NEWSLETTER MAY 2019
Ps. Sauan Emeck Overseer - Hosea Ministries PNG.
Dear Pastor Anne,
I am Pastor Sauan Emeck writing to you all the way from Papua New Guinea requesting your support in prayers. This month of May is critical as we are doing fundraisings for the upcoming event for the opening of a newly built double classroom for Kukas Hosea Elementary school which will be formally take place during Pastor Nathan Osnes’s visit to the province this June.
It is an honor and pleasure writing to keep you reminded on the updates of one of our Hosea Mission schools in Papua New Guinea. The Kukas Hosea Elementary School in Enga province of Papua New Guinea is glooming in terms of academic performance and the running of the school by our faithful school academic boards chaired by myself (Ps. Sauan Emeck).
The great many things you are doing in Hosea Ministry worldwide is very glorious from reading your newsletters and to God be all the glory. Through your ministry many lives have been changed as we believe. Developing the young generation of today for a better God fearing generation of tomorrow is something very crucial that you have started. I believe this was a wisdom sent to you from the Lord above and I thank God for this. Imparting the knowledge to school children with the word of God in the midst is a unique breakthrough in developing a God fearing, upcoming generation.
I am pleased to inform you that one of the milestones in our PNG Hosea Ministry about advancing and elevating in school standards has been achieved. Kukas Hosea Elementary School Board of Governors will formally be handing over the request proposal to the Provincial Governor asking for a lower primary school during the opening of a new classroom building for Hosea Elementary school on the 25th of June 2019.
The eligibility for promoting an elementary school to primary school in a PNG Education context is the school’s academic performance, excellence BOM governance, the school category (level 6) and the population around the vicinity. We met all these requirements and now formally appealing to the provincial education board who are in charge of it. The formal handover of the proposal will take place
during the classroom opening in which both the Provincial Governor and the District member of Parliament will be the Guests of Honor.
Having a common interest in the Hosea Ministry, in Papua New Guinea in places where we build Hosea churches we are also establishing Hosea mission elementary schools. And this initiative by Hosea ministry in PNG has been recognized by the provincial government and they are interested in us and reminding us that they will work collaboratively or in partnership with Hosea Ministry.
Grand opening of a newly built Double Classroom for Kukas Hosea Elementary school on the 25th of June, 2019.
One of the school teachers
An office under construction
The total cost of the newly built double classroom upon completion has estimated to be PGK45,000.00. Through thick and thin we managed to cover this cost ourselves with the help of the Lord almighty I believe, and finally we are proud of its completion. However, after the completion of the classroom we are now doing fundraisings to raise some funds for hosting the opening ceremonial event in which we will be having an accomplishment feast together with the invited guests (2 Members of the National Parliament, government officials and together with Pastor Nathan Osnes) and with the hosting Kukas community for the successful completion of the classroom building.
I will always keep you updated of the very things that we will be doing in Papua New Guinea in the years and months to come. May the love, care, protection and guidance of our good Lord Jesus be with you now and forever.
Thank you for your time and may the good Lord extend more years for you to live and do more of his work in this great Hosea Ministry.
Pastor Sauan Emeck (National Overseer – Hosea Ministry Papua New Guinea
Mangyans had bravely formed a choir and even composed a song. We have now more than 40 adult students in the school, their ages varying from young to old. They told us that they were now able to vote for the first time in the elections. Earlier they had had to give their voting slip to others to fill in, without knowing what they wrote in them, because they could not read or write.
When the Mangyan students were singing their song, I was standing in the back of the church. Suddenly I noticed four small children hiding between benches. Our teacher said that they were our students, and she then went and asked why they were not among the other children. One of them explained with tears, that they were so hungry that they could not go to sing. I was so surprised to learn that they were already 6 year olds, even though they looked more like 2 year olds, skinny and bony small children. Nheng commented that this is due to malnutrition, which is the reason why all these tribespeople are so small: their continuous lack of food stunts their growth. We brought a 40 kg bag rice with us and also other foodstuff and fed them all after the meeting, thanks again to the donors! We made so much food that there was enough for evening meal as well.
Last spring Hosea organized a medical mission for the Mangyan tribe. We also left some medicines with the local Pastor, so the tribespeople could be given help later as well. The Pastor said that some Mangyans come even at night begging for help in their desperation. Also some people from other tribes turned up for medicine and were given some, for it is hard to turn desperate people away without help. Now we are in the process again of collecting funds for another medical mission, which should happen sometime next year.
While we were in the Mangyan village, I recognised that most of them were walking bare foot again. I wondered what had happened to all those sandals which had been donated for them a year earlier. The Pastor laughed and explained that the Mangyans have a peculiar walking style, they step heavily on their heels and that wears out the heels of the shoes very quickly. That means that they will need a new pair of sandals every year. One man had a good pair of sandals slung over his shoulders, so I went and asked him why he didn't use them. The man replied: “I don't want to use them as they would wear out. When they hang on my shoulders everyone can see that I have shoes.” So this man had still good shoes, while others had worn theirs out”¦ Now, who is the wise and where is the wisdom here?
We also distributed a bag full of clothes. Birgit and Ulla went to buy some more and as always the Mangyans put the new clothes on top of their old rags. They can't see any reason why the old clothes should be taken off, so they carry their whole wardrobe with them all the time. The same clothes are worn day and night and the extra clothing keeps them warm at night on the mountains. The price tags are also left on, so everyone can see they are new clothes.
Hosea's second fishing boat is now operating on the eastern side of Mindoro Island (Oriental Mindoro) where it is manned by our Mangyan pastor, thus serving the Mangyans also. There are more fish now on the Oriental side of the island because big Indonesian fishing trawlers have appeared close to the Occidental Mindoro shores (the western side of the island). Occidental Mindoro is facing the open ocean, so Indonesian factory ships come close to the shore and take in all fish, big and small, diminishing the fish population. Locals usually fish with spears, sparing spawning fish for reproduction. They understand the laws of the nature and know that spawn fish are needed to keep fish stocks -- you cannot empty the ocean of fish. Local small fishing boats can't drive away large foreign fishing vessels, so locals are deprived of their fishing livelihood.
The Hosea Filipino team want to send their heartfelt thanks to all the supporters and prayer warriors. They and also our students keep praying for you. They understand that it is because of you, your prayers and your donations, that they have this wonderful opportunity to get an education and thus a good start to their lives. It was really great to meet some of our very first students, the ones with whom we started this ministry in the Philippines. It was so wonderful to see the fruit of this work. Many parents are also saved as they attend our weekly Bible studies.
Great blessings from the islands,