Our second semester of Missionary Training ended last week! Here are some highlights from one of our classes. Earlier in the semester, we took a Field Health class. This was a very practical class taught by a nurse on staff at MTC (Missionary Training Center) who worked at a clinic in Papua New Guinea, helping missionaries with their health needs. We learned the basics for lay people about prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various illnesses we may face on the field in Papua New Guinea. This included things like tropical ulcers and other skin infections, ear infections, malaria prevention and treatment options (malaria is rampant in the low altitude areas of PNG) which included us doing some research to find out which malaria drugs will be an option for us and our children and how to use them effectively. Since we will be living in a very remote area (ETA is summer 2015!) of Papua New Guinea, we learned a few skills that we would not normally be using here in the States such as which antibiotics and the proper dosage we’d need for common illnesses and… how to sew sutures! We had a fun lab outside of normal class where we got to shave, cut, and then suture lovely pigs feet! We watched several instructional videos on how to do the surgical knots and then got to practice. Sean is not totally sure he wants me giving him stitches yet… (haha!) but at least we have some practice if the need arises and it isn’t possible to get a plane to fly into our tribe immediately. Just so you know, New Tribes has several planes and even helicopters that regularly take missionaries in and out of their tribe, deliver supplies, and can do medical evacuations for missionaries or tribal people whenever the need arises.