Sunday, May 14, 2017

Who we serve

Last month our family had the privilege of riding along with Kars on a few flights.  It helps so much to see in person what he does every day and be reminded why our family lives where we do.  

One of our stops was to pick up this dear co-worker.  If you read our newsletter, she is the one we mentioned in our newsletter in December 2016.  This is a woman of God who exemplifies perseverance and joy, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.  Although we were only scheduled to pick her up, we wanted to take the opportunity we had in her village to see her house.  

Walking from the airstrip to her house

Solar panels out front are her only source of electricity

She was so gracious to show us around her home

This is her "work room" where she spends most of her days,
working with local people to translate the Bible into their heart language.
She is an incredible testimony of God's faithfulness.
We brought her out to our town for a few months of working in town
Watching the airplane taxi and take-off

Almost home!  Looking out at the beautiful lake near our town.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

First Flight Back

After 8 months of not flying in our country of service, I was finally able to start flying again last week. Our organization requires multiple checks before releasing a pilot to fly after a furlough. Some of these checks include.

1.) Instrument Proficiency Check (check our proficiency flying in clouds)
2.) Flight Review (check our ability to handle the airplane in emergencies)
3.) Mountain Flying Review (to make sure we're proficient flying in confined valleys)
4.) Marginal Airstrip Check (land at one of the more difficult runways prior to flying to all other runways)

 These checks took place in one simulator flight and two airplane flights with one of our instructors on board. 

 On Friday I was released to fly operationally by myself again. I got to put all that I had just reviewed into practice as it was raining all over our island. However, it was light rain and clouds without much turbulence. The weather report from interior was encouraging, so I decided to go.

After the first hour in the clouds, I could start to see things outside.

The village I was going to had fairly nice weather and I was able to drop the translator off there.

On the return flight I had a sick patient (front center) and several other passengers, who were happy to be heading to town.

All in all it was a great first day to serve again in the interior of our island. We play a small part serving the people here, not only by providing transportation, but also making it possible for the people to hear God's Word.

Monday, August 22, 2016


One thing I really enjoyed in America during our furlough was having bagels.  Since we cannot buy them here at the grocery store, I decided to try making my own this morning.  They weren't as intimidating as I thought!  I thought I'd share the recipe I followed, in case anyone else wants to try their hand at homemade bagels.  I'm excited to try different varieties next time.

I doubled the following recipe, which made 14 bagels

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Who are we following?

John 10:3b-4
He calls his own sheep BY NAME and leads them out.

When he has brought out all his own,
            HE GOES ON AHEAD  OF THEM,

And his sheep follow him,

From the world’s perspective, what we are doing does not make sense.  But we are not following the world.  Jesus has sacrificed all He had to win our souls.  Out of love, He paid the ransom that we needed.  So now, it only makes sense that we would follow where He leads.

The analogy of the sheep following the shepherd really stands out to me.  I don’t think I had noticed before how the shepherd is going out in front of the sheep.  The picture in my mind was usually the shepherd behind or beside the sheep…herding them in the direction he wants them to go.  But, thinking of the shepherd bravely walking in front and all the sheep following him, because they know His voice-that is such a comforting image.  We are not walking into some unknown territory or future as the leader.  Jesus is already there, in front of us, guiding us with His words of truth.  Sometimes it might feel like we are blindly walking into something…yet if we are following His leading and direction, we can be comforted to know that HE is AHEAD of us.

I want to follow my shepherd.  I trust that He knows what is best for me.  I want to know His voice well, so that when I am tempted to doubt, I can recognize His Truth and stand firm on it. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fun Flying

Some of you may remember that for Benji's 5th birthday Kars had the opportunity to take him along on a flight interior.

 Jozie remembers this almost on a daily basis and keeps reminding us that he wants to go on a flight with Papa for his birthday. However this year we were on the road for Jozie's birthday and so he hadn't gotten a birthday flight.

 Last week we had the opportunity to take the boys on a short flight. Jozie was thrilled to sit up front and was convinced he just needs a few more lessons before him and Benji are ready to go fly on their own.

Ready for Take-off. Jozie as co-pilot
Benji also got a chance to be co-pilot