Getting ready to present at Elliott's 4th Grade Chapel at Langley Christian School on Friday morning. Even 4th graders need to hear that God can use THEM! ... See MoreSee Less
Something’s coming…. Photography - Profound Scripture - Poetry - Papua New Guinea. A passion project I started at the end of our second field term and a way that I processed my love of the country, love for God’s word and some of the feelings/thoughts on living together in a multi-cultural place on the other side of the world. So many lessons are learned when working towards a larger common goal that is in the hands of the One who called us and who knew we weren’t perfect when He made the call. More info later but this will be available to purchase in some format as a coffee table book (or likely some smaller volumes) with funds going toward our return to PNG. Thanks for being interested in what God is doing in this beautiful place and in the hearts of these beautiful people and the youth we love to serve. ... See MoreSee Less
Dear friends,Unfortunately, due to the continued snowfall warning that hasn't been removed, we are going to have to cancel our event this evening. We will be reaching out to those who were planning to attend individually to ensure they have the information but we will also post when we have a new date. We are disappointed but the safety of our guests is paramount and we want to make sure everyone stays safe tonight and is able to stay off the roads if possible.Thank you for your continued support and care about what God is doing in PNG. We look forward to sharing an evening with you soon.With thanks,Jon & Anita ... See MoreSee Less
Hi Everyone!We are really excited about sharing tomorrow night (7-9pm); however, we are also cognizant of the snowy weather forecast. We realize people might be coming from further distances and we wanted to get a sense of who this weather forecast might affect. If you are planning to attend the info night, could you reply to this post about whether or not you still plan to attend? Thank you so much! We really hope that the evening can go ahead as planned but we don't want to put anyone in harms way!Blessings,Jon & Anita ... See MoreSee Less
We still have some details to work out re: medication access while we're away but we're planning, in faith, to leave in early July for our next 3-year term in Papua New Guinea. If you want to find out more about the ministry God has invited us into within this beautiful country and in the lives of the youth that we get to serve and teach and love, and if you're LOCAL, please come to our info/fundraising evening on February 25th from 7pm-9pm at SouthRidge Fellowship. We would love to see you there!!!! More info can be found further down on this FB page! ... See MoreSee Less
What are you doing on February 25th? We'd love to see you in Langley at SouthRidge Fellowship where we are hosting an information evening where we will share in more depth about the work God is doing and that we get to participate in through our work at Ukarumpa International School. Mark your calendars and I'll be sending out an RSVP link soon so that we make sure we have enough space, coffee and desserts!With love,Anita & Jon & family ... See MoreSee Less
I finally have our 2022 Year in Review Newsletter ready for viewing! For those of you on our mailing list, a shortened printed version will be on it's way to your mailbox but this version includes a Poem of Reflection I wrote for the New Year and some extra pictures so even if you're on our list, check it out 🙂Also, if you don't get snail mail from us, please feel free to PM me your mailing address and I'll add you!Thank you everyone for being a huge part of why we are thankful as we head hopefully and full of faith into 2023. With love,Anita (for all of us) ... See MoreSee Less
An update on our family and ministry for the year, 2022.
