Due to internet issues, uploading blog posts has been a challenge so I just simply gave up for a while. We still have computer issues but in the meantime I’ve hijacked the kids computer to do this post.
This is always a busy time of year. Especially when you have highschoolers. We had grownups vs kids basketball games a couple weeks ago. Always fun. The kids beat us. 🙂
That same night we were involved in a Middle School Retreat. I helped organize and Hugo and I both stayed the night to chaperone. The retreat went very well. A long-time missionary spoke to the kids on Friday night, after which we had a bonfire and one of the teachers spoke and sang with the kids. The next morning a couple spoke to the kids, he to the boys, she to the girls. Then we cleaned up and headed to an outdoor restaurant where we enjoyed a meal. The family that owns the restaurant was one of the first transmigrant family’s to come to this area of Papua. When they came there weren’t many roads and they had to walk through the jungle to get to the city to buy rice. The mom is still alive and has lots of neat stories to tell. Then we made our way to a river to play for a couple hours before heading home.
Following the retreat I headed up to the high school to watch the kids first basketball games of the tournament that our school hosted. The tournament ended on Wednesday with both our boys and girls teams placing second. It was fun to cheer the kids on!
Hugo continues to be busy in the hangar. There have recently been a few mechanics who have departed and visa issues keeping another in his home country longer then anticipated, leaving Hugo’s crew a bit short-handed. This always makes for some stress but they are still getting things done. Just yesterday one of our pilots made a medivac flight. A drunk man had been driving a car and hit a woman and her five year old child on a motorbike. The child passed away and the woman was badly injured. The driver of the car was not injured at all. However, the family of the woman found him and assaulted him quite badly. All this happened on Friday. In this place problems take precedent over people and the problems of the car accident and subsequent assault needed to be resolved before any of the injured parties could seek medical help in the city. I can’t tell you how angry this makes me feel. So yesterday one of our pilots went in and flew out both people on the same plane. The woman had to lay in the plane beside the man who had killed her child….
A couple weeks ago Marc’s class went on a field trip to the Yajasi (Wycliffe’s aviation branch) and MAF hangars. They got to sit in an old Wycliffe plane and a new MAF plane and see how things work.