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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Stones, and Bullets Flew, But We Made it Through!

 I am so thankful we have people praying for us!

We had a pretty crazy trip to Lae this week. We are just making it back to Hagen after spending 3 days in Lae for a service with Pastor Philip Kaman. 

Our trip down was great, we left the headquarters around 4 am, and picked Daniel Parak up in Ku around 6. We made better time than we ever had to Lae, and then we came to a HUGE roadblock. 

They had two coaster buses which are about the size of a school bus parked sideways in the road, and they were not letting anyone through. 

We set there for what seemed like days, and as time went on I was able to work my way all the way to the front of the line, hoping to get to our hotel soon. We had been on the road for about 13 hours at this point, 2 of which we were setting in this line of cars. 

I finally was able to get out of the car and talk to someone who casually told me that we had no reason to worry they would be moving soon. I stood there and talked to him for a few minutes, and then several vehicles came rushing in behind me. As they were getting out I noticed it was PNG Defense Force, and as they marched out of the vehicles, they were all holding guns. 

As soon as I saw what was happening I rushed back to the car, and they began to do what they do. After about 15 seconds of them being there they began to clear out the debris between them and the buses. 

That is when we saw it... Rain, not water, but a rain of stones began coming down over the buses, and I was right there in the line of fire. As is saw them coming I quickly pulled a u turns and drove back. We were hit by one stone, but there was no damage.

As we were driving away we began to hear several 3 shot burst from the machine guns of the military, and we got to a place where a dump truck, and several other vehicles boxed us in for our safety. 

After about 5 minutes of fighting the road was cleared, and about 5 minutes after that we were given the green light to go through. Thankfully we had an escort take us from behind the dumptruck to our hotel. We drove behind a truck, and also had a truck behind us. We were within the first 5 vehicles out of the area, and in safety. 

We are so thankful for God's hand of protection!

While we were in Lae we had a great Service, baptizing 1 in the name of Jesus Christ, and we also got to marry bro Michael, and Sis Ronia! 

God had big plans for this weekend, and the enemy tried his best to stop it...

We also had the opportunity to meet with Bishop Unba Nuruwa from Ramu, and start the planning of a MOMASSE Conference, and meet with a Pastor who was formerly licensed with the ALJC who has requested to reapply in September!


Thank you for your continued prayers and support,
Bro Marshall

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