It's hard to believe we've been back in Papua for 12 months already. We've been busy and the time has flown by, both at the hanger and home. If you're on Facebook, hopefully you've seen some of our video updates. If not, we've included some highlights here we think you'll enjoy. We continue to fly missionaries serving in villages where the only access is via helicopter, assisting the local church in their efforts to support the church body in remote locations. And also responding to medevacs where there is no healthcare bringing patients to the nearest hospital. Thanks so much for your support. Your partnership with us in prayer and finances makes this all possible!
We fly to Yasip with Todd Adams as he brings in church leaders from the Ibele church to introduce them to some local evangelists working in the southern low lands. On the way back we pick up a patient and drop them at the hospital. The second day we pickup Todd and the church leaders and hear some encouraging news.
This flight I fly with Kevin from MAF and two church leaders from the GIDI church. We go to 3 airstrips Bisek, Aniek and Wenapung . Kevin inspected the strips to check suitability for MAF aircraft to be able to serve them. I was able to bring the drone and get some aerial shots.
Some exciting news is our first national pilot has just gone solo in July. He is the first national pilot in the 50 years of Helimission operations. Dyro started with us in 2019 and has been building experience in the challenging flight environment we have here in Papua. Please pray for him as he continues to gain experience and that he would continue to make good decisions regarding weather.
We are soon headed for furlough and would love the opportunity to share with groups, churches and individuals about the work happening in Papua, Indonesia. Please reach out if you'd like to meet with us and hear more.
Homeschooling and Backyard Ministry
At home we continue on with home education. Isaiah and Cara also join the expat school children on Fridays for "specials" like tree planting, first aid, and sports. This year, thanks to Isaiah's efforts, we've also been very involved with our neighbor children. As a result, we've had many fun adventures as well deep conversations surrounding culture, poverty, and abusive behaviours.
All the hours spent building friendships has led to Isaiah, and recently Cara as well, really taking off with the Indonesian language. Rebecca also loves to have our neighbors over, especially her little friend James.
Boys on their way to buy noodles for lunch
Girls making mud pie
Cara wrote a newspaper and sold it along with paper butterflies, raising about $150 for charity
Front porch crafts
A big thanks to all who have faithfully supported us over the last 8 years. It's crazy to think it has already been that long.
This year we have seen a reduction in monthly support. This leaves us at about 30% of the recommended Helimission support level. We quite literally couldn't be doing this without the team of people who financially support us.
Would you consider joining the team and be a part of this mission?
- Additional long term personnel. We are understaffed at the moment with only us running the base.
- A good time as we reconnect with friends and family on furlough.
- In just a week we begin our journey traveling to Switzerland for the 50th Helimission anniversary celebration and retreat on the 20th August. The base will be closed for three weeks while we are away before our co-workers return in September.
We really appreciate your encouragement, prayers, and financial support over the years! We are thankful to be in Papua, and thankful for your partnership with us.