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Blog entry by JohnnyMike posted 02-16-2013 05:30 AM 1168 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had written an earlier post about slabbing the wood I needed to build my family’s home in Papua New Guinea. Well, we got our home “finished” (I use that world very loosely) and just thought you guys might like to see some pictures of the progress. Every stick of lumber in this house was slabbed from local trees in the Hewa tribe where we live. The only wood in the house that was not slabbed by myself or co-workers was the plywood floors (which got destroyed by 4 big rain storms during the build) and and the the plywood we used for the walls. Most of the wood used was a type of ceder, but my porch was done mostly of a sort of Pine. I had to hike a pretty good ways up the mountain to get to where they grow on the ridges. Certainly was not fun hike chainsaws and all the equipment up…or the lumber back down. There were a couple different types of wood used as well, but I don’t know what they would be called in English. Anywho, in no particular order, here are some pictures for you guys…

Our short-wave radio is our only communication to the outside world…

Ariel shot when we were building our house. Looks like just the floor was up at this point…

My plywood floor just got destroyed by a bunch of rain storms…

I have about 1,300 watts of solar panels total, and a solar hot water tank mounted on my roof…

My daughter’s bedroom. We were still sleeping under mosquito nets at the time because the house wasn’t sealed in too well yet and malaria just isn’t fun…no fun at all.

-- John Michael George, www.ntm.org/john_george



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#1 posted 02-16-2013 06:15 AM

This is an awesome blog post! Looks like you and your family are involved in the sort of adventure most of us can only read/dream about. Looking forward to hearing/seeing more reports from you!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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#2 posted 02-16-2013 09:45 AM

Thanks for sharing. looking forward to further reports.

How do you access the internet if your only means of communication is by shortwave radio?

-- Joe

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#3 posted 02-16-2013 09:57 AM

My family and I choppered out of our tribe a couple days ago and are staying at our mission’s base for a couple week break before going back in. We are just using the internet here.

-- John Michael George, www.ntm.org/john_george

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#4 posted 02-16-2013 10:08 AM

I thought that’s what might be happening. Praying for you and your families health and safety plus success in your ministry.

-- Joe

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#5 posted 02-16-2013 12:15 PM

This is so interesting, Johnny. Can you tell us more about your work there? Did those rains ruin the floors or will they be ok? Tell us more.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 02-16-2013 12:24 PM

Well, the floors are what they are. They had quite a bit of delamination, but there really isn’t anything I can do about it out there so we just had to go with what we had. They will do fine for a bush house I suppose…could have been worse.

As far as our work there, we work with people groups who do not have written languages. We move in with them learn their language and culture, translate the Bible for them into their language. Create an alphabet and teach them to read and write their language and ultimately try to develop a strong, self-sufficient indigenous group of Believers. That all being in a nutshell.

I, particularly, work with the Hewa tribe of Papau New Guinea. So far, learning their language has been pretty tough as there is about 3 or 4 dialects of the same language spoken in my village on a daily basis…well that and the fact that we’ve only lived there for 4 months. Life in general has been pretty tough since we moved in, but we are really happy to be doing what we know we should be doing. We have a blog through our organization, but honestly, I rarely update it. My wife, however, updates hers quite often if you ever want to check it out, it’s tribalwife.blogspot.com.

-- John Michael George, www.ntm.org/john_george

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#7 posted 02-16-2013 12:26 PM

I just took a look at your website and subscribed. What you do is wonderful and soooo interesting. God Bless and keep you in the palm of His hand.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 02-16-2013 07:28 PM

Wow, what an interesting and worth while endeavor

-- Norman

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#9 posted 02-16-2013 08:40 PM

Wow! ...Thank you for taking the time and sharing this inormation with us, great post!

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#10 posted 02-17-2013 07:06 AM

Johnny,

I was just studying Acts 7 (by my favorite old-time Bible commentator – Oliver B. Greene) while I was waiting for your pictures to come up. (We have dial-up so I try to use the time constructively while waiting for web pages to load.) But, alas, the photos wouldn’t load so I’ll have to come back another day and try again.

Sometimes we forget just how blessed we are to have so many translations available to us when other people groups still don’t even have the written word. May God richly bless you for your translation work.

L/W

P. S. If you enjoy music for memorizing Scripture (in English), check out these free downloads: http://www.cefmadisonwi.com/downloads2.html

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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