| Mission life is like.... |
I was talking with a friend a couple months back, complaining about all the back breaking work I am doing and she says "So mission life is like becoming a Pioneer?". I was stopped in my tracks. Wait, haven't I always wanted to try the pioneer life? You know where life was so much simpler and so much more free and relaxed. I laughed to myself, "I don't think I'm cut out to be a pioneer".
God has many ways to mold us and change our character to be more like his. Chris and I have just been put through the fire once again being separated for the majority of the last 3 months and Praise be to our Lord in heaven, we have come out "not perfect" but "more purified" then last time.
Over the last 3 and a ½ months, Chris has been working on the house and the three airplanes. He has finally determined that he is playing the game "Fix a plane". But you would know the game as "Wack a Mole". I will come back to this in a moment.
Update on the house
We moved into the house in February with the porch not complete. Now, the porch is almost complete, about six of the boards were cut too thin and so our local guy is bringing us more in the next month or so. We hope to say in our next update that the outside work is complete but in the words of the Guyanese it will be done "Juuuuuuuust Nooooowwww" (meaning maybe next week or month or year) We have the kitchen and bathroom still to renovate (which probably won't happen until we return from the states in August). We currently have running water in the house via a garden hose which is connected to our not so clean rain water system that is also running dry due to lack of rain. So we still get our drinking water from the campus of Bethany Medical Missionary College (BMMC). We take baths in our one tiny tub which is warmed up with one 6 quart pot of boiled water so that we do not freeze. You know the phrase "don't throw the baby out with the bath water". Well often that is what I feel like saying after we have all finished our baths.
As of the 3rd of April, we now of solar power with one battery that we are borrowing from BMMC. So we can now charge our devices off the inverter rather than the generator. About 3 weeks ago, the chief pilot delivered a new generator to us. This was a gift from God as we needed a new one to run the washing machine. I call him my angel on wings.
We are still needing to complete stuff on the house like fresh running water from a fresh water spring and other stuff but Chris has been needing to work on airplanes the last 3 month over in Georgetown so "just now" we will get this house finished up.
| Above: our front porch. The side porch is blocked off until we get the last few boards. Left: our current kitchen, if you look closely you can see the garden hose around the sink. Right: our small bath tub that gets very dirty by the end of the day. |
| Maintenance Shop Update |
As of the 26th of March, we now have a shipping container out here to keep the aircraft tools safe. About 2 and a half weeks ago, Chris got the go ahead to move the 20ft container from Ogle airport out here to Bethany. Within a half a week, we had the container scheduled to be moved out here. Now this isn't an easy task because you don't just get the container on a truck and bring it out. Nope, you have to find a truck to pull it out of its location at Ogle Airport, squished between two other containers. Then you have to find another truck to lift it onto the bed of a truck to bring it across the two rivers and then meet a tractor where it is to be put on the bed of a log trailer and hauled through the jungle on a very terrible road for 7 and a half hours. They finally arrived here at 6:30pm March 26th. The next day it took a few hours plus two tractors to pull it off the log trailer and put it into place beside the hanger. But We are happy to say we now have a shipping container to house the tools in and our stuff when we return to the states. Now we need to pour a cement floor and tar a taxi way and resurface the runway with hard dirt. Then this Maintenance base will be fully operational.
| Above: pulling the container off the trailer. Left: hauling the trailer in by tractor. Right: container almost in place. |
| Airplane update |
I mentioned above the "fix a plane" game. Over the last 3 months, Chris has been playing this game between 609 (said "six zero niner") and 04T (said "zero four tango"). He would fix one problem in 609, then start work on 04T. By the time 04T was fixed, 609 had another issue. Then once 609 was fixed again, 04T would break again. All this while 13M (said "one three Mike") is sitting out in Paruima waiting to be fixed since its engine was having trouble back in November. As of this week, 04T is down for an annual inspection which Chris won't have time for until he returns from Africa. But this came at the right time as another thing broke on 04T making it not able to fly anyways. So James, the chief pilot, is now flying 609 and Chris and Delvan (more on him later) were out in Paruima for most of last week trying to fix 13M. As you can see we are needing lots of prayers as these planes need a lot of TLC (tender loving care). We hope that soon Chris will have all three planes at a point where he is only doing maintenance rather than fix it because it is broke. But until then, we will keep following the Lords leading.
Mission Life Update
While we are living the missionary life or as my friend put it "the Pioneer life", where you wash your 10 loads of laundry by hand, hang it out to dry and cook all your food from scratch only to have to eat it for the next three meals or throw it out cause you don't have a refrigerator, We are able to share our ministry with others as well. I have been busy seeing people for Physical Therapy. Which has been exhausting but exciting none the less. I have been watching people go from not feeling their foot, to being able to walk normally and feel the ground beneath their toes again. A gentlemen with back pain, was unable to sleep at night without a pillow beneath his legs, now he wakes up daily without back pain. It is thrilling to see people healed.
Delvan is a young man about 29yo who has been help us get things done around the property. He has been a big help in getting projects completed and finding people to help us haul things like the container. This young man has been an Adventist all his life but has walked away from the church for many reasons. After getting to know him better we are seeing that he has a commitment to God but struggles with how some people in the Church here treat others. He has become a part of our mission team and we are continuing to pray for his witness to his family who do not hold the same beliefs as him.
Mission life is like a bowl of popcorn... you just never know what God will have pop up next but until then, we will keep on jumping forward.
Chris is headed to Africa to work on the plane at Zakouma National Park in Chad. He will be out of Guyana for two weeks so please keep our family in your prayers as we all are separated once again.
We will be headed back to the USA for our summer visit on May 16. We will send out a visit schedule soon, so be looking out to see where we will be able to visit with you this summer.
We had a good response to our needs fundraiser. We have had to adjust a few items on the list and the amount needed. I will be sending out an update on this soon
Until next month, we pray a special blessing on you.
Chris, Crystal, Corey and Cara
| Corey's pet turtle named "Cookie". We released him after about 6 weeks as we were unable to keep him fed well enough. He is better off in the wild. |
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