Yesterday we cleared the grass where we plan to build our house. We saw–and killed–one death adder.

Meanwhile, up the hill there was a dispute. Based on the shouting and the report from guys working with me, a woman chopped her daughter’s foot with a machete because of a disagreement in the garden. The daughter walked down to our houses then passed out. The Walkers attended. I didn’t maneuver to see the wound since Penny’s description made me woozy.


Up the hill I could see a man beating the woman as punishment. Later he cut her hand with a machete.

The men working with me carried on as normal throughout the incident. And a number of women and children stood watching this mundane event. This is PNG.

  1. PopPop

    This doesn’t leave your parents with an easy feeling nor did the National Geographic documentary “Eating with Cannibals.”

  2. Thank you for sharing this, to make me more aware of the severity & darkness in the culture. And thank you for laboring to bring the gospel to them.

    John 3 –>
    “19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

What do you think?