Timothy and Karla Deuel
Serving in Melanesia/SouthPacific on Sponsored Deployment | Asia-Pacific
Tim became the Missions President at our local church in 1997. Over the next 15 years he led Work and Witness trips to Africa, Guatemala, Fiji, Peru, & Costa Rica. Karla and their 2 daughters were also able to participate. During those years God spoke to Tim and told him he was preparing them for full time missions.
Karla was called to the mission field as a little girl. In 2008, when they were members of a W&W team to Papua New Guinea and thoroughly enjoyed our time at Kudjip Nazarene Mission Hospital. We were preparing to be missionaries to Fiji when we were asked to come to Papua New Guinea instead. We looked back to the trip we made to PNG, and realized the goodness of God to us, then asking God to give us His love for these people, since our hearts were in Fiji, and Je did. Tim retired with 30 years as a lineman and Karla left a teaching position in the hospital lab, packed everything into 6 suitcases and have now served in PNG for 5 years.
We have two married daughters. Nicole and her husband Andrew graduated from Multnomah Bible College with theology degrees, and now live in Tokyo, where Nicole teaches at an International Montessori school. Patti is a children’s Oncology Nurse and her husband Ben, is an ordained Pastor to a College group in Fresno, California.
Kudjip is our first place of full-time service. One of our greatest joys here, is working with our PNG brothers and sisters in Christ. Tim works with contractors that are Nazarene church members, traveling around the country of PNG encouraging, teaching and administrating property management to the District leaders. Tim also travels to a remote mountainous area that was first evangelized in the late 1960’s and is refurbishing the mission house, so that the doctors can travel there and care for the Coban people for the first time on a regular basis at the new Medical Clinic. Karla works part-time in the hospital lab, and also teaches Microbiology to the first year Nursing Students. Karla also works with the twelve church districts, and their leaders, gathering the paperwork for church stats that are generated at the District Assemblies.
Going Where the Church is Not Yet
Today there are over 4.3 billion people who live in areas where there is little to no gospel witness. 4.3 billion people who have not heard the message of the gospel, who have never heard the name of Jesus. We believe that everyone deserves to hear. God continues to call the Church of the Nazarene to spread the message of the gospel, to preach holiness, and to bring good news to the poor all over the world. The task is enormous; far too big for anyone to do alone, but together we can go where the church is not yet and see people, communities, and nations transformed. Reaching these people begins with one step, a step of obedience and faithfulness that says yes to God’s call. Take your first step and start your journey toward serving in missions today.