I believe it has been weeks since my last post. We have been back in Sentani for over a month now already. In some ways it feels as though we went to Canada years ago instead of just weeks ago.
A week and a half ago, our newest plane arrived safely after a cross-Pacific flight. We are always thankful for the ferry pilots who are willing to do this for us and also thankful for a safe journey for them. I can not imagine flying that long in a single engine airplane!
On Sept 23, Brynne celebrated her 9th birthday. The following Saturday we had a party a the pool with all her girlfriends to celebrate. They decorated their own red velvet cupcakes and played games in the pool in the typical orderly fashion of girls.
It is volleyball season and Mikah has been playing on the high school team. So each Friday we head up to the school to cheer her and her teammates on. Each Friday a high school grade takes a turn selling a meal to the community. Now we have two kids involved as Christiaan is in grade nine. Mikahs class sells burritos and Christiaans class sells sub sandwiches.
Our helper has been experiencing more family drama. A nephew of hers drove a rented car while inebriated and had a bad accident. He ran away and the owners of the car and their relatives came to our helpers house and threatened that if the young man would not come and surrender himself to the police and pay enormous amounts of money, they would burn down his family’s house. As all the homes are close by, others would burn as well. Poor Ibu Ds children were terrified and for a number of nights they slept at a friends house. The young man was found by family members and surrendered himself to the police. But now there is still the issue of all that money that they want paid. More than the car is worth.
Hugo continues to be busy in the hangar. Recently he completed reviews of all the national hangar staff. We are always thankful for this group of guys who we could not do without.