From The Home Front - January, 2003
rains have started up here in Port Moresby. Itís a blessing to see the
trees and grass turn green once again. Though Papua New Guinea does not
have a winter season, the flora turns brown and withers away in the dry
There was a church fellowship today at the Botanical Gardens. The grounds
had recently been cleaned and the flowers were blooming, therefore it was
more scenic than usual. We barbecued meat on the grill and had that along
with bread and butter sandwiches. Everyone seemed to have a good time together.
Since we are fixing to go back to the USA on furlough, Iíve been in the
cleaning-out and organizing mood. Frank says everyday he comes home and
sees things missing. This morning he asked me where the jelly was. I told
him that I was sorry but didnít know he was eating it and gave it away.
Then before our picnic he asked, "Do we have any insect repellent?" I said,
"No, I gave that away too." Itís more blessed to give than to receive,
but Iíll try to refrain from giving away the last of his coffee before
On the new church bathroom, there are signs that say "men" and "women."
The first week the church met on the property, I noticed one lady watching
which side of the building the ladies were going to and it dawned on me
that she couldnít read the signs. Literacy isnít a problem in the USA and
so itís easy for me to forget that some people canít read. Whenever I put
myself in their shoes and think how difficult it would be to shop for food
or clothes, do banking, vote, and most of all not being able to read the
Bible, it makes me more thankful for the blessing of being able to read.
Frank and I were happy that Brother Norman and some of the church members
want to teach literacy. Itís an important ministry here.
At a cafe we went to recently there were dead flies in the glass toothpick
containers on several tables. Perhaps they had just sprayed insect repellent.
The containers were sitting in the middle of the table, which made the
dead flies difficult to ignore. It wasnít appetizing so Frank asked the
waiter to please take the container away. The waiter did and was kind enough
to bring us a different toothpick container. When we got ready to leave,
Frank told me to only use the bottom half of the toothpick because a lot
of people probably touched the top half. I think he forgot about the dead
flies. Since he had a toothpick in his mouth, I didnít know if I should
remind him about it or not.
A friend in Christ,
Sister Cyd James
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