Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008
Today we spent all day in Madang finishing up our shopping for village living. We will be arriving in the village during planting season, so there won't be a lot of produce available. The kids visited a pottery shop this morning and finished up their field trip with a trip to a sulfur springs. Olivia:
"The water was very blue and the cave was all crystals."

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Three Day Hike Pictures:

Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Communication update:
Just thought I would let everybody know that after next Tuesday, October 21, we will be offline for about six weeks while we are in the village. The staff will come out to check on us halfway through our stay (Nov. 10 or 11) and bring us any mail we may have received. We are so appreciative of those who have e-mailed or snail mail letters and packages. Holding something from people who love us encourages us so much as we face new and unfamiliar things every day. We value your prayers and know they are working as we continue to adjust to life in PNG.

"He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many."

2 Corinthians 1:10-11

Monday, October 13, 2008
Aaron left this morning for the three day hike. Half of the adults here left this morning, and the other half will leave on Thursday. Those of us left behind watch after the kids while their parents are gone, and we finish our shopping for village living while the kids are in school. Each group on the hike has assignments to complete in the villages where they sleep. Language people (like Aaron) have to elicit certain phrases and words and support people have anthropological questions to ask. The goal is to build relationships in each village as they gather information. I sent Aaron's group out with much prayer and some hard candy as a treat. Our wasmama, Dorcas, is the female guide for their group, and George, one of the workmen here, is the male guide. Both of them are known for keeping a fast pace on the trails!

Saturday, October 11, 2008
Tonight, our wasfamili came to eat supper with us in our haus kuk. Thankfully, we are on the end of the row, so we had lots of room for the twelve of us to spread out on the grass. The night was beautiful, and it was easy to talk about God's marvelous creation as we looked up at the clouds rolling in over the unfamiliar constellations and the almost full moon. I found it interesting that almost all of the American families here chose to make chocolate chip cookies for dessert! I guess the old adage needs to say "as American as chocolate chip cookies". Our wasfamili found my mom's recipe for chocolate chip cookies to be delicious – nambawan kaikai!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks be to God for the protection and provision during the Hike days...for Aaron and for Joanna and the kids. What an experience!!! We are praying for you everyday as God opens new doors of learning and showing Himself mighty in your lives.
I miss you and love so excited to know every detail that you have the time to share.

Looking forward to the day that I can once again hold each of you and see those precious faces.

God is good and powerful and strong...bless His name.