As many of you know, our family started 2018 by spending a few months in the USA, doing training with Mission Aviation Fellowship and raising support for our ministry here in Lesotho.
We would like to take a few minutes to update you all on what we are up to.
In April we returned to Lesotho, and spent some time at Pulane Children’s Centre. Our role at the Centre these days is to provide oversight, help with solving some larger problems, and providing direction for the future of the Centre. It was great to have some time seeing the kids and staff who we have been showing off in presentations over the last few months. Since we left, 5 new children have come into the Centre. Three of them are in our preschool group and two are primary school-age. They are all doing well, whether it is as part of the soccer team, collecting firewood, or posing for pictures, each of them is now at home in our PCC family.
From there, we made to move from the quiet mountains, to the bustling city of Maseru and into the house that we will call home as we settle in with MAF. The change of pace from rural to city life is something to get used to, but we are very excited about the house we have, and the new opportunities ahead.
Thanks to the very kind contributions from many of you, we were able to reach our 80% of our target and started with MAF Lesotho on June 1st! Our support process is ongoing, and we will continue our support-raising efforts here ‘in the field’.
Over the next few months we will be focusing on language classes, spending time learning Sesotho more formally. Although we have lived in Lesotho, we have never studied the language in-depth. In our role with MAF we will need a good foundation and understanding of the local language. The role that Grant plays, transporting critical patients and spending one-on-one time with people in the mountains, means that language skills are a necessity. Emily will be learning the ins and outs of what it means to be the primary director of the Children’s Centre, and looks forward to being able to communicate more with the kids and staff.
The path to get to MAF has been a long one, and we sometimes still can’t believe we are here and Grant’s job title says ‘MAF Pilot.’ We are so excited, and can’t wait to update you in the months ahead.