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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
February 9, 2013 4:16 am
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You might get it.  AIM Air and Samaritan’s Purse separated their flight programs, SP standing up their own flight department here in East Africa. (The split was friendly, both organizations needed to grow and couldn’t do it while joined.)  Since SP accounted for about 1/2 of our flying we were more than a bit worried what would happen to us financially.  Don’t let the scientists fool you, airplanes fly on money; the physics are totally secondary.  So SP stands up their own flight program, takes three airplanes with them….

So we prayed.

We’ve never been so busy in our lives.  November I flew 50 hours in about 2 1/2 weeks.  December 52 hours in 3 weeks, January was 53 hours…. And that’s just li’l ole me.  The guys in Nairobi have been equally busy, and there’s more of them.  And we’re flying groups that we either had rarely flown in the past or not at all.  It’s very exciting to see more missionaries out there.

Arua was a big mystery as well. Will it work, will it better serve the missionaries and church…

So we prayed.

See two paragraphs above about busy.  But also we’ve gotten some help!  Tim and Deb Carpenter  came over in January. Tim is a pilot mechanic, though he’s not flying any more, and is helping with maintenance and admin and everything else.  He was down in Entebbe week before last arranging a fuel shipment, this week he’s supervising the painting of our container at the airfield.  Plus he and Deb are two of the nicest people you’ll meet anywhere.    And we’re getting more help!  Mike and Ana Palmiter are moving in March or April to Arua.  Mike is our newest pilot/mechanic, and will be helping with the flying.  I can’t wait.  They’re coming out to Arua at the end of February to house hunt.

We’re not done yet though.  So keep praying please!  Pray for:

  • Hangar at Arua
  • Situation in Central African Republic (rebels, unity government, flight permissions, LRA)
  • Situation in DR Congo (flight permissions, stability)
  • LRA (end as a threat, and for individuals to repent and come out of an evil organization and return to their homes)
  • Church in CAR for maturity and growth, and outreach to the Mbororo
  • More pilots and mechanics for AIM Air – we’re still very short staffed
  • Fund raising for a 3rd C-208 Caravan – we have 2 and are in desperate need of a 3rd

And since I can’t finish without at least one picture….Here’s one from a trip in late December in Sudan.  I had a problem with the brakes in Pieri….I heard a

Audience in Pieri

Audience in Pieri

bzzzzzz as I landed. Hmmm.  It’s not supposed to make that sound.  On inspection we (Jim Streit was there with another plane at the same time) found that one of the pins holding the brake caliper in place on the right main gear had sheared off.  On the phone to maintenance while Jim starts re-arranging things to at least get all the people where they need to be, since it’s clear this plane isn’t flying until it’s fixed.  So…our Chief Engineer, John Mosby, puts together a rescue package of brake caliper and a main wheel assembly and sends it up with Chris McMichael on our Cessna 210.  Chris and I swap out the brake caliper and main wheel assembly and I’m on the way.   The picture is after the repairs are complete and we’re getting loaded back up.

And God took care of this too…I spent the night unexpectedly at Pieri.  MSF was there, fortunately, and gave me a place to stay and a meal.  Timing was perfect, they are only in Pieri a week every month and we hit it when they were there.  Likewise we were able to rearrange the schedule so that one caravan and a 210 and a 206 did the work of 2 caravans for just the cost of a flight from Nairobi to Lokichogio in the 210.

God is good.