Lapilo Lesson #1

  This looks like a nice bunch of fellas, huh? They actually aren’t too bad, they just aren’t used to having their picture taken, so they don’t smile for it. These are the guys who showed up today to hear me talk about the Bible. It was exciting to have this many guys there, but…

An Open Door

  Yesterday, I wrote about a couple of guys taking advantage of a situation in a way that may not have been entirely aboveboard. Today, I’m writing about the same two guys (and using the same picture because I don’t carry my camera with me to the worksite.) As I was walking with Alex and…

Hoodwinked

These are some of the guys who are part of the Center Operations Cooperative. Today, as you can see, we were working on putting metal siding on one of the houses here at the Center. Earlier this week, we were finishing up a renovation job at another house where we had done some painting and…

Chikungunya Fever

It’s nice to get some credit for having had a disease with a name. This information was sent out to NTM missionaries in PNG today: There is a new disease going throughout PNG; it has been confirmed by the IMR (Institute of Medical Research) in Goroka. It is calledĀ Chikungunya Fever.   It is a self-limited…

Reunion with Hoax

We finally had a chance to catch up with Hoax (and two of his daughters.) It was a good visit, but unfortunately pretty short. Since we aren’t living at Sobega, but had to meet there, we couldn’t sit down on our porch to chat and eat like we would have preferred. Nonetheless, we had a…

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 keepingĀ these 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…