Life moves on here. Since Saturday I’ve not heard anything from “I” or her husband. In fact just the other morning I gave her dad a ride down the hill and lent him 100,000 rupiahs to put in a new toilet as his was washed away in the big rains we’ve had lately. Not a word about his daughter, he was just interested in borrowing funds. My gracious neighbour is sharing her helper with me two days a week which is of great relief.
Speaking of rain, we’ve had a ton as of late. The other day we had so much in a short span that many parts of the city flooded. A lot of public schools were closed as they needed to be cleaned out. Many people were drying their stuff and cleaning their floors that day. Last week there was flooding in Abe and a number of poorer families living along the river lost their homes.
On Tuesday Christiaan celebrated his 12th birthday. We’d actually had a party with all the boys from his class on the prior Saturday morning. We rented one of the indoor soccer fields at the Sentani Futsal Centre. The boys played soccer for 1.5 hours straight before having cake! Then on his birthday Christiaan had three buddies come over and they played Wii and he had hamburgers and fries. Now hamburgers back home is a relatively easy meal. But here not so much. I had to make the buns and the patties from scratch. But it was worth it! We are very thankful for our son!
Going back to rain. We are not the only place in Papua that has had a lot of rain. To the South West of us, there is an area that has gotten so much rain the people are on the verge of starvation. They normally subsist on sweet potatoes and such but because of the lack of sun they aren’t growing. MAF has been flying some food into the areas but of course it takes time for the food to make it to each village. Not every village has an airstrip so much food needs to be hand carried to outlying villages.