Life Verse

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“So what have you been doing while you’re out here?”

That is the million dollar question for the moment. The answer is pretty simple though… pretty much the same thing I did in the tribe…

Homeschooling with a capital “H” there are three of them now. Three little home schoolers in three different grades, so that takes up most of my life no matter where I am. (The two older girls could probably go to the “real school” here, but for the ...

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Stop Doubting and Believe

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“Hey, sorry you didn’t get to go back into the tribe. How do you feel?”

“Ok.” (like a failure)

When will you go back in?”

March. After Sepik Conference.” (Or possibly later. But when I try to add this phrase a swarm of angry bees flies from my stomach and nests in my throat, so I shut my mouth and just smile and nod)

We didn’t go home yesterday. Nothing major happened (that we know of). That is the problem. We didn’t “know” anything ...

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Home

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The girls and I still aren’t in Hewa. John Michael left last Monday and we are hoping and praying and wishing and praying and thinking and praying and praying and praying that we get to go back in next Monday.

 

The girls saying goodbye to their Daddy on the day he left

 

 

Our plan was to go back in as family on January 4th, but as that day neared our village leaders told John Michael that they were worried about us coming ...

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Pray for peace…

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Homemade double-barrel shotgun, and some gnarly arrows…these were common sights in the village being carried for protection when we left. Probably just as prevalent when I get back if not more so. Pray for peace. My wife and girls will be staying in town while I go back by myself to make sure it’s safe enough for them to return.

Please pray for me as we will be apart for at least a couple weeks and pray for the Hewa church ...

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The Hardest Part

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It is early Monday morning. I get up and go to the radio at 8 am to try to talk with someone in Hewa. No one comes up which is a good sign (in the jungle no news is good news). I walk back to the little apartment that has become our temporary home with beads of sweat already collecting on my forehead…at 8:15 in the morning…every drop of perspiration reminds me that I am not in my village anymore. ...
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Payback

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As most of you know by now, we are out of the tribe (again) and back in town. This week has been a whirlwind of events that I am still trying to process.

On Friday, two men in leadership positions from our mission came in to give John Michael and I language checks. One of the men brought in his wife, one of his daughters, and a girl who is here in PNG helping them with home school (cough cough, hint ...

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Relief

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The last five days have felt like Hewa again. Our typical day starts with the surrounding mountains tucked into their fleecy white blankets of cloud and fog. They stay that way until the sun lazily makes its way to the top of our eastern mountain and cooks off those clouds and fog. You can’t even think about using any power or having a plane land before 9:30 am. The sun then takes over for the rest of the day, giving ...
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Out of Control

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We still haven’t had any rain. We could hear thunder coming from other mountains. Taunting us. There isn’t even any dew on the ground. I walk our grass airstrip most mornings for exercise and my feet usually get soaked. By the time I come to the house my shoes are squishing out water with every step and I can ring lots of water out of my socks.

This has not happened in weeks.

There are other factors attributed to this drought that ...

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The Drought

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It hasn’t rained a drop in 13 days. And before that, there were only a few light and random showers. If I had internet out here I would google how much rainfall the rainforest is supposed to get annually… but spoiler alert…it’s a lot. I mean the whole ecosystem is named because of the absurd amount of rain that falls on it. So, as you can imagine, when you take the “rain” out of “rainforest” everything sort of collapses. 
We are ...
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