I’m back from Papua New Guinea! My time there was a very encouraging time of getting to know Josiah’s family and getting to see how God is working among the tribal people of Papua New Guinea. Though the entire trip was full of adventures (from cancelled flights, to helicopter rides, to getting lost while hiking in the jungle), the highlight of the trip took place on June 1, 2013.
What happened on June 1st? Well, as we were on a walk along the coastline in Madang, Papua New Guinea (it’s beautiful–check out the pictures!) at sunset, Josiah got down on one knee, pulled out a ring and said, “Will you marry me?” I think the first words out of my mouth were, “are you asking?” Once he assured me that he was, I said, “with pleasure.” Then he asked me again because I hadn’t said “yes”, so then I said, “yes!” 🙂
There was lots of smiling and hugging and laughing and crying and just being super excited (everyone who walked by was staring at us — that kind of outward display is unheard of in Papua New Guinea). Then we went and ate at the lighthouse hotel restaurant across the street (he proposed near the lighthouse), and when we got back to the guesthouse flat where we were staying (with Josiah’s family), we celebrated and rejoiced with them (eating ice cream and having root beer floats!), and skyped my family in Kansas City (it was a little after 6am their time) to tell them the good news.
We’re planning on getting married Dec 21st (2013) in Camdenton, MO near the New Tribes training center. Thanks so much for your prayers as we prepare for marriage (and tackle the wedding planning) and finish our last semester of training (before Linguistics). We couldn’t do this without you!