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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The 8,000 Mile Prayer

 First off on behalf of my family, and all of us living on the compound I would like to say "Thank You".

As many know last Saturday we had a tribal fight that broke out just over 100 yards from our property here in Mount Hagen. 

Many commented, prayed, and sent messages, and for that we are truly thankful!

The reason this episode was entitled "The 8,000 Mile Prayer" is because everyone who commented, and messaged was 8,000 or more miles away.

God is omnipresent, and no matter where we are when we call on him, he will answer!

On the other side of that token I also had a few ask me, "why do you stay?" or "why would you put yourself in harms way?"

The answer is God called us to PNG for a reason, and they need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ! 

I have been a lot of places, and I can say when God calls you somewhere there is such a peace that sets upon you that you just know that He has your back. 

On the live stream I mentioned that a young man was killed, and everyone that was there thought he was dead after being hit in the back of the neck with a machete. He was an innocent bystander that wasn't even in either tribe that was fighting. They thought he was dead, and I am not so sure they were wrong, but God had another plan.

After the fighting had stopped they went to him, and he was alive! They came straight to the property for help, and we were able to pick him up, pray, and get him to the hospital for help. 

They are going to let us know when he is released! God is so good!

On Sunday morning we went to church at RedKona Church in Mount Hagen to hear Willie Charlie preach his first Sunday Morning message! 

This young man tore it up! He preached on "Rebuilding The Altar" and it was a conference quality message! Did I mention it was his first one?!!

After he preached the altar was full, and there were 2 that repented of their sins for the first time, 3 were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and 3 received the gift of the Holy Ghost!

Yesterday me and Pastor Charlie took a trip to Unkarumpa in the Eastern Highlands province to pick up our long awaited container pick up! We shipped a partial container in February of 2021, and it was supposed to be here by mid June. Well mid June ended up being mid January, but hey its here!

Today Sister Marshall has been going through everything to put up, give away, and get ready! We had stuff for us, stuff for others, decorations, bible studies, and a ton of school supplies for the kids! 

On our way back we were driving in Simbu, and it was so foggy you could not see 3 feet. I told Pastor Charlie it was like driving through a glass of milk it was so foggy. I saw a large pothole, that was in a place where I was thinking was a sinkhole, then I saw a man jump over it into the road. To avoid hitting the pothole or the man I swerved, and when I did I heard "STOP" The passenger side tire was hovering over a steep embankment and we were inches from falling into this ravine. 

We prayed before we left the house, and before we left Unkarumpa, and God heard that cry. The many that jumped out helped us by putting rocks in front of our tire so we wouldn't go into the ravine, and he and Charlie helped guide me back to a safe place. 

Needless to say we took it very slow the rest of the way until we got to the place where most of the fog had lifted. 

I just want to thank each and every one of you for your continued prayers and support. I say it all the time, and will continue to say it, "the #1 thing our missionaries need is prayer" and I will stand by it!

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Be Continually Blessed,

Bro. Marshall 

Monday, January 3, 2022

New Year, New Season, New Website

Happy New Year everyone! 
We pray 2022 is blessed and prosperous for all all you!
We closed the chapter of 2021, and opened a brand new chapter with 2022!
On December 30th we had our annual Christmas celebration with everyone that lives here on the compound, and with 2 of our students!
We had a great time having a MuMu and celebrating!  
December 30 is also my birthday, and I told everyone that we weren’t planning anything for my birthday, but we wanted to focus on spending time together, and celebrating Christmas, but…
Before we started they all began to give me birthday gifts, and wishing me a happy birthday! It was very nice of them to think of me on this day. 
We had a great time together! We stared with the Charlie family, and our “secret person” reveal! We had been buying gifts for one another for the entire month of December, and now it was time to find out who was who! 
We followed that with having our MuMu! Ezekiel had a pig we were able to buy for a reasonable price, and we had a great MuMu that started at 5:00 am, and cooked until after 1:00 pm due to a haus krai we had from 11:00 to 1:00. 

A MuMu is something we do here in PNG for a celebration. When you have a mumu it means that what you are doing is very important. 
Here is a mumu breakdown,
1. Kill the pig
2. cook the stones for about 1 hour to make sure they are red hot
3. while cooking the stones dig a hole, and line it with banana leaves
4. line the bottom of the hole with red hot stones
5. cover the stones with more banana leaves
6. put in all vegetables (kau kau, greens, tapioca, etc...)
7. while putting in the vegetables season the pig
8. Put the pig on top of all the vegetables
9. cover in banana leaves, and let steam for the next 4 - 5 hours.
10. Eat some of the best food you have ever had!

