We did the deed, we bought a boat. No, it is not a yacht, nor is it a sail boat; rather it is more like a little tugboat. It is a 19 ft, dual hull type, centre consul steering, 12 year old, motor boat. And here it is.
We know that some, though very few of you, will be thinking: what are these missionaries doing with a boat? To be sure, we did struggle with the purchase. We don’t want to set ourselves further apart from the people than we have to. Maybe that is why the Lord helped us find a ‘missionary’ looking boat—-simple and therefore not ostentatious. Notwithstanding its modest appeal, living near the Huon Gulf and having nowhere to go on our day off to get away from the stress of life in Lae, we felt it was a bone fide means of respite. So we paired up with our friends from SIL (or Wycliffe) and purchased a boat and it will be kept at their place when it is not in the water. So there you have it. We look forward to our periodic getaways though this will be after we get it water ready, it needs a little TLC. There is said to be great fishing and great reefs not too far away. Our fish and crab appetite is growing! (Actually we just devoured two large crabs tonight...I think Karlyn ate one whole one on her own!) We also look forward to bringing some of our friends, both national and expat, on board for fellowship and fun. And by the way, you are all welcome aboard as well!
And this is a glimpse of where you will go…
(There are two large rivers that feed into the Huon Gulf, which depending on the wind/current remove some of the deep blueness from the water. However 1/2 km out, it is tropical blue again!)