So glad this popcorn is food quality... is there any other kind???
Apparently, flour is power!
It's been an insanely long time since I last posted... I've tried to post, but have been unsuccessful in my efforts to keep you all up-to-date on the happenings down here.
A week and a half ago I went with the grade 2 teacher (who has a degree in teaching the deaf and hard of hearing) to the the school for the deaf and hard of hearing in Abe. We met some really fun and enthusiastic kids that morning! We were like celebrities... The school hasn't changed since my last visit about 1.5 years ago. There's still not one single child with a hearing aid.
This past weekend we had a student from a school here that has a discipleship and training program. Each year the school accepts eights guys and eight gals to stay in the dormitory. There's always a lot of applicants but only those who have a bit of a basis of English already and have a clear goal are accepted. By the end of the year they can speak quite decent English. Each year around this time all the students get to stay with a Western family for a weekend to experience the Western culture up close and personal and to practice their English. We had a really fun time with our girl and she was very enthusiastic about her first time ever staying with Westerners.
Hugo continues to be super busy in the hangar. There's always a ton of paperwork. Next week he hopes to go to an interior village where our broken airplane is sitting waiting for a replacement engine. Hugo and some of the guys will install the engine and run it through its paces before the pilot flies it back.
Last night we went to Jayapura for drinks and appy's with the Dutch embassador to Indo. It was an interesting evening and we made contacts with Dutch folks we had no idea were living here! Fun times!
Last month we were all very hopeful. Some of the guys were fixing the potholes on the road. Then suddenly the work stopped and hasn't started since. As it turns out, one of the guys who lives up here and considers himself above the law, has stolen the funds and cement that were given by the gov't to the people to repair the roads. He now has a nice new driveway and porch... In addition, he has begun selling strong drink from his home... Sunday he gave "I's" husband a free bottle and he naturally consumed it and became inebriated and punched I and her mom. They ran to her sister's house where they took refuge until he broke the door... Since the event, he has disappeared and not returned...