As we looked at the year ahead of us, we knew it would be a series of steps. In order to complete the process without being overwhelmed, we had to take it one step at a time. It sounds like a logical conclusion. Thus, we began our career with MAF this last January. Since then we have moved out of our house, packed up our long-term storage items, decided which items would come to Indonesia, traveled to Prescott, AZ to visit friends and connect with one of our supporting churches, finished MAF’s Standardization and Orientation courses, completed Turbo-Prop Training at Spokane Turbine Center, completed our cross-cultural training in Minnesota, visited friends and family in Wisconsin and North Carolina, and most recently ordered and packed our crates which will be shipped to our home base, Tarakan, on the island of Kalimantan. How did we do this? One step at a time. The good news is we nearer now than when we first began!
These last two and half weeks were a busy time, and that is saying something when you see how the rest of the year has shaped up. Jessica, in case you didn’t know, is an amazing administrator/organizer. She compiled a master list of everything that several MAF families recommended we bring to Indonesia and then organized each item according to where we would purchase the item. Then, she marked down what we would be doing each day so we could see the goals for each day and make sure they were completed. We spent our days shopping, playing with kids, and packing plastic totes with our belongings. We had help from some friends who took time out of their days to help occupy and love our kids during this hectic time. In the end, we packed up our crates and only have a few more items to add!
In the middle of our packing we traveled to the Sacramento area for a “Going Away” party thrown by Jessica’s mom’s side of the family. It was a great gathering complete with amazing food, a giant slip and slide, a pool, and wonderful time spent with the family. They took care of us and treated us extremely well. It was great getting to share about what we will be doing in Indonesia and to connect with the family once more before we head overseas.
Now, we are here in Nampa, ID at Mission Aviation Fellowship headquarters finishing up our very last training before we are approved to move overseas. We are attending a security and safety training designed to help us be as safe as possible when traveling and living abroad. It has been an amazing training so far and we are glad we are getting to think about these things in a safe environment. It is a blessing to be part of an organization that has thought through and works to prepare us for all the different situations we may face overseas. They have done a thorough job of getting us ready and giving us the tools to thrive when we reach the field. What a blessing it is to be a part of MAF!
Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us. Our kids are doing well and even see MAF as “home” since we have spent the majority of this year here in Idaho. As we finish up our training there is one last hurdle before we can make our way to Indonesia.
Yes, we are still waiting for the visas to come in. We have been asking around and there is no word on the status of our visas. We know it is in the Lord’s hands and His timing. When He wants us to leave, the visas will come in. In the mean time, we pray for God to move on our behalf and also pray that God would show us opportunities to show God’s live each day as we remain in the US. We love you all and look forward to keeping you in the loop.