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February 17, 2010 5:09 am
Published in: Flying

A couple firsts the other day for me.  I did my first ICAA medevac.  ICAA is intensive care air ambulance.  They charter planes, and provide medical staff and equipment to provide medical transport.  I’ve done medevacs before, of course, but this is the first time with these folks. They provide a doctor and a nurse as crew for the flight.  We flew the Caravan over to Kigali to pick up a man who’d had a heart attack and bring him and his wife and son to Nairobi.  We launched out of Nairobi about 2:30 in the afternoon.  It’s about a 3 hour flight each way, and we had a couple hours wait in Kigali while the doctor and nurse fetched the patient from the hospital there.  We took off from Kigali about 7:55 and landed in Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta airport at nearly 11pm.  That was my first experience flying at night in Africa.  It’s very dark out there.

What was really bizarre was that Lake Victoria was better lit than the land.  The fishermen put out strings of lanterns to attract the fish.  So Lake Victoria was all lit up, but the surrounding land showed just a very few scattered lights.

The flights were uneventful, otherwise.

February 17, 2010 5:03 am
Published in: Flying

Last week on Thursday I flew up to Loki on the DC-3, and then with Jim Streit, flew the Caravan to Juba to pick up several people, and then on to Chotbura.

The stop in Juba was MUCH smoother than the previous one. This time my passengers were SPLA officers, a Colonel, a Captain, and a Lieutenant. No troubles with paperwork this time.  That’s Col Deng there in the picture.

At Chotbura we let them all out, along with two passengers from Servant’s Heart. SH runs a clinic and a school in Chotbura and in nearby Daga Post. They’d had rumors of a couple of totally isolated and unreached villages north of Daga, and had gotten satellite photos and verified that the villages were there. Some work with mapping software and they worked out a route from Chotbura through a dry river bed to the area of the villages. Because of other rumors that the Orma (a tribe that’s mostly in nearby Ethiopia) they’d contacted the SPLA and asked for help. Thus my passengers from Juba. Col Deng and his men were along to provide security and to observe.

The DC-3 dropped off all their supplies…four motorbikes (they already had a couple in Chotbura) fuel, and other things, and we flew away. Servant’s Heart is off somewhere in south Sudan now, taking the gospel to people who’ve not had a chance to ever hear it before. Very very exciting. It was a privilege to be even a small part of that undertaking.

February 17, 2010 5:01 am
Published in: Uncategorized

The first few days of February we flew up to Gatab and went camping with the folks on the mountain. Well, we flew up on the 31st of January, but the rest was in Feb. We had a good time Sunday….the flight was easy and smooth and no one got sick. It was fun seeing everyone in church at Gatab. They were all surprised to see us and it was fun to greet them and practice our swahili on them. I was pleasantly surprised that I mostly understood what they were saying.

After lunch with John and Becky Woodworth we loaded up in their truck and headed down the mountain to the lugga to camp. Jeff and Nicole Barnett came, as did Katharina Dych, and Tim and Sheryl Hines, and Tom and Karen Richardson. We had a grand big group. Jim and Barb Teasdale showed up on Tuesday.

The camping was fun. It was also a work camp. The Master’s Mission folks had decided to improve the campsite with a walled drop toilet and a walled shower, so that camping in future would be easier and not require setting up these things with poles and canvas. We got the choo (toilet) done, and got the floor poured for the shower. The walls for the shower will be the next trip some months from now. We also had plenty of time to sit around and chat and cook and eat good food. Generally great fun.