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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
September 17, 2012 12:29 pm
Published in: Uncategorized

I feel blessed to have waded through the paperwork and a test (for converting my US license to a Kenyan one) on the first round.  We were told to plan on failing it a few times (that’s just the way it usually goes) but thankfully only had to take it once, which I feel is a direct result of everyone’s prayers.  Having finished that, I started flying at the end of August!  After about 1.5 weeks of local orientation flights to the Nairobi airspace and arrival/departure routes, I went on my first “operational” flights up to northern Kenya.

Included in the trip was loading another missionaries piki (motorcycle) to fly it, along with a few other miscellaneous items, up to the town of Lokichogio, just south of the Kenya/South Sudan border.  We spent the night there and the next day made a few stops in South Sudan before returning to Nairobi in the evening.  One highlight was picking up a passenger that Ali and I had previously met in Spokane at a prayer night.  At the time we had half joked that I might fly her somewhere once we got over here so it was neat that it actually happened!

Just a few days after this round of flying I was able to go on a med evac flight to southern Kenya, just near the Tanzania border to pick up a short term missionary who was having some medical complications.  I went along with one of our more seasoned pilots and got to see even more the value of an airplane.  This particular trip is about 40 minutes by airplane, and around 4 hours of bumpy roads by car.

For those interested, I put a link to a google map that I set up so you can see some of the geography of where this stuff is.  Although I won’t be able to do this for all of the flights, I’ll put some up over time so you can see more of where we serve.  Thanks so much for helping it be possible for us to be here!

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