There are a number of things that we have to do before we leave for MAF Standardization training. First and foremost is moving out of our house and organizing all of our belongings. It has been an interesting week as we have opened every box and taken stock of our various belongings. It is amazing how difficult it can be to get rid of some of our stuff! I have birthday cards from 6 years ago stashed in random drawers. I have pictures that are out of focus but I remember exactly where they were taken so I hold on for no reason. (I have not looked at these photos once in 10 years, but I am sure I will want to show my kids some day and tell them the story) I have 2 film cameras that I haven’t used and will not use again, but I have kept them! What is this? Is there a name for this “disease” in which I want to save random things and can’t seem to let them go? Why is there a tugging at my soul when I want to get rid a shirt I haven’t worn…EVER?!?!
Not only have we received a country assignment, but we received an island assignment as well! We have been (tentatively) assigned to Kalimantan. Wahoo. As you can see from the pictures above, Kalimantan is in the western middle of Indonesia and there are two different bases on the island of Kalimantan. Tarakan is the larger base in the north east. The pilots on this base fly from the coast into the interior to serve the Christians who live in the mountains. Palangkaraya is in the south part of the island and they fly float planes to serve people who live on the rivers. Most of the new families start in Tarakan but we won’t know until we get closer to the end of language school.