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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The 411 of the Past 7 Days

 I said when I first started the podcast, and the blog that I would be sharing the good, bad, and ugly of missions. 
It is my nature to share mainly good things, and I tend to overlook most bad things, so here is a raw episode and post of how the past 7 days have gone. 
I entitled this episode the 411 since I recorded on April 11th, and thought it would be a fun bit of information for everyone!
This week has been rough. I have struggled for the past several days with homesickness, and with a lot of frustration. 
On Thursday of last week we had a great talk with our granddaughter Roselee! We love our FaceTime calls with our family back home, but there are times that being on a FaceTime call and seeing everyone without being able to give them a hug, or actually being in the room with them makes it tough. 
After we hung up I had a bit of a breakdown that lingered around for a few days. I felt homesickness in a way that I have not felt in my entire life, and it didn’t stop there. 
When it rains, it pours…
On Friday I started showing some signs of serious food poisoning that was making my temperament, and my feelings even worse. That held on until late Sunday evening. 
Even though I was feeling awful, on Sunday afternoon I heard Pastor Charlie pull in, and he had a truck full of people. I looked out, and he had 2 precious souls to Baptize in the Name of Jesus Christ! No matter how bad you are feeling, there is something about people experiencing new birth that makes you feel so much better. 
Not knowing for sure if it was a sickness, or food poisoning I stood far back, but I couldn’t resist going back to witness the baptisms!
Finally When I woke up Monday morning I felt so much better, and my temperament was so much better. 
I am sure my wife, and my kids would tell you when I get sick, I am like an injured grizzly bear, and being homesick on top of it made it even worse. 
I know y’all were praying for me and my family, and want to say thank you for your prayers! 
May God Bless You Continually, 
Bro Marshall

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

It’s Worth The Wait! Isaiah 40:31

 I can’t say enough about this week!
We have been having an issue over the past several months and the issue is now no longer an issue!
Let me explain…
We have a Pastor that has been tarrying for the Holy Ghost since 2007. 
Per our constitution no one is to be licensed without the Holy Ghost, but somehow this man had been not only licensed, but upgraded to a General License without having the Holy Ghost, and now his fellowship was in jeopardy. 
He came to the headquarters with several other pastors, and I explained the situation. 
I told him that there are 3 main reasons you will not receive the Holy Ghost
  1. You don’t want it
  2. You don’t understand it
  3. You have unrepented sin in your life

I asked him if he wanted it, he said yes, then I asked him if he believed that God would fill him that day. He said yes. 
I then asked everyone there to take the next few moments of time for all of us to repent. 
We all prayed, and repented, then called him to the middle for prayer. 
We laid hands on him, and within 10 seconds he was speaking in tongues! God is so good!
He has been full reinstated, and reinstalled as the Pastor of his church, and we are seeing revival!!!!
God bless you continually,
Bro Marshall


Monday, March 21, 2022

Let’s Hear it for Sister Pastor

The poem I opened up with is,
 The Pastor’s Wife
We often hear of Heroes
on the news at night,
How someone went into a fire
To save someone else's life.
But, there's another hero
that we never hear about,
Though Her love and dedication
are never in a doubt.
Often took for granted...
Never glorified,
Still she keeps on going
for the person by her side.
She stands beside him everyday
no matter what ... is thrown their way,
For he was called from above
To spread the message of "GOD'S LOVE".
And just as he was called...
She was hand picked too.
for it takes someone Special
to do what she must do.
And thou he may get the Glory
and he may get the Fame,
She will stand beside him in Love
and Help him just the same.
She's the person he turns to
when he needs a friend,
She will always be there till the
"Glorious End".
I would like to take this moment
to introduce to you,
a LOVELY unsung Hero for whom
GOD hand-picked to spend Her life
as The Pastor's WIFE.
Donna Golden, Georgia, USA
This episode is dedicated to our Pastor’s wives! March is Pastor Wife Appreciation Month, and we want to give honor where honor is due!
I would like to personally thank and take time to appreciate the following for this special month!
  1. My Wife Kimberly Marshall if it wasn’t for her there is no way I could do this!
  2. Sister Brooke Comer the First Lady of our home church back in New Castle Indiana
  3. Sister Penny Carpenter the First Lady of the ALJC Thank you so much for standing beside our Bishop as he leads the Charge of this organization!
  4. Sister Fallon Erickson the wife of our Regional Field Supervisor. Thank you so much for sacrificing your time with Bro Erickson with all of our Asia Pacific Missionaries. With the time difference I know it is not easy hearing his phone going off at 3 am. 
  5. Sister Jamie Ball the wife of our World Missions Director. Thank you for giving up your time with Bro Ball to travel, and to win souls all around this globe!

