News About Shirley

The top 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 (James, Lisa and Donald), two grandchildren, and four great grandsons, 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

Recent news from Shirley as of September 13, 2021.

Shirley and the rest of the Laszlo family are in mourning, but also rejoicing that Marilyn is finally dancing again and with her full memory back. Shirley, Lisa Holm, her daughter and her son will be traveling to Indiana for the Celebration of Life on October 5th. A Celebration of Life is planned for Tuesday, October 5th 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at Liberty Bible Church, 824 North Calumet, Chesterton, Indiana, 46304. Topher Philgreen will officiate. All are welcome and encouraged to come. The service will also be livestreamed. Livestream details can be found on the front page of this website as they become available. Shirley would really like to see all of her friends and donors while she is there. Please come!

September, 2021:

My prayers and focus are on the impending passing of my dear sister Marilyn. She paved the way for the ministry that I’ve done for 40 years in Hauna Village. I know my friends in Hauna are praying for her. The Hauna team, which we call Sepik Christian Ministries, meets every morning in the big house to pray and plan for the day. When I was there, we regularly prayed for Topher, Laszlo Mission League, and Marilyn.

One of my best memories was when Topher Philgreen and Jeff Eckart brought Marilyn back to the village for a visit before she lost her memory. That was in December of 2013. The whole village was so excited to enthusiastically welcome her back! They put together a wonderful Sing-Sing with all of their native dress, instruments and dances.

Please continue your strong support of the Hauna outreach through Laszlo Mission League. Even though I’m not there due to this pandemic lock-down, the ministry is continuing strongly with their leadership and your financial support.

Shirley in Boise

July 1, 2021:

The ministries in Hauna are continuing strongly even through I’m not there. Even my high school class is being taught by Peter, my main administrator there in the Hauna office. It’s hard to believe I will miss an entire school year in PNG which ends in November. I miss being there.

Even though I have been vaccinated, the flights needed to get back to Hauna that go through Australia, Hong Kong, or Singapore have not opened up. So, I sit here in Boise with intermittent contact with my friends in Hauna.

I’m so thankful for Topher, Courtney and the board of Laszlo Mission League as they continue to facilitate ministry from here in the United States. Even though we can’t get communication through, the child sponsors continue to faithfully support and my personal financial supporters have been faithful as well. It’s so exciting to me when the LML donors provide needed money for outboard motors. Without outboard motors, the outreach to other villages grinds to a halt. Please continue your strong support of the Hauna outreach through Laszlo Mission League.

I’m content and blessed.  Shirley in Boise

February, 2021:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am still locked down in my home in Boise, Idaho. It was good to be here for Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family, but it has now been one full year that I’m sequestered here in Boise away from Hauna. However, I am scheduled to get my vaccine! Like much of the country it did get very cold in February here in Boise, but not as bad as it was in the Midwest and even down to Texas! I’m thankful for my new little dog who keeps me company and of course for my children who take care of me here when I need help. The satellite link is down in Hauna currently so communication has been sparse except when villagers travel to Wewak where they have access to good cell service or sometimes a computer. There are some days that it is discouraging not getting to be in Hauna. But I know they are in good hands and God’s work in that village will continue.   Shirley

October, 2020:

Hello All. 2020 has certainly been an extraordinary year. I usually come home after the school year in PNG in order to see my family in the US and to allow the village to function and do the ministry without me. I had no idea when I came home in November that I would still be sitting here in Boise in October 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am locked down in my home in Boise, Idaho. The border to Papua New Guinea is closed and they are not allowing international flights into the country. Due to amazing technology, I communicate almost daily with people from the village. Villagers either use their cell phones to contact me via the app called Whatsapp, or sometimes through Facebook when they go into Wewak. I am so happy the ministry in Hauna is continuing so strongly. The faithfulness of our donors has allowed us to send the needed monthly funds to continue all the ministries. The only thing that is not happening in Hauna in my absence is the education of the 11th and 12th graders. We have someone in the village who is getting the training to take this part over. In the meantime, I’m little lonely and pretty bored in Boise and can’t wait to see my friends again in Hauna.  Shirley

