Dave and Emma Moore with Joshua are on home assignment in the UK from serving in Papua New Guinea as part of a church planting team with New Tribes Mission. Dave has been looking after the medical needs of the team and developing community health care. Emma has been teaching music at Numonohi Christian Academy.

They have finished an in depth debriefing process with a couple of friends from church and are currently focusing on training in these next months of their ‘home assignment.’ In January, they will be meeting with church and mission leaders to make decisions about next steps in mission work and then after that, they plan to focus on reconnecting with supporters and supporting churches as the Covid restrictions allow.

On a day-to-day level, they have found a rhythm of life – home schooling for Joshua and Emma and urgent care work and study for Dave. Home schooling has its joys and frustrations. It is great to be able to tailor the teaching to some of Joshua’s interests in the areas of history, geography and engineering but it is sometimes hard to stay motivated and focused.

Dave has been participating in a local Bible training course. His medical training has been orientated towards ‘emergency medicine and preparing for the first part of the Membership of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine exams in December. About half of the work of the NTM medical clinic is emergency medicine so there is still lots for him to learn in this area.

He continues to work with the Christian Medical Fellowship and look at how to turn some of the planned face-to-face training in mission and global health for 2021 into an online format.

Dave and Emma have really enjoyed connecting with and offering mentoring to a local family who are preparing to serve in Peru next year in paediatrics and physiotherapy at a Christian hospital.

They give thanks for a refreshing break this summer, the helpful input they are receiving and that home school has overall been a positive experience. Pray for guidance about next steps in mission and for meetings in January to work this through.

The NTM team in Papua New Guinea press on with church planting efforts. They are encouraged at reports of the growth of the church there. The school at Lapilo remains closed. It is very hard for team members to travel at this time.  Some of their co-workers from the UK are trying to get back to PNG but the logistics are very challenging.