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October 2015

Dear friends,

Thanks so much for your faithful prayers and support. The past few weeks have been busy and full of hard work!! This month, I had some Mengen friends come to Hoskins to help me with Bible translation for 2 weeks. It was a sweet time of fellowship with Edward and Francesca and their kids. It was very fun to catch up on the news from our village and hear about the new babies and marriages etc!! Hard to believe that I’ve been away from “home” for nearly a year!!

While they were here, Francesca and I worked really hard on Bible translation and were able to make terrific progress in Galatians, Philippians, Colossians and 2 Corinthians. Edward was able to check some of our work but the last week he got hit by a flu bug and became very sick for an entire week. Thankfully by the time they left, Edward was much better, but he had me worried for a few days!!


The next big event around here is that in just a few days my co-workers, the Laureti family, will be returning to PNG. It will be great to see them again and it will be a huge boost to the Mengen church also. They’ll be here at Hoskins for a few weeks before heading back into our village. I know they would appreciate your prayers as they say their goodbyes and head around to the other side of the world again. It’s always such a huge time of transition especially for the kids.

Another prayer request is in regards to the ongoing drought which has hit our area. We’re well into 5 months with very little rain. To top things off, we are continuing to experience high winds like we’ve never seen before. It’s not very “tropical” around here these days with the grass brown and crispy and everything covered in layers of dust instead of mold which is normal for this time of year!! It is particularly difficult for the local people who depend heavily on garden produce as their main source of food.

October brings another event into focus for us. You may remember that October of 2014, one of our airplane pilots Jon Leedahl, was involved in a very serious motor cycle accident. His life hung in the balance for many days and in the end he underwent major surgery to amputate one of his legs. This past year has been quite a journey for the Leedahl family, but praise the Lord, Jon is doing VERY well. Here is an excerpt of one of their latest updates:


Oct 21st Jon has his FAA check ride to demonstrate his ability to fly with his prosthetic. He’s already passed the medical side now we he needs the flight portion done.

He will have 3 check rides one for each aircraft he is licensed in. Single & multi engine & helicopter.

Then on Nov 3rd he has a foot surgery at Mayo to have his foot plate removed. During the accident Jon had a badly broken foot that needed repair, so a metal plate & screw were put in his foot. Next he would need a check ride with NTMA to be checked out for flying overseas. Lord willing that will take place in December.

Jon’s goal is to get back to PNG Lord willing in January. Seriously? Yes, seriously! In January 2016. We will continue to move in that direction unless the Lord shows us otherwise.

The Leedahls story is such a huge testimony of the grace of God!! Lord willing they will be able to return to their ministry in PNG just 15 months after his serious accident!

You can read more of their story on the Leedahls' blog.

Thanks so much for continuing along this journey with me. It has been incredible to watch the Lord at work over these many years of ministry with the Mengen people. I couldn’t have done it without your tremendous encouragement, prayers and financial support. I appreciate each one of you so much.

Pressing on,

You can contact Rebecca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She can also be reached through New Tribes Mission at 1000 E. First St., Sanford, FL 32771-1487.

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