Retro Post (11-2012): “Since You’re Here…”

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When I flew in that weekend the missionary woman with me was also just returning from 7 weeks away. While catching her up on the local news, the other couple told us that a woman nearby had given birth to twin girls. Here in PNG it is a common belief that twins are not good, that one is actually an evil spirit and must be killed. If they cannot tell which one it is, they will kill both. This woman ...
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Retro Post (11-2012): “The Barriers of Language and the Bond of the Spirit”

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I’ve visited churches where they speak pigin or mix pigin with their tok ples (talk place—tribal language) and I can follow what’s going on. But this past weekend was the first time I’ve heard the message entirely in tok ples. About half the songs they sang were in pigin but the other half were in tok ples. One of the songs we sang that morning was the very first Christian song ever written in their language. Another was a song ...
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Retro Post (11-2012): “Lost a Patient, Gained a Brother”

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It was yet another morning of screening patients when the doctor walked in and asked, “Did you hear that we have an emergency case coming? They said it has taken four men to carry him so we’ll be needing that bed.” Upon realizing that the group was already at the door, I excused the patient I was screening back to the waiting room and went to see if they needed help. Four men carried in a narrow, make-shift stretcher bearing ...
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Retro Post (10-2012): “Abdominal what?!”

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The Clinic has been busy the last month or two. Plenty to keep us hopping! Yet most of it has not been stuff to “write home about”. Mostly physical exams, well-child check-ups, immunizations, colds, flues, and allergies. The whole rash of broken bones we seemed to be having several weeks ago has died down and everyone seems to have healed up well. There has been little need for hausik runs and no MedEvacs. It’s been a calm busy (if that ...
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Retro Post (10-2012): “Lessons from the Beginning”

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I’ve been reading in Genesis these past few weeks and have been struck again by the awesomeness and power and goodness and love of God! I felt absolutely dumbstruck again by the (not to overuse the word but..) awesomeness of what He created and how with such care and detail and foresight! We, the human race, are created in His very own image, after His likeness, because He wanted to have intimate fellowship with us!!! And I fell in love ...
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Retro Post (09-2012): “Fruits of their Labor”

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Yesterday, we rejoiced to hear another tribal update and to see what God is doing here in PNG! In 2009, a team of NTM missionaries moved into a tribal work here in the mountains. Now three years later, they have seen the Gospel presented and literacy taught; they have been teaching through New Testament and are now teaching from the book of Hebrews, seeing the believers come to a deeper understanding of the Gospel and of the God who gives ...
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Retro Post (09-2012): “You don’t hear that every day!

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A woman recovering from the medications we’d given her before removing an area of skin cancer, became quite happy and, as people recovering from surgical medications tend to do, began to shout. But it was what she shouted that just made my year! She would frequently sing out with a joyful, “Mi hamamas! Mi likim sut!” (I’m happy! I like this shot!) LOL!
I was working in my kitchen when I overheard several of the neighbor kids playing in a tree ...
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Retro Post (09-2012): “The Goroka Show”

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One of the festivals held annually in PNG is the Goroka Show. I’ve learned that people across the world have heard of the Goroka Show even if they have no idea where PNG is! As for me…I hadn’t heard of it until I prepared to come. It’s meant to be a demonstration of traditional dress, music, dance, and art found in the Highlands and is quite the site to behold, each lain (family line) showing what lain they belong to ...
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Retro Post (08-2012): “These are a few (more) of my favorite things”

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These are a Few (More) of My Favorite Things:

Friday night dinners with friends.

Quiet Saturday mornings.

A clean house.

Clean clothes.

Ham-chicken, baked potatoes with butter and sourcream, and a good friend to share it with.

Sisters in Christ of every nationality.

Singing God’s praise with His people.

Hearing the Word taught.

Hearing the passion of others to see mature churches and believers everywhere!

Getting off the Center to go shopping in town.

Getting more on my “wanted list” than on my “needed” list.

Fried chicken and French fries…finger lickin’ good ...

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Retro Post (08-2012): “The Battle Belongs to the Lord”

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I am doing all right. I’ve been struggling a bit but I have no idea how to describe it to anyone else. Just to say that emotions are fighting me tooth-and-nail over…nothing apparently! I am doing well but feel like I’m fighting a battle and I really have no idea who I’m fighting or what we’re fighting about! Kind of like fighting the “Invisible Man”, I think. From what I can tell, my emotions are leading the charge but I ...
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