Want to know what we’ve been up to while we’ve been in PNG? Check out this short video to see what our jobs looked like as well as different things that we were able to be apart of.
Encounter this year was both very challenging and very rewarding. Encounter is a week long spiritual retreat for the high school here in Ukarumpa. When people have asked “How was Encounter?” my response has been intense. Intense worship…intense speakers…intense spiritual warfare…and intense fun. The speakers this year were David and Lynn Wake, an Australian couple who lived here in PNG back in 2008 and lost their eldest daughter to brain cancer. They had such a powerful story it was impossible not to be impacted by them. We were also able to baptize 3 of the kids, including one of our Soul Purpose band members! We were really excited to see these kids make a public commitment to the Lord. Sarah led a discussion group of 10th grade girls and Evan led his Senior guys in discussion. We felt like we were really able to get close to a lot more of the kids. Encounter was an intense time where God really showed himself and we really felt like we had been through war afterward. God won…and thats all that matters
Here’s some pictures from the week…
Check out this super funny “rules” video we made for Encounter!
This Friday, September 18-Tuesday September 22 is the annual youth retreat called “Encounter”. Most of the high school kids that go to school here, both MKs and commercial kids will have the opportunity to attend. Evan and I are both sponsors this year and are really excited for what God has in store for each one of the kids that attends! Please be in prayer for:
- Each and every kid that comes, that they will encounter God in a real way that maybe they ever have before
- The student led bands that will lead, also our adult band (that Evan and I are in) on Sunday morning!
- The speakers who flew all the way from Australia to minister to these kids, the theme is “The Greatest of These…Faith, Hope, Love”
- The sponsors: for us to have energy, wisdom and strength and LOVE on these kids
Evan works at the Autoshop here in Ukarumpa. Check out this video to see what his everyday life looks like as well as hear from some of his coworkers about what its like to work at the Autoshop! Have skills in welding, automotive mechanics, or sales? We need you in Papua New Guinea!
Last week a man that had worked in our community for almost 40 years died unexpectedly. It was a great loss and many from the community people attended his funeral. They asked me to photograph it and so I did, even though I had never photographed a funeral before. It was definitely a cultural experience for me.
This week we celebrated Evan’s 30th birthday party which was a lot of fun! We had about 20 people come to a party where I made a cake (my first 3 layer cake!) and hung pictures of his childhood all around. Evan cooked burgers for everyone and we had a lot of fun, though we wished we could’ve celebrated with family and friends back home as well!
Usually our 4th of Julys are spent with family or friends, blowing off fireworks in field or watching them at a big stadium with lots of people…and its HOT. Well this year our 4th was very different as we woke up with it being in the 40s (YEAH I KNOW…aren’t we supposed to be in the tropics or something!?) then I spent all day photographing a PNG Bible Translation Association Induction Ceremony. They celebrated the day with a ceremony in the morning with tons of traditional dancing, music and of course formalities, but then the afternoon was filled with a huge PNG FEAST and a “singsing”. What cooler way to celebrate the 4th?? After that we went to our friends house to celebrate a more traditional Ukarumpa 4th with burning/spinning steel wool, sparklers, BBQ and good friends. That felt a little more like home. Next year we will be back home again for the 4th and we’re beyond excited. But theres something about spending the 4th overseas that makes you really appreciate America…
Evan and I have had a great relationship with the seniors this year and are really sad to see them go. Last night was graduation and I just love how intimate the class is. Because they only have 21 they really take time to honor each student. Some of the kids asked Evan and our friend Leah Rigsby to lead worship for the night and they did an excellent job. The next few days are going to be gut-wrenching as we say goodbye to these kids as they scatter around the world. Ukarumpa is such a unique place, but one of the worst things about it is all of the goodbyes that we are constantly having to say. Please pray for us as we say goodbye and for the Class of 2015 as they leave Ukarumpa and start their lives as adults. Many of their parents will be coming back to continue their work here and so many of the kids will be all on their own. Pray that they will take everything they learned here and apply it and that they will continue to love and lean on God with all of their hearts.
This year Evan Halferty and I were asked to participate in the banquet play that is made up of parents of the Seniors. We had a blast coming up with funny “ads” or commercial breaks during each of the scenes, and definitely got lots of laughs. Each year the parents of the seniors come up with a funny play that includes lots of inside jokes as well as funny things about their teens. This year’s theme for Banquet was “London” and it was a lot of fun to help transform the Teen Centre into that theme for the teens. Then, the whole community comes out on Saturday for ENCORE to watch the play as well as take a look at all of the parents hard work and raise money for next year.
Here’s the class of 2015. Love these kids! Don’t they look so nice all dressed up?
Every year Ukarumpa International School does a Sport’s Day for all of the High School and Middle School Students. Each student, upon entering the school, is assigned either Alpha (red) or Beta (blue) and competes in Track and Field events on Sport’s Day. It’s always a big event here in Ukarumpa and a lot of people come out to watch them compete. This year Evan and I decided to sell his Tequila Lime Chicken smoked tacos with my homemade salsa. We called them “MeMe’s (pronounced May May) Dirty Tacos” because everyone here calls Evan MeMe (which is goat in Tok Pisin) because of his goatee. Our first day was a hit! We sold out within an hour and a half. It was a lot of fun and we will do it all again tomorrow. It was great having some of the PNGers try our tacos–it was an entirely new experience for them…and they came back for more!