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"Today, I'm gonna fly for the church the whole day." That's how René left home this morning. Coming weekend, the Aboriginals have planned a Thanksgiving Rally (meeting) at Elcho Island and René had four flights planned to bring people there.

Like every flying day, the day doesn't go as planned. The latest weather forecasts point out that there is a cyclone on the way and MAF management is now considering whether the airplanes need to be evacuated. The church elders subsequently decide to postpone the Rally till next weekend.

The cyclone on it's way to Milingimbi. Nhulunbuy, Elcho Island and Milingimbi are all MAF bases where airplanes are stationed. In Nhulunbuy (Gove) is a cyclone proof hangar, where the airplanes can be evacuated to.

No flights for the church today, but some wise decisions. We are waiting now for the decision that management will take tomorrow morning. We have just returned from a refreshing holiday. Is was very good to be out of it for a while, to talk with people about the highs and lows of life here. Both, we have been spiritually refreshed and have gathered courage to return here. We realise that this mission field is very remote and difficult. One of the things we had to realise again is that we don't have the responsibility for the problems and changes that need to take place, no matter how close to our heart it is. Again we have learned that God is responsible, that He will never let His Word return empty en will always fulfill His plans.

Now that we are back, we have picked up our tasks and are slowly catching up on things we have to deal with (such as a break-in into our house during our holiday; and the waist high grass from the past three weeks). We hope the cyclone isn't as bad as it looks and that we don't need to leave. Like this, our life is never boring!

 
The bottle with paint and paint thinner that they left behind after the break-in into our house. Sniffing volatile substances is one of the problems amongst the Aboriginal youth.

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