March 17, 2013
We are well here in PNG. We have seen much happen over the past few months and many times when God's hand of protection and grace have been evident.
I am going to take a few moments to re-wind a little and highlight some events since our last post which, if you look below, was nearly 4 months ago! Jeff's parents came for a visit arriving the end of Nov. We have always told our folks if they are going to spend the money to come they should stay as long as they can. That is what they did! We were able to enjoy our special Christmas English Lotu (Service) on Dec 2nd which is always a treat. Jessica and Susan's birthdays were celebrated on Dec 14th and 16th respectively. We went to the big metropolis (that is of course a relative term!) of Mt. Hagen and spent some time shopping and was able to have lunch at the Squash Club. That was nice! Our annual Christmas Eve, Eve party was held on the eve of Christmas Eve, Eve this year! We have made it a tradition of having a party on the 23rd so as not to interfere with any special Christmas Eve services. Since Christmas was on Tues this year, that means Christmas Eve was on Monday and Christmas Eve, Eve was on Sunday. That didn't seem like the best time for our party either since there were special services at the church. So, we went to the 22nd! Everyone brings a holiday treat to share and we play games and have fun together as a mission family. This year's big game was a Christmas movie trivia game where we played short clips from various Christmas movies and then asked trivia questions related to the clip. We had fun putting it together and I think all had fun playing it. Christmas also brings the tradition of Christmas Caroling on the hospital wards and giving gifts to the patients which is always a special time. We are very blessed to have so many wonderful members of our family living and working together here at Kudjip Station.
We brought the New Year in, just our family, with horns and sparklers and then went to bed! Jeff's Birthday on Jan 9th gave us another very special something to celebrate and another excuse for more cake and ice cream!! A little later in January we took Jeff's folks to Kumul Lodge where we got to observe and take lots of pictures of two varieties of Birds of Paradise, parrots, and several other beautiful birds. It was nice. The end of the month before Jeff's folks left on the 25th , we enjoyed one last Birthday celebration as it was Ethan and Grandma's turn!
Pics to come!
November 13, 2012
|Sunday nights viewing at Wagmil Naz |
Apa seated on chair front corner.
A video showing to the hydro crew at the hospital chapel. Paul setting up our sheet for showing the video at Apa's village.
November 12, 2012
The last blog I posted was after day 2 of the quiz. The competition continued to grow as the week went on. Our kids did great though! Our team finished 6th at the District level. Lydia Radcliffe ranked 16th at the District Experienced level and 5th at the Regional level. Jo Radcliffe was 20th at the District Experienced level!
We had a great time making new friends while at the Quiz as well as re-connecting with some friends we made this past May/June with some of the ONU students who came to PNG for a a couple of weeks. We also had a number of family members support us at the Quiz. All in all, the entire event was nothing short of amazing! The Lord richly blessed us all and we are thankful for the opportunities given!
|An evening meal with ONU pals!|
July 6, 2012
|Praise and worship|
|First day of district quizzing - Go Kudjip Paia!|
Tuesday is when it all began. We had 7 district quizzes in the morning of which we won 5!! That put us at #7 out of the 22 teams in our pool. The rest of the day the kids were free to spend however they liked along with taking a little time out to help load the personal and non-perishable food products everyone brought as part of a ministry project onto a truck and trailer. Some found the pool tables and ping pong, others went to a few other quizzes to support their friends, or in our case our nephew/cousin Isaac! There was an evening seminar on Discipleship that most of us went to and enjoyed. Quizzing, of course, shouldn't be just about competition but about growing in our knowledge of the Word and sharing that knowledge and love for Christ with whomever we meet whether in word or in action.
|Can't have all work and no play!|
|Loading boxes for the ministry project.|
Wednesday morning was awesome. The team really came together at the district quizzes. They won 3 out of 4, putting our total at 8 wins and 3 losses and moving our rank to #4 in the District Experience Pool A category. Things got a whole lot tougher in the afternoon. Remembering that all the other regional team members are the best of the best of their entire educational regions and have had to compete repeatedly at the local, district and regional levels in order to make the regional team, our kids did quite well, and we are very proud of each one of them! We won 2 out of the 8 quizzes we competed in.
|Aunt Becky Hancock and Grandma Beam cheering on the team...noisily!|
|After our last quiz, we ate dinner quickly and headed for the water park for some much deserved pool time! It was refreshing especially with the outside temperature tickling 100 degrees today!|
|Jessica and Ethan with cousin Isaac|
|Swimming after a long day of 12 quizzes.|
July 4, 2012
|The kids anxiously awaiting the arrival of Cilla!|
|Tom West and the gang!|
Wednesday morning Quinton, Jessica, Allie and I went to MVNU for Quinton's college visit! By lunch time we were all getting hungry and were treated to a Mexican meal by Tom West, the MVNU Alumni Director. That was awesome! We all received some great MVNU stuff too! Thanks Tom!!
|They look professional!|
|Jessica and Ethan racing along!|
Thursday we headed to Loudonville where we went canoeing and go-kart riding and then had to say good-bye to Cilla. We then headed back to East Ohio District Camp.
