Building Team–Installment #1

Our building team from home–our first visitors from America–arrived today. We are thrilled for the help and happy to see friends from home. Here are Ryan’s impressions of the trip… Getting to Papua New Guinea was quite the experience for our 4-man team. It took us about three days and five flights to make it…

Curses

This morning, when Wes and I arrived at our milling site we found a group of men gathered around the end of one of our logs. They were examining the tethered leaves in the picture above. No one would touch the bundle–at least not with skin. The group explained that an old-timer capable of sorcery…

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!!  We hope everyone at home has a great time celebrating our risen savior!  We had a wonderful celebration here in Menya!  Although we celebrated alone this year, we are reminded of our hope to  one day be worshipping with Menyan believers on Easter. Our festivities began last Sunday with our Palm Sunday fun.…

Milling Around

The mill for slicing our trees arrived Monday. It’s been a week of slow progress with a steady supply of setbacks. I have ended each day with the thought, “But now we are ready to roll and tomorrow we’ll kill it.” I was wrong every time.

Saturday Stroll

Yesterday we went for a family walk.  It was a lot of fun.  The kids, especially Belle, have really grown and adjusted to life here, and are able to go on walks and be followed by groups of people and have a lot of fun.  That makes me happy. Here are our happy girls running…

The PNG Way

Yesterday we cleared the grass where we plan to build our house. We saw–and killed–one death adder. Meanwhile, up the hill there was a dispute. Based on the shouting and the report from guys working with me, a woman chopped her daughter’s foot with a machete because of a disagreement in the garden. The daughter…

Muddin

  It has been raining nearly everyday here recently.  Sometimes we stay inside and play a game on rainy afternoons.  Other times we just go out and enjoy it.  The other day when we were out in the rain, the kids started playing in some mud and had a grand ol’ time.  All of the…

Waiting for a Mill

  Our trees were cut down about three weeks ago, but they still lie where they fell. I’m trying to figure out how to mill them. Here in Menya we have two options for slicing trees into lumber. The first is a chainsaw in a frame. As you can see from the stack, it cuts…

Making It Home

Yesterday we flew back to Menya after two days of frantic preparation. Our third time flying in with the whole family was also my third time scrambling through flight-day-eve delivering supplies to the hanger, cutting items from our load to meet the weight limit and toiling past midnight with last minute tasks. My least favorite…