Many friends have written asking questions about what the food is like and what we eat. Food…though often overlooked…is a huge part of our cultural understanding as human beings. This is something I had not thought of until we moved to PNG. The experience of leisurely strolling through the aisles of Trader Joe’s and being able to find any ingredient I might need is VERY different from what I currently engage in. Living on station means that I go to “town”…Mt. Hagen...once a month and stock up on 4 weeks’ worth of groceries. Yes…this is as challenging as it sounds. In order to make sure we have everything we need and don’t run out of anything, I plan all of our dinners for the entire month, and purchase what is required based on my meal plan/recipes. Luckily, to supplement my monthly excursion to town, there is a street market, “rot bung,” near the station that has local produce. When I find myself frustrated with the lack of so many ingredients/seasonings/etc, I am reminded of just how BLESSED we are to be serving in one of the most beautiful places on earth and am encouraged by the fact that God will always provide!
“Olsem na mi tokim yupela, yupela i no ken tingting planti long laip bilong yupela na tok, ‘Bai yumi kaikai wanem samting? Bai yumi dring wanem samting?’ Na yupela i no ken tingting planti long bodi bilong yupela na tok, ‘Bai yumi pasim wanem laplap?’ Ating laip em i winim kaikai, na bodi em i winim ol laplap samting. Yupela lukim ol pisin. Ol i no save planim kaikai, na ol i no save bungim na putim long haus kaikai. Tasol Papa bilong yupela i stap long heven em i save givim kaikai long ol. Ating yupela i no winim tru ol pisin, a? Na sapos wanpela bilong yupela i wok long tingting planti long rot bilong i stap gut, ating dispela pasin bilong tingting planti bai i skruim liklik hap taim moa long laip bilong en? I no inap tru. - Matyu 6:25-27 (Pidgin)
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? – Matthew 6:25-27
Below are some pictures of my adventures with the local fare.
Cooking dinner by emergency lamp when the power had gone out.
He is awesome!
The lemons are from our neighbor's tree across the street!
Thank you Peterson's!
< ...The PNG version of spinach.
The bounty from my trip to the rot bung...
A neighbor tending his banana tree in our backyard.