Thursday, July 30, 2009

Trip to Goroka

We went to Goroka to pick up our friends at the airport. It is a 2 hour trip and the scenery was amazing. There are several coffee roaster in town and lots of people bring their coffee to sell.

Us about to pass a fully loaded truck of bags of coffee

The picture don't fully show the beautiful scenery

The lumber yard

A woman selling her hand made jewelery

The Goroka senior center.

We spent the night at the Luthern guest hosue

The open air market

This man will fix your shoes while you wait

Laura waiting for our friends at the airport. We drove the white truck in the picture. You can get much closer parking than that.

The Goroka LDS or Mormon church is the nicest, newest building in town.

A typical shop in town.

We stopped to go to the bathroom and a crowd came out to greet us from a local village.

We felt like celebrities.

They showed us a banner there made for the their local school

Almost all the bridges are one lane. Not sure who has the right of way if someone is coming. Never had to figure that out :)

The roadside food stand. The pineapples were going for about $.50 USD each.

The only place to buy diesel in between Ukarumpa and Goroka is a roadside stand like this.

A beautiful winding road leading up to a village

Monday, July 27, 2009

Visiting bird

We had a Purple Swamp Hen come and visit us in our back yard this last weekend. There are lots of different birds here but we have never seen one like this.

Living next door are several PNG translators and one came over and took it home. They are keeping it and feeding it because it is an endangered species. When they return to their village they will release it in the wild.

Check out the biceps on this guy. They didn’t get that way from lifting weights, just from a life of hard work.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Spider

This ain’t no eensy weensy spider. We saw it in the middle of its web this morning. It is probably about 4 inches across.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Our fathers big pile of words

We have gotten to know a couple that came to PNG in 1971 and translated the New Testament here. The title they gave the Bible translates into English as Our Father’s Big Pile of Words.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

PMV

In Papua New Guinea there are not taxis or buses instead they have something called a PMV (Public Motor Vehicle). It is usually a truck and they sure can pack them in as you can see in the pictures. It is a reasonable way to get around. The fare from our center to the town about 20 minutes away is 1 Kina or about 36 cents.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Village tour

Saturday Daniel, Rachel and I (Paul) went on a walking tour of a nearby village. This is the one where all the fighting has been going on. A peace treaty has been agreed upon and right now things are calm. The bridge it is not as unsafe as it looks.

We saw coffee being dried in the sun and a young man building a house. Most houses have a fire pit in the middle of the floor for cooking. The smoke just filters through the grass roofs and actually helps make the grass last longer.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Bush fire

The house we live in here is right against the fence.  On the other side of the fence is almost endless fields of kuni grass that can grow up to 10 feet tall.  The nationals will set a field on fire to clear the land for their gardens. 

 

Someone started a fire in the field behind out house.  We kept a close eye on it as it crept closer.  It stopped burning before it got too close to our house but it did make for an exciting Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July in PNG

Our family is used to celebrating the 4th of July by getting together with friends and enjoying lots of fireworks.  Tonight we got together with many of the Americans for a potluck not expecting any fireworks but due to some ingenious people we had some.  You take a tennis ball size wad of unsoaped steel wool and attach it to a wire and tie the wire on a long line of string.  You light the steel wool and start spinning it.  Sparks really start to fly as you can see from the picture. 

Friday, July 3, 2009

Alpha 338

Our neighbor and friend Karan is a translator from New Zealand. The people she works with are in a remote village so she takes a plane to one point and then travels by boat the rest of the way.   Her support team is gone on furlough so she asked us to fill in while she is in the village for  a month.  One way that we can offer support is by connecting with her by radio.  Our call sign is A338.  The radio is her only means of  contact with the outside world while she is in the village.  Three times a week all translators are required to attend roll call by radio.  The radio operator checks in with each one to make sure all is well.  

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Shoes and One Big Boy

When we asked people what to bring to Papua New Guinea the number one response was shoes.  We do a lot of walking here on rough, rocky roads and shoes don’t last as long as we’re used to.  Also it’s basically impossible to get shoes for kids here unless we buy used ones from other missionaries but then theirs have worn out too! 

 

Well we brought a lot of shoes for the kids.  For each of them we brought a variety of shoes for each size anticipating a stay of 4 years before coming to the US for furlough.   Four kids, four years…that’s a lot of shoes.  Tonight we had a shoe sorting party and we got a big surprise.  Daniel’s feet are bigger than mine!!!  The shoes he was going to wear in two years, give or take a bit, fit him now!  Sooooo Michael’s shoe pile is quite large now that we’ve moved the bulk of Daniel’s shoes to his.

 

All of this is to say that Daniel is growing up a lot faster than we figured.