A day in the life of the Hoveys....

We have gotten this question from several people....what does a normal day look like for you guys?  Well, as much as we would love to share about a 'routine' day, there is one factor that throws the whole equation off....PNG is known as "The Land of the Unexpected."  So, while we can share some routine things that take place, there is really SO much of our days that require flexibility.
This last week, we were supposed to start our language studies on Tuesday, and we did start studying....but it wasn't until Friday we met with our tutors.  We just have to chuckle and go with the flow!  We are SO thankful to have started our studies as language is something we have been lacking.  We have a LOT to learn though, and we would ask for your prayers in this matter!  We started off with some basics such as pronunciation.  While the language here uses an alphabet similar to English, the vowels all have different sounds!  It will take us a bit to get used to that! Our days t…

Work, coffee, and meetings...

This week was a sprint to get lots of work done in a short amount of time as we had a team planning meeting for two days this week.  
The great news is all the plywood is up on our walls of the new mission house and painting is under way!  I (Brian) also spent many hours this week seeking to find some things to fill the house with in the coming months.  To God be the glory I was able to get the major appliances and some is not delivered as some of it is coming from different parts of PNG.   I am also pleased to report I finally received my driver's license!  After many failed attempts the Lord placed a very friendly security guard in my path.  I was getting ready to leave again because everything was closed and he stopped me and said one person was inside and the other one was sitting outside so he was able to help get me to both the people I needed....God truly orchestrated the timing of it all.  Thankfully I have not needed to use it yet....I have gone through seve…

The work has started!

This last week the work started on our future mission house.  There is no shortage to do, that’s for sure.  I (Brian) am extremely grateful for how far the work team that traveled with me here in July this last year had gotten because the work goes much slower working alone.  I have had one pastor that has been helping me out with painting and an extra hand when needed so I have been very grateful for that!  The work consisted of putting  thin wood plywood on the sheetrock doesn’t exist here.  I was able to get the living room/ dining room covered and part of a bedroom.  So there is only one and a half rooms to have the walls covered left!  I was also able to have some students help move a large pile of wood out of the house and sort it to know what materials we have left for the project.  I also have one student helping me to make up door frames as there are seven that need to be made.....and my first attempt didn’t go so well.  It is a blessing to begin to interact with …

Adjusting to a new normal

This week has been an great improvement over the last time we wrote!  We are all on the mend for the most part....but as we are learning sickness is pretty common for the first several months because the vast amount of new everything our bodies have to get use too in this new world.  
We have started adjusting to the new everyday things.  Getting groceries, getting house hold supplies, buying fuel, keeping things clean.  Many of these thing we don’t think twice about but can be very challenging here.  There is not a one stop store we can go to, so shopping is more of a scavenger hunt going place to place to find things.  Cooking is also been an experience....our first meal we tried on our own we began to boil some rice and bugs just kept floating to the top, needless to say we lost our appetites for that meal.  We have been learning some tricks about what brands to buy and even how to fight better against our ant armies.  This does not mean we win all the time but making progress. We tr…

We arrived in Papua New Guinea

It is to God be the glory that we have arrived in PNG!  We are very thankful for all those who prayed for us in the journey as I don’t think we would have made it otherwise.  The kids did amazing given the situation....but there were certainly times that we all had our breakdowns.
  The biggest challenge was when we had a transfer in Sydney, Australia.  We had a two hour window of time to get off the plane, go through customs, pickup all our luggage....8 check bags, 6 carry on bags, a stroller, and all kinds of odds and ends.  We were a sight to be seen for sure!  As we were going through customs the agent asked if I (Brian) was healthy enough to travel because I was sweating so much.  After we cleared customs, we checked all our bags back in and went though security again we had to literally run through the airport as they were holding the bus to take us out to the airplane.  After spending 20+ hours on a plane already we were at our wits end.  Then God gave us a great gift!  We were …

The Date has been Set

The day is quickly approaching for our departure....we are all excited and a bit nervous too.  Please join us in prayer as we prepare and read all about the details in our current update letter below!

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Some fun pictures that from that last month as well.....

Merry Christmas!!

It is often said, "The best gifts are the ones we have to wait for."  It is never said to be fun while waiting nor without challenges.  As we approach this Christmas season it will be filled with gifts both given and received, however why we celebrate Christmas is greatest gift ever given to this world, Jesus Christ.  Have you ever stopped to think about how big a gift this is?
The One and only Son of God entered into a broken, twisted, pain filled world.  He entered this hard life for one purpose and that is to bring Salvation to me, you, and anyone who is willing to put their trust in Him Alone!  As we celebrate Christ's birth this Christmas season remember to not get caught up in the craziness of the season, but take time to reflect on why we celebrate!

December Update Letter (click to open)

Some more pictures of the Cross that Brian built.
Then of course some more fun pictures!!