We have great leaders, and great Support system! 
The saying goes, “behind every good man is a good woman”, but the Behind needs to be Beside as we walk hand in hand to fulfill the calling that God has placed on us. 
God doesn’t call a man he calls a family!
March 29
A Beautiful Day in the South Pacific
We have had an amazing week! 
We made another trip to Lae to be in service with Pastor Philip Kaman at the 3 mile church. 
Sister Marshall, Ezekiel, Adrianna, Veronica, and Joseph made the trip to Lae, and we met up with Willie once we got there. 
I have been to the pacific several times, but never been in the pacific ocean. I told the family before we head back I want to go down and put my finger in the water so I could say I have been in the Pacific Ocean. I have also always wanted to baptize someone in the ocean. 
I have baptized people in all different kinds of places, from tubs, to troths, to creeks, to rivers, and the list goes on, but I have never baptized anyone in the ocean.
Well… 
After the service we had 3 who wanted to get baptized, and when I asked the Pastor where he took people he let me know that we would be headed to the beach to baptize them! 
I got to get in the pacific, way in! Up to my waist, and then I got to baptize 3 precious souls in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins! 
God is so good!
I have started a Facebook page to try to streamline, schedule, and not worry about limits, so please be sure to like the new page! It will make things much easier on my end! 
https://www.facebook.com/RyanDMarshallPNG/


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Haus Krai Revival

 We have had a pretty interesting week. 
Over the past week we have laid our sweet Sister Bima to rest.
Sister Bima was the first woman in PNG to get baptized in Jesus Name, and to be filled with the Holy Ghost. She had a smile that would light up a room, and such a sweet Spirit! She will be missed, and her legacy will live on in our hearts forever!
During the Haus Krai, (House Cry), or Funeral Service God showed up in a mighty way. 
We had a prophecy come forth that rocked us to our core!
We also are publicly announcing our fall deputation that will be starting in October of 2022 after our national conference here in PNG in late September. 
We are awaiting response on a few people for our National Conference that will be September 14, 15, and 16, and will announce who will be attending at a later date. 
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. 
Stay Blessed, 
Bro Marshall


Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Thank You For Your Continued Prayers and Support

 We are so thankful for each and every person that has committed to take on the Marshall Family for the next year!
Last week we talked about the importance of the Missions Commitment Service, and how we couldn’t do what we do without you! 
We are so blessed, and honored to be part of such a wonderful organization!
We love and appreciate you all, and the best part of the ALJC is we are not just part of a wonderful organization, but we are all family!
Over the next several months we will be continuing the work on the Bible College, and will update everyone with photos, and progress as we go!
Our son has started his own podcast, please be sure to head on over to iTunes, and check it out!
“The Positive Outlook Podcast” hosted by Ezekiel Marshall will bless you!
Stay Blessed!
Bro Marshall


Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Missions Commitment Service 2022