Anyone who has ever enjoyed a mumu knows that this is some great food! If you're planning a visit to PNG hopefully you get the chance to experience this great feast!

Following the mumu dinner we played the Saran Wrap game with everyone here, and it was so much fun! We had several gifts wrapped, and the main gift in the middle was a stone that had k50 written on it. Whoever got to the middle got a 50 Kina bill! It just so happened that Adrianna was the one who found out what the main prize was.

After we played the game the kids sang "Jingle Bells for everyone, which is a song that Ezekiel, and Joseph had worked on with them for the past couple of weeks during school, and one time during Christmas break for the kids.                                                       

I then read the Christmas story to everyone, and explained we do not believe Jesus was born on December 25, but we do believe in celebrating his birth, and being a light that shines in a world of darkness. 

We enjoyed the rest of our evening opening gifts, drinking coffee, and telling stories. We ended the evening with a white elephant game. The hottest gift was a water bottle... that just so happened to have 52 Kina inside. Everyone wanted the water bottle, well maybe not the water bottle, but the non liquid content. 

On New Years Eve our family spent time together, and had a great time of prayer and communion to bring in 2022

The first Sunday of 2022 was wonderful! Here in the Western Highlands we had 4 baptisms with one being Pastor Charlie's Daughter Amyee, there were also 3 other people from RedKona Church! On Facebook that evening Andrew Yani posted that he also had 2 baptisms on the same day! That is 6 reported baptisms for only 2 of our 36 churches to bring in 2022! We are praying for a great harvest in 2022!
As always Stay Blessed! Happy New Year, and we will talk to you soon!
Brother Marshall

Friday, December 31, 2021

WHP Koibuka Conference, After A Safe Trip Back

We had a great conference in Lae with OGUSA. I was only able to make it to one service due to the tribal fight in town, but the one service I was at was great. Everyone was worshipping, and had a great expectation of what God was going to do! Ezekiel, Joseph, Daniel, Ambrose, and Jo Jo was all able to make it to every service from Tuesday evening to Wednesday Evening, and every service they attended was outstanding! After leaving Lae we had a great trip. Just like when we left, on our way back we hit 0 road blocks, and had no issues with our travel. We made it back in around 12 hours, due to a late Christmas shopping stop, but the road conditions were great! We made it back around 5pm Thursday evening, and then went to the Koibuka Church opening in the Western Highlands on Thursday Morning. The conference was scheduled to start at 9:30 am, but it was far from that by the time the Pastor, and Superentendant had made it to where we were.
At 9:30 I received a text message from our General Superentendant saying that we would start at 10:30 instead of 9:30. 
At 10:30 there was still no representation from this local church for their conference. 
At 11:00 I called the Pastor and informed him that if no representation was there by 11:30 that I would be getting up at that time to preach, and then leave to go back to our house. 
This service was scheduled for Christmas Eve, and my schedule was already filled for the day, but something that was supposed to be finished before 1pm lasted until 3pm. 
With that being said the conference which had started on Tuesday of that week was amazing!
The report I received while waiting for the board members, and Pastor to show was 22 souls baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins, and 5 were filled with the Holy Ghost during the earlier days of the conference!
After the message we went to the church, and cut the ribbon for the dedication. 

A little backstory from Koibuka Church...
When Brother Ua Malt was a young man in 1982, God called him to start a church in the Koibuka community. 
Little did he know what God was going to do through him during this time. 
The ALJC was not even heard of at the time in Papua New Guinea, but God had already given Bro. Ua a revelation of who he is. 
He didn't know that this church would play a huge roll in the future as one of the original churches in the ALJC.
Brother and Sister Price came to PNG in 1994, and lived in Simbu, which is about 2 hours away. 
They travelled to the Western Highlands, and met Bro Ua when traveling, and a relationship began to form. 
Over time the Price family moved to Mount Hagen, where we now have the National ALJC PNG Headquarters, and when they did Koibuka Church became their home church. 
After fighting Malaria for years, Brother Price had to go back to the United States due to medical issues. Before going back his daughter, and son in law (Bro, and Sis Barnett) came to PNG. 
The handover takeover service took place in 2001, and the service was held at Koibuka Church!
It took several years to make this church a permanent building, but on December 24, 2021 it was finally completed, and dedicated back to the Lord!

On Christmas Day, our family stayed home, and had our Christmas Celebration. (No we do not believe Jesus was born December 25, No we do not believe in celebrating Pagan holidays, and yes we do celebrate Christmas, and I will be posting a blog just on that soon). 

