Yesterday Evan got to go on a hike to the village, Kamba. It was a 16km (roughly 10 mile) hike with a stop in the village Kamba for lunch. Because my ankle is still bothering me I got to ride up the mountain to meet them for lunch at the village. What a drive! The road was almost non-existent in some spots which made for a very bumpy ride. The hike was also very difficult, with lots of straight ups and straight downs. They even crossed a river at one point that was about ankle deep. We had a good time in the village of Kamba, relaxing and eating lunch. Evan and I have made it a point to go talk with the locals and learn more language. So I went to talk with the women and Evan went to talk with the men. It was a great experience and I feel much more accomplished just from that little interaction that I was able to have a full conversation with them. Here are some pictures from the day.
The group before they took off for the hike
Once I met Evan in Kamba, he was enjoying a refreshing drink from a coconut
The village of Kamba
Evan with our guide Robert
All of the ladies hanging out in an old PMV truck bed.
This is our wasfemili (or host family) that has been taking care of us as we have been at POC. They are such a sweet family and we have really enjoyed getting to know them. Miani, the Papa, absolutely loves Evan and he comes to visit us every Saturday. Evan has been teaching him how to weld. Judy, the Mama, is so sweet and makes us fresh food, like shrimp and eel with lots of sweet potatoes and cooked bananas. They have four kids, Ezekiel, Magdalena, Ludwena and Clive. Ezekiel is the oldest, and was a nephew of theirs who they have adopted. He is a fun kid (in the dark blue shirt) who has nicknamed Evan, “goat” because of his goatee. Clive is a mischeivious little guy who the parents always say has a “Big Head”. Ludwena and Magdalena are sweet girls who love beautiful things like flowers and paper hearts and they love to help out their Mama in the kitchen and go to church. The other two older girls in the family are a cousin of Papa and a sister of the Mama who live with them. We have gotten the chance to eat at their home and at the center a couple of times now and each time we meet with them we have so much fun. We laugh and joke and learn more Tok Pisin. This week is our last week to meet with them and we will cook them a meal in our Haus Kuk (outdoor kitchen). Once we go into our 5 week village stay we will have another wasfemili. It is such a great program, and I can’t wait to meet them!
Haus Kuk, translated literally means “House Cook” which is, can you guess? The kitchen. Each weekend at POC we are asked to cook everything in our outdoor kitchens. We were also required to build our own haus kuk out of bamboo, tarps and string. Just like a Papua New Guinean would build it (although there haus kuks and homes are a lot more sturdy). We also have to go without internet and purify our own water. Just like we will do in the village. It has been challenging cooking over our own fire and coming up with recipes that will work. Especially on crutches! But we have been learning a lot and using a lot of our old camping recipes from the States. One of our favorite meals has been tulip meat (which is a lot like spam) fried with greens, green peppers, onions, and 2 minute noodles. We also really enjoy sweet potato fries! It provides a lot of flavor when you don’t have fresh meat to work with.
We had such a great time last month at our training. One of my favorite parts was getting to visit Iglesia El Buen Pastor every Sunday while we were there. Our other classmates Ben and Bethany also came along with us. We had a great time each Sunday spending time with the people there and learning a little bit of Spanish. Above is a picture of all of us with some of the leaders of the church, including the elders and the pastor. We hope to be able to come visit them when we come back to North Carolina!
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This week we drove up to North Carolina for our month long cross-cultural training at the JAARS Center. We became official with our name badges and everything and started training on Thursday. We are excited to see what this month has in store for us and think we will learn a lot! Please pray for us as we learn this month, and pray that our health would hold up so that we can enjoy this time.
Thanks to our sending church, 121 Community Church, for letting us speak on Sunday! We had a ton of response and are so happy to see everyone excited about Bible translation. Also a huge shout out to our sending team leader, Jonathan Hollon for helping us at the booth!
Thanks to all of our newest partners, we have reached 51% which means we are now cleared to go to training in January!! We appreciate all of you so much and hope to continue to climb percentage points! Way to go team!
God has once again blessed us more than we can imagine. How you ask? Well he has supplied a fully furnished-and by fully furnished I don’t just mean furniture I mean spices, food, pots, pans, shampoo, EVERYTHING we could possibly need or want-4 bedroom house that is specifically rented out to missionaries. WOW! We moved in last night and I have been unpacking our stuff (which we really don’t NEED here. Its crazy.) I’m thinking another yard sale is in our near future. Ha. We were so blessed by our friends and family for helping us move the still enormous amount of stuff that we have. We will be here for a little over 8 months as our suspected departure time will be around August 9th.
Last month we went to a 2-week training course in Orlando called Equip. It was such an interesting and inspiring time. We learned a lot about how translation works and how important it is to get the Bible to the Bibleless people. Thank you so much for praying for us and providing the money that we needed to go.
One day while we were there, we went into the Discovery Center which is like a Wycliffe Museum. As we walked around, we came to what is known as the tower and we went inside. As we sat in the darkness of the tower, we waited for the program to begin. We learned that there were still over 2,000 language groups that are in the darkness because they don’t yet have a word of Scripture in the language that speaks to their heart. That represents over 350 million people.
Then as the lights began to come on one by one, people expressed the difference having the Scriptures in their language had made in their lives. We were reminded that this was indeed a cause worth giving our lives to. One woman said that reading the Bible in her national language was like eating a banana with the skin still on it. But having the Bible in her language was as satisfying and delicious as eating a peeled banana.
Hearing these testimonies of transformation got us excited to be apart of the ministry of Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Continue to pray for us in the following ways:
-Our goal date to leave for Papua New Guinea is July 2013. -Additional funds for a month-long cross-cultural training
in North Carolina in January. -Pray for our parents who are graciously allowing us to leave them.
Well we made it safely to Orlando for Equip Training! We have been in class for a little over 5 days now and we are learning SO much. Thank you for all of your prayers and support. It helps so much knowing that we have a group back at home supporting and praying for us as the days go on. Many of our fellow Equippers are jealous of all the support we are getting from our church at 121 Community Church. Here is a video we ran across today about the need for Bible translation for the Bible less. Wow. What a need. A little over 2,000 languages are left to translate, and we need your help to help these translators out!
We were walking around in the Wycliffe Discovery Center today, which is a lot like a museum here at Wycliffe and I found a great saying, “Jesus Loves Me” in the Awa language in Papua New Guinea is…”Sisa inensabe arunawire” which literally means “Jesus wants me in His liver”. Ha. Ha. I thought that was hilarious.