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Even though this was not part of the survey of the nDo people, this was probably my favorite day.

To prepare for this survey, I spent weeks preparing by going on long hikes. I spent my last week in Phoenix staying up till 3AM so as to minimize jet leg since we left on our survey about 16 hours after I arrived in Madang. Even still I found myself exhausted on the climb up to Langgane. It was less than a 1000 foot climb (which isn’t even half of what we ascended at another point in our journey). I didn’t feel leg cramps, I didn’t feel stiff, I simply had no energy. When I finally made it to the village, I couldn’t touch the food that they brought us. That’s never happened to me before!!! [citation needed]

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God used this unfortunate change of plans to give us an afternoon and an evening with the church in Langgane. Zach and Matt had opportunity to speak to the church casually about topics ranging from family relationships to not letting our devotional time become stale. We took a break at one point and the church leaders asked us to address a few more topics that some in the church are wondering about. Namely: old wives’ tales, reincarnation, and church leadership. I was so thankful for the time in Langgane. We never would have chosen to spend extra time there, but we are so glad we did.

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2 Corinthians 12:9-11
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
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In Christ,
Joey and Brooke Tartaglia