Valentine’s Ball

Friday the Junior class of the missionary-kid high school had a Valentine’s dinner (as a fund raiser.) The invitation said families were welcome so we decided to take the whole gang. I guess when you don’t have a dish washer and the restaurant selection in town isn’t that great, an event like this sounds pretty…

Ziplock Bags

[We added the last of our favorite Mibu pictures to a gallery here.] In America I was totally grossed out by washing ziplock bags. I knew in theory it was a good idea to wash them to save money, but it was sort of where I drew the line. I have been known to coupon…

Mibu Round Up

Here are some pictures and details we didn’t have a chance to share while we were in Mibu (mostly because of our limited internet access.) Here are a few shots from the day we flew in: This is what an outhouse looks like in the villages. They have three walls and a great view off…

Parting Gifts

The day before leaving Mibu the closest friends we had made from the tribe came bearing gifts. Longe, my language helper, who had come to chat with me every Tuesday and Thursday morning, brought me this bilum she made for me, which she decorated with flowers and onions and filled full of oranges. Posilonge, Joseph’s…

“Home” Again

I’m back with my family, though I hesitate to say I’m home. (It’s tough to know what to call “home” right now.) Nonetheless, I have returned safely with some valuable house building experience under my belt. Here is what the house looked like when I left along with two of the other guys who had…

House Building

Tomorrow morning I leave for a tribal location where a new couple is moving in to join an existing work. I’m going with a group of guys to help build a house. I’ll be gone for four days. Please pray for: Elizabeth who will be staying with the kids here on the base Our kids…

Getting Out

When we were leaving Mibu the Husas were also heading out to go to America (where they will be having baby #4!).  We couldn’t all fit on the helicopter at once, so it was decided that Shannon and I (Elizabeth) should go on the first helicopter ride with 4 of the children and that the…

Quick Update

We just wanted to let everyone know that we are out of Mibu and back at the NTM base. We flew out yesterday (story coming soon.) Then today we found out that all the stuff we shipped over from America had arrived here in Goroka last week. After shipping it last July and having it…

Baby on Board

I’m not sure that I could jump on board with this, but I love how the ladies here put their babies in a bilum (woven bag) and hang them up on a tree or fence or whatever to take a nap. Sometimes you just see a dangling bilum start to move around and cry. The…