This is the fifth week of the 14 weeks the Pacific Orientation Course (POC). On Monday Gertrude and I went on another hike. In some ways it was as difficult as some of the other hikes we have been on. We were going on narrow trails through the bush that were slippery with mud. We did see some beautiful views along the trail as we looked out over the valley.
The picture does not begin to show the splendor of the views.
Today (Feb 24) we were to spend a relaxing day at the beach. Only one problem the weather did not want to cooperate with our plans. It was raining very heavy all night and was still raining when we got up this morning. Just as it was decided that we would try to go tomorrow the weather began to clear up.
This is my Tok Pisin class as we are going to my teachers garden (I am behind the camera). In my Tok Pisin class we recorded a story that our language teacher told us. Now we will have to transcribe it. I am thankful that the language has very phonetic that will help make the task easy. I am so pleased that I was able to follow the story pretty well. I also began to write my testimony in Tok Pisin. I will have a number of opportunities to share.
Gertrude has been in her element as she is helping others with their language learning. She is a teacher at heart. The Sunday before last she shared her testimony at a church in town. As she spoke in Tok Pisin, many people said that she should like she had just come from New Ireland (where she has worked for many years).
We have been relating to a Papua New Guinea family that has been assigned to us from POC to help me with language learning. On Thursday night we will stay that night with them in their home. It has been fun getting to know them. They really take the idea of helping me with learning Tok Pisin seriously.