The picture above is from a day last week when our clinic staff was serving the community by administering immunizations to local children.

Now that we have moved from Lapilo to Sobega, life is quite different. One of the major differences is that Lapilo feels like a self-sustaining village while Sobega feels more like an outpost. Most of the families here at Sobega are directly concerned on a daily basis with the needs of bush missionaries in our region. At Lapilo, everyone is one small step removed from that and is concerned with the functioning of our mission as a whole in PNG.

Both of these functions are essential to sustaining what we as tribal missionaries are trying to accomplish. In light of that, I would like to make you all aware of some opportunities at Lapilo specifically. These are some of the roles played by “Lapilites:”

  • Doctors, nurses and clinic administrators
  • Dentists, hygienists and dental administrators
  • Teachers and school administrators
  • Shipping and supply coordinators
  • Construction and maintenance personnel
  • Pilots and mechanics
  • Accountants and business office personnel

All of these roles are essential to the church planting efforts of our mission in PNG–without them we couldn’t be here. I want you all to be aware of this because each of these positions is an opportunity for you. Whether you have a few weeks off or a few years to commit, you can be a help to us with the skills you already have. You do not have to be a gifted language learner or an evangelist to join in what we are doing over here. So if you ever have questions about helping out in PNG, let us know. Even if you aren’t trained in one of these specific areas, we can find a way for you to help if you are willing. And Lapilo is an easy place to transition into (unlike a tribal village.)

  1. The Glovers

    Don’t tempt me. I have always had it in my heart to do medical missionary work. 🙂

  2. Jason & Tina Thieme

    First and formost I pray you are all well. I must say that our family has followed your families adventures with tremendous excitement and inspiration. My wife turned me to this blog entry as we have had a strong calling to serve God bigger through possible long term mission commitments ourselves for quite some time. I am currently a Critical Care Flight Paramedic and have served on 2 medical mission trips with Grace in Nicaragua over the last year and am hooked. The opportunities you describe sets my soul on fire. Having a family ourselves we are a bit overwhelmed as to how one even starts to pursue something like this. We have spent our time in prayer, and are confident in what we are willing to do for His kingdom. My question is how does one begin this process?

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