Can I just take a little minute to brag on our awesome friends? You’ve seen them before on this blog. We originally met Ryan and April in language school. We went on a 3-day vacation with them that turned into a 5-day-running-out-of-food stay on a little Indonesian island. We bonded over games of Shang Hai and we’ve been friends ever since.
This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary since they did their first survey trip into Turumo. In the last year, they have built a home in the jungle (along with their two teammate families), moved into the tribe and started on language learning. Not to mention that all of this was done through sickness, separation during build trips, and homeschooling their three kids. And, did I mention, the language they are learning is one of the few known tonal languages in Papua, which means it’s hard. Very hard.
They are rock stars, no? People like them are the reason we are here. They are truly at the edge of the earth, living among people who have never heard and understood the Gospel.
I feel isolated at times in Nabire, but Nabire is a city of 20,000 people. Turumo is a village of about 200 hundred people…who they can’t yet talk to. There are no stores…not a single one. There’s no A/C. There are no comforts of home. Life there is day-in-day-out living outside your comfort zone. It is hot. And not “it’s a dry heat” hot. It’s 105 with 61% humidity. Yowzah.
But they are there. They are doing it. They are living at the end of the earth. They are learning a difficult language. They are sacrificing their comfort and living in isolation. All for the sake of the Gospel.
I’m so proud of them.