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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!!

 

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Thanksgiving in a Box

WOW!! Mt. Carmel Baptist Church donated a number of Thanksgiving Boxes for families here at the MTC again this year!!! So so thankful for God's provision through these wonderful people!!!
WOW!! Mt. Carmel Baptist Church donated a number of Thanksgiving Boxes for families here at the MTC again this year!!! So so thankful for God’s provision through these wonderful people!!!
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Ben Elliot’s Thankfulness Bag

They made this in child care last week. Ben Elliot's teacher asked them every day what they are thankful for and wrote it on sticky notes. She also added some treats to the bag. Ben Elliot was so excited that some of them didn't even make it on the photo... :)
They made this in child care last week. Ben Elliot’s teacher asked them every day what they are thankful for and wrote it on sticky notes. She also added some treats to the bag. Ben Elliot was so excited that some of them didn’t even make it on the photo… 🙂
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5 Months old :)

He smiles all the time, loves watching his big brother play, rolls over from his tummy to his back and almost always calms down when we put on some music. We love our sweet Linus!!!
He smiles all the time, loves watching his big brother play, rolls over from his tummy to his back and almost always calms down when we put on some music. We love our sweet Linus!!!
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A Night Hike

Today Frieddy and Ben Elliot went on a little night hike right before bedtime. It is impossible to describe how excited Ben Elliot was!! He had a blast!! I guess it was his first time going for a walk in the dark. He loved spending time with his Daddy! And he loved using his little headlight to explore different things around campus – like cars, tractors and diggers of course… 🙂

I was reminded of how God wants to use as lights in a dark, dark world… How many people are still living without the hope of a Savior. And how just a little light can make an incredible difference! Please pray for us that we would stay focused on the task as we are studying Linguistics this semester and are getting closer to going overseas. Pray for us that Christ would be magnified in our lives and that we would be faithful servants. And please pray for the millions of unreached people that so desperately need the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
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4 Months Old!

I can’t believe our sweet Linus is 4 months already!!! Incredibly thankful for this happy little boy. He brings so much joy into our lives. Thank you, God!
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Our Family and Babel

Here is a summary of our first weeks of Linguistics! I had the choice between writing a boring post about how to analyze a language you do not know OR to share some of the things that are happening in our life as we are studying this thing called linguistics. I decided to do the second (and maybe you are glad I did so… :))

Working on Orthography
Working on Orthography

This has definitely not been an easy semester for us so far! At the same time God has been so faithful in teaching us a lot of different things. Frieddy and I are both taking the course and it has meant a lot of adjustments for us as a family. Especially the first month was very intense. We are learning new stuff almost every morning, some days we have afternoon classes and we usually work on homework assignments until late at night which is why we are often tired. We will have studied parts of the grammar and the sounds of about 140 different languages by the time we have completed this course next spring, which is really exciting! A few days ago we looked at German and it was so funny to see how both Frieddy and I got so confused with our own language – it is one thing to be able to speak it, and another to understand what is going on on a grammatical level… After spending some time analyzing it, German does not seem that easy after all! 🙂

Frieddy studying
Frieddy working on Homework
We both have been enjoying classes a lot so far (at least most days :)), and still feel like there have been many challenges that God is using to bring us closer to Him.
We realize how much we still have to learn in the area of managing our time well and finding a good balance between taking the time necessary for homework and things that need to be done, but also making sure that we spend enough time with our boys and as a couple.  After the first weeks of classes which were extremely busy, we decided that I would step back a little in order to have more time to take care of the boys. It was simply getting too much and I was under too much pressure. I am still going to classes in the mornings and I am doing some of the homework, but not all of it. This decision has been a huge relief. Especially in the beginning of classes, Linus was still having some health issues. Also, we seem to have caught every single virus that is going around on campus this semester and had to miss many days of classes. Things have been going so much better since I am not taking the full course load any more.Frieddy is still hanging in there and learning a lot every day. He says what keeps him going is the fact that God created all these languages – so they must be predictable!  [Is it cheating to ask the Creator of all these languages for help when you are stuck on your homework?! I don’t think so… ;)]

Studying with Linus :)
Studying with Linus 🙂
God has been so so faithful throughout these past weeks. We really feel like He is a good Father, taking good care of us. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. He gives the strength for each day and surrounds us with friends that we can have great fellowship with. And we just love to see how he uses times like this to bring us closer to Him, showing us our desperate need for Him and the life that He gives! We are so needy, and we are learning to cry out to Him for wisdom daily. It has been amazing to see how He answers every single time. Yes, it has been tough – but we do not want to miss this time!
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Home with the Boys

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I stayed home with my sweet boys today because they are sick.
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Summer Update In Pictures

Wow, trying to sum up everything that happened this summer could fill endless pages… So I decided to just post some photos that speak for themselves 🙂 Our summer break started at the end of May and we spent most of it at the MTC, while Frieddy was able to work on campus for a few weeks. This was especially nice because our visas do not allow us to get jobs off campus. The biggest highlight was of course the arrival of our son Linus! We are so thankful that everything went well and we are so thrilled to be a family of four now!  Just like Ben Elliot, Linus had trouble with his digestion for the first months of his life. After a lot of visits with his midwife and his doctor, many sleepless nights and trying to figure out what could help him, he is now feeling much better. Praise God!

We also loved spending a whole month with my mom, sister and youngest brother who came all the way from Germany to visit us! They were such a big encouragement to us and we soaked up every minute that we spent talking and having fun together! Ben Elliot turned two in July and we had a fun little birthday party for him. We spent lots of time with friends and also as a family. Ben Elliot is talking a lot now, both English and German and often at the same time, haha… 🙂  He loves tractors and diggers, the pool and the lake, helping in the kitchen and reading books. Linus  smiles all day long, except when he does not  – usually when he is hungry or tired… They both love to go on walks. Ben Elliot loves to run around, and Linus usually sleeps through the whole thing in the baby carrier. Frieddy and I had a pretty good start into the semester, although Linguistics does not come easy for both of us. This semester has proven to be one of the hardest so far, considering the time we need to spend studying but also the adjustments for us as a family to a much tighter schedule… God has been teaching us a lot of different things. But I will post more about Ling in another blog entry. Enough for now, before I really start to fill endless pages…