The Gospel, Guests, and a new Graduate

A group gathers to listen to an audio Bible.

AIM AIR NEWS

A delegate from World Mission, a mission group we fly for, recently visited the AIM AIR hangar and encouraged us with how AIM AIR is helping  transport solar powered audio Bibles to the unreached people groups.  These devices are bringing Hope and Light to unlikely places!  Some of these audio Bibles have found their way into refugee camps in northern Kenya.  There are now small pockets of believers meeting on a regular basis.  It’s an honor and privilege to serve beside so many people committed to sharing the Gospel of Christ.

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The entrance to AIM AIR

Interns at the AIM AIR hangar seem to come in waves.  Some of these young people are new graduates, completing class assignments, or seeking God’s will for their lives in aviation ministry (or all of the above!).  A few come from Kenyan schools for a 2-3 week job shadow experience.  Phil’s capacity to multi-task has been stretched as he delegates jobs, doles out aviation advice and double checks their work.

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Recently, we hosted 5 friends from Spokane, WA.  Some of the college girls whom EJ mentors joined us for lunch after church.   Americans and Kenyans at a Chinese place in big city Nairobi—it doesn’t get any sweeter!

We drove as far as we could, then hiked down a muddy hill to the children’s home.

Memorable experiences with our guests included visiting baby centers, buying food for fire victims (see below), ministering to missionary women, praying with people, making friends, and slogging through mud to get to a children’s home outside Nairobi.

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A devastating fire in the Kibera slum near our house prompted a few of us ladies to collect clothing, food and other supplies.  Our friend Gaz served as liaison between us and the families in most need.  It meant a great deal to him that our friends from the U.S. would provide and pray for the Kibera residents.

Michael graduated from Eagles Wings Academy in May, 2019!  He starts classes this fall at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI, studying Mechanical Design Engineering Technology.

We’ll be back on U.S. soil Aug 5-Sept 30 to get  him settled and touch base with our other two sons, Andrew and Benji.

To celebrate, we’re hosting an Open House on Sunday, Aug 11, from 2-6pm in the Youth Chapel (upstairs room) at Waupaca 1st Assembly Church, 1420  Berlin Street, Waupaca, WI. 

Cards can be sent to him at N3636 Morey Drive,  Waupaca, WI 54981.

Connect with us!  Financial donations can be made here through a secure giving website.  https://usgiving.aimint.org/missionary/1017520

All gifts given through Africa Inland Mission are tax deductible.  Checks can be made out to Africa Inland Mission and sent to PO Box 3611, Peachtree City, GA 30269

Our U.S. mailing address is N3636 Morey Drive, Waupaca, WI 54981.

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Tests, tests and more tests!

A glimpse into Phil’s world: Nose in the books!  That’s been Phil’s mantra for the last 6 months or so, and it doesn’t appear to be lightening up anytime soon.  After receiving his Inspection Authorization last December in the States, he needed to renew that certificate in March (FAA rules). Fortunately, by performing an annual inspection on an AIM AIR plane, he was able to qualify for renewal.
Phil recently completed in a two week Cessna Caravan course (AIM AIR owns 3 of these planes). The class covered all the airplane systems such as flight controls, fuel, oil, hydraulics, electrical, lights, landing gear, engine systems, and more. Refresher courses are vital in the field of aviation!
Now that he finished that course, he can turn his attention to the Kenyan maintenance license requirements. Guess what? More tests! All the mechanics are going through this process so that they are able to sign off on the Kenyan registered planes. Phil’s first set of 3 exams are scheduled for April 12. Pray for him as he studies for Kenyan airplane law, among other topics.
Meanwhile, AIM AIR’s director of maintenance leaves on furlough this month, so he has distributed duties between Phil and the other mechanics.

