Posted by Jeri on December 10, 2011
First, I apologize that I haven’t posted for a long time. I actually wrote a long post about our furlough months ago. (You would’ve loved it!) But, I wasn’t able to post it before we left the States. Then by the time we got back to PNG, we were having problems getting it posted with our s-l-o-w internet. Now it’s just too late, I’m afraid…
On to bigger and better things. We are now just four months away from moving. When we packed our things and moved to PNG about 5 1/2 years ago, we had no idea how long this ride would be, or how things would turn out. As I reflect over the past few years, I don’t regret our decision to move here. Not one single bit.
In some ways, these have been a few of the most challenging years of my life. On the other hand, I feel like I’ve grown exponentially faster and learned significantly more than any other time in my life. I’ve had some incredible experiences in a beautiful place. It has truly been a blessing.
There are some things I learned because I was blessed to be a missionary here in PNG. (I’m sure I could’ve learned some of these things in North America, too.) Also, I could’ve known some of these things before, but I never really appreciated them until I lived in PNG.
30 Things I’ve Learned on the Mission Field:
1. It a blessing and necessity to have a spouse who is also your best friend.
2. How to cook tasty meals from scratch
3. How to sew curtains
4. How to drive through mud and rivers
5. How to use cloth diapers
6. Ministry can be a challenge no matter where in the world you are.
7. How to (try to) converse with people of a different culture & language
8. How to scrape a coconut
9. I’m a person who likes anonymity.
10. How to appreciate people of another culture/ethnic group
11. How to hang clothes on the line
12. Family time is important.
13. Our families in North America have sacrificed more than we have.
14. Saying good-bye is never easy.
15. Pineapples don’t grow on trees.
16. The roads in America are so smooth.
17. My stuff isn’t important.
18. How to snorkel (and like it!!)
19. How to wait … and wait … and wait …
20. How to plant pineapple seeds
21. Teammates are a blessing.
22. Somewhere away from ‘home’ can become home.
23. Christmas in the tropics is special, too.
24. How to mow a yard
25. How to home school
26. There are male and female papaya trees.
27. I am rich.
28. How to feed a crowd
29. How to drive on the right side of a truck and left side of the road
30. How to depend on God (though I’m still working on that one…)
I’m sure I’ve missed something, but I’m amazed at all the things I was able to learn from this experience. God is so good to me.