The wind has been a force to be reckoned with as of late.  Our windows cannot be completely closed so the wind just blows on through.  That means that papers fly around the house and dust gets blown in leaving a gritty layer over everything.  Then yesterday afternoon a tree fell down across the road, breaking our phone line leaving us without phone or “Speedy” internet.  Thankfully, our MAF internet comes to us via a small dish mounted on our water tower.  Friday, the power went  off and then on again multiple times.  Put a bit of a hitch into the Friday night movie night over here.  The kids just eventually went to bed.  It got a bit old, having to restart the movie.

Our dog has also been a force to be reckoned with.  He is bound and determined to escape our yard and go down into the community below and play.  Today I caught him red-handed, crawling through a hole in our fence.  So I tied him up for five hours to teach him a lesson.  Sure hoping that works!

Time is moving quickly and we are less than three months away from leaving on our furlough.  We are feeling quite excited about going to Holland and Canada to see our family and friends.  We will be in Holland for just over two weeks in June and then hope to arrive in BC on June 19.  In July we will drive across Canada and visit family, friends, and do presentations.  Around July 21 or so we will be in Ontario where we will be until we leave again (DV) August 20.  This departure hinges very much on whether or not we will successfully acquire a new work permit.

Yesterday Hugo and I went to our church to participate in kerja bakti.  That’s where everyone gets together to work on the church.  The ladies cleaned and the men started the renovations.  I prefer pulling nails and painting to sweeping and wiping dirty window panes, so that’s what I did.  Snack time meant fried food out of black plastic bags.  Yummy!  We started with the back of the church, pulled off all the old screens, removed hundreds of old nails, sanded the metal guard bars and then painted them with primer.  We have big plans to fix the whole place up and get the bathroom functioning again.  Seeing as we are doing this mostly with volunteer labour, I would say this is a long-term project.  This building was once used as a school for the children of the missionaries of our churches.

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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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One Response to Update…

  1. Back in 1984, those old nails and screens and bars were brand new. It’s exactly 30 years ago that we arrived on the site, and Bapak Ali and his crew were putting the finishing touches on the building. The building remains recognizable, but the surroundings have changed…

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