Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Our day in Kalalayi

Wow! What an amazing day! There was no service through out the day and this has been my first opportunity to post to the blog. After a quick high fat breakfast of deep fried bread, deep fried sweet potatoes and pumpkin, we loaded up the bus and headed for Kalalayi.

After a 3 mile ride farther down the road to Mundri we took a left on a narrow and rough road to Koroba. Once we traveled about two miles on that extremely rough road, we turned off the road and headed down a path that leads to Kalalayi. This path had been opened up for the first time by the people of Kalalayi. It took them 7 days of straight work. We had to cross a stream and a rock embankment that you would think to be a challenge for a 4X4 Jeep, let alone a 25 passenger bus!

Another 5 miles and an hour after we left, we arrived in Kalalayi. This is as remote as it gets. We met the chief and others in the village. The bus driver was ill and unwilling to make another trip which meant that our cook, cook staff and food were going to stay in Buagyi.

We went to the site for farming and it was horrible. It was all burned and it was not supposed to be. It was still full of grass clumps and stumps and would take days to get ready. I saw an area of a crop field that had immature crops. After showing it to Craig he said it would be a great option/location. So we dug in.
The training went great and the people were highly involved and excited. When we were done, the plot looked great.

During the training Deena had brought a woman from Buagyi who gave vaccines to the women and children in Kalalayi. That was really cool.

When the training was over, we showed the Jesus film in the small mud church. We had to bug out quickly as we did not want to be on the path/road after dark.

We returned at about 7:30 and had our first food since breakfast. Thick porridge, rice, okra, spinach and lentil goo. It was delicious!
From the mobile handheld of Doug Bartel

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic! Sounds like you were able to stay flexible and turn a tough situation into a really good opportunity. We'll keep praying that the lessons learned bear fruit of every sort.

    Glad you were back before deep darkness. I was praying about that.