The car is stuck … in a river?
On our base we sometimes host other missionaries or visitors of missionaries while on their way to their final destination This was the case in January of this year. We had a group of people coming from overseas that wanted to visit a missionary in the south of our island. They choose to take the airplane which was pretty easy but back out they wanted to try the road which is quite another story…
It was rainy season which means lots of water and very slippery and muddy roads, some of them even flooded up to 3.5 feet! But that doesn’t deter everybody from trying to get through. 🙂 Usually this route takes 1 day with Public Motor Vehicles (PMV’s) to travel.
But our visitors had to be 2 days on the road, sleep in the bush and we had absolutely no idea where they were before they made it back to us. They finally arrived on the day where their flight was scheduled to depart home…
The first two came very early in the morning with a car they had found in town and a few hours later the rest of them arrived, exhausted but ok. The river they had to walk across was flooded and they had to cross it by foot in hope of catching a ride on the other side, but there was no car waiting for them. Instead they decided to part ways and send a group of two people ahead in hope of finding a car that could take them all back to town. The rest of them would hunker down somewhere in the bush. But it didn’t work and after walking for a long time the two were able to catch a ride with an ambulance that was on its way to town. The rest of the group was picked up the next day by one of our missionaries that was in the area who’s car was stuck in the river due to battery failure but later pulled out by a friend…
We were all relieved and very thankful after everybody had made it home safely. Thank you Lord!
It’s good not to build your house on sand, but also not good if you build it on low ground…
It was quite the rainfall, gushing like out of a broken pipe for more then 2 hours, after which our house, which is build on the lowest spot on center was standing like an island in a beautiful lake or should I say more like a sinking boat in a shallow swampy lagoon?
Thankfully there were no alligators around not even inside but the water was a few inches too high. Since it was morning time we were at the house when it all started and had enough time to move everything to higher ground! Thankfully we were able to get the water out and the house dry after a few hours!
Conference and School Testing
After the torrential rain we moved on to continue with the conference preparations. In about 1 month a large group of missionaries would come to our center from their bush locations and stay here for about a week.
There would be a lot to do on the supply side with missionaries buying their groceries for the next few months and the transport to the bush. But it all went down quite different than expected.
would change a lot. While things believed impossible before where happing now in Europe, Asia and the US, everything was quiet in PNG and nothing was hinting at a worldwide pandemic on our small island. Our conference started mid March and in connection with it we had a few missionaries who had booked flights back home. Now all of a sudden their flights got canceled and even our conference team, speaker, VBS and cooking team had to cancel!
It was nevertheless a special conference and with the virus now also being present in PNG we like so many of our friends had to make preparations to take our home assignment sooner than expected. We are on home assignment now in Germany till Lord willing we will return to PNG at the end of October.
3 Helicopters For PNG
Our helicopter currently in use in PNG is 40 years old and it is time to replace it. Also the number of works that will use helicopters increased too so that Ethnos 360 Aviation plans to buy 3 new helicopters for PNG. One was already provided but two more are planned to be purchased. Please pray with us that the new helicopter will soon be able to be used in PNG and that the other two choppers can be bought soon.
Check out more about the helicopters here: