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June 21, 2009

Spring 2009

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We left PNG with a bang for our short medical trip to the USA. It was a shotguns fired kind of bang, though not aimed at us. Some “rascals” with masks, shotguns and bush knives tried to rob one of the passengers waiting for the aircraft.  But a quick-thinking missionary accelerated the car out of harm’s way and down the runway. That’s about the time I arrived overhead in the airplane. I wasn’t sure what was going on, so circled overhead while watching events unfold. As I made a low approach to the runway, I realized one of the guys standing in the middle of the runway was not chasing pigs off the runway but tracking the airplane (me) with a shotgun, so I banked the aircraft away from the runway before we were within range of the weapon. Meanwhile, the car and driver, having run out of runway, turned around and chased the rascals off the runway. Shots were fired at the car and later at the home of the intended victim.  There is nothing like an unexpected event as an appropriate send-off from Papua New Guinea, which is known as “The Land of the Unexpected!”

Spokane airport

Spokane airport

 

We returned to the USA for two and a half months to complete some dental work started years before.  All of our airline flights were conducted without incident. From our PNG home to the capital city was about an hour and a half, as was the flight from there to Australia. We left Australia in a Boeing 747, flew for twelve hours and arrived in Los Angeles the same day; two and a half hours before we departed due to the International Date Line. Altogether we spent about twenty hours in the various jets getting to Seattle.

 

Night Market

Night Market

We spent a few short days in Australia, trying to catch up on some needed rest, correspondence and to scout out the availability of things we need for use in Papua New Guinea.
Aussie Country

Aussie Country

We enjoyed a scenic afternoon drive along an Australian highway. It sure was nice to have pleasant roads on which to drive!

 CIMG7583Rainiersm

We spent two nights in Seattle to try sleeping off the jet lag and to acquire a few basic things like shoes and coats. A mild Seattle snow storm in the morning pressed home the urgency of acquiring coats. The sun came out later in the day and we were able to clearly see the beautiful snow capped Mount Rainier, along with the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges.

We were very warmly received at the Spokane airport by a group from our church bearing large welcome signs and gifts! The next day we were able to give a short presentation in church sharing a bit of what we see God doing among the tribes of Papua New Guinea.

101 Years!

101 Years!

 

 The first doctor visit went well, so while waiting for healing we flew off to Cincinnati to spend several days with Randy’s parents. They teach at a Bible college there. We then flew to Hartford to spend a little over a week with Diana’s family in Western Massachusetts. Her grandmother is over 101 years old. We had the privilege of sharing our ministry in a supporting church there and visiting briefly with friends.

 

Snow!

Snow!

Back in Spokane Diana was delighted by the few lingering snow falls; except the sliding down the road part.  Snow showers remind her of God’s showers of blessings and grace.

Beautiful Snow!

Beautiful Snow!

When most of the snow was gone, the deer grazed in the front yard of the home where we stayed.

Deer in the yard

Deer in the yard

We enjoyed seeing the beautiful colors of the tree blossoms blooming.

No More Snow

No More Snow

We visited doctors and dentists and bought necessities in preparation for our next few years in PNG. We also had the privilege of speaking in several small group Bible studies.

Food & Fellowship

Food & Fellowship

We very much appreciated having a quiet place to live and a reliable car to drive!  The church loaned us a van and a family in the church offered the use of their guest house for the during of our visit.   These give us the mobility we needed and enabled us to have people in our home for meals and fellowship.  Several of our guests are planning to come to Papua New Guinea in July to assist with our hangar repairs.

 

Catching Up

Catching Up

Randy’s brother works in Northern Idaho with GoodSeed International producing ministry materials for effective evangelism. Among many other duties he coordinates translation of books into other languages. Books in many languages are in various stages of completion.  See some at http://www.goodseed.com.

Anniversary Celebration

Anniversary Celebration

 

Randy’s parents came to Idaho for a visit our last week in the USA. We used the occasion to celebrate their 50th Wedding anniversary which is coming up in November when we will be overseas. Randy’s sister and her husband flew in from their ministry in Northern Mexico to celebrate. We are so grateful for parents who love God and have imparted eternal perspectives on life to their children!

Painting

Painting

We returned to Papua New Guinea in May with completed dental work and immediately began filling in the gaps in the flight service.  Since then we have moved a lot of missionary families, tribal translation assistants, building materials and a work team for the various tribal ministries.  The work team from Canada volunteered three days helping with the repairs on the hangar.  We are grateful for the assistance!

Canadian Work Team

Canadian Work Team

We are looking forward to having a small work team from Spokane and other parts come to PNG this year.  The Lord willing, we hope to have two larger teams next year to complete the needed hangar repairs.
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1 Comment »

  1. Hey! Good summary of a whirlwind time! SO glad God allowed us to see you two! I somehow missed the off with a bang dismissal from PNG. So glad to count on God´s faithful care and perfect love! Praying for you!

    Comment by Rhonda — June 23, 2009 @ 12:10 am | Reply


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