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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
December 19, 2009 3:15 pm
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The temporary fix seems to be working for the water in the house. This is a big relief since I’m still flying from Loki up into Sudan for the next three days. The guys at the hangar were very supportive and helpful getting the situation resolved. John McNeely (our chief pilot) went and tried to get the pump reprimed, and Rob Scheck called the plumber right away when John was unable to get the pump working. Long story to say we have water in the house again. This is a good thing.

The flying in Sudan yesterday and today went smoothly. I overnighted in Juba, which is a first for me. Juba is the capitol of South Sudan and is growing rapidly. There is construction everywhere. It’s also hideously expensive…Rent for a small house can easily be $3000 per month. A meal can easily be $20 for a bowl of stew and a soda.

The airport was another source of amusement and a bit of frustration. Everyone has to go through security, even folks going to a private charter. Security is nothing more than a cursory pat down, but you still have to go through all the crowds and get the man with the key to the departures door. I get to experience this again Monday since I’ll be picking two people up there.

And finally, back to Loki. Loki looks unchanged save that all the potholes have been filled in the road to the airport! Wow! You can drive on the tarmac, it’s really quite amazing.

December 18, 2009 7:39 am
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We’re all back at work. Susan is pressing the kids on school, much to their dismay. She is also coping with the vagaries of Nairobi water and plumbing. We’re having adventures, misadventures maybe a better term, with our water pump at the house. Yesterday she completely ran out of water because the pump is losing prime, and doesn’t pump air so well. The plumber came out and rigged a temporary solution, which we hope will function until we can dig up the tanks in the back yard and install the check valve at the base of the tanks (the old one has failed and is letting the water run back into the supply tanks rather than holding it at the pump).

Where is Jay in all this? Sudan, of course. Husbands are always gone when major systems break. It must be one of Murphy’s Laws. I flew up to Lokichogio with MAF on Thursday morning early, then took a team of evangelists to Bor, Sudan for meetings with the local pastors there in preparation for a crusade. We’ve had issues leaving the plane in Bor, however, so I hopped over to Werkok about 10 miles east, where there is a mission station, and spent the night here in Werkok. Yes, here. I’m on the internet from the middle of nowhere Sudan thanks to the wonders of modern satellite technology. Today I go back to Bor, pick the evangelists up and take them to Juba for another set of meetings , and then back to Lokichogio on Saturday. Monday and Tuesday I have flights to Sudan from Loki, and I’ll hop a ride back to Nairobi with another of our pilots on Tuesday afternoon. Hopefully the temp fix on the water pump will have held at least until then.

We’re back at work.

December 12, 2009 5:15 am
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This week was back to work week. Susan started cracking the whip over Alex, Beth, and Samantha (home school started again.) I had my base check (the AIM Air checkride we have to do every 6 months) and submitted my Kenyan pilot license for renewal. I still have to get my Kenyan instrument rating renewed, and then I start the Caravan checkout. The kenyan renewals won’t really hold me up from flying, since the only C-206s we have are US registered, so my US license is what matters. Our only Kenyan registered 206 is serving up in Gatab with Jeff Barnett. So, we’re back and we’re back to work.

December 3, 2009 1:09 pm
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We’re here! We made it to Nairobi in one piece. And amazingly, all 18 of our checked bags arrived. And thankfully, customs just waved us and our 18 bags through, and didn’t even check any of them! God is good. The flights were uneventful, just long. T he kids behaved very well, and the trip in general went very smoothly. We’ve unpacked most things so far today and are getting teh house back in order. Mostly we’re taking it a bit slow and just recuperating.

We had a great time in the US on furlough, and we look forward to seeing folks again. Hopefully, you will come and visit us here!

December 1, 2009 9:40 pm
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Well, we’re en route to Nairobi. Right now we’re sitting in Dallas-Fort Worth airport waiting for our flight to London. Eighteen pieces of checked luggage and a carry-on bag each. Woo, lots of stuff. Traveling light is just not in our lexicon, I suppose. We arrive at 9:45 pm on the 2nd, according to our boarding pass.
Back to work.