Michael & Lori Johnson’s Papua New Guinea Photo Gallery

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Two neighbors playing.
Two soccer teams having a group hug after a game. Both teams were mostly Christians.
A Bible translation support worker’s daughter gets baptized by her father in the Ba'e River.
Riverside baptism service.
People watching the baptism service.
Jesus loves the little children.
The river is also where people take baths, swim, cool off, wash clothes, etc.
Here is the local car wash.
There is an abundant variety of bird species in Papua New Guinea. It is hard to get good pictures of them unless they are big enough and close enough. The hornbill pictured here wanted some of my lunch.
Hornbills are more common in the lowlands of Papua New Guinea.
Lori coaches and plays soccer.
My friend, Alek. He speaks Siane (which I don’t yet understand) and Tok Pisin (which I do understand). In this culture, when older (gray-bearded) men talk with each other in the market place, young men and children respectfully listen in and see what the wisdom of age has to offer. Alek and I like to talk about the Good News of Jesus Christ in the marketplace. Alek has the good fortune of having a New Testament available in his own language, plus a whole Bible in Tok Pisin.
This older gentleman is one of the few old men I know who can wear a skirt (laplap) every day and not draw stares from anyone. He makes and sells decorative bows and arrows and other bamboo items.
Garden-fresh produce for sale by the gardeners at the Ukarumpa market.
Just in case you were wondering, Papua New Guinea is not in Africa. (There are several nations in Africa that have “Guinea” as part of their name, but this isn’t one of them.) Papua New Guinea includes about 600 islands, including half of the large island of New Guinea (circled). The west half of the island of New Guinea is the West Papua Province of Indonesia.
Old, worn-out shoes hanging from power lines are a common sight in Papua New Guinea.
Another common site in Papua New Guinea is this “interesting” blood-like red spit on the ground. It is the result of chewing betel-nut mixed with mustard bean and burnt shells. Together with saliva, this stuff forms a mild narcotic in the mouth.
Betel-nut chewing tends to rot teeth, among other things. This mother and child live in Bulal Village, in Madang Province, near the north coast of Papua New Guinea.
Buyer beware! The FDA would most certainly not certify this man’s dirty water bottled in old Coca-Cola bottles as having the medicinal qualities that he claims that it has. What surprises me about this guy is that he is less mobile than the “snake oil” salesmen of the old west in the USA.
Rainbow over Dylup Station in Madang Province.
House under construction in the Eastern Highlands Province— needs kunai grass roofing
Our “new” house in Ukarumpa
Aerial photo of a village with no roads
Hey, it runs!
God loves the children in Aseranka Village!

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