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…

Learning Tok Pisin

“And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand…

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…

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…