We are here!!! So grateful for God’s goodness and faithfulness in our lives in bringing us this far!
Thank you for all your prayers for our trip! Everything went smoothly and we were able to catch all our flight connections. We also had the chance to spend a few days in Australia to get over our jetlag. This was also the perfect time to prepare ourselves for our time in PNG and to refocus on God! About a week ago we finally arrived in PNG! Another missionary family picked us up at the airport and took great care of us during our first days here! We’re spending the first weeks in the Highlands of PNG. The first few days were filled with lots of new impressions: right after we arrived at the airport we saw a group of mourners standing behind the gate as they were waiting for a coffin that apparently had been transported with our airplane. At first we did not know what was going on, until another missionary filled us in.
From the airport we drove to the base that would become our home for the next couple of weeks. The main road here has lots of potholes, and we saw lots of cars full of people. Our friends told us about some accidents that had happened lately, some of which involved some other missionaries, too.
This is our house for now:
We are staying on a smaller base in the mountains, which is only 10 minutes from a much bigger base. There they have a small grocery store which carries a lot of things that we didn’t even expect (just at a much higher price than we’re used to of course :)). There is also a medical clinic on that base. On Sunday we went to church there and had the opportunity to share our testimony. We really enjoyed seeing some old and new faces and were even able to speak a little bit of German 🙂
Last week Frieddy was also able to get his PNG driver’s license and survived his first trip quite well (while I was anxiously waiting at home haha).
One morning we went out to town and to the market. Of course everybody notices you when you are white and people were trying to sell their stuff: plastic bags, bananas, watermelons, SIM cards… And everybody gets excited when they see white kids 🙂
Our boys have adjusted great so far and love to talk to and hang out with the nationals. They have already picked up on some words in Tok Pisin which is PNG’s trade language.
In the weeks ahead we will go through some more orientation, get to know the missionaries on the base and also try to learn some more Tok Pisin. In a week from now we will be moving over to the bigger base for the rest of our orientation.
Our family is doing great and we can’t emphasize enough how thankful we are how God has been carrying us through this time of transition! We are so excited to finally be here and the boys are soaking up all the new things they are seeing and experiencing! Please pray that they would continue to find good friends as we will go through a lot more transitions in the future.
God is good and we are looking forward to what He has for us here in PNG!!