• 20 Dec 2011 /  Blog

    Becky and I have a new blog site which we will be sharing stories from serving here in PNG, Matt & Becky in PNG. That means mattinpng will no longer be used or have any more posts. After 265 posts, 34 videos, 1528 photos and 12 newsletters it is time to say goodbye. Thank you to all of you for your support over the last three and a half years, following my life serving here in PNG. It is quite something to look back over the last several years and have this site as a reminder of what God has done. It is a true blessing to be serving God with Becky side by side here in PNG, please continue to follow us on our new blog. For now, lukim yu (see you later).

    Preeces in PNG

    1. Preeces in PNG

  • 26 Nov 2011 /  Blog

    Becky and I arrived safely to PNG last weekend, with all our connections and luggage working out. We both returned to our responsibilities this week, it has been a transition for us settling into life in PNG together at Kudjip. Spending a large amount of the day apart, Becky here on station and I having a long day at the airport and commuting by PMV, with short evenings. We have seen this week, how spoiled we were on our honeymoon. Thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray for us.

    Our special day

    1. On our special day at Rondon Ridge

    Hopefully soon we will have a new blog and design. Along with posts and photos from our wedding, honeymoon and respected receptions. If you can’t wait in the mean time, please check out friend’s blog posts.

    The Big Wedding – Another Day in Paradise (Story & Photos)

    Here comes the Bride – Dokta Steph goes to PNG (Photos)

    Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Preece – Erin in PNG (Story & Photos)

    Matt and Becky’s Wedding – dooleysinpng (Photos)

  • 26 Nov 2011 /  Bible Faith Outreach, Blog

    BFO January Newsletter

    Bible Faith Outreach’s August newsletter is now available. Click here to view or download. Please keep up to date with this great ministry. If you are interested in supporting an Orphan or a specific need at BFO, please check out Orphanlist.org. Please continue to pray for the kids at BFO, Aunty Rosa and Uncle Jiwa.

    Praise God…
    • God provided two water tanks for the children and installation is in progress
    • Our first Outreach Team was very encouraging and we have seen spiritual growth in the boys
    • Timely gifts from donors and supporters—as needed for each month
    • Willing widows and deserted teens offer help in needed areas of BFO

    Please pray for…
    • Housing property for the children
    • Musical equipment needed immediately: Keyboard and PA system for BFO music
    • More sponsors for children
    • Good News for Modern Man Version of Bible for easy English Reading
    • Protection from attack and hindrance by Satan over our family belongings
    • Pray for Martin Koyapo (17) who is in need of Year 12 High School Fees for 2012

  • 25 Nov 2011 /  Blog, Videos

    Leading up to our wedding, a lot of effort went into making a slideshow of our early years. Thanks must be given to our parents that went to a lot of effort to go through old photo albums, then select photos, scan them and then upload lots of photos. Then it took several weeks here in PNG to download, sort, chose, place in order, upload them again and chose soundtracks. Thanks to Andy too for putting it all together for us. We were able to show this video at all three receptions and will be showing it again at our Kudjip reception this Sunday for all our national friends and staff on station. If you missed seeing it or would like to see it again, hope you enjoy it.

  • 13 Oct 2011 /  Blog, Newsletters

    I wasn’t sure if I would get this done in time before the wedding, it’s impossible to sum up four months in two pages. Please have a read of my latest newsletter, you can view it or download it here.

     

     

     

  • 06 Oct 2011 /  Blog

    In August was the 50th annual Mt Hagen cultural show, drawing tourists to Mt Hagen from all around the world. The only time of year you really see a large group of tourist’s around Mt Hagen. Becky and I were pretty busy with wedding planning, but decided to go. I had not been since the 2009 show and Becky has made it every year she has been in PNG. Getting tickets is always bit of an event for someone local who works out of town at the airport. I found out the local price from other missionaries who had purchased tickets already and made my way to the tourism office in town after work, which was closed.  Come Saturday morning, Sean, Dave Schreier and myself drove to the office. Meeting the organisers of the show and manage to get our tickets and a car pass. Making our way our to the Mt Hagen showground out at the airport we met up with Becky and the other Kudjip missionaries inside the showground.

    1. The boys – Sean, Dave & myself

    The best time to see the singsing groups and get photos is during their preparation time, before they all enter the showground. Different groups were scattered around the outside of the ground. There had been a lot of rain in previous days, so the place was quite wet and muddy. Along with other things left on the ground, which I won’t mention for the sake of tourism. Becky and I made our way around seeing the different groups, which were mainly Western Highlands groups, and maybe a few from the coast.

    2. Becky and a little friend from Chimbu

    During their preparations, besides preparing  their bilaus (traditional dress), some groups practiced their routine. One group which drew a lot of  attention and on lookers during this time was a haus krai group. As they were putting a lot of effort in it (maybe too much), a lot of people found it funny, so was hard not to smile. Following the preparations, the groups started to line up awaiting to enter the showground. This was when they started to fire up in their singing and dancing. Again another good opportunity to see the groups up close. After seeing several groups go inside the showground, the four of us made our way back into town.

