Monday, May 18, 2009
i don't know what to do with papua new guinea
i don't get it
it wants something of me, is asking something of me, yet i haven't a clue as to what
this is a very difficult country
it's beautiful i suppose, but there is something fierce under the beauty that is somehow creating resistance on my heart
Ukurumpa is fine, very safe & closed in. a bunch of "whiteskins" from all over the world translating the bible into tribal languages, yet still somehow managing to live very much apart from the nationals
& i tell you in truth, the majority opinion of the papua new guineans is not a nice one
there appears to be no desire to foster a relationship, save for a few.
John & Wendy Bailey.
they have to be a pair of the most loving people I've met in a long time
they're an Irish couple with 3 kids & have heaving hearts of compassion for the papua new guinean people; simply wanting to reach out to the nationals & love them as God loves them
i stand next to John & Wendy, & i feel love & peace, God's spirit truly upon them.
things are not good here in Papua New Guinea
aside from being the country with the highest AIDS & STD rate, there's a lot of violence going on
places aren't safe, so says our U.S. embassy
there are a lot of attacks against Asian families & business owners, why exactly i don't know
Goroka, where we are heading next, is full of violence at the moment
as long as we stay together, & don't wander around late at night, we will be fine
i'm not worried about us though
my worries dwell on the hearts & souls of the papua new guinean people
who will love them? who will fight? who will fall far behind?
why don't i feel joy here? peace here?
i see one thing, yet feel another; it's opposite
i am told one thing, & think another
& at the end of each day, i truly don't know what to think
how to feel
what to say
except that i know i am not meant to live in papua new guinea
i struggle in performing "christian" theatre
& i ache to give the papua new guinean people something real
we go onward up into the mountains tomorrow to Goroka until Saturday
pray for joy, energy, hope, & love
pray for truth amidst the suffering
play a Bob Dylan song for me, he captures life quite nicely at the moment
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
it is hot
i mean 95 degrees in the shade hot, alongside 100% humidity
no air conditioning:)
so despite the heat & dripping air
we are all doing well
we seem to be tired of Lae
at least i am
i am ready to move on up to the mountains where the earth is greener & richer & cooler, where tall majestic mountains take precedence over any foul mood
the Martin Luther Seminary is quite a wonderful place
we have been so deeply welcomed by the people here
my favourite moments so far have been
going to the grocery store in town
laughing with the papua new guineans
& the many times throughout the day where we 10 are just sitting in our home
reading, writing, listening to music
or just simply being
looking out our huge front room window seeing the paradise before us
the moments of silence, wherein we are doing nothing, are the moments wherein i feel most peace
i am quite tired of always doing something
rehearsing, performing, representing Fox & America
so my constant struggle is to be present in each moment
& not to become too frustrated with our expectations
we leave Lae in the morning
& drive all the way to Ukurumpa, i'm ready to be on the road!
we have a performance this afternoon of scenes we've created with the students attending the seminary, there will be a huge crowd, should be interesting!
we never quite know what to expect with anything we ever do here
freeing & binding at the same time
it is 12:15 here, i leave now for lunch then on with whatever else we have to do today
i love you all & miss you terribly, hopefully i can write you from those powerful papua new guinea mountains
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
kanagaroos & koalas
i held them both
red kangaroos are so amazingly sweet & gentle, very patient. they actually remind me a bit of llamas, though less skittish
& holding a koala bear, wow! i have photos, will be sharing!
Australia is beautiful & fair weathered, quite an amazingly different feeling down here, the air is different!
all for now, onward we bound!
all my love,
Monday, May 4, 2009
i found it!
i feel it!
i completely love it!
& i knew it before this morning
i've always loved the Kinks (not as much as the Beatles, however)
this song, (listen to it above), is nostalgic, a little bit sad, & perfectly captures that feeling of being in the air
not really sure where
but you're not where you were
& only going where you'll soon be
so suddenly you're on a threshold
& everything is mysterious & exciting, scary & pure, lovely & enticing, & all together desperate
i will be updating along the way whenever i can
look forward to photos & postcards!
cheers to you, cheers to me, cheers to us & to all
cheers to those stunningly needed souls we'll see & pass in the airport & plane
& in the spirit of our destination, beloved papua new guinea
cheers to my mamizan & papazan, my ba & my braveheart
cheers to being incapable of loving everyone yet choosing to love anyone
let the amamasing begin
& again i say
it's time to
rock n roll
Sunday, May 3, 2009
why does she have such a convoluted blog address?
what in the world does it mean?
check it out:
amamas, in pidgin (the common language spoken between those who living in papua new guinea), means:
joy/gladness/delight/honor/the act of rejoicing, being joyful or content
a beautiful word with a beautiful meaning, yes?
& because i love combining words
i combined 3 words into one
because according to God, jack white, & theatre 3 is the perfect number
being joyful or content, sing, & going
3 three things i pray for on this trip
that we amamas mas y mas each day
that we sing our souls to one another, connecting with each other through faith, theatre, & love
& that we presently progress ourselves, being present in the now while also moving forward
& now i presently progress myself to bed
& shall soon do so on the other side of our world
how He sings me sweet blessings & truth, awake with the Dawn & go forth,