Our family recently returned to Papua after a four month furlough in the States. Many transitions during our overseas term had left us tired. We relished furlough. We enjoyed travelling around the States and visiting friends and family. The roads seemed so wide, and the traffic so orderly (even in Southern California)! People followed rules, […]
Our family was surprised to find lovebirds for sale at a local pet shop here in Papua. We had never had birds before, but spontaneously decided we wanted to try. Our boys had been begging us for a pet!
We’ve grown to enjoy our lovebirds a lot, even though they are wild and won’t let us […]
Recently, God taught me a lesson through my nine-year-old son. Our international school here in Papua hosts a biannual “barang” sale, which is like a yard sale. You can rent a table and sell your “stuff.” The local people love it because it’s a chance for them to shop around for Western things. Our youngest […]
Tuesday, October 27 was a tough day. It would have been our daughter Hannah’s 18th birthday. Hannah passed away when she was five years old from a brain tumor. We left our post in Indonesia to come home and care for her for ten months until the Lord took her home. As I look back […]
After living in Indonesia off and on over the last 18 years, I was surprised this summer to find that I was suffering from culture shock. Just three and a half weeks in the States was enough for me to get used to wide roads with orderly traffic, lovely grocery stores bursting with clean and […]
Okay, so I had a really weird moment today at the pasar (our local market). Something washed over me amid the oppressive heat, and the crowds of people squeezing past me and, yes, even the smells, which I won’t mention. All of a sudden I felt like it was Thanksgiving. For just a brief moment […]