Mother and Child

On the way back from the airstrip, we came across this lady with her baby. The afternoon rain had come a few hours early, and she had gotten caught in the rain.

She was kind enough to let me take her picture. I was kind enough to share my lunch with her.

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First Post

MattInHatI’m sure that my most-revered Grammar-and-Composition teacher from high school will most likely have a mild heart-attack when (if…who am I kidding?) she reads this blog post, but I’m going to start off with what I’m not supposed to start off with–

This is my first blog ever. So, while I am new at making a blog, I’m definitely not new to reading them. I’d like to be frank on this blog, and I’d like to try not to use very many more “I’s” in this paragraph. So while you will be reading what the guy formerly known as “I” write, hopefully what you read will be interesting.

I love missions. I exist for two purposes. (Please don’t correct me with responses like “No, you exist to bring glory to God.” That’s why we all exist.) I exist for church-planting and disciple-making. Those two cannot be divorced. Too often one or the other is attempted, but they must go hand-in-hand. More on that in a later post. This post is all about it being my first post on a blog. So suffice it to say that we’ll be talking about church-planting and disciple-making. And the Bible. And God. And Sunday School.

What makes me a little bit unique is the fact that I live in Papua New Guinea. Time here means nothing. As one Papua New Guinean put it, “We have no clocks, but a lot of time. Americans have a lot of clocks, but no time.” To the outsider, the culture is completely bizarre. The sights, the smells, the reactions and ways of thinking–its all very different. But after nine years here, I believe I love these […]