Today we went to the closest village, Yamiyalo, for
the village market. The villagers put this on specially
for the Interface students and staff. I was writing to Tim
at church that it’s similar to bargaining in Mexico.
Except that the “market” covers about a 200-yard radius
and consists of the villagers placing their goods on tarps
in front of their houses. The villagers make and sell
– bows and arrows
– jewelry (of all kinds)
– bilums (sewn bags/purses)
– traditional dress
– carved bamboo objects for decoration
The currency used here in PNG is called “kina” and the
exchange rate is about 3.5 kina to 1 American dollar.
It was interesting to be buying things from people that we
have already met. They were proud to be selling their
goods to us, and were asking about who we got certain
things from. We stayed up there for about an hour and a
half just looking and chatting. The goods of popularity
were bows and arrows for the boys and bilums for all.
Tomorrow we are going to Lapilo, the NTM base. Then in a
couple of weeks we’ll be going into Garoka for more
I really have nothing spiritually profound to say, so
enjoy the everyday happenings of life!
– two of Interface’s short-term staff left yesterday
morning because their term was up. Willi and Alena are
both from Germany, and they are not sure what is in store
for them from here. Willi is getting married next spring,
so just pray for direction for all! Pray that their shoes
and roles will be filled as other short-term staff steps
up and that the missionary kids coming in and out would be
of help as well.
– for the salvation of the Bena tribe. They are such a
lost people, but PTL that there are about 5-6 believers in
the Yamiyalo village. Their NTM missionaries are coming
back from furlough shortly, so pray that they would
experience the grace and perseverance of the Lord as they
continue to fight the synergism of the previous ways.
– for our hearts as students here, that we would be
sensitive to the cultural values and traditions as well as
learners of the truth as the gospel is accurately and