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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
May 5, 2015 4:07 pm
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For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.  For in fact the body is not one me caravan in south sudanmber but many.  1 Corinthians 12:12-14

Mundri South Sudan … lush with recent rains, plants and trees surround the airstrip.  I dropped off the team there for a week and got back in the caravan to start home to Arua, finishing a long week of flying in both South Sudan and Congo.  Up at altitude, autopilot set, I start working on the paperwork so I don’t have to do it at home that night. The HF radio crackles, Susan is calling from Arua…”Go t.  … mbek.”  What?  “Say again” I shout into the microphone.  She tries again.  “Go to Rumbek. Medivac.”  Staticy, faint, but got it.  I get turned to Rumbek then start trying to get details.  Go to Rumbek, get fuel and call Chris when you get on the ground.   It takes Susan and I about ten tries to get all that through given the poor radio reception that day.  On the ground in Rumbek I call Chris before I do anything else.  The medivac is for a family I helped move into South Sudan, so I get fueled for their location and launch to go get them.

While I’m fueling and paying landing fees at Rumbek, Chris and the folks in Nairobi have come in on Saturday afternoon to prep 5KS, AIM AIR’s newly arrived Caravan to fly from Wilson to Arua to meet me. First operational flight of the new plane.  The family’s youngest child is having issues with malaria and they need to get to Nairobi for treatment.

Susan and Megin Elkins meanwhile are putting together some lunch for the family to take along from Arua to Nairobi, since there will be no time for food in Arua and it’s a 3+ hour flight from Arua to Nairobi.

The family is waiting for me at the airstrip.  I land, get them on board and get going, climbing fast to get out of the heat and dust and bumps into the cooler more comfortable smoother air aloft.  Dad’s holding the little one, Mom looks worried.

The flight’s smooth. Not real fast, I’m fighting headwinds.  I get Chris on the HF after a bit and we’re chatting. He’s definitely going to beat me to Arua.  At Arua everyone’s waiting…we transfer the luggage to the other plane while Megin (a nurse) checks out the little one and reassures Mom a bit.  They load up and off they go…  Landing about 10pm at Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi.

Two pilots, a linesman in Nairobi, two linesman in Arua, three wives, and several people flight following.  It’s a team effort to get the family to where they can get medical treatment.

We’re the body of Christ.  That Dad can’t fly a plane.   I can’t do what he does. I get to help him stay in a remote place, with assurance of support when his family needs the help.  “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” 1 Corinthians 12:27   Said another way, also by the apostle Paul in the same letter, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” 1 Corinthians 3:6.