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postheadericon What a Whirlwind! Jan-Feb ’15 Update

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January-February ’15 update



postheadericon November-December ’14

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Nov-Dec ’14 update

postheadericon September-October ’14 Update

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September-October ’14 Update

postheadericon July-August ’14 Update

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July-August ’14 update

postheadericon Doing the Work! May-June ’14 Update

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May-June ’14 Update

Dear Prayer Partners,
Recent events:
These past two months have been very encouraging and eventful for us here in PNG. At the end of May we made our first supply run without any other missionaries to guide us. Imagine trying to buy four months worth of food in an unfamiliar city in 6 days. We prayed more that week than we have in a good while! In spite of the stress, we had several blessings that week. We finally got to open our container and get out some of our supplies we had previously shipped 5 months ago. (Thank you to all who prayed for our container to arrive safely and for us to be able to access it here in PNG.) Another blessing from that week was meeting with three like-minded veteran missionaries who were able to share some wisdom with us. Finally, I was also thankful for the opportunity to preach again at Shalom Baptist Church in Moresby.

Personal witnessing:

Noah is a man that came to the clinic with a pretty deep cut on his foot. After receiving
stitches and some antibiotics, he slept nearby for the next few nights. That Saturday I was
visiting folks and got to sit down and talk with him as well as feed him dinner. He agreed to
come to church with me the next day if I would help him get there. He did come to church with me but I am still not sure of his salvation. Please keep him in prayer. Spon is a man that I’ve met a few times here. His brother Leftin attends church sporadically with us and they both sell trade goods in
the markets close by. While I was walking to the Yambawati market I had time to talk with him. He told me that his father had passed away a few years ago and where they buried him. When I asked where his father’s spirit was he said he didn’t know. I was able to share my salvation testimony with him but I was not able to get a clear response as to his salvation. Please pray for
him also.
Ministry opportunities:

Over the past few months Pastor Naudi has asked me to speak twice at Kotidanga Baptist Church. I was thrilled to be able preach the second message in the trade language of Tok Pisin! I have been going weekly to a market nearby and listening to Pastor Naudi preach there. The last two weeks I walked to the market in Yambawati. It is about a 4.5 hour hike round trip. The second time I was there I was led of the Lord to preach a simple salvation message in Pidgin using pictures.
While no one approached me afterward to talk about receiving Christ I did find out that a Catholic Catechist from the area was in the audience.

Bro John Gillispie and I are planning a 4 day outreach trip from July 2nd- 6th. While on this trip we will likely be hiking for more than 20 hours. Pleas pray for God to give us wisdom for witnessing and discernment for future ministry in this area.

As always, we are thankful for those who sacrifice financially so that we can bring
the gospel to those who haven’t heard of Jesus Christ.

Josh Florence
Church Planting Missionary to PNG
Matt 6:33

postheadericon March-April 2014 Update

We are so thankful to be serving the Lord here in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. Please click on the following link to view our update:

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postheadericon March Update

“…Blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” Matt 15:14


Ministry Opportunities:

March has been a wonderful month of deputation. God enabled us to be in churches 21 days this month! We were in Colorado, Montana, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Georgia again, Mississippi, and New Mexico. All I can say is that “God’s been good” to us. We had two churches vote to take us on right away and others promised to consider doing so down the road. We were especially blessed to be a part of two young people receiving Christ this month. One prayed with her pastor the day after we preached in a chapel service, and the other was a 17 year-old young man I led to Christ while out visiting in NM.

Some Highlights:

While we were in Michigan the Lord allowed us to be in a conference at Parker Memorial Baptist in Lansing. Calvary Publishing is out of Parker, and my family was able to help put together some John & Romans while we were there.

I was especially blessed to be in four churches this month where we knew members who were friends of ours from college. Some are youth pastors or assistant pastors and the others are serving faithfully as layman in the church. We were able to renew our friendship and learn about what God is doing in their lives. We pray that we were as much of a blessing to them as they were to us!

While we were in Espanola, NM at Valley Bible Baptist Church, I had my first experience passing out tracts and witnessing to people who were on a pilgrimage! This area is predominately Catholic, and roughly 10,000 people will make the Chimayo pilgrimage every Good Friday. They walk for miles in order to be blessed by a certain priest, pray in an old church with a statue of Jesus in it, and reach into a hole in the floor where there is ‘holy dirt.’ They will rub this on themselves and also save some of it. Supposedly, this dirt replenishes itself – but I’ve been told that the grounds-keeper uses a coffee tin to replace the dirt from a pile out back.


(see NPR article by clicking HERE)

VBBC uses this pilgrimage as an opportunity to pass out waters, give tracts, and witness. The surprising part about this was how many varieties of people were there. I witnessed to many different people over the four hours I was passing out tracts and bottles of water. While most were professing Catholics, some claimed to be ‘Christians,’ some were from the Sihk community in town, one claimed to be a Buddhist, and many were from the native Indian pueblos in the area.

After speaking with many people on that day, I was more convinced than ever that religion is simply the ‘blind leading the blind.’ How wonderful that I have a Relationship and not a religion! Another thing that stood out to me is how many people are searching for something and they don’t know what it is. They are looking to fill the void in their lives that only a relationship with Christ can fill. The next time you think to yourself that people in your area are satisfied with their lives – think of the 10,000+ people who made the Chimayo Pilgrimage along with the millions of others around the world seeking for fulfillment in religion and finding only emptiness. How sad to think that they will wake up in Hell after making so many sacrifices for their religion or ‘god’ on this earth.


