Some of the Events and Blogs that led up to our recent decision to work among the Ndo people:
- 13 years ago a small delegation of tribal men hiked from the Ndo language group to the Ma language group in order to ask Joey Tartaglia if missionaries might one day come to them.
- 7 years ago, in 2008, Cassidy and the Dodds started training with Joey for doing missions work in Papua New Guinea.
- 5 years ago, in the spring of 2010, Zach and Cassidy went on separate trips to Papua New Guinea to survey the mission work needed there.
- Just over 4 years ago, on January 15, 2011, Zach married Cassidy (our first 5 years in 15 minutes). That August, Zach started training with Joey.
- 2.5 years ago, in November 2012, our team, in connection with Finisterre Vision and the elders at GBC, decided to set a goal to be in Papua New Guinea within 1-2 years.
- 2 years ago, in March 2013, we started blogging our journey at cannsofclay.com (our first blog).
- 2 years ago, in April 2013, the Lehman family joined our team as logistics coordinators. Within another month, the Lehmans and Canns moved out of their homes to live with other families. That summer, the Canns went to Canada to study linguistics (our most popular blog during this trip was Blueberry Battles).
- Just over 1 year ago, all three families started raising support. Besides monthly support needs, the team had a goal of raising over $150,000 in sending costs (Price Tags and Provision).
- 10 months ago, in August 2014, our team received our PNG work permits and visas (Approved).
- 9 months ago, in early October 2014, all our known sending and monthly costs were raised!
- 8 months ago, we bought airline tickets and started packing up our shipping container (Pics From Preparation).
- 6 months ago, on November 30, 2014, we boarded a series of planes that were ultimately bound for Madang, Papua New Guinea. We landed in our new home town on December 6, 2014 (looking back on day one). The day after we arrived, we began learning Tok Pisin, the trade language.
- 4 months ago, in January 2015, we went on our first survey in the Finisterre Mountains (our first survey).
- 2 months ago, Joey Tartaglia came to Papua New Guinea to go with us on what would turn out to be a 10-day survey in the Ndo language group (the road to Ndo). One week later we finished our formal study of the trade language.
- 1 month ago, we left on a helicopter survey to look at 3 new language groups in the Finisterre Mountains: Sinsaauru, Yout, and Ufim (surveys from the sky).
- 20 days ago, we left for our second survey in the Ndo and Yout langauge groups (Almost close to the end).
- As of today, June 2, 2015, we have decided to allocate in the Ndo language group in a village called Maweroro, and we are officially changing our name from Team PNG to Team Ndo. (This blog entry just happens to be our 100th post!)
- What’s next? Lord-willing, our shipping container will show up this month, housebuilding and moving into the tribe should happen over the next 2-3 months after that, and then we’ll have 1-2 years of learning the Ndo language and culture.
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