Pray for John and Selina Allen

I got an email from Tracey Paver asking me to pray for John and Selina Allen. They are the parents of Matt Allen, missionary to Papua New Guinea. Please pray for them.

HI Tracy,

We got out of the bush on Wed. and on Sat we are traveling to Port Moresby. John broke a tooth and we are headed to Port Moresby (the only recommended dentist in the country) On Wed we return to Lae and do our supply run. Dec 4th Matt and family will show up and two days later we plan to head back to the bush.

It was of the Lord that we came out early. I have gotten a resistant strain of falciparium (the brain kind) malaria and didn’t have the medicine in the bush. So, after getting the lab results, we drove by the pharmacy here in Lae and just bought it. I love this country J really. Such a good thing that we are going to Moresby on Sat, instead of tomorrow so I can rest. Number 4 time for me, Johns had malaria 6 times, plus typhoid twice. Kinda brings home the need to pray for the missionaries health.

Hopefully we can correspond some while we are out.



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Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.
3 Responses
  1. Betty

    We will definitely be praying. I know that y’all are excited about Matt and the family coming back 🙂 Hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas together!!!!

  2. More from Tracy

    Thank you everyone for all your prayers for the Allens. I got this note about an hour ago from Mrs. Lena…seems like they have tried a bunch of anti-malarials, but the parasite just keeps developing a resistance to each new medicine. And the side effects of some of these medicines are pretty bad. Mrs. Lena writes about how Proguanil gave her leukocytopenia, which is a decrease in the number of white-blood cells (the cells that help the body fight infection). It would be dangerous for her to stay on a drug like this since she runs a clinic and is exposed to various bacteria and viruses on a daily basis. I told her that Vision and its missionaries around the world are praying for them…

    HI Tracy,

    Great to hear from you.

    Yes, we are on antimalaria meds…..I have tried everything, I assure you. It is a problem all year. This time I was on hydroxychoroquin, and yes there is a high rate of chloroquin resistance, but I’ve gotten malaria on mefloquin, doxy, and another one, I can’t remember right now. So has John. The latest thing he is on is recommended by the Baptist over here and is proguanil (alone, not mixed with another med like CDC recommends) John and I were both on it, he still is and got malaria anyway. And for me it gave me leukocytopenia…not really what the clinic worker needs being exposed to all that fun stuff in the clinic. So, I am figuring, “if you are going to get malaria, you will no matter what you take to prevent it.” I am going to experiment with Artemether when I get back. I have some wormwood seeds, and a jar of the cut up flower and stems. I have done some reading and there are those that take a spoon every other day or three. At least it is natural, however I really am concerned about creating a resistance to artemether since that is the big/newest medicine over here. Quinine is absolutely horrible!

    Thanks so much for having all those folk pray for us. I am encouraged over what the Lord is going to do. Sure seems like a warfare just to stay well. Thank you.

  3. November 2009

    The attached picture is of the Local Level Government official’s son and wife from Pangoni. The official, Andrew, has visited us frequently and always reminds us to “not forget Pangoni”. He usually gets medicine for himself as he has asthma. He truly cares for the folks in his village, evidenced by the list of those that are sick and needing help. Often I send medicines with him to Pangoni. The folks here in Kotidanga call Pangoni “bush straight” because they are extremely hard to get to, no roads go there, not really even paths. Their customary dress IS the grass skirt and some are topless. In Kotidanga now, most of our folks have clothes (they may wear the same ones until they fall off, but they usually have something other than the traditional dress).

    I usually have several folk from Pangoni each week at the clinic. It is evidence of the poor healthcare system here that we are the closest clinic to them. The lady in the picture, Junie, carried her son Lainus for 8-10 hours to get here. He had fallen into the fire the night before, and she started walking early on Saturday morning. When I saw them, the little guy was wheezing, with his head, neck and throat swollen. We put them into the back of the Kawasaki mule and carried them over the mountain to Kanabea hospital.

    The way God put an exclamation point on my prayer list was amazing. I was writing a list of medical things to pray about, and I had just written “Pangoni needs help!!!” I stopped to think about that and to pray…then I looked up and saw Junie, her son, and a group from a nearby village come walking across the front yard to see us. Will you join me in praying for Pangoni? Truly, they need both spiritual and medical help. An 8-10 hour bush trek is a very hard thing to do when you are short of air or have malaria or an accident. Also, Andrew has asked if our mission can come and plant a church and a national pastor in his area. Friends, the door is wide open here among the Tewata/Tainae (two different names for their people) Please pray; Pangoni needs help!!!!

    This past week has been busy. On Tuesday, a little girl about 8 years old (few have birth records, so we must guess their ages) came. On Tuesday the clinic is officially closed, but I am glad she came. She had fallen and cut her scalp on a stick. It was about 2 inches long with slivers of wood to pull out. After I cleaned it, I sutured it. On Wednesday, a young boy, about 4 years old, came. He, too, had an encounter with a stick…a nasty gash in his side. Sure enough, more slivers of stick to clean out. This time I used steri stips. He was obviously in pain, and the bleeding had stopped, so I didn’t want to traumatize him more with injections and sutures. Then, on Thursday……guess what? Another stick wreaked havoc. This time, the little guy had to be taken up to Kanabea. He had seen some mushrooms growing and ran to pick them. The trouble was that someone had banana plants growing in the same area and their garden was surrounded by sharpened bamboo with the points up and they were hidden from sight. They do this to discourage stealing, but the mushrooms are not planted and can be picked freely. The little guy jumped down and shoved the bamboo stick all the way through his foot. It went in the bottom and came out the top! Knowing it would need to be dressed and packed daily (puncture wounds are the worst) we took him to the place he can stay overnight. He will stay for several days, I’m sure.

    For an update on Moripanga: He had completed about a week of antibiotics when his whole family went to the bush. They came back today and I gave him a quick check over. The hole is still there behind his ear, but it doesn’t smell any more. Unfortunately, he has lost a little hearing. I do not know if they are home to stay for a while or just came back for church today. We’ll keep our eyes open, and keep you updated. Thanks for praying for him.

    Cholera update: The officials declared there was NO cholera near us. It was shigella. Lae does have a cholera outbreak, and we feel safer in the bush. Again teaching is needed, as well as a clean water source. We are in the process of moving one of our water tanks closer to the trail. I’m sure it will be a help.

    Thanks for your prayers. We plan on being in town long enough to get supplies and to welcome the rest of the Allens (Matt, Beck and the girls) back to the field 🙂

    Love in Christ,

    Lena Allen

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