Keeping Up With The Joneses
Hello Loved Ones!
It has been over six months since we returned to Papua New Guinea and life has been full! We would like to
show you a bit of a picture storybook of some of the things that have been going on in our lives recently.
Carrie has kept very busy in her public health work
with the Clinic and as the AIDS Task Force Chair-
man. Last week she led an immunization training
course with the local Community Health Board.
This week she traveled to two of the local villages,
watching the Board in action as they did aware-
ness at the mobile immunization clinics in their ar-
eas. She is currently coordinating HIV/AIDS
awareness training for all 220 SIL employees next
week, for which she will also be a main presenter.
! About a month ago, several of our SIL members were in a
bad car accident. There were many injuries, but miraculously, no
one was killed. Gavin was involved at the scene getting the victims
out of the vehicle onto the stretchers, directing trafﬁc, communicat-
ing with the helicopter, etc. It was a tough day, but the Lord"s pres-
ence was very apparent through it all. Three of the injured are still
in Cairns, Australia recovering, one of whom will be bed bound for
many weeks yet as he had multiple broken bones in his legs and
! There were many Papua New Guineans at the crash site who
helped in various ways. A week after the accident several of us re-
turned to their village to “amamas” them, which means to say “thank you”. While there, a group of women
asked Carrie to do an impromptu HIV/AIDS talk. She was able to incorporate the Gospel and highlight God"s
perfect plan for personal purity and faithfulness in marriage, emphasizing that we can only be holy by the
Spirit"s power and abiding in Christ. It"s difﬁcult for women when a man can take as many as four wives.
This past Saturday we represented
SIL at the opening of the Disabled
Center of Kainantu, the local
town. The Center seeks to pro-
vide practical and ﬁnancial help
to disabled people in villages all
around this area. Rather than
being hidden away, we pray they
will be recognized as integral
members of their community and
receive love, care, and respect.
I (Gavin) recently ﬂew a new couple (in the crowd in
the picture to the left) out to Saut Manda, the village
where they hope to begin a Bible Translation project.
It was exciting to be part of the beginning of a work
that will bring God"s Word into the heart language of
people who have never had it before! Shortly after
landing in the village, at just over 5000 feet elevation,
the clouds closed in on us. I spent several hours with
the people touring their village, learning a few basic
words, and scouting out a better helipad site. It was a
Along with ﬂying the helicopters, I am
also now acting as the Director"s Assis-
tant for Security. I am responsible for
taking care of many different aspects
of security on the Ukarumpa Center
and helping members with their con-
cerns and questions about on-center
safety and road travel. I would appre-
ciate prayer for wisdom as I ﬁll this role.
Isaac"s latest obsession is Legos. He plays with them
for hours on end. His specialty is spaceships along
with their associated noises of crashes and explosions.
Isaac is learning cultural sensitivity as well. We were
on the way to Kainantu, and some young men at-
tempted to stop us on the public bridge to pay a “toll.”
Afterwards Carrie commented, “What a crazy place!”
Isaac replied, “It"s not crazy, Mommy. It"s just different.”
We all praised him for his insight, then he said, “That"s
because ﬁve-years-old know lots of things. Four-years-
old tell lots of wrong things, but ﬁve-years-old just get
Isaac sure loves having his Marmi and Papa (Gavin"s parents)
here, as do we all. It has been great to be able to drop in on
them and just to have them nearby (free babysitting!). We had
a special Mother"s Day last week with a barbeque lunch at the
only restaurant in Kainantu followed by home-made pie.
We love and miss you all. Blessings on you as summer (on your
side of the world) approaches. Thank you so much for your
prayers and gifts!
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