Matthew and his best friend Maxwell on our first day back in Kenya – Matthew has just given Max a watch for his birthday.
EJ with Joanna (right) and Juliet (left)

Second Term is in Full Swing!  Reconnections and mentorship has been the theme since we returned to our home in Nairobi. What a blessed thing to not be the new family anymore! And yet, it still feels new as we navigate life without our oldest two sons (who are doing well!).
* Mentor missionary—we’ve been paired up with an AIM family to facilitate their growth in Kenya. We meet twice a month and it’s been mutually edifying!
* Housing Point Person—EJ helps manage the missionary houses in our estate and assists new folks to settle into Nairobi life.
* Homeschooling—homeschool co-op leadership, teaching Matthew, facilitating Michael’s last semester before graduation in June. Life is full!
* Mentoring college ladies—beautiful reconnections with these gals. Pray for their spiritual growth as they grow close to graduation.
* Neighbor boys—they continue to find a haven at our house. EJ keeps the cookie jar stocked while Michael often finds himself in a leadership role among them.  One in particular will come and ask Michael deep questions about life and faith.  Pray for Michael as he stands for Truth!

One of our planes loaded with supplies.

Picture This! Picture South Sudanese women flying to attend a Christian conference in Uganda, picture huge amounts of supplies heading for a refugee camp, picture cooking pots being delivered to a village, picture ministering in a remote Kenyan prison, …can you picture it?
This is why we are here, this is why Phil studies and desires to be the best mechanic he can be – each of these AIM AIR flights is undergirded with the desire to bring Jesus to those yet to hear, and to support those on the front lines of mission work.

Join us in our journey!  We still need $400/month to meet  budget requirements.

Send checks to Africa Inland Mission 

PO Box 3611, Peachtree City, GA 30269

Give online at https://usgiving.aimint.org/missionary/1017520 

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Treasuring the moments

Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
This is exactly where we are at this Christmas! A time of treasuring up the moments we have had this year, cherishing the people we’ve met, and enjoying the ‘now’ moments no matter how small.
After a semester of separation, my momma heart swells as our reunited sons fill the house with happy noises (and smells!). I treasure all these things in my heart – just like Mary treasured each moment with baby Jesus. I finally get that verse – and even more so now that we are about to release our oldest two into the world of work and college as we head back to Kenya.

This home assignment has been filled with countless treasured moments, and as we turn our thoughts to Kenya, it’s the people encounters that we take with us. We are so grateful for each of you! While we regret not being able to see everyone we had hoped to; we treasure each moment with those we have.

We fly to Kenya on January 25, 2019! Pray for us during this transition – this goodbye to our own sons is perhaps the hardest one yet. But God. He has paved the way for Andrew to have a place to live and a full time job. Both he and Michael plan to attend Tech School next fall. God has opened doors for Benji to play basketball on an intramural team next semester at Concordia University and also to work as a referee (a perfect fit!). As a family, we cherish each day together and are so very grateful for His gift of peace during this transitional time.

AIM AIR’S Newest Inspector:
Phil’s main focus the last few months has been to study for the FAA Maintenance Inspection Authorization exam. He passed it on Dec 10! This IA rating will allow him to perform annual inspections and approve an aircraft for return-to-service after major repairs or alterations. Since two of AIM AIR’s planes are registered in the U.S., Phil’s ability to have full sign off authority on them will greatly benefit the entire maintenance team.
In my mind, Phil is now an expert in FAA regulations, inspection requirements, and all those other tiny details, like calculating rivet sizes. It’s an important title. The one who signs an airplane off to fly is the one held responsible if something goes wrong.
Pray for Phil as he takes the next steps to earn his Kenyan maintenance ratings. Having the IA from the U.S. will assist him in that process.

Financial Update: We treasure each one of our supporters and prayer partners. You mean so much to us! We are very close to meeting our monthly budget – just $400/month more and we’ll be at 100%. One time gifts are also appreciated!

Send Financial Donations to:

AFRICA INLAND MISSION
PO BOX 3611
PEACHTREE CITY, GA 30269
Online giving: WWW.USGIVING.AIMINT.ORG/MISSIONARY/1017520

Our personal address until January 24, 2019:

N1322 County Road E, Waupaca, WI 54981

From our home to yours – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Phil and EJ Blohm, Andrew, Benji, Michael and Matthew

Just the Beginning

A highlight of our time in the U.S. has been our three older boys getting their driver’s licenses. All the anticipation, preparation, instruction; all the practicing, learning, and testing – they did it! And yet, they are only just beginning their journey as drivers. They continue to build experience as they drive.

