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5 years in Kenya!

As we cross our 5 year mark as missionaries in Kenya with Africa Inland Mission and AIM AIR, it causes us to pause a moment and reflect.  Grab some coffee as we share five highlights from the last 5 years in Kenya.

Photo credit: Shaggy White, OnField Media (AIM)

  1. People – Hands down, the reason we stay is for the people!  It’s been a wonderfully fulfilling journey as our sphere of special people has expanded.  Meeting folks from all over the world has expanded our horizons.  Doing life on a daily basis with those around us – both Kenyan and other missionaries – has led to deep waters as we’ve laughed, cried, prayed, and given thanks with each other.  Sharing Jesus with those around us through hands on loving has become a way of life.  We have learned how to live in community like never before, because it’s do or die out here.   In the midst of Covid challenges, we continue to reach out, looking for opportunities to serve those around us. These are not easy times in Kenya, yet we did not hesitate to remain here to ride out the wave of uncertainty that Covid-19 has brought to all of us. This has truly become our home. 

2. Kenyan culture – Despite living in a city of about 4.5 million people, we have rhinoceros, giraffe, cape buffalo, lion and crocodile about 2 miles from our house.  Mangled attempts at using Kiswahili (I accidently asked my language helper to marry me!), still happen as we slowly learn.  Firsthand experience with Kenyan traffic courts (and Phil’s “arrest warrant” when he missed his hearing by showing up at the wrong courthouse) and other government offices has taught us a lot about patience and just how dependent we are on our Kenyan friends.  Driving in a crazy big city on the left side of the road takes intense focus and nerves of steel.  Things that used to feel foreign or awkward now seem common and almost comfortable.  Worshipping the Lord in Swahili has become meaningful and rich.  Kenya has buried itself deeply into our hearts; and after countless fingerprinting requirements, Kenya will always have our imprint.

3. AIM AIR – We get to see and be the body of Christ in action every day.  With teammates from different countries and church backgrounds, we are unified by the goal of reaching the unreached using aviation.  Each role is different, requiring different skills. It’s not about who is more theologically correct, it’s about reaching the lost with the Good News:  that because we all deserve to die for our sins, Jesus died in our place so that we can be with Him for eternity.  Every flight that delivers food, medicine, supplies or people makes a difference.  Check out AIMAIR’s Facebook page and website for photos, stories and videos.   

4. Saying yes – In our living situation and everyday life, we’re not giving up as much as we thought we would.  We don’t live in a mud hut, we have electricity and internet (most days), and we can find familiar food (except Cool Whip and Cheetos).  Living in Kenya isn’t as hard as we thought it would be in those areas. But, living a continent away from our oldest 3 sons is much harder than we imagined.  Sometimes we feel like we are sacrificing a lot.  Yet the agony of separation has been tempered with His peace and grace. We move forward in confidence knowing God directs each of our paths! Michael bravely said it best last fall as we said farewell in his apartment hallway. “Mom, I know this is where God wants me to be.” Tears fell as His peace descended. We walk in confidence knowing God directs each of our steps.

5. You!  We couldn’t be in Africa without those who support us in prayer, friendship and finances.  Your investment in our ministry allows us to keep investing in Kingdom work here in Africa. His grace sustains. We are so thankful for YOU. Pray for our plans to visit the U.S. this fall – things remain uncertain and we don’t know yet what travel will look like.

Help us continue serving in Kenya: 

Give online at usgiving.aimint.org/missionary/1017520   or send a check to

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

(enclose a note to indicate it is for Phil and EJ Blohm)
July 2020 – Photo credit: Shaggy White, On Field Media (AIM)

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EJ Flies a Plane!

On March 1 – before Covid-19 took over headlines – I accompanied Pilot Lindsey on an AIM AIR flight to western Kenya to pick up a short term missions group. Beautiful valleys and villages soared beneath us as we skirted storm clouds. After getting our 5 passengers situated, I settled in the co-pilot seat, ready for the one hour jaunt back to Nairobi (which would have taken 8 plus hours by road). Once we gained altitude, Lindsey offered me the steering wheel (yoke in aviation lingo) and said, “Want to fly?” I thought she was joking! Hesitating only a moment, I grabbed the yoke, trying to make sense out of all the gadgets and gauges. She just stretched, totally relaxed, pointed to the horizon and said, “Just keep it level. You got this.” Heart pounding, my control tendencies severely challenged as I know NOTHING about flying a plane, I just tried to keep it level. Five minutes later (it felt like way longer), Lindsey took over again and the passengers applauded.

Lindsey’s words have rung over and over in my ears these days. As if God knew exactly what was going to happen with Covid-19 and was prepping my heart and mind for the uncertainty of today. I keep hearing His still small voice whisper, “Keep it level, you got this.” That’s because He’s the one really flying and He’s relaxed, not worried or anxious. He’s got this!

 “EJ, do you still have that pair of crutches?  A missionary family in north Kenya needs them and a flight is headed there in two days!”  Yes!  We inherited a pair of crutches, which have been passed around our neighborhood.  After a few phone calls to figure logistics, these crutches, along with food and supplies, made the journey to Korr, Kenya. 

