It is not uncommon for PNGians to name their children after someone they know, and sometimes this is one of the missionaries. There are little Bills and Scotts and Judys running around all over the place here. There are even two “Doctor Beckys” (yes, first name is “Doctor)... one named after Becky Morsch and one after Becky Wallace.
As of this week, there are now two Stephanies (besides me)!
The first was one of twins that I delivered a couple of weeks ago. I had seen the mom in clinic a couple of times and then did her c-section. She brought the babies back to see me this week... to give me a hand made bilum (woven bag) and tell me about my namesake!
I learned about the Stephanie #2 yesterday. Remember Robert, the Bible college student? He and his wife, Kauantz, adopted a baby girl just this week. They have been married 13 years and don’t have any children of their own. Some pastor who already had 4 or 5 girls just had another one, so the pastor and his wife gave the baby to Robert and Kauantz. They brought the baby to the hospital yesterday for a minor illness. I bumped into them and invited them down to our house for tea. They asked me if it would be OK to name the baby after me! Wow, what a joy.