And this precious little one! She is the daughter of a married couple, both of whom are IT people here at CLTC. Natasha was in my office about a month ago connecting my computer to their system. Her little girl was with her so I offered her an Oreo. Today Mom is in a meeting and the little one is “flying” all over this big faculty area on her toes! So cute! Then she come into my office, climbs up on a chair and points! I show her two pretty bilums and she shakes her head. Finally, duh, it hits me! She remembers where the Oreos are! So adorable! Naturally I gave her one; shhh, don’t tell her mother — actually she had two!
Just enjoyed my favorite event at CLTC — the Wives’ Book Presentations. There were only 5 ladies in the class this year and two of them knew very little English. The other three knew lots of English so were able to help those two and we have had some great times. They loved coming up to my flat. I label things and they walk around and answer questions, having good conversations with each other. We also go to the Auditorium to learn a little world geography from a huge wall map there. The map is in honour of Gerald and Betty Wunch, veteran missionaries to Papua New Guinea, who first introduced Dan Anderson to this mission field, ‘way back in the seventies at Emmaus. So it is fun to make that connection for them — I wouldn’t be here were it not for Dan and Janet; God works in all sorts of wonderful ways!
But today is the capstone for me — they read their stories from their past — oral history written down. I invite their other teachers and some staff ladies and it is a fun time. We have cake and pb&j sandwiches and, of course, pop corn — (which I have been serving to guests since 1971!).
The first photo is the five of them with their books. The second one is so hilarious — the staff ladies taking photos of the wives with their smart phones! Nine years ago, almost no one here had a mobile phone, let alone a camera! Just cracks me up how far we have come, even out here in such a remote place!
Although a 7.6 earthquake awakened me last night and seemed to go on a LONG time, I haven’t heard of any serious injuries here on campus. The epicentre is west of here several hours by road. My friend Dan Anderson was right in that area last week and heard this morning from a friend there that the toilet room in the place he was staying (and where I have been twice before with him and Janet) tumbled off the house! God’s perfect timing — no one was in the house at that time.
In my flat, several things fell from shelves and a borrowed lamp fell on the floor, but amazingly, not even the bulb was broken! The Library, which had been structurally damaged several months ago by a 6.5 earthquake, is undergoing structural strengthening by a team from New Zealand even as I write, which is also God’s perfect timing. They feel had it not been done, who knows what might have happened to this priceless building containing 26,000 volumes! However, lots of those volumes were on the floor between the shelves and will take a number of students and the two librarians many hours to get them all back in the correct places.
Haven’t heard of any other incidents as of now. Just wanted to let you know I am perfectly safe and excited to have had another experience here in PNG!
I always love to do laundry, no matter where I am. Something about the satisfaction of all those clean sheets, towels, clothes…. But here in PNG, it is always an adventure. First I want to say, I am incredibly glad for an automatic washer here. Just this morning I wrung out a towel by hand and can’t imagine doing that for all my laundry! But even automatic washers can be challenging in a place where power is on and off on a whim!
I decided to get a head start and wash on Friday night so bright and early on Saturday I could peg them on the lines and have plenty of time for them to dry. Not always fun to go to that laundry shed at night — never sure what critters might be lurking around, but I began well before dark and have my trusty “torch” (flashlight for you North Americans) to scare off anything as I enter. Went to an event and when I returned, even though it was raining cats and dogs, I decided to check on my laundry. Good thing, since the power had gone off (and quickly back on), but the machine doesn’t restart on its own. I restarted it and returned to my flat to get ready for bed.
Fine — except the power went off (and on) again, so I trekked over to the laundry shed in the rain and reset the machine. THEN… the load was uneven and I couldn’t get it to spin, so I took out the heavy towels and put them in the second machine. Got them both to spinning and returned to the comfort of my warm covers! Power went off again. Forget it, I thought. I am not going back over there at 10:30 in the pouring rain. I will finish it all in the morning.
Turned out that was not a good idea! Saturday morning I don’t have to jump right up at 6:00, or at least I thought I didn’t. Suddenly about 6:30, I heard the door of the flat next to me slam. On his way to the market, I thought. But no, quickly I heard the door to the laundry shed being unlocked!! Oh, NO! I jumped up and put something on and raced over there. Too late — he had already unloaded the machine (which thankfully, had finished before the power went off again). I hadn’t even met this fellow from New Zealand, here to teach the Master’s students. I quickly gathered up my things he had removed and the towels from the second machine and fled to my flat, thoroughly embarrassed! So there you have it…. The next time you complain about doing laundry, remember it COULD be worse!!!
Sequel to the story: Since Dan Anderson was here for a few days, just passing through on his way for a ministry trip hours west of here, I wanted to have him for a meal. That could never happen without having someone else present, of course, so I mustered all my courage and invited my next-door neighbour to join us, hoping that would be a better memory than our early morning meeting in the laundry shed.
Thanks so much for all your prayers. I am very thankful for so many things. Students are great so far and I do love teaching! Taught four hours Monday, two today and FIVE hours tomorrow, (Wednesday here). It has been fun to get settled in the flat and the office. Had the stitches taken out today. Still looks terrible — whole side of my face is bruised and above the eye very swollen, but no pain at all and looks like it is healing okay. I keep saying that it is oaky — if I had broken anything, I wouldn’t be here. But I have to admit it is very humbling! Thanks for your prayers. They are being answered. I have been too tired at night to pray for myself, but know that you are there for me. THANK YOU!
Quick little update from CA. Had a bit of a hiccup Monday, but even though my eye looks pretty awful, I am thanking the Lord there were no broken bones anywhere, the ER visit was only about two and a half hours, I wasn’t wearing glasses, and help was available from a nearby home. I was out walking a friend’s dog and when she met another dog, I needed to pull her away. In my exuberance, I missed the curb and fell, mostly on my head, in the street. Elbow a bit bruised, thigh hurting some, but all in all, the cut over the eye was the only real injury. Took a few stitches which will come out next week at the clinic at CLTC. I was really very blessed that that is the extent of it and there are no hitches in my plans to travel Thursday night. Biggest blow is to my pride — my eye is black!!! Have learned to carry some ID when I walk, pay more attention to my surroundings — focus and not get carried away with the beauty of the day. Please thank the Lord with me that everything is still fine for my departure and pray that I will be more careful! Sometimes I forget that in less than 2 weeks, I will be 76 years old!
Here are some prayer points for my time this year in PNG. I leave Chicago on the train on Wednesday for California and will be there with good friends until the following Thursday, 25 January. Very anxious for my fun train trip, of course.
I am leaving later because of schedule changes at CLTC (Christian Leaders’ Training College), but will be teaching in 8 weeks what used to take 10, so please do pray that I will have God’s wisdom and strength to accomplish this.
Prayer Points for Kay in PNG — 2018
“Uneventful” travel Jan 25-27 & March 29-30
Quick adjustment: begin Teaching 9:00 a.m Jan. 29
January 29 – February 9
teaching English 19 hours per week for two weeks
Feb. 12 – March 23
Teaching English 6 hours per week for 6 weeks
Teaching Study Skills 3 hours per week for 6 weeks
Good communication with new students
Meaningful conversations with former students and staff members
Live Christ before the College Community
Thank you for praying for me. I will try to be diligent in sharing the answers with you in the coming weeks.