January 4. About 1/2 inch rain last night. Praise the Lord for a good little rain!
Most of today was spent packing, answering the door, talking with people who came. Luke did come by this morning.
Penina and Maura came back this morning to carry more water, but we had water in the drum from the rain. So we had them fill buckets and bring water in from the drum and put it in the bathtub. It was a light brownish color, probably from the leaves in the gutter, but there was no dirt in it. It is fine for flushing toilet and other household jobs.
Bethany came and cleaned the pineapple garden.
Nuanda came by and wanted to know about going out on the airplane with us if there is room.
Daddy went to the radio mid-morning to let CRMF know that we will be out a day early.
Silvia came around just after sunset to see if we could get in touch with Devit. He did not tell them where he had left the keys to their house sleep. Silvia and the kids are not well and were sleeping in the house cook in the day time. But they did not have any blankets there so needed to get into their house sleep (where the blankets were) for the night. So Daddy rang David’s number, but he apparently didn’t have his phone on. So I gave Silvia our old quilt to use for the night.
“11I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. 12When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. 13Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” Proverbs 4:11-13
January 5. No measurable rain last night. And the Lord gave us a beautiful morning. We were up early to take care of last-minute packing and be ready for an early flight. We expected NTM to be in around 8:30. After we had breakfast and were all packed, Wan and kids came to carry some things, and Matyu’s kids came too, but there wasn’t much left for them to carry. Just a couple things. Several other small kids came with them, but there wasn’t anything left for small kids. But we had lots of very ripe leftover bananas, and the kids were excited to help themselves to those.
Daddy tried to get reception in the house to call NTM and confirm the time of the flight, but couldn’t get anything. Couldn’t get anything anywhere outside either so ended up going to the radio and having MAF call NTM and have them come up on their sked for us. Found out that the other people had canceled their flight so our only alternative was a charter. NTM had tried to call us, but couldn't get any answer. (Probably because the mobiles weren’t working in Owena.) However, NTM said they could bring in a drum of diesel and a small LP for us. So we went ahead with the charter which was a special “other mission” charter so it turned out to be worthwhile. They said they had another flight to do and would be at Owena around 10:30.
So we relaxed a bit. And I must have answered the door a half dozen times or more.
Erovi came to ask us to get him a flashlight.
Beni came to say that he has a bag of coffee to go out when we come in.
Wrote a note to Apekio to let her know we would be going today. Last we saw her, we thought we would be going on Thursday. Then Erisapet came by to let us know that if NTM wouldn’t be coming, her kids would bring our stuff back down.
After that, Matyu came too to remind us that he has a bag of coffee, and also to see if we can get some balloons for his little ones.
When Erisapet and Matyu were on their way out, Apekio came around. She said she had seen Wan’s kids going by her house and asked them where they had been. When they said they had carried cargo for us, she came over to see if we were going today. Talked with her for a while. Janet’s little girl was with her and the other little girl who is staying with Janet. Don’t know who she belongs to, but she has been here for a while with Janet and Kelly.
After everyone was gone, I played the keyboard for about a half hour before we started up to the airstrip. It was a beautiful day. Not too hot yet, and not too humid. There was a nice gentle breeze blowing while we were sitting at the airstrip. We sat in the shade though as it was hot in the sun Still I got somewhat sunburned. Ten-thirty came and went. So did 11:30. But no plane. Daddy tried several times to call, but kept getting an error message, or “no service” message. Apparently something was wrong at the Okapa tower because nobody else could get anything on their mobiles either.
Finally Daddy went down to the radio again. Found out that there had been some delays, but said that the plane was loading up and would be there no later than 12:30. Just about 12:30, we heard the sound of the airplane. Praise the Lord! There were two pilots on the plane — Nate Schrag and a new pilot. The new pilot was doing the flying, and we wondered at first if he were going to make it to the top of the strip, but the plane finally made it.
They unloaded the diesel and LP. Took care of the paper work. Loaded up our cargo. Also a bag of coffee belonging to Danny. And Nuanda came out with us too. He has been in a lot of pain from the boils he has had so wanted to come out and get some medical help. It was after 1:00 before we finally took off from Owena. There were lots of areas of rain along the way. We were thankful for a safe trip. After taking care of our bill, we saw that it was around 2:00. We figured we would get the truck, drop off our stuff at CRMF, and go get something to eat. We were pretty hungry, and I was tired too.
One of the workers transported us to MAF to pick up the Hollands’ truck. Then Daddy realized that our little suitcase was not with us. He had taken it into the waiting room at the hangar to get out money to pay for the flight and had left it there. So after we got our other stuff loaded into the truck, we headed back over to the hangar to get the suitcase. Then to CRMF to unload. It was almost 3:00 by then. We were about ready to go back out to get something to eat when the rains started. The rain came down quite heavily so we waited for it to slow down. While we were waiting, we unpacked some things. Apparently our food box had been turned when they put it on the plane. (We forgot to pay attention to how it was put on.) And almost all the oil had spilled out of the bottle of tahini. There was a huge puddle of oil on the griddle and oil all over a few of the other things that were in the box. Also our clipboards were in that box, and there was oil on a lot of our papers. It was a job getting all the oil cleaned off of things. Off course we couldn’t get it off the papers.
When we finally went out, we decided we may as well combine lunch and supper since it was already so late in the day. Thought we would try the Bird and see if they had the buffet ready that early in the day. Stopped at the post office first to see if there was any mail. A few letters but no packages. Hmmm, wonder where they can be going! When we got there, we found out that they no longer have a restaurant upstairs. It is all in the Lahani Room now. They did not have a buffet, and most of the other meals were way to expensive. The ones we could afford, they said they did not have available. We did not want to pay K46 for a meal that would hardly provide more than a K3 meat pie at SVS. So we left the Bird and headed to SVS. Thought we would get two meat pies each, but they didn’t have any meat pies left that time of day. It was now about 4:00. They did have some potato pies left, however, so we each tried one of those. They have the meat filling under a big mound of mashed potatoes, for only a few toea more than the plain meat pies. They were good too, and filling. Daddy got a Pepsi, and I got a cranberry juice to drink. We were thankful to finally have something to eat. It had been a long time since breakfast.
After eating, we did a bit of shopping there at SVS. Got a kilo of topside mince. Also splurged and got a 2-liter container of ice cream. Then headed over to Bintangor to shop. They had All-Bran in the store this time. Hooray! They haven’t had All-Bran for a long time. They had Ricies too. Hadn’t had any Rices for some time also. It was after 5:00 when we left Bintangor. Our last stop was Papindo. And they had pumpkin seeds again. Hooray! I was very thankful to see the pumpkin seeds.
By the time we were done there, my feet were hurting. But it was going on 6:00 and time to get back to the flat anyway. Didn’t feel like eating yet so just had a ginseng drink and a small dish of ice cream. Don’t think I’ll do much this evening, other than write an e-mail to Christy and Connie and then have a shower.
“For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.” Proverbs 5:21
And this brings us once again to the end of Mom's journal notes. Lord willing Dad and Mom will be going back out to town on March 3rd when Mom will be sending more written journal notes. Thank you for praying.