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a village visit tomorrow

February 26, 2012

Tomorrow morning we leave on a ship to visit another SITAG family in a village. We’ll stay there for just over a week. It’ll be our first time outside of the capital city area. We’re looking forward to seeing what it’s like in a more rural area with fewer conveniences. We’ll get to see what translation work looks like in everyday life, how they home school their four kids, and how they interact with Solomon Islanders. The family hosting us is very hospitable, and we’re glad we’ll get to know them better. We’re pretty excited and don’t really know what to expect.

It’s a 7-hour boat ride if all goes well. Boat travel here can be unpredictable; for once we’re hoping our day is uneventful, and we’d appreciate your prayers for calm seas.

We’ll see how much Pijin we’ve learned, as few people in the village will probably know English. So we’ll probably struggle to communicate, which could be frustrating both for us and those we’re trying to talk with. Please pray that we’ll be cheerful as we try to communicate.

Little D has had an especially hard time getting to sleep the past two weeks. We’ve tried different things and are still struggling with how to handle naps and bedtime. We really hope this improves, because we don’t want him to keep our host family awake. Please pray that he would sleep peacefully, and pray for John and me to be calm and wise.

We won’t have any internet access until we’re back here in the city, which will probably be on March 7. Check back here later that week for updates!



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  1. Donna DeGroot permalink
    February 26, 2012 3:44 pm

    You and John along with D are so very adverturesome! Our prayers are with you and your family as well as your new host family. We’re also praying for a safe and uneventful river journey.

    Lynn and Karen and their families will be here tomorrow to celebrate Mitchel’s and Howard’s birthdays. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone.

    Love you lots,
    Donna & Howard

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