I wonder if you are interested in the rhythm of our days here?
4:00-4:30 AM Get up to face the day, very much the same as in the USA.
4:30 AM Our daily prayers
Coffee and catch some news on Al-Jazeera. It is very interesting to get the
news from a perspective other than that given in the USA.
5:30 AM or so Water is turned on.
We were asked if we could drink the water from the tap. Gigi & Max, our children, gave us a water filter to use while here and we are very thankful!
The top container is water from the tap first thing in the morning. You can see why we prefer to filter. One of our acquaintances here, a native Papua New Guinean
6:00 AM Morning prayer, The Divine Office, in the Cathedral
6:30 AM Morning Mass, Cathedral
On Wednesday morning we have the option of attending morning Mass for Caritas School at 7:40AM or evening Mass at 5PM in the Cathedral.
7:00 AM or so Breakfast and more news
Laundry I try to do one load a day, small wash machine and hang dry
Sweep and dust – this could be done every five minutes and there would still be dust
8:00 AM on Begin the work day
Ron usually meets with his crew and goes over their work day and then spends the rest of the morning supervising, planning, etc. Ron is learning to understand the workers’ Pisin and picking up some words.
I usually begin working on various projects which are all computer based at this time. I am working from our home for many reasons and I visit Chancery Office several times throughout the day with questions or to practice my Pisin.
9:30-10:15 AM Water is off for the day
10:00–10:30 AM Sr. Lomero, one of the Caritas (SCG) sisters, comes to the house for about an hour to
practice her English.
These sisters are from Korea and oversee the Caritas Secondary Technical School which is in its 2nd year and has over 200 students. This spring they opened their first dormitory to roughly 60 girls. At first, I thought I should have a ‘plan’ for these visits but I have learned that she loves to talk and is not shy about learning, so I usually let her pick the subject of the day and help her with pronunciation, grammar and meanings. This works out very well.
I have learned some of the history of the Caritas Sisters, founded by the Salesians, as well as about Sr. Lomero’s family, how the sisters are now part of her family, her decision to accept the posting to PNG, and, of course, Korean politics.
Noon Belo. Lunch
1:00 PM or so The afternoon is much like the morning except MUCH HOTTER!
4:00 – 5:00 PM End of work day.
4:30 PM or so Water is turned on for the evening.
5:00 PM All stores and the market close.
Two days a week, Deacon to be Boniface comes for our lessons in Pisin. We also are blessed that he shares about PNG culture, about the different tribes located in West New Britain and some of the traditions from his tribe. We have also heard about his family and his call to the priesthood. At some time during the evening, we say the Evening Prayers of the Divine Office in our home.
6:00 PM Sunset
Bedtime varies but is usually early. If there is no event at the Cathedral the grounds become very quiet. Many evenings we listen to the choir practice or just the sounds of the families around us.
9:15-10:00 PM Water goes off for the night
If you wonder, Ron and I are lucky in that our housing has a TV and cable. The cable company is the same company we get our telephone and internet through, not very reliable, and and all are expensive. Telephone and internet are not purchased monthly like at home; rather, you purchase the number of megabytes you want for the number of days you hope it will last. I usually top up for 1 month at 1.2 – 5 GB at K68 – K110, roughly $21.28-$34.42, and still have not made it through the month! Because of this, we have found a spot, Liamo Reef Club, that offers free Wi-Fi and have started trying to spend part of Saturday or Sunday there. We have heard there are one or two others, so we will be trying those out as well.
As always, we continue to be thankful for those in the USA who pray for us and support us in so many ways. You are in our prayers as well.
O, Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything!