Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kapin dedication

I had the privilege of attending the scripture portion dedication for the Kapin language group.  Two men and a woman from our mission center and I met a team of 7 people from a church in Florida that helped fund the translation project in Lae.  They had been planning this trip for almost 2 years and were really excited to see the fruits of what they had been giving to.

Friday morning we left for the Kapin village.  I drove one land cruiser and we hired another one to take the luggage and some of the people.

One of several rivers we went through

Some places in the road were really bad

We drove on to a village in the language group and they had a small celebration and fed us.

We were greeted with frangipani leis and men and women dressed in traditional were dancing and singing.
 The next 3 villages we drove and hiked to were more remote.  We spent the night in a village where we had a worship service in a field with a full moon illuminating everything.  It was wonderful to hear the people singing to Jesus from their hearts.


We had to walk on the two poles to get into the house


This is the view we woke up to the first night.



The last 2 villages we visited were only accessible via very steep trails

Kids along the way helped us with our backpacks
One of the churches we visited on the way
I decided to only eat what we were served along the way.  The food was delicious. Yes, I even ate a grub.
Roasted grub


Fresh watermelon, papaya, and cucumbers



The visitors from the US brought photo albums from home to share with the villagers.  The people  loved to see the visitors' families.  It is great to see how important family and relationships are to most Papua New Guineans. 

We stopped at this auto parts store to get some brake fluid.

and gear oil


On the floor inside one of the churches



The man on the left is Roy.  He is the main translator for the Kapin language.

The headman reading the scripture portion for the first time in the church


Many villagers lined up to shake our hands and say goodbye


Stopping for fuel

We had only one flat tire on the trip

This trip was really encouraging to me, especially to see these people so excited about finally getting God's word in their own language. 
 






































Sunday, October 12, 2014

Waskia Dedication

God's Word for the people of Karkar Island
Last week Daniel and I took a 45 minute flight on a Kodiak to Karkar Island for the Waskia New Testament dedication.


We were welcomed with flowers...
and dancing.
This is why we're here!

After the dedication ceremony we were invited to a meal in the village and greeted by dancers and drumming.
The ladies welcomed us and "blessed" us by filing by and whacking our legs with branches! I was so surprised and laughed so hard. Daniel said "well that's original". We truly felt like we were in a different world.

Papua New Guinea really is a different world...the land of the unexpected.
The Waskia people gave our mission a gift - this carved garamut. It is a drum used for ceremonies and celebrations and to send messages to other villages.
What a privilege to serve the Lord in this beautiful place!
Laura

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Encounter



Last week was Encounter, a cross between church summer camp and a spiritual retreat.  Daniel, Rachel and I attended.  We stayed at the training centre because there was some danger on the road to the camp in Goroka where we were going to stay.  A friend and I lead a Bible study of 9th grade boys so I was invited to come along as a sponsor. 

Some of the highlights were four kids decided they wanted to be baptized, so Sunday afternoon we met at the river and their fathers were called to come and baptize them.  What a privilege.  We played lots of fun outside games like Buck Buck (Bill Cosby did a stand-up routine about this game, which is banned by most youth groups now) , can can, and a talent show.  
Daniel playing Buck Buck


We also went on a hike off centre with about 15 kids to a swimming hole in a river.  We had a great time and swam for about 2 hours.  Unfortunately, on our way back myself and another leader were behind the rest of the group with 2 teen boys when 5 young men robbed us.  They took some shoes, a back pack and one of the teen’s phones.  We are thankful that no one was hurt.
Swimming area



Monday, September 1, 2014

Dramatic Eruption

Recently Mount Tavurvur erupted in Papua New Guinea.  It is located in Rabaul, in eastern PNG, far away from us.  Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where high volcanic and seismic activity is the norm. The volcano spewed a thick tower of ash that reached as high as 60,000 feet above sea level. In 1994, Tavurvur erupted at the same time as nearby Mount Vulcan, destroying Rabaul. Most of the ash is expected to fall over uninhabited areas.

Photo taken by Theresa Wilson

Photo taken by Theresa Wilson

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

School fire

Monday morning we got a call saying that there was a fire at the Aiyura High school.  This is a high school for nationals and not the school our kids go to.  We got there about 8:15 and found out that one of the girls dorms was on fire.  It had been going for about a half an hour when we got there.  We immediately started spraying it with our 1 1/2" hose and had started to get it under control when we ran our of water in the tank on our fire truck.  We tried pumping water from a couple of water tanks but they soon ran dry.  We had to drive the truck to a nearby stream to fill the tank and unfortunately the fire roared back to life and engulfed the whole building while we were gone.  We also cut the PVC water main that supplies the campus and let it fill a ditch and used a pump to spray the fire.  At this point we were just trying to keep it from spreading to nearby buildings.  The 5 of us spent about 5 hours fighting the fire and were exhausted by the time we were done. 

Nobody was injured in the fire but the 45 11 and 12th grade girl who lived there lost everything they had.  There is a collecting being taken up to help the girls. 





The back side of the dormitory
One of the rooms engulfed in flames.  Don't worry, I just took this picture through the window and didn't actually go into the building while it was burning. 
The intense heat melted everything anywhere near the fire. 
Me putting out the hotspots
This is one of the other dorm buildings taken a few years before the fire.
The girls laundry burnt while hanging on the line
This is what was left after we put the fire out

The intense heat even melted the glass from the window slats

One of the guys found this Bible in the remains