We realize that the same is true of our ministry in Kenya. Years of anticipation, preparation, and flight instruction culminated when we landed on Kenyan soil in 2015, it felt as if we had just gotten our driver’s license! We did it!

Then we began learning about the Kenyan culture, practicing the Swahili language, and figuring out how to do life in another country. Phil had more orientation to do as he settled into his role with the maintenance crew. Within a year, we became the “veteran” missionaries in our neighborhood. EJ slid into leadership with a local homeschool co-op. Our circle of influence slowly grew. As much as we desired to be with our family and home culture again, it was really difficult to leave Kenya for our home assignment this past June.

But we are not done in Kenya. In fact, we are just beginning! We look forward to returning to Kenya in January 2019. This time we’ll have a bit more experience under our belt. We have established relationships to go back to, and new ones to explore. We still have a lot to learn, but it’s not quite as foreign.

Being part of AIM AIR, where Phil uses his talents to keep airplanes flying safely, is where we are meant to be. We look forward to reconnecting with our church small group and the college girls who stay in touch with EJ while we have been Stateside. We anticipate more relationships and opportunities to shine for Jesus.

The Work Continues

In August, AIM AIR flew missionaries into northern Kenya for a Bible translation celebration. We’ve been supporting this village for a long time by flying local pastors, supplies, missionaries and more, so it was especially meaningful for our pilots to celebrate with Pastor David, who is a ‘frequent flier’ with AIM AIR.

Join us in our journey!  We are about $900/month away from meeting our budget.

One time gifts are also needed and appreciated.

                 Send checks to Africa Inland Mission                                                      PO Box 3611                                             Peachtree City, GA 30269

Give online at https://usgiving.aimint.org/missionary/1017520.

Speaking Schedule:                                                                                                          We still have a few open Sundays available.  We can also share during the week at your small group or Bible Study.  Contact us to get together!  We’ll be based in Wisconsin for the remainder of the year.                                                                        Oct 20: Missions Banquet at Victory Church, Waupaca, WI                                          Oct 21: Victory Church, Waupaca, WI                                                                           Oct 28: New Hope Assembly, Platteville, WI                                                                       Nov 11: Ascension Lutheran Church, Navarino, WI                                                           Nov 25: Farmington Lutheran, Waupaca, WI                                                               Dec 2: Waupaca Assembly Church, Waupaca, WI                                                  Friday, Dec 7: Game Changer Ministries 7pm, Wittenberg, WI

Contact Us!                                                                                                                    Phil and EJ Blohm, N1322 County Road E, Waupaca, WI 54981
Email: mail@blohmflyingnews.com
Phone: 715-942-9986 Phil: 715-412-1147 EJ: 715-412-2409

 

 

Celebrating 3 years in Kenya!

Three years! July 9 marked the day we left U.S. soil 3 years ago for Nairobi, Kenya. At the time we didn’t know how we would fit into the AIM AIR family of missionaries or what to expect. We just knew that God had called us into aviation ministry and that we were willing to go. EJ recalls being nervous and just a teeny bit anxious (ok, a lot anxious!) about moving to the great big city of Nairobi (over 5 million!) on the great big continent of Africa. She also remembers God’s reassurance of “reaching the one” – one person at a time. It’s encouraging to look back over the last three years and see who God has brought into our lives – one person at a time.

This last year especially has been pivotal for us as a family – the local friendships we’ve made have solidified, ministry outside of AIM AIR has increased, and Phil’s roles within AIM AIR have become more established. As difficult as it was to navigate a new country and way of life, it truly has become home for us. In fact, it was hard to leave! Even as we wrestled with this, we realize that the very people that made it hard to leave Kenya are the ones that draw us back.

Furlough, itineration, home assignment – whatever you call the time when a missionary leaves their place of ministry to spend time in their home culture – that is what we are doing right now! Our assignment from Africa Inland Mission for the next few months is to refresh, reconnect with supporters and recommit to the next term in Kenya.

We are committing to another 3 years with AIM AIR, with the desire for longer.

In order for us to commit to the next 3 years, we need more committed supporters to help financially! Due to a variety of circumstances, our support base has decreased in the last 10 months. (Examples: change of credit card expiry date, loss of work …)

We need to raise about $1,000/month before returning to Kenya.

