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21 April 2014


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My grandfather from Baiteta village, Gis clan, together with some of his tribesmen were some of the carriers of Fr William Ross. To date I don't see anything from the church to compensate their contributions.

I used to live near Rempi at Alexishaven / Sec in 1984.

There I was an Australian volunteer missionary, aged 30. I used to visit the family of local employees at the Catholic Mission and remember a man named Wasem Iggie Dum who worked in the kitchen there.

I have since lost contact. He is probably a grandfather, lapun pinis.

If any one knows of contacts from that time, please let me know.

Mi ya, siven biluk taro.

I am interested in this pilgrimage. I interviewed Fr Ross forty years ago in Mt Hagen. His carriers and catechists told me of their route where they stayed, what the weather was like and whom they met.

From this I put the route on a map and I have been told that this is the map used by these pilgrims following their footsteps.

Strange that was forty years ago and they were speaking of an even forty years before that which makes up the eighty years

Subsequently I wrote 'Hagen Saga' now out of print but soon to be released again.

Josephine, with a name like Kama are you descended from Mogei Nambuka Kama (mother was a Kopi) who was the father of Ninji, Makinta and Kunjil.

They and Wamp had great foresight in inviting Fr Ross to settle in Wilya and then Rebiamul.

I am grateful for my great-grandfathers who gave land to missionaries to settle. It was through them that the Gospel spread to other parts of the Highlands. God Bless our/their generation.

Reminds me of the WW II escape from Wewak of several nuns and priests, escorted by Danny Leahy and Joe Serason.

They went straight up the range, no roads and at times had to break bush, with Japanese hot on their heels initially.

They came out of the bush at Mt Hagen, I think.

It was an incredible feat of faith and bushmanship.

What a wonderful but challenging exercise which I guess adds true meaning to the Easter festive commemorations.

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