Temporary Hosts schedule: Oct 10 - Nov 13 - Mike & Kathy Jelliffe Nov 10 - Nov 24 - Closed - Emergency bookings only due to APEC meetings in Port Moresby Nov 18 - Dec 16 - John Hunter Dec 16 - Jan 6th - Closed for Christmas break Jan 6th ... - Mike & Kathy Jelliffe, pending appointment of new permanent Hosts.
APEC security - There will be tight security around Port Moresby during November, with a curfew (dimensions unclear) in place during 15-16th Nov when senior international dignitaries are in town, and possible restrictions due road closures at other times. Visitors should avoid coming to Port Moresby during that time, and carry ID at all times if here.
PNG Visas - the PNG government has advised airlines that "visa on arrival" procedures are suspended 30 Oct to 30 Nov 2018. Visitors to PNG during that time should ensure they have a valid visa before entering PNG.
RATE CHANGES - from 6th Aug: The MAPANG Board has approved some rate changes to align ourselves better with local accommodation and meal costs. Some rates have been reduced. See the PRICES tab for more information. July 2018 - POLIO ALERT: Due to the outbreak of wild poliovirus in PNG, travellers in and out of PNG should be familiar with current polio vaccine requirements now in place. WHO websites at http://www.who.int/csr/don/02-July-2018-polio-png/en/ andhttp://www.who.int/ith/updates/20140612/en/ have information. Polio boosters are required for international travel though no real enforcement or inspection of documentation is apparent when travelling.
NOVEMBER 2018: APEC meetings- Due to APEC meetings being held in Port Moresby during November, mission agencies are advising members to avoid travel through Port Moresby during November. Indications are that there could be major disruptions to traffic and services due to the increased security and priority which will be given to world leaders visiting, particularly 10-20th November. MAPANG will be closed for bookings during those dates period and available only on an emergency basis, and closed fully from 13th Nov to 18th Nov.
DECEMBER 2018: Christmas closure - MAPANG will be closed for 3 weeks between December 16th to January 6th, 2019 and not accepting bookings for that time. We apologise for any inconvenience but this time is needed for Host and staff holidays.
WORK TEAMS NEEDED - We've got a few jobs that need doing round the MAPANG property and would love to invite anyone with trades skills to come and spend a week or three with us to help out. We'll provide accommodation and fellowship for you and have some tools. You'll also get some exposure to churches and mission work in Port Moresby.
Jobs on the list are:
Building a small staff room with ablutions for day and night staff.
Reroofing part of the main building.
General maintenance carpentry - doors, cupboards etc.
New fly screens on some windows.
A lot of painting - windows, walls etc.
Refurbishing of furniture - wooden and metal.
PRAYER FOR MAPANG's MINISTRY Our greatest current prayer need is for Hosts to take over long term into 2019 and beyond. Thank you for praying.
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