An Ob/Gyn physician and a conservation biologist serving Christ in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Thanks for visiting our site! We are Taylor and Laura Myatt, outdoor conservationist and OB/GYN doctor. Our story is founded in family, the community of believers, and the persistent whispering of an eternal God. Our inherited denominational roots in the Nazarene Church led us each to degrees from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2012, after which we married and Laura dove head first into medical school. Taylor worked as an arborist and eventually returned to academia to earn a Master of Environmental Science degree. In 2016, we moved to southeast Michigan for Laura’s 4 year OB/GYN residency and are now taking the leap into full-time mission work.
We have long felt a special love for medical missions in Papua New Guinea. Laura developed her passion for medicine through the example of her father, a dedicated Ob/Gyn. Taylor’s heritage includes relatives and family friends that have served in Kudjip. Together we have shared a mutual desire for a simple, service-oriented lifestyle in a cross-cultural context. God has used these strong influences to shape our path toward PNG, and we are humbled to fulfill His call in a place we have grown to love.
We are blessed to join the Kudjip family with the support of the Samaritan’s Purse Post-Residency Program. Laura will serve in the hospital delivering babies and caring for the women of Papua New Guinea. Taylor will serve on the mission station helping maintain facilities and manage operations. We would appreciate your ongoing prayers and support as we embark on this journey. Thank you for partnering with us!
Why the name?
Job is one of the most fascinating books of the Bible, and a single great testament to our human condition and existence. In a book of 42 chapters, God remains silent to all of the questions, demands, cries of sorrow, and even praises until the 38th chapter. Job’s friends, on the other hand, make their presence and voices known from only the second chapter of the book. Job’s three friends who came to visit him when so much calamity struck had the right idea – to be present with him. Unfortunately, as we read the story of Job, it becomes evident that instead of serving Job at his time of greatest need, his friends offered their unsolicited (and somewhat dangerously inaccurate) advice. I wonder what the story might have looked like if Job’s friends had more of the goal to simply be present with him in the ashes, ‘in the midst’ of his suffering.
There was a sacred moment earlier this year, where in the confused mix of my daily struggles and the continued intermittent pangs of grief from losing my dad, I experienced a raw despair. And I questioned – “Where are you God? And why are you so silent?” And that’s when I realized we, as the church, are His body – we are called to be “His hands and feet” to those around us in the midst of all that happens in this life. Sometimes that looks like providing much needed medical care, sometimes it looks like the simple acts of living life together, and sometimes it looks like a quiet moment spent sitting in the ashes with one another through both our daily struggles and through our profound times of grief.
This blog is one small way for us to share what life looks like for us living in the midst of it all.