Saturday, September 18, 2010

Unique house

Friday I went to a friend's village. I've been to this village before to pick up bags of coffee and drive them to the market.

I saw this house and stopped to talk to the owners about it.  I asked them why they built it on one pole and they said basically they just felt like it.   People everywhere like to be unique, even in PNG.  This house has a glass window which you seldom see.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

We're Green

Since we have been gone we have heard that it is popular to be green back in the States.

We started thinking about our life here and how we are pretty "green" out of necessity.  Here are some examples:

  • All our lights are fluorescent bulbs.
  • Our hot water comes from solar panels and when it is cloudy we build a fire that heats the water.
  • All our laundry is dried outside on a line
  • Our drinking water is collected off our roof and stored in a large tank.  Once a day we fill a header tank on the roof and then the water is gravity fed.
  • We don't have a car and walk almost everywhere we go. 
  • The fruit and produce we eat comes from local gardens that are grown organically.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Daniel has a friend named Freddy in his class at school.  Friday night Freddy's sister, Betty, came home from youth group, sat down to eat and collapsed.  Her heart had stopped and efforts to revive her failed.  Betty was a 14 year old Papua New Guinean who loved the Lord.  She had a heart condition but was full of life so it was unexpected when she died. 

I've been trying to imagine her in heaven, with the Lord - seeing Him and all He's prepared for her.  This afternoon I went to her funeral.  The meeting house here at the mission center was packed to full capacity.  It was a wonderful service.

Her extended family has come from the village and friends and family have gathered for the 3rd night of mourning.  Her body is in her house and her immediate family are inside quietly crying and moaning.  They take a lot of time to say goodbye and it seems so good to take the time to let it sink in that she's gone.  Super long strips of bamboo were cut and placed in the yard to make a tall arch every few few feet. There were other pieces for support. An enormous tarp was laid over the bamboo arches.  There are over 100 people  there now and most will sit in there all night.  Betty's body will be buried tomorrow in her mother's village. 

This community has been touched by Betty's peace, happiness, kindness and helpfulness.

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