You can join our team! We have a personalized giving page through the Africa Inland Mission website that makes it easy to give online. https://usgiving.aimint.org/missionary/1017520
Or send a check to Africa Inland Mission, PO Box 3611, Peachtree City, GA 30269 and enclose a note that it is for Phil Blohm, not on the check memo line.

photo courtesy of Jordan Andre, On Field Media
Benji 2018

Meanwhile, we are preparing to release Benji into the college realm at Concordia University Wisconsin in August. He plans to study Exercise Physiology and Coaching.

Join us for a high school graduation open house on Saturday, Aug 11, at Waupaca First Assembly Church from 2-5pm.

Cards can be sent to him at N1322 County Road E, Waupaca WI 54981

Andrew, Benji and Michael began summer jobs at the same place where Phil and EJ had jobs as teenagers – Spencer Lake Christian Center. Matthew will turn 11 in August and then experience summer school for the first time. They’ve all had a ton of new experiences this past weeks and have many more to come! Prayers appreciated for all our kids as they gain independence and confidence.

The importance of taking the Gospel to those hard-to-reach is never far from our minds. Even in this technological age where even the poor in Kenya have cell phones, there are still over 900 people groups in Africa who have never heard of Jesus and who don’t have a viable church. It takes all of us working together to reach them!

Our Speaking Schedule to date:

July 22 – Valley Assembly 9am & 10:45am                                          Spokane Valley, WA
July 22 – Potluck in Spokane Valley, WA (email for details)

August 26 – CrossPoint Assembly, Portage, WI
Sept 2 – Victory Church New London (WI)
Sept 9 – Community Bible Church Black Creek (WI)
Sept 23 – Watertown Community Church (WI)
Oct 20-21 – Victory Church Missions Banquet  Waupaca, WI
Dec 2 – Waupaca Assembly of God (WI)

We still have dates available to share with your church, small group or Bible study!
Contact us to set a date!

Our U.S. address until January:

Phil & EJ Blohm, N1322 County Rd E, Waupaca, WI 54981

Phil’s cell: 715-412-1147

EJ’s cell: 715-412-2409

Home:  715-942-9986 (no texting)

Email: mail@blohmflyingnews.com

Web: www.blohmflyingnews.com

Financial gifts can be sent to

Africa Inland Mission
PO Box 3611
Peachtree City, GA 30269

Web: https://usgiving.aimint.org/missionary/1017520

Leaving Well – Home Assignment 2018

It’s time for our first Home Assignment! (Furlough)

Our thoughts have been quite reflective as we think about the last 3 years. Two recent experiences stick out.

1. The other day I (EJ) was driving (which is still stressful, but not as much as before) to our homeschool co-op, and this thought crossed my mind. “I really love Kenya – Nairobi. I love her people and I love being part of AIM AIR/ABS.” These thoughts lingered even as a matatu (public transport van) cut me off and people darted in and out of my way, even as I drove to an activity that has caused a myriad of emotions, both positive and negative. To me this was a huge revelation, that I belong here – that I have something to offer – that I’ve adapted to my city. It’s not perfect or complete, but I do feel contented here.

2. Just last night, in the midst of packing and sorting, we hosted an AIM missionary family who work in South Sudan. We’ve become good friends in the last 2 1/2 years and it was great to catch up before we left for the U.S.. Who knows when we will see them again?? As we talked, they shared how vital AIM AIR planes are for their work in South Sudan. Jordan even went so far as to say, “Without AIM AIR there IS no South Sudan.” He looked at Phil and thanked him for keeping the planes running. He shared how he regularly needs to travel to their various stations and that without the planes it wouldn’t be possible. It’s still an amazing thing to us – that we are here in Africa, supporting front line missionaries, reaching the unreached, doing His business!

As our thoughts turn towards the U.S. and all that entails, here is our schedule as we know it so far!

Our U.S. time-frame is June 4, 2018 – January 15, 2019.

