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Papua New Guinea (PNG)

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Cedric, Andy, John cooking a possum.

Dear reader March 16, 2015 Papua New Guinea is a remote place. There are no coffee shops, gas stations, or city lights. Tropical trees and vegetation are visible as far as the eye could see. Bananas hanging freely from the branches ready to be picked. Sound of tall grass swaying by the wind. The cold river water brings growth to all that comes in contact with.

Fuzzy Wuzzies Angels (locals) have a simple method of living. One method is you farm what you eat. If you don’t work, you don’t eat. Rain is one source that provides growth for the crops that the locals grow. According to what I saw they are hard working individuals. They may wear torn shirts, dirty pants, and have no shoes, but if I could describe them in one word it would be high-minded tribe. They make you feel right at home. Even though they don’t have much they’ll give you the best of what they have.

Education is a must for these villagers. Healthcare is a necessity because of the sickness that is caused by malaria. Malaria is common in Papua New Guinea due to the lack of mosquito nets found in the villages. It is also a pain to treat when there may or may not be a trained doctor near by. They have the basic need of clothing, and shelter, and also the longing for water during the dry season.

Some of the PNG kids going out to the farms.

Everybody can be great because anybody could serve –Martin Luther King

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Funky Cold Rider

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I wasn’t much of a fan of this motorbike, machine, ride, slash jalopy. It’s no extravagant ride and can’t cruise on the high way or freeway depending your location. This one is a four stroke so the speed on it is slower then a two stroke. If your in the market looking to buy I would suggest buying a two stroke scooter. If your looking to ride faster then that I suggest to look into buying a motorcycle buddy. This ride is more for laid-back riders.

There not much to say about this ride. Yet for some reason it did sway my attention to ride it. There something good about driving a moped around your local neighborhood. It’s a brilliant way to travel locally. It is possible to ride on dirt, yet its made for the streets. Then when you get in the frame of mind you begin to sing “I just want to fly.” So what I’m saying is that I would recommend this ride. “Don’t lose the fever yeah.”

Learn From Those Who Have Gone Before You! #tbt 2014

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First book I read in Townsville, Australia named Street Wise Good book was about a young man who is on his twenties. John Goodfellow was born in Nottingham, Britain. Mr. Goodfellow was a hard, skilled bricklayer, Fighter, thief, womanizer, alcoholic, and drug addict. John’s thirst for truth took him to a spiritual hunger. He was stepping in to a dimension he did not understand. So he ended up searching for God however his journey to truth was a difficult one to the point of reading black magic. Which is a false teaching and doctrine that doesn’t talk about the God who created heaven and the earth. John made many mistakes during his life. So it took him a while to figure out the path the Lord had for him. Yet the Lord was faithful to john even if he was unfaithful. Goodfellow Was becoming the man he was created to be. God is always there waiting for us to turn to him. One principle I’ve got from John he completely became a new man once he gave his life to the Lord. How would I know this you might ask? When he gone to Canada to work to help him pay quick those he owed. Yet he did not like the conduct of the employer who was giving him the Job. Time showed others who John truly was. John new how to submit to God. John was creative with his team and able to attract people on the street by performing, and be strategic on plays. So by the power God which took hold of john was bring people to Christ. I say he new how to lead a team and work as a team. One example of cross-culture was when Paul reached the city Philippi to preach in the city. The men among Paul’s journey were Timothy, Luke, and Silas. Lydia a wealthy businesswoman heart was open to Paul about Christ. One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. Acts 16:14. City of Philippi had an important role of transporting goods. So you know the land was filled with wealthy, crafted, careers, jobs, and business. Jesus was having a one on one talk with the samaritan woman. Jesus a Jew was asking a samaritan woman for a drink. That would be another example of cross culture. This made the woman question her self. Why? Would a respectable Jew ask her for a drink. She a samaritan, low social status, and past sins. And Jesus cross all the barriers regardless of her status and past sins. This happen in a place were people would go time to time to draw water to drink. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”  John 4:9

