quieter community

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Things are lot quieter around here than the last time I wrote. I’ve gone back to part time in the clinic, which has given me a lot more free -time to build up some of those relationships that fell by the wayside as I inched my way towards burnout. I’ve joined a ladies Bible study, and have regular coffee dates with girlfriends who are teaching me the beauty of walking through seasons together, and always reminding me of truth. Sometimes ...
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july highlights

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How can it be August already? Howww?? Time is moving way too fast right now.

I thought that summer would be slow and boring, but boy, was I wrong. It has been so busy and so full that I’m not sure I can even remember everything we’ve done! I just know that there hasn’t been much time for rest, or blogging.

A lovely day for a lunch date with my hubby! ?: Erin Verdonck

A lovely day for a lunch date with my hubby!
?: Erin Verdonck

July was super busy for us. The flight department is ...

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tribal trip

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Last week I mentioned that I was heading into a tribal location to help our medical staff run a vaccine clinic, but due to some inclement weather on both ends, it was delayed until the next day.
View from my window. Michaela Huebner

View from my window.
Michaela Huebner

Since we knew that the weather in this location can get real bad real fast, we opted for a dawn departure to make sure we got in before the weather turned sour. This means leaving our center at 5am, driving ...

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the quest for kodiaks

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Three years ago, New Tribes Mission Aviation’s quest for a Kodiak for Papua New Guinea began. It was one based on the need to replace our older, less efficient 206 program with the newer, more efficient (and let’s face it, much cooler) aircraft, the Quest Kodiak. This is an airplane designed by bush pilots with missions in mind. It can take off heavier and faster, and land shorter than the 206’s we were flying, plus it’s big squishy tires means ...
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overdue america blog

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This blog has been a long time coming… You know by now that I process life through words (and coffee!), but for some reason or another, sometimes the words aren’t there. Blogging became a burden, so I decided to take a break. I think I can officially declare this the end of that blogging break. Thanks for understanding!
Ready to go to America!

Ready to go to America!

Josh and I are back in Papua New Guinea after spending 5 weeks in America. Between the two of ...

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Buffalo and Ducks…and other suprises

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Sometimes when a day starts, you never quite know what it will hold. Like when you are going to a Chinese New Year something-or-other with friends (sometimes things get lost in translation) and you think it will be a big red dragon parade and instead you get rain, a variety of dragons, loud drums, a very creepy dancing paper mache statue, your husband gets invited to dance on a stage, and there are some LOUD fireworks that make your eyes ...
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conflicting christmas

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It seems that my life has been and will continue to be marked by constantly conflicting emotions.

I knew that having holidays overseas would be hard; and I knew that the first one would be the hardest. I also knew that they would be some of the most beautiful if I let them.

Our beautiful tree!

Our beautiful tree!

I dove into the festivities around the center; desperately wanting to jump into the new normal. The parties, the caroling, the cookies, and the movies. I decorated ...

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growth

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It feels like I am so behind on my blogging. I can’t write fast enough to keep up with the many goings on of life in PNG.

I have completed my training as the medical clinic receptionist, and am now checked off to work by myself. I ask the nurses and doctors a lot of questions, but they are so gracious to answer and help me understand the decisions that we have to make. They and the many things they face ...

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grocery shopping, lessons in hoarding

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Cooking can be a stressful thing in any country and culture. However, there usually helps or shortcuts to make it just a titch easier. There are packets, powders, cans, and pre-sliced everything. If you run out of something or decide at the last minute you want something else, you can pop into any store or gas station and get it with relative ease. And how about those days when you don’t want to cook, or are craving something different? You ...
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learning

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This has been another week of learning for us in the Land of the Unexpected.

Bugs are a normal part of daily life. Suppose you leave something out overnight; ants. Put your fruit in a bowl so it looks pretty and is easy to get; ants. Forget to bring in your laundry before the moona beetles come out; moona beetles in your house. You get the picture. What I didn’t know, is that Fruit Bats are also a normal part of ...

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