On my very first visit to a tribal house after we arrived in PNG in 2011, I was told by a veteran missionary to get some comfortable furnitureā€“not something from here that would fall apart, but something quality and comfy shipped from home. It did not take much to convince me. In a land where a paint bucket passes for a chair and woven bamboo is a bed, we can’t expect to find all that much that we would call comfortable. Even in missionary homes most furniture is made from 2×4’s, plywood and rope with a few inches of foam, sometimes. So earlier this year when a family was going home and selling off their belongings I jumped at the opportunity to buy a plush couch and chair combo. And now the pair is in Menya making our house feel like a home. This is how it got here:

It was sitting in the hanger waiting for the second flight of the day last week when we came in so it made a nice seat for us to wait on during our weather delay. I’m reading one of the children’s books on my phone to the kids.

Here it is right after we unloaded it in Menya:

Then couch and chair were loaded in the back of a truck just like everything else.

Since it wouldn’t fit in the front door, it came in through the porch.



And we’re all happy to have it.

Merry Christmas!

  1. Looks comfy. Can it be used by an out-of-country visitor to sleep on while visiting you?

    • Joseph

      For most, yes. But for you Joey I would insist on a genuine PNG experience and have you sleep in a grass hut.

  2. Greta

    Love the play by play!

    Man, those are some cute kiddos!!!

    Love y’all and praying for you!

  3. Karen Swoap

    The PNG men must have thought y’all were crazy!

    • Joseph

      We provided plenty of reasons to lead them to such a conclusion.

  4. Mom O

    Reminds me of your grandfather cutting a mattress frame that wouldn’t bend the corner on the basement stairway!

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