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Missionary News

September 2019 NEWS from THE WOODARD FAMILY

Friends and Family,
What an amazing summer we had! It was action packed but so amazing to see God work in the lives of 23 Interface students this summer.  We look forward to seeing what God has for each of these students that we took to Papua New Guinea.  Almost 6 weeks with these students challenging them to GO or to SEND!  We are so very grateful for you and the part that you guys play in seeing these students challenged and ultimately churches planted among the unreached.  
We are all back together again:

Allie graduated from Belmont University almost a year ago with a Bachelor of Science degree; she is now working toward her certification as a Child Life Specialist.  She works full time right next to Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville.

Brandt graduated from Joshua Wilderness Institute in Hume, CA. He is now going to a community college minutes from our house and working to save money.

Bryce & Brock  are in the 9th grade and 8th grade - they enjoyed doing the summer in PNG with us and all the Interface students and are now doing  football and hanging out with their cousins whenever they have a free minute.

Holly and I:  love using our experience of church planting in PNG to raise up the next generation of missionaries. We are very grateful to the Lord for you as you continue to minister with us! We are so grateful to be used by the Creator Himself, reaching the lost and readying His bride.

There are two things that last forever: The Word of God and the souls of men.  Thank you for partnering with us in using His Word to impact the souls of this world!  We are so very thankful to you - investors in the Mariama and Anganamai church plants with us!  We continue to minister to them itinerantly on the phone, by sending supplies, by visits, and most recently by starting a village school.  We cannot thank you enough for your prayer and financial support!  Please reahch out to us and tell us how we can be praying for you!

Interface (ethnos360.org/mission-trips/interface) gives students  an up close & personal view of what church planting in unreached people groups is all about.  If you know of someone interested in a summer missions trip, there are still spots open for the 2020 June/July program.  Write us for more information or click the interface link button at the bottom. 


We are so very excited that this Mariama Private School is up and running. Soma and Michelle are doing an amazing job teaching 120 Mariama and Anganamai village students reading, writing, math and Bible everyday! Pray about how you can be involved in helping these village kids get an education in the middle of the jungle. WE NEED HELP! Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. If you would like to donate to the Mariama Village Christian School you can write a check to:
312 West 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771
Write in the memo:PNG Mariama Ministry
All checks written with this in the memo help us pay to keep this little school running. All donations are tax deductible. 

We count it an amazing privileged to be the voice of the over 2,000 people groups that still have yet to hear the Gospel n their own language. Holly and I and Bryce and Brock got to visit Holly's brother and his wife in the jungle of PNG. Many folks here in the USA say to us, "There are lots of people here in the US that are lost. We need to minister to them." Although this is true, many in first world countries are lost, they are NOT unreached. The UNREACHED are in another category because they will never know who God is or hear of His grace and mercy in this broken, fallen and sinful world unless someone who KNOWS Him goes to learn their language and culture and tells them of this important news! All that to say, we are grateful for the privilege and responsibility to be doing the work of raising up the next generation of missionaries.

Brant got his club foot fixed. This is our Brandt with his little name sake...Brant Keno. Little Brandt Keno got his club foot fixed at a town clinic right in PNG. Thanks so much for your help in getting him flown out to the clinic and back into the village again after two months of being in a PNG clinic to get his foot corrected. We have two more little toddlers that have club feet that need corrected as well. If you would like to donate to their transportation to the clinic and back, make a check out to Ethnos360 and put in the Memo:PNG Mariama Ministry. We will make sure these next two little kids get to the clinic where they can get fixed up.

 Our family around dad's casket a few days after he went to be with his Lord and Savior, April 25, 2019.  Some people look at this picture and say, "How could everyone be smiling when Dad/Grandpa/Husband just died?"  The reasons are many but the top two are:
1.  Dad loved Jesus and he is now with Him, totally clear of cancer and pain.
2.  Dad loved God and loved others and we got to do life with him for quite a few years. The boys got to tell Grandpa, on his last coherent day, that they loved him.  I got to tell dad to run to Jesus when he was laying in his bed suffering from the cancer.  Dad lived well and he also died well, leaving us a great legacy...and we will see him again.  Why would we not be smiling?
"From eternity to eternity, I am God."
Isaiah 43:13
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