It was a sailing day today. We are now anchored in Salamaua. You could hear chuckles as we pulled out of the Maiama bay into the rough seas. The boat rocked back and forth quite heavily. We giggled at one one another as we ran into walls. Then some people started getting sea sick and it wasn’t so funny anymore. I had joined the galley crew in rolling out pizza dough for dinner. There were six of them and within the hour only two of us remained rolling dough on the rough waves.
When we got to Salamaua, we hoped into the zodiac and went ashore, hoping to get in some immunizations before the day was over. When we got there we found out that the provincial health team had stopped there as well. It was a bit discouraging to learn that the lack of communication with the provincial health was causing us to go places that we maybe not as needed. It is very difficult for YWAM to get in touch with provincial health because it is run on a state level. Though YWAM is partnered with the PNG government, it is hard to get in touch with the organizations run by each providence. On the positive side, the village is the healthiest we have been to so far, and the most modernized. As we set up a small table dozens of children gathered around us along with their parents. We began to play games and sing with them. We taught them how to play duck-duck-goose and ring-around-the-rosie. Our shenanigans got the whole crowd giggling and laughing. They also taught us a song.
Look at me! Look at me!
IIIII aaaammmm a butterfly!
I fly. I fly. I fly. I fly.
Because God created me!!
When it was time to go we skipped down to the beach and bid each other farewell. Back on the boat we washed up and got dinner. I went to the top deck after dinner to do some yoga with one of the optometrists. For the first time since being in Papua New Guinea we could see the glow of electrical lights coming from land. It was a pretty sight, but also saddening because the closer we get to the city, the closer the trip home is. I know the next few days will slip by fast, and I find myself looking for the break pedal on life because I am not ready to leave.