We continue to thank God for the work that is being done in the Gulf of PNG. We recently had a request from our team members to share with you some very specific needs. The medical clinic there saw 9,300 patients in one year. Please click this link to see some specific needs you may be able to help with. (
Thanks for your support and prayers!

your missionaries,

Josh, Rebecca and Abigail Florence

postheadericon Increasing our Faith – Jan/Feb ’13 Update

When your faith is increased, that we be enlarged by you…to preach the gospel in the regions beyond…2 Cor 10:15-16

Big Plans:

 We are extremely excited about all that God is doing in our lives. We have our work visa application underway and expect it to be back within the next 5-8 months. We are also happy to announce that we are expecting our second child on September 4th! We believe that God’s timing is perfect. As we are at 72% of our needed support level, we are praying that the visa, our child and the support all come in at the right times!

 Current Lessons:

 We have recently been reminded of the verse in 2 Cor 10:15 where it says “When your faith is increased…” In this passage there is a wonderful promise that comes as a result of Christians’ faith being increased and then acting upon

that faith. Paul said that he would be able to preach the gospel in more areas.

 There comes to my mind many things which could increase our faith. Sometimes we are put into a situation where God is our only hope – looking back on the situation our faith is often increased when we see how God worked it all out. Many times we read, see or hear of how others have proved God and this will in turn increase our own faith to prove God. There is also one way of increasing our faith that is sometimes overlooked–we can increase our faith by knowingly attempting something that requires more faith than we think that we have. When we do this we have God’s promises to depend on and we will see Him do a greater work through us.

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(so – are you ready to take a step? There are plenty of spiders to go around:-)


 God has allowed us to partner with more churches after the first of the year, bringing our support to 72%!

We praise God for what He is also doing in our team.  A new family recently started full-time deputation! Tyler Nikkel is a pilot as well as a church-planter and will be a wonderful addition to the team.  This brings us up to 11 families with more on the way!

 We are so very thankful that we can stay in touch with our TTMK family on the field. Every soul saved through them is an encouragement to us while we are traveling the many miles on deputation. One encouraging story we recently heard was from the Ottosen family. After arriving in PNG in March of ’12, they have been led of the Lord to commence their work in the village of Komako. The village leaders were so thrilled that someone had come to learn their language and teach them the Word of God that they chose to give them the land on which to build their house and other ministry buildings! It is so wonderful to hear of God opening the very type of doors for our team members that we are praying He will open for us very soon!

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 Please pray that God will be working in the hearts of those we are to reach in PNG!


postheadericon November/December 2012 Update

As we have been allowed of God to be put in trust with the Gospel… 1 Thess. 2:14



We have just experienced our last Thanksgiving in the US for what we believe will be at least 3 years. It has made me consider all the things for which I’m thankful. One thing that stands out is how thankful I am to be a missionary.  There are many vocations and callings that a Christian can have. I don’t believe that being a missionary is a ‘higher’ calling than any other calling a Christian can do. However, it certainly has a lot of unique privileges that I am grateful for.


First of all, we have the privilege of being a missionary to an area that is extremely in need. There are 19 tribal groups in the Gulf Province that would qualify as some of the most unreached people groups in the entire world. It is an incredible privilege to be able to share the gospel with people who have never heard it before.


Secondly, we have the privilege of representing those in the States who haven’t been called to go to the field of PNG. This is an awesome responsibility and I am grateful for each person who has chosen to partner with us in prayer and financial giving.


Thirdly, we get to see God working in different ways than many other Christians get to see. Because we travel so extensively around America and even around the world, we can see how God is working in the lives of people all over the US as well as in the remotest areas of PNG. It is truly amazing to see God’s hand at work in so many places! We are thankful that God was able to use us to see souls saved in 3 different states this year.


Fourthly, I think of the friendships that I have made. God has allowed us to ‘click’ with some people who have become our closest friends. For those of you who have befriended a missionary, you understand that it is a unique bond.




We pray that each of you will be especially blessed this Christmas. Christ came that we might have life “more abundantly.” He gave His life so we could be free to live ours for Him.





God has allowed us to partner with more individuals and churches recently, bringing our support to 68%!

We also praise God for the soul we were able to lead to Christ in November in Powder Springs, GA.




We are praying that our visa application process will be quick. We are told by other missionaries that this takes anywhere from six months to a year on average. We are also praying that we will be able to attain the correct supplies needed to live in a tropical rainforest.

postheadericon September/ October Update


For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. 2 Cor. 8:9 Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift. 2 Cor. 9:15


As Rebecca and I look back on our last two months of travel we must say that God has been extremely good! He has allowed us the privilege of partnering with 6 new churches and 1 precious family to reach those who haven’t heard in PNG.

There have been many highlights that we could mention over this period. We have had meetings in Georgia, Kentucky, Iowa, Tennessee, and Ohio. We praise God for the love that was shown to us by each of the folks in these churches. Bellmead Calvary in Texas was kind enough to buy me a new suite and my wife and daughter new outfits as well. Each church showed their love in specific ways whether it was through taking the time to look at our board and show interest in our work, or giving us gift baskets, music for the road, and words of encouragement.

Another special blessing was some photography that was done for us while in Kentucky. While claiming to be an ‘amateur photographer,’ Mrs. West did a wonderful on-location shoot for us that we will appreciate for as long as we have these beautiful photos.




Our greatest praise would be the connection that people have made with our heart for the unreached in PNG. These tribal people groups in PNG don’t have a Bible in their first language. The men and women are bound by their cultural and fleshly practices, not to mention the satanic oppression. Not able to knowingly glorify God – they live pointless, worthless lives only to die and spend eternity in a lake of fire. We have seen many individuals and churches become burdened to help do something in order to reach these souls for Christ.


We praise God and give Him glory for what we have seen Him accomplish these past two months. Please continue to pray for us as we prepare to go to PNG by this coming May. We cannot do this without your intercessory prayers. Perhaps you would even consider coming with us to the ripe jungles of Papua New Guinea!

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