Saturday, July 23, 2011

Prison visit

A while back myself and 3 other guys went to a jail that was about 1/2 hour drive away for prison ministry. It was quite an experience. One of my favorite movies is the Great Escape and the prison really reminded me of the prison camp from that movie.
About a month before our visit some men visited the prison and asked if anyone would like a Bible and about 100 men said yes. The purpose of our visit was to distribute the Bibles that had been collected and share the gospel with the prisoners. Close to a hundred men came to listen. We were at one end of a long cinder block room and the only exit was on the other side of the prisoners. We started out the meeting with prayer. At first I had my eyes closed but when I then I thought it might be a good idea to pray with my eyes open!
Some gave us letters to mail; we were their only hope of communicating with their families. The guards skimmed each letter to make sure there were no escape plans. Prison escapes are common in Papua New Guinea.


It was a great experience to cheer these men up for at least a couple of hours. They are in such a dismal place.





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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Meds

What it takes to free our family of malaria plus treat it if we get it anyways....
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Transitions

Currently, we're in Orlando, Florida where Wycliffe Bible Translator's headquarters are located.  We are attending a re-entry training program here and staying in a Wycliffe apartment for a couple of weeks.

We are amazed at how many things have changed or that we have forgotten about.  Jessica, our youngest does not have very many memories of the USA.  Here are some of our conversations with her.

Laura: When we are in the US we will not have to hang our laundry outside to dry but put it in a machine to dry it.
Jessica: Why?
Laura:  Houses in the US have a machine that blows warm air around the house when we get cold.  They also have a machine that washes dishes for us.
Jessica: Weird!

In PNG our kids took turns doing dishes by hand and were pretty excited at how easy it is to do them here with the dishwasher.
Daniel doing dishes the hard way in PNG


When we first got here we went to a super Wal-Mart and just stood in the entrance looking around in amazement.  The choices of products was pretty overwhelming.  In all we spent about 4 hours that shopping trip.

The day after we arrived in the US Rachel turned 12 and got her ears pierced.  She could have had it done in PNG with a sac sac needle (sort of like a giant, skinny thorn) but we thought it would be best to wait and have it done here!
Rachel getting her ears pierced at Wal-mart


Rachel showing off her new earrings