Tomorrow morning Paul and I leave on our nine day expedition from Pujungan to Data Dian. It's been in the planning stages for nearly a year, and we've been prepping for months. But even with all the "homework" done, there are always many surprises and challenges on a trip like this.
While were gone, please especially pray for our wives, Joy and Beth, and all of our kids. They've got their work cut out for them, as they hold down the forts here in Tarakan without us. Of course, we've got a great team here that can pitch in if there's an emergency. But I'm sure they'd love it if the whole time passed without an "incident."
Pray also for Paul and I. Pray for safety over the many, many miles of hiking and canoe-riding. Pray for physical endurance and no broken bones, sprained ankles, bad backs, snake bites, etc. We are literally going to be out in the middle of nowhere. There's no help if something goes wrong. We're going to carry a hand-held VHF radio and try to contact an MAF plane if it flies over, but there's no guarantee of a signal getting out through the jungle canopy. And even then, there's nothing they can do from the plane, except to pass along a message.
Finally, please pray for our time with the guys. We'll be spending nine days with several groups of guys. There's going to be lots and lots of time to build relationships with these men. It should be quality time!
Stay tuned...obviously I'll give you an update upon my return.