The church here went on a day trip to a place called Crystal Rapids.
It is located about an hour’s drive away from the city and out in the bush.
The scenery there and on the drive up the mountain is beautiful.
It reminded us of the highlands. Most of us who went had never been
there before, thus it made the trip more exciting.
The holding pools for the city’s water treatment plant are located on the way to Crystal Rapids and are visible from the road. On the drive home, I noticed ten little boys having the best time swimming in the pools. It made me hope the treatment plant was doing a good job cleaning up the water after it left there. One missionary wife told me that as long as she sees a slice of lemon floating in her glass of water; it psychologically helps her to think the water is pure.
On the website for Fox News, they have an article entitled, “Tips for Traveling Abroad Safely.” Out of curiosity I read it and the first thing that caught my eye was, “Never advertise the fact that you are an American.” I thought that was odd since it is usually obvious if a person is from America. Port Moresby has a large international community and it is easy to tell what continent a person is from not only by their accent, but by the clothes they wear, the way they hold their fork and knife when they eat, and other such mannerisms.
On another paragraph it says, “Instead of sightseeing, maybe consider not leaving your hotel at all.” Doesn’t that sound like a fun vacation. They were probably meaning this for business travelers since they further state that they should try to have meetings in their hotel. Nevertheless it is a sad day when Americans who travel abroad are encouraged to stay in their hotel room for safety. It reminded me of the serious crime problems in Papua New Guinea where people often feel as though they are prisoners in their own homes. We are thankful however that at least here they don’t hate Americans and there is also freedom of religion. The latter being the most important thing of all.
In the apartment we live in now, we’ve only been seeing little geckos. They look like babies. For the most part I’m getting used to them, but every once in awhile they still scare me. For instance when I’m brushing my teeth and have my face a few inches from the faucets and one runs by. Or when I’m reaching for a paper towel and one runs over my finger and up the wall. Or when I’m taking a bath and one falls in. They always seem to have a guilty conscious too because they run away when they see me. Frank gets amused at how they get winded after just a couple of feet and have to stop and catch their breath. You can see their little chests heaving in and out.
A friend in Christ,
Sister Cyd James
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