April 2020 Wade Family Update

Our family safely arrived in Ukarumpa on Good Friday. Our whole neighborhood came and greeted us as we got off the bus! That was a sweet reminder that we have a wonderful fellowship here at our base.

The Smiths waved as the plane passed over, and even decorated! This made up for not being able to hug. Not pictured are the yummy meals in our fridge.

We were planning on staying in Sivauna village until the end of April, but as is the case for each of you, our plans got turned upside down over the past few weeks. Every other day seemed to bring different plans than the previous one, and our minds were much more spent than our bodies. Were we staying or leaving? To pack or not to pack, that was the question.

In spite of the emotional roller coaster, our kids maintained amazing attitudes.

We’re grateful that the Lord allowed us to wrap up well in the village. Things were going wonderfully, but once the virus reached our island there were worries about us getting trapped there with no way to get more supplies, thus further burdening our village family for food and protection. Not having the ability to get out, should a medical emergency arise, was weighing on us as well. We were running out of medicine and food, and having trouble with our solar power system and communication. Our headquarters worked diligently to bring us back here in spite of all the travel restrictions in place. Special permission from the PNG government was granted, we quickly packed up the house, and we all breathed a deep sigh of relief when that airplane arrived.

Some of our village family came down to the “airport” to see an airplane for the first time.

Our village family was sad to see us go. But with our departure, they had the freedom to leave the village and go live in the bush to avoid the virus. Please pray for them with us.

This is just a small portion of our village family that looks after us. We’d need a bus to bring them all down to the airstrip!
Silas’ first time as copilot!

We are praying with you for the many challenges facing our world. Thanks for your patience with us as we unpack both our boxes and our emotions, as well as sift through three months’ worth of emails and other communication we’ve been missing out on.

I took this photo back in January when we were allowed to get close enough for photos. It’s a surreal blessing to have the Kings from Cross City Church serving here in PNG, too! Any guesses who cleaned our house and helped the Craigs prepare for our arrival??

We’re looking forward to giving you a more detailed summary of our time spent in Sivauna. God is moving!

Sunrise from the front porch of our village home.

As ever, we are beyond grateful for each prayer and gift you send on our behalf. May God guard each of you from all harm and give you the grace to walk through your challenges. The Wade family loves you!

Check out the “Moose” that the kids and families of First Concord, and Cross City bought for the Mamusi Translation Ministry!! It’s already taken us to more villages than we’d ever been to before!


  1. Jennifer Smith · · Reply

    It is such a blessing to hear of your safe return from the village. You all bring real perspective to me as I think about what is going on and what I have to be thankful for. We have been praying for you all and will continue to do so. God bless you Wade family. Much love from Butch and Jennifer Smith


  2. Pat Crockett · · Reply

    Love You Wade family. Have missed hearing from you. Prayers for good health.♥️♥️♥️


  3. Emily Phillips · · Reply

    I love hearing about you and seeing the pictures. God bless you and keep you safe as you minister in Jesus’ name.



    We love you all and continue to pray for you every morning! Thank you for the update.


  5. Rachel Liddell · · Reply

    I love reading your updates. Praying for you all.


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