We made it safely back to Indonesia, sans 2 violins that are riding around in a random airport shuttle in Jakarta, and it has been a little crazy. Dealing with jet-lag is no joke, and that is just ME, not to mention the four little people! We moved to a slightly larger house…I mean, we are mov(ing) the larger house and the transition continues. Jess is getting ready to homeschool Adelina and teach the boys some fun preschool things. We have been reconnecting with our MAF teammates, the local Indonesian workers, and the people we serve in the interior villages of Borneo. I even received a warm welcome at the local market! Oh, and I am back to work at the hangar and in the sky! WooHoo!
I can’t tell you how many days I read about the need here in Borneo while we in the US, and I couldn’t wait to get back into the air and begin serving the people again. It has been a blast.
I had to do a refresher flight with the chief pilot and I am so glad I did! It was a good flight and I was able to knock off a lot of the rust from not flying for almost 5 months! We flew to 5 different strips and landed at each one at least once. I was able to satisfy my MSG addiction at the small airport restaurant with some soto ayam, an Indonesian chicken soup with chicken, rice, a hard boiled egg, fried onions, and I love to add the homemade hot sauce called sambal. It has been great to see all of the people who help us load, unload, and fuel the planes. I love to see the children at certain air strips gather behind the airplane to feel the prop wash when we run-up the engine before take-off!
After the refresher flight, I flew solo the next day. My main cargo for the day included rice, 3 motorcycles, 3 live chickens, some toys for a newborn, and clothes. Our ability to carry cargo is especially helpful for the people who live in remote and isolated areas of Borneo.
A perk of the job is getting to hone my skills on air strips that are pretty unique. Many of the strips are not paved and I get to see how the wheels behave on dirt, grass, rocks, and a blend of each. Sometimes there is a little mud and it splashes up on the plane. It is amazing how well-built and versatile these little planes are and how well they perform the way we need them to perform.
So, we are all adjusting and working hard to find a rhythm for life and work. We appreciate all of the support, prayers, and encouragement we have received. We could not do this without the huge number of people who have gone before us, and the huge group of people behind us. Thank you for your love. We are so grateful to be here and to have this opportunity to live this adventure. It isn’t easy! Not by a long shot. But it is worth it!
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
2 Corinthians 4:17