Shirley and her family moved to PNG in 1979 under the Bible Missionary Church. They served one term. Shirley states:
“For the next thirty years, I longed to return to my people and the land of my calling…Papua New Guinea. It broke my heart. Many events happened in those thirty years. Our children grew up, got married, and established Christian homes. Eleven wonderful grandchildren were born. I taught in ACE schools for twenty years. Sadly, my marriage disintegrated, and I found myself as a single older lady. God laid it on my heart to return to PNG. I saw it as a challenge, an opportunity, and an open door. I must confess that coming alone caused me to totally lean on God. He helped me to get over every hurdle. I came a self- supported, independent, volunteer missionary to the Bible Fellowship Church of PNG.”
Shirley feels honored to serve with Bible Methodist Missions.