Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Family – our village nieces

Mark 10:29-30 “I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution.” (NLT)

One of the things I love about being in the village is being part of a family. Joyce, our main Teop translator is our mum – we call her ‘mum’ in Teop, which is ‘Iaa’ (said like ‘yaa’). Her children are our brothers and sisters, and her siblings are our uncles and aunts.

Our oldest brother has two daughters, so they are our nieces and we are their aunts. The Teop word for ‘aunt’ is also ‘Iaa’, so our nieces call me ‘Iaa Julie’. Their names are Tovu and Simoun. Tovu is four and chats away to us in Teop a lot although we don’t always have vocabulary to understand. Simoun is two and has gotten over her fear of us now and is very confident around us. Previously she would stare at us seriously or burst into tears, but now whenever she sees us, she gives us a great cheesy grin. Here are some photos of them.


Tovu eating rice from a large serving bowl:

I think that Simoun’s face in this picture shows just how confident she is around us now.

Me with Tovu:

Me with Simoun

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