SmythsInPNG's Weblog

August 29, 2008

August 24, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — smythsinpng @ 10:43 pm

Welcome to our blog!  The response to our web site at 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



  1. Welcome to our blog about life in Papua New Guinea! We work as missionaries serving in aviaton to support Biblical church planting and discipleship among remote tribal people.

    Comment by Smyths — August 29, 2008 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

  2. Looks Good, Keep up HIS good work !!!

    Comment by Dave — August 30, 2008 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Guys!

    I love your blog. It so neat to look at your pictures and see how the Lord continues to use you both in PNG. It was so good to see your smiling faces…sorry I don’t write more but we do think of you quite often. We went to aviation day last weekend and got to see the new Kodiak…wow! I bet you can’t wait to fly that in PNG. Michael and Mike got to ride an airplane twice. it sure did bring back some many wonderful memories esp. with you Randy and all the times we had the honor of flying with you. God’s blessing on you both! Love ya, Jen

    Comment by Jen Measley — August 31, 2008 @ 1:24 am | Reply

  4. Randy&Diana, What a blessing to hear from you all. To realize prayers from the middle of the USA are heard in HEAVEN and answered 1\2 way around the World by our CREATOR, LORD, SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!! Thank again for keeping us on your e-mail list. Take care and we will continue to pray for all of you. Bob and Shirley Chadwell

    Comment by Bob Chadwell — August 31, 2008 @ 2:28 am | Reply

  5. Hi, Randy and Diana!!! Great post–thank you! You are in our prayers–my school prays for you every day–and we are very interested in the good work the Lord is doing in and through you for the people of PNG. Don’t know if I told you, but I’ve used a lot of New Tribes / Good Seed materials in my work with teenagers in Monument, Colorado. It’s a sweet link between us, I think, and it tickles me to think about it! Love you guys!

    Comment by Lexie — August 31, 2008 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

  6. Great job in this world where few takes time to read.

    Comment by jsmyth — August 31, 2008 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  7. It IS so great to “see” through the pictures and the associated commentary of what a day is there—-Thanks you for doing His work. God Bless you all—A wing and a prayer. Edward A. Sarkisian MEFC member—New Jersey

    Comment by Edward A. Sarkisian — September 1, 2008 @ 2:27 am | Reply

  8. Welcome to our blog about life in Papua New Guinea! We work as missionaries serving in aviaton to support Biblical church planting and discipleship among remote tribal people.

    Your comments will be reviewed by us. If you would rather keep them private or have posted comments removed from display, please let us know.

    Comment by smythsinpng — September 14, 2008 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

  9. Hey Randy & Diana,
    I love this web site. It is great to see pictures and hear stories of how the Lord is using you to reach the tribes. It would be so fu to be part of your team there. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Russ Smyth — September 15, 2008 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

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