Side Trip!

Last weekend, we went on a side trip to visit some missionaries with the Simbari people in another area of the PNG Highlands. As soon as we got out of the Cessna 206, the national people there circled around us in greeting. Within an hour, we were outside playing volleyball with the nationals. Two to…

Miracles

As some of you know, part of my reason in coming to Papua New Guinea was to get a feel for long term missions, as I have been considering teaching on the mission field. Throughout the last few weeks, I have been given the opportunity to talk with several teachers and administrators here on the…

Mumu!

What comes to your mind when you read that? A very unflattering dress? Perhaps, but you would be incorrect in this instance. In Bena culture (and most of PNG, for that matter), a mumu is a large feast, often used to celebrate a girl’s coming of age, a marriage, or some other occasion. Today, our…

Me Linim Tok Pisin

I might be learning, but sometimes the learning seems to be very slow. Me save liklik. (I understand little). Today during village exposure, I had the opportunity to sit and stori with one of the national women. Though I was able to hold some conversation, there were times where she would rattle off some Pidgin…

Me likim kaikai kaukau. Em gootpela.

It’s true, I do enjoy the food here. Today was the first opportunity I had to eat some truly tribal food, though it was not extreme whatsoever. In our language helper session, we cooked kaukau (sweet potatoes) and strongpela bananas (hard bananas) over the pir (fire), then were able to kaikai (eat) the kaukau and…

Nem Belong Me Abigail.

Have you ever had a conversation with someone where you introduced yourself and then sat in awkward silence, not knowing what else to say? Knowing only a few Pidgin phrases, consisting of “My name is,” “What is your name?” and “Are you good?” makes holding a conversation with the nationals challenging. Yet it is my…

Api Nun

That is “Good Afternoon” in Pidgin, the national trade language of Papua New Guinea. As I am writing this, it is 3 p.m. on Wednesday, nearly 14 hours different from back home in Indiana. Though the two days I spent on an airplane were long and tiring, it was well worth it. I actually did…

Papua New Guinea

I leave for Papua New Guinea in approximately 4 hours for a month. It is my goal to put updates on here as often as possible via e-mail generated posts, so we shall see if that works. Please be praying for myself and the rest of the Interface team.