June 4 – Land in Chicago
June 15 – Benji college Orientation
June 20 – Cleveland, OH area
June 22 – Bowling Green, KY
June 24 – Tompkinsville First Baptist Church (KY)
all week in Tville area
July 1 – Monroe Baptist Church (KY)
July 14 – Crosby, ND
July 15 – Faith Lutheran Church Minot, ND
July 18-23 – Spokane, WA area
July 22 – Valley Assembly, Spokane Valley, WA
July 25-26 – Colorado Springs area
July 27-Aug 2 – Springfield, MO area
August – Family month, Benji starts college
Sept 9 – Community Baptist Church Black Creek, WI
Sept 23 – Watertown Community Church (WI)
Oct – Victory Church Missions Banquet (WI)

To join our support team, click here! 

Airplanes, leadership and college choices

  • The past year gave Phil and the AIM AIR maintenance crew plenty of experience with engine changes – 7 of them to be exact!
  • As part of being Assistant Quality Manager for the maintenance department, Phil recently completed a week long course called Quality Management Systems.
  • Paperwork is a necessity in aircraft maintenance. Phil often handles work orders, which are complete records of everything inspected, installed or repaired on a particular plane during that particular time period.
  • Sometimes our pilots deliver interesting items to missionaries who live in the bush. A pair of hearing aids recently made a circuitous trip before arriving in South Sudan on an AIM AIR flight.
  • Another pilot recently flew a short term team into a refugee camp in northern Kenya for medical relief work.
  • AIM AIR transported a tractor into South Sudan for a partner mission group to dig wells. Phil didn’t think it would fit into the plane, but after some disassembling, it did!
  • AIM AIR flew four tons of shelter materials and mosquito nets to Zande refugees in Central Africa Republic. This region has been rift with tension—pray for peace!

DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRY LEADERS:

Our church is slowly introducing the concept of small groups to the congregation, and we are honored to be one of the leaders. Once a month everyone meets with folks who live in their own part of town. The goal is to eventually meet in homes, but for now we meet on Sunday mornings for about 30 minutes during the normal sermon time.
Pray for Phil as he leads our group. We are realizing that cross cultural discipleship can be challenging as our frame of reference tends to be different. We are learning so much and are excited to branch out into this new ministry.

Winnie, Beatrice, EJ, Mercy, Diana

Pray for Winnie, Beatrice, Mercy, and Diana, who are medical students at a local college. They stopped EJ after our last meeting and asked for a “selfie”. Pray that she can encourage them and build relationships with them.

FAMILY NEWS

  • Our homeschool co-op began in February. With over 30 multi-cultural families that total close to 70 children, it’s provided EJ and the boys lots of new friendships. Benji continues as Assistant Coach for the PE classes. EJ serves as administrator within the leadership team, which has given her opportunities to grow and learn.
  • Benji will attend Concordia University Wisconsin this fall! Andrew also anticipates finding his niche with technical school or in the workforce. Pray for them both as they launch into America living again.
  • Our first official home assignment begins in June! We’ll be Stateside for about 7 months before returning to Kenya. Pray for all the logistics involved, for the significant changes coming up in our family, and for good connections with supporters, friends and family.
  • Michael and Ben are playing basketball each week with a group of Kenyan teens. They are enjoying the friendships while increasing their skills.
  • Andrew had a recent opportunity to help a friend build a shed at a baby orphanage. He told us about meeting a tiny 7 week old baby who had been rescued from a latrine.
  • Phil’s parents were able to visit us for a week in January! What a blessing and encouragement it was to give them a glimpse into our lives here in Nairobi.

Phil Sr, Andrew, Michael, Phil, EJ, Benji, Jan, and Matthew in front

PRAYER POINTS

  1. AIM AIR is currently undergoing recertification with the Kenyan Aviation Authority. Pray for favor and a smooth process.
  2. Michael turned 17 in February! Pray for him as he considers his future. He’ll be graduating high school in 2019.
  3. Pray for rain! While we have not suffered a water shortage, so many in Kenya have. Our househelp’s parents told her that they are not able to grow vegetables anymore due to the dry conditions.
  4. We need a vehicle to use while we are in the States—one that the boys can continue learning to drive with, and one that will handle a lot of traveling. Both older boys need computers for school.
  5. Pray for our finances. We need to resume raising monthly support, as a number of our donors have passed away or have become unable to give. God knows our needs! To give online, go to www.usgiving.aimint.org/missionary/1017520 or send a check to Africa Inland Mission, PO Box 3611, Peachtree City, GA 30269

CONTACT US!

