Mountain Power

We are out at our base (Sobega) in town (Goroka) this week for our annual regional conference. More on that later. The break gives me some time to catch up on a story from a couple of weeks ago about this guy: Wes and I were walking with Reuben who, you may remember, escorted us…

Wati’s Garden

This is Wati, one of my favorite Menyans–certainly my favorite seven-fingered Menyan. I’ve been meeting with him twice a week to learn language. He’s patient and he doesn’t call me stupid. He satisfies all my language-tutor-criteria. Last week we walked about half an hour to one of his gardens where he’s been staying with his family…

Sorcery and Death

Today as Wes and I walked back from the market we passed this group of ladies sitting outside some houses. They called out to us–really to Wes because they know him much better–and explained that the child of the lady in orange had died last night. The body was inside one of the houses. While…

New Addition

We got a new pet and it’s a girl and she’s a tree kangaroo. We named her Brownie. She likes to follow us around the house. Menya people sold her to us. They got her from the jungle up on the mountains. The Menya people ate her mommy. She’s a baby. And she likes to…

First Day of School

We didn’t have much of a summer break, but after taking a couple of weeks off, school is back in session in the Osborn house! This year we have a second grader, a first grader and a preschooler!  I decided that even though we aren’t going back to school in the traditional sense that I could…