|Cessna 206 in the MAF Hangar in Nampa|
MAF assisting in St. Maarten 2017 following Hurricane Irma
Photo courtesy of MAF
Another part of our MAF orientation was security training where we learned ways to stay safe overseas (including doing some fun evasive driving maneuvers), as well as ministry partnership training where we learned how to share about our journey to MAF and what the organization does.
|Us with the other crazy pilot families|
Joe's favorite part about our training was seeing how collaborative MAF is with other organizations. He loved learning how they use their logistical expertise to creatively share Christ's love with isolated peoples.
Gracie loved having lots of outdoor space to play in and meeting lots of new friends. She got to go to her first movie night at a friend's house. Timothy also did really well and charmed everyone with his smiles.
Timmy and Gracie giggles
Gracie with her new friends in Nampa
AND a pet frog!
Many have asked us, "So, what's next?"
- Our full-time job over the next couple months is building a team of financial and prayer supporters for our ministry in Lesotho. Our goal is to complete this task by February.
- Once we have raised all of the ongoing monthly support needed, then we can begin 12 final weeks of training: language learning, cultural adaption, flight standardization and maintenance standardization.
- After that, we will almost be ready to leave for Lesotho! A few final things remain including packing, immunizations, passports, visas and saying goodbye (for now) to family and friends.
- We hope to arrive in Lesotho by summer of 2018.
It has been amazing to us to see how God has been confirming our decision to move overseas and preparing us to go. We can already see how this time of preparation will be one of personal growth. I hope to write more in another blog post the ways we see God shaping and refining us. One of the things I love about this journey is the constant challenge, and sometimes painful push, to reexamine who I am, to face my fears and anxieties, and to surrender more fully my needs to God's will and timing.
We will share a story from the Lesotho team in our next MAF newsletter coming in October. In the meantime, we want to share a few recent photos from our teammates in Lesotho! If you are not receiving our MAF newsletter, feel free to sign up at www.maf.org/adams.
Lesotho is south of the equator, so this is a photo from an MAF flight this August.
Photo Courtesy of Bryan Scott Eygabroad
Matekane Airport in Lesotho with a 1,300 foot runway that extends to the edge of a 2,000 foot cliff.
A takeoff from this runway is quite thrilling (or terrifying) as the terrain drops away suddenly.
Photo Courtesy of Matthew Monson