• Murray and Carol Honsberger

Back to PNG!

PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Many thanks for your prayers on our behalf! All along the way, God’s hand was evident as we travelled from Manitoba to Papua New Guinea. We found people to be very gracious and helpful throughout our travels through various airports. All our luggage arrived safely with us.

Our first two weeks, spent in quarantine, were put to good use getting our house back in order.


Sometime during Christmas 2020 while we were in Canada, our Ukarumpa home was broken into. Although very little was stolen, pretty much everything was taken out of cupboards in the search for items of value. There was also damage to door and cupboard frames in the process of breaking in. Our wonderful support team had done some repairs and made the house secure again. After Murray finished the remaining repairs, we decided it was a good time to paint.


As our friend Carl Whitehead said, “Life and ministry at Ukarumpa is slowly returning to normal as more members return and training courses are again being held after a 16 month COVID-related break. We are also thankful for the number of new members who have arrived, including several to become translators and other language workers. Among these are people from Argentina and Russia, as well as from Canada and the USA.”


As soon as we arrived back in PNG, Carol immediately began to make the necessary preparations for us to go to the village. Because of COVID there are a few extra things to consider, but we are mostly ready to go. Murray is preparing some initial things to work on with his team. This picture always fills us with a longing to see our Kwomtari friends again.


Please join us in prayer:

  • Pray for an openness to hear what they feel we, as a team, should focus on in these final years.

  • Pray for honesty when we ask what they are willing and able to commit to. We desperately need their consistent commitment. In all this, we need God’s wisdom to know what the priorities should be.

  • Please continue to pray for our health, safety and protection. Joseph, our village brother, has not given any reports of COVID type illness in the area. Carol will be doing some teaching in regards to COVID while there.


With furlough in 2019 and then our COVID return to Canada, it is nearly 3 years since we were last in Baiberi village. Please pray that there will be minimal work necessary on the house and that we will settle in quickly. We look forward to renewing friendships.

“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For ‘Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.’ But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” Hebrews 10:36-39.


Home church: Altona EMMC, Manitoba


This article was originally published in the EMMC Recorder, Vol 58 No. 5