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Throwback Thursday 2014

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Great day our team had work outs after distributing bible’s. That was impressive when our trekking team leader and staff ask the owner of a gym in airlie beach if we could use her gym for our daily workouts. The owner said yes as long as we clean after ourselves and take pictures of her gym for an update on the gym website, Instagram, and facebook.
Before that day our kokoda team pass out couple bible’s. That’s right you heard right two bible’s. It was a bit difficult to give to people when there’s barrier (fence) between you and the apartment, condos, homes, and ect. As we where praying up in high places on man made hill tops. I had in my being to give a bible to one of the receptionist in the apartment building we pass a few hours before. So as we got close to the building I yelled stop the van. While one of the girls was talking with our leader in the vehicle. I didn’t want to be rude but I knew I had to pray and hand out a bible to the women working inside. In the end I got out of the van went in building with one of the DTS student to the reception desk. The lady needed prayer and a bible I handed her then we vanished.

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Throwback Thursday 2014

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We hike Mt. Halifax which was amazing. Our Kokoda team as well as another trekking team had woke up early. so we may get an early start on our hike. There was a lot of dry grass at the beginning of our day. The floor was full of mangos no matter which way you turn you’ll see mangos on the ground. I was ready to explore the mountain and hike up the high elevation levels. It took our team about 5 hours to reach the top. I was really impressed with my physical ability, and endurance. I would say about a quarter into our hike it began to rain. To walk on a wet trail was harder because my vibram were not made for wet surfaces so it was more of a challenge. It was a surprise how quick the weather condition could change. It reminded me how I could be at times. The way our mood could change in a instant. We might be happy in the morning and bitter in the evening. Just by a comment by a individual during the day. Ether good or bad it will effect us if we allow it to. We must learn to adapt to our condition. In season and out of season. So no matter what people might say we have control of our own emotions. When our team reach the top of the steep hill we where in awe to the great beauty that was before us. What a great accomplishment it was to reach the top at the end.

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Airlie Beach S.O.E.

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December 28, 2014 12:09pm on a drive to Airlie beach. Most of the students are asleep on our drive to Airlie. We left from townsville about 10:25am this morning so we should arrive to Airlie beach around 1:30pm. I’m excited for this week we will be doing some evangelism in the city. Pray and listen to what the Lord is asking us to do to reach out to the community. During the week of School of Evangelism (SOE) one of the staff leader started devotion to prepare our team before we distribute bibles to the community. We did quite well giving them out. I’d say about forty to forty five people had received bibles. That same night around 8pm we went to evangelize to some of the locals in airlie beach. There was a guy who I started conversation with while one of my Aussie mates sat back and prayed. During the time I was with this man who didn’t believe in God. So I told him about Jesus a bit more. Then to make the story short I ended up asking him if he needed prayer. Yes he said, so as I ended the prayer he told me that I brought up his past and things that nobody knew but him “I said He>I.” Also when I touch his arm while praying he said he felt power coming down his arm. After that he told me before I left he was a bit more optimistic about God then I said my farewells.

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Camping In The Outback

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November 24, 2014 It’s our third day Camping in the outback of Australia. It’s been good so far the first night went for a hike with Riley, Jon, and Saxson. As we left the campsite you could see the fire dim the further we walk towards the woods. We had torches yet one that I had was really bright. Two of the other guys had torches that change color depending what color they wanted. The color made it a bit easier on the eyes sense it wasn’t as bright. For a while we were just walking with out any light so are eyes could adjust to the dark night. There was no moon that night so it was a bit difficult walking through the woods. After about a 25 minute walk we came to a trench that had these old rusty cars that some one just left. They look like 1950s 1960s car models as we walk pass. After that the four of us went down this small hill that brought us down to a small pond we had to walk across to get to some narrow path in the woods. Before we got there was a toad at the bottom of the hill which was piousness. Saxson I believe had ask Riley for the machete so he could strike the toad which end up cutting the toad in half. So right after we headed towards the narrow pathway in till there was no mark or pathway to fallow. So my buddy Riley pull out his machete and started cutting branches to make a way through. So we where pretty much being adventurous going through the brush.

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