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FORWAEDING AGENT:

Letha Weaver

406 Thornton Cr. Rd,

Toledo, OR

Ttie 'Wilcox

97391

FIELD ADDRESS:

serving tlie ^ofd

Box 997

Madang
Papua New Guinea

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March 11, 1991

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"Deck the halls with...palm fronds and


tangut???" Yanga is decorating our house
for Christmas.

It was decided that we did

not fancy the house up enou^, so they


would do it for us.

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Every Christinas we color a picture from our


Nativity coloring book. We even brought the
book on furlough with us. This is our family
tnradition.

Several notes for all of you.


Some

of

you

have

sent

us

archery

equiptment

in

the

past.
We can no longer import bows, arrows, arrowheads,
etc. without previous permission in writing from both the
police and customs.
If the above items are sent over
without

the

proper

sent, they will

paperwork

be destroyed

being

done

before

they

are

by customs here as an illegal

i mport.

Customs is getting more strict on charging duty on


incoming mail.
They are starting to charge customs on the
cost of shipping and mailing as well as the value of the
items.
If you send us something., feel free to use surface
mail

unless

the

item

is . tim^i-critical

or

perishable.

Certain items, such as books, are customs exempt.

Make sure
items.

you

include

Items that can

receipts

be used

or

invoices

for

new

before sending without being

ruined (no used tea-bags, please) will


money if they are used before sending.

probably save us
They can then be

marked down in value due to the fact that they have been
used before.
Clothes can be washed, tags taken off (we

can't take them back if they do not fit, anyway) and marked

with garage sale prices.

Also, do not bend the rules.

We

may have to open packages for the customs officials, and if


we do any surprises may be confiscated. When filling in the
customs declaration

be sure to be thorough and accurate.

We have had to pay customs several times, but we expect


that.
Sometimes the charges were higher than necessary
because invoices were not included and we could not prove
the amount paid for a new item.
Some used things have not
been marked used.
Reasonable customs charges are fair and
expected, but we do not want to pay more than necessary.
We
felt that you should know what is up so we don't have to pay
what we reallydo not need to pay.
PBT-PNG

now

has

fax

number.

Tf

-ig;

8?-2506.

Of

course you will ne ela to go tKrough the regular international


operator, and use the PNG country code. 6.75,
If you have
any matters that need an urgent response on paper, we have a
way to handle it nowl
By the time you receive this we will have started "full
time"

translation

work,

probably

on

Mark

or

Luke.

Our

grammar consultant told us to go on to translation, and


will

make a three or four

we

week thrust about mid-year or so

to finish polishing up the Grammar Statement.


Praise

the

Lord

with

us,

and

pray for

us, as

the shift from linguistic work to translation.

we

make

Ihis nen went to town without making

provisions as to how he was to come


home. Vie gave him the money to get
back to the village, so he is build
ing this small "house wind" for us.
It will be \3sed by the kids for play,

and by us for socializing. It will


be cool and breezy during the heat of

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This is the last time we have seen

Peter, our former Madang MAP pilot.


He went on furlou^ before Christnas
and has been transferred to Port

Moresby upon his return to PNG. We


miss him greatly, but will probably
get to see him as we leave PNG for
our next furlough in 1992.

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