During our 6 week orientation we participated in many mandatory activities: some of which I enjoyed, others I thought I would enjoy and some I did not enjoy. It was all part of the course and I did it. I am grateful to God who strengthened and kept me well. Thank you for those who prayed for me.
One weekly activity was to swim a mile or to swim as far as you could during the 1 ½ hour time period. I have never been a strong swimmer so I swam as far as I could most of it with a life jacket on. Jay enjoys swimming and did accomplish the mile. I enjoyed the hour plus walk down the mountain before the swim. We would swim out to a rope anchored at both ends in the small bay. It took eight times around to make a mile.
|heading out to swim around the rope|
Another weekly activity was hiking in the jungle. This hike lasted 2-3 hours. It is beautiful country but sometime hard to appreciate when one is just watching the path: so I enjoyed the rest stops to rest and view God’s creation. Going uphill, going downhill, hiking through the mud, hiking in the heat was what made it a challenge.
We built our our outdoor kitchen(haus kuk) and then cooked in it for 3 weekends. Even though Jay successfully built many fires in the States the wet wood made it difficult to start fires here. We did have a small camping stove we used for a few foods. The most challenging thing for me was not having ice or refrigeration: plus we only got one shopping trip to town to buy for the 3 weekends. There was a store on center that opened on Friday to buy very few staples. I was able to walk to a very small fresh market and buy a couple items like bananas and green beans. It seemed like cooking took up most of the weekend, but it was fun to eat what we wanted. Everyone would share their left overs. My biggest accomplishment was baking a loaf of bread over the fire.
|ground for our haus kuk|
|using a tarp as a roof|
|making the table|
|using our haus kuk|
All of these activities kept us busy and prepared us for living in the village. However we did have some fun evenings with movies for the kids, talent show and a ladies night out. For a couple hours on Sundays we could take the 30 minute Hino drive down the mountain to a PNG resort,(www.jaisabenresort.com)where we could order food and swim. We did not do this every week because we enjoyed the quiet at camp when everyone was gone. One day we got to take off of class and go to a beautiful spot by the ocean to swim and snorkel.
The day I had the most fun included walking 2 hours down the mountain with 4 fellow students, being followed by a pig, attending a local church, fellowshipping with the believers afterwards and then meeting everyone else at the resort.
|outside of church|
|inside of church|
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;Lamentations 3:24-26