Last month I was once again helping with some flying in a different location. Here's a few more shots from that office window. Hope you enjoy...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
This year, in addition to the normal flying that I do in East Africa, I've also been doing some one-month gigs flying in some different locations where they really need some pilot help. Meanwhile, Joy and the older two kids were also traveling for almost a month this summer during one of the times when I was back in Uganda. When you add it all up, our family has been scattered on different continents for more than four of the past seven months. That being the case, we've tried to be very intentional about hanging out together, and having some quality family time, when we are together in one place. To that end, our son Hudson came up with the idea of having a big Family Game Day.
He planned everything out, and we were able to have our first ever all-day Family Game Day a few weeks ago. It was really great fun!
We started with the outdoor games in the morning when it was still cool, and eventually moved to indoor games later in the day. Most of the time we played each person for himself or herself, and the winner would get one point. But for some games we played teams, and each member of the winning team got a point. At the end of the day, the winner with the highest number of points, and the runner up, each got a candy bar. (They were kind enough to share with the rest of us.)
We played a LOT of games, and I didn't take pictures of them all. But here are some of them (as you can see, some took the games a lot more seriously than others):
Football (aka Soccer in the U.S.)...
Table tennis (ping pong)...
And several indoor games...
Saturday, August 5, 2017
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to fly thousands of solar-powered radios up to South Sudan for Every Village. There were actually so many radios that we had two of our planes flying them up that day. We loaded the planes the night before, and repositioned them to Entebbe International Airport so that we could leave at sunrise, and fly directly to Juba, South Sudan on the first leg of the long flight. Here's a shot of the sunrise just after I departed Entebbe.
As you fly from Entebbe to Juba you cross the Nile river several times. Here's a shot of the Nile, shortly after it enters South Sudan.
Together, our two MAF aircraft delivered about 10,000 radios that day to three locations, Mvolo, Tonj, and Aweil. Here's some shots capturing the joyous offloading of many boxes of radios from my plane.
Each box contains 100 radios. Every Village estimates that each individual radio reaches a bit more than 7 people (they tend to listen in groups and/or families). Based on these estimates, the radios we delivered that day will reach over 70,000 people in their heart language!
Every Village is currently operating three radio stations in the locations I mentioned above. They train local pastors and staff in radio, and then they record and broadcast everything locally. Here's some shots of some of that stuff.
And here is what it's all about...
This is a typical sight in the morning and evening, when the radio stations are broadcasting throughout these remote parts of South Sudan.
People carry the single-channel, solar-powered radios with them everywhere (like to this water bore hole below) as they listen to the songs and messages in their heart language.
I've done several other blog posts about Every Village. If you're interested in seeing those, then you can type "Every Village" into the search bar above. Also, if you want to find out more about who they are, and what they do, you can visit their website here.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
A few weeks ago my son, Hudson, got to ride along with me for a day of flying throughout Uganda.
Hudson dreams of being a pilot one day... possibly a missionary pilot like his dad. He's got a real knack for technical things and frankly, I think he's gonna be a great pilot!
Hudson got to see much of Uganda that day, as we flew to seven different villages throughout the country. Here we are in Kalongo. Can you see Hudson in the copilot seat?
And here we are in Kaabong, in far northeastern Uganda, where we frequently fly IMB, AIM, and others.
Recently I did an overnight flight to Tonj, South Sudan, for our friends from every Village ministry. It so happens that when I was there, they were celebrating the two year anniversary of the radio station that Every Village operates from Tonj. As part of the celebration, the Every Village radio station had sponsored a community-wide soccer (what the rest of the world calls football) tournament, and the evening I was there was the championship game.
There was a huge crowd of people surrounding the entire dirt pitch, watching intently and cheering their favorite players and team.
It was great fun! I've played football since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, growing up in Brazil, so I had a great time, along with everyone else, watching these guys play some great ball.
After the game, as the sun was setting, the entire crowd gathered around for the awards ceremony.
The folks from the Every Village radio station gave a few speeches (here, our good friends Andrew and Daniel are speaking) talking about the radio station, who they are, and what they do and why, and about peace for the country, and things like that. Then, together with the Governor, and others, they handed out certificates, and finally the trophy. It was fun to see so much excitement and enthusiasm.
Last week we said goodbye to our really good Ugandan friend Carole, who has been working for MAF Uganda for many years. Turns out she is moving to America! We hosted (together with some of her friends and family) a going-away party, at our house. Carole is the one in the lower, center, in pink.
We will really miss Carole, but we are excited for her new life in the U.S., and for what God has in store for her there. Here's a nice shot of Joy and Carole.
And here's a shot of Joy with our good friend, Evelyn (who is our MAF Uganda receptionist) and her sister Sheila.