AIM AIR UPDATE: AIM AIR is continuing to fly, though it’s not easy since Kenya is in lockdown mode. Each flight request has to receive specific governmental permissions and follow strict protocols. Our director of flight operations stated that each potential flight has now become its own research project.

On May 1, permissions were granted not only for the crutches flight to Korr, but also for our Uganda base to resupply 3 of our South Sudan AIM mission stations with much needed supplies. Praise the Lord! Photo: The plane was sprayed down twice both entering and exiting South Sudan.

AIM AIR has had to develop risk mitigation procedures for our maintenance staff to be Covid compliant.  To keep the flights going, a skeleton maintenance crew is working at the hangar doing inspections, repairs, and other needed projects. Online meetings have become the norm to keep everyone in the loop.

In January, Phil was asked to take on the Quality Manager’s position within AIM AIR. A steep learning curve, he’s been able to work from home the last month as he delves into this role. His responsibilities include overseeing & performing 16 yearly internal audits, various supplier audits, and two yearly audits that the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) performs on AIM AIR’s flight and maintenance departments. This job assignment has yet to be finalized by the KCAA, and will involve an interview with KCAA officials, Covid permitting.

Easter 2020 was quiet, yet meaningful for our little family of three.  Our oldest 3 are all living with Phil’s parents in Wisconsin for the time being and are doing well. 

Laughter of children can still be heard in our neighborhood, but no one comes to the house for cookies these days. The photo shows a troop of precious neighbor kids from B.C. (before Covid). We look forward to hearing knocks on the gate and “Can I have a cookie?” again.

Even though Kenya has closed its borders to international flights for now, we are confident that we are supposed to be here. Even with social distancing, we’ve been intentional to reach out to others, helping those we can with food, face masks (required by law), encouragement and even rent. Kenya has a money system through the phone network, which makes it easy to send assistance.

When “C” texted “Momma Andrew, am a bit hungry and can’t find work, can you help?” we could respond immediately. There are SO MANY like C that at times it’s overwhelming. Thank you for your continued giving to our ministry – we can be generous because you are!

Ways to pray:

  1. Pray for God’s sustaining grace, peace and wisdom over our hearts and minds.
  2. Pray for Kenya leadership. Pray for AIM leadership.
  3. Pray for Phil and the AIM AIR crew.
  4. Pray for EJ serving on the newly formed Crisis Management Team in the Member Care role for our region of AIM, which involves over 25 families plus Kenyan employees.

Ways to Give:

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

Give by check: Africa Inland Mission, PO Box 3611, Peachtree City, GA 30269 (write note that is for Phil Blohm)  

Click to here to go to our Giving Page for more information about donations.                                                       

Before the Borders Close is a short video featuring a couple we know who needed AIM AIR during the recent Covid-19 crisis.

Reimagine & Renewal

AIM AIR-Reimagined

The email said, “The board will vote on the future of AIM AIR.” Gulp! Last fall brought a bit of uncertainty to our team, as we prayed and waited for the Board to decide if AIM AIR was even needed anymore.
In October 2019, the Board emphatically stated that AIM AIR continues to play a vital role in the overall vision of Africa Inland Mission.
That is great news! We continue to pray for our AIM AIR leadership and the Board of Directors, as changes are made to reflect the changing face of missions.
One big change is that the Board agreed to allow AIM AIR to fundraise for operational expenses, which will help a great deal in making our services more affordable for those we serve. Pray with us and for us and our AIM AIR team, as we diligently seek God’s direction for the future.
Meanwhile, flights continue, new families join our team, and Phil pushes to get his Kenyan conversion mechanic licenses.
A recent C206 flight reached one of the northern most points we typically fly – near the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. This was for a partner ministry called To Move Mountains Projects, which provides quality education to children living in war zones.

Phil, EJ and Matthew – December 2019

Celebrating Christmas with 3 sons an ocean away forced us to really grasp hold of the true meaning of Christmas – and to cling to Peace that passes understanding!

We are thankful for family and friends on both sides of the ocean who filled the relational gap.  Thank you for praying for us during this season!

The oldest 3 made their first long road trip in December – from Wisconsin family to Missouri family.  We rejoice in an uneventful drive and all the new experiences they’ve had.

Highlights of 2019

Graduations 

  • Our 3rd son Michael graduated from high school in May.
  • Our friend Barbara graduated from college in October.  EJ was able to make her cake and gave an unexpected speech at her party.
  • Three young ladies EJ mentors graduated from medical college in December. 
Barbara was our language helper for several years. She has become a dear friend and we were excited to attend her graduation party!
Joanna, on the far left with the garland around her neck, graduated in December 2019. Her sisters traveled from upcountry to participate and they all were excited to take photos with a mzungu (white person).

Expanding AIM family

  • Four new AIM AIR families  joined us since July. 
  • We became mentor missionaries for 2 different families over the course of the year.

Ministry opportunities

  • Small group leadership at church
  • Praying with Winnie for salvation
  • Sharing Jesus at the chiropractor’s office
  • Ladies prayer ministry
  • Deepening friendships
  • Weekly prayer meetings
  • Cookie ministry to neighbors
  • Mentoring college ladies

Click here to watch the 2019 Christmas AIM AIR video!

