OK ... after returning back to Wewak becasue the roads got too brutal, we booked the plane for another go around on our survey by air. This time we landed in Nuku and Lumi to assess the needs of language groups in the area. We had a very profitable time and met some of the nicest most helpful people in the world. This "kulau" (coconut) was handed to me during our stop in Nuku ... one of the sweetest most refreshing I've had in PNG. Sure beats a Coke ... and it's supposed to be the ultimate rehydration drink too!
Yea, I know ... this picture doesn't look like a normal NTM survey in the Sepik. We usually are moving by chopper or trapsing around the deep jungle sleeping in remote villages. Not on this trip, where the purpose was to survey language vitality along the road that heads inland from Wewak past Maprik. This picture is taken at a high-school along the road where Greg and I swapped stories with students ... in English! Yes, things are changing rapidly in PNG, and in this area schools are bypassing pidgin altogether and teaching in English from 4th grade on. It was remarkable to explore these areas not so far but so very different than the Nakui jungle.
Welcome to our blog "The Nakui Jungle Beat". Just as Nakui people ring out an urgent message by rythmically hitting a hollowed out log or "Ow", we want to share an important message with you. What is our message? It is that through the grace of God, the Nakui people have found hope and meaning through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We hope this tool will allow us to pass along the story of how God's grace continues to shine in this remote corner of the PNG jungle. Thanks for visiting!
Feb 9th: Well ... another broken bone in the Askew family. It's TJ again this time. He was up picking flowers in a tree and when a branch broke and he fell on his right shoulder. Besides some bruising, his shoulder seems fine. But his collar bone didn't fare so well and is fractured. We spoke with our doctor on the phone and doesn't think there's much he can do so we've got him in a sling and on pain meds and we'll let him heal up here in Wewak. Poor TJ is in a lot of pain tonight and it'll probably be a rough night's sleep. Thanks for your prayers.
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