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…

Language Learning 4

This is Hoka sitting in my office concentrating on how to explain the meaning of a particular word. Usually this process is pretty simple, but occasionally–as on this occasion–it is complicated. The problem stems from using a (very limited) common language that is native to neither of us.

Thatching the Peak

Today Ken, local thatching expert, started work on the peak of our wind-house.



Everett and Jay were eager helpers.



Belle and Lucy both took a turn on the roof.

Sylvie tried to sneak up the “ladder” (a single three inch log.)

She wasn’t sneaky enough.

Menya Soccer

I got to experience my first game of Menyan soccer last week. It was played on the field above at a different time when I didn’t have my camera. “Field” is misleading. The area is more like a golf course with sand traps, eighteen inch rough and unreplaced divots. The game started with ten on ten, but the numbers…

Another Funeral

  Sadly, another child in our village died from the measles this week. He was one of our closer neighbors. The burial was a sad, unceremonious event. The hole was begun a day in advance and finished off the next morning with a dozen kids watching. Shortly after the preparations were complete, a group of ladies followed the…

Public Speaking

Picture courtesy of Wesley Chappell Wes and I went across the river to a village meeting today with a few hundred of our neighbors. The meeting was scheduled for 7am–we arrived around 10:30. After waiting an hour and a half for a quorum the agenda was read listing eight items, “the white guys” being the eighth. (I…