We had no idea how much attention our arrival to Papua New Guinea would attract! When we got to Port Moresby, the capital city, journalists from the Post Courier, the national newspaper, were there to take pictures and interview us. We were accompanied by most of the customs staff out to the sidewalk, since they were so taken by the whole scene. Papua New Guineans all gathered around to see the sight of quintuplets, likely a unique one in the history of the country! Camera phones were pointed at us and many smiles and excited yells were seen and heard.
Then when we arrived at Aiyura (our airstrip near Ukarumpa), EmTV, the national TV station (actually the only TV station in the country) was there as well. I don't think they were there specifically to film us, but did so because the opportunity presented itself. The Prime Minister was supposed to fly into Aiyura the same day, but did not end up doing so. I guess we're the next best thing? :) Here is the clip they aired on Saturday night. You'll notice that they mixed up David and Will, but otherwise got things right.
It was wonderful to see the many familiar faces of all our friends and their children waiting for us as we landed. It was a warm and amazing welcome that we've looked forward to for a few years now. Not a few tears were shed as we and they looked back at the incredible works God has done to bring us back to this point. Many thanks to Karen and Esther for these photos and the video footage! Here's a quick synopsis of our arrival that Esther did for us.
|Just before touchdown in the Kodiak|
|"Presenting" Grace to the onlooking crowd. James, our Aussie pilot and close friend is on the right.|
|Isaac eagerly ran to show Seth to everyone|
|Photo opportunity of the Jones 8 and Aunt Deb|
|The young girls flocked to see and touch Marcie and Grace.|
|Piper holding Seth|
|Us being interviewed by EmTV|
|Seth happy with dear friend Panti|
|Marcie with Sinta, Panti's wife, another wonderful friend|
|The Aiyura welcoming committee!|
|Will immediately needed to check that our ride was up to snuff.|
|David content in Jadia's arms|
|Maya helping the kids discover the house|
|Carrie's first steps into the new house|
Though we have spent lots of time unpacking and sorting things, the best part for sure has been the visits with friends and meeting new ones. Conversations with people walking by the house or pop-ins are a wonderful thing -- we are so grateful for this community!
Seth is doing very well, but please continue to pray for his health and growth. There are many people around with many new types of germs. It is also dry season, which means there is a lot of burning going on around us. The smoky air can be a challenge to people with lung issues. Praise God, though, the doctor here did a checkup on him today and said his lungs sound fantastic and that he's acting completely normal. He is certainly charming people left and right with his winsome personality.
It's late. Love to all.