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…

Cooking Class #3

Today we attempted to make banana bread over the fire.  The ladies all love our banana bread when we bake it and share it with them (we always have bananas, so we make banana bread pretty regularly with our brown bananas!), so we knew they would love to learn how to make it. The trouble…

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.