Life in Lossu

Jul 20

Life in Lossu

Dolphins What an unexpected pleasure. Our regional director was coming from another island where he has done translation work. Just as they need the coast there was a large number of dolphins splashing in the water around the boat. They reached shore and invited us to join them on the boat to watch the dolphins. We rode around in the boat for about 30 minutes. Language Learning We are making slow progress in language learning. This has been more a time of getting to know the people here in the village and getting settled in our home in the village. It is very comfortable, but it is in need of a few minor repairs here an there. It will take time for us to clear out all the dust and dirt that has accumulating for years. Gertrude is enjoying her time with the ladies of the village. As part of her language learning she gave the ladies a cooking class on how to make Ratatouille (A dish made with eggplant and tomatoes). As Gertrude gave them the receipt the ladies helped her translate it into Notsi. Travel Plans Tuesday (July 21, 2009), we will be leaving for NITI (New Ireland Translation Institute). I will begin to work more closely with the translation team for Notsi, checking their translation. We will be there for four weeks. Afterwards we will travel up to Ukarumpa, where the mission headquarters are located. This will be a time for us to relate to leadership there. Receive our shipment from the US, and connect with some friends. By mid September we will be back to...

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Home Sweet Home

Jun 15

Home Sweet Home

We have finally made it. After years of preparation studying at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) we are no located in the village of Lossu, NIP, PNG. The language that is spoken here is Notsi. In the coming months Gertrude and I will begin to learn this language. This will allow me to work towards helping the translators with exegetical support. This is a picture of the house we will be staying in. It is quite different from the house we stayed in while in Simbini. There is a full kitchen with stove, refrigerator, washing machine and sink with running water. There is even a 12v fan that runs from our solar power. We are so thankful that we have been blessed with such a wonderful place. When we first arrived we were given opportunity to get the place setup. In a few days we will start our language learning in earnest. Another blessing as we are here is that we have cell phone access. This allows me to be able to connect to the internet to upload and download my email. We are always thankful to hear from you, but please don’t send forwarded emails to us with pretty...

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Farewell Celebration

May 12

Farewell Celebration

When we first arrived at Simbini the five weeks seemed late it would last forever. Now that the time was nearly finished we were surprised how quickly the time past. What was even more surprising how close we have become to the people in such a short time. We had gifts to give to them to thank them for their generosity and kindness towards us. Anything we gave them could hardly express our appreciation to them for all they had done. The one man who took care of us in the village was the translator for the New Testament for his language group here. Over time he had become discouraged and has not worked on it for a number of years. As a result of our time there he so desires to get back to work on the translation. Pray that he would get the help he needs not only to get the work started again, but to be able to finish it and the people will use it. In a way to honor us as we were leaving they had a big celebration. There was a group that came from church to sing a few songs for us which was followed by a few touching speeches. They highlight was the dance that the young ladies performed. They have worked on it for over a week every evening. It was a memorable experience. We hope to be able to visit them again in the not to distant future. We are grateful for the time that we were able to have with...

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Visit with Old Friends

May 12

Visit with Old Friends

As our time was coming to a close at Simbini, I so wanted to visit the village where Gertrude did village living when she first came to Papua New Guinea over 20 years ago just 15km (about 6 miles) north of where we were in Simbini. We were not sure about how transportation would work for us to get there, but we were able to hire someone to take us there in his pickup truck. They gave us such a warm welcome. The family that Gertrude stayed with made us both feel right at home. It was the first time for them to see her since she had left. Since we could only stay a couple of hours with them, they were able to make plans for us to come back and spend the day with them. On our second visit Gertrude was busy backing with the ladies, different kinds of breads and cakes. I sat back and visited with the men there. I surprised myself how well I was doing with Tok...

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Palm Sunday Service

May 12

Palm Sunday Service

During our time in Madang we celebrated Palm Sunday. As people gathered together they brought palm branches with them. It was amazing to see the many different things the people had woven from the Palm leaves for decoration. The service started on the beach with some songs and prayers. We then proceeded to the church for the service. The service was in Tok Pisin and at that point I could only follow some of what was said. On Friday Gertrude and I participated in the Good Friday observance of the Stations of the Cross. There were 14 stations each depicting different events that took place on Good Friday as a way of remembering what Christ has done for us. The different stations were setup at different peoples’ home from the church. We walked about a mile to get to the starting point and it ended at the church which was after walking an additional 3 miles or more. Easter Sunday morning I preached a message at church about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the Gospel of John in Tok Pisin. It was not one of my better messages. I read it the best I could as I stumbled along, but people came to me afterwards thanking me for the word that I...

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the Water Falls

Mar 22

the Water Falls

The three pictures are from a short hike we took today to a water falls. The water was so cool and refreshing. The last week we have been busy preparing for village living. We will spend 5 weeks in a village with a Papua New Guinean family. They have prepared a hut for us to stay in during this time. We will be out of touch with during this time, since there is not electricity. There will be limited cell phone coverage. I will need to walk to a particular location to get a signal. Please remember us in pray during this time from March 27 until April 30. This will provide me a greater opportunity to improve with Tok Pisin (the national trade language). After our village living time we will have another week here before we finish here. It will be a few days following will be Gertrude’s birthday, May 7. It would be great for a number of people to send her a birthday card. Mail getting to us has been very slow almost month so you will need to send a card right away for her to get it in time. Our mailing address is SIL-POC, P.O. Box 872, Madang, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. This will only be good till May 1, 2009. No I am not sliding down, I have found a great place to sit on the rocks to let the water wash by me. I am not sure when I will be able to upload the next up date. It has been a good way to keep people posted about what is happening. I hope to be able to do more of this in the future....

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