FAQ after 1 year in PNG

What has been the hardest things about being in PNG? Missing friends and family. It just does not get easier. Learning to negotiate a culture very different from our own. Having to think through the possible interpretation of every comment, implications of every action… And being humbled as we often get it wrong, even after thinking…

Calista turns 11!

It is hard to believe, but our firstborn is eleven!  Calista is a sweet, sensitive little girl. Her understanding of, and love for God and His Word is growing… She adores animals - big and small. Her little village friends all know this, and bring around all kinds of critters for her to see. Right…

Know Things, New Things

culture shock  - noun the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes. We were warned that we’d experience some degree of culture shock during our first weeks here in PNG. Thankfully, God blessed us with wonderful team mates who have…

HBC Missions Conference

We cherish any opportunity to spend time with our supporting churches. It is always such a joy to get to know our rope-holders.  Add to that the chance to be encouraged by other speakers, and have some family time at the beach, and you end up with a pretty perfect weekend! Hillcrest Baptist Church invited…

Double digits

Children are a blessing, a reward! We've been parents for 10 years now. Crazy. Our girl is sweet, silly and yet seriously thoughtful. We love that she can make up the strangest songs and stories, and also ask very deep theological questions. Happy tenth birthday, Calista! May you continue to grow in your understanding of,…

Square One

Elna Our first applications for work permits to enter PNG, were submitted in March 2017. In August 2017, we were told that these applications were lost somewhere at the Department of Labour. We had a second application ready in country, so we sent these to our agent for resubmission. The last 8 months we have…

‘Normal’ life

"No, we are still waiting." Most of my conversations these days start with the question, "Have you heard anything about your papers?"  There has been some movement (another agency had one of their missionaries' papers processed). But for now, we have a pretty 'normal' life here in South Africa. Daddy still has the best job…

If only for this…

On Thursday 4 January, Ledo Silvano Giovanni Raffanti breathed his last breath. His nurse helped him wash up and dress in the morning, and left the room to fetch his breakfast. When she returned, he had quietly slipped away. Oupa Joe was proud, strong, meticulous, and hard-working. He was a real engineer - a problem-solver,…

Wrapping up 2017

I have not written in a while. I cannot give you the exciting news everyone is waiting for - we do not yet have our work permits… And thus no clear idea of when we’ll finally head to PNG. But God has not been wasting time. So pull up a chair, and let me tell…

While we wait

-Elna- Being in ministry often means arriving at church a little earlier than most people - sometimes Daddy has a prayer meeting or a counselling session. Sometimes we arrive early just to make sure that we arrive on time! We’ve learned to include ‘waiting time’ in our planning - our kids often have a picnic…