Soccer Tournament…

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In honour of the 11th (?) birthday of their church congregation here on Pos 7, the church that meets across the road at the youth center put on a soccer tournament.  Papuans love nothing more than a soccer tournament.  Each day around 2:30 they start with the announcements and very loud music and around 4:00 the first game, always ladies first, starts up.  They will play random music selections varying from Reggae-style praise-worship to local Dani (interior mountain people) music.  We’re “lucky” if they actually play a song in its entirety.  This is a great time for folks to gather and watch.  Sometimes a guy with a mic will do a mumbly play-by-play of the action keeping those of us working on dinner in our kitchens up to date on what’s happening on the field whether we want to know or not.  Some of the local ladies capitalize on the events and sell snacks and drinks.  The es loli (ice cream on a stick) guy also makes a consistent appearance.  Then there’s the babies.  It’s a great time for mama’s to show off their cute little ones.  While I dislike the loud music and the congestion on the road, I do appreciate the entertainment this event provides for the people of our hill.  Some of them, particularly the smaller kids, rarely go down the hill into town.  I am curious how much longer this event will go on for, it’s already been at least two weeks…

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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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