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August 2013

Dear Praying Friends,

It has been a great blessing this month to have two visitors from the USA. They actually came to Kaintiba on the fifth of July. Christi’s aunt Deb came to escort a young lady from our home church, Angel Rowe. Of course it was a double blessing for “Aunt Deb” to come and see her niece and the extended family. Angel has been with us now for 6 weeks even though Aunt Deb had to return to the USA on the 25th of July. Angel will return on the 22nd of August, but has had a great time experiencing many new things only Papua New Guinea holds. One thing in particular was waiting 6 extra days at another mission station for “good weather” to fly back to Kaintiba. This “adventure” was planned, but did not finish exactly as she planned. As we know according to the Bible, all things work together for good…according to the plan of our God!

The last two months of Sunday School lessons have been mingled with two subjects: the study of the history of the Church and “What kind of Christian are you?”. It has been good to show these people here that many have gone before us in pain and sorrow to give us the Word of God and even religious liberty. Re-reading some history of our Fore-fathers in the Faith has given to us has given me a renewed vision of the ministry of the Gospel. Also, the question remains for us all…are we in our place doing the work God has called us to do? We must be about our Father’s Business.

The nearest Baptist church to us is Watitako Baptist Church, farther up the valley about 10 miles as the crow flies. The pastor, Jeconiah, and the church there asked our family to come to their annual Revival Meeting. Wow! this would be our greatest challenge yet in many ways. First, it would be the first time the whole family to WALK this distance (I being the only one up to this time). It would have been impossible to do it in 7 hours had it not been for the help of many that came to help carry our clothes, extra supplies, and even the 2 youngest children. The trail was RUGGED, but God gave us wonderful walking weather…no rain until we were safe and secure in our bush house. Christi and Angel were the first 2 “white woman” to visit this remote village, and the first time an American family ever came to this place. It was a great honor to these bashful and backward people for us to come see them, be with them, and spend a few days in their environment. We ate their food, slept like them, and made ourselves available to them. On the other hand, it was an honor and great privilege to us that we would be asked to go to them and minister the Word of God to them.

During the course of this 3 day meeting, I had the privilege to preach 7 times---but not without the help of 2 faithful translators. We thank God for the 2 souls that were saved and the one that repented of backsliding. It is our prayer that God will continue to work in the lives of many more. The walk there and back was weary to the flesh, but well worth the effort. Thank you all for your help and prayer that strengthen us in this work.

Christi’s Corner: What can I say that Mark hasn’t already said? My heart is full of all the things God has done for us! We were warmly welcomed and treated so wonderfully! Yes, it was remote. Yes, we were “roughing it” by American standards, but we had the time of our lives. The church people there are some very godly people. They encouraged us and by the things they told us we also encouraged them. I was so thankful for the privilege to go and be a blessing. What a great God we serve!

For His Glory,
Mark and Christi Helzerman
Tabitha, Titus, Samuel, Hadassah,
Grace, Hope, and Serenity
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