Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Question: Why would a person sift 22 pounds of flour?

See those black specks?  Nope, we have not switched to a high fiber whole wheat flour (although I suppose it may be a little higher in fiber this way).  Those are horrible little bugs who decided to make MY flour their new home!  They got so comfortable, they even started little families!  YUCK!  So what does one do when bugs take up residence in your one bag of that baking essential that you paid good money for??  You sift them out of course!!  And once your arms are thoroughly sore from sifting, you throw it in the freezer to kill any of those little eggs that may have slipped through the cracks!  EASY!!   :)
What an adventure we are on!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Why are we here?

Because we serve an AWESOME and LIVING God!!

"Then I caught a glimpse of who You might be
the slightest hint of You brought me down to my knees!"
-Addison Road

I have had the honor of being involved in helping our teens study for Bible Quizzing...specifically, the book of Hebrews.
These are things that I've learned...or was reminded of:

Jesus is AWESOME!
"The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven."  Hebrews 1:3

HE PROVIDED PURIFICATION FOR SINS!!!  Did you get that part?  That's HUGE!!

"In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering."  Hebrews 2: 10

Yep, EVERYTHING exists for and through God.  Sometimes I get confused and think it's all about me...turns out it's not!!  :)

This is FOR REAL!
"If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God" Hebrews 10:26-27

YIKES!  You don't hear that verse much in Sunday School!  But in all seriousness, you have a can accept the salvation God offers through His Son -OR- you can reject it.

"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised."  Hebrews 10: 35-36

Keep on keeping on!!  

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Apa's Computer Lessons

Remember Apa?  He's a good friend of ours whose is a living testimony of the grace of God completely changing the direction of a life!
Apa has many dreams and aspirations, yet is still unclear as to the direction God would like to take his life.  So, while he patiently waits, he thought that it would be beneficial to learn some computer skills.  Like most Papua New Guineans...he knew nothing!  I really mean nuh-thing!!  If you have the skills to open this blog and read it you are leaps and bounds ahead of what Apa knew how to do on a computer!
So, Jordan offered to teach him how to use the computer.  Now, every Monday evening, Apa comes over and Jordan teaches him the basics of the computer.  So far, his mouse skills have improved a TON, he can open a Word document, and save a Word document, and I think Jordan may have finally convinced him that he can't "break" the computer just by clicking on the wrong thing.  At the moment he is working on improving his typing skills...which is more difficult for him since he only has a few fingers on each hand.
Apa never ceases to amaze us with his fervent commitment to follow Jesus.  And is currently a great example of a person waiting on God's timing, while passionately serving the Lord right where he is while he waits.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Trip to the "MALL"

There are times when I feel like I wear the same thing everyday.  I felt like this when I lived in the States too, but I'm pretty sure it's almost true here in PNG!
Every once in a while, I need a shopping trip with the other ladies!  SO...we head down to the "rot bung" (literally: the place where the roads meet).  It's fabulous!!
Used clothes get shipped here from Australia in giant bundles.  People buy those bundles and then set up little stations where they lay out all the clothes to sell individually.  The "nice" items get laid out on a tarp or hung on barbed wire while the things that may be a little stained get put in a pile on the ground.  It takes some patience and determination but you can usually find a treasure or two!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

First Annual Kudjip 5K Fun Run

I was looking through our old pictures and realized that I never blogged about our Kudjip 5K.  I figured I would go ahead and blog about it now even though it happened a while ago.  

Stephen and Amy Hollenberg (Stephen in the MK high school teacher and Amy is a nurse) organized a 5K Fun Run for everyone in Kudjip who wanted to participate.  Jordan and I chose to participate by being security and a time recorder (which was the clear choice for me since I would have renamed it the Five Kilometers of Pure Torture Run).  All types came out to participate on that sunny Saturday!  They wore numbers and everything...SO official! 
 My favorite participant was Bon (Apa's oldest son), who dreams of running in the Olympics someday.  While he usually runs barefoot, Apa thought it was important, since he was running off station on a road that may contain broken glass and such, that he wore shoes.  Unfortunately, all Bon had was he ran the whole 5 kilometers in his boots and a sweatshirt.  He did really well too!