But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Seth is doing better

Thank you for praying! He's requiring no or very little oxygen, running and playing and eating and being goofy with his siblings. It's such fun to hear and see him back to normal, albeit with an oxygen cannula dragging behind him for the times he needs a bit of oxygen (as in sleep).

Please keep praying he's off by tomorrow, Lord willing, as his daddy leaves early Tuesday morning. I'm very encouraged, though, and praise God for how far He's brought Seth, in particular because Friday night it seemed he was really taking a turn for the worse again. I was thinking we'd have to be med-evaced on Saturday morning, but the Lord was very gracious and really did amazing work in his little body.

The other kids are all fine, thank God. I pray they stay so so that we can all enjoy Grandma and Grandpadad's last four days here!

Tonight Marcie put all the kids to bed, one by one, starting with Seth. She transferred his cannula to the small portable oxygen tank, then wheeled it to bed with him, telling him it was time to go to sleep. Then she put Gracie, Will and David to bed, one at a time, calling them "Honey" all the while, and lastly put herself to bed! What a little mother she is! I think it's funny they allowed her to parent them like that. :)

Love and gratitude,

On the way to the Clinic Saturday at noon. He checked out great!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Still on oxygen

Hi all,

Seth has caught a second cold (as have several of us), so he's still requiring oxygen, suctioning, prednisone and three inhalers. Thank you for praying for us, for strength and stamina and joy during a time that can be really wearing. I am SO glad my parents are here! I don't know how I would do this without them. God's timing is very merciful! They are here for one more week. Gavin is also an invaluable help, as always, but he leaves on a long trip to outlying islands on Tuesday, so I am praying Seth will be off oxygen by then. (Gavin is the one who takes the canisters to Aviation to refill them, for one thing.)

Grateful for good medical care where we live!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pray for Seth please

There is a pretty severe cold going around our community right now and it has hit Seth pretty hard. He is coughing almost continuously when he is awake and is pretty miserable. He is also on a bit of oxygen to keep his saturations up. Fortunately, his lungs don’t have fluid on them, but he is trying to cough up all the nasty “stuff”. We, as always, would highly appreciate your prayers for all during this time. Several of the other quints have had the cold, but it has affected them much less.

Seth looks especially pitiful, because the day before he got sick a friend’s dog yanked on our rope swing, which smacked the wooden seat right into Seth’s eyebrow, resulting in a pretty impressive black eye.

We are incredibly thankful for Clinic staff here who make house calls and the availability of oxygen when so many here have little to no access to medical help.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Grandpadad as guest blogger!

We are alive and well, despite the lack of news. We've had some serious connectivity issues with our computers thanks to some change-over, so we apologize that it's been a record length of time since our last post! Thankfully, my dad has picked up the ball and wrote a lovely email with photos that I've turned into a blog post. My comments are in brackets when I've added to or clarified something.

It's been so special and fun and HELPFUL to have my parents here! My mom cooks and bakes quite a bit, giving me a much-appreciated break, and cleans up after supper, and my dad does serious bath and bedtime duty. They are always on call to come babysit when I need them, or take a couple of kids at a time down at their house just below ours. All five there at once is a bit much to manage as their excitement level shoots through the roof when they are at Grandma and Grandpadad's house!

My parents will be here another two weeks. We'll treasure every day!

Now, here's my dad:

Dear Friends and Family,

Last week I was able to ride in the helicopter with Gavin for about an hour over the land of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The weather at the landing site never cleared so we couldn’t land, but we had a nice fly about! Below are some of the pictures I took during the trip.

Gavin has to carefully check everything about the helicopter because there is little room for error! These images give you some idea of the challenging nature of the terrain and why a helicopter is so critical.

We also visited the Clinic to see our daughter Carrie at work.