Our Compound Christmas Party will be on my birthday December 30, and we will be having all the families and people here on the compound here for a mumu, and so we can bless them, and reward them for all they do here! 

December 27, the day the podcast aired, was Adrianna's 15th Birthday! We spent the day celebrating her, and took her to one of our favorite PNG restaurants, "The Signature" which is a new(er) steak house located in our Kopper Haus government building. 

We are looking forward to the new year, and pray that God blesses you all big in 2022!

As always stay blessed, and I look forward to talking to you soon!
Brother Marshall

Monday, December 20, 2021

A Papua New Guinea Road Trip and Papua New Guinea Sushi?

It has been a pretty interesting few days, and we have a few to go!

Sunday we went to Kal Mountain Church to minister, and we had a great turnout! 
The topic was "Let Me Tell You Who Jesus Is" with opening text in John 1:1,2,14 followed up with Ephesians 3:4,5 and Revelation 4:2
We then went through the 66 books of the Bible, and how Jesus was shown from Genesis to Revelation, and there is no disputing the oneness of God!
As we find in Colossians 2:9 we find that "for in him dwellers all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."

We had a great service with full altars, and Pastor Matthew Peter was the interpreter for this service. 

After the altar call, and dismissal we had one young lady who felt convicted to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of her sins, so we had a follow up service at the river!

Pastor Matthew baptized her in the name above all names!

God is so good!

Once we got home from the service Sunday I took Sister Marshall, and Adrianna to the grocery store to try to pick up enough food for them for the week. Then me and Ezekiel packed, and got to bed early for a big trip/week to Lae.

Ezekiel has been asking to go to the OGUSA (One God United Student Association) conference in Lae, but it is normally a 12 hour + trip. He wanted to drive from our house in the Highlands all the way to the coast, and after covering it in much prayer me or Sister Marshall couldn't seem to find peace with letting him go. 

After talking to him, and spending many hours, and even days in prayer we decided he could go, with one exception. I go with him. The plan was he was going to drive, and take a few young men with him. Well now he has all of these young men, and this old man!

He made the trip in 10 1/2 hours, with no road blocks, very little construction, and only 3 checkpoints which is pretty amazing!

In PNG often times if we go on a multiple hour trip we will come upon different types of road blocks. Some will be police road blocks, which check for registrations, and license to make sure everyone is driving legally. Others include village men who are trying to make the roads better, or remove obstacles from the road etc... and then there are the "rascal road blocks" these are the more common types. You will be going down the road, and men will jump out, or try to flag you down, then make you pay them money for whatever reason. Some times they will take phones, money, luggage, or anything else of value. The Rascal Road Blocks are a bit less common than they used to be, but they do still happen. 

Before we left we all gathered around and prayed. Ezekiel told me later that his prayer was very focussed on not hitting any roadblocks, and God heard his cry!

We are now in Lae and this evening is our first service for the OGUSA conference. 

What is OGUSA?
OGUSA is a group of Oneness organizations that have united to make sure all of our students get "plugged in" when they graduate. If a child graduates going to an ALJC church, and moves to a place where we can't get them to a church, the OGUSA program will step in and tie them into a UPC, PAW, WPF, or any other One God organization to make sure they are getting fed truth while in college. 

I will be ministering Wednesday morning, and everyone who travelled with us will be leaving around 4 am Thursday morning to get back to Mount Hagen for a church opening at Koibuka Church Friday morning at 9:30am. 

Great things are happening!

To everyone who has already purchased a copy of my book "THANK YOU!"

Here is a link for anyone else who may be interested!

Thank you!

Stay Blessed,
Bro Marshall

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

5 Guys With Revival Fire in Their Eyes

In this episode Bro Marshall has 4 special guest! We have Joseph, Stephen, Daniel, and Ezekiel. Join us as we dive in to what we have been studying over the past several weeks, and some upcoming plans! These young men have been in part of the mentorship program, and have covered a lot of things in a little time. We have covered “Pray Like the Apostles Prayed”, “Praying Through The Tabernacle” “The Roles of the Five Fold Ministry” “Christian Conduct” and have completed the Proverbs Challenge! We’re currently working on the Luke Challenge! Be sure to follow @amukjoseph @ezekiel_marshall_2004 and @coffeewiththemissionary on IG. You can find Daniel Parak and Stephen Gerualucas Newman on Facebook! Follow @aljcpng on Twitter, and Coffee with the Missionary on Facebook! Please consider partnering with us monthly via PayPal or by clicking the anchor link below! Don’t forget to give us ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and to write a review! God bless, and thanks for listening! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: