Hom Sweet Hom, Full Circle, Anisha's Writing, Adopting Again!
Wamena, Papua, Indonesia
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Join us on an EMS flight to the village of Mobiangama where
we bring out a patient to the hospital in town. After landing initially
we had to relocate the helicopter to pick up the patient who was unable
to walk up the steep path to the heli pad.
Every year the team here does search and rescue training
with winching and rappelling. This year I was able fly for the training
Hom Sweet Hom: January 2016
At the beginning of November we passed the
one year mark living in our Wamena home on Hom Hom street. It has been
so nice to really unpack and finally turn a house into our home! We’ve
painted, hand built furniture, sewed curtains, and planted veggies in
We’ve found our routine and after the last three years of constant
change and relocation it feels wonderful to settle into even the most
While Ben is out flying, Isaiah and I home school and look after our two
dogs, two cats (+ new kittens!), and 7 chickens. We shop at the market,
cook, clean, visit friends, and receive plenty of visitors at home too.
On Tuesday mornings I host a Pre-School Story Book Club at
our home with 6-8 children and their moms. We read stories, do crafts,
and play. It’s a lot of fun! We finished off 2015 with a Pancakes and
Pyjamas Christmas Party. Everyone is looking forward to starting the
club back up in the New Year.
The last time we wrote, Ben was flying with
the Chief Pilot for training/familiarisation before starting any solo
missions. These days he’s come full circle and is now putting his Flight
Instructor Certificate to good use flying those same
training/familiarisation flights with our team’s newer pilots.
Of many very memorable flights, one highlight was flying the very first Wano missionaries.
Here’s the story…
With support from the Helimission helicopter, in 2004 missionaries moved
into the village of Mokandoma to learn the local language and culture.
Their goal to teach chronologically through the bible and introduce the
Wano people to Jesus, their Saviour. After many years of helicopter
support, the village eventually completed work on an airstrip and could
be served by aeroplanes. The Wano people did receive the gospel and a
church was started, but they initially didn’t see the need or feel the
desire to share the gospel message with surrounding villages. However,
after several years of discipleship the Wano believers caught the vision
for missions and with training from missionaries decided to reach out
to two villages where the people spoke the same language. As one of the
villages could not be reached by plane, Helimission was was called upon
to fly in some of the Wano missionaries. What a privilege to be a part
of the gospel not only arriving to the Wano, but to now serve the Wano
as they reach out to other villages!
(Mike from New Tribes Missions introducing the new village to the local Wano Evangelists)
The Papuan life stories project continues.
Once all the stories are written we plan to publish them here locally
and create a website for the English versions. These stories are special
because the Indonesian versions are written in everyday language. Most
publications here are written in high/proper Indonesian making them
difficult to understand as the majority reading comprehension levels
rarely exceed third grade level. It was so encouraging to give the
stories a test run with a friend and hear him describe them as
excellently written, moving, and challenging to his faith. We’re praying
that God will use these stories to encourage believers and to reach out
to unbelievers, both here in the Baliem valley and the English versions
Although the website is yet to be created, here’s a life story sneak peek: Danika's Story
We’ve Saved the Most Exciting News for Last: We’re Adopting Again!
We’ve started the home study process for a
second adoption! We had thought adopting while we live in Indonesia
would be next to impossible, so were thrilled to find out that there are
agencies who work with expats. We also met new friends who live out in a
tribe our helicopter supports and are themselves adopting
internationally. After watching their adoption process, spending months
researching agencies and countries, we’ve made the leap and started the
process! We have until the end of the home study process to decide on a
country. We’re hoping to bring home a 0-2 year old daughter in 12-14
Thank you for your encouragement, prayers, and support. We couldn't do this without you!
Ben, Anisha & Isaiah
· Continued language acquisition
· Visa renewals - This is extremely challenging at the moment, with several families affected - us included.