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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
June 26, 2009 5:33 am
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Yesterday I took Phil Byler to Nagashot and then to Napep to meet with the elders there about the incident with the TIMO team.  The truly ironic part of that flight was that it POURED rain while we were at Nagashot, and as we left Napep it began to POUR rain there as well.  It took me three tries to land at Nagashot on the way back to drop Pastor William (who works at Nagashot) there along with a translator.  It’s a good thing the plane has a seaplane rudder…the runway was very wet.  The flight home to Lokichogio was also wet…it took about an extra 10 minutes (for a flight that’s usually 30 minutes) as I detoured around storms.

The meeting went fairly well, Phil said.  Though I suspect more meetings will be required before the team returns.  Still, it’s a good first step.

June 24, 2009 4:31 am
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One of the questions I ask whenever I go to Sudan is “What do you think will happen in the next couple years with the presidential election and referendum?”  Sudan was supposed to have voted for a president this year but issues with the census have delayed that vote.  Next year they were supposed to have voted whether or not to remain one country or split into two.   No one knows the answer of course, but the prevailing opinion has shifted.  One of our pilots who’s been flying into Sudan for nearly 30 years asks the same questions and got a 50/50 mix on whether or not the next couple years would be peaceful.  In the last couple months he and I have both seen that opinion shift to about 80/20 against.  No one wants fighting to start again, but everyone seems to think it will.  So…pray for Sudan.

In other news from Sudan we had to organize an evacuation from Napep last weekend while all the pilots were on the men’s retreat.  MAF did the flight for us, they had a plane going from Juba to Lokichogio, (and flying right overhead of Napep, so it was even relatively inexpensive).  We (AIM) have a TIMO team of about 12 people in the Didinga mountains ministering to the Didinga, an unreached (and very very isolated) people.  The rains have been very sparse this year all across east Africa.  So…the other night about 200 of the local people came the TIMO team leader’s house and required him and a couple of the other team members to go with them to their sacred mountain.  There they had a trial, accusing the TIMO team of “stealing the rain.”  After a couple hours they were let go and told “We will continue tomorrow, but you had better have a bull ready to sacrifice to our gods or else.”  Instead the team hiked over to Nagashot (a five hour hike) leaving at about 2am to meet the plane first thing the following morning.  So…pray for Sudan.

Lately, too, there has been livestock raiding among tribes in the south, something that hasn’t been an issue in Sudan in decades.  The missionaries in Werkok recently evacuated for a few days because of raiders in the area.  So…pray for Sudan.

There is a spiritual darkness there in Sudan as the enemy does everything he can to keep the people in the chains of islam, tribalism, war, and greed.  So…pray for Sudan that gospel will be preached and Jesus, the light of the world, will be known and drive out the darkness.

June 4, 2009 4:23 am
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Yesterday was Susan and my 20th anniversary. I know, the official milestone is 25, but 20 has to mean something.

Maybe in another 20 years I’ll figure it out. I look forward to that, actually. God has indeed blessed me with Susan.