Journal Entries

Exciting Times Jan-2024

Jan 17 2024

We are midway through January now and we are looking forward to some exciting times here in Samban.  Another school year has begun at Ap Ma FODE RSC, and Samban Central Elementary will soon begin their new school year as well.  "Project: Possible" is a fairly new initiative for OIPNG.…

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Still Moving Forward

Jul 17 2023

It July and it is hot!  Who are we kidding we live in the tropical rain forest and it is hot nearly every day.  Seems like the heat makes it so easy to get lazy and seek out that perfect spot under the fan with a cold glass of lemonade.…

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World TB Day & Classroom Opening Preparations

Mar 24 2023

March 24th was World TB Day.  Our small clinic in Samban sees large numbers of TB patients each month.  Our staff can do the necessary microscopy to test the sputum of patients they believe to have TB. We are so thankful for the East Sepik Provincial Health Department and their…

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2022 National Exams

Oct 28 2022

Ap Ma FODE RSC has been holding national exams since 2016.  Our school is a small school but are students are always excited when testing time comes each October.  National exams enable students in grades 8, 10, and 12 to test with students nationwide and receive certificates issued by the…

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FODE Students Visit Wewak

Sep 05 2022

Living in Wewak as been a change.  Many times I have lamented not being present for my students to help them when they have questions. Last week 3 of my ICT student came into town to work on the “hand on” portion of their computer class.  This is my first…

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Working On It

Aug 29 2022

Yes we know our website is out of date.  We have been a bit busy, but also we just find computer work difficult and confusing.  But in this strange turn of events that has landed us in town (Wewak) for the foreseeable future we are finally getting around to all…

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2020 Year End Recap - Check out the Newsletter Section.

Jan 21 2021

The Sunset of 2020The end of 2020 proved to be a productive time for us in PNG. We have been living relatively unaffected by the madness which seems to have descended upon the outside world. Covid shut downs and set backs have been limited. We have seen restricted international travel…

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A Season Together, Apart

Dec 14 2019

A Season Together, Apart ​Our family has seen a lot of changes in the past few years.  Joyful additions, sad goodbyes, the ebb and flow of relationships in PNG and abroad.  We live life in extremes, some seasons, and it is good reflect on the constancy of God and the…

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Digicel Foundation helps Ap Ma FODE RSC

Oct 02 2019

Thank you Digicel Foundation! When the Ap Ma FODE school went paperless we didn’t know how much of a struggle charging the computers and tablets was going to be. Our school meets in a borrowed house and has no power. We tried charging them in my personal house but when…

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Sympathy Sleeping

Oct 01 2019

​It must be something like sympathy sleeping. Since my men folk have returned to PNG I don’t sleep well at night. Seems like I am wide awake on PNG time. This morning I have been trying to put the hours to good use. As the baby sleeps I have uninterrupted…

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Looking Homeward

Sep 29 2019

2019 Pryor Family Photo Someone told me recently that they went online to look at our website. So I went there too just to see what they were looking at. Yikes! I am really not a good journalist. Well a lot has happened since 2013! Catching everyone up on 6…

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February 18, 2013

Feb 18 2013

Was it this cold when I was a kid?  Must be global warming (hehe) or maybe its just that I haven't felt an American winter in a while.  We are sure missing the tropics.  Aside from the aquistion of a few new sweaters we are really excited about acquiring a…

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March 1, 2012 Prayer Meeting in PNG

Mar 01 2012

Scholarship Recipients for 2012 School Year Returning Students Jeff Norman, Latan Village, starting second year of CHW (Community Health Worker) training at St. Gerard’s Nursing School, Port Moresby.  K900 – $450 Plus $600 for transport to and from schoolJohn Kanja, Samban Village, starting last year of Pastoral training, Gandep Bible…

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October 2011 Newsletter

Nov 20 2011

Samban Clinic The ways we are involved in ministry to the Ap Ma people are varied.  One particular way has been through medical ministry.  In November 2007, we re-established health care in Samban after a 15-year closure of the originally government-manned Aid Post.  Under the care of our Community Health…

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November - December 2011 Newsletter

Nov 20 2011

November 8, 2011 Construction Quarter After two months of felling trees, milling timber, and construction, the new elementary classrooms are finally under roof.  There is still a lot to be done; plank-siding and hardwood floors, new desks, and shelves must me made and installed.  Weather has been a problem, but…

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2011 Annual Report

Nov 20 2011

  2011 Annual Report January- Beginnings are sometimes scary and difficult, but this year’s beginning was a little less so for us.  Since we are on the tail ending of the cholera epidemic, it seemed like the worst was behind us.  Unfortunately, I suffered from a bout with cholera myself…

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Ap Ma Schools July 2011

Jul 16 2011

Ap Ma Schools   As more and more teachers from different villages come to receive training and materials in the courses we offer our mid term field day (Kite Day) has grown to include all Ap Ma elementary schools.  This year we were pleased to host Kambuku Elementary, Simbri, Elementary,…

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You Didn’t Have the Opportunity

Mar 16 2010

March-2010  For those of you new to our website.  This is Karie, and we (Jesse and the three kids) usually live in the village of Samban in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea.  Samban is a remote village with no power or phone service and only an airstrip and…

