Greetings everyone, and thanks for all your prayers.
Recently Dad and Mom were able to take a break in the town of Goroka and get some rest and much needed medical attention. The Lord gave them some blessings and encouragement while they were there. Mom sent her journal, excerpts of which I plan to upload over the next few weeks; but I thought I would start with their time out in the town of Goroka and then go back and start at the beginning of her journal and work the way forward through their news of the past 6 weeks.
November 18. It has been a long day. About 1.25” rain last night and more rain this morning. Lots of fog. We were up early. I finished up the packing first. Then had breakfast. Went walking and praying in the schoolroom. Then they told us the plane would be in Owena at 9:15. We wondered if the fog would be lifted by then. We were to get another update at 9:00. Now that doesn’t work very well, because it takes at least 20 minutes to get up to the airstrip from the house. So if we get an update at 9:00, we can’t make it up to the airstrip by 9:15. Well, we didn’t have to get an update at 9:00. About 8:50, we heard the plane coming over the mountains. He had gone to Sindeni first to take two mechanics in to remove the wings from the airbus that had crashed there six weeks ago. The helicopter will then go in and take the airbus out, probably to Hagen for repair. We had already sent our cargo up to the airstrip. But it would take us a while to get ourselves up there. We closed up the house as quickly as we could and were on our way. The trail was very slippery, however, after all the rain last night. It was really hard for me to hike up the mountain this time because it was so slippery. Daddy and I talked again on the way up about moving our house and the church building, if the people are willing, up the hill near the airstrip. As the years go by, it does not get any easier to climb that mountain. Thank God for His grace and strength.
Well, even though the plane landed in Owena a little before 9:00, it was going on 10:00 before we were able to leave. The fog rolled in, for the third time this morning, and prevented us from taking off. Holga said the weather is the same all over the country right now — thick clouds and heavy rain. We were thankful for a safe trip to Goroka.
After dropping things off at the flat, we went out to SVS for our usual meat pie lunch. I was happy to see that SVS had the Topco brand juices in again. They also had quick oats (which nobody had last time), Black and Gold mayonnaise (which we couldn’t find last time), and several other products which we had hoped to find. We hadn’t thought about it being so close to Christmas. The stores are very busy right now with Christmas sales.
After lunch and shopping at SVS, we stopped at the Post Office. Three packages and a few letters. Praise the Lord for the supplements that arrived. I used my last Olive Leaf this morning. Olive Leaf seems to be the only thing that keeps me from having chronic earaches and sore throats. I was also very thankful for the Cran formula — down to the bottom of the bottle of those — and ALJ too. Velma sent a sweet note of encouragement with a Hug in it. How good God is to give us so many people to encourage us and stand with us in the work here! — have had a number of notes of encouragement both through regular mail and e-mail.
Brought all that stuff back to the house. Daddy went down to talk to Hollands on the radio. I unpacked and put away some of our stuff that we brought out. Hollands said that one of their deacons is going through a difficult trial. He refused to let his daughter marry an unsaved man, so people have burned up all his gardens.
After Daddy came back up, we went out again. The truck was running on empty. Went to three service stations in Goroka, and they were all out of petrol. Said they were still waiting for the petrol trucks to come. We were afraid nobody in town would have petrol. Finally went to a service station just on the edge of town. Praise the Lord, there was petrol there! After that, we went to New Century to get a few things and look around to see what they had. Then to Brian Bell to check on generators — again.
Then we went to Papindo West and got a few things. By then my back and feet were hurting. Daddy brought me back to the house, and he went a couple other places. I did some more unpacking and looking through the packages we got today, then took a short nap.
One place Daddy went to was Remington Technologies. We received an ad in our mailbox concerning some specials. Don’t know how long the ad had been there, but thought we’d check. They had Toshiba laptops advertised for K1750. The manager said they just sold the last one, and that they were refurbished. They do have HP Compaqs, however, for about half the price that PNG Toner sells them. The manager quoted Lew a cost of about K2200 less K200 discount. We really are going to need something soon. However, it is celeron, not Pentium.
Made egg salad sandwiches for supper, and then topped it off with a refreshing slice of sweet watermelon which we had gotten at SVS today. It was a little pricey, but what a welcome treat! During the middle of his supper, Daddy ran over to the Turtles’ to get Randy Smith’s car to take out to New Tribes tomorrow for his doctor appointment. It seems to be the most reliable vehicle available for making a trip out of town.
Shortly after supper, the rains started pouring down, and the power went out. We are thankful that it has come back on again now.
“2I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: 3Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. 5For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: 6That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: 7That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 8And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.” Psalm 78:2-8
Well, that’s the news up-to-date. Will keep you posted as the days go by.
And this update was closed with the following words:
Many prayers, hugs, and kisses for both of you, with our love,
Dad and Mom