Merry Christmas!But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2: 10-14)
|A little of Jill's Christmas artwork|
What a great reminder that the arrival of Jesus is reason for GREAT JOY for ALL people. Without the baby, we would not have the Savior!
Thank you so much for your encouragement and support over the last year! So much has happened and we are grateful for our friends and family, as well as strangers we barely know, who care, pray, and continue to support our work in Mozambique.
We are having a pretty low-key Christmas holding down the fort while our colleagues are on furlough in the US. We plan to enjoy a Christmas dinner with some friends to celebrate. Friday our staff did our annual distribution of cookies and cokes to the various workers at the airport. We went to dispatch, up in the tower, the airline offices, the fueling stations, to the police and military posts, and the parking attendants to share some Christmas cheer and hand out the Christmas story as a reminder of why we are celebrating.
|The coke/cookie delivery team|
|Cookies for the firefighters|
While our friends in North America are turning up the heat and maybe even playing in the snow (I saw the fun pictures on Facebook!), we are in the middle of our hot season (for some reason I still have trouble calling it summer in December). November and December are quite warm with many days over 100 degrees. In mid-December, the rainy season gets going and shows us where the leaks are in the house! The rain does cool things down a bit, but with the high humidity it can get quite balmy. Charlie is a bit neurotic when it comes to storms and Lobo doesn’t mind running around in the rain and then rubbing his drenched fur on us! Laundry takes forever to dry and the roads get potholes or turn into rivers, but after a long dry season, things really start to green up! The foggy mornings and stormy afternoons can be a pilot’s nightmare, but it is also beautiful.
|A nervous Charlie|
|A wet Lobo|
One cool thing that happened a couple of weeks ago was flying the President of Mozambique. This was the second time for Ambassador Aviation, but the first time for Dave. He was able to shake his hand and have a brief conversation with him. We are now calling our Caravan “Ambassador One”!
|Procession for the President before he left on our Caravan (to the left)|
|Dave with the President in the background at the airstrip at Memba|
And a couple of birds pics that didn't make the cut on the last blog...
|Weavers enjoying the water|