One month anniversary

Today marks one month since I came to Kiari! Mr. Smith asked me if I wanted to stay, and my answer is a most definite YES!!!

It’s funny how once I sit down to write all the things I’d thought about writing fly out of my head. School went well this week– and saying that reminds me of one thing I was going to tell you about. I’m sure any of you who are teachers can identify with the problem of classroom noise– only my problem is the lack thereof rather than an overabundance! All answers are whispered, and when I say “use your real voice” the student just gets embarrassed and whispers even more quietly! They’re getting a little better though– and maybe my ears are getting sharper and more adjusted to their accents too!

This week I finished “turning” a skein of rope and learned how to make a bilum (rope bag). Today there was a crowd of ladies crowding around to watch me, and one of them said, “Yu meri tru bilong PNG,” which means “You’re a real PNG lady.” That made me happy!

We have a man visiting from the US to help with the airstrip, and he arrived Tuesday. Unfortunately his drive from Nomane to Kiari wasn’t nearly as smooth as mine– the truck broke down several times and they made it back only by wrapping the broken part each time with some wire made from a piece of chain-link fence that a lady sold them beside the road!

This coming Wednesday we’re having a baptism. School is canceled and as baptisms are a big deal here we’re having a mumu, or underground barbecue– only I think this one is only vegetables, no pig. Please pray for courage for the new believers as they share their testimonies and for strength for Brother Randy as he stands in the freezing cold river long enough to baptize them all!

Thank you for praying for our mission trip. The team got back safely and we’re looking forward to a report from them this afternoon.

Hope you have a blessed week!


“O use me, Lord, use even me, Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where….” -Frances Ridley Havergal

To check email in Kiari, I carry my computer about a mile down the mountain to church and sit on the edge of an overlook where a fitful cell phone signal connects me to the outside world. ☺ Due to this limited connection, I have to limit the file size of my incoming mail. To ensure your message will reach me, please don’t send pictures or attachments. It’s also nice if you can change your mail format to “plain text” (which usually decreases the file size a good deal) and delete the text of previous messages. In other words, leave off all the “extras”—but do still write! ☺