Saturday, June 21, 2014

Arop Lokep Dedication

Here in Papua New Guinea when a New Testament has been finished and printed there is a huge celebration.  It is a time to celebrate many years of hard work.  Recently the New Testament was completed and here are some pictures of the celebration.  This language group was Arop-Lokep in the Madang province on the coast.  We were not able to attend this dedication but others have shared their pictures.

The celebration represents  the culmination of a lot of work to get the the Bible to the speakers of the Arop Lokep language.  It is satisfying to see this and know this is why we are here.

The landing strip where most of the guests arrived

One of the SIL Kodiak airplanes

Men dressed in traditional clothes singing and celebrating

A family reading the NT in their language for the first time



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fire!

When we came back in January I volunteered to be on the fire crew.  I had no prior experience but I was willing to learn.  We have about 8 guys that are part of the crew.  We each carry a radio and have a separate extension in our house that rings when someone calls to report a fire.  We have training one morning a month and we each have our own full set of turnout gear at the fire house.  We also have a fire truck that is a 1970 Japanese model that has been modified to carry extra water since we don't have many hydrants on centre.
Fire billowing out of the windows just before the fire truck pulled up

Saturday morning the fire phone rang.  It is a party line so we let it ring 3 times and then everyone is supposed to pick up.  When I picked it up I heard that the sauna was on fire!  The sauna is about 100 yards from our house so I ran down it and saw smoke billowing out of the windows.  I was the first one there and I checked to make sure nobody was in it and started to fill buckets from a nearby faucet.  I soon realized that the fire was too big for this.  A few minutes later the fire truck pulled up and we got the hose out and started spraying water.  We could tell the fire was in the walls so I put a hole in the wall and pried out the window.

I was impressed at how well we all worked as a team and got the fire out.  Nobody was hurt and and we were able to save the building.  All the training we have done paid off.
Me getting the pump ready on the fire truck



The fire crew in action

This is me during training

Jessica in front of our 1970's vintage Japanese fire truck
Michael on rode along with me on a training exercise

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Water

Back in the states we took it for granted that we would always have clean, drinkable water whenever we needed it.

Paul filling our water tank from a neighbor's with a 4" fire hose.

I am part of the fire department here and we decided to test out the pump by pumping water from a neighbors tank about 150 meters away. 

Here is our house and the 9000 litre water tank to the right.  It catches rain water off the roof.  The smaller tank on top is the header tank that we pump full every day and then we have gravity fed water for the rest of the day, even in a power outage. 

Our stomachs are pretty sensitive so we filter the rainwater with a double bucket filter system.  It uses a ceramic filter to give us clean drinkable water

As a family of 6 we use quite a bit of water.  Our house has 2 sources of water.  Tank and RAM.  The RAM water is water that is pumped from a nearby creek and we only use that for flushing the toilet, bathing and washing clothes.  It is not drinkable because our stomachs are sensitive.  Many of the Papua New Guineans here drink it though and don't get sick.  After a big rain it is often brown in color from the flow.  When it is rainy season we usually run our house off of all tank.  Well it is now in the dry season and we haven't gotten a good rain for a couple of months and I realized that our tank was getting low.  We were able to pump water from a neighbor's tank to get us by for a while.  We are conserving by bathing and washing dishes in RAM water now.  We are praying for a nice big rain storm to fill our tank.