Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Agarabi Jesus Film showing

This weekend I had the great honor of spending the night in a village and showing the Jesus Film. Some have seen it in English or Tok Pisin but this is the first time anybody has seen it in the Agarabi language.  I estimated there were about 600 people watching.  The people I talked with afterward said they were very interested and they could really understand it. 

We plan to show the video in the 70 villages that speak the Agarabi language.
Loading up the rented truck.  I went by myself and my friend Morris met me in his village where he had coordinated everything
These people were attending an outdoor church service and waiting for it to get dark so we could show the video
I tried to park my truck where it wasn't too conspicuous
Usually the men sit around the edges when there is a church service.
We hung a sheet on the side of a building and setup the projector and speaker while people sat down to watch.
Everyone was very intently watching.
My friend Morris' daughter and her child.  I spent the night in Morris' house.
I enjoyed getting to know Morris and his extended family while I was a guest in his house.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Going bananas!

God's wonderful provision...our banana harvest for the day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bridge is closed

Well, it finally happened. The bridge is now closed to vehicle traffic.  The reason this is such a big deal is that all our food, fuel and other items has to come across this bridge to get to us.  They are working on fixing it now but we are not sure how long that will take.
The plan is to bolt on these extensions and then jack it up and then fix the approach to it.
This truck was able to make it across.

They have removed some of the decking.

There were 2 policemen making sure everything was peaceful
Even on foot it was tricking getting across

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Hobbit Hole

About a 15 minute walk from our house there is a cave somebody has built.  The kids call it the Hobbit Hole.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Shopping in Kainantu

The other day I went shopping in Kainantu, a town about 1/2 hour away from us.  There were quite a few people sitting outside the store fronts selling items.  One man was selling homemade lanterns.  It is just a jar with a wick inside and a metal wick holder.  Another man was selling mandarin trees.  I think the empty coke can is included if you buy the tree.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Schools in PNG

This is where our kids went to school during our 3 months of training when we first arrived in PNG is 2008

One of the national primary schools in Madang

The inside of this school

This is the dormitory for the national high school near where we live

A national primary school near where we live

Interesting school motto for this school

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Thanksgiving in August

Today we had a combined church service out at a nearby village. Today marks the  anniversary of the fight that left four PNG people dead and 72 houses burned.  It is the 1 year anniversary of the day criminals came to our mission center to repent and bring gifts of food and money as well. We gathered to remember these things and celebrate all God has done since then.

This family was waiting to bring their offerings (food from their garden).  Even young children have their own knives.
Crossing the bridge from the mission center to the village: an adventure for some and pretty scary for others!
Daniel and Michael brave the bridge!
Hundreds of expats and nationals gathered together to worship. The service lasted 4 hours; our kids were amazingly patient!
Jessica watching people bringing their offerings.  The long poles are sugar cane.
A rainy sanctuary.
There were many speakers but the most memorable was a former thief who had broken into homes on our center.  He spoke of how he had repented and turned away from sin.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Kingston Bridge

Right before the 4th of July a large coffee truck went across the bridge between our center and the Highlands Highway and some of the beams snapped.  This is the bridge that I mentioned before that was in danger of collapsing.  The bridge is passible now but we are waiting for the government to replace it with a new one.  You can see by the pictures how rusty the old beams were that were replaced.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


I often take motorcycle rides off center and almost always see something new. 

Baru and his grandson.  Baru lost 2 fingers in an accident years ago operating a machine.

The rolling hills of the Highlands

I stopped to take some pictures and several people stopped to talk


A house made almost entirely of materials from the land

I stopped to watch a group of boys playing rugby

The dirt road that I went on

I stopped and these people asked if I would take their picture. 

A woman carrying firewood

A typical Highlands house with a grass roof

This is a primary school