We arrived in Goroka Papua New Guinea and were greeted at the airport by the smiling faces of our teammates Tim and Leandra Hawes. They helped us with our luggage and took us back to the campus where we found waiting for us a comfortable bed, a kitchen with some preliminary supplies and food, a prepaid cell phone, and a wifi box providing an internet connection. Bill Smith, our Field Director, and his wife Lori were essential in answering questions and providing guidance as we began to learn more about living in this culture. Our teammates have been tremendous in helping us with whatever we need.
It felt great to finally set foot on the campus thanks to many of you who continue to pray for us and support us. We give God all the glory getting us here and preparing us to serve Him at the Goroka Baptist Bible College and surrounding areas. During that time we have been getting settled into our house, unpacking our belongings, purchasing a vehicle, getting our drivers licenses, getting familiar with the town of Goroka and the GBBC campus and ministries.
God provided a great deal on our vehicle. It takes a very rugged vehicle to traverse the mountains of Papua New Guinea. Last Sunday it took 30 minutes to make the 5 mile journey up the mountain to the Lusilo Baptist Church. Next week, Lord willing, we will make that trek on our own which will include a river crossing. Stay tuned for pictures.
We have had the opportunity to visit a couple of churches, the campus chapel, and one of the students singles meetings where we played games, sang hymes, and shared testimonies and praises.
Jan had the opportunity to go with Lori to a Ladies Bible study and cooking class at one of the neighboring villages. This week we officially start our language training with Pastor Rex and his wife Dorothy. We praise God for the many blessings He has given us since our arrival.
While Lori went to help deliver a baby during the Bible study, Jan got her first bilum (string bag) lesson from Seni.