We’ve now been in Indonesia for over a year! In some ways, it seems like it’s zipped right by! In some other ways, it’s been a long, hard year. Guess that’s how it goes with anything worthwhile, right? It’s hard, and rewarding, and goes quickly. When our kids were little my mom used to say “the days drag on and the years fly by”. So true!
There are constantly wonderful things happening – people’s lives being saved, both physically and spiritually. But there are also some really hard things. We’ve been struggling lately with homesickness and culture stress, along with the growing pains that come along with how much and how fast our team here in Wamena is expanding. We really would love it if you would pray in earnest for our family – relationships and protection – and for our team here. Thank-you!
We’ve settled into Wamena and Michael is into a routine of flying. In fact, we have great news! He recently received his ‘validation’ from the government (which approves him to fly on his own, without another ‘validated’ pilot) and will soon be able to fly on his own. Until this point he’s been flying with one of two other HV pilots every time. This is exciting!
What we’ve been up to
In Febrauary, in addition to many medevac and supplies flights out to the villages, we received our new visas and had Adria’s birthday!
In March, Kalem turned 12! We also had the privilege of sharing the Jesus Film, and then the Good News of salvation with two new villages!
March was also a busy month for medevacs – everything from a pregnant woman whose water had broken 4 days earlier and then delivered a healthy baby boy 30 min after the helicopter landed at the hospital with her, to a man attacked by a wild boar, and some things in between!
In April, again in addition to some medevac flights, Michael has had the unique privilege of doing one his favorite things – long line work! One of the local officials is spearheading the building of schools in remote villages and HeliVida is flying in the materials.
A little time off
Because the kids had a week off school and Michael a few days off work for Resurrection Week, we decided to take our first family holiday since being here. Right on the other side of our island, Papua, there is a place called Raja Ampat (Four Kings). It’s a group of islands known for stark and raw tropical beauty. There just so happens to be a little resort there owned by a Christian man who gives a pretty big discount for Indonesia-visa-holding missionaries. Score! We really needed some time away as a family to have some fun together, and that we did! After a couple short flights and a boat ride out to a little remote island, we totally unplugged for the whole week, something I don’t think we’ve ever done before. No cell phones, email, Facebook, anything! It was fabulous. Here’s a little photo recap:
God bless you abundantly! We are so grateful for your care and love and prayers for us. It’s hard and wonderful being here and we lean daily on the Lord and on you to stand strong in His plan for our family. We love you!