The World At My Door invites its readers to experience the unique life and friendships found in an isolated mountain village in Papua New Guinea. Marshall and Helen Lawrence and their boys moved to Papua New Guinea in 1968, where they lived and worked among the Oksapmin people for twenty-five years. Marshall was involved in language study, translation, literacy and administration. From 1993 to 2006, Marshall and Helen made trips into the area, training Oksapmin men and women and producing a dictionary of the Oksapmin language. Marshall and Helen retired in 2006. They live on Lake George near Echo Bay, Ontario. Their four sons are married. They have ten grandchildren.
“Your book made me laugh. …It made me cry, …It made me think, praise and pray.” -Shirley Janzen, long-time friend.
“Marshall engages his readers with humour. There’s laughter in his voice as he recounts several funny incidents. Marshall makes the reader embrace his world and love his people.” -Rose Brandon, writer and recent friend.