Steely-Eyed Missile Man

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In all of our house-building labors, Jeremy Lehman is undoubtedly the unsung hero. More than any other person, he is the reason there are two houses sitting on the Mawerero ridge. Matt and I have helped along the way. And our building teams from the States have provided valuable insights and man-hours to the project. But Jeremy has been the mastermind and leader of the whole operation. And I would just like to publicly thank him for…

  • coming to Papua New Guinea with us in the first place.
  • establishing Finisterre Vision as an organization in PNG.
  • leaving his family behind in Madang for over 80 days in order to help the Canns and Dodds move into the Finisterre Mountains.
  • hiking in with us to survey Rete and Mawerero.
  • driving with us to Ukarumpa and flying with us on the heli survey.
  • staying in Madang with 8 kids so that Cameron and Cass could go on a survey.
  • putting together a building schedule for how to build a house in the jungle.
  • helping Matt and me buy all the various building components… especially all the timber.
  • meeting regularly with Matt and me to explain the building process to two guys whose only prior housebuilding experience was with Lincoln Logs.
  • dealing with all the issues during the process of importing a shipping container.
  • leading and orchestrating all 5 housebuilding trips and carrying the weighty responsibility more than most.
  • going all over Madang with us in order to find boats and trucks for transportation.
  • funding and maintaining Finisterre Vision’s only vehicle that we all depend on daily.
  • administrating our flight operations.
  • generously hosting our families for dinners and movie nights.
  • letting us frequently store items in his home, office, back house, and storage container.

In the movie Apollo 13, there is a scene where a room of engineers have to fit a square CO2 filter in a round hole using nothing but what the crew has onboard the spacecraft. When they finally succeed, a technician tells the team lead: “You, sir, are a steely-eyed missile man.” Well, Jeremy Lehman has had to do a lot more with a lot less on these building trips and deserve the title “steely-eyed missile man” more than most.

Thank you for serving us so well, Jeremy! And a huge thank you to your family who have supported you and us along the way.

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Jeremy built a relationship with a local lumber company, helped us order all the wood for the houses, and help us lug over 30 tons of timber into the Finisterre Mountains.

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Jeremy helping us survey the land for the two houses in Mawerero. We are so thankful for his construction savvy.

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We love this family and will miss seeing them regularly when we move into the bush.

If you don’t already… be sure to follow the Lehman family at jeremyandlorie.com.

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