If you are on Facebook you saw some of the drama we had as we traveled back to Papua New Guinea. We are glad to be back and are slowly adjusting to the heat and time change. The older we get the longer it seems to take to adjust. We were extremely happy to find one full water tank when we got to the island! It is a crucial thing when you live on an island with no fresh water but the rain you catch.
We have had a lot more broken things to deal with than we normally do but it is always expected when living in the Tropics and being so close to salt water. Ned had to make an unexpected trip starting this morning to try and buy new batteries for our house and our co-worker, Aimee’s house. He left at 6 am hoping to make it all the way to a larger town in one day but when you are traveling on public transportation you are at their mercy. They wait in town until each of the 15 seats of the van are filled with paying passengers before leaving, which means he wasn’t able to leave our closest town until 10 am which puts him at the other end of the main island too late in the day to catch a boat across to the other “main island”. This will take Ned to a larger town that has much more available. We were told they had the batteries we needed for the houses. YEAH!!! Please be praying for Ned over the next few days as he makes his way across, tries to find lodging, makes his purchases and tries to bring it all back (8 very heavy, large batteries) on public transportation (boat and van). There is plenty that could go wrong but we are praying that everything will go smoothly. Lodging in PNG is crazy expensive. We were trying to find Ned a place to stay and the cheapest we found was $100 a night at a place that is very old and tiny.
Our co-workers both have broken refrigerators. Our fridge and freezer are working but not as cold as they should be. Hopefully the new batteries will help. Ned is going to try and find Freon too. Our generator is not working either. We hate to spend much on rebuying equipment when we are so close to the end of our time in the tribe but to live for the next couple of years we have to have functioning homes.
Sunday was an encouraging day as Paska shared from Romans and also continued on with the Creation to Christ teaching for people who want to know and understand God’s Word. Be praying for those who are hearing the truths of the Word for the first time. Also, pray that Ned can get the house in order quickly and turn his focus back to translation ASAP.
Thank you for faithfully praying and being an encouragement to us! It really is a privilege to be a part of sharing the Gospel with the least reached tribes!