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Alan and Amanda Halbrooks in Papua New Guinea

An Ukarumpa Christmas

As you can imagine, it’s not very cold around these parts for Christmas.  But that doesn’t keep the yuletide season from being merry and bright. Here are some of our … Continue reading

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Noah’s Ark: Gingerbread Edition

This week provided the perfect opportunity to pull out the old recipes of tradition and whip up Noah’s Ark in finest gingerbread form. First, the templates and dough: Then, the candy: Add … Continue reading

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Dis Dis Dee

Finn is obsessed with Christmas trees at the moment. We saw a few while driving around before we returned and he was first to point them out. When we got … Continue reading

December 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Grace upon Grace

While we were back in the States, Amanda and I decided to keep a running list of the small and large ways we saw God providing for us.  We called … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Back to the Highlands

After a long few days over land and sky, we’ve arrived safely and soundly in PNG. Thanks to all of you who prayed for the journey.  It went as well … Continue reading

December 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Colby is Here!

Little Colby has arrived!  He snuck in on Saturday, August 18th, surprising us all 12 days early – and on Finn’s birthday, of all days.  He came in at 6 lbs 9 oz and is just over 20 … Continue reading

August 20, 2018 · 3 Comments

Tea Time with Finn

We have been blessed with a surplus of babysitters this past year and a half. Finn has been loved more than we could have ever imagined, by neighbors, teens, kids, … Continue reading

June 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Former Students

I have had so much fun seeing my kids grow up this year. And I don’t mean Finn. My former students are now in middle school. Believe it or not, … Continue reading

June 7, 2018 · 1 Comment


  Guess what….another Halbrooks is on it’s way! He/she is due in August! We’ll keep you posted as it gets closer. Please pray for good health for Amanda as it’s … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · 3 Comments

Correspondence 101

During our last school break, I got an opportunity to do some teaching of a different sort. At the far end of Ukarumpa is our Training Centre – the hub … Continue reading

November 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Finn’s Friends

Finn has friends. He has started to show interest in playing with other kids. This is such a fun stage for us! He has recently played with a few other … Continue reading

November 7, 2017 · 2 Comments


It’s been a long mango season and my heart is happy! I don’t think I have ever had this many good mangoes in PNG before. The three of us have … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

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