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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Spirit and Truth

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This is the day that Baby Girl‘s heart stopped beating several times and Susan breathed for her for hours until we all thought it was over, but God decided it wasn’t and she became Talitha.

In the picture Susan is actually giving the baby chest compressions while the mother holds her hand over the baby’s fontanel.

Hewans believe that the spirit of the baby can very easily slip out of the infant’s soft spot causing the baby to die. It sounds crazy ...

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You live WHERE?

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Public Transportation in PNG

Public Transportation in PNG

 This picture was taken in town last week. You read that correctly. TOWN. We were on our way back from     hanging out at a local pool/restaurant with some friends, and this is what we saw driving down the road next to us.

This is not an everyday occurrence in town, though. This past weekend an event occurred in the town of Goroka where several of the area tribes dress up and do cultural dances and songs. And if ...

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Open Grave

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If you heard us speak over furlough, then you have seen this picture of our daughter in the waterfall not too far behind our house in Hewa. We use this to illustrate the animistic beliefs of the Hewa people. The people believe that evil spirits live in waterfalls and are afraid of them. They leave an area with a waterfall undisturbed as they try to evade those spirits when planting gardens and clearing hiking trails.

It is such a huge contradiction ...

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Quick Update

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Tesi and her son Polo are just two of the many women and children still in danger of being killed as witches in Hewa territory.

Tesi and her son Polo are just two of the many women and children still in danger of being killed as witches in Hewa territory.

 

 

We learned yesterday that the police flew into the village where the two women were recently killed and arrested one person involved in the murder of Yamene and immediately flew back into town to imprison him. Most people here are saying that he is not the actual killer- that his brother pulled the trigger that put ...

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