A few days ago Pastor Soli came through our village carrying half of a 55-gallon drum (picture). While we were in Ukarumpa he had walked many miles through the jungle to pick up a new dugout canoe. The canoe had been made by the father of a girl that Soli had taken care of while she was in school in Honinabi. He and another man also split a steel drum from there. Soli carried it on his new canoe, which he paddled back upsteam many miles to Samo territory. A few days ago he went back down to the river to get it, and he carried it home by strapping it to his head with split-cane rope. Just this „short“ walk to complete the journey would have been a full day’s outing for me! He will use the half-drum to make a fireplace for cooking in his house.
I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to show another side of a pastor’s life here!