Not My Plan

IMG_20160131_192836Here’s my current get well kit.  I’ve ran out of tissues or at least I can’t find our extra boxes in the packing mess so I’ve upgraded to toilet paper.  Please pray that this cold doesn’t linger and that Ryan can stay healthy.  Oh and I’d also really appreciate having my voice back.  This week is filled with planning, sorting, decisions, moving, goodbyes and so much more.  I’d love to be healthy for it.  Thank you for your prayers!

 

3rd Times a Charm?!

Ryan and I debated yesterday the pros and cons of me seeing a doctor again.  My right ear felt totally better, however my left ear was still a giving me some trouble, although it was feeling better in general.  I still had some antibiotics left so maybe I just needed to finish it up, right?  After much discussion, our conclusion was that I should see the doctor just in case.  It would be annoying to go in and be told that I’m fine and healing but at least we would know for sure.  Well good thing I chose to visit the doctor because the infection seems to have moved from the outer ear to the middle ear in the left ear.  But the right ear is healed so that’s good news. 🙂

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What does this mean?

1. Another course of antibiotics which have to be taken every 12 hours.  Since we are changing time zones in a couple of days, we’re starting the antibiotics on strange California time to make it more convenient for Atlanta time.

2. Flying might be very painful.  When the infection was just the outer ear it wouldn’t have caused much pain but the middle ear is what controls the release of pressure when needed.  Currently the little flap in my left ear that makes this possible isn’t moving at all (the doctor checked multiple times because he was hoping he was wrong when it didn’t move the first time).  I have some other tricks up my sleeve from the doctor and thankfully we have only one non-stop flight but I’m still not looking forward to the descent.

3. Keep praying.  The ear infection is the main thing but not the only strange problem Ryan and I have been having. And being on antibiotics means a higher risk of other problems too if my body doesn’t react well.  Although I really would love to have this infection go away, please don’t forget to simply pray for our time at REV.  That God would use it to further confirm our calling to Australia, that we would work well together and actually be able to enjoy the relationships and challenges of the week.

Ryan and I wish that we were going into next week totally healthy and well rested but we also recognize that the way things are now, we are even more certain to rely on God’s strength and not our own.   Thank you for your prayers.

Prayer and Anticipation

We leave in 11 days for Atlanta.  Needless to say there is a lot of anticipation, excitement and a bit of trepidation as the countdown continues.  Awhile ago I posted about my lovely double ear infection.  Yesterday I went back to the doctor because I thought the infection was still lingering in one ear.  Well, it turns out that the infection has continued to linger in both ears.  So in addition to continuing the drops, I am now on antibiotics.  I don’t like antibiotics but I really want to be healthy and healed for the Atlanta trip.

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Please be praying.  Please pray for complete healing in both ears.  Since antibiotics can have side effects, please pray that my body would react well and that my ears would heal without any other problems.  Please also pray that Ryan stays healthy and that we can both go into the training week rested, strong and ready for whatever they throw at us.  Thank you for being a part of our journey!  Your prayers are much appreciated:-)

Painful Ears

Happy July everyone!  I wrote a few weeks ago about being Back in the Water Again and I have truly enjoyed the swimming.  However, my ears are not happy with the arrangement.

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Although not by choice, I am starting the summer with an ear infection in both ears.  Please pray for quick healing so that I can get back in the water soon and that the infection won’t be reoccurring.  Thank you!

Flashback to 2011- Life in Walagu

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4 years ago today, I was in Walagu (the main Onobasulu village in PNG) fighting with the sun for power and trying to get curriculum work done with the Onobasulu despite many setbacks and crazy things happening in the village around us.  My co-worker Beverly and I were joined by a student named Jenny who was completely surprised at the wide variety of tasks we needed to do on a daily basis that had little or nothing to do with the translation or literacy work.  It makes sense that we would help the people we were serving and working with in a wide variety of areas but working as an electrician and a nurse were not on my resume.  But sometimes you just have to make it work.

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In this post from June 29th, I wrote about learning the difference between “bulk and float voltage” as well as connecting batteries with solar panels.  Taking care of big batteries and connecting solar panels is not a normal task in my life now but it was just a part of village life in PNG.  Who knows, maybe this will come in handy again some day:-)

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In the post, I also wrote about all the medical issues we were dealing with (ear infections, terrible boils and sores as well as a broken arm).  At this point we didn’t realize that Beverly would eventually set the broken with directions I was getting from an emergency phone call/radio session with a doctor in Ukarumpa.  Despite all the health care issues in the US, nothing compares to the problems that arise when people lack basic things like soap and access to the most basic medical care.  Seriously, how do you keep a little boy, who lives and plays in the dirt, clean when his bathtub is a river with muddy banks!?

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Although I don’t miss the wet feet, odd infections and strange stresses of life in PNG.  I do miss the people and the part of my job description that read “play with small children every chance you get”.  The pictures in this post were taken from a July 30th post that happened once we got back to Ukarumpa.  Since we were using HF radio to send emails in the village, posting to the blog with pictures was practically impossible.  But I was thankful for the power we did have to send text only blog updates via email.

