From left to right above are Wati, Api and Terry, some of the usual suspects. They walked up to the airstrip Monday to see us off for the week.  Not only do they help me as I’m translating chapters of the Bible, but I’m also working with all of them hoping they will develop into…


We flew out of Menya Monday for our annual conference. But on the way we had a couple of days of rest and relaxation at a “resort”–missionary style. (A place with a pint-sized pool.)

Lucy’s Menya Birthday

Lucy is a social butterfly regardless of culture. We have always done birthday parties with just our family and the Chappells, but decided this year it would be fun for Lucy to have a friend birthday party since she loves her Menya friends so much. Celebrating birthdays is not something folks in PNG do (most…

Breaking the Law

After we explained the gospel back in the spring, one of our first tasks was helping our new believers understand the purpose and role of Israel’s law. Since long before we arrived ‘religion’ meant one thing in Menya: legalism. I decided Sunday was a good time for a lesson aimed directly at the issue…


This is Delma, Rita’s girl. She scrambles for mom every time I approach and cries when she thinks she won’t be able to get to safety in time. I guess that’s what happens after years of mom saying “if you disobey, the white man’s gonna git ya”

A New King

This morning in our Bible study, we were working through Colossians 1:15-20. As we were talking about Christ’s supremacy, particularly His authority over spiritual forces which once dominated our friends’ thinking, there were many joyful expressions.