Do you remember the first time you went to a movie theater? I bet you do! These children at Lakunda village will never forget either! Gina and I were invited by Pastor Joseph of the Lakunda village to come and show the Jesus Film in Tok Pison. We would like to thank our partners and Campus Crusade for Christ for giving this opportunity.
But before the movie began, we were able to give out over 50 pairs of flip-flops and 25 pillow case dresses to those special little children of Lukunda for Christmas presents. This was God’s perfect timing.
We started the movie with mainly just the children and a few parents. I thought “well if just one person would trust in the Savior it was worth it the effort”. As the film continued more and more people began to filter into the area. Gina got up and walked around in the darkness and estimated that there were well over a hundred watching. Praise God!
As the movie ended with an invitation to receive Jesus as Savior. I had the opportunity to relate receiving the gift of salvation to the experience earlier of receiving your gifts. It was a great experience!
Remember in Luke 8 about the Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed? Gina and I believe that these children are described in verse 8. “Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
The first film that they have ever seen in their lives will be the Jesus Film because of your faithfulness in sending us. Thank you to Campus Crusade for Christ for loaning us the high quality equipment that is so easy to use in remote areas.
After two long hours of roads filled with pot holes and several “puddles” we finally arrived at the prison. It was never on my “bucket list” to go to prison, but God had opened a door and we wanted to see where that door would lead….
Walking through the gates, surrounded by barb wire with a watch tower hovering above us, it reminded me of how precious freedom really is. Sometimes we are in prison in other ways…maybe your prison is fear, regret or worry.
For 12 consecutive years our friend Sandra Lau has been sharing the love of Christ through this ministry. It was beautiful seeing the joy of the Lord work through her and how she brings hope to His people.
The 400 men and 11 women we met today changed the way I viewed prison. Just like all of us, they’ve made mistakes. All the messages and prayers had a single theme. They were there because of bad choices that they made, but today is a new day, we all have the free will to do what is right and true. God has a plan for their lives, a good plan…trust Him and seek His face.
Christmas gifts for each prisoner…each bag was full of God’s love.
It takes several pigs to feed this many people!
This would be their best meal of the year….
We met a LOT of happy, thankful people…
Ice cream is a rare treat!
Special Christmas celebration with our sisters & brothers in Christ.
To love and serve….my sweet friend Jane is already planning another trip back to the prison to minister to the women there. What beautiful hearts these dear friends have.
Making friends…I got to get Tim one of these cool Police hats.
I left today with a heart full of gratitude and for Tim another opportunity to share the Jesus Film in the near future…God is good, faithful and true.
We’ve been praying for a boat…but God has opened a door for a SHIP! Tim will be flying out on the 27th of December to be the 2nd Mate. So exciting how God goes beyond our dreams and gives us so many opportunities to shine for His glory. Want to find out more about how this ship will serve in the Kokopo area over the next 5 months? Go to the YWAM web site and see, pray and partner now to be a part of HisStory here in Papua New Guinea!
We sometimes wonder why God places us in certain geographical locations. For us, God has placed us in Papua New Guinea. He has placed certain people in our lives for certain purposes according to His plans.
Stanley is one of those people that we are very close to here in PNG. He is a living picture of a godly servant. He works tirelessly translating the Bible and worked with us doing audio recording of the Bible. He has been such an encouragement to us by his godly behavior under extremely difficult circumstances. Always serving others just like our Savior.
This past Friday night we were going to meet Stanley for dinner and discuss future plans. We were all excited about the plans God has for us and then tragedy strikes. Stanley informed us by phone he could not meet us for dinner. His younger sister had suddenly died. He would call us later with more details. His sister had died while giving birth to these twin boys. The twins are alive at Vunapope Hospital and in excellent health.
Because of God’s plan for us to be here in PNG we were able to minister to Stanley and his whole family at their time of loss. Their way of mourning is called a house cry. Large amounts of people come to the house cry and this creates a large burden on the family as they provide the food for the crowd. As God sends he provides. Because of being sent and our partners, we were able to help relieve some of that burden by sending a bale of rice, bale of sugar, rolls, tin fish, biscuits and flowers for the house cry. This is how you show Christ’s love in PNG.
Thank you all for this privilege of serving others
Tim and Gina Matthews
Jeremiah 29:11 –“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
I’ll be clinging to this promise as I board my flight on Sunday afternoon and start a journey to the other side of the world. Only this time…I’ll be going without Tim.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.” Colossians 3:23
At 52, I’m excited that God has opened up another opportunity & I can’t wait to see how He will work through us (you & me). He has proven over & over to exceed all my expectations. My prayer is that everything I do & say will point others to Christ and that Tim will be able to join me soon.
I couldn’t leave without saying THANK YOU! These last 5 months I have seen God’s love through so many of you. 18 different families opened up their homes to us. We were given 3 different vehicles to use. We spoke at 8 churches and feed countless meals. I am so thankful that God brought us together to do His great work!
Much love & blessings to you all!