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…

Going out and coming in…

-Elna We are in Madang! It still seems a bit surreal. But the Lehmans, Canns, Mitchells and Amelia are finally all together as a team in Madang. We have spent the last few days in sweet fellowship, getting to know each other better.  Madang is hot - well, honestly it is not that hot. It…

Leaving on a jet plane…

-Elna God is so good. We left my parents’ house around 9am on Sunday morning. We arrived at the Lehmans’ house around 10.30am on Tuesday morning…  Altogether almost 40hours spent travelling. And though we were all in serious need of a shower, we could still smile at the end of it.  Our first flight was…

One year

Elna 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…

Seven!

Elna Our baby is officially seven. Crazy. He responded to a writing prompt just before his birthday: "If I was a punctuation mark, I would be... an exclamation mark! I would be loud! I would be tall! And be strong! And rule them all!" That pretty much sums up our boy. He lives life at…

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…

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…

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…

Never let go of the rope.

-Elna- As missionaries, we depend on those who send us and support us. John Ryland wrote of this relationship in his book “The Work of Faith: the Labour of Love, and the Patience of Hope, Illustrated in the Life and Death of the Rev. Andrew Fuller, Late Pastor of the Baptist Church of Kettering, and…