Ring of fire ROCKED: 5.8m earthquake hits Papua New Guinea as scores of shocks recorded
A strong earthquake has rocked Papua New Guinea – putting the Pacific Ring of Fire on red alert after 32 other sizeable quakes hit the region during the last 24 hours. UK Daily Express, Wed 31 Jan.
We weren’t exactly “rocked” here in Lae, but then I was simply brushing my teeth after a shower at the time, so I may not have been on mental and emotional high alert! The occasional shimmy and shake in our Lae Centre is just part of the difference of living in PNG. It can have a far greater impact on those living in the many coastal villages who have clear memories of the 1998 magnitude 7.0 quake that triggered a tsunami on the north coast near Aitape. The 10-15 metre high wave destroyed a number of villages and killed thousands of people. For those who have not experienced that, or grown up with that as a reality of life, the significance can be totally missed.
There are still aspects of PNG life that we sometimes don’t “get”…… issues involving relationships within families; response to perceived injustices; the “pecking order” within society that everyone just seems to understand and accept. We are students of life in PNG on a daily basis. That can lead to us feeling excluded at times, but it is a part of cross-cultural ministry that we need to work through. Thankfully the locals love to take on the role of teacher, and appreciate that we want to learn from them to understand more fully and to deepen our relationships.
- That we are able to find time in our busy schedule to observe, and learn, and share.
- For opportunities to deepen relationships with our PNG friends at work, in church, and within the community.