When we arrived in PNG, we had a surprise waiting for us. Our friends, Mandy and Jeremy Hambrice from Magnolia, Arkansas were waiting for us at our new home. They took a break from building their house in their tribal location to come and welcome us to the country. We hung out with them for a few days before they hopped on this plane and went back to finish building their new home in the bush.
The first few weeks have been absolutely amazing and our worlds have been flipped upside down. We are getting used to the food (good place to live if you like tropical fruit and fish!), and have gotten adjusted to being 16 hours ahead of our normal time. Now we are learning some basic phrases in Pidgin English that will help us obtain more Pidgin when we officially begin our language acquisition in a few weeks.
The heat isn’t so bad, but the humidity has been hard to get used to here. I, Sean, have adjusted, I have gone from sweating all the time to just most of the time. I didn’t even sweat through my shirt as I was helping my language helper, Joshua, plant 6 pineapple trees near his house.
Thanks for keeping up with us, and thank you for your continued prayer and financial support. We couldn’t be doing this ministry with out each and every one of you.
Here are a few prayer points:
- Gabe has a horrible diaper rash. Pray for healing and comfort during this miserable time for him.
- Zeke has been showing signs of culture stress (disobedience, regression in potty training). Pray for him to adjust and get back on track.
- Pray for us, Sean and Jinny, as we navigate culture stress from moving to a new place. Pray that we would grow closer with one another and with God during this time.
- Pray for more laborers. There is only one other family going through orientation with us, while there are over a dozen tribes in need of multiple families to move in to plant churches and translate the Bible.