This is the blog for Gavin and Carrie Jones and family. We live in Papua New Guinea and are working to see lives transformed by the living Word of God through Bible translation. Gavin is a helicopter pilot. Carrie, who has her degree in Public Health, is the lab supervisor and one of five lab techs at our busy rural clinic. Our son, Isaac, was born in 2004 and our quintuplets, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, and Grace, were born in 2012.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. The you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:3-6

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Our Itinerary to PNG

 We are busy taking care of final details and packing, while trying to soak up as much family time as possible.  All are excited to be returning home, but saying goodbye to Carrie's family, who all live right nearby, is going to be hard. The young kids have had a great time getting to know their cousins better over these last several months, so they will be missed!

We hope to take off from Dallas/Ft. Worth airport tomorrow at 4:55PM. Lord-willing, about 50 hours later, we will be disembarking from our 3rd flight on Papua New Guinean soil!  Then a final flight up to our home in the Highlands, where we will begin a two week quarantine.  Here are more details on our itinerary (for simplicity, all times are in US Central Time):

  • Depart Dallas/Ft. Worth: 1655  - Arrive Doha, Qatar: 0815 (about 15 ½ hours)
    • 2 ½ hour layover in Doha
  • Depart Doha: 1045  -                   Arrive Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 1810 (about 7 ½ hours)
    • 16 hour layover - we are going to be able to rest in the transit hotel that is in the airport!
  • Depart Kuala Lumpur: 12:05 -    Arrive Port Moresby, PNG: 1910.
  • Depart Port Moresby: ~2100 -    Arrive Ukarumpa: 2230
We would appreciate your prayers for all the paperwork to be correct and acceptable for the transitions to be smooth, for our luggage to all arrive with us, for the kids to travel well and rest well.  But, most of all, that we would travel with the love of Christ evident in us and that we would handle the unexpected with grace!

Thank you all for your prayers and love!

Here is a picture of our family from last week (thanks to photographer Micah Trostle):


All 8 of our COVID tests came back negative last night! We are so grateful to have the paperwork hurdles over with and we are ready to get on the airplane for PNG tomorrow afternoon! Please pray for some of the other families who were going to be heading back with us that have hit some bureaucratic roadblocks. We've had a few people ask about our itinerary.  I'll post that a little later.  Thank you for all your prayers!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Marcie and school update and possible travel plans!

Thank you all for your prayers! Marcie's surgery went very well and she has recovered quite quickly! She still needs pain medication and rest, but she has been far more active than we expected. 

David and the other kids were eager to comfort Marcie when she got home!

The day after our last post, we were notified that the kids were all accepted to the school that we had wanted to put them in when we first came back. (Isaac went there in second grade when the quints were born.)  There was no availability, but now there were space for all of them! They were so excited today to be able to go to school in person and it went very well. We and Marcie thought she was ready to go to school, but she had a bit of a tough day. We will probably keep her home for a few more days to recover, but they all had fun and did well. We are so thankful for this provision!

Also, we have just heard about a  flight next month with the World Food Program from Kuala Lumpur to Papua New Guinea. The people who just made it into PNG with our mission were on a similar charter flight. Please pray that our family could get on this coming flight! There are a lot of other details and issues to work on in preparation for the departure, should it happen.  

Thank you for your love and prayers!

Gavin +7

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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