Friday - Sunday we did some shopping and enjoyed time with Jeff and I's families. It was great. It is always nice for our family back home to meet more of the people that we are spending our lives with in PNG.
I will write more soon about our quizzing adventure at ONU but for now you need to know that we had our first set of quizzes today. We quizzed 7 rounds and won 5 at the district level! Yippee! Tomorrow afternoon we will quiz with regional teams. The challenges will be greater. Keep praying for us! The kids are great and God is good! Most importantly the kids are doing their best and are having a good time and they are learning so much from God's word that will be remembered for many years to come!
|Waiting for the bus in Hong Kong.|
Bill & Marsha and Quinton Schmelzenbach met up with Jo and Lydia in Columbus and joined us at the East Ohio District Camp around noon on Wed.
Quizzing, quizzing and more quizzing filled the next week along with a few trips to the camp pool and a nice lunch with Dr. Steven Manley and my parents, Wayne and Pat Cummings and a meal with my in-laws and Jeff's sister Gay and her family on Monday night. We had the opportunity to attend a couple of services and events at the East Ohio Campmeeting. In addition to all of that we had a surprise visit with Tammi Jaynes who has volunteered on two occasions for a year at a time to come teach at our MK school in PNG. We love you Tammi!
The East Ohio District NMI was gracious and generous enough to allow the team to stay at the mission house at no cost, contributed to the cost of attending the quiz and provided some of the consumable essentials in the house for our use! THANK YOU EAST OHIO NMI!!
Stay tuned for updates on our 5 days between practice with Uncle Bill and Q2012!
June 9, 2012
Now we have just 9 days till we get on the first of 4 flights to get from the highlands of PNG to the great state of Ohio, which is home to 4 out of our 6 quizzers!
Please keep praying for us as we get the last few items lined up for our travels and finish up with a few responsibilities here PNG! Pray for safe travels. Pray for our time with Coach Bill McCoy as we reunite and then study together for a week at the East Ohio Camp Center. Pray that our kids will be able to keep their heads and stay focused during the quiz and not be distracted or intimidated by the competition and by those watching. This is an all new experience for them. Pray that they will make some new friends during this gathering of amazing young people from all over the US. And pray that they will have fun and that all they have learned will stay with them for many years to come!!
If you have a desire to assist us with the cost of this great endeavor it is not too late! You may do so by writing a check to: "Global Treasurer Church of the Nazarene"
In the memo write: Work of Bill McCoy - Quiz Team.
Send check to:
Global Treasury Services
Attn: Molly Cole
17001 Prairie Star Parkway
Lenexa, Kansas 662200
Our focus this year was on death and dying. We focused not so much on dying itself but how the customs and traditional beliefs of PNG society affect how they think about death and how we can be sensitive to the needs of our patients and their families during these difficult days. Our special guests were Dr. Jim Radcliffe and Mrs. Julie Lutz. After a time of singing and prayer, Jim shared some devotional thoughts. Subsequently, Julie, who experienced the difficulties of dealing with the impending and eventual death of her husband Steve was able to bring a special awareness to all of us. Through her sharing we were able to see how the amazing God we serve is able to intervene and bring comfort and strength in times of loss and how we can support and encourage others who are facing death themselves or who have a family member who is facing death.
Thank you for your prayers for our chaplains! Each day they are busy ministering to our many patients. Pray that they will be exactly who God wants for them to be to each one they have opportunity to counsel and pray with. Pray also that I will be sensitive to ways in which I can encourage them, our chaplains!
February 23, 2012
|View from our bedroom window!|
|Some appear more awake than others!|
A couple of week-ends ago I went on a hike with a number of our missionary family members. Included on the hike were 3 of our quizzers. You know what they all had in their pockets? Their portion of scripture for quizzing; Hebrews and 1& 2 Peter! The picture to the right is taken at the top of Mt. Tabi. If you look close behind the quizzers to the left you can see Kudjip station about 2000 ft below!
February 22, 2012
The excitement is growing as we continue to work out details of travel and accomodations and all the numerous details. Airline tickets prices are quite crazy right now ranging from $2900 - nearly $4000 per person. We believe that this experience for our kids is well worth the effort. If you are in agreement and if the Lord should lay it on your heart to contribute financially in this endeavor we have a way that you can do that!
Checks can be written to:
Global Treasurer Church of the Nazarene
In the memo write:
"Work of Mccoy - Quiz Team"
Send to: Global Treasury Services
Attn: Molly Cole
17001 Prairie Star Pkwy
Lenexa, KS 662200
For another story on the MK quiz team in PNG go to erininpng.blogspot.com.au/
Thanks for your love and support and prayers!! Yes, please keep those prayers coming!! God hears and answers!