Click HERE to go to our contact page!

SCRIPTURE TO PONDER

John 15:31—The Father said to him,

“You are always with me, everything I have is yours.”

Card’s Journey

One day, Ms. Missionary Supporter was sorting through her mail.  With a gasp of pleasure, she excitedly opened a card from a missionary family that she and her family support in Kenya.  Inside she read a brief note of thanks, handwritten on the beautiful homemade card with a distinct African flair on the front.

“I wonder how my missionary was able to send me this card – it has a U.S. post mark on it?!” she wondered, as she propped it on the table.

This particular card has had quite the journey!  Here is the story of our Card traveling from a faraway village in Northern Kenya to the mailbox of Ms. Missionary Supporter.

  1. Risper and Phelgona, ladies from a Nairobi slum, industriously create cardstock from recycled paper and create the design of Card. They take Card and many others to their mentor/marketing director, Nillah (in photo below), in hopes that she will find a buyer.
  2. Nillah calls her missionary friend, EJ, who lives in Nairobi, to see if there is any interest in Card.
  3. EJ sends out a message to her lady friends in Nairobi to see if there are any buyers for Card. Turns out that Lareina, a missionary who lives in a remote village in Northern Kenya is very interested in Card!
  4. Nillah travels to EJ’s house by matatu (14 person taxi van) with Card safely tucked in her purse. She and EJ sort through all the cards to find the perfect ones for Lareina to use. (EJ buys a lot of them too!)  They find Card and add him to the pile going to the north.
  5. Lareina’s husband, an AIM AIR pilot, coordinates with an MAF pilot who is traveling to their village in a few days. He tells EJ’s husband, an AIM AIR mechanic, how to find the MAF pilot at the busy Wilson Airport in Nairobi.
  6. EJ’s husband carefully wraps up Card and all his comrades for the flight to the north. On his way to the AIM AIR hangar, he stops at Customs to deliver Card.  He prays for favor from the guards to enter – he receives it!  Card is now in the hands of the MAF pilot.
  7. The pilot makes a successful flight to the village in the north. Lareina’s husband
    brings Card back to their house.  Lareina finds Card at the top of the stack and prayerfully considers who this one will go to.
  8. She makes arrangements for completed Card and his friends to make their way back to Nairobi. This time there is an AIM AIR flight available with a bit of space.
  9. Card is taken to the home of Lindsey, an AIM AIR pilot who is traveling to the States. She tenderly places Card (and all the other cards from Lareina, EJ and others) into her suitcase.
  10. Once again, Card gets on an airplane – this time a 22 plus hour journey to Lindsey’s hometown.
  11. Lindsey graciously mails Card at the local post office.

    Nillah works as a mentor to many ladies in the slums. She teaches them how to run a business, while also sharing with them about Jesus.
  12. Card finally arrives in Ms. Missionary Supporter’s mailbox!

The simplest act of purchasing and mailing a card – we used to take it for granted!  Now it involves a whole community of people.  From the hardworking ladies who use card money to buy food for their children, to all the friends who worked together to meet this need – life in Africa is truly about community and we are grateful to be a part of it!

Phil and EJ Blohm & Andrew, Benji, Michael and Matthew

Send us a card! We’d love to hear from you!

AIM ABS, PO Box 21171,  Nairobi Kenya 00505

Checks can be sent to us at

Africa Inland Mission, PO Box 3611,  Peachtree City, GA 30269

Give online at https://usgiving.aimint.org/missionary/1017520.

Ping Pong, Popcorn and Pastors

“And the winners of the Mixed Doubles Table Tennis Tournament are Jackson and EJ!”

A simple ping pong ball and paddle (here they call them “bats”), a handful of enthusiastic church folks, and a table – means fellowship, exercise, and breaking down cultural barriers.

Table Tennis Tournament winners!

