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 bananas.

It has been comparatively simple for me to pick up the Pidgin language with its similarity to English, but it makes me question at times if I will ever again have any hopes of being an effective English teacher. I woke up this morning and found myself thinking in Pidgin, though I still only know a small bit of the entirety of the language. The problem being, good Pidgin is poor English. Hopefully, I will be able to separate the two effectively with further exposure and acquisition.

Today was also Y-Mart, the local village market. Nationals from all over showed up to display their wares, everything from bilims (string bags), to bunatas (bows), bananas, and gumis (rubber bracelets). It was fun to walk around and see all the bright colored bilims, the various people selling, and the children running around with their “car” toys made of kaukau on diwai (wood).

I was given the opportunity on Sunday to meet with a teacher at the Lapilau school, a nearby school for missionary children. It was encouraging to hear how even support missionaries play a vital role in the overall progression and expansion of the Gospel to unreached people groups. He also expressed the continual need for such support staff – whether it be teachers, aviation, doctors, dentists, nurses, kitchen staff, dorm parents, etc., though none of that is to underestimate the similar need for missionaries in the tribes themselves, learning the cultures and languages, translating, and teaching.

Lookim me behin. (See you later).

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