News (for real)

I feel like the girl who cried “News!”  But this time it’s real!

Today we got word from Indonesia that the government is going to allow us to return and study on a work visa!  So, we should be back in Indonesia by the end of November!  Wahoo!

Us upon hearing the news!

Us upon hearing the news!

A Little Request

Hey ya’ll (I’m channeling my inner Texan, although I’ve never lived in Texas). 

This week our program manager, Wally Wiley, is flying to Jakarta to meet with the Department of Education.  I’m not sure on all the details, but please pray that he will be able to grease some wheels that haven’t been greased yet to get our visas moving!

Tra!  (that’s my inner Welsh-woman)

Baked Oatmeal

We’ve been staying with the Trempert family since we’ve been in Idaho.  All of the MAF apartments are full (although one is opening up this week-so we’re moving).  Anyway, Jessica makes this wonderful baked oatmeal for breakfast every morning.  It’s so delicious, so I thought I’d share.  I’m not sure this is Jessica’s recipe, but it sounds close!

Baked Oatmeal
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS baking powder
3 cups quick oats
2 TBS brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Beat together oil and sugar. Mix in eggs, milk, salt, baking powder, oatmeal. Beat well then stir in raisins. Pour into a lightly grease pie pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Refrigerate overnight. (Jessica doesn’t refrigerate hers overnight, so you could probably skip this step)
2. Bake in preheated 350 oven until firm, about 35 minutes. Serve hot. (Jessica puts hers in the microwave for 10 minutes instead-so easy)
3. Enjoy!

Yum.  To bad Nathan can’t eat this.


Two days ago was Nathan’s first day in the hanger.  He was so excited to get his hands on an airplane again.  Monday was especially exiciting because he was abe to fly the new Kodiak!  Kodiaks are a new airplane that MAf is introducing into their fleet.  I’m not going to try to describe the plane because I don’t speak “airplane”, but if you’d like to learn more about this plane and how it’s improving missionary aviation click here.  Nathan was so happy, he couldn’t stop smiling.  Hopefullly he will get to fly one of these again in Papua!

This Kodiak will be going to Papua

This Kodiak will be going to Papua


Pushing it back into the hanger

Pushing it back into the hanger


Earthquake in Indonesia

Many of you have asked us about the earthquake that has recently hit Indonesia.  None of the MAF families were affected.  But MAF is involved in some of the relief effort.  Here is the press release from MAF-UK:

“Within 24 hours of the massive earthquake that shook Sumatra, Indonesia, on 30 September, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) were flying in medical supplies and assisting survey efforts to assess the damage.

    MAF’s Sumatra-based Cessna Caravan carried a relief team from Operation Blessing International (OBI) to the scene of devastation.

     Stan Unruh, MAF’s program manager in Sumatra, reports that presently “We are working primarily with OBI, but the phone is ringing off the hook with requests from the Red Cross and others.” The situation is being evaluated and additional staff are ready to come if needed.

    MAF is currently  providing flights from Pekan Baru to Padang, close to the epicenter of the earthquake. Easily accessible from Jakarta and other places, the present plan is to stage MAF’s emergency response operations from Pekan Baru.

     The 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:16pm local time off the west coast of Sumatra, 29 miles northwest of Padang. Dozens of aftershocks followed, two of a 6.0 magnitude.

     The death toll is predicted to be in the thousands.

     MAF began flying in Sumatra in response to the 2004 tsunami that devastated the Aceh area of northern Sumatra. MAF was one of the first to respond to the disaster, initially sending aircraft and personnel from their programme in Kalimantan. MAF also provided communications services to support the relief efforts.”

Source: MAF UK press release

Sweet Home Idaho

Still no word on our visas, but we will be traveling to MAF headquarters in Idaho on Friday.  Since there is still no telling how long our visas are going to take, we’re not sure how long we’ll be in Idaho.   But we do know that we’ll leave from Idaho for Indonesia once our visas do come in.  Nathan is excited to “get his hands dirty” again working on airplanes and I am excited to have a little bit of a Fall season in Idaho.  We definitely won’t get that in Indonesia, so I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts. 

Please continue to pray for our visas!


Can you believe it?  I have news to report!

We spoke with MAF headquarters yesterday and they still have not heard anything regarding our visas.  So, they would like us to go to Idaho (where hq is located) to work there in the meantime.  We will know more information on Monday about when we’ll be leaving, but it should be pretty soon.  Once our visas do come, we will leave for Indonesia from Idaho.

We also heard from the woman in Indonesia who is working on our visas.  She said that they are still caught up in the Department of Education.  There will be another meeting on October 9 to decide to approve our visas or not.  Please be praying!  We have several guesses as to why this is taking so long, but it’s nothing that God can’t conqueror!  Thank you for your prayers!

Visa Woes

I feel like I’ve written this post over and over again.  It’s Friday evening in Indonesia now.  The workday is over and we still have not heard any news about our visas. 

This week Nathan and I made a difficult decision to tell my brother that we will not be able to be at his wedding in December.  We decided that at this point, it is more important for us to get back to Indonesia and settle into life there.  Plus, the trip from Indonesia is becoming more complicated and expensive as time goes on.  I knew that we would be making sacrifices as missionaries, but giving up my brother’s wedding was a hard one for me.  I’m sure there will be more family events down the road that we will have to miss.  Thankfully we have a loving God who gives us joy in the journey no matter the circumstances.  Our friends in Indonesia will soon become our family and we will enjoy many “life events” with them.

Please continue to pray for our visa process. 

P.S.-don’t forget to check the Prayer Requests tab for more praises and prayers!