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August 30, 2008

August 29, 2008

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Randy & Diana

Randy & Diana

Diana and I had the privilege to spend a few days in the Highlands. We flew up early Monday morning so that I could have my six month Base Check Flight and Instrument flying competency renewal check ride. 

Team NTM Aviation

Team NTM Aviation

It is a great privilege to spend some time with more of the aviation team on the Highlands side.  We enjoy the fellowship of like minded people serving God together.

Off to work Goroka morning

Off to work Highlands morning

Dave and I flew to Madang for the GPS approaches and spent a bit of time in his office talking about rules, regulations and policy.

On the way back from the Highlands to the Islands we flew to the SIL base where we had dropped fellow missionaries for dental work.

Back near the Islands support center a load was waiting to be transported to a bush location.  A pastor and his wife from Arizona were visiting some fellow missionaries and needed a ride back to the Islands support center to meet their commercial flight.

Thursday Ray and Marc came back from Rabaul where they were helping to shuttle building materials for the new work among the Baining people. Ray weighed inspected and packed cargo nets for the flights in the other end of the country next where Jonathan and Susan will be building a new home among the Hewa people. 

Preparing cargo nets for sling loads.

Preparing cargo nets for sling loads.

Marc and I worked on a modification for the helicopter cart so that we can park the new helicopter in the hangar overnight.

Friday we flew from Islands support center to the Mouk tribe (where the video “Ee-Taow!” was filmed) and exchanged loads. Many of the Mouk church leaders were away to construct a building for the evangelistic outreach to the Kombe tribe.

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August 29, 2008

August 24, 2008

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Welcome to our blog!  The response to our web site at http://smyth.faithweb.com is dying, so thought we should try a more up to date approach to sharing what’s happening here.  Also, we get requests from time to time for more personal information about what we are doing, so this should more directly address those requests. 

Blowing off steam at 7000 feet

Blowing off steam at 7000 feet

The past two weeks have been busy with returning the various families to their remote locations after our brief gathering.   One of the perks of flying is all of the beautiful scenery contrasting ocean reefs with mountains and exotic volcanoes.  A mountain was letting off a light puff of steam from its seven thousand foot peak as we flew by.

Cessna cargo transfer to helicopter

Cessna cargo transfer to helicopter

It was my privilege to work with our helicopter pilot.  Shuttles of building supplies and personnel were being moved to open up a ministry among the Baining people.  I flew some of the ground crew to Rabaul and had a nice view of the volcano spewing ash.

 

Volcano in Rabaul from Tokua

Another Volcano

We’re not here in Papua New Guinea to see mountains, volcanoes and oceans, as beautiful and exotic as they are;  we are here to serve people.  The message of eternal life as a free gift to all has been hidden from many for so very long.

This past week an agreement on a land deal was signed with some people of the Nakanai tribe.  This is the official beginning of the house building stage for our missionaries.  I finally got my motorbike working after years of waiting for parts and cash.  Since we live in the middle of Nakanai tribe, I rode a couple of miles up the road to see what the neighbors were doing.

 

Village life

Village life

It is not at all unusual to see people sitting in the shade reducing the hair lice population and conversing while Baby swings suspended in a “laplap” or “bilum” nearby.

 Many people in this area earn their living by harvesting fruit from oil palm trees. Some still gather coconuts for copra.  This is a copra furnace.

Copra smoker

Copra smoker

I hope these pictures and blurbs will give you an idea what’s happening in our daily lives.  As I figure out how this blog works, I hope to give information more pertinent to our ministry.

In Christ,

Randy Smyth

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