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The last update from Jake & Courtneys YWAM team as their outreach trip comes to an end!

And we are here. It is hard to believe that our time in PNG is coming to an end so soon. As I write this, I will do my best to share with you about all of our amazing adventures from the past two weeks, but once again, I am at a loss for words. 

 We have spent the past two weeks in a village called Hagita. This village has about 5,000 people and is a thirty minute drive from the main city, Alotau. It is also home to our contact Dickson and his wife Lydia. Hagita is very beautiful, surrounded with many palm trees and filled with kind people. 

 Hagita is quite different from Huhuna, the village we were at prior. Unlike Huhuna, Hagita has power and running water. Our team quickly realized how thankful we were for things we once so easily took for granted. YWAM teams have visited this village for afternoons at a time before, but we were the first ones to stay here overnight. 

 We had plenty of ministry opportunities here in Hagita. One of the things we spent quite a few days doing was house visits. Dickson took us around throughout the village and we went individually house to house to talk and pray with the people here. Many of the people had a lot of brokenness in their lives and between their families and no one to talk about it with.  We as a team felt very thankful to get to know the people in the community as well as help them in any way we could. Days after each house visit, we would run in to different people we prayed for throughout the week and they would tell us how thankful they were that we came to see them and how much of an impact it made on their family. Just tonight a family came by to our house as we were packing up, and a teenage boy was thanking us because he had never seen his mother so happy before. He said that because members of our team went into their house, their family is forever changed! 

 Our main ministry that we ran was our discipleship teachings that we had also run in Huhuna. Our program each night consisted of singing songs, a teaching, often a response time, and fellowship. We learnt lots of PNG songs, although they are all in Pigeon, which is a language known by everyone throughout PNG, so a lot of the time we just mumbled the words hoping we were singing sort of the right thing! After many of the teachings we stood at the front and offered to pray for anyone who wanted prayer. At first when we did this, only about one or two people came forward, because most people here are quite timid. After a few days of doing this, there was one night where a few people came forwards, and then a few more, and then before we knew it, nearly everyone in the room was coming forward to be prayed for. Through these times, we were able to build relationships with many of the men and women in Hagita, as well as with the children. 

 We also had the opportunity to go to their local market and elementary school and play music, do a skit, and speak testimony of things God has done in our lives. 

 As we as a team have been reflecting on our time here in PNG, a few of us felt like God was saying that there’s so much that we’ve done that we haven’t seen the fruit from. Often times we could get a little discouraged, thinking that these people were blessing us so much and we weren’t doing much for them. Although there are so many times where we prayed for people, spoke out a message on the street, and shared personal testimony, we left not knowing if it even impacted anybody. Many people here are very timid by culture, and don’t come forward and share when God has been impacting them. We as a team are standing firm in faith because God know’s exactly what He is doing. He is in control of every little encounter with each and every person, and it is just a part of the journey He is taking them on. 

 Before leaving on our outreach, the YWAM base in Gold Coast got a word for our team. They said that by our team unity, people will we see how we love each other and be touched by it. Towards the end of our time here in PNG, two older women stopped Eli to talk to her. They said that they had never been to any of our teachings or had a conversation with any of us, but they had seen our team walk by each day. They said that the way our team treated and loved each other was something that they had never seen and that they wanted it. They described us as little sunshines, lighting everywhere we go. It reminded us of a verse in John that says, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

 The people here were once again very hospitable. Many of the nights, the mothers would send plates of vegetables over for us to have with our dinner. Kids would bring us snacks and bags of fresh fruit, we felt so so loved! On our last teaching night, the mothers all prepared us a huge dinner to eat together. Then, they proceeded to give us many gifts of bags, shell necklaces, hats, and shirts. We all thought it was Thanksgiving, Christmas, and our birthdays all piled into one night. We were once again blown away by how selfless and honouring the people here are, and we are sad to leave so soon. 

Prayer Requests

-For a lovely two weeks debriefing as a team
-For easy goodbyes when we finish up and head to our homes so soon!
 
 

We have much more to say, and each have stories on end. We are excited to share them all with you in person.
Thanks for following along on our outreach journey, we hope this gave you a little inside into what has been going on in our lives. 

 Sending love,

 Jake, Willy, Courtney, Sarah, Gabe, Adri, Eli, Asia, Emma, Natalya, and Tim.