News About Shirley

The bottom portion of this page will be periodically updated as Shirley sends news from the Village.

At a time in her life when most folks are retiring, Shirley Killosky is still “going strong!” Before moving to Hauna Village, Papua New Guinea in 1979 to work in literacy, she taught school in northwest Indiana. Shirley earned her B.S. in Education from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Shirley founded the Hauna schools where currently more than 700 students are enrolled in our elementary and high schools. Current responsibilities of Field Director and Supervisor for CODE High School in Hauna occupy most of Shirley’s time. The Sepik Christian Ministries National Board was formed to be the PNG registered organization responsible for education, and the ministry continues to expand to remote jungle regions. Laszlo Mission League has ongoing requests to open new schools “up river” to teach children and adults who have never had the opportunity to read, write or hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Shirley loves to read, and reads two or three books a week thanks to her battery light, which she says stays on all night! Also, God seems to be keeping Shirley in good health in order to keep the high school going in Hauna.

As a mother of three adult children with their own families (James, Lisa and Donald) Shirley’s ongoing passion is to support and care for the people of Papua New Guinea where she has invested most of her life. “I saw how much the people in the jungle needed assistance in all areas of life – both physical and spiritual. I think there is still much to do and many people still need to be reached.” – Shirley Killosky

Currently they are working on maintenance on several buildings in order to keep up with the cut worms, which are destroying the wood very fast.

Recent news from Shirley as of March 2018:

I came home to Boise, Idaho from January to March during the school’s summer break in Hauna. I had a wonderful time visiting my grown children and grandchildren in Boise and Valparasio as well as several donors. In March, Topher Philgreen, the President of Laszlo Mission League accompanied me back to the village for another year to get started in teaching.

Because of the government’s failure to get proper books to the secondary schools, Hauna is printing their own on an Epson printer. Anyone who travels to the village from the States brings all the ink they can carry. This is working pretty well right now, except that paper doesn’t do well in the harsh jungle climate so books can’t really be re-used.

Thanks to generous donors, the satellite system is up and running. This is an expensive way to communicate with the United States, but it is a life-saver to be able to contact home at least once per day. It is through the satellite e-mail system that we receive relevant news as well as communication from donors about their sponsored students and teachers.

My health is doing well. About two weeks after arriving back in Hauna I came down with malaria, which happens a couple times per year. I got right on the proper medication and spent a week in bed, but I’m doing better now. Malaria is a constant thing here. Think of the worst flu you’ve ever had and then double it . . . that’s malaria.

Through Laszlo Mission League, I’ll update this section each month.

Love you all!

Shirley Killosky