Friday morning all of MAF met in front of the new shed for devotions and a few short thank you speeches, then the guys were each given a bilum – hung around the neck and a PNG T-shirt. Someone said “you came in black NZ T-shirts and you will leave in PNG T-shirts”! (black, red and yellow with the flags of each province on the sleeves). We all stood in a large circle for a dedication prayer, then the team stood in a line and everyone filed past for hand shakes and good bye hugs.
Thursday was our last day working – water-tight and locked up was the goal. At 10:30pm the job was done. We headed home for a well-earned rest – only to find the power off, so it was showers and packing bags by torch-light.
Wednesday – another 6am start on site, working through till 6pm. Followed by a buffet dinner with MAF staff at the Hotel Poroman.
Missing you Pirimai Shed13 guys already! Words can’t adequately express how deeply and hugely we appreciate you coming here – you worked so hard and long, you were such fun, you made friends everywhere, you were generous and kind, you blessed and encouraged MAF enormously! Our hats are off! xo
It was up early and off to work at 5:45am this morning. Work progressed well on the cladding and the first section of roofing. A lot of the wiring work has been done and the internal walls are being built. The work continued till 6pm breaking only for lunch and rain. With only two days to go, Wednesday will follow the same schedule.
After work we went straight to Nancy’s place and shared in a fantastic “mumu” that the men had put down that afternoon. Chicken, pork, sweet potato, cooked banana and a leafy dish (ed. Jenny to name this) were accompanied by juicy paw-paw and pineapple. John (who is in a wheelchair) and Sela (pron. “Sa-la”) shared their stories and how they came to know Nancy. A young boy Jason also told us how his family were forced out of their house and he was then left to himself when his parents broke up – through friends he also came to join Nancy’s “youth group”.
The group of men so appreciated our two visits that they gave us a number of locally made bags and each member of the NZ team received a PNG beanie. We are truly humbled and buzzing with the bond that has been formed.