Expanding Our Horizons

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I knew when we moved to PNG that a great deal of our time would be spent learning and trying to understand the culture of the people here.  What I didn’t expect was that we would also have to learn about the cultures of the other missionaries here.  We have a very diverse group here that includes Canadians, Germans, Australians, Irish, English, Koreans and many more that we haven’t even met yet!  Can you believe that they are not all like us?  There are certain words that we would say without hesitation that have quite a different meaning say in Australia or England.  Our manerisms are different too.  I can be loud at times and that is look at by various nationalities as very rude – I guess I will be appologizing a lot!  And yes, with some of the nationalities there is quite a language barrier.  But hey, I enjoy new things.  All this to say that in the last 5 months we have learned a great deal about PNG and many more countries!