Reassurance. Uncertainty. Comfort. These words were on my heart this morning after my very ordinary task of dropping the kids off at school. For the past 18 months, people all over the world have been enduring a season of change. A season of unknowns. A season of new normals . A season of new routines and uncertainty. For the past month, those new normals have changed again in Papua New Guinea - bringing new restrictions in the hopes of slowing the spread of Covid within this beautiful … [Read more...] about Where Do We Run?
Transitions. Transitions is one of those 'buzz' words in missions and a word that, to be honest, I sometimes get tired of hearing. I think that my main aversion to this word is that it is not a word that is reserved for missionaries so I feel the need to explain that fact anytime I might find myself using it. It is a reality for those who are moving often, no matter what the reasons, and certainly not just for missionaries but it is a very real thing anytime you uproot your family and move … [Read more...] about Transitions
How close are you to the people you interact with day in and day out? Is your dentist your friend or the parent of one of your students? Do you see your child’s Principal at social gatherings? Do you shop at the same grocery store and worship at the same church?For those of you who have grown up in or lived in a very small town, the answer to many of these questions might be yes and, for us, living here in Ukarumpa, the answer is most definitely yes. If there are six degrees of separation … [Read more...] about Zero Degrees of Separation
Depending on your age, you may or may not remember the episode of Friends where Rachel accidentally combines a shepherd’s pie recipe with, I think, a trifle recipe. The result was a disgusting mess of sweet and savoury and a pretty hilarious episode of television. Well, I had my own, ‘Rachel’ moment this past semester. As I shared with you on our other blog, we have been trying some different things for our oldest, Benjamin (age 11 - Grade 6), to try and help him with focus, attention, … [Read more...] about The Curious Case of the Cheesecake in the Kitchen
Have you ever woken up and not felt well? Have you ever had that feeling where you’re just not getting better and you know you need to seek more medical attention? Things change and sometimes things change quickly. And, here, when things change, the changes can involve quick decisions and international flights to seek further answers. Over the past few weeks, a dear friend and fellow Science teacher here at Ukarumpa International School, Sheila Nelson, was experiencing just that. Our … [Read more...] about In An Instant…