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Prayer & Praise

  • Our Visas seem to be stuck bouncing around US Post Offices - pray this resolves soon
  • Two months until residency is finished - our joy about that is mixed with sadness as we face leaving such close friends in NC
  • Thankful for family and friends we've got to visit in the last few months

Jiwaka Judah: Chapter 1


Judah here, I’m the oldest son of Joshua and Kendall Stewardson (the missionary peeps), and I wanted to share a bit about my perspective on going to PNG.

When I first heard we were going to PNG I cried like a baby. I was sad to leave my extended family and friends, so as the family’s official over-reactor, I was not having it. I was like that for quite a while. I love family and leaving them for two years did not sound like my cup of tea.

As we moved on through the process of becoming medical missionaries God really worked through this process, and now I’m excited! I am actually really excited to go to PNG and I am just amazed at how God changed me from crying to laughing. 

Some of the things that I am most excited for, for PNG, is that the MKs (Missionary Kids) get to go into the hospital and talk to the patients. I am very excited to be able to see mom in the hospital and talk to the patients.

I’m also pretty excited for the missionary school there although it will be a big switch for me (since I’ve been homeschooled since third grade). I think I’ll like it because I get to be with all the other MKs.

I’m still quite sad that we’re leaving family and friends behind and I don’t think I’ll ever get completely over that but I don’t have to, because God will do it for me. As we are preparing to leave and the reality is getting closer, we both get more excited to go to PNG and more sad to leave all our family and friends that we have here. As we go through this process I get more and more excited for heaven and how the people who we love in heaven we will never have to part with! This is one of the main hopes I have for heaven and also the reason for discipleship, so that we may never have to part with family, friends, or whoever needs to hear the gospel.

Right now my main occupation (that has to do with PNG) is language learning. We’re trying to learn so that when we get there we don’t have to spend our time language learning. I’m excited to try my new language skills out in making new friends in PNG.

"By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going."
- Hebrews 11:8 NIV
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