    3. with some Highlanders

    To be honest, I was disappointed with the Show this year, which had a new organising committee. There were none of the famous groups present this year, including the Goroka Mud men, Huli Wigmen, skeleton men and very little coastal groups. The groups were mainly made up of Highlands groups and not a lot of variety as previous years. I am grateful I was able to experience the show back in 2009. As this event draws people from all over the world, hopefully it will improve more for next year and really display the cultural diversity of PNG.

  • 05 Oct 2011 /  Blog, Photos
    Woposali Medivac

    Photos taken during a medical evacuation at Woposali, near the Southern Higlands/Chimbu border

  • 02 Oct 2011 /  Blog

    Becky's October 2011 NewsletterBecky’s October Newsletter is out. You can click here to view or download it. Praise the Lord for the ministry of Kudjip Hospital and for Becky being part of the team there. Please continue to pray for Becky’s ministry, Kudjip Hospital and for us.

  • 01 Oct 2011 /  Bible Faith Outreach, Blog, Videos

    In August Orphanlist’s Dave Schreier returned to PNG to visit and continue assisting BFO. During his time here he recorded a video tour of the Orphanage, which is now completed. Something that I have wanted to post for a long time now and filmed with Aunty Rosa last December, but yet to put it together. I hope by you watching this video, you will realise the great need the Orphanage has in purchasing a property and getting these kids out of the settlement and out of town. Remember to check out Orphanlist.org to individually sponsor a child at BFO or meet a specific need of the Orphanage. Thanks Dave, was great seeing you again and I love your work!

  • 30 Sep 2011 /  Blog

    Three Saturday’s ago we held sixtieth celebrations in the Hangar in Mt Hagen. That week had been quite crazy and so would be the weekend. I had traveled out to Kudjip Friday after work and returned to town that morning with Becky for the celebrations. My car had overheated on our return trip, I didn’t have time to look at it on our arrival. During the celebrations I rolled and sprained my ankle. During lunch we were asked if we would like to go on a medivac flight. Normally a single engine aircraft would go, but none were available. Only the Twin Otter that had been used for joy flights during the celebrations. I know that when an offer comes along, not to say no. I had not been on a medivac before and the last time I had flown into a bush community was almost a year ago. It would also be Becky’s first medivac flight and flying into a bush strip. In this opportunity, there would be five of us going. Michael and Sean, the Twin Otter Pilots and Mary Ann, who was visiting PNG with the ministry team traveling for the sixtieth celebrations.

    1. P2-MFU at Woposali

    The need for the medivac had been called from a village called Woposali, near the Southern Highlands/Chimbu border. Where a woman who had given birth, had a suspect retained placenta. Following Michael giving a speech on MAF’s sixty years in PNG, we all made our way to the aircraft parked outside the hangar. As the celebrations continued inside the hangar, they were interrupted by the Twin Otter starting up and departing. I was looking forward to the flight and experiencing it with Becky, but at the same time I had bad expectations of the condition of this lady. It was roughly a twenty five minute flight, as we flew, we saw new parts of PNG that we had not seen before. As we approached Woposali, we descended down and then over the airstrip, unto an approach I have not witnessed before. Following the fly over we banked continuing flying through a gorge, with trees either side of the plane and a river below us. Once coming out of the gorge we banked again to see the airstrip and final approach, it was quite something. It is said by one MAF PNG Pilot as the most spectacular approach in the country.

    2. Kepeame assisted onboard

    The airstrip was a little wet and we slid a little on the landing, something I have not experienced in the Twin Otter before. On arrival we were met by several locals at the airstrip, but not like normal medivacs. The patient was not waiting at the airstrip, but in the village. I was quite amazed by the amount of locals who did not have good Tok Pisin, but most were talking in Tok Ples (their dialect-which can be common in remote communities). This must have assisted in the break down of communication. While awaiting the patient to arrive, we had the opportunity to talk to the local villagers and take in the beautiful scenery. There is something quite special about being in the middle of no where in PNG and the serenity. During this time we discovered that there were two ladies with potential retained placentas requiring medivac. When the patient arrived, Kepeame, she was being assisted by two people. She was not as sick as I had expected thankfully, but she did not look good and needed to get to a hospital. Because of the breakdown in communication, her wasman (guardian) was up river. Since we had time and it was not immediately life threatening, we waited for him to arrive. During this time she rested in the aircraft, where Mary Ann and Becky spent time with her. Becky examined her, Mary Ann and Becky also prayed with her. They figured it out to the best of their ability that she is an older woman with pelvic pain and likely pelvic inflammatory disease leading to sepsis (a bad infection that can be serious). In the meantime the second woman, Justina, arrived needing to be flown out. She walked onto the plane unassisted. (she didn’t have a retained placenta either, but possibly was pregnant again or having an infection).

    3. Mary Ann & Becky praying with Kepeame

    After some wait and clarifying communication, we departed Woposali. We made it back to Mt Hagen in the later afternoon. Being met by the Wesleyan missionary who had requested the medivac. The ladies and wasman were transported into town and taken to the hospital. I returned to my Lancruiser to evaluate the damage done and see if I could drive us into town. Last week I received a report that both ladies had been discharged from Mt Hagen General hospital and both had good health. It was a real privilege for Becky and I to witness a medivac, even though it was not as critical as others. It was a powerful reminder to me after experiencing the sixtieth celebrations and hearing Michael’s speech, the end result of God’s work through MAF.