Shaking things up a bit
On our last full day there as everyone was meeting to hear foundational teaching on creation, we started to feel the ground shake under our feet. It kept going... we braced ourselves like we were on surfboards and watched as the palm trees swayed and the meeting house shook. the Bible teacher paused and everyone sat and waited for it to stop. Then the teaching continued and life moved on as normal with a bit of chatter about how big the earthquake felt.
It wasn't until 7 hours later when we walked to find service on our phones that we discovered that the earthquake registered at 7.6 and the epicenter wasn't too far away from us! Texts and messages came in from our kids and others checking in to see if we were okay. Reports of injuries and missionary houses falling filled some of our threads. We had no idea the effects around the country! We quickly checked in with our worried kids and went about the rest of the day.
As we flew back out to town we began hearing more about the damage caused around the country. We came back to our city of Madang where 7 power lines were reported down, and damage to cell towers reported. We've been running on generator power since the earthquake while we wait for repairs to happen nearby. Our internet service was also affected by damage to a submerged cable under the ocean. Please pray for service workers around the country as they move to repair damages to an already fragile infrastructure!