Friday, November 30, 2018

Photo Friday : A birthday and a Jesus film dedication

Just yesterday I (Susan) traveled to Gulf Province (a first for me!)

It's a totally different landscape than the highlands.  It's mostly flat - a land of many, many rivers all making their way to the Gulf of Papua.

I was there to film the dedication of the Jesus film in the Mouwase language, and so we landed at the airstrip in Kikori, which is inland up one of those rivers from the Gulf.

The dedication was put together rather last-minute and so not everyone knew about it.  Here translator Robbie Petterson borrows the loudspeaker from the police vehicle to make an announcement inviting people to join us.

We got to cruise up and down the river in this boat while we waited for the dedication ceremony to start.  It's a much easier and faster way to get around than walking.

The river, though quite wide, was very shallow.  This was due in part to unusually dry weather, but we were also told that the major earthquakes that happened in the Highlands this past February caused huge amounts of silt to wash down these rivers, and that for a time the people were not able to eat fish out of these rivers for fear of getting sick.  (The fishing is OK now.)

I was only there for the day, and so I didn't get to see them show the whole Jesus film in Mouwase (which they did after dark last night) but here is the crowd watching the opening scenes of the video on Robbie's laptop.

Apparently around 500 people showed up to watch the film after dark last night!

The other big event this last part of the month was Kate's birthday!



 Testing out her new "Belle" dress to see how twirly it is.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Photo Friday: "Halloween", Carnival and the Beach

Hmm... this post is going to seem like all we do is have fun around here. 
We do still work.  I promise.

Halloween is not a holiday here, but the kids still got to dress up.  Our last-minute costumes (like, literally, less than an hour before we had to leave the house!) were a ballerina, some kind of warrior dog, and a pirate.

Several families and individuals volunteered to put on a trunk-or-treat type event with games and candies for the kids.

An Ukarumpa tradition which happens every year around the end of October is Carnival, which is part fundraiser for the High School and part raising funds for a charity.  Kids really look forward to this every year.

bouncy castle!

Mini golf


And rides.

This guy always goes a little above and beyond in his bidding at the charity auction.  This year we came away with a huge bag of laundry soap, a bunch of coffee, and some gift certificates to a home goods store.  We were outbid on the new wheelbarrow, which I'm still a bit sad about.

Not only did he paint Kate's nails (and do a pretty good job of it!), but he also allowed me to escape to the beach for a few days this week with some girlfriends, even though he had a very busy week of meetings and work.

 One of my friends was celebrating a milestone birthday, and so five of us ladies went down to a beach resort near Madang for two nights.  (One that happens to offer a missionary discount, which helps!)

 I'm always an early riser, but I was thankful I didn't miss this sunrise!

The snorkeling is pretty good here.

The past few weeks have held a lot of fun, but now we're back to work with a vengeance.  Brian and some other CAM guys are working weekends to help replace some cross arms on power poles, and I've got some photo and video work waiting for me this weekend.