickStarter, except its for missions. They chose us to be one of their featured projects, specifically for this part of finishing up our house. Check it out–Projects For Him.

We plan to ship a sea-freight container next month, and we would like to pack about 300 sheets of drywall in that container. It is so much cheaper to purchase here in the States and ship it ourselves as opposed to paying the markup that local importers have in the hardware stores.

ProjectsForHim.org is a ministry created for the sole purpose of funding missions projects around the world – projects that will help share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others who have not heard. We hope to use the power of social media to increase awareness of missionary needs, share valuable information about the mission field, and make use of crowdfunding to help raise funds for much needed projects.  Partner ministries, shown below, are key to the success of ProjectsForHim.org and share our vision of reaching the lost for Christ!

 

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2014 Video Update

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God’s people have given over theirs to make this ministry possible. You folks gave sacrificially; and God gave the increase.

If you haven’t seen our video presentation, this is our most recent. It is only about 5 minutes long. Take the time to look at what God has done in PNG because of your partnership.

As we start this new work in Port Moresby, we will be looking for more partners–physically, spiritually, and financially. It’s a big job, but He’s a big God.

 

Standing on the shoulders of giants.

Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 4.44.42 PMWhen we sat down with the Papua New Guinean pastors, they opened up their hearts to us. We have been seeing an exodus of potential leaders. It has been a sad march of excellent young people that have gone overseas for tertiary education, only to fall in love with McDonald’s and Walmart. (Who blames them? Would you want to go work in a village if you haven’t been called to give your life there?)

For the last ten years, we have been training young men and women in Kotidanga, Gulf Province; and in the last few years, we have been receiving requests from young people all around Papua New Guinea to come to Kotidanga for their Bible training. The complex logistics involved in bringing students into Kotidanga to depend upon the local market and deal with the isolation there were too great to overcome. Port Moresby presents itself as the ideal solution for these requests.

It will take a few years to put the infrastructure into place before we can have our first class. However, we are planning in that direction. Dormitories for 300 men and 300 ladies, a cafeteria, an administration building, along with several classroom buildings will eventually round out the vision. Of course, these buildings do not need to be in place at the beginning, but we plan to start following this plan in the next few years.

God is still looking for quality leaders to take the baton from those giants who have come before us. We want to help train the next generation of young people in Papua New Guinea to be just those–giants who stand on the shoulders of giants.

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“I will build my church.”

Church BuildingJesus was talking to His disciples, and He made this statement: “…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18)

One of the most comforting things about doing missions is the fact that Jesus Christ promised to build His church. It is the job of a missionary to further the Gospel through church-planting. However, church-planting without disciple-making leads to empty buildings and heartless people. One simply cannot divorce church-planting from disciple-making.

Our goal is to start a new church in Port Moresby that crosses several demographics. We anticipate reaching people of multiple nationalities while pouring our lives into the average folks in the villages surrounding the city.

The strategy is to meet in the living room of our house for a few weeks or months, while we build a nucleus of believers. From there, we will most likely move into a school classroom or into a conference room at a hotel. All the while, we plan to save the money to build a building. Thankfully, we already have the property to build on, so that will not be an issue.
We have seen this strategy work many times in the past, and we expect that it will work again.

In the long-term, we envision Capital City Baptist Church of Port Moresby sending its own young men and women into remote areas of Papua New Guinea, and as God allows, into the South Pacific, carrying the Gospel. The most exciting part is that we know that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

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