Mailing Address: Email Address:
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Goroka, EHP 441 Skype Name:
Papua New Guinea Chell Chronicle joe.chell
April 2008 675 731 4 538
Matt was mentioning at lunch today that it is only nine weeks until he graduates. The last school term starts
on April 2nd and graduation is on June 4th. These last weeks of the school year are an extremely hectic
time with lots of mixed emotions. Our prayer is that we wouldn’t be distracted by what is happening around
us, but that we would remain focused on the tasks He has before us and that we would finish the year strong!
We are excited that my (Joe) parents will be making the trip over to celebrate Matt’s graduation.
We are scheduled to leave Goroka on June 23rd to begin our journey home. Matt has chosen for his
“graduation trip” to travel across Canada by train with me. All three of us will be spending a bit of time in
Europe on our way to Halifax. Our plans are to be settled back into our home town of Sechelt by the end of
The last few weeks have found Pat and myself organizing and helping out at a couple of our annual
conferences. March 14th-17th was the annual Lapilo Conference. Over this weekend the 65 families at
Lapilo took time to eat, play, worship and be taught together. It was a great time of fellowship and
refreshment. A few of the highlights included the Sunday night neighbourhood block parties and the many
DVD presentations from the tribal missionaries. We will be bringing copies of several of these home with
us which you will be able to view. We were also encouraged by Wil and Jacquie Chevalier. They had
travelled from California to speak at the conference.
This past week, Pat and I helped with the food at the Highlands Conference. We were able to join them for
a couple of evenings as well. One of which was Skit Night and the other was for their banquet. Skit Nights
are a traditional part of each conference that are always a lot of fun. We really enjoyed the getting to know
some of the newer missionaries from the Highlands Region as well as catching up with friends.
This coming weekend, we will be involved with the first ever Lapilo Orientation Retreat. This will be a
time for the recently arrived missionaries at Lapilo to spend some time together to learn more about PNG
culture. We are hoping that this will become an annual event. There should be about 50 people attending.
Out on a hike during
Singing and getting to know one another at the
Orientation Retreat out at ITF.
Joe dishing up food at the
Highlands Conference out at
Sobega, the Highlands Wil
It is exciting to hear about the many ways God is at work around PNG. In the next few weeks the gospel
will be presented to three different language groups: Dinangat, Bagwido and Yembi Yembi.
This is what one of the missionaries working with the Bagwido people had to say to them: “Do you guys
know and understand the message we are teaching you? Do you know why it was that on the first day
we stood up to teach (Jan 9). [we] could not get our words out good because of our tears? We came
here to live amongst you 6 years ago, and now when we look into your eyes as we tell you God’s talk,
we want you to hear and understand it for yourselves so badly. We want you to know the God that we
know. You are our [tribal] brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers and friends. This is the
biggest, most important message of your lives. This is more than food to fill your bellies; this is food to
fill your soul.”
weeks and weeks of coming
A missionary working with the Dinangat people had this to say: “After
to grips with their sin this week, the Dinangat are sensing we are getting closer to some
hope! They are now convinced that only God can save them, but they wonder how He will do it.
And so when we finished this incredible week listing over 20 prophesies that God made about
the coming redeemer, the people are eagerly waiting for God’s salvation.”
These comments are from a recent update from Yembi Yembi: It was the highlight of my week to do
the preparation for the lesson on Jesus birth and to look back on how faithful God has been to us these last 3 months,
and trust in that faithfulness as we get to the most important part of the teaching. We have about a month to go, and
as of now are slated to finish the teaching the last week of April.
I know that each of these teams would appreciate your prayers as they continue on with the
teaching. There are about 70 lessons altogether in the Phase 1 teaching which covers
Creation to Christ.
At the conferences we also heard reports of national believers leading outreaches to neighbouring
villages. In each region of the country in the last few weeks survey trips have been conducted into new
areas. On one of these trips the national people apologized for staring at the members of the survey
team by explaining that they couldn’t stop themselves because it had been 15 years since a whiteman
had visited their village.
In just a few months we will be headed home for a year. We are thankful for the way in which God has
already provided us with a house and a vehicle for the year. We found during our last home assignment we
were far busier than we wanted to be. We didn’t have as much time to spend with people as we would have
liked. This coming year we hope and pray that we will be able to spend more time visiting with friends and
family. This involves a fair bit of travelling around British Columbia in particular. Jenny, Andrew and Matt
will be living in three different communities. We also hope to do some travelling outside of BC, as well, to
visit other friends and supporters. As one fellow missionary in PNG has said, “When you are on home
assignment you try to pack four years of family time and visits with friends into one year.”
We also look forward to meet with different individuals, small groups and churches about our ministry and
what God is doing in PNG. If you are interested in having us visit meet with you, don’t hesitate to contact
us, e-mail works best.
Please be praying for us as we sort out how we can best
serve Him this coming year.
In His care,
Joe, Pat and Matt Chell
Financial support and gifts can be sent to New Tribes Mission of Canada,
Box 707, Durham, ON N0G 1R0.
Please put “Chell acct 3957” on the memo line.