2020 Renewal

As we continue our commitment to serve God here in Kenya, we have Hope and Peace that this is truly where He has called us to be.   After a challenging season we lean into His promise to renew our strength for what lies ahead. 

A glimpse of our 2020 year:

· Phil’s completion of the Kenyan licenses (see below for more details)

· Transitioning from monthly small groups at church to weekly small groups in homes

· Phil has joined a men’s Bible study

· EJ continues in homeschool co-op leadership

· We continue as mentor missionaries

· EJ continues serving on the Housing Committee

· We celebrate 5 years in Kenya this July

· EJ hopes to go on an AIM AIR flight this spring

·  We are planning a trip to the US this fall—pray for the logistics and details.

· We are now guardians for a missionary teen attending RVA (boarding school) while his parents work in Mozambique.  We’re his emergency contact and also a place to land during breaks.

Phil’s Journey through Kenyan Aviation Testing….

In Kenya, after maintenance is performed on an airplane, or airplane component, a certificated person needs to sign a “Certificate for Release to Service” document.

Phil currently has a temporary validation of his U.S. license which gives him this certifying authority in Kenya, courtesy of his U.S. Inspection Authorization that he earned in 2018. This validation can’t be renewed indefinitely though, he needs to earn his Kenyan licenses.

The three needed licenses are Piston engines, Turbine engines, and Airplanes (which includes the whole airplane minus the engine, propeller, electronics, and flight instruments).

 Each license requires three exams; multiple choice, essay, and oral/practical with a regulations multiple choice exam thrown in to make it an even 10 total. After that there are also 2 to 4 type ratings to be earned. It’s a little involved!

In 2019 Phil passed the four multiple choice exams and one essay exam. He’s waiting on scores for the other two essays. 

On January 16, 2020, he performed a 5+ hour oral/practical exam and waits for those results.

Needless to say he has had a very busy year of studying and testing! This has taken more mental energy than Phil initially realized, but God continues to strengthen him!

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord!” 

Zechariah 4:6

Get involved with what God is doing here in East Africa! Please PRAY! Please GIVE! Consider coming out to visit us and see where you might serve God in missions.

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Peace in the Changes

FAMILY: Launching 3 young adults into the world of work and college feels like a double loop roller coaster ride (yucky!).  Returning to Africa on Sept. 30 without them was perhaps the hardest thing we’ve ever done.  Yet, they’ve all landed in Wisconsin, venturing out into their chosen paths.  We are grateful for God’s peace that guards our hearts during this time of transition.  Andrew (21) is exploring career possibilities while working, Benji (20 this month) is continuing at Concordia University, and Michael (18) is establishing himself at Northcentral Technical College.    Pray for us in these changes of family dynamics and distance.

Fortunately, 12 year old Matthew has a few years to keep us company. In our 17th year of homeschooling, this is the first year EJ has only one student.  Ministry continues with homeschool co-op leadership, church small group, housing committee, and mentoring.    Pray for us in these “same but different” activities.

Family weekend in Wausau, WI Boys from the top: Matthew, Michael, Benji, Andrew

AIM AIR: We’ve said hello to four new missionary families (all with young children) who recently arrived to begin work with AIM AIR!  Three of them are housed in our neighborhood.  We’ve been paired up with one young couple to be their “mentor” missionaries as they navigate their first year.  Pray for us in these changes of new relationships.  

Text Box: Send financial donations to:
Africa Inland Mission   
PO Box 3611 
Peachtree City, GA 30269  
(indicate on note that it is for Phil Blohm)                         Give online!  Go to: www.aimint.org
One of our pilots snapped this photo while flying over Tanzania

Meanwhile, Phil is back in the thick of things at the hangar, catching up on projects and the goings on.  He’s also back to studying for another round of Kenyan Aviation Mechanic tests.  He’ll take one about Piston Engines on Nov. 1 and one on Turbine Engines on Nov. 29.  He’ll be assisting our new guys with maintenance orientation for the next few months, as well as keeping up with airplane inspections, work orders, and other projects.  Pray for Phil in changes with personnel and responsibilities.

In order to stay in Africa, we need your support! Send financial donations to:

Africa Inland Mission  PO Box 3611 Peachtree City, GA 30269  (indicate on a note that it is for Phil Blohm)                          Give online!  Go to AIM’s secure giving site: www.aimint.org

NEW WEBSITE:  We recently changed our website to Word Press. Prayers appreciated as we learn a new technology! www.blohmsflyingnews.wordpress.com

Email us!  mail@blohmflyingnews.com

Call us!  1-715-942-9986 (U.S. phone number, no texting)

Text us iphone to iphone or on Whatsapp: +254 737 732 531 (EJ) +254 737 732 570 (Phil)

Find us on Facebook: Blohms in Africa (closed group, just ask to join)

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.

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 

Email: mail@blohmflyingnews.com

Website: www.blohmflyingnews.com

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Internet USA Phone: 715-942-9986

Kenyan Phone: +254 737 732 570 (Phil)

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!