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August 2012

Dear Praying Friends,

“Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come….”  This song rings in my ears as I reminisce of my trip to Lae.  If you look at a map of Papua New Guinea, you will see Kerema is west of Port Moresby on the south side of the island.  Kaintiba is in the same province as Kerema (Gulf), north and close to Morobe Province.  From Kaintiba I (Mark) walked 20 hours over the rugged mountain terrain (in 3 days) to Asiki with Pastor Jecconiah and two other men.  Pastor Jeconniah went back to his house, while I and the 2 other men rode in an open back pickup truck another 8 hours into Lae.  Praise the Lord I made it safely to my destination with no problems, and all the time in Lae driving to different places getting supplies and siding for the house, God kept me in his care. 

The purpose for this mountain walk was to experience how these mountain people traverse every day.  Also, to see how pastor Jecconiah and the people of Watitako Baptist church bring in the supplies and building materials to build their new church building.  At least I was able to fly my supplies back to Kaintiba.  They have to walk every piece of sheet metal, siding, plywood, and nails in by walking this same trail.  Another reason to walk was to be able to preach at a bush church in Puaiyu (poy I you) on Sunday (August 13), that was on this same route.  Pastor Bimalo is the pastor of this Baptist church, and has become a good friend to me and our family. 

Over all, God gave me the strength to take on this challenge and courage to accomplish it.  Besides this, $1,000 was saved by not flying to be used for other areas of the ministry here and great memories were made to remind me in the future: God is able and faithful to all those that will commit all into His care!  Now I am back with the family, working more in this work God has given to the Helzerman family. There are some people now that are showing real signs of commitment to God. 

Please pray for our family as we prepare to go to the 50th anniversary of the first Baptist church established in Papua New Guinea.  It is in Wau (Morobe Province), not too far from where I walked to in Asiki, but this time Matt Allen will be flying our family (in 2 flight trips) to get there.   Pray that God will provide all the expense of this trip, and that God will give us a refreshing time and a renewed vision of what He has planned for us.  The meeting will start on the 12th of September and finish on the 16th of September…the Independence Day of PNG.

For those that receive the E-mail form of this news letter, I am finding it hard to send it out in mass with my Blackberry Phone.  I will try to get the last two issues sent out as soon as I am able to access the internet with my computer—maybe in Wau.  You should be able to read it on our webpage soon, also (www.helzerman.org).

Christi’s Corner: The other day we were talking at the table about heaven.  Our 10 year old, Samuel says, “I’ll have a real mattress when I get to heaven!”  (They currently sleep on a 1” foam mattress on the floor.  We are working on gradually getting beds.)  Mark says, “You want a bed to go with that mattress?” :)  I am thankful my kids are happy to be here in spite of the differences from America.   Samuel doesn’t want to go back to America but wants to live here always. 

For His Glory,
Mark Helzerman and Family
Tabitha, Titus, Samuel, Hadassah,
Grace, Hope, and Serenity
PNG Phone: 011-675-723-10321

 


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