One year

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Our original plan was to arrive in PNG on 24 September 2017. It is now one year later.

We could speculate about all the reasons God had for not allowing us to be there yet. And I do often make a list in my mind of all the many blessings that have come from spending this year in South Africa instead. But in the end, it comes down to this…

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Square One

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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 waited eagerly for news, but none has come. We have placed increasing pressure on our agent in PNG for feedback with the result that he was forced to admit that he never submitted our applications. We are back to step 1 in the work permit application process, but with reliable agents this time.

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‘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.

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While we wait

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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 dinner before church on a Sunday evening, or I finally read them that book they’ve been asking for…  I often ask them: “What will you do while you are waiting?” You see, waiting time does not have to be wasted time.

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AWANA Missions Talk

Over the last month our AWANA group focused on missions. They ended their missions month by having me talk to them about Papua New Guinea.

“Why would I like to take my family to a mountainous jungle in the Ring of Fire, full of snakes, leeches, wild animals, and poisonous plants?” I asked. The snakes and leeches got their attention. But when I mentioned that there are over 800 languages/dialects in PNG they were astounded. (We have 11 official languages in South Africa.)

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