Good day of Flying

Dave Powell & Greg
Paul White preps his plane
Flying out of Derby

Greg following his flight plan

One Arm Point

Paul & Dave about to take off

One of the local Christian ladies cutting out a donkey for the Christmas play

Linda working on drawing a sheep for the play

Paul about to take Brian for a joy flight
Paul teaching about “The Greatest Gift at Christmas – Jesus”

Yesterday Pastor Paul White, David Powell, Greg & myself took two planes out to One Arm Point for our final Student Focus of the year. Because David has been checking out Kingdom Aviation for possible ministry, we took the two planes so that he could see One Arm Point & take photos for support raising purposes. It was the first time for me to fly with Greg, which was very cool!
I went with the purpose of connecting with the women and steering towards encouraging mums in their parenting. That is the hope and goal we have to prepare for next year’s plan of having 4 the Family come and work on producing a parenting DVD for Indigenous people. It can be frustrating and disappointing putting all the effort of preparing to travel and speak into the lives of women and then get there to find not much happening and not many women around to chat with. But the time of year, and people out of town mean that we have to do the best with what we have. What IS happening though, is that relationships are being formed little by little and trust is being built up with those key women that are around. I had one lady who is a Christian grandma, pour out her concerns and some encouragements about her grandchildren. As is the problem for so many, she has adult children who are making bad choices to drink and neglect their children. But she shared with me how her 7 year old grandson has been asking searching questions about God. She also shared deep concern about one of her other young grandsons who has expressed the desire to take his own life.
After Bible study, a woman around my own age asked us to really be praying in the lead up to their Christmas celebration as they are planning to have a play showing the real meaning of Christmas for the first time in her memory. She said every other year the community have always done something else, but its never been about the birth of Jesus. She is very busy organising this and has a lot of pressure on her.
We had a good time playing games with the school kids after school with games like skulling a half chewed up lolly with cordial (I know, gross, but they love it). Dropping cotton balls dipped in honey onto your partner’s face to make the best beard, racing to make your partner into the best looking Christmas tree with newspaper, etc. In the middle, a devotion is given, which yesterday was about not ignoring the best gift of all at Christmas – Jesus. The kids were very attentive (as you can see in the picture). So, overall, it was a good day of ministry.