We’re ‘that guy’ now
You know when you see “that guy” at the store, or at church, or anywhere for that matter. He looks a little lost, he sounds like he’s ‘not really from around here’, and he’s not up to speed on the normal stuff that you think, “everybody knows that”.
Well … since coming to PNG almost two years ago, there has only been two times that we’ve met Americans who are not connected to us in any way.
Both of those times happened in the last month. And both conversations were interesting to say the least, but there was one thing that really stood out … I think we’re a little weird now.
Right now, the only english conversations that happen are between us as husband & wife, as parents with our kids, and as best friends with our teammates, Luke & Ellenie. Then occasionally, we get to talk with other co-workers in the country.
When I started saying english words to people that I didn’t know at all, I quickly felt something. I was weird. I couldn’t remember how to say things in proper english, I was terrible at asking good questions, and I kept accidentally mixing in words from other languages.
I’m just saying … get ready. The next time you see us, we might be crazies. And our kids … well, we’re still working with them.
A little less chaos now
So, the last time that you heard from us, we were dealing with a little chaos in regards to our solar electric system. The short story is that two of our four batteries failed and caused about $9,000 of damage to our whole system. Our great teammates here in PNG got us some replacement parts at lightning speed, and our great teammates back home have now collectively covered the cost of the whole ordeal! Awesome … Fantastic … Humbling
We’re so grateful to everyone who sacrificed to help us. From the flight department to so many friends back home. It never gets old getting to see how God works and how an obedient community can work together to see huge things happen.
Thank you to everyone who gave sacrificially and prayed fervently for us. You guys are amazing, and we’ll say it once again … we could never make it out here without each of you standing with us back home.
And now, with great electricity, it’s back to the grind of learning language. It still doesn’t seem like there is ever a day that feels “normal”. After a few months now, our team is starting to figure out a couple things that work. We’re so thankful for how the Holy Spirit is helping us navigate everything in this initial ‘figuring it out’ time. There’s still tons of unknowns and stressful things every day, but God is still giving us the grace that we need for every little thing. It’s typically not the huge things that get to us the most. It’s the constant buzz of the little stuff every day that we have to constantly choose to trust Him with. We reset our perspective, we remember truth … then five minutes later we need to do it again.
Fun fact: Kaitlyn is pregnant!
Yep, mamma and number three are both healthy and growing =)
That means that we’ll be coming home on a medical furlough this upcoming spring! We haven’t booked tickets just yet, but we’re planning to be home for about six months. We’re really looking forward to being able to rest and re-charge a bit before coming back to PNG to finish learning language. And of course we’re looking forward to all the fun parts of having a baby … not as much for the non-fun parts, but hey, who needs sleep anyways.
Fun fact ‘reminder’: We can email & text!
The signal here is weak and occasionally non-existent, but for the most part we’re able to text and email pretty easily. (Sometimes even post a blog!)
So you might occasionally think, “What’s a good way to connect with / encourage those missionaries way over there? They’re so far away. I can’t really do much from here, can I?”
Great question! There are a few ways, but let’s just talk about one option for now: Texts & emails are the easiest and the most effective way to affect our day for the better. A quick text about anything can be so much fun for us to receive.
Here are a few starters if you’re wondering what kinds of things to write: (in no specific order)
“Hey, thinking of you guys. How are things going today?”
“Praying for you lately. Anything specific that we can keep praying for?”
“I’m eating some average food at Buffalo Wild Wings. But, as always, it’s awesome!”
“Been pondering this passage lately … [insert reference].”
“Watched a fun football game today. Thought of you guys.”
“And don’t get your hopes up … PSU still keeps losing the big one.”
“Trump might get impeached! It’s crazy as always here. I’ll keep you posted.”
“If I could mail this sub sandwich to you right now … I would. Don’t worry, it’s not subway.”
“Heard this new song today. Check it out next time you have a good signal!”
“Hey, pray for us. Something just came up back here at home.”
At the risk of sounding dramatic, I just want to emphasize how big of a deal that little text or email means to us. We live a long way from anything. It’s hard to explain exactly what it’s like to live out here. For the most part, we feel far away from everyone and everything that’s familiar to us. We don’t really know what’s happening with most people back home … let alone what’s happening in the rest of the world.
We aren’t dreary and feeling sorry for ourselves all day, but the reality is that we miss home A LOT. We talk about people, food, and places back home all the time. So when one of those people shoots us a quick message, it’s pretty cool.
People used to say to us all the time, “Let us know if we can do anything for you!”
So, if you’re ever wanting to “do something for us” … just type a quick message and hit send!
Here’s how to do it:
WhatsApp or iPhone # : +675 7481 3286
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Just try it! It’s fun