Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Today I took the day off and we drove our car into Kainantu, a town about 20 minutes away.  I needed some chain saw bar oil so Laura and I went into a hardware store.  I cracked my windows about 3" because it was so hot and locked the door only I forgot to bring the key with me.  Quite a crowd gathered around us as I tried to reach my hand through the window to get it unlocked.  A man handed me his 5 year old boy and I held the boy up so he could reach in and unlock it. He got his arm all the way in but unfortunately he could only reach the lock with his finger tips and couldn't unlock it.  The boy's elbow wouldn't come out so I had someone pull on the windows and I got the boy unstuck.  We were still locked out.  Several people offered to put their hands in the window and give it a try.  I had to turn several kind-hearted people away.  I asked around if someone had some wire and someone had the wire  from a broken umbrella.  After many tries we finally got the door unlocked and were on our way.  The lesson I learned today.  Always check if you have the key before you lock the door.

Laura took these pictures from the shade.

We saw a man selling an owl he had caught
There are 2 K-Marts in town.  Not anything like the K-Mart back in the US though.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Village Church

This past Sunday our family crossed the Ba'e River and went on a short, beautiful hike to the Lutheran Renewal Center, a village church here in the valley.  Pastor Ham (rhymes with Mom) met us to lead the way. Pastor Ham and his wife, Weti, are involved in translation.

This is the church Paul and Daniel spent a day helping build. It has a concrete floor, metal roof and metal siding which isn't typical of a PNG village church.  The songs, scripture, prayers and preaching were all in Tok Pisin but we were able to follow along for the most part.  It was special to worship with our Papua New Guinean brothers and sisters in Christ.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Importance of Accuracy

Our friend Tommy, his Kasua Language co-workers, Jill and Rebekah

This group is checking five New Testament books (I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, and James).

Why is the consultant checking so important? Here's an example of something that comes to light in a checking session. Look at the middle part of 1 Timothy 2:2, "...that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life..." When Tommy read this verse out loud in the Kasua language, it came across like this, "...that we may do things quietly and steal..." The Kasua words for being peaceful and stealing are very similar, o:sulu tepela: (be peaceful) and o:sulu tipela: (steal). There is only one letter different between the two phrases. When Tommy read this verse out loud, one of the translation consultants asked the question, "According to this verse, how are we to live our lives?" Amos, one of the Kasua co-workers very quickly answered, "We are to do things quietly and steal."

Tommy took a second look at each word and saw the problem. They all had a good laugh over it, corrected it, and went on to the next verse with a keen awareness that God's Spirit was guiding them.

Saturday, January 31, 2015


A translator friend of mine here on the mission centre had 2 men from his language working on a translation.  My friend had some big tree branches he needed cut up and I volunteered to help because I have a chainsaw. (Thanks Jim!) I could tell the men were really impressed with what the chainsaw could do.  I asked if they wanted to learn how to use it and their eyes lit up as they said yes!  Later as we were talking, one of them said that his father only had a stone axe when he was younger.  Amazing!
Peter looked as excited as a kid on Christmas morning

He caught on real quick.

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!