We just returned safely from an unforgettable trip to Papua New Guinea! We were a part of the Hume Lake International team that went over to put together a summer camp for the New Tribes Mission’s missionary kids.
(check out our pictures here – and the videos below)
This amazing opportunity allowed me a chance to finally see where Bree spent her childhood, and this was the first time Bree has been back after almost 8 years. This trip also gave us a chance to do the kind of support ministry to MK’s that we are looking to do long-term. Camp was incredible! These kids brought so much energy (which is important for a Hume Lake camp) but also brought a sincere openness to seek the Lord and hear the message. Since most of these Missionary Kids understand the gospel already, our message was centered around making the faith their own, a personal faith. What an encouragement it was to hang out with these kids and get a chance to challenge to personal faiths in Christ. Could not have asked for a better experience.
Here is the Recap Video from camp!!!
2012 Hume Lake Papua New Guinea – Spiritual Emphasis Week from Hume Lake on Vimeo.
After camp ended, we had the opportunity to fly into a small remote tribe in the PNG highlands called Simbari. This will stand as one of the most incredible days of my life. We flew little Cessna 206’s into a remote airstrip in the middle of mountains and canyons and then spent the entire day rubbing shoulders with the believers in the village alongside the New Tribes missionaries currently living there. We learned about their lives, played sports, sang songs and listened to them sing, heard some of their testimonies, and fellowshipped by the fire. Leaving and saying goodbye was the hardest part.
Lastly, Bree and I got to stick around an extra week in the capital city, Port Moresby with Bree’s parents. They currently serve with New Tribes Mission there as the mission’s Government Representatives. They showed us all around their home area and what they do day-to-day. They also had an anniversary that week and we celebrated by taking a boat to a local resort island just outside Port Moresby for the day. It was a fast but awesome week.
This truly was one of those milestone experiences in life that we will remember forever. For many reasons, this trip was a trip of a lifetime. Thanks to all who came behind us and made it possible.
- Check out the trip pictures HERE!
- Here is a GREAT video of our trip made by Eryn our teammate!
Papua New Guinea 2012 from Eryn Holm on Vimeo.