We have just finished our 6 week “Jungle Camp” Practicum. For the first two weeks we designed and built a “cabin” made of duct tape, small logs and plastic complete with a natural clay covered/ wood fired oven. Then for the next four weeks we lived there. We also had different tasks along the way like learning to cut hair and butcher a chicken. We also spent one week studying the Bible for 6 hours a day per adult. This was to replicate the time it would take to work on culture and language learning each day on the mission field. Husbands and wives had to learn how to take turns studying and watching the kids.
Our family really enjoyed this experience. It was a great “adventure” to look forward to as the boys said good bye (for now) to several friends whose families moved on from the training campus here in Canada the day before we started building. Jungle Camp was also a great experience of living in a closed community. On the mission field, we will only see the villagers and our team mates for weeks and sometimes months at a time. In an isolated environment like that it is important to have unity and concern for each other. The practicum was also a chance to experience things not always going as planned. We hear that happens a lot overseas:) Expectations are usually unhelpful. Being flexible is key. Even with some surprises, the practicum was enjoyed by the entire family and it ended too soon. However, we now look forward to seeing family and church friends in Indiana and Ohio over the next few weeks until classes start again in mid August!
- Pray for our prospective partners Craig and Sara Noyes
- Summer travels: to Indiana and Ohio
- Boys missing their friends that recently moved away from Durham
- Papua New Guinea! We are planning to work there!
- Pray that our financial support team will increase this summer.