Civil engineering

 

For two decades I have been hearing stories about how a road is going to be built that would connect the town of Kiunga to the communities along the Strickland River. I have even heard a story that the Japanese would pay for a bridge to be built across the mighty Strickland itself. Talk is cheap, and these communities are still isolated from the rest of world. Without surface transportation, there are few if any option for economic development. Health and education services, and government grants for community projects have helped; however, without the opportunity to participate in any of the primary industries of the wider world, attitudes among the youth tend to range from defeat to entitlement.

Therefore, I was happy to hear, about two and half years ago, that a young Samo man with a good educational and work experience background had been accepted into a bachelor’s degree program at Lae Unitech. Because his government scholarships were a bit slow in coming, we pitched in twice to help fill in the gap. I was persuaded to do so by reports of his character, which we have since witnessed for ourselves. He is a strong believer who has been active in church leadership, and is now a leader in the Christian student fellowship at his university.

This week he is taking exams, which he let me know by email. Please pray for him during this challenging week.

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Back home on the Strickland

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This photo says at least two things to me! First is the obvious reason I took the photo – it’s the Strickland River, the defining geographical feature of the area I call home in the North Fly (and the largest tributary to the Fly River itself). Second is the striking image of the twin engine propeller, symbolizing my nomadic lifestyle.

Please pray for us and the church leaders as we make a one-month trip home to the village. We will have David and Alison Tute visiting for a week, with their daughter and husband. We all be finalizing plans for the first pastors‘ workshop.