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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Good News

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John Michael in a language session

John Michael in a language session

 

After months of what seems like nothing but bad news, I’m thrilled to finally have some good news to share…

John Michael recently had a language evaluation and even though the days before were filled with running around trying to handle every thing he could with the latest witch killing AND even though he had the beginnings of malaria at the time- his test went extremely well.
The language rating system here goes up to 10 levels ...
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A Witch for a Witch

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Mifila was killed in May of 2015

Mifila was killed in May of 2015

 

 

Still no “real” news about what really happened with Yamene’s murder. Our people feel pretty confident, though, that because the murderer was related to Mifila (the woman who was killed in May) that this was a revenge killing. Yesterday as we talked individually with different villagers almost everyone said the same thing…

“Mifila’s family asked for help from the police and told them they wouldn’t kill in revenge. They would do what is right and ...
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Another Murder

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We just learned that there was another murder in a neighboring village (the village where our co-workers started the Hewa work). The same village where Mifila was killed three months ago. A woman named Yamene was killed by a man and his two sons. Right now we have very little information on this and we know it will take several days for us to hear the whole story.

But one thing we are certain of is this- we are desperate for ...

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