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Bart (class of '93) & Emily Allen

posted Mar 22, 2015, 9:05 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Mar 22, 2015, 9:05 PM by Sites Admin ]

News from Amdu - Bart and Emily Allen

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Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 6:17 AM


Greetings from the Allen’s in Amdu! 

It’s been a little while since you’ve heard from us so we’ll catch you up on what’s been happening.

 Leaving America – Returning to PNG

On January 18th we said our goodbyes in America and began our trip back to PNG.  We arrived on January 21 and then had a few days to get reacclimated to the time zone and weather before flying back to the Amdu tribe on January 29.  Since then we’ve been getting settled, catching up with our teammates and also getting back into a full-time schedule of language learning (and homeschooling).  It is good to be back and we are thankful for the Lord’s faithfulness in bringing us back here to serve Him. 

Back into Language

As a result of being gone from the tribe for almost 10 months, we forgot some things and regressed in our language ability.  Add to that the fact that our teammates continued to progress while we were gone and you get that we probably sound like 2 year olds to our Amdu friends!  (We have a 2 year old who talks quite a lot.  Sometimes we probably don’t even sound that good!)  But we have noticed a positive side to the gap in being immersed in Amdu language and culture.  We feel like we are hearing things we missed before and new things seem to be registering more quickly than before.  We still have a long ways to go, but we are encouraged and will continue to press on to learn this unwritten language.  Please pray that we will continue to make progress.

 It seems like everyone always likes to hear bloopers that language learners make so I’ll share a recent one.  The word for “cook” and “make a string bag” are only one letter different.  One day in an attempt to say that I (Emily) wanted to make a string bag, I instead said that I wanted to cook a string bag!  The ladies had a good laugh over that one!

 Regional Conference

Each year all of the New Tribes missionaries in our part of PNG gather together for a regional conference as well as standardized testing for our school age kids.  We were supposed to be there today, but the weather here in Amdu meant that our plans were changed.  Our pilot slipped through the heavy clouds yesterday and was supposed to fly right out again with our teammates, but the clouds and fog were too heavy for him to leave.  So he stayed overnight at the Allen Hotel and then left this morning to take our teammates out to town.  He then returned to get us.  Between the time he left town and when he got here (1 ½ hour flight), the clouds had closed in again and he couldn’t land.  We could hear him circling overhead, but couldn’t see him because of all the clouds.  Lord willing, the weather will be better tomorrow and we will be able to get out!  Please pray with us for blue skies in Amdu tomorrow 

The picture was taken this afternoon.  Looking down our airstrip you can normally see mountains and ridges all around.  Not today!!

Check out our blog

Even though we don’t have internet in the tribe, we can still update our blog via email.  We’ve posted a couple things since being back in Amdu so check them out if you are interested.   You can also click on the subscribe tab on our blog and fill out your name and email address if you would like to receive an email notification when we update our blog.

Thank you

Many of you who receive our updates are closely connected with this ministry in the Amdu tribe through your prayers, financial gifts and encouragement to us as we live in this remote place.  Please know that we value your part on our team and we thank the Lord for you.  We also love to hear back from you.  Getting emails is never a bother.  Quite the contrary – it is encouraging to hear news from home and be reminded that people are praying for us. 

Your missionaries to the Amdu people,

Bart and Emily (Luke, Titus, Caleb and Micah too)