We landed in Singapore and worked our way clumsily up the jetway. Our almost empty Airbus 350 was a welcome break from our previous domestic flights, but we were fighting jetlag and needed showers and sleep. Airport employees, in full PPE, welcomed us by name and provided special bracelets identifying us as “transitioning” passengers. We were then personally escorted, walking what seemed like the entire length of the Singapore airport, to a processing station where we were approved to remain until our flights to Papua New Guinea. Then we were escorted back through the almost empty airport to our transit hotel where we were not allowed to leave until they came for us. 9 hours later, post showers, food and sleep, we were escorted to our next flight… the flight that finally took us back to Papua New Guinea.
So what do you think? Would you have felt like royalty or prisoners? So much depends on your perspective. We were just so excited and amazed at our Lord… how He worked it out for us to return during these challenging times (and luggage too).
Thank you for all who prayed. The journey was extra long but it had its bright moments. We made it safely to our highlands home where we quarantined for 2 weeks. We enjoyed visiting with folks from a distance while we unpacked and got settled.
Will we ever get back to normal? What is/was “normal”? Isn’t it always changing anyway, just faster now days.
We are close to “normal” as Paul has gotten back into the work routine at the hangar and has all his recurring training complete. He is a bit gimpy lately as he rolled his ankle stepping off our precarious back porch. He is in a Velcro boot for two weeks now and needs to take it easy. That’s pretty easy as there aren’t many sports or social activities going on due to the end of the school year exodus and COVID restrictions.
Andrea has gotten homeschool going and the kids have been doing great. Now the challenge as their friends are outside playing because… their school year is done. Please pray they can focus as they have catching up to do in order to be ready for the start of school in August.
Also, pray for us as we are accepting a part-time ministry for Andrea here on center once the kids are in school (August). More on that next time.
Thank you for being willing to pray for us and with us as we walk through these chaotic days and months. Also, thank you to those who support us financially. We know it is a sacrifice and we appreciate it.
Praise & Prayer Requests
- Praise: Our return to PNG went smoothly.
- Praise: We are settled into a routine, more or less.
- Praise: Paul’s ankle is healing well.
- Praise: Many new believers here are growing and maturing in Christ in Amdu, Pei and Wantakia.
- Praise: God is providing family and friends to visit and encourage Paul’s parents as they recover.
- Prayer: That we as a family would heal from a tummy bug that has hit us hard. “Welcome back!”
- Prayer: That we would continue to grow in our faith!
- Prayer: That Phoebe & Joshua would be able to focus and get homeschooling complete.
- Prayer: Paul’s mom is suffering with nerve pain in her hip/lower back and low sodium. For his dad as he heals from a bump on his head/neck from a fall (balance).