We turned onto the mission station and took a left at the round about. My place is about 1/4 mile "down below," which is actually North but a lower elevation that the other side of the station. The driveway was lined with colorful plants. Marsha pointed out several citrus trees... lemon and lime, and maybe even an orange tree. The huge front porch was decorated with a "Welcome Stephanie" sign designed by the missionary kids or "MKs." (I have instantly become an "auntie" to about 10 kids! How cool is that?) Walking through the front door I got the first glimpses of my new house. It is spacious with 3 bedrooms, one of which serves as an office, and one bath. The yard is blossoming with tropical flowers, and we have a monstrous garden out back! I just love the place. Check out the "Home sweet home PNG" album for some pics of the place.
My new roomie is actually an old friend: Dr. Becky Morsch. Becky and I took some classes together at Loma Linda University when I was studying for my MPH. Who knew that we would someday be house mates? Becky is a physician trained in preventive medicine. She works with the Community Based Health Program here in PNG and several other countries in the region.
Our other housemates are Peter and Meki, Becky's cats. Peter thinks I am his best friend and purrs non-stop. After his recent move is a bit scared to go outside. Meki makes an appearance for her breakfast in the morning and then wanders off to who knows where.
Here are my thoughts as I settle into this place. I am excited about having a place to call my long term home! I thank the Lord for providing such a beautiful one. I pray that this place really will become home. And I pray for God to fill me to overflowing with love for the people of PNG, that they will be my people.