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
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.
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