The Mid-Day Shower
In my life I have varied from a morning-shower-guy to a nighttime-shower-guy depending on my daily routine. I feel like both are equally appropriate under the right circumstances. I have never, though, been a cold-shower-guy. And so, here in PNG, I have become a mid-day-shower-guy because of this:
The Water Filter
The water on the left is filtered water we drink. The water on the right is for everything else.
The Smoke Screen
Here in Papua New Guinea it is not uncommon to see brush fires. The difference between such fires here and similar fires in America is that these are started on purpose. Folks are constantly starting fires big and small. Frequently people are burning something specific (like their trash,) but not necessarily. I’ve seen huge patches of mountainsides charred black for no obvious purpose. We’ve been told that one reason for fires is to bring rain. If it doesn’t rain for a few days, everyone starts burning. The only thing a person needs for permission is the government-issued official burning permit:
*I use the word “adjustments” here as a euphemism, of course. In reality there are many things about life in PNG that are hassles, inconveniences and annoyances. Contrary to how some of our pictures make it seem, we are not living in paradise. I share this not as a complaint, but as an acknowledgement of this fact: as privileged (spoiled) Americans we are constantly in need of God’s grace for patience, endurance and joy. Without this we would quickly give up and go home.