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Jesse’s pre Christmas thoughts 2009

Jan 02 2010

December 7, 2009    Written by Jesse Pryor, Missionary in Papua New Guinea         It has been an exhausting week.  Dealing with the logistics and technical aspects of the Optometrist  Surgeon’s visit has been a borderline nightmare.  Not only is getting to Samban rough, but once here you …

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Soccer Tournament Coming Up

Sep 03 2009

Hello all, Well there is never a dull moment here. The recent buzz of excitement over the coming tournament has everyone working in overdrive. (Side note: The soccer tournament Jesse & Karie planned for area villages, is a fund-raiser for the medical clinic in Samban - the first annual Samban…

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Update on Karie and other News

Aug 15 2009

Hello all, Good news from the Dr. today. My liver function tests came back better - most levels are normal. Some are as much as double normal, but all are much improved and Dr. has given the green light to go back to the bush provided I continue to eat…

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Pray for Ap Ma People

Jun 25 2009

Dear friends, Due to an unfortunate death of a Biwat police man who died (after drinking to excess with a Laten community member) the Biwat people are seeking revenge. There have been a lot of reports that they are coming our way to burn houses, etc. Our people are on…

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The New Canoe & Other News

May 20 2009

Hello all, Well I am sure it really hasn't been that long since we wrote, but it feels like a long time. So much has been happening. The New Canoe- Well Jesse has finally gotten his wish and we now have a new canoe, made especially for the work we…

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ApMa Outreach Supporters

Apr 07 2009

Dear Friends, We are in town again (Madang, PNG) but ready to head back home tomorrow so I thought I would take the time to share a couple of thoughts and pictures while we have the good internet connection. Below is a picture taken in the Highlands looking over the…

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Have You Thought About Missions

Mar 19 2009

Have you ever thought about doing mission work? Maybe you have worried that your skills are lacking or that you don't have the proper training. Many of you know we have recently been working to support a preschool grade one and grade two in the village. What we havn't told…

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Scholarship is A Go!

Feb 02 2009

We are happy to bring you all some great news. For a year now we have put out the word that OIPNG (Outreach International Papua New Guinea) would be happy to provide a school scholarship to successful applicants who wish to pursue the ministry, medical work, or teaching. Our one…

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Medical Christmas and a Hazardous New Year

Jan 02 2009

Well our Holidays were not what you would call typical, peaceful or pleasant, but they were a reminder of God’s constant care and provision. I (Karie) awoke early Christmas morning to the sounds of kids trying their best to whisper and failing miserably. Of course, they were trying to find…

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Christmas Letter 2008

Dec 17 2008

Merry Christmas, Well I must confess that I don't feel too Christmasy as I sit here in a pool of sweat. It is a mild 94 today and the clouds look to be heavy with rain, not the snow many of you are expecting this year. But even as I…

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September Updates

Sep 15 2008

Dear family and friends, We are just finishing packing up the last of our stuff here in Madang to send to Samban. It seems so long since we have been at home, in one place for more than 6 weeks. It has really only been 6 months but that is…

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The Traveling Circus

Jun 25 2008

Well three months in to our furlough you will find us in North Carolina. We have made it through 8 states and 15 churches. We have visited with family and friends and gotten to meet a whole lot of new friends through our times in VBS with 3 congregations. We…

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Merry Christmas from the Pryors

Jan 13 2008

Dear Family and Friends, Another year has almost slipped away. Time really flies these days. I had to struggle to think where we were at Christmas last year but, we were here in Samban. And here we are again. It just doesn’t seem like Christmas without all the seasonal reminders…

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Joshua Apa

Sep 20 2007

Just thought I'd update everybody on Joshua Apa. We went to his appointment at the Dr.'s this morning. He has gained 5.5 kilograms in this last week. PTL The Dr. made the comment that the antibiotics must have worked because there is no way that he could have gained that…

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The Tractor Saga

Sep 09 2006

The dust is settling back here once again in Samban. Although we won't be officially wrapped up with the tractor until tommorrow with the ceremonial "bung kai" (community potluck dinner), but as far as the difficult part of the journey is concerned it is complete. It started last week on…

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Not Feeling too Hot

Jul 09 2006

Sickness has hit us again. Jesse and I have malaria and Judah woke up this morning with pick eye. So I have to walk down to the medicine meri and get the meds since I don't have that kind right now (for pink eye). He is acting fine and happy;…

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Jul 08 2006

Well Saturday is underway and Jesse is off playing soccer. I have gotten the office and our bedroom swept and the baby down for nap. I need to get to the kids room and the bathroom as well. I want to go ahead and get dishes done too- so much…

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First Day of School

Jul 05 2006

Tomorrow will be the first Friday school in the big classroom with all the village kids. As long as we are able to get done with Naleh's school in 4 days we will review with all the kids on Friday in the big classroom. Should be a fun time. I…

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What’s Cooking?

May 31 2006

A big thank you to Cookeville Christian Church in Cookeville, TN. Dinner is now done in record time. The new stove has really made my life easier. I love the convenience and appreciate not having to brave the mosquitos just to bake bread.

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