A Field Trip

 

 

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In front of a float plane

Over the past few years we have been listening to many different biographies, including biographies of missionaries.  Some of these have included Betty Greene who was a WASP during WWII and went on to help found what became Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) as well as Nate Saint who was an MAF pilot in Ecuador and was martyred while trying to bring the life changing message of the forgiveness found in Jesus.  Nate’s sister, Rachel, and Elisabeth Elliott (wife of one of the five men martyred) later went to live with the tribe and see the transformation Christ brought to the Waodoni people.

MAF headquarters is now located in Nampa, ID so we thought it would be fun to get a tour and see how MAF works.  We brought along one Great-Grandma, both Grandmas, an auntie and three cousins.  MAF also works in PNG and helps with flights in and out of places that take days to hike.

 

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Flying over Nampa in the flight simulator
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Getting a view of the planes
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Looking at planes
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Cousins
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Testing what it feels like when trying to keep a propeller plane flying straight (not so easy!)
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Sleepy girl

Leaving Home in Sweet Home

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Seven years ago God brought us to the little town of Sweet Home.  It’s the longest place either of us have lived in our adult lives and now the moving van is packed up and we are on the road.  Sunday morning we were able to spend our last service with our church family and enjoyed getting to spend time with them before heading out.  We’ve been so thankful for their support through this process of moving overseas.  Saying goodbye is never easy.

Speaking of moving overseas, we don’t know yet when we’ll be leaving the States.  Originally we had hoped to leave in October, but because of paperwork delays we are now looking at leaving in November.  The extra time will give Nathan a chance to get some training here in the States with treating club foot.  We are excited for him to begin working with Andy Bennett in PNG at the club foot clinic.  God has drawn us to working with kids with disabilities and now we have this opportunity to work with kids outside of our family.

You can be praying for our paperwork process in the coming months.  We’re waiting for Nathan’s work permit to go through and then we can apply for visas.   Also be praying for Nathan’s mom and my parents as we will be invading their homes in the next few months.  Of course they are excited for grandkids to be around, but seriously, there’s seven of invading all at once!  It’s no small thing to invite our family to live with them for awhile.  We’re so thankful for their willingness (and they might be thankful for some quiet when we’re gone!)

Continue to pray for the chaplains, nurses and doctors in Kudjip as they help treat the physical and spiritual needs of the people in Papua New Guinea.