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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
January 12, 2010 5:31 am
Published in: Uncategorized

The holidays were quiet. We spent Christmas day at home, just hanging out, likewise New Year Day. The hangar is shut down the week between Christmas and New Year Day.

AIM Air started off 2010 with a flight. New Year Eve we were called to do an evacuation up in Sudan at a village called Atar. There had been tribal fighting and the village and mission station were burned. The missionaries there, from Nigeria, were ok….some minor burns and cuts but nothing serious. So, on New Year’s Eve, John McNeely and Jim Streit flew a Caravan from Nairobi to Lokichogio. On 1 Jan 2010, they flew on to Atar and back to Nairobi to bring these folks out of Sudan. Not an uncommon operation for AIM Air. It was ironic though that just a couple weeks before our general manager had received a letter accusing us of prejudice and being a ‘whites only club’ because we don’t provide free flight training for kenyans who want to be pilots. (In fact we- AIM Air- are sponsoring a couple of kenyans in the US right now for pilot training, so even the direct accusation was baseless.) Two white pilots flew all day on a holiday, into a potentially hazardous situation, to help three black families. “There is neither jew nor greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Gal 3:28. For more information on the Atar incident see http://shorttext.com/fhbtdywkcq

I’ve been up to Lokichogio twice now since the 1st. Nothing so exciting as an evacuation. Yesterday I flew a group of short term missionaries to Lokotok where they’ll be helping the resident missionary there with a medical clinic and doing some evangelism. I spent some time looking around for housing, mostly talking to the new owner of the Trackmark compound. There are some possibilities there for housing, but Trackmark doesn’t really fit with our first plan of having an AIM Air compound.

School continues for the kids….today Susan is trying to push through a bunch of extra work so that Wednesday the girls can go ride horses. Bev Streit, Jim’s wife, rides in Karen, and likes to give lessons to the missionary kids.

Next week is quiet. The week after that, I’m back in Loki flying to Sudan.

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