This is a one-of-a-kind edition of our ‘Ramblings’…. as it comes from Wewak on PNG’s north-west coast. We are providing relief management of the Wewak Regional Centre for ten days, allowing the current managers to have a break. Wewak was on our list of places to visit while in PNG, so we can now tick that off.
Not that we have had much time to see the sights, as the past week has seen a steady flow of folk coming in to stay, together with meeting incoming mission aircraft, and dealing with routine needs on site.
There are four staff – two housekeepers, a groundsman and night security – so everything else falls to us, including caring for three cats whose purpose remains a mystery, as we haven’t seen any rats… perhaps they ARE doing their job!
Physically there are differences to Lae – the surf beaches, small town centre, and less vehicle traffic – but the people remain friendly, interested in what we are doing in PNG, and they react positively to our mission role.
We have struggled to adjust in some ways to the change in pace, different methods and new relationships, knowing that we are here for such a short time. We did not realise the extent to which we have become accustomed to the ‘Lae way of doing things’. To do anything well in PNG takes time… and patience for God to work His will through the situation.
We have managed a few afternoon walks around our hilltop suburb, and did steal away for a few hours on Saturday to check out a local beach, savouring the change from the somewhat muddy brown river delta of inner-city Lae.
Seeing the place will help us to connect with the many East Sepik people that we meet in Lae for whom asples (place of birth) is a significant thing, as it is for all Papua Niuginians.
Please pray …
- For the Sepik area teams using the Wewak Regional Centre as a base.
- For the Oral Bible Storytelling (OBS) workshop meeting in Wewak from 15-31 October
- Thankful that our Lae staff – led by Larua – have been able to maintain the Centre operations in our two-week absence.