Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thoughts for the day

(written on Monday night)

*Jack is gone - we gave our excellent guard dog to some friends that live in the bush.  They have a greater need for a guard dog and we didn't think it would be good to have him in the area where we're moving.  It was so sad to say goodbye to him Saturday but good to be able to bless our friends with such a great dog.

*It's dry season - time of the EEEEEEEEEEEEE bug.  There are a lot of jungly sounding bugs at this time of year.  My favorite is the one that literally wakes up at the crack of dawn and says "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"  for a long stretch at a time.  It's the alarm clock bug.  A new arrival to the mission center wondered who was using a power tool so early in the morning.

*Our family went to church last night and enjoyed singing beautiful worship songs with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Unexpectedly the verses gripped me and I started bawling.  Satan has been throwing old sins in my face and I've felt bad even though I know intellectually that Jesus has forgiven me.  It was wonderful to sing about the truth and let go of the lie.  Here's the song....

BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD ABOVE

Before the throne of God above

I have a strong a perfect plea

A great High Priest whose name is love

Who ever lives and pleads for me

My name is written on His hands

My name is hidden in His heart

I know that while in Heaven He stands

No power can force me to depart


When Satan tempts me to despair

And tells me of the guilt within

Upward I look and see Him there

Who made an end of all my sin

Because the sinless Saviour died

My sinful soul is counted free

For God the just is satisfied

To look on Him and pardon me


Behold Him there the risen Lamb

My perfect sinless Righteousness

The great unchangeable I Am

The King of glory and of grace

One with my Lord I cannot die

My soul is purchased by His blood

My life is safe with Christ on high

With Christ my Saviour and my God

With Christ my Saviour and my God



*I was eating pecans today and noticed that something had been living in them.  The pre PNG me would have been deeply disturbed but I just spit them out and thought "oh well".  We were at dinner at a friend's  a while back and she told me that when she sees trails in the flour she figures it won't kill anyone and goes ahead and uses it.  My tolerance for critters has increased enormously.

*Speaking of critters I've also been mostly cured of germophobia.  This change shows up  in a variety of ways and one of them is in regards to our water.  Since it's dry season we've switched from using tank water (rain water) for everything to using it only for drinking and teeth brushing.  For showering, washing clothes and ... washing dishes!...  we use creek water.  We had a heavy rain recently so the creek water has been stirred up and is more brown.  The upside is we can use it more liberally.  Jessica was in heaven having a nice (brown) hot bubble bath in the big tub.  As for the dishes we just try to make sure they're completely dry before we use them. 

*Tonight I told Jessica that we were going to have tomato soup for supper (she loves it).  She said "You're the best mommy I've ever had!"

*Well our Monday is ending; I hope yours is as good as mine has been :  )

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dry Season

PNG has only 2 seasons. Wet and dry. We are definitely in the dry
season now and it has not rained in about 2 weeks. There is usually a
lot of bush fires during this time. People take this chance to burn the
thick kunai grass to prepare the grounds for a new garden or sometimes
just... well, I'm not sure why they do it.

Some of you may think "why do they need firewood in PNG?" Well, dry
season is also our winter and mornings are sometimes cool and it's nice
to have a fire. It is also the way we heat our water on overcast days.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cargo Cult

No this isn't the name of a rock group. It is a religion that is still
practiced today by many people. More so in areas that have not had much
western contact. During world war 2 people saw an incredible amount of
things or cargo mysteriously appear in their country. They lacked the
understanding about how there are factories in other countries with lots
of machines and people that made this cargo. They would do all the
right things like making a runway with bamboo control towers and light
fires on the sides and then wait for the cargo to come.

Sadly they also see missionaries come with cargo and study them to see
how they got this cargo. They realize that the Bible is very important
to them and they think the secret to how to get the cargo must be in
this Book.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A nice surprise

Thursday morning Socks delivered 3 wittle bitty kitties. Two had
arrived when I got up at 6:30 am and I got to watch #3 pop out at 7:30.
They are just too adorable.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bow and arrow

Daniel, Michael and Paul target practicing with the bow and arrows our
village family made for us. People use bows just like these to hunt for
food.

I'm afraid we would go hungry if we had to rely on our archery skills.