The Lord granted Dad and Mom a few days to rest and a short time of fellowship out in town this month. They were able to attend the farewell celebration for a missionary couple that has been in Papua New Guinea for a number of years. Here are some excerpts from Mom's journal during time they were out in town.
April 15. I thank the Lord for a pretty good night’s sleep last night. This morning, we went out around 8:30 to shop. It was after 12:00 when we got back for lunch. Had a long nap after lunch, while Lew went out to do more shopping. After I got up, I did dishes. Then started preparing veggies for supper. Then fixed the chicken and rice.
Lew found out from the Post Courier on-line that the sugar problem is not the fault of bugs, but this past year’s drought. (There is no sugar available in the country right now.) After the cane got so dry, then some vandals burned hundreds of hectares of it.
Have been encouraged reading the book of Job now in morning quiet time. Chapter 19 contains some very special verses, “25For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 27Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” Job 19:25-27
April 16, 2011
Dear special daughters,
We were happy to get your e-mails, pictures, etc. It has been a busy day. It is now 5:00, and we have a little time to relax before going out again. Wanted to get an e-mail off to you now because I don’t know what time we’ll be back this evening.
After getting the newsletter revised and sent off this morning, Daddy and I went out to the hardware stores to find pipe for pulling water to our new house. He found the pipe at a good price, but couldn’t find any fittings anywhere in town. Kelly is quite ingenious though and said that he can fit pipes together by heating them if we don’t have fittings. He has done it before. We may have to do that. We went to look at a couple other hardware stores, but two of them were closed. There are still a couple up town that he can check on Monday.
When we got back to the flat, I did last night’s dishes. Then we had lunch, and I had a nap. Daddy browsed around on the internet.
After nap, we walked on over to the CRMF housing compound for the Turtles’ farewell get together. There were LOTS of people there – expats and nationals. Bob and Rhesa (Croot) Bagley were there. Talked with Rhesa a while. She said her father is actually doing better. They were able to do the surgery needed for him to start eating again, and he is out of the hospital. He doesn’t have teeth so will have to be fitted with teeth later, and will need a lot of reconstructive surgery. Enjoyed getting to know Elena Smith a little bit. She is the wife of Randy Smith, the one we had fellowship with last time we were in town. Elena is really nice. At the farewell, there was lots of food – finger food, but I didn’t eat much. After time to eat and fellowship, there were several speeches. Then they presented a gift to the Turtles and made them give a speech. It was a good time. We just got back to the flat a little bit ago. About 6:15, we will go out again with the Turtles and several other families for supper at Pacific Gardens Hotel restaurant. So that’s why I am writing now.