Friday, August 19, 2011
Jacob with our Interns from this past year... Ethan, Till, Richard and Jonas... they had great memories learning to dive together in Madang! Jacob enjoyed working with these guys over the last year! We said goodbye to Ethan in Feb. Till left us in June. Richard left at the end of July. And Jonas headed back to Germany just last week...We miss you guys!
Posted by Kukmeri at 8:50 PM
Ragan and Ope showing off our Antique Interface sign... the rustic look because it has been there for 20 years. :)
Our July/August Interface team
Top row: Justin and Brian
Second row: Josiah, Duane, Fallon, Brian, Scott, Kaitlin and Ragan
Third row: Ryan, Jake, Mindy, Nicole, Shannon, Tirzah and Tiffany
Bottom row: Ashley, Victoria and Abigail
Posted by Kukmeri at 8:33 AM
Our morning started off at 4:00 am with breakfast... then a 4:30 am departure to Goroka, squished into the Land Cruiser!
Jacob and I took 7 students on their side trip to Mibu...Mindy, Nicole, Lynnea, Duane, Ryan, Ragan and Justin ( taking the picture).
Ragan helping the guys move the planes out of the hanger for our dawn departure.... at 6:10 am.
Half of us flew in the helicopter for about 50 minutes, straight into Mibu, a helicopter only location in the mountains. And the other half few in the 206 to a nearby airstrip. Then they were picked up by the helicopter for a 5 minute flight into the bush location.
Justin, Jacob, Ragan and Nicole flew in the 206 to the airstrip that is just a 5 minute heli flight from the tribe.
MAF (Missionary Aviation Fellowship) also uses this airstrip... seems to be quite the place to gather for the nationals who live nearby.
Waiting for the helicopter... we flew in all the food that we needed for the team and the missionaries for the 7 day side trip.
The students also got to hike to the village of Beng, which is just the next mountain over from Mibu.
But there was only a small opening, a small hole of sunlight and the helicopter was off! And it was never able to come back that day. It was stuck at the airstrip just 5 minutes away, waiting for the clouds to clear. At one point in the afternoon we radioed the pilot to tell him that it was starting to clear, but by the time he made it over, we were socked in again. We could hear the helicopter but we couldn't see it!
Posted by Kukmeri at 8:30 AM