Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Update 01-28-2009, Part of the Lapilo Team

Welcome, but don't get too comfortable!

    We have had a very warm reception to the support base here in Goroka.  Chris has plugged right into the Computer Service Department, and already Russ Nelson who'd recently been the only full-time computer services tech is feeling a sense of relief!  The kids are all making friends, and it hasn't taken long for us to find a rhythm to life that seems to work for us here.  We even received a warm welcome from our partners, Joey and Brooke Tartaglia, who are still in the states!  However, their welcome came with plea that the Computer Service Department understands that, "they know that [we're] returning to Mibu real soon"!  :)  We do indeed count it a privilege to help out on the support side of things for this short season, but it remains our goal as much as we believe it is still God's calling for us to return to Mibu after this time here. 

1st Grade Again!!

    For any of you who have ever had to repeat a grade, or had kids who've had to do so, you can appreciate our request for prayer here.  We had Jael screened last week for the possibility of a learning disability.  Reading has always been a struggle for her, and it hasn't gotten easier over time, as we had expected and hoped it would.  After discussing different options with some of the great educators here on the center, we have decided to go ahead and enroll Jael in the MK school the 1st grade.  We met yesterday with the 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Morton, and fell in love!  We are confident that she and Jael will be a good match, and that she will be able to help us help Jael crack this code of the written word.  We feel very good about our decision to enroll Jael.
    If only Jael felt the same way.  When we told her about our decision last week, she seemed fine.  Although we kept an eye and ear open to any problems, none became evident until about a half hour before our meeting.  At that point, she was in tears about going back into 1st grade.  She'd already made some friends in the 2nd grade class when she visited there last week, and was concerned about what they would say or think when they saw that she was back in the 1st grade class.  And then she didn't want to leave the house because of her tears.  Poor girl.  Daddy came to the rescue though, and talked with her (he also had to repeat 1st grade) and when the time came, she was able to meet her teacher with almost a smile on her face, and was laughing with her before the afternoon was out!  We haven't had much opportunity to discuss this change in plans with her further, but we would ask that you pray for her as her first day in 1st grade (again) approaches...that she will be able to enjoy it as much as we know she could.  Once she gets involved in the classroom, we are very confident that she will love her class, and the kids in it.

Medical Evacuation!!

    Not for us, but for our other partners!  Geoff Husa was experiencing difficulty breathing and it was deemed medically necessary to evacuate them.  Once they arrived in Goroka, the symptoms were quickly explained and brought under control and they found themselves unexpectedly here when we arrived!  Although we wouldn't have wished for them to come out of Mibu for medical reasons, what a joy it was, getting to see them and spend some time with them and their girls!  As they've now returned to Mibu, we ask that you continue to pray for them and the ongoing work there...they are in Mibu on their own right now, and it can add to the stress and feeling of isolation.
Thank you to all of you for your prayers during this time of transition and adjustments.  Only they can explain the rapidness with which we have found our feet again.  In so many ways, we do feel like we are at home again!
Because of HIM,
Chris, Angie, Jael, Baruch and Titus Walker

Saturday, January 17, 2009

"Not the Real Papua New Guinea!!" 01-16-09 Updated

Highlights of an eventful Trip!

  • Paying Twice of what we planned to pay for check-in luggage
  • Running to catch our flight while the intercom reminds us "Final boarding for San Francisco"
Checking our luggage
  • Going from the Domestic to International terminal Chris, Jael and Titus were unable to return to Angie and Baruch for security reasons.  Almost 2 hours later, the family is reunited!
  • After a while we realized we'd dropped the receipts we'd received in Chicago for our check-in-luggage, we had to spend 3 1/2 hours between airlines to reproduce the receipts before we could be issued our boarding passes for the flight to Hong Kong.
  • Finally before left San Francisco, we were informed our flight to Hong Kong was going to be delayed 2-3 hours because the plane was not available due to a baby being born, causing the previous flight to be diverted.  Turning our 13 hour layover in San Francisco in to nearly 16 hours.
  • During the flight we requested bulk-head seating, this came at the cost of keeping our family together.  Angie sat near the front of the plane with Titus, while Chris, Jael & Baruch were nearly in the back.
  • Arriving 3 hours behind schedule in Hong Kong, we missed our flight to Papua New Guinea.
  • The airline then paid for accommodations at a 4-Star Hotel attached to the airport, we were tired and thankful for the opportunity to sleep.
  • We enjoyed a wonderful English/Chinese breakfast buffet
  • Chris, Jael and Baruch went swimming in the pool
  • Taking advantage of our unexpected layover, our family took a train from the airport to the downtown island of Hong-Kong, very impressive.
  • After eating lunch at Burger King, the airline flew us to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in order to connect us to Papua New Guinea.
  • Some confusion with our baggage delayed the issuing of our boarding passes for several hours.
  • After arriving in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea, we found one of our foot locker trunks hadn't made it, after filing a report, we were brought quickly through customs and enroute to Goroka.
  • Arriving in Goroka, one of our carry-on bags had been moved and was no-where on the plane to be found, with a laptop inside, we reported the bag stolen.
  • Arriving at New Tribes Mission headquarters in PNG we were pleased to be greeted by so many co-workers, some of whom had displayed a huge "Welcome Home" sign on our porch.  
  • Chris was given a tour of the new computer service department, many have stated how thankful they are to have his help over the coming months.
  • After unpacking and setting up our temporary home, we received a call from the airline, saying our missing back-pack had been found and that we could expect it on the next flight from Port Moresby.   
Picture of Hong Kong
Each one of these bullet points could probably be stretched out into their own stories, however we don't want to abuse the privilege of your time.

