Dream Crusher

Yesterday, while painting, a couple of nationals who work with me at the Center Operations Cohort were excited to tell me about a snake they had heard about that is longer than a semi truck and had killed hundreds of people. They asked me to look for its picture online and print it up so…

Snakes

Another missionary who lives here at Lapilo has a couple of cages of snakes. I walked the kids over to see them today and Everett was in awe. (Belle and Lucy were interested for about thirty seconds.)           Here are some questions I can’t answer: Why is someone keeping┬áthese snakes? What…

Virus Update, Easter Pictures

As of this Easter morning, my fever is gone, the rash has faded to almost nothing, and the joint/bone pain has left only a soreness from my eyeballs to my ankles. So after about four and half days, the virus has conceded the battle to my immune system. It has left me so worn out,…

PNG Reality

[Warning: this is sad] Most of the national guys I work with in COC live across the road from our base. They also, for the most part, live across the river (farther than you can see in the picture above.) I haven’t had a chance yet to see the river, but I know the guys…

Beehive

Over the past few days we noticed some bees (yellow jackets, to be specific) swarming around a certain part of our house every afternoon. I mentioned it to the Center Operations Chieftain assuming that I could get a can of wasp and hornet spray that would shoot fifteen or twenty feet and instantly knock down…

Lapilo Market

Another perk of living on a base as large as Lapilo is that the market comes to us. Every Monday and Thursday afternoon, ladies from the area bring their produce and sit in the grass right outside our gate to sell fresh fruits and veggies as well as some handmade baskets, bilums and other trinkets.…

Temping

I’ve finished week number one in my temporary job with COC. What does COC stand for, you ask. Nobody can tell me. The first “C” and the “O” are for “Center Operations,” but the last “C” is a mystery. Apparently it’s been around so long that no one can remember what the last “C” is…

Base Explanation

I remember before we ever came to PNG being quite confused about where exactly we would be living. Some people said Goroka, some Sobega, and others Lapilo. Since all of these names were meaningless at the time, it was perplexing. Now that we are here, it’s not so confusing. This all makes sense to me:…

Travel Log

[Note to our readers: While we were home we got a lot of good feedback about our blog. However, one point of confusion voiced by some was that I, Joseph, typically write about a picture above the picture itself and Elizabeth does so below the picture. In this, Elizabeth has committed to ezer* me by…