Whenever you live in another culture you will meet with situations/events that leave you wondering.

There’s a young couple in our church.  They had two children and were expecting a third.  The husbands mother came to help out the family when the new baby was going to be born.  She lives on another island a couple days boat ride away.  She stayed for a number of months after the baby girl was born.  During her time she became quite attached to her grandchildren.  When it was time for her to return to her home on the other island she asked if she could please take the baby with her.  As the baby was still nursing, the family suggested she take the little boy (who was 2 at the time) instead.  The family felt pressure because he was working full-time and every night going to university and they had a hard time finding a helper.  So the grandma returned to her home on the other island taking the little boy with.  He stayed there for nine months.  Recently he and grandma returned.  The little boy had no recollection of his parents or siblings.  He even speaks differently because the language and way of speaking on the other island is a little different than here.  Sometimes his sister doesn’t understand what he’s saying.  His parents are thrilled to have him back.  But there’s some discipline and training that they are having to go through.  I can’t imagine…

“I”‘s husband has symptoms of Tuberculosis.  It seems that he’s had a lung x-ray done before and he was told that his lungs have scar tissue and that he should not drink coffee or strong drinks…  right…  Recently he’s had some health issues and has not been feeling well.  Like pain in his lungs, coughing, blue lips, fever etc…  But he refuses to go to the hospital.  I’ve explained to “I” that if he doesn’t receive treatment (which is free through a government program) he can die.  He doesn’t seem concerned and she’s sick of trying to coax him…


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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