Saturday, August 29, 2009

Coffee run

No this isn’t about a run down to the nearest Starbucks for coffee. Our house helper, Dariasso, asked me (Paul) a few weeks ago to help her take her 7 - 80 kg bags of coffee to the market to sell.

Her village, Wopepa, is too far away for PMVs to come and take it. I haven’t been able to go until now due to rain and muddy roads. When it’s been raining it’s impossible to go along the roads to Dariasso’s village by car.

When we arrived, many people from the village came out to see what was going on. We loaded the bags of coffee and had to put the truck in low 4wd to get back up the hill.

This is the church building in Wopepa

The road went right between houses. I felt funny about driving in someone's front yard but they said it was ok.

I had to stop and wait for a momma goat and her 2 babies to cross the road.

This is one shot of the road I was on. I wasn't able to take many pictures on the way up because I had to keep both hands on the wheel.

A very grateful and happy Darriasso and her husband are selling their coffee here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August 24, 2008...

…the day we first set foot on the island of Papua New Guinea.  It’s amazing to think that we’ve been here a year. We feel privileged to be here supporting Bible translation. 

Friday, August 21, 2009

PNG kids

We live near the housing for national translators that come to work on Bible translation.  Usually just the men come but a family with 2 young boys have come for a few months.  The boys don’t go to school so they don’t have much to do all day.  We loaned them 2 bikes that were at our house and they spend hours a day riding them.  They also made a parachute out of a plastic bag and some string. 


It has been great to see how happy these boys are when simple things.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New village church

Daniel and I (Paul) had the privilege of helping build the new Renewal Lutheran Church building. It is about a 45 minute walk from where we live. There is no way to drive there and we had to carry all of our supplies thru a river. The concrete pad was poured in 2005 and the lumber cut using a portable saw mill but they ran out of money for nails, steel roofing panel and other supplies.

Now they have started construction and a group of guys from Ukarumpa have been going to help each Saturday.

You can see the old church building and how much bigger the new one is going to be. That is a good problem that they have outgrown their old building.

It was a great experience working beside Pastor Ham and the other men from the village. Daniel was a big help and hammered many nails.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Aerial view of Ukarumpa

This is the center where we live (Ukarumpa).  The long road at the bottom of the picture leads to a huge coffee plantation. 


PNG is truly a beautiful place.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Some boys were riding bikes in front of our house and Jessica asked them to teach her how to ride.  They don’t speak the same language but they sure can have fun together.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Rachel, Jessica, and I (Paul) walked around the center today and took lots of pictures of flowers. There always seems to be some type of flower in bloom.

The dew is always very heavy in the morning.

Rachel likes taking pictures also.

Jessica found this snail and wanted to show it off

This is an Orchid. I think it is called a Tiger Orchid.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Australian Differences

PNG was ruled by Australia until they gained their independence in 1975.  You can still see lot of Australian influence here.  Here are some of the differences we have noticed:


Toilets are called Loos

You don’t call somebody you ring them

Light switch down for off

Cheddar cheese is white

If someone “lucked out” that means they didn’t get it

“Good on you” means good job

They say “No worries” when you tell them thank you

Aluminum is pronounced “Al u minium”

After singing happy birthday they say “hip hip hooray” 3 times

Instead of coffee breaks they have tea time

Chemist Is the pharmacy

Diapers are nappyies

You queue up instead of getting in line

Trunks of cars are called boots

Bonnet is the hood of a car

Esky is a cooler

Vacations are called holidays

Candy is lolli

Elevators are lifts

Liquor store is a bottle shop




Monday, August 3, 2009


We had our first visitors from the US last week. We had a great time and got to do a lot of fun things.

Paul, Laura, Andrew and his mother. Andrew is a high school student we have befriended and he has invited us to visit his village several times. He wants to go to college next year and study to be a nurse.

Andrew's Dad took one look at Ron and said "Giant". You would never guess that they are the same age.

Ron and Jeff mingling with a crowd of curious people.

We stopped on a hill and a man named Kevin talked to us a while and pointed out interesting things.

Kevin showing Jeff the purple leafed plant they use to mark the land boundaries.

We got to see lots of coffee plants.

We visited the market in Goroka. This market they sell food and household items.