What a difference a decade makes…

Ten years ago, on this day….On August 24, 2007 we were 26 days away from presenting the final lessons of our 4-month Creation to Christ teaching in the first village of Itutang.  The following email was sent to our prayer warriors ten years ago today:

PRAYING FOR NIMANKAR

Today they (the Itutang village) heard about how the Spirit of the Lord came down on Jesus as he was baptized.  One of the meekest guys in the village came up after and said…do you think that if we believe in Christ that his Spirit will help us too.  Since we are always on the lookout for questions that might be coming from a heart of animistic manipulation or cargo cult, Bill started into an explanation of how the Help of the Spirit wasn’t for personal gain, for wealth, for…

Nimankar stopped him and said, “Bill, I hear what you are saying, but that’s not what I am asking.  I have heard God’s law and what He expects and I can’t do it.  What I am asking is if I “hang on” His talk, will He help me?”

OK. Fast forward one month later and Nimankar became a Christian.  Now, fast forward ten years later and Nimankar’s name is one of the one’s who went up for eldership this week with no discussion.  This is the definition of faithfulness or as Eugene Pederson writes, “long obedience in the same direction.” We are thankful for those of your who were praying for Nimankar then and are still praying for the church today.  We are also thankful for the hours of time that Matthias Mueller spent with this man while they were in Itutang before their medical, which also happened exactly ten years ago today.  Matthias’ influence in Nimankar’s life had a eternal impact on this man. We love you all and love watching what a decade does to a village full of souls. But, the work is not done, there are still more waiting to hear and souls that slip every day into a Christless eternity.  He is worth it. So, our question is….WHO ARE YOU IMPACTING TODAY?  It may be the difference in eternal destinations.

To hear more from Nimankar, click here 

By God’s Grace & for His Glory~

The Housleys

Author: inapangministries

inapangministries.org follows the church development ministry of Bill and Kelley Housley and the Inapang churches of the Ramu Valley in Papua New Guinea. Come and See how the Lord is building His Church! 'Til the Valley is Reached!

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