This machine runs all kinds of chemistry tests on patients' plasma: cholesterol, uric acid, glucose, liver function, etc. I draw the blood and spin it to separate the plasma first.
[We use the microscope to identify malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, kidney disease, infections of various kinds, some STDs, and even possible blood cancers.]
She is looking for indicators of disease to help the doctors know how to treat the wide variety of sick people that show up everyday. She works with some sophisticated machinery to provide quick and accurate analyses of blood and other body fluids. [I used the wrong tube to draw blood the other day and came up with results that suggested the patients were well past dead, so the "accurate" isn't always true, but I'm learning quickly! Thank God for knowledgable staff around me who can say, "Um, that number isn't possible. S/he would be dead."]

At times, Gavin and Carrie’s roles come together. A PNG man had a slice wound across the stomach exposing intestine in a remote village and needed to evacuate as soon as possible to a hospital. Gavin was the pilot and Carrie brought to the airport the nurse who would travel with the injured man so he could receive in-flight treatment. Such a serious wound, without the helicopter, would likely lead to death.

Gavin has to give every passenger travel instructions and emergency information should the flight crash. The quints look up to their flying father! (He was flying overhead in the photo below.)

We have been enjoying our grandkids as we “family” together with the Joneses. I’m able to keep teaching since all my classes are online for NorthStar-Academy.org. I’m also preparing to teach a new class online starting in August so I’m working the Internet from here!

Jane was making her every popular banana bread and the girls got a front row seat! I often travel with Carrie in the car and the kids fall asleep with all the bouncing on the rutted dirt roads!

David and Marcie (taking my cleaning lady home)

Since the quints are enrolling in beginning (3-year-old) preschool next month, we took them to the class open house this week. They were all excited to see the new activities in store for them! Pictures are a bit blurry since the quints were on the move and hard to capture!
David "teaching" with the pointer finger
Gracie on the play computer

I’ll close for now. Thanks for your prayers for us here in the land of the unexpected and we certainly appreciate hearing from you and getting your prayer requests as well!


Neal for Jane and the Joneses 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Happy, cute quints

Getting dressed for church in beautiful new clothes from Aunt Mickey and shoes from Aunt Carlene
Marcie's skin reacted to a bandaid on her forehead. Oops! But she's still super cute. ;)
Seth and David were sharing a chair (and cereal) and hugging and laughing, so I grabbed some photos of the moment. I don't know why David didn't have a shirt on; sorry!

Gavin and Will on an ice cream outing to our store

Marcie "helping" Daddy in the workshop

David loves these play protective glasses
Marcie with her bag on her head like PNG ladies

Seth and David on the tree swing platform


Hellos and Goodbyes

Life on the mission field sometimes feels like a revolving door of people leaving and people coming. There is joy and grief, usually mixed. These past few months we've had great joy in welcoming back the Leedahls, but also reluctantly said farewell to our friends Ryan and Crystal Pennington. They did 10 years of GREAT work with the Ma Manda people in Saut in the province of Morobe. (Ryan did his doctoral dissertation on the language.) We're sad to see them go but excited to see what God has for them! They will be a blessing wherever they go and whatever they do, they are so fun and genuine and gifted and eager to be used by God for His glory and the good of others.

The Penningtons and Leedahls after supper at our house a couple of weeks ago
Crystal took this photo on the road with David and Marcie.
David likes to hold my skirt sometimes when we're out and about - it's a security thing, I think. 

Gavin took Ryan and Crystal to Saut to say goodbye. He has LOVED flying them in and out of there over the years!

Our nighttime couples' Bible study ladies, minus a sick Mandy

To illustrate the revolving door: Of all the people who went through orientation with us, these are the only two families left. Ian (center) is a pastor and church-planter in the port city of Lae, and Larry is a translator and linguist with us here. Disclaimer: Some people come here only for a year or two, so it's completely to be expected that they will leave and others will come! Also, the average amount of time on the mission field between furloughs is 3 years, so approximately 1/3 of our population rotates in and out each year. We miss friends who leave, but we love new people! 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

PNG city life

This video gives a good glimpse into a day in a PNG town, in this case, Goroka, a few hours' drive from here.  The man in the video, Ryan, is a pilot with New Tribes Mission.

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones