January Update

Hello friends!
We’ve enjoyed a great holiday season here in Ukarumpa.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years were different this year, as we’re learning how to celebrate without our extended families around.  USPS and FaceTime went a long way in helping us feel connected with them back home, but it was an adjustment!  Still, we shared some special times with new friends and started some new traditions.

We are now preparing to move to Kokopo, East New Britain province, which will serve as our new base as we allocate among the Mamusi language group (read more about that here).  Please pray for safe travel on the 26th of January, that we can settle in at Kokopo quickly, and that everyone will adjust well to yet another transition.  We’ll be looking for language helpers in Kokopo, so pray also for us to be able to build good relationships with those we meet.

The kids have really enjoyed being a part of Ukarumpa International School here, but the Lord has clearly led us to resume homeschooling after we move.  Though we homeschooled in the States, this will be a new adventure for us with Judah and (sometimes) Zeke being involved now, in addition to Evie and Abel.  Please pray for peace in our home as we begin this process again, first in Kokopo, then in the village.

We will be living at the Kokopo regional center until things are ready for us to go out to our village in the Mamusi language area.  Please pray with us that the Mamusi community will decide on and provide a workable living situation for our family.  Once they do this, we will be moving again to live among them and continue our language learning until we come back out to Kokopo for a workshop in May (more about this later).

Blessings to you in 2016, and thanks for being a part of our journey!


  1. JoNelle Brown · · Reply

    I love reading your emails and keeping up with you all on fb as I am able. Think of you all many times a week and lift you to our Heavenly Father! Thank you for being Jesus to these people. I pray the Lord draw you close to HIM as you continue to seek, trust and obey! You are loved more than words can even begin to express. May God pour out His richest blessings upon each of you and that sweet family! Love and hugs from Texas!


  2. I assume this goes to the Wade family-

    We love reading about your adventures. I can’t imagine homeschooling 4! How do y’all do date nights😉?
    We miss you and your children a couple of homes away. Its not like it was that first year, but I guess that’s the nature of our calls.
    Know we are praying for you and the Mamusi group.

    In Christ,
    Matthew McMillan


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