Tomorrow we board the first of 3 flights
that will take us home to Wamena over approximately 30 hours of travel.
There’s always a fair bit of uneasiness during transition, but mostly we
are emotionally ready to get back. At the moment, there is only one
pilot in Wamena and we’re especially looking forward to being able to
provide some relief for him.
Getting back will also mean the start of first grade for Isaiah. We’ve
been home schooling up to this point as the school in Wamena doesn’t
begin until first grade. Like most new students he’s a bit nervous (his
parents more so!), but he has a lovely class and teacher eagerly waiting
We left Wamena in March, making for 7 months away. The first stop was
England where we celebrated our arrival with copious amounts of
chocolate, curry, and tea.
Ben and I then went to France for a week
long debriefing retreat. Especially over the previous 6 months in
Wamena, we knew something had broken in our emotional health, but
weren’t sure what it was or how to fix it. France provided a much needed
safe place to process everything we’d been through.
Following on from France we headed to
Helimission’s HQ in Switzerland where Isaiah came to join us accompanied
by Grandma and Grandad England. After meeting with leadership we signed
up again! This time for an ‘indefinite’ period of time and look forward
to continuing to serve with Helimission for the foreseeable future. And
of course we also made time to enjoy amazing Switzerland!
Coming back to England we were excited to
share with everyone about the work we do in Papua and made the rounds to
many small groups and speaking in the service at City Church. It was a
great time to reconnect with everyone.
Sharing at City Church St. Albans.
In July we left England for Texas. Anisha’s
brother got married and we enjoyed a family reunion together in Branson,
We spent August in Florida and soaked up the
time reconnecting with our friends and church family, sharing at small
groups, and at Crosswalk.
In September Ben attended pilot and mechanic courses at the Bell and Airbus factories.
We returned to England for our last two
weeks before we head home. The leaves are changing colors and the air is
crisp enough to enjoy a few log fires. Ben did make one last trip to
Switzerland, but we’re all back together again and winding down before
the big trip tomorrow.
The BIG News
Four days ago we were officially matched by China for the adoption of a
beautiful 3 year old little girl! There is still a fair amount of
paperwork to take care of before we can actually travel to China to get
her, but we’re hoping for the new year. In the meantime, you can join us
in oooing and ahhing over all this cuteness.
Right now we’re trying to focus on getting stuck back into work and life
in Wamena. However, this will only be for a few months as we’ll travel
to China soon for the adoption. We’ll need to then return to the States
to process her citizenship, passport, and obtain a visa for her for
Indonesia. We aren’t sure exactly how long this will take, but hope to
minimize the time as much as possible.
Thanks so much for supporting and praying for us. It really means a lot!
Ben, Anisha & Isaiah
HELP THE CAUSE
Over the next several months we have some
big financial needs, specifically for adoption travel and airfare. We
would love for you to consider donating a special one time gift towards
Also, with the addition of a new family member, our monthly
living costs are increasing. We'd love for you to consider joining us as
a monthly sponsor.