As we fly in over the city of Bunia on an MAF Cessna Caravan, I think to myself, "Wow, this is small...and this is home!" I look out the window as we make our approach to land and the first thing I notice is deep ruts and ditches in the roads, a few cars and motorcycles inch their way along; there are no paved roads here, not one--boy am I glad to be flying! I notice a few thunderstorms off in the distance. We are met by the entire MAF-East DRC team as we get off the airplane and they begin helping us unload our luggage. After quick introductions, we meet a MAF national staff person who takes our passports to finish up Visa and entry paperwork, and we are on our way "home." After a bumpy 10 minute ride we arrive at a big green gate and honk the horn. A young man opens the gate (our day guard) to let us in and we get our first glimpse of what will be our home. It is fully furnished with everything we need (for now) and I can't help but be impressed by the cleanliness! Everything looks spick and span. A quick tour reveals 3 bedrooms (one currently being an office) and two bathrooms, living room, dining room, and kitchen.
I have to say, most of it has been a blur, but we are settling in, and are beginning to learn the ropes. Managing the electrical power and water to our house, minimizing bugs, cooking with matchlight gas stoves, and listening in on the MAF radio have kept us plenty busy so far. Much of it will become routine in the coming weeks and months, but until then, we have a sharp learning curve! We will share more as more becomes availabe, but for now, I'll leave you with a photo of Kaitlyn helping mommy hang clothes out to dry!