No that is not a typo. In Papua New Guinea, people tend to write in Australian style English so it is a “Theatre” not a “Theater” (although there are enough American’s here that it probably is more often written the American way – still that’s a compromise from just calling it the operating room!). As described in the project section, one project we are trying to do this year is build a second operating theatre/theater/room.
Churches and individuals have generously raised over $63,000 so far! This has come from close friends and families of missionaries, former volunteers, NMI (Nazarene Missions International) fund raisers, special offerings, mission councils, and even sweet corn sale fund raisers!
God has also blessed us with an Engineer, Peter Sukraw, who came on a Work and Witness team who we asked to help design it and get final cost estimates. We are adding some much needed extra sterile supply space to it as well. We are still hoping to keep the costs down to $100,000 but we aren’t certain yet.
We are so blessed by the outpouring of love from so many people for this need. One thing our administration has been working on is using stories of how the church supports us to encourage a sense of call in our own people here. We have been talking to community and our staff about how many people all over the world sacrifice to make this ministry run – mostly people who have never been here before. Our staff receive about 45% less pay than government workers, many live outside of their tribal area and culture – they are missionaries every bit as much as the Americans sent here as missionaries. Stories like this really help them connect this sense of call and the importance of the work here to realize that truly this is not just a job – it is a calling! It encourages them to know that people all over the world are praying for them and supporting them.
If you haven’t gotten involved yet it isn’t too late – just click on our giving section.