Thursday, April 29, 2010


Last weekend I took a trip off center on my motorcycle. I ended up
stopping at a settlement by a coffee plantation. A crowd of kids came
running to greet me. I talked with them a while and they showed me the
new primary school they attended. Several of the kids ran back to their
gardens and returned with flowers and wanted to decorate my almost
antique 1975 Honda SL125. They looked pleased as I rode off with the
flowers attached.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Earthquakes and flooding

We were just talking about how we haven't had an earthquake in several
months when normally we have them almost weekly and then we had 3 major
ones within one week! Also we had a really huge downpour that lasted
several hours the other night and you can see by the picture that the
nearby river carved a new path and took out lots of coffee trees.

The picture of the crack in the ground is in our backyard but we are
praising God that nobody has been hurt with all that has been going on.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Take another look

What's shaped like little hearts, colored like Easter candy, sitting in
the candy section at the checkout and looking soooo yummy?
Mothballs!!! On our recent trip to Goroka we did a double take when we
saw bags of delicious looking moth balls in the candy section! To top
it off the brand name're not going to believe it... Swallow!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Coffee Roaster

Our kids have been on school break so we decided to drive to the next
city Goroka, about a 2 hour drive. We did some second hand clothes
shopping and ate at a restaurant a few times. We weren't sure if we
were going to be able to go because the bridge had been closed on the
one road there. The ground on one side of it had some major ruts that
caused our car to bottom out but we made it alright.

Our favorite PNG grown coffee is Arabicas which is roasted right in
Goroka. We took a tour of the processing site which was a large
building with a handful of machines. Large burlap sacks of freshly
picked coffee beans are bought and stacked waiting to be ground. We
were shown the huge coffee grinder and another machine that roasts it
and spins the grounds to cool them. An elderly looking man climbed
barefoot onto a box so he could pour the ground coffee into a machine
that dumps it into bags. Another barefoot guy took each bag and handed
them to a guy that weighed them and took a bit out or added a bit. Last
but not least a lady sealed the bags and they were date stamped. It was
strange to see a few people packing the bags one by one.

We bought 2 bags of coffee while we were there that had just been
roasted and our car smelled wonderful all the way home.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunrise service

This morning we got up at 5:30 am and went to sunrise service. We
worshiped together as the sun crested the hills of PNG. Each person
went forward to place a flower on the cross and the result was stunning;
we could hardly take our eyes off it.

The kids decorated eggs later in the day - it doesn't work quite as well
with the brown eggs we get here but it's still fun.

We're so thankful that Jesus gave His life for ours; He's alive and
we're alive in Him!