I think I’ll just bullet some stuff for you folks…

* The retreat was a success.  Mikah and Christiaan had a great time while also working on their soccer skills.

* It must be centipede season because we’ve got a lot of them in our house…  Apparently they are poisonous…  blech…

* Hugo’s been having stomach and intestinal issues for a couple weeks now.  Today we did a test and apparently he’s got blastosistis in him…  not sure what that is or what we need to do about it.  Waiting to hear from a medical professional as to what sort of meds are required.  Hugo’s been looking a little pasty for the last while so we’re hoping to cure this asap!

*Brynne’s been complaining of head aches and occasionally a sore stomach for a few days now.  We saw the Dr. this morning and her spleen is enlarged so we did a blood slide.  However, it came back negative for malaria.  Not sure what we do next.  Wait?

* This is the last week before conference.  So we are madly trying to finish everything up.

* Ice brought her husband to the hospital today because, in her words, “He has malaria and it went up into his head and he’s talking crazy.”  Papuans are really tough people and they usually wait too long before seeking medical help when they get sick.  Us whitey’s get a blood slide done the minute we have a headache and a bit of a fever.  The Papuans wait a few days.  Not the best thing to do as the malaria just has a party in your body and multiplies causing the symptoms to just worsen.

* We went to the beach with our church recently to celebrate the 8th anniversary of our little church here in Sentani.  It was a really fun day!  The nice thing was that it was kind of rainy so no one else was there for most of the day.  We really like that because when there are other Indonesians at the beach with us, they usually stare at us, ask for pictures with us, or laugh at us…

 For the past two Friday’s I’ve played soccer with these ladies.  Well, the first time was when we took this photo and we played against the ladies from another mission aviation group.  We lost 4-2.  I had a goal though!  🙂  This past Friday was a half day of prayer.  That means everyone works until 10:00 and then there’s a speaker.  After lunch the ladies get together and the men get together and we pray for eachother.  After that we played soccer together.  We didn’t have that many ladies, so some of the men were kind enough to join us.  We play in this new indoor soccer building that has astro turf!  It’s quite professional looking!  And costs about $20/hour to use.  Not too bad!

  People carry the craziest things on their motorbikes around here!  I know, I really shouldn’t be taking pictures while driving…


About Erica Feunekes

Myself, my husband Hugo and our five kids live and work in Sentani, Papua, with Mission Aviation Fellowship.
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2 Responses to Stuff…

  1. doulanic says:

    Hokey petes Erica – you look real dark in that picture!!!
    Hoping Hugo starts to feel better soon …..and Brynne too!!

  2. jbredenhof says:

    I had to laugh, Erica – you thought you’d ‘bullet’ some stuff to us; is that the same as ‘firing off’ a message? I know you posted that a long while ago, but I must’ve missed it. Sure hope Hugo and Brynne are feeling a whole lot better!
    After reading a number of your posts, we sure get the feeling that soccer has a lot to do with life there! Nothing like kicking a ball around to get rid of excess energy / pent up frustrations and the like!
    May God continue to bless you and Hugo and your family. Congrats with your Dad’s 65th birthday this week! I sense retirement coming up in the very near future.

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