This week we’re going to focus on the missions commitment service. Our missions commitment service is held once a year this year it lands on March 6, 2022, and we are so thankful for the missions commitment service. The missions commitment service has been a huge game changer in the way that we get to world missions, instead of just giving once a month or once a year, we are able to commit to a missionary and their family for one full year. This is a way for us to be able to focus and to have that Missionary‘s family hanging on our refrigerator for an entire year. When I am on deputations I always say that it is very important that we are praying for our missionaries it’s even more important that we pray for missionaries then to give financially. As I said in this weeks podcast whenever we get the mission commitment cards it gives us a face for the family, it gives us the place that they are stationed, and it also gives the region they live in. It is very important that we pray for the missionaries, the region, and the country that Missionary is in. It makes a great difference when there are people praying for us whenever they are far away, and whenever they wake up in the middle of the night it may be the middle of the day wherever that Missionary is. We would like to thank you for your continued prayers and support, without faithful prayers and faithful giving missionaries wouldn’t be able to be in the fields that they are in. There’s an old saying, “ some go by giving, while others give by going.” It takes everyone in order to make world missions work, it takes people going, as well as people giving. This Sunday when you get your missions commitment card, make sure that you go into the service in a mind of prayer. When you get that card, please make sure that you hang the picture somewhere you look at often, and pray for the missionary that you committed to.
From the Marshall family, we would just like to say thank you for your continued prayers and support. It is through your prayers and your giving we are able to do what we do each and every day.
Each mission field is different, and we need people willing and able to go to every place in this world. The other day on a live stream, I shared the gentleman we were able to meet at a service station here in Papua New Guinea. Now he is coming this Saturday with his family and we were able to witness, the plan of New Birth salvation. Now this Trinitarian Pastor is going to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins this coming Saturday.
We are so blessed and thankful to be able to do what we do, God gets all the glory.
As always stay blessed,
Brother Marshall

Saturday, February 5, 2022

We Came, We Saw, It Conquered...Mount Wilhelm 2022

 Well, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joseph, and me went to climb the highest summit in the Southern Hemisphere. 


Mount Wilhelm here we come! 


On Thursday afternoon after making the 4 hour drive from Mount Hagen to Mount Wilhelm we were able to pick up our 2 guides at the Gambol Market. 


We turned to start going up the mountain, and a Toyota landcruiser pickup truck with no 4 wheel drive had decided to try to travel up the rugged mountain, only to get stuck on a one lane bridge for close to an hour as everyone waited on the village men to get him out of the situation he had so quickly gotten himself into.  

After waiting for just over an hour for the men to get this truck’s axle from setting on the bars of this bridge we were able to make the ascent to Betty’s Lodge.




On Thursday night we had a lot of fun settling in to the colder climate. We met with Betty herself to get checked in, and one of her workers came straight in to start a fire for us. It was so cozy and comfortable that we just spent our time fellowshipping, and of course having a great meal!


For dinner we had farm raised rainbow trout, organic potatoes, eggs, and coffee. Little did we know that everything we ate was supposed to be for breakfast the next morning, except for the trout of course. 




The next morning we started our adventure. We all woke up at 7am to pack, and dress for our hike, and when we woke up we had Betsy, in the kitchen cooking, and our security guard stoking the fire!


Then Betty came in to make sure we had a good sleep, and to get us out onto the trail. We had several people there to see us off, and it was great knowing that our car was parked in a secure area, that was gated. It is very reassuring seeing how we are going to be several hours away. 


Betty’s Lodge is about 7,000 feet above sea level, so it’s recommended to stay to acclimate before climbing to base camp which is at 11,000. Before leaving We got a photo with Ms. Betty herself!




We stopped at a couple of the resting points to record, and to talk to some of the locals. We stopped at resting areas 1,2, and 3, but the real view came at about 10,800 Feet. It was at the top of the waterfall that feeds the river in Simbu, and it was beautiful. One of my favorite photos taken was of me and Ezekiel standing in front of the waterfall, followed by me, Ezekiel, Joseph, and Daniel. 


There are plenty of streams along the way, and I am so thankful for my Sawyer water filter, I drank way more water than I had anticipated, and having my portable filter made it so much more comfortable. 






After 4 hours and 15 minutes we covered 5 miles, and gained a little over 4,000 feet in altitude. The view from base camp is amazing. We had a huge lake they call “Woman Lake” that is fed by 2 waterfalls coming from “Man Lake” That is about 1,000 feet above.  We camped at the base camp from about 5 pm Friday night to about 1 am Saturday morning, and then started our ascent to the next level which is “man lake”  






Once we made the climb to the second lake, I had to tap out, as the altitude was just too much. Altitude Sickness got the best of me at about 12,000 feet. I began to get very dizzy, and my watch began giving me some pretty unnerving heart alerts, so myself, and my guide Philip decided to go back to base camp, and wait on Ezekiel, Joseph, and Daniel to finish the trail. 

