Yup, he’s 34 now. Getting pretty old…!
To celebrate, we traveled further into the highlands to a town called Goroka. It was a beautiful drive through the hills and mountains. I think a beautiful part of the trip was when Ian received a few calls from his brothers on his cell phone. It was pretty neat to touch base with them personally coasting through highlands of PNG. Just think, some 60 years ago Westerners were only beginning to set foot to this area...now it is dotted with telecommunication towers. (We really hope those phone calls weren’t too expensive!)
Once in Goroka, we went out for lunch at what they call 'the Bird', for the Bird of Paradise Hotel. The food wasn't for the birds, though we nibbled away at it.
We praise God for being with Ian during this past year. It hasn’t always been easy--for about half of it, he has dealt with some kind of virus that has left him quite fatigued. Although he and we are coping we are looking ahead to this coming year with hope that things will improve, but also that no matter what happens, God is with us. He is our Immanuel.