After getting new passports and waiting on visa applications to be
approved, we were finally able to make it back to Indonesia. We were
excited to be on our way back home. It has been a long time away with
covid lockdowns between Texas and the UK, and baby Rebecca coming along.
On our way to Jakarta, Indonesia.
Keeping ourselves amused during our 5 day quarantine.
Arrival and pre-release Covid PCR tests.
Finally released to continue our flights to Papua.
COVID in our family
After a week of quarantine and negative PCR tests in Jakarta, the
capital of Indonesia, we flew to Papua on Friday 2nd July. We were
thrilled to be back on the island and planned to spend the next few days
in the coastal city of Sentani to complete immigration paperwork and do
some supply shopping before taking the last short flight in to Wamena.
Unfortunately, all our plans would change on Monday morning when Isaiah
woke with a fever and cough. We immediately went for antigen testing.
Ben, Cara, and I tested negative, but our suspicions were firmed further
with Isaiah testing positive. We began to inform all those we’d had
contact with and Ben took Isaiah for a PCR to confirm. As expected,
Isaiah had covid.
Thankfully by day three Isaiah was mostly himself again. Symptoms have since then been making their way through the rest of us.
After a couple days of freedom from quarantine, we find ourselves now
isolating with covid. Not exactly the start in Papua we imagined! But
here we are. I had to laugh when Ben said, “Usually we at least make it
home before everything falls apart.” It is so very true. There is always
SOMETHING that goes wrong!
COVID in Indonesia
Things are changing fast here in Indonesia as the delta variant sweeps
across the country. Flight restrictions and lockdowns are in place in
many heavily hit cities. Wamena airport will close on the 12th July for two weeks. As we won’t get out of isolation until at least the 16th,
we will have to stay here in Sentani until the airport opens again. As I
told a friend, I will never again complain about the normal 36hrs of
travel it takes to reach Wamena. With travel, quarantine, covid
isolation, and lockdowns it’s looking like this UK to Wamena trip will
take an entire month!
Signal prayer group
We have moved our prayer updates group over to the the
Signal messaging app after some privacy concerns with Whatsapp. If
you'd like to be a part of the new prayer group please click the link
below: Signal prayer group
Thank you for your prayer and financial support
We really appreciate your encouragement, prayers, and financial support
over the years! We are thankful to be in Papua, and looking forward to
getting back to Wamena and the work we care so much about.
Lots of love from our family to yours,
Ben, Anisha, Isaiah, Cara, and Rebecca
HELP THE CAUSE
A big thanks to all who have faithfully supported us over the last 7 years. It's crazy to think its already been that long.
We quite literally couldn't be doing this without the team of people who financially support us.
If you would like to join the team and be a part of this mission, we'd love for you to consider joining us as a monthly sponsor.