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Life in Papua New Guinea…

by | Jul 27, 2012 | Missions Articles

PNG Elections are in full swing!  This has been a new cultural experience!  There are 29 candidates in the Highlands all running for one seat in the senate!  Candidates pay an entry fee and then travel around with mega phones and loud music, even at ALL hours of the night!  They prepare a traditional PNG meal for a village and share what they will do if elected. The son of our land owner (a big man in the area), is one of the candidates for the Bena Bena people group.  After building him a “campaign house”, many “family lines” come to visit, dance, and sing traditional ancestor songs to him ALL night long to show their support!  Although this process seems backwards and archaic, the thought of “gay marriages” would be absurd in their culture!  We give them great credit for that!

The first voting process will be on June 23rd, where each PNG citizen will vote for their top three candidates.  Although fine right now, the election month here can become dangerous.  The position of Prime Minister has been unstable as well.  Australian military is prepared to come if needed and we will be kept up-to-date on the situation.  Pray for peace, safety, and good sleep!

 

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