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Even though I’m now back in the US, the Onobasulu people are still living and working in their communities in PNG.  Please continue to pray for the Onobasulu people.  Pray for health, community unity and successful, continued work on Bible Translation, literacy and education.

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Sickness and Couple Introspection

After 8 years working for the Christian radio station here in town, Ryan finally called in sick.  Of course he’s taken vacation days, other planned off days and sometimes even left early for sickness or other reasons.  But yesterday was the first early morning (4:45am) shift that he has ever called off because of sickness.  I’d say that’s a pretty impressive run.

Being sick is never fun but I’m glad Ryan was able to take a couple days to rest and let his body heal.  He’s back at work today and will hopefully be back at 100% soon enough.  I’m very thankful that both Ryan and I have had limited colds and serious illnesses since we’ve been married.  Health is something not to be taken for granted.

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Since Ryan did spent most of Tuesday convalescing on the couch we had some extra time to spend together.  He was still recuperating on Wednesday but I was at work.  Anyway back to Tuesday, I could have done other things with my afternoon but keeping a cold cloth on my husband’s head and watching random movies and TV shows seemed like a better use of my time.

One of the shows we watched was the newest Married at First Sight.  For those of you unfamiliar, this is the second season of a show where experts match 3 couples together based on compatibility on paper and the couples meet each other at the altar, say their ‘I Dos’, go on a honeymoon and try to proceed with real life now that they are legally married to a stranger.  Of course they all want to be married and that’s why they agreed to the experiment but for most of them marriage is not what they thought it would be.

I find the premise of this show very interesting because it’s like arranged marriage for our culture today.  Two of the couples from the first season decided to stay married after the 6 weeks of the official experiment.  And these new couples will also have to decide after 6 weeks if they want to stay married or get divorced.  Ryan typically doesn’t watch the show but I’ve told him about it and it definitely starts a lot of very interesting conversations.

This week, watching these other couples struggle through everyday life, changes and the challenges of couplehood gave Ryan and I a chance to talk and analyze what we perceive they were doing right or wrong.  As well as how we might act or react to the same situations.  Sometimes this is very hypothetical and sometimes it hits surprisingly close to home.  Ryan and I didn’t meet at the altar but there was still a lot we didn’t know about each other when we got married.

When I was single, I might have idealized participating in an experiment like Married at First Sight.  And I can say that on this side of marriage, I had (still have) a definite mix of realistic and unrealistic expectations.  But I think it’s very true that even the most realistic person is going to have some surprises once they get married and the reality of life happens.  In the end I’m thankful for a husband, who even in his fever induced state will still be introspective with me and work towards better communication and improving our marriage.

I’m curious, if anyone wants to share:  If you’re single or married, would you consider (or would have considered) participating in something like Married at First Sight?

Update on Osa and Other Onobasulu Prayers and Praises

I’m happy to report that Osa is doing well after her snake bite last week which you can read about here: An Urgent Prayer Request From PNG.  She’s back in Walagu and there is no venom in her system.  This is a huge praise!  There are a lot of reasons they did not find venom even though there were bite marks on her leg, maybe it wasn’t a death adder that bit her, maybe the bandaging worked or the snake that bit her had already bit something else recently so the venom wasn’t strong.  Whatever reason, the prayers worked and we are glad that she didn’t have to have the full anti-venom shots which can often be very hard on the body.  Her husband Wabele (pictured below on the computer) was with her at the hospital which is also a praise.

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Another praise is that we think the cost of the helicopter and treatment is going to be covered by the oil company’s community affairs fund.  This is basically money that is set aside to help the communities that they impact.  This is a huge praise because the cost of helicopters alone is astronomical.

While we’re praising God, let’s praise him that it seems like the Onobasulu airstrip is open again after two years of being closed.  It has had major work done on it by the Onobasulu people and the first SIL plane will land there next week to check it out.  Praise God that the Onobasulu may be able to use their airstrip instead of walking from another airstrip or paying the high cost of helicopters.  Having the airstrip open greatly benefits the work of Bible Translation as well as the community in general.

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Please continue to keep the Onobasulu people in your prayers.  Work on the Onobasulu Bible translation and other scripture use materials is happening, people are hearing the gospel and learning more about the Bible.  All of these things invite spiritual warfare.  Another one of the workers named Hauwo (pictured below) has also been in the hospital with ongoing back pain, after a bad fall last year.  He has been involved with the translation and literacy work from the beginning.  Please pray for a full and quick recovery.

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These three pictures in this post are of the 6 main Onobasulu workers- Joseph, Yobe, Jack, Wabele, Jeffery and Hauwo.  Please pray for them by name and their families as the work pushes forward.  Please pray for safety.  Please pray for good health.  Please pray for protection and care for these families as well as the entire Onobasulu community.  You’re continued prayers support the work of Bible translation.  Thank you!