Growth groups and grateful hearts

Dave and Emma Moore serve on the NTM centre in Lapilo and are thankful for all those who have made them welcome and supported them as they settled in. They are also thankful for a good first year of growing in relationships with others, understanding the context they work in and learning to communicate.

This term they have been involved in running the “Growth Groups” course, training leaders up with a view to leading small groups for discipleship and encouragement. As part of the course they studied Colossians and saw Paul’s desire for growth both in numbers and spiritual maturity. ”Missionaries” are “not sorted” people but have struggles too, being slowly shaped into Christ’s likeness. They are in need of discipleship and to continue to meet to hear God’s Word, pray and reach out to others. Dave and Emma were really encouraged by the group and the material that they studied together. After the summer those who took the course plan to start up three “Growth Groups” on the centre at Lapilo

Dave and Emma had a great time with a  medical student from the UK who joined them to do a “medical elective”. He was able to see different parts of Papua New Guinea and get more insight into medical mission work.

Dave was able to go to New Britain to provide a clinic for missionaries who were at a conference there. He was encouraged to see people persevering in the face of difficulty and to learn more about some of the reasons people have for not being able to continue in their work.

Pray for the newly formed “Clinic Management Team”, that they would grow in their ability to lead well and for wisdom as they review how things are going in the clinic and make plans for the future.

Dave, Emma and Joshua leave PNG this week for their first ”home assignment” stopping to visit friends and have a family holiday on the way back to the UK.  It won’t be a break but more of a time to see family, report back to supporters and churches and for Dave to stay connected to medical work and training in the UK.

Pray for refreshment, time visiting family, times of learning and that as they travel to visit supporters they can encourage others in their walk with the Lord and their involvement in mission.

Also pray for Dave as he shares at the Christian Medical Fellowship’s Developing Health Course in London and the International Christian Medical and Dental Association’s world congress in India.