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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
November 13, 2011 1:30 pm
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One of the bits of advice we got when we were new missionaries was “don’t give a laundry list of what you’ve done in your newsletters, tell stories.”  Great advice, since everyone loves a good story.  I’m just not sure which story to tell at the moment.

There’s the story about a flat tire on the Caravan at Unity airstrip and getting it changed while under attack by tsetse flies.  Or there’s being in Kajo Keji to watch the formation of a new Conference of the Baptist church, over 100 churches where the missionaries here thought there might be 20.  Another story would be one I’ve already mentioned in my post called “Lentil Delivery.”  Though now it’s mostly sorghum (all the airplanes smell like molasses) we’re hauling to feed over 20,000 people who have fled attacks in North Sudan.  Or I could tell about the 5 gallon jug of honey from Banda in Congo that spilled in the back of the airplane. I could talk about the pastors we carried to and from a conference for encouraging defections and returns from the  LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army).

On the more challenging side of things there’s the story about why we’re moving again (to Arua this time), or the health scare Susan had last week. There’s also the story of all the flying we’ve been doing…over 140 flight hours for Ron Pontier and I last month and over 520 hours for AIM Air…which is twice what we were doing at the start of the year.

There’s one constant in all these stories though, and that’s God.  He has been in control and has seen us through, and it’s His glory that all the stories are about in the end.  Susan and the kids and I just get the fun part of seeing them unfold from the inside. Sometimes it’s more fun that other times, of course. Some of the stories are scary, some are funny, some are inspiring.  All are about God in the end.

So this post isn’t really about a story. It’s just a teaser to get you to come back and see what the next story is.