Monday, September 12, 2016

Urat New Testament Dedication

On July 30 Rachel and I were blessed to attend the Urat New Testament dedication! The celebration took place
in Musungwik village. A group of traditional dancers led a procession through the village to the meeting area, where a grandstand had been constructed for the many dignitaries that attended.  Five women, each representing a different church denomination, carried the Urat New Testaments in traditional baskets on their backs.

During one of the many speeches given during the four-hour ceremony, a guest shared with the crowd that nearly 300 other languages in Papua New  Guinea are still waiting for Bible translation. As we traveled home the next day, our truck stopped at a roadside village to allow the passengers to stretch their legs.  We chatted with a few of the people who lived there, and told them where we had been.  A man said to us, with longing, “I wish that someone would come and help us to translate the Bible into our language.  Can you send someone?”

See this blog for a great article and videos about the dedication

Sunday, February 14, 2016


I just noticed that my last post was about the severe drought we had here in PNG.  Since then we have moved into rainy season and have been having some flooding problems due to large amounts of rain.  I am filling in as Security Operations Manager for a few months and part of that role is reporting any dangerous situations any of the centre residents might encounter.  The other day I posted warnings for flooded roads on the way to Lae.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Here in Papua New Guinea we are experiencing a major drought.  The last one this bad was back in 1997.  It has been said it is due to El NiƱo.  At our house we have a 9000 liter tank and a small header tank on the top of our roof.  Normally we collect rain water off our roof and it fills the big tank. We run a pump once a day to fill the small one on the roof and we have gravity fed water the rest of the day. We also have water coming to our house that is pumped from a river/creek (RAM) that is not drinkable.   A few months ago we ran out of water in our tank and had to filter RAM water which plugged our filter frequently.  We were thanking God that this last week we have had 2 major rains that have filled our tank half full.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

You know you're a missionary when...

Steps to get a document notarized:

Rent a vehicle to drive to the airport in Goroka
Drive 2 hours to Goroka
Wait several hours due to a delayed flight
Board flight then disembark due to warning lights
Wait several hours to find out your afternoon flight has been cancelled
Ask another mission if you can sleep at their guest house
Get a ride to the airport at 5 AM to get in line
Wait several hours due to a delayed flight
Fly to Port Moresby, go to the Embassy and get your document notarized
Fly back to Goroka the same day
Rent a vehicle to be picked up in Goroka
Submit the document
Discover the document was rejected due to an error but you've already sent the original with someone flying to the US
Receive an extension
Thank the good Lord that the guy from the Embassy is coming to Ukarumpa!
Get another notarized copy.
Attempt to upload the document but read that it is not possible.
Send the 2nd copy with someone flying to the US
Get a call from the US letting you know that the document has not been received and you have 2 1/2 hours to get it turned in
Get a fax number, ask your US church secretary if she'll fax it, email the scanned copy
Call to ask if it has been received and realize that you won't know if it was received for 24-36 hours
Success! Receive an email that the document was indeed received in time.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

PNG Independence Day

Papua New Guinea recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of their independence.  A group of 5 of us rode bikes for 4 hours ended up at lake Yonki where they were having a celebration. Groups from different villages were dressed up in traditional outfits and singing and dancing. 

The level of lake Yonki is very low due to the drought

Cooked fish for sale

Note the tall head dress on the woman on the left.  It is made of grass
All I had to do is pull out my camera and people would pose

The shore of lake Yonki

These woman ask me if I would take a picture of them

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.