We have been busy acclimating ourselves to being back in Papua New Guinea again; it’s been 14 years! We are practicing Melanesian Pidgin with our neighbors and friends, and we will also need to learn Motu, which is another trade language used here in Port Moresby.
We have never lived in the capital city before, so we have a lot to learn in regards to how things are done here, such as: how to get around on public transportation (called PMV’s here–Public Motor Vehicles), and where to find the things we need. We also need to be careful to follow the advice of our friends in regards to where we should not go–some places are not safe for us to go, period, and some places we can go as long as someone local is going with us.
As we move forward in ministry, we are constantly checking ourselves…asking ourselves and others how we can live and minister in a culturally appropriate way.
We have met with many national ministry partners the last few weeks, and are praying for the Lord to show us wisdom in who He wants us to partner with in ministry here. Because of the laid-back islands culture, not many people are ministering “full time.” Many of those ministering are doing so around work and family obligations. We want our time to be full, so we will likely be wearing several “hats” as we minister here.