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August 23, 2009

August 23, 2009

Filed under: Missions — smythsinpng @ 4:51 am
Team V4th

Team V4th

We very much enjoyed having a work team here in July!  The weather was unusually cool and windy most of the time with occasional light rain. God graciously provided some high overcast and steady winds to help our guests manage the heat and humidity.   

 

Fix it! Build it!

Fix it! Build it!

The team fixed solar panels and generators, painted carts and containers, built storage shelves, repaired facia, gutters, rafters and roofing.  We managed to work in an hour of snorkeling the beautiful reefs nearby and a few short trips to “town” to pick up supplies.   

 

Mengen House

Mengen House

Dave Imparting Vision

Dave Imparting Vision

 

Entertaining Youngsters

Entertaining Youngsters

We took the work team in to the Mengen tribe for a weekend of work and fellowship. Diana went in with the first load of passengers and I went back to wait for the remainder to arrive from their international flights. Flight delays and an afternoon of foul weather prevented us from reaching the destination with the second load but we were able to fly in the next morning. The skills of all were put to use to assist the missionary team. 

Faith in Common

Faith in Common

 

More Building!

More Building!

Building Faith!

Building Faith!

Meanwhile one of my teeth decided to declare war.  Where is the nearest dentist?  The NTM dentist was out of the country and not due to return for another week. What are my options?  The capital city?  Australia?  USA?  None of them looked like good options.  Let’s call a pilot to get us out the jungle.  Oh, that right! I AM the pilot!  Now what?  Prayer and Ibuprofen!  The pain went away before the next flights, returning us all to “civilization”, so operations were resumed as normal.   

Final Construction

Final Construction

The big finale of the last two days working on the hangar resulted in much new paint, working lights in the hangar, batteries charging from solar panels and operating 12 volt lights, and a more organized work shop.  

Paint it!

Paint it!

The big winds which were appreciated by the workers were not as much appreciated by a few of our passengers who were tossed around a bit in our little aircraft particularly during takeoff and landing.  We had a few “exciting” flights.  As most passengers will tell you, “exciting” is not a desirable trait in air transport. We postponed one flight until dawn the next morning in hopes of a more pleasant experience for all. (The wind is often calm near the surface early in the morning.)  

 

Improved Hangar!

Improved Hangar!

After the work team departed for the USA I had a day to catch up on some neglected paperwork and begin studying for the Instrument Competency check ride on Monday. My Saturday flight to the Highlands was preempted by an emergency appendectomy; requiring the aircraft to take the patient, doctor and nurse to Australia where surgery was performed.  Another mission organization assisted by covering the flights on Sunday, but the aircraft was dripping oil where it should not when it arrived here so that required about four hours working in the scorching sun making repairs.  (All was safely repaired and the flight to the Highlands was without incident.)    Since the next day was our seventh wedding anniversary Diana was hoping I wouldn’t have to go away at all. But a full week of aviation business had been scheduled for us.  

Monday morning I had a few hours to review rules and regulations and practice an instrument approach on the simulator while my examiner conducted a flight that had been postponed several days due to bad weather.  The exam involved some oral questions, some instrument flight time in the aircraft, a bit more in the simulator and a multiple choice computerized written exam. We finished the paperwork about the time the rest of the aviation team started closing up the shop for the day.  

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were spent in reviewing Dangerous Goods Regulations.  In the class we learn to recognize, identify, classify, package, label, accept or reject, document and ship items that are internationally recognized as dangerous for transport on aircraft. How much bleach can we put on the aircraft with passengers?  Can we put these two large solar system batteries on the same flight as the family that owns them?  What about the battery acid?  They need diesel for their generator.  Can we send that with them?  Do we have the approved packaging materials?  What are the approved alternative methods of packing? We worked through the questions and answers and I successfully passed the test.  Now I won’t have to do the training again for two more years.   

The dentist arrived back in the country shortly before my arrival in the Highlands and was willing to help prevent future tooth warfare.  We scheduled an appointment on Friday. A quick assessment verified I needed a root canal so the dentist and his spouse started right in and finished an hour later. We very much appreciate the people God brings our way to assist us in the work here.  This dentist and his wife had spent fifteen years in Africa as missionaries.  Unfortunately, with their hands in my mouth I was unable to ask my many questions about who, what, where, when and why.  It was very convenient to have the dental work completed at the same time as the required training.  This greatly reduced our costs.  The pain relief is priceless!

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1 Comment »

  1. Hi Randy and Diana- I’m just now starting to catch up on your emails and your Blog site and tomorrow is 2010. I can’t believe it is almost 2010. Where does time go? I’m glad we have eternity to catch up!!! I wanted to let you all know that our daughter Kristin is on an 11month missionary trip to 11 different countries. Her blog site is http://www.kristinseidensticker.worldrace.org if you want to hear about her exciting adventure with World Race which is part of AIM (Adventures in Missions). We sympathize with the root canals. Brad has had many very painful ones and Kristin has had about 4 and Ihave had one. Love – Brad and Linn

    Comment by Linn Seidensticker — December 31, 2009 @ 9:03 pm | Reply


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