This beautiful woman passed into Glory last Friday night. She was our initial connection to Papua New Guinea and a trailblazer for so many who came after her. She loved her Lord Jesus SO very much and He has truly blessed so many through her - Jon and I included. We will miss you, Aunty Joy but we rejoice that you are with the One who made you and sustained you for all of these years. He is to be praised for all He has done through this amazing woman over the decades of ministry she had in PNG to the Kanite and Inoke people. She will be so deeply missed. (we don't have any details yet of a memorial but I will post here when that information is available. It will likely be later on and for sure in the New Year)I've written a poem below that I think Aunty Joy would have liked. Treasure by Anita McCarthy Needing little, giving muchto be her friend, you felt the touchof Father's love. She knew it welland gave her life of Him to tellto those who hadn't read His wordsto those whose lives had not been turnedaround by His unfailing loveShe moved her life in service ofthis God who'd changed her life foreverSaviour. Lord. Her deepest treasure.So as we grieve her loss on Earthwe focus more on her rebirthShe's in His arms. She sees His faceShe's safe in His secure embrace.Her life a witness to His graceHer death reminds us of the placeHe wants to hold in all our livesfor in the end all that survivesis how we've lived and how we've lovedour life's work a reflection of something bigger than ourselvesthis bigger love, Joy knew it well.So grieve her absence, miss her laugh.Share the ways God used her asHis champion of love and peaceHis minister from West to EastHis faithful servant. Beloved child.His daughter - kind & gentle. Mild.But don't lose sight of who she loved.Who she always would speak ofWho her life was faithful tofor if you knew her then you knewthat God was her forever prizeHis Kingdom fixed before her eyesAnd in her death, though words she'd treasureshe'd want us all to stop and measureour willingness to hear his voiceour eagerness to make the choiceto follow Him where He might leadto answer Him and with some speedfor life awaits and purpose toothis God - He has a plan for you. He'll use us all, though needs us notforgiving us if we forgot to think of Him both day and nightAnd like dear Joy to find delightin who He is and what He's donein how He loves and How He runsto capture hearts that He has madeequipping them to run the raceShe ran it well. Her race is doneShe's with her Lord - her prize has comeAnd we are here, with tears and griefyet thanking God for her relief.reflecting on her legacyher gift of love for all to seeand asking God to share with usa portion of this woman's loveHer legacy will always shinefor God's the one who did designher life to point us back to Himher death to stir something withinreminding us to live life wellinviting us of Him to tell and if we haven't known his loveor deep, deep hope she did speak ofthen giving us a chance to ponderwhat to do and how to wandercloser to our questions answerfor God's the One who will enhance ourlife, our joy, our hope or peace.He did for Joy who held beliefand though her journeys at it's endher memory we can attendby moving closer to the Fatherfinding hope when we do offerall we have and all we areit's not a fair exchange but farbeyond our wildest dreams or plansit's more than we can comprehendand waits for us but no one knowsjust how fast time on Earth can go.So turn your heart toward His faceit matters not if you're acquaintedwith His ways, His truths, His lovetoday's the day you have to runinto His arms, towards His plansit's what Joy lived for and why she standsbefore the throne of grace forever.So choose Him now and find her treasure. ... See MoreSee Less
Processing, Prayers & Patience - mailchi.mp/e5587a54a80a/mccarthyhomeassignment2022-2023episode2 ... See MoreSee Less
The McCarthy's Move to Papua New Guinea is at Jericho Centre.
6 months ago
When one of your former students from Papua New Guinea takes the time to help your 11 year old transpose and organize his first piece of worship music that he’ll be playing in church and puts a loving note at the bottom of the personalized arrangement, you smile at the beauty of international community and relationships that last far beyond the years we get to spend with youth at Ukarumpa International School. Thank you Dave! Jacob read your note this morning and said he had been praying for an encouragement and you were it! We love you! #mccarthysincanada #homeassignment2022 #mccarthymks #uis #uisalumni #lovethem ... See MoreSee Less
Just going through some photos to get some pictures up in our home here in Canada and came across this one. It reminds me of one of the hardest weeks of my life and some of the best surprise gifts (Hannah, we love you!) God gave in the midst of it. Amazing how God can hold the tragic and the beautiful in His hands at once especially when we don't know what to do with our confusion. I also love how I can go back and look at moments captured and realize there are even more things to be thankful of than I noticed when I first lived these moments - things like the joy in Elliott's eyes and the love in Hannah's smile. Praising God for the family we have been fortunate to acquire through our time serving in PNG and missing them all today - no matter where they are in the world. ... See MoreSee Less
Sometimes encouragement just comes in the form of a thoughtful card with sweet words and a helpful practical financial gift that God knew we needed. Thanking God for our wonderful supporters.#InHisTime #thankful #mccarthysincanada #mccarthysincanada ... See MoreSee Less