Carol Roger

Flexing in Kapuna

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I continue to be humbled by the kindnesses and support I’m receiving here at Kapuna. One wet day, my students ran along in front of me dropping timber on the muddy track to the classroom so I wouldn’t slip over. The local people are incredibly supportive in prayer and encouragement.

Learning about the human body has been our science focus for Term 1. The class experience of putting into practise muscles contracting and relaxing in pairs created a lot of laughter and competition between students. The test results gave me a few smiles. The jaw bone was labelled joe bone and the answer to the question ‘What organs do the ribs protect’ was ‘piss piss place,’ which is the term they use here for pee.

Pastor Mike Robb and his wife Ruth became good friends while they were here (they have since returned to Christchurch). Mike came to my rescue after I had locked my keys in the school and needed someone to climb into my house and get the spare ones. And yes, as some of you told me, this is not the first time I needed this help.

Jude, my special student with physical disabilities, had a raging infection around the hip area which was also massively swollen. I visited him regularly in the hospital and prayed with the family. We missed him a lot, so when a student suggested we go to the hospital the next day and have our devotions there, everyone got excited. They usually sing quite loud, so I encouraged them to lower the volume, as Jude was still struggling with a headache and fever, but he smiled a lot and thanked them for coming. What a privilege to have the freedom to do that here in Kapuna School. Jude is now back in school and maintaining good health.

I value your continued prayer support as you partner with me here at Kapuna.

Back to Kapuna

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In 2014 I worked with Mary and these year 4 and 5 students at Kapuna Life School. Mary has been selected for teacher training in 2016 and I was asked if I would like to return and teach again.

Where is this school? Nestled in the dense jungle of the Wame River in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Kapuna was established in the 1950’s to provide health services. Partnering with Gulf Christian Services, it’s a faith-based ministry that encompasses medical care, training, leadership and community development, serving over 15000 people. Since then three generations of the Calvert family from NZ have served there long and short term. Grandma Calvert has been there over 60 years and continues to inspire many in her passion for God and all that happens at Kapuna. Out of this grew the Kapuna Life School, a place of cultural vibrancy.

Was it an easy decision for me to return? Initially my heart stirred and I was keen but then the prospect of leaving family, those I am involved with in my work places here and knowing in PNG to expect the unexpected I began to doubt and feel reluctant. With the challenge from my son, “You are being too controlling,” flowing through my mind I sought God for confirmation. Friends were praying and a picture from one helped, along with a devotion from Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore based on Genesis 22:1-19 about Abraham offering his only son Isaac. At the end of this devotion she had written a poem suggesting we allow God to speak to our heart. The first two verses were my confirmation.

Trust Me with Your Isaac

By Beth Moore

For every Abraham who dares to kiss the foreign field where glory for a moment grasped is for a lifetime tilled…

The voice of God speaks not but once but ’till the traveller hears “Abraham! Abraham! Bring your Isaac here!”

Pass the test, my faithful one; bow to me as Lord Trust me with your Isaac -see, I am your great Reward.”

It felt like God was saying “Go!” Kiss the foreign field. I’ve told you once. Now I’ve told you twice.

 

During that afternoon of worship and prayer I felt it was the right time and to continue trusting God so that night I emailed Barbara and said yes, yes. So with God’s help, and with prayer support from church family and friends, I’m returning for the school year in 2016 to teach year 4 and 5 students.

Praise God: my visa was approved in record time and for the support from family and church.

Pray for: my medical to be processed promptly, peace as I leave family on January 17th and for internal flights into the Gulf.