"Not the Real Papua New Guinea!"

Welcome HomeThroughout our long 3-4 day journey from the USA to PNG, starting in Chicago, Baruch would continually ask, "Is this Papua New Guinea?" and we would patiently respond, "No this is..."  This was repeated at each and every destination.  Finally when we arrived in Port Moresby, learning that we were finally landing in PNG, he was so giggly and excited to finally be arriving at this elusive place we'd been talking about for so might have thought that he'd just received a puppy!!  Mistaking so many places for that mystical place called Papua New Guinea, you would have thought he had no memories of PNG from his early life here.  However, upon looking around Goroka, he then exclaimed, "Where's the real Papua New Guinea!!"  He was of coarse referring to the place of his memories, memories of our Mibu friends, co-workers, free-roaming chickens and village dogs and our house on the cliff of a mountain.  We reminded him of our commitment to stay in Lapilo and he was relieved to hear that it wouldn't be very long before we were indeed going to go to "the real Papua New Guinea."  The feeling was mutual.

Thank you so much for your prayers...even though the trip was so very long, we felt your prayers carrying us along.

Joyfully settling in,

Chris, Angie, Jael, Baruch and Titus Walker

P.S. Feel free to give as call our Skype # is 269-793-9160 or our PNG number is 011-675-731-4402.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

[What's What With the Walkers] Ready or not...

Just 9 days now till we leave all the snow and cold of Michigan for the milder climates of Papua New Guinea.  Our days lately have been a whirlwind of family parties, getting together with friends, and packing.  We have one last trip to make to northern Wisconsin this coming weekend, and then not quite a week left of finishing up packing and cleaning.  Sunday, Jan. 11 we plan to have one last time of worship with our sending church before we pile in the van to head to Chicago to catch our flight out at 8:30 that night.  We arrive at our destination on Wed., Jan. 14 around 10:30 in the morning (provided all goes well).  No matter how you do the math (we do lose a day in going), it's a long trip!  We covet your prayers as we now make this trip with three kids in tow!
Our Support Is At 90%
We received a phone call this evening from some friends, informing us that their family has decided to join our team of financial supporters!  Their commitment places us at the 90% thresh mark!  We are so excited with all the Lord is doing through people like you.  Our faith has grown in many ways this last year, and now that extra 10% to make it 100 seems like nothing!  Our God is a big God, and His will WILL be accomplished.  And floundering economies, changing administrations, and unseen futures cannot hold Him back!  Jehovah Jirah!!
Until We Meet Again
The relationships that have been nurtured during our time in the states, some old and some new, will go with us to our "other home" across the sea.  Thank you for those of you who have taken the time to befriend us, care for our children, love us, cry with us, hug us, mentor us, be honest with us, laugh with us, and pray with us.  We are stronger because of what God has done in us through you.  We excitedly, and with great expectations, look forward to not only 2009, but the years to come beyond that as well.  Thanks again!

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Chris and Angie Walker
Sent out by Calvary Church of Wayland Mi, to serve with
New Tribes Mission
planting churches among the Mibu People of
Papua New Guinea.

Business address:
Chris & Angie Walker
New Tribes Mission
1000 East 1st st.
Sanford, FL  32771

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Chris & Angie Walker
1134 - 122nd Ave
Martin, Mi 49070

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Chris & Angie Walker
New Tribes Mission
Private Mail Bag
Madang MP 511
Papua New Guinea

Important Family Dates.
Titus 03/21/08, Baruch 09/08/04 Jael 02/24/01 Walker Anniversary 06/21/96 Chris 03/25/76 Angie 08/12/77

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