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We were thrilled to welcome our first guests on the 24th September. Mark's mother, Mardi and his younger brother, Philip came up to PNG to visit.
Mardi has lived in England for the past 25 years or more but she and the family lived in PNG for 18 years from 1957 until 1974. They spent the bulk of their time in Lae, on the north coast of the main island, then a couple of years in Port Moresby. They arrived when Mark was just a couple of months old and Philip was born in ...
Today, has been characterized by random acts of kindness and interminable frustrations. After travelling to Lae so that we might catch the ferry to Kimbe in the west or Alotau in the southeast we find a startling problem at the Rabaul Ferry booking office. It would appear that the 'Big Boss' (a white South African or possibly a Pomme!) has decided that no expats are allowed to travel on any Rabaul Ferry, to anywhere! Arguing that we were tourists and not technically expats, the policy ...
Our plane into Port Moresby seems populated solely by returning locals and mining expats returning to their hardship posting. Like many of our previous flights, on this trip, tourists do not make up the bulk of this wide bodied Boeing 767 passenger manifest.
Given the typical media publicity that PNG receives this is not surprising. Port Moresby is generally regarded as one of the more dangerous capital cities in the world. Stories of ...
And here is a story about the fullness of joy:
"You will make known to me the paths of life;
In Your presence is the fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever." Psalm 16:11
In late November I spent a couple of days in Lae preparing for two weeks out in Yemli village where John and Amy Lindstrom have been translating the Bible into the Malei language for almost 20 years. John had to take a helicopter in after hurting his knee but Amy, ...
... some fun times and a few great pictures and I was a bit overwhelmed with all of the culture dancing around me.
After the fun, I switched gears and settled into a week of translation work with a local pastor named Roy who is of the Kapin people. The Kapin people have been desiring a Bible in their own heart language for over 30 years now and from setbacks to a need for missionaries, they still do not have much of the Bible available to them (and none of the NT). Roy and ...