Finally in PNG – the Land of the Unexpected

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.

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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:

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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).

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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.

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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.

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God is good and we are looking forward to what He has for us here in PNG!!

 

20 days and counting down

What we have been waiting for so long is finally coming true! We will be leaving for PNG in 20 days! This is in LESS then three weeks! We will fly out on July 20th. Are we freaking out?

There is still a lot to pack, a lot to organize, a lot to think off, and it seems like it will never end! We will have to take everything with us to be ready for a 4 year term, because there are a lot of things that we can not buy in PNG. Like shoes, or kids clothes, or or or…

We are very glad that God is here! He makes ALL the difference! If it wasn’t for Him, I bet we’d freak out! There are days that are crazy but there are also days when we are surprisingly calm. This is all about God and we are GLAD THAT HE IS HERE! I just said that. But it is VERY important.

You can help us by praying for us that we would not forget that God is HERE. And we are glad that God is faithful in reminding us of how much we need Him!

Here is a great video that shows an example how work among the unreached in PNG is being done. Check it out to get a better grasp of what this ministry looks like.

Flights, Visas and Immunizations and Packing and…

…sounds like a lot right? It is!
We are super excited that the preparations for PNG are moving along! On Monday we were able to book our flights to PNG (we’re leaving mid July) and heard back from PNG that our work permits are granted! Yeah! On Thursday we sent our passports to Brussels to the PNG Embassy and are hoping to get them back with our entry permits soon! Please pray with us that they arrive before we fly 🙂
We are almost done with immunizations and are in the middle of packing everything up. There is still a lot to organize and buy so please pray with us that we would be able to finish everything in time and provide a calm environment for our kids 🙂

Arrived!

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Thank you for your prayers! We got word that our documents arrived safely on PNG! They took a little detour to a different island 🙂 Please pray with us that the process will go smoothly and that we will have our work permits and visas in our hands soon! We are as a family are doing great, just Frieddy is still down with the flu.

Entering a New Stage in Life!

We were really excited when we received word from PNG this week telling us that we are officially part of the team! We received lots and lots of emails with information about what is needed to apply for work permits and visas… It seems like it will be a lengthy process with lots of paperwork, and we are hoping that the stuff we have to mail in will arrive safely in Papua New Guinea!

At the same time we are very thankful for the opportunity for Frieddy to teach the refugee small group at our church. Last Wednesday they went through creation (day 1-5) and are getting ready to hit the creation of man in two weeks. Please pray with us that it will be a time where we all get to know God better and grow closer to him and that those who are not saved yet will understand the Gospel!

Please also pray for the preparations for PNG that we will rest in God and that He will prepare the way for us.

Christmas in the Tribe

Over the Christmas time the video below was shared from a work in a tribe where the Gospel has been presented 7 years ago. This is what the missionary wrote:

“Christmas Eve service in the tribe. HUGE difference from 7 years ago when they did not know the Savior we celebrate!”

Praise God for what He did, bringing light into darkness!!!

Source: GaryEsther Smith