I (Phil) leave today for Nampa, Idaho and MAF's back-country training grounds. I'll do one week of ground school learning MAF's detailed procedures for everything they do with an airplane. Three weeks later I'll be back, this time with family, to put all of that into practice. It's called flight standardization; it takes about 4 weeks of flying every day with an MAF instructor into some of Idaho's toughest back country terrain and airstrips. Anyone I've talked to who's been through it says it's lots of work, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it's a blast!
We'll move into an apartment in Québec City and begin daily one-on-one lessons with a retired French teacher who has a reputation for being great with missionaries heading to French-speaking countries. She'll work with one of us in the morning and one in the afternoon to accomodate looking after Kaitlyn and Lily. Our girls will probably learn French before we do – maybe they'll help me with my homework.
Moving to Chad
We don't know a lot of the details yet so as they come in we'll do more blog posts. Check out the Chad page.