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June 2014

Dear Praying Friends

May and June have come and gone. There is so much to say, but not enough space to write it all down. Summary: the Helzerman family is back in the USA on our first furlough. We thank Father, Who supplied through the hands of men, woman, boys, and girls -- a way to make this happen. Our main prayer to God was that we would not buy the tickets on credit. Through several large contributions (one very LARGE), our round-trip tickets were secured. Since our departure to go back to Papua New Guinea is set for January 21, there is much work to be done.

Even while we were still in PNG, I was busy in the night hours to reach the pastors of our supporting churches. Many meetings were already booked before our arrival on June 13. To minimize travel and expenses, our plan is to do one large circuit from the Mid-west to the South West and back up through some southern states by December. If you would like us to come by, please contact us as soon as possible to see where we can put you into the schedule God has set for us. Most of those that have been sending us money each month are already in the schedule, but we do not know all of you that have been praying for us. I do believe the prayer support sustained us the most while we were in the BUSH.

The Bush is the jungle with no roads to the BIG CITY. Sometimes the money was in the bank, but with no way to access it immediately. It was at these times we were supported by prayer...for God carried us through until the appointed time to fly out to get the much needed supplies and cash. The Bush is a "cash and carry" society, or bartering also. So, there are many stories we would like to tell as we come to give the report of these great things God hath done.

So, now it has been a time of mixed emotions. Many tears were shed as we said "goodbye" for a little while to these precious mountain people. Then too, the rejoicing to see family and friends. The shifting into American culture from such a lowly place in an obscure outpost has been a new challenge, also. But, we are now fairly acclimated and ready to do this new adventure. Already the new prayer cards are printed and brochures are almost finished. A few more things to get ready for our display and presentation of the work Father has allowed us to do in PNG. Even in all this, God has already opened up the hearts of pastors to let us come and show this to their congregations. The many years of plowing (plodding) is starting to show some fruit. Pray that it will endure for the Glory of God.

As Christi mentioned in the last newsletter, another prayer we had made to Father was for a vehicle to use for this furlough. A VERY BIG RV has been placed in our care to use. God has entrusted the Helzermans with a large responsibility to hold. Please pray that God would grant us safety on the roads as we travel many thousands of miles to come to the churches that He has appointed to us. We need a hedge of protection and the mercy of the Lord every day as we go along this way. We look forward to seeing many of you this year and reminiscing of God's Goodness!! I f you would like to call, our temporary cell phone number is (585) 481-3297.

Christi‚Äôs Corner:  From crying bittersweet tears in Kaintiba to the thrills of airports, security, and customs to the absolute joy of hugging family after 3 years, this describes the emotions of our family over the [ast month. In route to the US we were able to overnight in Australia. This was a very restful time and a chance to eat the first McDonalds in 3 plus years! All in all every one is adjusting well. Serenity loves seeing railroad "trucks" (tracks) and comments on them every time we see one.

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


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