Ellory’s European Excursion


The Food. The Sights. The Adventure. In September, Ellory tagged along with Mark when he traveled to Frankfurt, Germany for meetings. For their first European excursion, they added three extra days for sightseeing.

Ellory could hardly contain her excitement when Mark rented a black convertible Fiat and headed for the French border. They spent two days in Strasbourg and Luxembourg before zipping back to Mainz, Germany and soaking up the history of the Gutenberg Museum and Heidelberg Castle.

In Frankfurt, Ellory was most surprised to learn of Jewish oppression in the Middle Ages—long before WWII. Jewish gravestones dating back to the 15th century had been plucked from their resting place and piled up in a mass courtyard outside the Frankfurter Judengasse Museum—the site of the former Jewish Ghetto. That’s where she found Anne Frank’s name on one of the 11,134 bricks memorializing Jews killed during the Holocaust.

Celebrating Wycliffe’s 75th Anniversary

More than 550 languages have the complete Bible, with an additional 2,400 with either the New Testament or some Scripture portions. That means nearly 3,000 languages with some of God’s Word in their heart language! But the work isn’t finished. There are still an estimated 1,800 languages with a likely Bible translation need. Wycliffe is working faster than ever to help reach the Bibleless with the life-changing message of the Gospel.

We’re privileged to work with this Gospel-focused ministry reaching the lost with God’s Holy Word. Click below to see Wycliffe’s history.




Here are a couple of photos from the Ukarumpa Market. The people and the artifacts in the Highlands are different from the faces and items we see on the coast. In the pictures, you can see colorful bilums (prounounced “bee-looms”). The literal translation for bilum is “string bag”. The man in the lower left is holding a kapul (cuscus), the woman in the top right has a bilum hung on her head and is selling greens–a PNG staple. The bottom right shows simple carvings that men often make to sell. Why pigs? Pigs are very important in PNG culture. They are a symbol of wealth.

While in the mountains, we enjoyed fresh lettuce, broccoli, avocados, tomatoes, strawberries and Highlands berries (like blackberries) EVERY day. Such delicious treats!



While in Ukarumpa, we took a 2-hour driving trip to Goroka to pick up our friend Mariela Del Pozzi. She was returning to PNG from South America where she had been doing language mapping for the Ethnologue.

We went through a 4-month POC (Pacific Orientation Course) with Mariela last year and even lived together during the 5-week village living portion of the course. Mariela brought several fun treats from Argentina and Columbuia for us. As always, she instructed the kids in making pastry for empanadas, she whipped up tree tomato juice, shared dulce de leche (YUM-O), mate (traditional tea) and made home-made risotto and canelloni.

As her adopted family, her home church in Argentina also sent special gifts and an encouraging letter to our family. The warm and thoughtful letter brought tears to my (Kim’s) eyes. Thank you Cristine and Eduordo!




We rented a house near the home of Venus the cow. She was milked each day at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The kids enjoyed visiting her and trying their hand at milking. The three younger kids had never milked a cow before. The creamy milk was delicious and much better than our usual UHT or powdered variety.