Sept 7, 2018:

Sweet relief! We are definitely into the rainy season now. Similar to last year, we went straight from drought to lots of rain. It has been raining every night in the mountains which makes the river rise, and also in the village which keeps our water tanks full. Now, the river is close to going over the bank. This is normal during rainy season, but the villagers need to harvest their gardens before it floods. So that’s the problem to pray for now, no flooding of the gardens. There is always something!!

Shirley in Hauna

Aug 27, 2018:

The latest news is that river is up again. There was a big storm in the mountains last night that brought the water level up in the tributaries so that people in the village can get to their gardens.  We also had rain in the village that filled our water tanks, so we are OK now.  Thank you for the prayers.

On a sad note, we had one of our teachers die yesterday.  My guess is from stroke.  Sago is pure carbohydrates which clogs the arteries I’m sure.  Since this is their main food, this may be the problem.

We need to take advantage of the USA rate being .3002. That means we get 3xs the amount in Kina.  Praying for money to buy more timber.  We have to build with ironwood for things to last in the jungle, but it is expensive and has to come from deep in the jungle or from other villages.

That’s all for now. I am doing fine. Shirley in Hauna.

Aug 14, 2018:

We are sending 3 men to sleep at the airstrip since we can’t get the mower back and forth by canoe. We must keep the airstrip open for supplies and emergencies. We will give them food. Extra people will try to pull the small boat by hand with the lawnmower through the places that are dried up. All the people are walking to their gardens. It takes almost one day to walk that far without enough water to go by canoe. I don’t know how they do it. We do not see any possibility of rain. This is so unusual. We just keep praying.

Shirley

Aug 10, 2018:

Please pray for us, that God will send more rain to the mountains. We are in serious trouble here and in all the villages around us. The people cannot get to their gardens for food or the lakes to get fish. The tributaries are dry. It is too far to walk. We can’t keep our airstrip open because we can’t get the big lawn mower to the airstrip. Our government school is closing because the teachers can’t find food. Our elementary school is also closing. However, our high school here in Hauna still meets on Wednesday and we feed them. That’s why we had the highest attendance in a long time. Everyone came to eat!!

We need rain!   Shirley

Aug 5, 2018:

Please continue to pray for us. We are in a pretty severe drought. Our river is down to a sandy path. We can’t get in and out. Our supplies came from Wewak and about 50+ young men had to walk about 1 mile to get to where our 2 big canoes were stranded. They hand carried a lot of heavy things to reach a place where they could put the supplies in smaller canoes and pull them through the dry spots.

Last night we had a huge storm; thunder, lighting, high winds and lots of heavy rain. The floors in the house were covered with water. We had prayed for it yesterday and it happened. However, it only helped our water tanks but not the river.  It has to rain in the mountains for the river to rise.

Everything else is going well. With the water level down we’re hoping to get the next phase of the project to fix the bank erosion in front of the big house.

Shirley in Hauna

July 15, 2018:

Whew! The drought broke and we got some rain! The river has begun to rise again so that we can get dugout canoes in and out. Heading to Wewak on Monday to get much needed supplies.

Thank you for praying!  Shirley in Hauna

July 3, 2018:

WOW! We are in the worst drought ever! The river is the lowest I have ever seen it. We are not able to get in and out of the village. We are also out of drinking water as well as supplies. We are running the generator for less hours also which doesn’t help my freezers or refrigerators. I am trying to get the leaders to limit the amount of people working until we can get more supplies to the village. Only God can send rain!

We are seriously praying for you and all of our supporters in our Sunday evening prayer group. Is there anything in particular that you want us to pray for?

May God bless you and yours with many blessings.   Shirley in Hauna

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