Traveling

By Brian

Traveling to Papua New Guinea is no small job with 6 different airports, seven people, 27  pieces of luggage, and a little over 2 days of travel time. Our trip went very smoothly, which is due  to God listening to the many who were praying for us. Thank you so much for lifting us up in prayer. Daniel slept through a lot of our flights and that was a huge blessing. We made all of our connections and all of our luggage arrived. Continue reading

What are the Real Literacy Statistics?

by Brian

Many countries publish literacy statistics, but they are not telling the whole truth. The graphic below fills in the realistic details. Bottom-line:

  • 1/3 of the world’s people cannot read the language they speak.
  • Every year there are 20 million new functionally non-literate people in the world.
  • It is estimated that even though many people may be classifi­ed as literate, 5.7 billion people (80% of the world) are primarily oral communicators. They prefer, rely on, and learn through oral methods.
Click on the image to see it in full-size.

Click on the image to see it in full-size.

Our Crates have Arrived, Let the Packing Begin!

by Brian

Jonathan and I drove our little trailer to the MAF hanger to pick up five (5) 4x4x4 foot crates that will carry our household goods to PNG. These are pre-fabricated crates that we will put together in our garage and then return filled to MAF shipping. From there they will be loaded into a shipping container to travel to the coast and then by ship to the port of Lae, PNG. Then they will travel overland by trucking to our home in Goroka, PNG. It is supposed to take between 1-2 months to make this journey. We hope to get them on their way by Nov 1st so they are soon to arrive after we touch down in PNG on Dec 1st. Yes, our arrival date got pushed back a month due to some paperwork slowness. But as we are learning to say, “No worries, mate!”

The unassembled crates in our garage next to the 10 footlockers which are our checked baggage on the plane.

The unassembled crates in our garage next to the 10 footlockers which are our checked baggage on the plane. Note the Australia shirt and PNG hat that Jonathan is wearing. He’s already going native. You can click on the picture to see a larger image.

We will share more photos of the crate loading process. Looking for help to get those crates into the box truck at the end of October. We will be using a pallet dolley and a truck with a lift gate. There will be a loading dock and  a forklift at the MAF hangar end. Stay tuned for more details.