When I heard that the men’s department at our church was hosting a Table Tennis Tournament, I knew our family had to participate!  Our dining room table doubles as a ping pong table on occasion, and we’ve all enjoyed playing over the years.  While we love our Kenyan church, it’s been challenging to get to know folks outside of Sunday mornings – so this provided an excellent way for us to build relationships!  We left exhausted (it turned into an 8 hour affair, starting 2 hours late due to a trophy run), but encouraged by the new friendships we made.

Speaking of friendships, our little neighborhood is bulging at the seams right now.  Between new full time missionaries based here in Nairobi and missionaries who come to Nairobi for just a short time, we have laid out the welcome mat numerous times in the last few weeks.

Sugar cane juice break after rock climbing.

Another way we serve is by hosting teens from Rift Valley Academy (RVA), the boarding school that AIM runs.  Seth joined us for 4 days during RVA’s mid-term break.  Rock climbing, burgers, popcorn and late night NFL football games proved to be the highlights of his visit.  This seemingly small thing (because really, in a house full of young men, one more is barely noticeable) turns out to actually be quite a big thing, especially to his parents, who serve with AIM AIR in northern Kenya.  We recently heard that one of the RVA students had no place to go, so his parents had to fly him to their place of ministry in a different country and spend hundreds of dollars.

Some of the pastors heading to Kenya for Bible training.

AIM AIR pilots from Seth’s town in northern Kenya recently flew a group of 24 South Sudanese pastors to Lokichoggio, where our AIM AIR base is.  The pastors were to receive 3 months of Bible training. Since South Sudan is riddled with unrest, poverty and few resources, this was a huge opportunity for these pastors.  In the middle of their studies, a very serious crisis happened in Lokichoggio involving a South Sudanese high school student, a school shooting, and a number of deaths.  Fear and tribal loyalties put the pastors in such a dangerous position that they had to be flown back to South Sudan for their own safety.

Pray for these pastors – that they would be strong in their faith, and that they would be a good example to others.  Pray for those involved in the crisis in Lokichoggio and for our co-workers who live there – pray for God to work in the midst of grief and loss.  While we are personally far removed from the crisis in Lokichoggio, our friends and co-workers are not.  Pray that we can be a good support for them.

In the good times like Ping Pong and Popcorn and in the challenging times like these Pastors are facing – we choose to trust God and continue to do the work He has put in front of us.  Our AIM AIR team of pilots and mechanics have a challenging task as the need for aviation continues to be an integral part of missions and the continuation of the work in remote places.

Thank you for supporting us, praying for us, and being part of what God is doing here in East Africa.  If you’d like to join our support team, click here!

Going There and Back Again

Going There…

In July we passed our two year mark as missionaries in Kenya!  What a milestone as we look back on all that we’ve become accustomed to and learned along the way.

With college right around the corner for our oldest two, we traveled to the United States in June/July for college visit and driver’s ed classes.  We were so grateful to reconnect with family and friends again!  Two years in a long time to be away.  Reflecting on our trip, there were three things that stuck out to me (EJ).

  1. Driving, no matter where you live, is scary business! With our three young

    From left: Andrew, Michael and Ben show their driving permits.

    men learning to drive, all at the same time, Phil became instructor extraordinaire!  More than once I bit my tongue as the oncoming traffic sped by.  Their newly acquired learner’s permits are a signal of independence, which is also a scary, yet exciting milestone for this momma.

 

Matthew and his Nairobi buddy Max.

2. It’s all about people.  What we miss most about living in the States is our people (although Matthew says he misses mini-golf most!). What we love most about Kenya is our people!  How can our hearts be in two places at once?  Even though it was difficult to say goodbye (always!), we know we belong with AIM AIR, serving in Kenya.

3. Treasure the moments!  We all had expectations about what we would experience while in the U.S. However, life threw a few curve balls that challenged these expectations (family members moving, illnesses, deaths, etc.). We learned, and are still learning, to treasure each moment and cling to the positive.

…and Back Again

Our arrival back in Nairobi (July 25) was a timely one.

Caravan 208 getting ready for an engine change

Just in time for an annual inspection on one plane and an engine change on another.

Just in time to welcome new families to the neighborhood and assist in a language learning course.

Just in time to experience Kenyan elections, which were mostly peaceful.

 

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