My Support Team

Tomorrow I leave for Kapawa. It has been complicated trying to pack for bringing exactly 40kg and enough food items for three weeks worth of breakfasts (I will have lunch and dinner with the McEvoys) but I am finally ready. Everything is packed, weighed and labeled. I have also cleaned and moved out of my apartment in preparation for my early morning departure. So for two nights I am staying at Brian and Susan’s house and they are generously allowing me to store everything I am not taking to the village in their extra bedroom.

Let me introduce the generous Brian and Susan. Brian is a diesel mechanic from Oregon and Susan is a linguist from Colorado. They met during training camp, then dated and married a year ago this January. Now living at Ukarumpa, Brian works in the industrial department and fixes machines and equipment. He’s the one who will fix the generator when PNG-power goes out or repair the tractor that maintains the roads. Susan will be assisting in various roles in the language office- which will include material distribution and advocate work with a people group in the Mt. Hagen area. Both of them have very different interests and talents but PNG provides opportunities for them both to contribute positively to the work of bible translation.

At the end of POC Brian and Susan volunteered to be my support team for my village stays. Support teams are one of Ukarumpa’s safety nets for village teams. I am still learning all of the roles that a support team can play but mainly they are there to help prepare me for the village, provide moral support via radio and help with various other practical tasks while I am away from Ukarumpa. As a support team they will also be learning about the province and language group. But I think Brian and Susan are most excited about the opportunity to have a subsidized visit out to Kapawa at some point. I am excited about that too!

But for now, I am looking forward to radio skeds with Susan and sharing village stories with them when I get back. I will be sure to come back with lots of blog material to share with all of you as well.

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4 thoughts on “My Support Team

  1. Joy,
    Greetings from Santa Barbara, a place where many of the Lord’s faithful pray for you daily with diligence and ardor.

    We have been reading your blog and following your journey. You inspire us and encourage us with your bravery and enthusiasm for the Lord’s work abroad.

    We are thrilled to hear about a family that will watch over you, partner with you and most certainly pray with you during this time.

    Please know that we are with you in prayer and spirit as you travel to the deepest places to take the gospel. You are the hands and feet of Christ and we are in awe of it. Thank you for sharing all of this with us.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you…

    All our prayers and love,
    Tawny, Brent, Eva and Ruby Kilpper
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  2. What a wonderful and spiritually fulfilling adventure you are on! I only get a chance to read your blog about once a week or so, but it is always interesting and entertaining. It also makes me really appreciate my life and my children especially when I feel it’s been a hard week; nothing compares! Take care, good luck in your journey and God Bless. You are in our prayers.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Regina Miller & Family

  3. Well, I see Aunt G sent a comment, so not to be outdone…

    I was up early this morning, 1/1/09 and went to check the web before Aunt G woke. I don’t know how checking my golf index on the NCGA website, or reading about Israel bombing the Gaza Strip triggered me to check for your blog, but I’ve given up asking why I do things.

    Either way, I found you and have been trying to “catch up” via the archives. We did miss you in person at Milly’s, but were glad to talk via phone. I hope you don’t mind my skipping, but based on your conditions (hilltop reception with a dying battery) I figured there were folks you should talk with before me.

    As other’s have said, it does sound like you are “on an adventure” but I think that is putting it mildly. You are on a life-changing adventure. You won’t be the same niece when you return. (That’s an exciting change I’m sure) Although the people you meet will go back to the very existence of living once you leave, I’m sure their lives will have been altered by meeting you!

    We are all thinking of you here in our comfort and hoping only the best for your travels. (even those two Malamutes scratching at the door to get inside!)

    Return home safe and soon.

    Uncle R

  4. Hi Joy,
    I’m in the middle of writing you a (long overdue!) letter and thought I should check your blog. It was so good to hear your voice at Christmas, and even better to know you have a great support team. (I’m also glad you didn’t use the snake as a rope!) We love you!
    xoxo
    Aunt Bane : )

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