Monday, June 29, 2009

Finished Up

Just wanted to let you know we finished our orientation training in Idaho. I was approved for field service in flight as well as maintenance! We drove back to southern California on Friday, and now we are feverishly packing both for Canada and Africa! We are here until the middle of July and then we will be traveling on to Ohio, New Jersey, and finally Sherbrooke, Quebec. I'll get some pictures up here a little later, when I have a little more time. Thanks for your prayers and encouragement! Be looking for our next newsletter, it should be out in the next few weeks.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Breathing Right

We had a long weekend here at MAF...Thursday and Friday were "Family Conference" days so there was no flying, just a long weekend to spend with family. On Saturday we went to a Lamaze class at a hospital in Boise. I'm convinced Joy knew all the material they went over, but me on the other hand...I felt a little overwhelmed at times. One of the interesting things they had some of us husbands do was try on the "Empathy Belly." This suit consisted of a gallon pack of water, a 10 lb sandbag and two lead cannon balls. Overall it weighed about 40 lbs and we had to get a picture of our bellies. I'm not sure it exactly portrayed being pregnant, but it was interesting nonetheless!

Friday, June 5, 2009


That's right! I've been approved by the Maintenance Training department for field service. I finished up my last day of maintenance on Tuesday with the OK from my instructors to work on MAF airplanes overseas! I could definitely tell I was a little out of practice and a bit rusty in a few areas--after all, I haven't worked on an airplane for quite a while. Some of you may be thinking to yourselves, "Boy, Chris really goes through a lot of technical training to be a missionary, doesn't Joy have any training that she goes through?" Well, that's a wonderful point! And the answer is YES. On Monday, Joy spent the whole afternoon learning to cook entirely from scratch! She worked feverishly on a huge chicken potpie. Here she's diligently working the edges of the crust before baking it. I can't pronounce all the ingredients that went into that pie, but let me tell was GOOOOOD!! Joy is a fantastic cook, and I have no doubt that one day all this yummy food will catch up with me!

To the left is the finished product, two chicken potpies, lots of dinner rolls, and a huge bowl of exotic fruits. Although in Africa, I don't think they will be all that exotic. Interestingly enough, the lovely lady on the left was our ministry partnership counselor; she guided us through the process of raising our ministry support for the past 10 months.

Since Wednesday, I have transitioned from maintenance to flight training. Just like the maintenance, I can tell I'm a little rusty, but it's coming back quick. I've been pretty sick the past two days, but today I felt much better, and it showed in my flying. So far I have put to good practice many of the principles we learned in ground school over a month ago. Hopefully by early next week I will have some flying pictures and maybe even some video up for you to see what it's all about. Have a wonderful weekend!