We arrived in Cairns, Australia, around 2pm. An ambulance met us at the airport and took us to a hospital. The ER was busy but when they saw the sick patient they took her back almost immediately. I stayed a couple hours observing the good care she received. I left the patient and her friend and headed out.
Due to the activities of the day I had not eaten very much. So I had a taxi take me to the esplanade where all the restaurants were. Being there before, I was more familiar with places. I enjoyed a nice meal and some ice cream by the water front.
I shopped at a grocery store and headed back to the place I would spend the night, Tree Tops, where we also stayed in January. I went on Facebook and enjoyed the fact I was not paying for every megabyte of use. Wednesday the taxi picked me up at 4am so I could catch the 6 am commercial flight back to Port Moresby, PNG. I spent my time reading a book while waiting for the flight. The flight from Port Moresby to Ukarumpa did not leave until after 3pm. I made it to my home eventually by 5pm, in time to fix supper. All in all I was off the Center for 30 hours.
|top of the mountain|
|gardens...main food source for the people|
|Mothers bring their children|
|Talking to each mother|
|View of our airport from the mountain|
Friday I had off of work to go to a basketball tournament to watch Elijah play. It was in Goroka, a two hour drive away. We left around 6 am and arrived back around 6pm. It was fun to cheer on the high school teams on the indoor court and the outdoor court at New Tribe’s Mission. However, sitting in the sun outside is not anything like the high school basketball games I watched in Wisconsin.
So I traveled from Ukarumpa to Australia to a local village and then two hours the opposite way to a town. It was an eventful week. I am thankful for the prayers which helped me through the week.