Thursday, October 27, 2011

Update from Papua New Guinea - The Tanners
October 23rd, 2011

Dear Friends,

We have been back in Papua New Guinea for 3 months now.  As we look back and see the road God paved before us to get us back to PNG, once again, we stand in awe that we have such an amazing God who not only loves us, but does beyond amazing things to accomplish His plan.  It has been hard adjusting to being back, however, we are finally getting used to thing again.  Some of the things that I’ve struggled with are silly, like creepy crawly things in my lettuce, cockroaches hiding amongst my bananas, and trucks barreling over giant potholes on the road in front of our house, making such a loud noise that it wakes me from my sleep.

Recently another one of the tribes we’ve been working in heard the gospel for the first time!  Here is a picture of some of the Siar people who have just begun their walk with God.  You can pray for them now, and then meet them one day in heaven!  

Our family is doing well.  Tom is involved in a variety of things this year, from helping out our fellow missionary’s with cultural issues, to working with the missionary teens on center, as well as keeping our center a safe place to live by overseeing our security team.  The boys are working hard in school.  Brett is attending the high school located on center for our missionary kids.  He’s enjoying sports and riding his motorcycle. JWes is being home schooled and is currently enjoying that more than being in the classroom.  Both of the boys are working on learning the national language, Melanesian Pidgin.

Thank you so much for supporting the work of bringing the gospel to the tribal people here in Papua New Guinea.

Tom & Melanie Tanner

“For the Lord is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place.  He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos.  “I am the Lord”, he says, “and there is no other.  I publicly proclaim bold promises.  I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found. I, the Lord, speak only what is true and declare only what is right.” - Is. 45:18-19 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Reaching Out to Nursing Home Saints
August 27th, 2011

The nursing home outreach continues to flourish under the direction of Merlita Cote. Each month the love and gospel of Jesus Christ reaches many people at the Atlantic Shores Nursing Home. This ministry goes forth through CPC members who weekly make visits to disciple, pray with, encourage and minister to residents in a variety of ways.

Additionally, each 3rd Sunday of the month (3:00-4:00pm), a small group hosts a Sunday service. Hosting a Sunday service involves providing a short message, music/hymns, encouragement and prayer for the residents.

The NHO is currently praying for a regular preacher: someone with the gift of preaching and evangelism, with a burning desire to see the Word of God go forth in the nursing home. If you sense God is leading you in that direction please contact Merlita Cote at

"Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart, for consider how great things He hath done for you." (I Sam. 12:24)