Today Maggie, myself, and Bailey (we left the other three with a sitter) walked to Ben and Tom’s place again. They showed us a new way to cook. We stuffed hollow bamboo with greens and cut up chicken and then placed the bamboo on the fire. As it cooked the juices from the chicken soaked everything inside giving it a nice flavor. They took about a half hour or so to cook and then we pulled them out and gave them time to cool before eating. It was pretty good.
Maggie and I learned all about marriage customs and bride price here. One man asked me what I gave Maggie’s family when I wanted to marry her. I replied, “Nothing.” Everyone erupted in laughter. We learned about food and families, seasons and names. Today, they gave Bailey a new name, “Nori.” Now, when I am with them, I have to remember to call Bailey, Nori. I think it is a good name.
We’ve been getting out a few times a week to learn language, culture, and build relationships. Sometimes we take the kids, sometimes we leave them behind. Other times people will come to our house and visit and teach us Tok Pisin. We’re progressing and learning new things but we also have a long way to go. In two more weeks we’ll do our first evaluation and be able to see how well we’re progressing and also get some needed direction to progress further.
Thank you for your continued encouragement, prayers, and support. We can’t be here without you. Thank you.