We have now been at JAARS for 3 full days and as we write this we are preparing to begin our 4th day here in North Carolina. To say we have been busy since we have arrived would be an understatement. On Monday and Tuesday we assisted with clearing brush and trees from the approach path of one of the training runways that the JAARS pilots use, in order to make it safer for them. The highlights of that were getting to use a chainsaw (with supervision), driving the dump truck, and hanging out with some incredible missionaries who have served for many decades in places like South America, Africa and the South Pacific.
Needless to say since we were in the woods here in North Carolina we had to contend with many of the creatures that inhabit this area. Snakes, hornets, BIG fire ants and lots & lots of chiggers. Nick came out on the losing side with the chiggers as his ankles are completely surrounded by chigger bites; a total of 64 in all! Nick has had to take a break from working in the woods for the rest of the week because of that. Tim Denton did not fare much better as he was traipsing through the woods with the end result of his legs looking like two cats had a fight on them because of all the thorns in the area.
Seriously, these are minor inconveniences that we are experiencing as we serve the Lord and are playing an important role in bible translation for the remaining 2000 languages in the world that do not have God’s word in their heart language. We have also had a chance to meet some incredible heroes of faith while we have been here, including Phil & Marilyn McBride, long time partners with Savannah Christian Church. It was a blessing to sit and fellowship with them for an evening and listen to ways we can bless them, support them and pray for them