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News from the Cools family - November 2020
Mission Aviation Fellowship - November 2020
First, apologies for the lengthy wait. We were having some difficulties with accessing our account and I had no other means of sending out the update. So, our sincere apologies.
Life here in the far North of Australia has been pretty normal. Besides the screens and other covid related changes, life has been tracking quite normally up where we live, with a few minor exceptions. In our area there have been no confirmed cases in months. The girls are going to school normally and, besides church being mostly online, life runs its normal cause.
At home the girls are now in the last few weeks of their school term for the year, and the end of 'year one' and 'kindy'. Olivia had her birthday in July and Ameiah will have hers in a couple of weeks. She's been patiently waiting for that day to come. Melissa has been extra busy with Uni. She has done full-time in the last term and although it is rewarding for her to see the excellent results she is getting, it has been really tough on her at the same time. We are all very proud of how well she is doing at uni, on top of all the other work she does.
We are coming to the end of a very strange year. But, we know that God is good, even though things are tough and isolating for many people in this season. We feel very fortunate to be in an area that is fairly unaffected by this virus. We do however miss our family and friends, and think of everyone back at 'home' at this time. We do know that we are where we are supposed to be for this time and we take peace in that. Within MAF international some families have had to make decisions not to return to their programs where they work due to the situation with Covid. We are personally very grateful to have been able to do our furlough at the end of last year and were able to see you all and connect with you before this all happened!
1. Prayer for the coronavirus situation. Worldwide within MAF, flying has decreased by almost 80%. At this stage there have been no redundancies, and there have been people that have been furloughed. Please keep praying we will be able to keep it this way. Some programs are really slowly picking up, others are have suspended operations.
2. All of our students are separated from family and significant others, who they are unable to see due to border closures or interstate travel restrictions. Please pray for them. Pray that things can go back to normal soon.
3. Pray for Melissa as she continues to study, especially that she can find the momentum in this new unit and keep it going.
4. As long as the borders of Australia remain closed, we will be unable to start the next training class for PNG nationals. Please pray that there is a way for them to come over and start their training at the beginning of next year.
We know that God is ultimately in charge, and that this too shall pass. There's a lot of fear worldwide - pray that organisations like MAF can stand out as encouragements in these trialling times.
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Posted on 19 Nov 2020