Happy New Year! The last time we wrote to you, we left you all hanging with the airplane floating in a shipping container somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. As the story continues, the airplane was released from port with some expected difficulty, but arrived at its home hangar on Thursday, December 7th. If you could have been there, you would have felt excitement in the air as everyone from those on the aviation team, to our employees, to missionary kids, to medical personnel from the hospital rejoiced together. It was a great event long anticipated.
Just four days later, our family boarded a jetliner for a time at home for Stephanie’s sister’s wedding. It was a good month home, and we are now back in Togo and already submersed in our regular life and schedule.
Last week, Ryan and Joe, a missionary colleague working in Ghana, were able to put the airplane back together and perform its first run-ups. For some short video clips of the run-up see Ryan’s Facebook wall. Yesterday, Ryan and Joe took a trip down to Lome to meet with aviation officials in order to obtain permission to fly in the country. The results of that trip were promising and we hope to be allowed to begin break-in flights later this week or early next week.
Somewhere in the midst of all of this, a special time and meal to thank and honor the officials in country who have helped us along the way will be necessary. Please pray that we will plan that well, and that God would ultimately be honored through that occasion.
Please pray for safety on the first flights, that the airstrip will be smooth and the air clear. Most importantly, please pray that this ministry would be one that honors and glorifies the name of our God; that it would be a tool that magnifies Him alone.
Please pray for Stephanie as she balances normal mom life, unexpected Togo life, and now as she co-leads the guest house team for the next five months. Pray that she would value her time alone with God higher than check marks on a list.
Please pray for Leslie, that she would be able to focus at school, but mostly that her head knowledge of God would grow into a heart that loves and honors Jesus.
Please pray for AnnMarie, that God would call/guard her heart for Himself. That she would know Him for who He really is; that she would love Him.
Please pray for Christian, that he would stay healthy and out of danger, and of course, that his parents would be faithful to teach him, even at only 17 months, the love of our Father.