The repatriation trip!!!

Changing planes in Dubai, UAR

After a month and half extra time in South Africa (we were due to leave June 2nd, but left July 14th), with confusion and coping with lockdown rules (no regular international flights, only restricted repatriation flights) and big hopes and prayer and a major false start, we boarded a series of 3 different planes that got us to the U.S., 25 hours total air time on planes with a few hours in the airports between connections.  Our sweet Maddie wasn’t able to sleep much at all, so she was more exhausted than her grandparents, I think!  One of the flights was 15 hrs long, and it wasn’t as bad as our flight of the same length last year.  Kudos to Emirates Airline for more room and more comfortable seating.  The flights were packed to the gills, so we were very careful about masks and washing hands and trying to keep distance as best we could.  On all three flights we sat together in a 3 seat row, so at least we were only directly exposed to each other.  We lived through a 14 day quarantine once we arrived to Plymouth, IN.  Now we’re ready to roll, but of course still wearing masks and being careful.  Roy has played pickleball twice already, and we’ve been able to get necessary things for our new home.  THANK YOU for praying us home to the states!!  There were plenty of times when we knew that prayers were being answered!  We are blessed!

Waiting for bags at O’Hare, our final flying destination

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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