Friday, February 12, 2010

Bavi

Bavi is a friend of mine - a sister in Christ, She is a widow with a five year old girl and a 6 year old boy.  Wednesday she came here to work which involves a 2 hour walk up and down a mountain...one way.  We sing songs together, worship songs that have been translated into Tok Pisin.  One of our favorites is He Knows My Name. 
 
The heavy rains have ruined a lot of the gardens, including Bavi's.  She is planting a new garden and it will be ready in about 3 or 4 months.  She and her children don't have a lot to eat and certainly not a lot of variety.  Her attitude amazes me though. She said "God says in His Word, in Matthew, not to worry about what you'll eat, so I pray and don't worry."  She was working in her garden when a woman stopped and gave her 10 kau kau (like potatoes) without expecting anything in return.  That was a God moment. 
 
Talking with her causes me to pause and think about how different our lives are - our attitudes.  I have milk, rice, flour, sugar, peanuts, fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese...the list goes on and on.  I open the refrigerator and think "there's nothing to eat." I have a lot to learn from Bavi!
 
 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Trip to Madang

My brother came to visit and spent Christmas with us. After Christmas
Daniel, my brother and I drove about 5 hours to Madang and stayed at the
center (POC) where we had our initial training for 2 days. Then we spent 3
days in the village where our family lived for 5 weeks last year. We
went snorkeling, fishing for tuna and spent lots of time visiting with
our village family. They really enjoyed getting to know my brother.
After we dropped my brother of at the airport, Daniel and I made the 5
hour adventurous drive back to Ukarumpa. We had a great vacation; the
only downside was that we were held up at gunpoint. It was really scary
but we're thankful to be safe.
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