Thursday, April 22, 2010

a great week

We have had a wonderful week with the Alkemas. It was great to share the work here with them. Here's a rundown of our past few days with some photos and a short video....(some of which I stole from Kristen....Thanks, Kristen!)

On Saturday afternoon we took them out to nearby Situm village so they could get a small taste of village life. We have a connection with this village as the family of a couple of workers at the girl's school live there. The great thing was that they are very proficient in English, so the Alkemas could really converse well with them and ask them lots of questions!

Here Shiana is posing as a parrot, wearing a flower on her nose (I don't know what the flower is called, I just know that it is used like this to make a parrot nose!)

After walking around the village we drove a little further to check out the local school. We had to cross this "river"....
...Ashlyn was not too impressed about the whole idea, as her face tells. I think she was having visions of being swallowed up by the river...
The river from a different angle....
Here's a short video (courtesy of Kristen) which shows us crossing. We had watched some women crossing by foot so we knew it was not too deep. They said it was okay for us to cross, and they crossed ahead of us as you can see in the video. However, the poor ladies got quite the fright when Andrew decided to put his foot down and go pretty fast so we would make it to the other side, and started running. They must have been worried that he was going to run them over. You can see them running on this video....



And here the ladies are afterward. The one hitching up her clothes is the one that fell over! After that ordeal they were hoping to hitch a ride with us way further up the road (the direction the lady is pointing in). However, we had to tell them that we were only going about 100m further to
the school. Sorry ladies!

video


On Sunday we had quite the fright as we sat in church, before church had started. We were sitting on the benches enjoying singing together when the ground began to shake. First quietly and then a little, before building up to a big rumble and a larger shake as the building began to shake too in an earthquake. We just got up and began moving out of the building for fear the earthquake would get bigger, when it thankfully stopped. The internet informed us later that day that it was a 6.3 magnitude earthquake which occurred about 29kms East of Lae. No wonder we felt it! Always gives a scare, but is a powerful reminder of God's awesome power! This poor baby bat on the photo below fell from the beams up high near the rooftop, as the building shook! He was kind of cute, actually. Last night we felt another earthquake here in Lae, though not as big as the one on Sunday....

A photo of Andrew....


And wherever Louisa is, one of our girls will be nearby:


Sharing their story after church on Sunday:


On Monday afternoon/evening we organised a meeting with the LCC (church leaders/trainee consistory) and their families over a PNG meal! We spent some time there earlier during the food preparation so that the Alkemas could experience how the nationals prepare their food. Here we are relaxing before our meal:


As were the men....

Sharing a local food called pitpit, which we cooked straight in the fire. I was trying to remove the husk so we could eat the inside, but it was a bit hot still....
Shiana practicing her coconut scraping skills...

Louisa as gorgeous as ever....I think she was eating some of the pitpit here....
As I write this, the Alkemas should be on their way back to Housten, BC, flying somewhere in this big, wide world. We pray they may have a safe journey, a joyful reunion with their children, and also that the Lord will give them much strength and wisdom as they continue to deliberate this call sent out to them. Needless to say, we would love to have them here, but we know that God is in control and He knows what is truly best. May He direct their steps!

2 comments:

Allan and Alice Buist/Plug said...

Thanks for the update. We are praying too that God will give them wisdom and a clear sense of his direction for them as they consider this call.
Alice

jen said...

Nice to read your updates of the past few weeks.
Lise in Lae is very interesting and also at times frightening for you , but we can see too that you look to God for all things and we all totally depend on Him.
May God also make clear for the visitors which way He wills them to go, to accept or decline the call.
May the joy of faith and your task in Lae keep you all focussed on Him and His goodness.
Your children look lovely and i can well imagine how goegeous those babies and kids are there and i see Nadia's baby is growing upquickly too:) God bless!