This is the blog for Gavin and Carrie Jones and family. We live in Papua New Guinea and are working to see lives transformed by the living Word of God through Bible translation. Gavin is a helicopter pilot. Carrie, who has her degree in Public Health, is the lab supervisor and one of five lab techs at our busy rural clinic. Our son, Isaac, was born in 2004 and our quintuplets, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, and Grace, were born in 2012.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. The you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:3-6

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A New Airstrip

The Papua New Guineans in the very remote village of Megau have been working for many years to finish an airstrip. This is the only way they can travel out of the area and will allow them to get goods and supplies into the village that they have not had access to before. An SIL translation has been in progress in this language area for many years. With an open airstrip, we hope someday Bibles in their language will be brought in by airplane!

On Friday, I made my third visit to Megau in the helicopter, bringing two other pilots, Jonathan Federwitz and James Nelson. We checked the progress of their work and the surveying pilot in charge decided it was ready for an airplane to land. While we were there, the people were very excited to show us the work they had done and were dressed up in traditional "bilas" (decorations)-- faces painted, bird of paradise feathers on their heads, tree branches and leaves around the waist, pig tusks around their necks, etc.

I took the two pilots back to their plane at another airstrip 9 miles away and they returned to do the first landing. It was a big day for the Megau people.

I continued on from there to deliver 3 different single women to their areas where they are doing translation and literacy work in the northern part of PNG.

This picture below is the Sepik River, a large river running for hundreds of miles starting in the rugged mountains and then traveling through severe swampland. The only practical ways to travel long distances is by the river (filled with crocodiles) or by air.

Easter in PNG

We had a nice Easter time with Gavin's parents and good friends, the Weavers, Nelsons and Hamlins. The kids had a fun time doing an egg hunt in the yard. No typical Easter egg baskets, so plastic bags had to do. This is one of the holidays where the weather here feels like the weather we're used to in the US, so it really did feel like Easter. It was a wonderful day to celebrate our risen Jesus with friends, family, and a great community.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Lego nut

Isaac had a good last term at school, so he got this Lego set as a reward. He just loves building all kinds of different space ships. He said he's never going to take this one apart. We'll see about that!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Books for the schools

We've been working recently with the European Union to deliver over 400 pounds of books to many schools in several areas of PNG. In a country where getting books and supplies to remote bush areas to allow for a good education is a real challenge for people, their faces sure lit up when they saw the books coming out of the helicopter.

Water, Water Everywhere

I am continually amazed at the amount of water that flows in most parts of Papua New Guinea! Every time I fly, I see countless waterfalls flowing from the heights of the jungle-covered mountains, all flowing down to fill swollen rivers. These rivers fill up the swamps in the north or south or flow straight into the ocean, browning the vivid blue with their silt.

The water is life to the people of PNG, but it is sometimes also a dividing and damaging force. There are landslides regularly throughout the country as the jungle-covered hillsides are saturated with rain. They often cover up or break roads cut into steep mountainsides or even destroy villages as they fall. Too much rain also causes gardens to spoil, leaving the people with little useful food.

The mountains and water flow in PNG are some of the biggest reasons that there are over 830 languages spoken here-- people are divided and separated into their own remote areas where they have developed their own languages and cultures. 200 of these languages still don't have any of God's Word written in their language. Our prayer is that the Lord of the Harvest will send more workers to these language groups so they may receive his life-giving Word!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Isaac lost another tooth!

Isaac's been excited about losing this one for a while. The first two fell out but we never found them. This one he held onto and kept wanting to look at it. I told him to leave it under his pillow for the Tooth Fairy, but he's a bit too smart for that-- he said, "You and Mom are just going to come in after I'm asleep and put money there."

It's good to have Marmi and Papa back from their time managing the SIL Kokopo Centre while we were at Conference.

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

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

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