Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fun times visiting another village – Waropa

There’s a new Bible school that’s started up near us, which runs one month courses. Some of our friends from the village have attended these courses and while we were in the village, there was a graduation which we were invited to. So we travelled on the back of a tipper truck to Waropa and we stayed overnight there.

On our first night there was a huge feast. There was incredible amounts of food there. But then again, there was a lot of people too! I enjoyed spending the afternoon seeing some of the food being prepared, and helping out a little too.

Here is some pork which had been cooked inside bamboo, getting transferred to a pot.

The village where we stayed (Waropa) was looking immaculate. See all the grass in the photo below? That’s a lot of grass, so it would take a lot of work to keep that nice and neat and short. There’s no fancy ride-on mowers here!

The graduation service was the next morning. Everyone was encouraged to wear white, and it looked really nice seeing everyone wearing the same colour (Wouldn’t it be cool if they chose purple?). The service started with all the graduating students singing a song in Teop as they approached and entered the building. As you can see in the photos, they also wore some traditional grass skirts too.

Rebekah and I had been invited to share as guest speakers. I shared a bit of my testimony and encouraged people to share with other people how God has worked in their lives.

We had a nice time at Waropa. It was our first time to visit that area. The people there speak Teop, but a different dialect. Most of them hadn’t met us before, so it was quite a novelty for them to hear us speaking Teop and they all wanted us to show them our photos and describe them in Teop. It was quite funny, one time a bunch of young men set up and sat in front of two empty chairs which they wanted us to come and sit on to show them our photos. Thus the following photo was taken later…

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