You want me to do what!!!
#missionarylife = it is something that is not normal, not comprehensible. You literally couldn’t pay me enough to do that!
I, and all those I work with, willingly do things that one would never have thought they could or would do no matter how much they were paid.
This is not a job.
Missions is a calling not an occupation. You won’t hear these people saying “That’s not my job!” They simply say “Yes Lord.”
Monday was a holiday here in PNG, their Independence Day – that is a big holiday back in the US and it is here too! But……. we as MAF are a mission and the #missionarylife is to serve – no matter what the day. So planes flew, people worked, both expats and Nationals, and we did so out of love for our Lord. Including the wives.
Several of us ladies went over to the Wesleyan House, a guest house we rent, to clean and prepare for 3 PNG Doctors who are looking at joining the new HARC initiative and will spend a week getting to know the program. We spent several hours scrubbing the gunk off the ceilings, prepping and putting up new curtains, scrubbing bathrooms and then trying to remove all the dust and grime from a house that has sat vacant for weeks. We vacuumed, swept, and mopped, and rearranged to try and make it a little more comfortable. This included running an extension cord from the downstairs laundry room up to the refrigerator as there was not power in that part of the house until just before we left the house. Then we had to put back the extension cords!
While we were doing that, Gordon Bland, the Property and Vehicle Maintenance Manager spent most of the day trying to repair the two gates on the compound we live on. The small man gate on the side yard across from our 2nd compound was opening even though locked just by a very slight pressure on the door. Not a good thing here! Then the main electric-open vehicle gate broke and Lois, who lives below us, was not able to get it open to go pick up food items to prepare for her Hospital Visitations that she does at noon on Mondays. The small gate is now fixed, but after spending hours and hours, the big gate needs parts that have to be ordered in. As I took Gordon cookies to thank and encourage him, he had such a positive attitude and willing heart to help fix our gates even though he had a big list of things he planned to do that day in his other ministry at one of the local orphanages. Todd had looked at the gate with him up until he had to go and pick up folks to take them to the airport for their flights out and then he spent the next 9+ hours working in his office at the airport catching up on things that he has trouble getting to during his normal office hours Monday – Saturday.
Sunday, as we gathered as MAF staff for Family Church at the Walter’s residence on the Kagamuga compound, we were just wrapping up our potluck fellowship when we received the call for an emergency med-evac which required the departure of the planned relocation of a couple from the Hagen Base to a remote base for a week to be bumped up by a day! Needless to say, they were not completely ready to go at that moment, but within an hour, Mandy had the bags packed and things prepped to leave for a week in the lowlands.
The availability and generous spirits of the people we work with overwhelms me. They selflessly give and give of their time and talents and change their plans continuously to accomplish the tasks at hand that will serve “to see transformation of isolated people spiritually and physically in the name of Jesus.”
This is just a small glimpse into #missionarylife here in PNG. There is so much more that goes on every day by each member of the MAF Team.
I am so blessed to have a small part in this incredible organization and amongst these incredible people! As I read my Bible each morning and have my personal devotion time, I continue to pray #yeslord #usemelordtoday