Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I am writing in regards to the recent earthquakes in Papua New Guinea. As I am not there Iwill relay the information as best I can. The first earthquake was 7.5 on the scale and occurred on 26 Feb at 3:30am PNG local time followed by another 30 mins later which was 5.5, and since then they have had aftershocks which many of them were mini quakes causing even more damage. The earth is literally groaning in that part of the world! (Take a look at the US Geological Survey Website report on Papua New Guinea since that first earthquake at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y8wc46oy …. Be sureto refresh, that page updates daily. As I type this there have been 149 in the country! )
Communication is very rough right now, but I have been able to have some contact through Brother Peter Halliman and Brother Hepe Ekere through WhatsApp as well as Facebook Messenger. To give you an idea of the differences in the works, Peter and Hepe live about 200 miles apart. But the two works do have some similarities. These brethren and the preachers/churches involved do fellowship together when they can. Both have been affected
Peter has been able to travel from Tanggi to Mt Hagen to try to secure some supplies. His “on the ground report” is that “roads are buggared, parts completely missing, mountain sides broken off.” On top of the quakes they have had heavy rains that have caused a lot of landslides as well.
Entire families and parts of villages are missing. And there are several people left with absolutely nothing. There is one pastor who lost his whole house and all its contents. Peter is looking after him in the mission station.
The work of the Lord continues. In the words of Brother Peter, “God is giving me some muscle to the messages of judgement and hell…[People] may not pay attention to the passing of every day, however when God shakes the earth, people get sobered up!”
I have been asked by a few folks on Facebook and through the telephone about physical needs. Its going to take years to rebuild. Please pray! There is a need for immediate things like food: tin fish, rice, etc. Personal things like soap, medicine, clothes. Financial support is also needful.
Both Brother Hepe and Brother Peter have had some property damage.
Here are some news clips:
Please pray for the missionaries and pastors, and consider as they minister during this time of:
- Earthquakes and aftershocks everyday, or nearly everyday.
- Caring for the hungry, the lost and broken…every day.
- Burying the dead, or searching for the missing…every day.
- Comforting those that need comforted…every day.
Feel free to forward this out to others on your contact list. We need to let others know of the needs. Unfortunately the American media, so caught up on political and other drama doesn’t seem to have much time for the “forgotten country” of Papua New Guinea.
Also, Brother Peter just sent out a report today which I posted on his website for him and for all to view. That report can be downloaded and read here: http://www.sgbm-malawi-africa.com/Papua_New_Guinea/reports/Jan-Mar-2018.pdf
The pictures in this letter are from Brother Hepe.
You may call me on the phone, email me, or contact me on facebook. (My phone number is is at the top of this letter and https://www.facebook.com/dmgreen99 will find me on facebook. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please contact me directly for information on where to send support. As the Lord leads you to help please do…Recall the words of our Lord who said in Matthew 10:40-42… “He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.”
David Green, Pastor