Lucy’s Menya Birthday

Lucy is a social butterfly regardless of culture. We have always done birthday parties with just our family and the Chappells, but decided this year it would be fun for Lucy to have a friend birthday party since she loves her Menya friends so much. Celebrating birthdays is not something folks in PNG do (most…

First Class

I taught my first literacy class today! It was so much fun! The illiterate ladies in our Friday morning bible study have been itching to learn to read the bible, and since we weren’t ready to teach another full fledged literacy class yet, I’m going to meet with them every afternoon and teach them. This…

Understanding Dreams

As we were leaving Menya, several of our closest friends walked with us to say bye at the airstrip. There were tears, hugs, and kisses plane-side as they watched us board knowing we’d be gone for a month. They kept telling us how Joseph has been giving them God’s word and how a month without that was going to be so hard.

Ladies of Menya

This past Sunday at our church meeting, Joseph taught about what the Bible has to say about being a godly woman. After he finished, we broke into two groups (men and women) to discuss the points. What a great discussion time!

Baby Isaac

A year or so ago I wrote a post about our friends Ken and Lepo, comparing them to Abraham and Sarah in their quest to get a baby by adding another wife to their family. Their “Ishmael” was born to the second wife and given to Lepo, and is the sweetest little girl, named Ruthie.…

Chatting

Chatting Nearly every afternoon Penny and I and our kids play outside. Most days there are lots of kids around for our kids to play with, and usually several ladies will come join us, too. Its a fun hang out time for all of us! Today a few of our favorite ladies came and we…

Menya Nativity

Menya Nativity Last year during our advent season we were waiting for our neighbor to have a baby. That meant 2 nights of Penny and me hardly sleeping, waiting for Edwin to call out for us to come up so we could see the birth. It also meant popping in on Mati every so often…

Ken’s Second Wife

You may remember, back in July, our friends Ken and Lepo lost their only child, Kenalin. Lepo has never been able to have children–Kenalin was adopted. We’ve been really hoping for a new baby for them, but not sure if or when or how or from whence it would come. For the last two weeks…