Maintenance and Preparation Pay off

These past few weeks Lynn, Janette and I flew to South Africa for the annual maintenance on the aircraft as well as a number of other important appointments.

 

A thorough check up

A thorough check up

Although we anticipated a very routine inspection on the aircraft that would maybe just take a couple days, due to the age of the aircraft an unexpected list of inspections popped up that absolutely had to be done. So even though a normal inspection requires the aircraft to be taken apart substantially, many more things had to be taken apart for inspections. When you are 40 years old (as an aircraft :), getting taken apart like that means brittle parts break and then there is the hard work of fixing what you break making sure stuff isn’t broken!

Holger, John and I with the job almost complete

Holger, John and I with the job almost complete

But through it all, the patience and professionalism of the Mercy Air engineers, along with lots of sweat from yours truly, resulted in success.

From right to left... Anne, Lynn, Janette and Santi

From right to left… Anne, Lynn, Janette and Santi working on the literacy program

While this was all happening, Lynn and Janette were able to take time with Anne and Santi to work on the Bible and Literacy curriculum for the ladies ministry in Mozambique. With the departure of Alta and Francois Rauch, Lynn has taken primary responsibility to ensure the thousands of women who have enrolled in the program can make progress and not lose motivation. What a blessing it has been to have a team who are well equipped and motivated to see this important ministry continue (click here to see how important this is). Women who can read change their worlds! And women who can read and know Christ, change their worlds for eternity!

Even though the maintenance is behind us for a while, intense preparation continues for next weeks Vacation Bible School at our school, a visit by Mercy Air and some U.K. supporters to participate in the bridge inauguration, and then our school closing ceremony for the year on Friday. On Saturday pastors and leaders from 5 Provinces of Mozambique start arriving for a week of intensive training. Please keep us all in your prayers as we do our best to keep all the balls (and the aircraft) in the air. And thanks for your ongoing support!