Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Paul's new hat

A couple of months ago there was a PNG family that was here working on their Bible translation for a few months.  They have 4 kids that didn’t have anything to do all day so we fixed up some old bikes and let them ride and jump on our trampoline.  They would usually be in our yard or riding around for 4 to 6  hours a day.

 

The wife, Jessica, knit me a hat and the kids brought flowers to say thank you. 

Monday, October 26, 2009

Graduation

Friday our friend Andrew (http://boundforpng.blogspot.com/2009/08/visitors.html) graduated from high school. This is a huge accomplishment for someone in PNG partly because the families must pay large school fees.

Aiyura High School is about a 5 minute drive from where we live. It is grade 11 & 12 and there are about 600 students attending.

There were hundreds of family and friends there to watch the ceremony. The program said the ceremony would start at 11:00 and end at 1:30. It actually started at 1:00 and went until 4:30. That’s “PNG time” - something I haven’t gotten used to. Some of the students chose to wear shirt and tie and others dressed in traditional grass skirts and face paint.

Here is one of the dorm rooms.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bananas

Bananas are thought to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea.  We have about 17 trees in our yard; they will only bear fruit once, then die.  We have banana muffins, cake, smoothies, plain, frozen…

 

Our yard man owes us money and in addition to paying us back in kina (the local currency) he’s been paying us back in banana bunches and by planting small banana trees in the yard.  He walks two hours to get here for his day’s work so it’s no small feat to get here with a huge banana bunch on his shoulder.   

 

 

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Praying for rain

A while back Laura called me at work and said the water wasn’t working. Our tank gotten low enough so that the pump had lost its prime. We switched to creek water and prayed for rain. Being from Seattle I never thought I’d find myself praying for rain.

PNG has 2 seasons: rainy and dry. The dry season is coming to an end; yesterday we had a huge rain storm and our tank is back full again. Now we can shower in warm rain water instead of brown creek water!

Paul priming the water pump

We get our hot water from the sun.

This is our rainwater tank

Friday, October 9, 2009

Horses

Ukarumpa has a pony club for people interested in horses.  There are about 16 horses on the center right now owned by individual members.  Sometimes two people buy a horse together so they each own ½ a horse!  Not far from where we live there is a huge pasture area for the horses as well as paddocks for classes, jumps, etc.  Groups frequently take the horses out for rides in the hills or down to the river. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Trip to the dentist

They have a really good dentist here.  He is quite busy between all the missionaries and the people from the surrounding villages.  He does everything from cleaning teeth, root canals, extracting teeth, and braces.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Machine to wash dishes

Michael and I (Paul) were washing dishes the other night and he said “they should invent a machine that does this for you”.  I think he forgot what a dishwasher is. 

 

There are a lot of differences here in just day to day living.  We wash all our dishes by hand.  If it has been a cloudy day we make a fire in the fireplace which has pipes that heat up the water.  We don’t have a clothes dryer so we hang our laundry on the line and sometimes rush out to take it in when it starts raining. 

 

While life here is harder we truly feel blessed and love it here.