Partner Through Prayer

Are You in Good Hands?

5-20-2019, Written by Kellis and Abi

Are you in good hands?

My mom has dementia.

Dementia is relentless.

It manifests itself in nervousness which causes her to race around the house looking out all the windows to make sure everything is still okay. Sometimes she loudly jabbers away just making noise, other times we will look at each other surprised because she’s actually babbling a tune from a hymn or an old song. She can’t sit still for very long and she can’t stay quiet like she’s hyperactive. It can be relentless.

Every day—I’m not exaggerating, everyday, multiple times a day—my mom will tap me on the shoulder because she has something to tell me. And everyday she will say a word or two then forget what she was going to say.

Today an Allstate commercial came on as I was looking up a recipe online, oblivious to the TV, lost in the wonders of Pinterest. Mom tapped me on the shoulder. Again. When I looked up and asked her what she needed, she said, in all seriousness, “Are you in good hands?”

At first I was confused, but then I put two and two together and realized she was repeating the all—famous Allstate Insurance tagline echoed in every company commercial. I assured her that I was in good hands, God’s hands. Satisfied she went on her way. But I couldn’t stop thinking about that. I AM in good hands, the very best hands.

Dementia is relentless.

But God is relentless, as well.

His love, His grace, and His mercy are relentless. He relentlessly seeks me out, reminding me day by day, in big ways and in small ones, that I am in good hands.





When Christ said in Matthew 16:18 “I will build my church” he set in motion the days we are living in now—that it was, and is his plan, until he returns, to use HIS CHURCH to accomplish his purposes.  By the time the book of Acts ended it is clear the local church was the center for biblical preaching, prayer, worship, discipleship, leadership training, and cooperative missionary expansion.  Similarly today, churches are Christ’s means to make disciples and start new churches as they send missionaries to evangelize and disciple people of new regions. 

We need the church’s prayers, encouragement, and sending to return to Papua New Guinea (PNG), so we thank you for your prayers and support!  Thank you for praying regarding Pat’s work—God answered!  I tried (unsuccessfully) to get time off to attend the 2 week SIRBC Boise valley Missions Conference in February.  I felt the only option was to quit rather than be dishonest or leave my employer and coworkers short-handed.  It was not the answer we anticipated since we still need income as we raise support, but it was a clear answer from God.  During the Idaho conference I shared about God’s work in PNG in 8 churches and met with many friends and made some new ones.  Pray with us that God may raise new ministry partnerships from this trip! 

POM Graduation 3-17-19 Port Moresby 2019 Graduates

Please pray with us as our PNG team has asked Pat to come and teach in August at Goroka Baptist Bible College (GBBC).  Pray as we confirm some of the details: preparations; the possibility of Kellis coming; and needed finances, about $6,000.  The classes will be for pastors enrolled in our Bachelor program, like the 8 pastors who were the first graduates from our Port Moresby campus on March 17th.  One graduate said “The teaching staff came to open the Scriptures to us on a new level of understanding.  We are taking the principles we learned and are teaching them in our churches.”  They are passing on what they learned, fulfilling 2 Timothy 2:2, “teaching faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”  As you pray for GBBC and for us, you are a part of training leaders, passing on the gospel and starting new churches!  Thank you!     

Our Youth Camp which meets on the GBBC campus had 455 campers from 39 churches, our biggest camp so far.  There were 62 salvation decisions plus 101 other decisions!  Praise the Lord with us!  Each decision gets recorded on a “decision card,” which we send with the pastor or church leaders who sent the youth.  Please pray for these youth, that their hearts will remain receptive and for the church leaders, that they can continue to reach and disciple these youth!  Many of the youth return for future camps, and some come to GBBC to train for ministry.  You are helping Christ’s church, through training its members, to disciple other believers and carry the gospel to those who are lost.  Thank You!

Serving Together,
Patrick and Kellis Melson 

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MELSON MESSENGER     September 2018

We appreciate you and the prayers and financial support as we serve the Lord with you in Papua New Guinea!

We train and teach leaders in Papua New Guinea (PNG) where we have served for over 20 years.  Though active in PNG evangelism and church ministries, I (Pat) was the director of Goroka Baptist Bible College, the ABWE started school that partners with churches to train men and women for ministry.  I used to recruit teachers for the school, but NOW I am one of the regular teachers and will travel to PNG three times a year to fill in the gaps, especially for our advanced program that provides regional modular classes for pastors.  We take the classes to them regionally, instead of them buying a plane ticket that costs 3-5 times their monthly salaries. 

We just mailed about $600 in Bible Study books for our graduates (in November), something that would not have been possible without you.  It took some extra funds, and about a month of work on my part.  I was informed of the need for graduate's books, which I have usually oversaw while on the field, but our field being short-staffed, no one had time to pursue this.  I also have assisted with working on class notes for teachers as able, which leads to our prayer requests.

Please pray as we raise needed support, normal after coming off a Leave of Absence.  Currently we do not have enough support to quit my secular job yet, and it feels a bit like spinning our wheels.  We are asking God for prayer and financial supporters so we can begin trips to PNG again in early 2019.

Please pray for Kel's parents, Bruce and Sue, as we help them with Mom's dementia.  Pray for wisdom for the doctors, and for us, as we seek the right medication, dosage, or combination of meds.  We (Kellis) have been doing all the cooking and cleaning and helping dad keep a watchful eye on mom.  We are praying for suitable nearby housing that would help our family be a bit more stable as we assist them.

Please pray for our PNG team of both missionary and nationals.  Pray for the end of the school year with Graduation on our American Thanksgiving, and the accompanying and encouraging 3-day Pastors and Wives Conference.  We need more missionaries, but we also need help from trying to do too much.  It is tough finding the right balance of ministries and family.  I have been there... Do I help this student just a bit more on this assignment to make sure he gets it right, knowing it can deepen his years of ministry ahead of him?  Do I teach this topic in Sunday School this quarter?  Do I accept this speaking engagement and the chance to speak God's Word in a new region?  Do I give just a bit more attention to mentor this couple who feel the call of God on their lives?  Do I meet with this brother who asked for one-on one accountability?  The church needs help in this area, how can I help them address this issue biblically?  They are there, with many such questions pressing on them and their families.  We know, we have been there...and we are there now.

There is so much more to say!  But let me close with full assurances of our friendship, and how grateful we are to partner with you for His dear children in PNG!

Serving Together,
Pat and Kellis Melson

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