You’re about to meet our team. Our story is ultimately one of joy, though there have been many tears shed along the way. We labor in a world that is fallen and broken, but we do with such wonderful news of redemption and restoration! Our hearts desire and prayer to God is that all who still have breath come to love the Lord Jesus! This is the reason we left our homes and families to go to the ends of the earth, and it is the reason for this blog. As you read about team and what we aim to accomplish, our prayer is that you would ultimately see that we are but weak servants who serve a wonderful Savior.
The Dodds came to Papua New Guinea in 2014 with the goal of translating the Bible and establishing a church in a previously unreached language group. For nearly two years, they labored alongside the Lehmans and Canns as we all learned the trade language, conducted surveys, chose a language group, and built two homes. But shortly after moving into the tribe, some health issues sent them back to the states. In God’s providence, just three months before their scheduled return to PNG, Matt Dodd discovered he has stage four lung cancer. The Dodds ministry has shifted back to Arizona, but their love for the people here has not waned. Their kids are Susanna, Benaiah, Onesimus, and Mary.
Jeremy and Lorie Lehman serve as logistics coordinators for the Mitchells and Canns. They live in the city of Madang and help with government documents, shipping supplies to the village, and a host of other duties. Their support enables the missionaries in the village to focus on learning the language, church planting, and Bible translation. They have three kids: Greer, Belle, and Knox.
Hailing from South Africa, the Mitchells are aiming to join the Canns in the village of Mawerero. Ryan has an excellent grasp of the biblical languages and brings years of ministry experience to the team. Elna is a doctor and will bring some much needed medical expertise to our remote post. They have two children: Calista and Sebastian.
Zach and Cassidy currently live and work in the Rai Coast Mountains of Papua New Guinea. They work in a language known as Ndo (which is their word for “what”). They’ve been living among Ndo-speakers for one year now and are about mid-way through learning the language and culture. Their hope and prayer is to share the story of God’s Word, from cover to cover, in the near future. Long-term, they have a desire to see a church strongly established with the Bible in the Ndo language. They have two children: Jude and Oliver.
THE ROAD TO NDO:
The following video is a summary of what it took to establish our work among the Ndo language group in the Finisterre Mountains.
WHERE DO THEY SPEAK NDO?
Finding Papua New Guinea and the city of Madang using Google is easy. But trying to find where we live is not. Google’s satellites have yet to get a clear picture of where Ndo-speakers live. The following is a map of where the village Mawerero is relation to the nearest city, Madang.