Any of you every tasted a passionfruit flavored something? Well here is an actual passionfruit. Kinda looks like fish eggs if you ask me. But it tastes delicious! Every time we go to the market we get some of these and eat them right away. You can peel the flesh off much like an orange and suck the seeds out. YUM!
Kids in Papua New Guinea have great talents. They are expected to get all of the coconuts and betelnut from the palm trees. How do they do that? Well they just climb right up, throw the coconuts to the ground and slide right back down! Its pretty crazy to watch. Kids as young as 4 will learn to climb the trees. It’s pretty wacky!
We just got back from our 3 day PMV hike, where we went to 2 villages and spent the night. To get from village to village we took a PMV, a Public Motor Vehicle. PMVs vary, some are 15 passenger vans, some are dump trucks and some are actual buses. This particular PMV was an unmarked truck, filled with about 12 people in the back. Evan, our guide Papa Gagnig and I rode in the extended cab. It was definitely Wacky! Stay tuned for more on our PMV Hike.
One of the unique things about this country is that they make woven bags that are called bilums. They come in all shapes and sizes. They are used to carry vegetables from their gardens, groceries, used like a purse, and even their BABIES! Babies in a bag?! Yes. And the babies love it. It swaddles them and they just love it. Then the women put the handle of the bilums on their foreheads and carry them down their back. Not a very safe method for us whiteskins, but they have incredibly strong heads and necks and are able to carry heavy things like their children, along with all of their produce on the top of their head etc. It is definitely a sight to see! Especially on the small paths that make up the mountain.
PNG has an array of beautiful creatures. Most of which I have never seen before in my life! Last night I found this HUGE moth (or butterfly?) outside our bathroom and I had to take a picture of it. You can see how big it is based off of my hand in the picture. Isn’t it amazing how God creates such beautiful animals?
This week I had to change a tire on a PMV (our form of transportation to and from our POC center). As we were driving down the only highway in Papua New Guinea with our whole group (about 20 people) over some huge potholes (and by huge i mean BIG potholes that if you hit them you go deep into the ground) it ruptured the tire. So we pulled off along the highway and began to search for the tools to fix it. At first, we couldn’t find them and a YWAM truck pulled over to ask us if we needed help. But by that point we got it together and so me and a couple of the other guys changed the tire, in Papua New Guinea, along the highway. It was definitely a first!
Well as some of you know I sprained my ankle a couple of days ago going down a mountain on one of the hikes. It was quite an ordeal as we were in the middle of the jungle and I had to be rescued out to get to the nearest road.
I slipped on a bunch of gravel like stones going down the mountain and literally had to crawl on my hands and knees to get back up to even ground. As soon as we got back up there was a house that was not quite finished so I rested on that until we figured out what to do. One of the directors of POC was hiking with us so she used her phone to call her husband to figure out what to do because we were at least a couple of kilometers from a place where the truck could get me out. So our hiking leader, Russ, walked out of the bush to find help. He came back with a couple of Papua New Guinean guys who work at POC and lots of village children who followed them in. They were so curious! They followed us the entire way wanting to get in on the action. So a few more guys from the center came and we had a whole crew of men trying to figure out how to get me out. 6 men. A little excessive, I thought…but I soon realized why. The trail back was very steep and at one point we had to cross a creek. One of the men even fell in! I thought I would be next but they were able to keep me up and got to a semi-flat spot. The kids joined around us as the men devised another plan to take me safely up the mountain short cut (which was vertical) to a village where the truck was waiting. They decided that their previous idea, a hammock tied to bamboo was not going to work on this incline so gathered rice bags and cut holes in them to make a stretcher with bamboo poles. Oh wow. I was a little scared as to how that was going to work, but I did what they said a got onto it. They picked me up and took me up the incline, at one point they almost tipped me over because of the steepness of the hill and the smallness of the path (really only small enough for one small man to cross, one foot at a time). But I kept watching the palm trees above me and praying that God would get me out! It took us about 2 hours to get me out of the jungle, but it happened! And God is amazing for giving those men the strength to do it! I was so happy to see that truck.
My ankle is very swollen and I have to get around on crutches now. But how many people have a story like that?! I am so thankful to be okay and it is slowly healing. Please pray that I will have a quick recovery and not be discouraged about missing out on things. Here are some pictures of the event! Happy Wacky Wednesday!
The initial fall down the mountain.
The first rescue contraption. A hammock tied to a bamboo pole.
Crossing the stream.
All of the kids gathered around to watch. Haha…
Stretcher #2 made from rice bags and bamboo.
Taking the “shortcut” up to the village.
In a effort to show you all things cool and different about this country we have decided to do a “Wacky Wednesday” photo every week. This week Evan found a group of missionary and papua new guinean kids who caught a “Mumut” which is a cross between a rat and a possum. What did they decide to do with it? Cook it. And eat it. Yum.