Where in the World is Debbie Jane-Diego?
When our kids were still young, the kids’ game show “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego” aired. I have long suspected this was inspired by the picture book “Where’s Waldo?” The kids loved looking through the intricately detailed pictures for the tiny figure wearing red and white stripes. They could find him pretty quickly in the two-page pictures. Finding their mother on a map today is another matter.
They know she’s in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and they know PNG is a country in the Pacific Ocean. That’s not the issue. It’s her location within PNG that trips them up.
Just two weeks ago she was seen in the main center for the mission, named “Ukarumpa” after a nearby village. (See the map. I know it’s small, but I worked hard at it, and “Ukarumpa” is in red.) Ukarumpa has an elevation of 5,000 feet, a mile-high town, with a mountain climate to match. When Debbie was there in August for a workshop, the temperature dropped close to the freezing level in the morning, but warmed up to t-shirt weather in the afternoon.
But Debbie didn’t stay in Ukarumpa. Just a few days ago she was seen at the mission’s regional center in Wewak, on the northern coast. (See the map.) This has the humidity and palm trees you normally expect with a tropical climate.
But did Debbie stay in Wewak? Oh, no. She and hubby went to the Aitape West Translation Centre, which is—surprise, surprise—west of the town of Aitape. It’s also west of Wewak, too. (Yup, check the map.) Debbie and hubby will be there for a month one of the massive translation workshops this project is known for.
Would you like to know where Debbie will be October? Don’t ask her kids. Instead, consider getting her a “Where’s Waldo” outfit of red and white stripes. (Kits really do exist.) Maybe then our kids will be able to find her.
Or you could just write her and ask her. She’d loves hearing from home.