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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
April 14, 2010 4:30 am
Published in: Ground,Uncategorized

Just when you think you have a problem, you realize that, there’s definitely bigger problems out there.  On Sunday morning Susan Black was shot.  The Blacks were on the road from Tuum back to Maralal, having attended the first Christian wedding in Tuum, when they were attacked by bandits on the road.  The bandits shot at the Black’s Land Rover trying to hit Ken and stop the car so they could rob everyone in it.  They didn’t hit Ken but did hit Susan.  Here’s the latest update from Marv Smith, the Eastern Region director:

“I just received an update this evening, Monday, at 6:30 pm local time.  Susan Black remains in intensive care at AIC Kijabe Hospital today.  On Sunday morning she received a very serious bullet wound to the thigh and femur.  Monday night an initial surgical procedure was done to clean the wound and begin repair of the damaged area.  The next 48 hours will be critical in terms of seeing how the healing process is going.  Please PRAY for Susan’s healing and for wisdom as the doctors treat her.

This was a traumatic event for Ken and Susan and their two boys, Robert and Joseph.  Ken and the boys are doing fairly well today, but continue to pray for their emotional recovery.  In addition to the Black family, there were also five Kenyans aboard the vehicle at the time of the attack—all need prayer.”

Please pray for Susan Black’s healing, and for Ken and their boys.

April 13, 2010 4:36 am
Published in: Ground

I don’t know. Last week the AIM International Services (AIM Air is a branch of IS) director resigned in protest over how IS would interact with other AIM regions. I don’t know the full details of that situation so rather than get them wrong I’ll just skip them. The big question is, though, what will AIM Air look like in six months? Will we go to Lokichogio? When will we go? IF we don’t go to Loki what will we (AIM Air) do with the Loki flying? What will we be doing if we don’t go to Loki?

Lots of questions. Unfortunately we’re all really short of answers. The AIM director is in town this week to talk to IS and hopefully answer some of the bigger questions.

More to come.

April 6, 2010 5:46 am
Published in: Uncategorized

Well, maybe random news flashes might be a better title.

I passed my AIM Air caravan base check, so I’m a qualified caravan pilot now. I still have to fly another 25 hours with other pilots to get some other views on loading and operating techniques. That’s about 2 trips. This week I fly about 18 of those hours all over south Sudan.

Loki housing: AIM International Services (AIM Air is part of IS) has decided to properly support the Lokichogio operation and will be building at least 2 houses and a hangar there in Loki. We had a good meeting with the Baptists who own the compound we’ll be building on. Next is formal lease agreements and building plans and deciding who’s going to be the Base Developer. The BD is an IS missionary who’s task is to get the Loki base built. Later he’ll be the Base Manager in charge of maintenance of the facilities there.

Alex is enrolled in Rift Valley Academy for August for 9th grade. He’s excited to go. Beth is lobbying to get his room, so far unsuccessfully.

Samantha turned 7! She had a party and sleep over on Friday night. I’m not sure why it’s called a sleep over. There wasn’t much sleep involved but she and her friends had a really good time.