Just a quick update to let you know that we’re alive and well! We’ve finished our first week back in language school (unit 3!) and survived! Our language, which we were afraid we had lost, is coming back! Praise the Lord!
We don’t yet have internet set up in our house, hopefully that will happen next week sometime. Once it does, I’ll be able to upload some new pictures of recent adventures involving a toilet, some goats and sweet potato cassarole.
Hi! We made it to Indonesia with no problems! This was, by far, the easiest trip we’ve had across the ocean to date! Yay! We took some pictures along the way:
Saturday morning in Nampa. Snow!
Waiting for our carry-ons in L.A. (they had to be checked at the gate)
Pass the Pigs to pass the time in L.A. (6 hour layover)
L.A. to Taipei. 14 hours. It was dark on the plane...sorry for the bad picture! We only slept a few hours.
Getting a drink in Taipai from their cool water machine. You can't tell, but I'm holding a white paper sleeve which served as my cup. 3 hour layover.
Taipei to Jakarta. 5 hours. Feeling the jet lag. Oh yeah baby.
Jakarta Airport! 31 hours of travel time. We made it!
The first time we arrived in Indonesia we felt overwhelmed by the sights, smells, and language. But this time it all seems familar. We are so glad to finally be back here! Please continue to pray as we settle back into language school.
Alaska Airways Flight 2419 begins our return to Indonesia. If you want to know when that is…look it up! Just kidding, I’ll tell you. Saturday. Yup! We’re leaving from Boise on Saturday to return to Indonesia! We will fly from Boise to L.A. to Taipai to Jakarta. We arrive in Jakarta on Monday afternoon! We knew when all of this happened it would be quick, but we didnt’ realize it would be this quick! The next session of language school begins next Thursday, November 19, and we’re hoping to make it to Salatiga on time for it! We probably won’t jump right into unit 3 because we’ve lost so much of our language since we’ve been in America. Hopefully they will allow us to retake unit 2 to review first!
Look out Indonesia! Here we come!
As you all know, about a week ago we learned that our visas were not far off and we thought we would be leaving sometime this month. (Yay! Yippee!, Yahoo!) Then, yesterday we recieved an email that it may be more like mid-December before they are ready. (Boo! Pout! Waaaa!) AND THEN, this morning we recieved an email from the MAF office in Jakarta, Indonesia that our visas should be ready on Monday, Nov. 9! (YAY! YIPPEE! YAHOO!) Isn’t third world government fun??
SO, we do not have a departure date yet, but it looks as though it will indeed be this month! Please continue to pray that there will be no more hiccups in this process!
While in Idaho waiting for our visas, Nathan has been working in the MAF hanger. He is SO excited to get his hands dirty again. He’s been working on a Cessna 206 from Haiti. The plane came back to Idaho to have a total overhall. Today Nathan was working on the wing. I have no idea what…but something that requires his hands to bend in unnatural positions.
There are 8 MAF families working in Haiti. 80% of the Haitian population are living in poverty and suffer from chronic malnutrition, poor health and untreated health conditions. Please pray for these 8 families as they minister to the Haitian people. You can read more about MAF’s work in Haiti here.