Photo Essay: The Journey to Ukarumpa



After we finished the Pacific Orientation Course, we flew to our organization’s headquarters in this country, located at Ukarumpa. We went in one of the new Kodiaks.



Inside the Kodiak:


Much of Papua New Guinea is mountainous and we flew between some of the higher peaks. Here is a village sitting on top of a mountain ridge.


On the approach into the Aiyura airstrip, we flew over the SIL Center. The duplex I’m sitting in to type this blog post is in the circle in the bottom right of the photo, in the top left of the circle.


The Center sits on a hillside in the Aiyura Valley. The valley floor is at about 5,000 feet, a mile up into the air. The hills and mountains around us are much higher. (Photo courtesy of Gabi Lagemann)


The climate is much cooler than than down at the coast, and none of the buildings here have central heat. Some mornings have been rather cold.





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4 Responses

  1. Wally S says:

    Steve & Debbie: Enjoyed seeing the photos of your Base for SIL. Sorry bout the lack of heat but I do think your New Komona will look good walking in the states. Should we take up a collection for an electric heater?

    Blessings, Wally

  2. Steve says:

    Hey Wally–Did your spell check strike? What’s a komona? If you’re referring to the last photo, I’m wrapped up in a quilt that our church in Texas gave us as a goodbye gift.

    I do have a space heater here for the cold mornings. I’m not sure that we’re staying here permanently. If we end up in Wewak, you could take up a collection for an AC unit!

  3. joyce prettol says:

    Cheering you on as you move forward in this new adventure–and praying for you!

  4. Deb says:

    Praying for you guys. It’s great to see where you are and what you’re doing. Love the quilt picture!

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