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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
August 11, 2011 6:21 pm
Published in: Ground

It used to be that the refugees from the Nuba mountains who had fled to South Sudan’s Unity state had only seen bombs falling from airplanes.  On Sunday the 8th of August they saw lentils, sorghum, beans, and rice fall.   It was really exciting to be a part of getting that food to them.  I wasn’t on the DC-3 shown here (the picture is from Samaritan’s Purse).  I was flying one of AIM Air’s caravans in support of the airdrop, taking Samaritan’s Purse workers to the airstrip nearest to the refugees, along with two quad bikes, several drums of fuel, tents and other supplies.  The airstrip was only 9 miles from the refugees, but it was still about a 5 hour ride on the quad since the “road” was mostly under water. 

I’d started in Congo on the 2nd, a fairly routine flight (and it sounds strange to say a flight into Congo is routine).  On Friday we started working on the food drops. I flew from Aru to Bunia and traded airplanes with another of our pilots. He finished my flight on Satuday, while I flew to Juba, Sudan. Saturday I took a load of food up to Unity state to start helping set things up for the air drops.   Sunday the first drops began as the DC-3 arrived.  We loaded it with almost three tons of food and a pallet of plastic sheeting for shelters.  Meanwhile I flew out with the deputy governor of the state, the assemblyman, and the minister of roads for the state to survey the roads and the drop zone.  We watched from a mile or so away when the DC-3 arrived, and dropped the first load of food.

The airstrip I was flying into wasn’t as bad off as the road, but it was still pretty mucky.  The SP guys kept laughing and saying you could even go four-wheeling in an airplane.  It took all day today to get the airplane clean. 

Normally we don’t fly on Sunday.  Christ asked in Matthew 12:11 : “Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out?  Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”   It was exciting to be part of doing good on the Sabbath.

Please pray for the refugees.  Pray also for the people still in the Nuba mountains. We learned this morning that the government of north Sudan had resumed bombing.