Archive for February, 2011

School, graun bruks, and cooking from scratch

26 February 2011

The last couple of weeks have been busy but fulfilling. School has been going exceptionally well. I’m trying to add in more “extra” things this term– Music class, challenges and extra activities in different classes, etc. It’s fun to see the kids enjoy and learn. I am so very blessed to have interested, hard working students. My teaching job would probably be the envy of just about any teacher in the U.S.!

I wasn’t thinking of this when I said that, but typing it reminded me that we really are in need of another teacher. Please pray with us that the Lord would provide!

School funnies: Today on a history test I gave extra credit for anything the students could remember learning during this section that WASN’T on the test. One poor little guy said something to the effect of, “No, there wasn’t anything!” Another student wrote a detailed description of the map, saying that at the top was the Mediterranean, under that was the Nile River delta, and under that was the Golden Age of Eypt! 🙂 I think that was the map title, but she must have thought it was a place. 🙂

Last night it poured rain like crazy. It’s rainy season and has been raining a good bit, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard it rain that hard. The noise of the rain on our tin roof was so deafening I could hardly hear myself think, which isn’t helpful when you’re trying to put together a test! This morning all but one of my students were late to school because two big graun bruks (landslides) came down and blocked the road they walk on to get to school.

One of the joys of bush living is cooking from scratch (and I’m not being sarcastic). It’s definitely more work, though not as much as you might think, and I think it’s much more tasty and probably a lot more healthy than a lot of the convenience food eaten in the States. Tonight I made pizza, and here that means make your own crust, your own sauce, and even your own sausage (no pepperoni here)! I had a fire going anyway to heat water and dry my laundry so I went ahead and baked the pizza in the woodstove. Yum!

Please pray for some upcoming events: a ladies’ Bible study and some children’s Bible clubs in different hauslains. Pray that even now the Lord would be preparing hearts. Please pray also for fruit from our weekly evangelistic fellowships in the hauslains. Last week was in a strong SDA hauslain, and lots of people came and heard a clear presentation of the gospel. Two men from this hauslain have bought Bibles– please pray that they’ll read them and that God’s Word would do its work in their hearts.

Well, it’s getting late and I’m off at 6:45 in the morning to go to prayer meeting, so I’ll close for now. Hope you all have a great weekend! Thank you so much for your prayers.


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

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Town and Home Again

12 February 2011

I’m sitting in a guesthouse waiting for Mr. Smith & Co. to come and pick Karen and me up on their way back to Goroka, and since I have a few minutes I thought I’d tell you a little about our town trip.

We flew out of Kiari last Wednesday. There were three shuttles to get all of the Smiths, Karen and me, a sick boy and his companion, everyone’s luggage, fuel drums to be refilled, and lots of bags of local coffee out to Goroka. It was my first time on a helicopter and I enjoyed it. A Kiari lady described it really well– it’s very gentle, like riding in a swing. It was really neat to see Kiari from a bird’s eye view– though I had to look fast because it only took us about half a minute to leave it behind!

Well, that didn’t get too far! Now I’m back in Kiari two days after writing the above, and let me tell you, it’s WONDERFUL to be home! I’m back into the rush finishing up report cards and working on lesson plans for the coming weeks. Town was great but I don’t have too much to say about it so I’ll leave it at that. I guess I’m just a “meri bilong ples”– homebody. 🙂

When I walked into my house yesterday I was greeted by a mountain of boxes– Christmas in February!! Our last town trip was the beginning of December so we missed all but one truly early bird box. 🙂 I saw a pile of boxes in the hangar while I was in town and opened a few from my family, but most of them were flown out to Kiari and were waiting for me when I arrived. It was overwhelming to open them all and see how very many of you were so generous and sweet to think of me, both for Christmas and for my birthday. THANK YOU!!!

Please pray for me as I finish up the above-mentioned schoolwork and begin second term on Monday. I need the Lord’s help not only for this “job” of mine but also just to keep right with Him. Never let yourself think that missionaries are somehow “above” the normal struggles that everybody else has to deal with every day– we’re not! Pray for us the same things that you pray for yourself! Now, since I said that please don’t get all worried that I’m going through a really hard time or something– I’m not; I’ve just been reminded lately of how much I need the Lord’s help in everything.

I hope you all have a great weekend!


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