(A recent e-mail update on the Caravan project. To receive this e-mails in the future, sign up here.)

June 3rd, 2014 – The new SIM Cessna Caravan continues to be prepared for its service in Africa. Unfortunately, it’s taking a bit longer than expected. Instead of being ready this month or next, the plane is now likely to be completed in October. Building an aircraft is not something you want to rush of course, so we will wait (im)patiently.

I will be at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI from July 28th-August 3rd representing AIM AIR and also raising awareness for the near completion of the SIM Caravan project. I was holding out hope of the plane being ready in time to be at the Oshkosh airshow, but alas…  I look forward to seeing some of you while I’m in WI for that brief period.

We are looking to raise approximately $75,000 in additional funds before October. This will allow us to complete the purchase, add a desired avionics upgrade and also cover the cost of the ferry flight to Africa. If you, or an individual or organization you know of, are interested in helping to complete this project, please reply to this e-mail for more information or simply give online at simusa.org/caravan. These funds go straight to this project and are tax-deductible.

Thank you for your support for this project which will expand the ability of SIM and AIM AIR to respond to need, proclaim the gospel and equip the Church.

our home assignment in review

We definitely did not take enough pictures during our time home, but here are some of them. We had a great time! It was so good to see so many of you. We probably won’t attempt such a huge road trip next time, but it was worth it. We spent lots of time with lots of people we love deeply. We spent lots of time in close quarters with our little family of four. We came back tired, and immediately bitterly missing our family and friends. However, the pain reminds us of what a joy it is to have so many rich, rich relationships. We love you all!

HA ’13 from n killoren on Vimeo.

back in the saddle

Well, we made it…barely. If you ever have the option to not travel for 24 hours straight when your family has bad colds, you want to take it. By the time we reached Nairobi, we were absolutely ragged.

But, we made it. The flights went as smoothly as possible and all our bags made it fine. We were met at the airport by an AIM AIR friend, who raced us home so we could sleep for a long time…which is exactly what we did.

We are now unpacked and settled in. The weather is easy to get used to again. We are in our dry season, so everyday is clear, sunny skies and temps right around 80 degrees.

We will keep you posted, and also hope to make a montage of our time in the US soon to. Thanks so much for praying for us and for all your love and support!

The K’s