Friday, December 11, 2015

Chuuk Partnership Implemented

I have not posted much in December. I began the month on a trip to Chuuk and Pohnpei, and now we are in the midst of a busy final week of the semester. However, I did not want to let a very significant event go by without comment. Over a year ago, PIU with the Evangelical Church of Chuuk and Faithwalk Christian College, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to renew our partnership that had been broken for the last six years. This semester, after over a year of preparation, we began our first PIU classes at FCC with 13 students. This was made possible by Liebenzell Germany “loaning” us Christian and Johanna Folker to teach English classes there this semester. They are now about to complete the semester and we will see the Folkers on Guam next week as they head to Palau for their original planned assignment. We are already in the process of hiring another English teacher to replace them at FCC. I am so thankful for the help of our partners at LMI, LMUSA, the ECC and especially Yosta Lodge, director of FCC, and his faculty.
We have also made a “soft” beginning on Weno with 6 students. We are looking forward to seeing more PIU students at the Weno Teaching facility, under the leadership of Iotaka Choram there, and a growing partnership with FCC. We have several applications in process for the January semester. Please continue to pray for PIU’s work in Chuuk and for our ministry partners there.

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