Exit Strategy

Wednesday morning we woke with the alarm at 5am to complete our final preparations before our four month hiatus. While Elizabeth dressed the kids and set out the pumpkin bread, I put the final screws in the wire-mesh that will guard our lowest windows until we return–a job I was wary to complete before the last minute in…

Team Wati

We are winding down in Menya preparing for our trip home. I’ve told the guys who have been working with me that I’ll print a family picture for them in America and bring it back. Here is my most consistent tutor Wati: And here he is with his wife and five kids: Zabet, Haget, Beri,…

Tree Ownership

Walking along the river with Wati, he pointed to some trees on the bank and said “Those are my trees.” To me it seemed like a random selection amidst wild growth. And Wati doesn’t claim the land, just a specific selection of trees. We were quite far from Wati’s house and there are dozens of other houses closer to the trees than Wati’s. But this is not unusual.

Test Results

Our language testers have come and gone. They rated me level two on the NTM language learning scale–I have to reach level nine to proceed to teaching and translating. I was hoping for level three, so it’s a bit disappointing, but contrary to what this lady thinks, I’m progressing. Our testers had lots of suggestions and input…

Language Test

This is Wes guiding our two “Language Consultants” from the airstrip to our houses yesterday. These guys are missionaries who have learned a different tribal language in PNG and are further along in their respective ministries than we. In addition to continuing in their own translating and church planting efforts, they also serve as consultants…