quieter community

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Things are lot quieter around here than the last time I wrote. I’ve gone back to part time in the clinic, which has given me a lot more free -time to build up some of those relationships that fell by the wayside as I inched my way towards burnout. I’ve joined a ladies Bible study, and have regular coffee dates with girlfriends who are teaching me the beauty of walking through seasons together, and always reminding me of truth. Sometimes ...
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big steps

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I haven’t written in the last few months, but there has been so much going on! Josh and I have been really, really, really busy. No, really. 🙂

NTMA has been working really hard at getting the flight program back on track, a process that has been going on for a couple of years now. On Dec 10, two of our pilots were checked out by the aviation authority in PNG to be able to train and check our own pilots! ...

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busy work

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What an interesting couple of months it has been! I can’t even believe it’s been that long since I blogged, because it has been so busy that time has seriously just flown by!

Let me try and summarize:

August

sunflowerIt seems like we all had medevac on the brain; there was something like 1 a week during August. Each medevac is different and requires its own debriefings (departmental and leadership). Our processes have to be continually evaluated and revised. Josh was doing a ...

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july highlights

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How can it be August already? Howww?? Time is moving way too fast right now.

I thought that summer would be slow and boring, but boy, was I wrong. It has been so busy and so full that I’m not sure I can even remember everything we’ve done! I just know that there hasn’t been much time for rest, or blogging.

A lovely day for a lunch date with my hubby! ?: Erin Verdonck

A lovely day for a lunch date with my hubby!
?: Erin Verdonck

July was super busy for us. The flight department is ...

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currently

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I’ve been a bit gunshy since my last post. I shared all about my trip into the bush to help put on a little preventative clinic for a village; since most of you who read here regularly know I work in the medical clinic this shouldn’t surprise you. However, the rest of the world is not as knowledgeable or understanding as you, and I encountered something I’ve never had to before: hate mail. Hundreds of hateful comments between Facebook, this ...
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the quest for kodiaks

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Three years ago, New Tribes Mission Aviation’s quest for a Kodiak for Papua New Guinea began. It was one based on the need to replace our older, less efficient 206 program with the newer, more efficient (and let’s face it, much cooler) aircraft, the Quest Kodiak. This is an airplane designed by bush pilots with missions in mind. It can take off heavier and faster, and land shorter than the 206’s we were flying, plus it’s big squishy tires means ...
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overdue america blog

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This blog has been a long time coming… You know by now that I process life through words (and coffee!), but for some reason or another, sometimes the words aren’t there. Blogging became a burden, so I decided to take a break. I think I can officially declare this the end of that blogging break. Thanks for understanding!
Ready to go to America!

Ready to go to America!

Josh and I are back in Papua New Guinea after spending 5 weeks in America. Between the two of ...

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kingdom cool tools

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A couple of days ago, I shared a post on Facebook and Instagram talking about a recent “funk” I was in and am now out of (praise Jesus!). I also shared that I’m going to America in March with Josh when he goes for his training!! This is such an answer to our prayers, and I am unbelievably excited! We’ll arrive a couple of weeks before Josh’s Kodiak training actually begins and spend that time bouncing around Florida and a ...
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twin kodiaks

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It’s been a whirlwind of routine (is that a thing?) since we finished with Christmas and started back to work. But the exciting stuff is happening at the hangar!
  • Two of our pilots have left for their Kodiak training in Spokane, Washington (at Spokane Turbine Center). When they return in a few weeks, they’ll begin flying with the training pilot.
  • The training pilot and his family have arrived and will live here for 6 months or so to get our pilots trained ...
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conflicting christmas

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It seems that my life has been and will continue to be marked by constantly conflicting emotions.

I knew that having holidays overseas would be hard; and I knew that the first one would be the hardest. I also knew that they would be some of the most beautiful if I let them.

Our beautiful tree!

Our beautiful tree!

I dove into the festivities around the center; desperately wanting to jump into the new normal. The parties, the caroling, the cookies, and the movies. I decorated ...

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