At just after 1pm they arrived back to base camp, and they had made it to the summit! I am so proud of them, and even though I wasn’t able to make it, I am so glad they were able to!  






Once they made it back we started the decent back to Betty’s! By the time we all made it back “mainly me” it was 6pm, and the roads were very bad, so we ended up having to stay an extra night. 


That night when we got back Betty was waiting in our cabin, and had a full meal prepared for us. The water was already heated, and the fire was already started. We then got the chance to set with Betty and talk, and hear some of her great stories. 


I give Betty’s Lodge Five Stars, and highly recommend anyone who may want to make this trek set everything up through Betty. 


I have an interview on with Betty on this podcast to talk about what they have to offer, and a little bit of her pricing. 


I will say that AFTER the recording of this episode, both Betty, and her husband Peter came to our house to have coffee, and even brought us 4 rainbow trout for dinner that night! 

That is SERVICE!!!

Check out their website at 

https://www.villagehuts.com

And be sure to like 

@Betty’s Lodge on Facebook!


We will see you next week!


God Bless,

Bro Marshall


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tootsie Pops, Ranch Packets, Bacon, and More!!!

Hello Everyone!

This week we are going to be talking about the things that have happened here in PNG over the past week. We have had a pretty interesting few days, and have been able to go through our container contents to sort, and put everything away.

As you know last week Me and Pastor Charlie drove to Goroka to pick up a container that we shipped from America. The container shipped in late February, and was supposed to arrive mid June. 

Well... We got it in Mid January! At least it was a month that started with J?

A couple of Weeks ago we received a package that some people from our home church mailed out in July. We got it late December.

In the shipment they sent from New Castle we had 

Bacon, Beef Jerky, Fruity Pebbles Bars, Chewing Gum, and Mamba Fruit Chews!!!!! Oh My Goodness

We also had the following in our container,

Tootsie Pops, Ranch Packets, Takis, Mrs Dash, Kick'n Chick'n seasoning, and Steak N Shake seasoning salt!

When we made it to Unkarumpa where our container was they had an "American" Store. It just like everything else wasn't too stocked due to covid, but I did find Right Guard deodorant, Febreeze, Kool Aid, Flavor Aid, and a few other small things. 

I made some kool aid last night, and let me tell you, it is the best thing I have had to drink in months!

It is those small tastes of home that really helps along the way! If anyone would like to send us some tasty treats you can send them to: 

Missionary Marshall

ALJC Missionary

PO BOX 239 

Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea W.H.P. 281


There is nothing like some good candy for a morale boost! 

Speaking of mail we have started receiving a few things...

2 Days ago I stopped by our local post office, and we received the July issue of the "Apostolic Witness" magazine. It was January 24! 

The good thing is mail is starting to move again which is refreshing! We had gone almost 2 months with nothing coming in, and now slowly but surely it is starting to trickle in!


This week Ezekiel, me, Joseph, and Daniel are planning on hiking the largest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere! We are making the trek up Mount Wilhelm later this week, and I am going to try to record next week's episode from there. 


The young man that they had pronounced dead at the tribal fight is doing better! We were able to get him in the truck, pray, and get him to the doctor. The doctor found a faint heart beat, and was able to get him stable. He lost a lot of blood, and has a concussion. He is still being held until he recovers, so continue to pray for him!

We had a great trip to Simbu where we were able to install the regional board that was elected in late December. We have 7 new positions in Simbu. We were also able to install a new assistant pastor at Nunuma Church to help Pastor Lapun with the work there. 


We are growing, and with that comes much growing pains. Please continue to pray for us, and thank you for your continued prayers and support!

As Always Be Continually Blessed, 

Bro Marshall

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!


Please go to the podcast and give us 5 stars, and review the show, it would really mean a lot!

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…
THEY DIDNT LISTEN.
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