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      Hello everyone!
     We have some very exciting news to share with you all!  Matt passed his commercial pilot check-ride last month! This is the last license required by mission agencies, and he's so excited to have that difficult test behind him.
     We're staying busy in the shop, and have been working on some exciting projects. We are 30 months into our apprenticeship, meaning we are now eligible to test for our A&P license. It is hard to believe we're so near the end, it has gone by so quickly. But we have learned so much, and feel prepared for the exam process. 
      At the end of their 30 month apprenticeship, SOAR sends its apprentices to Baker's school of Aeronautics, a two week intensive training and testing course. This will be the last step towards our maintenance training and we will leave Baker's as FAA certified Airframe and Powerplant mechanics. The total cost of this course (including the multiple federal tests) will likely exceed $6,000. This is a huge expense for us, and not one we would have been able to pay out of pocket. Through a series of various donations from anonymous donors, the entire amount is paid for ahead of us. This is a huge prayer answered and a massive weight off of our minds! We are constantly blown away by how the Lord has continued to meet all of our needs as we follow His call on this journey. We are SO grateful for God's people who continue to amaze us with how they step out in faith to give generously and be "senders," meeting the needs of us "goers" without us even having to ask. Classes start Monday morning, so we would appreciate your prayers through the intense and fast-paced training and testing process.
     In November, SOAR received a Cessna 206 from a partner mission organization. This aircraft is fully equipped for service on the mission field, but political circumstances in the country it was intended for are not permitting it to enter. So the organization has loaned it to SOAR to allow our missionary pilots to use it for training. This is a huge blessing, and is a huge step in preparing us for the mission field. It is larger than most aircraft we have been training in, and has several unique modifications to make it suited for short/unimproved airstrips commonly used in the Mission environment. Abi has begun training in it, and Matt will soon as well. It is great experience for us, and a very exciting, challenging, aircraft to fly.   
    We're excited to be able to tell you we have been accepted for a summer internship with SEND North, an organization which supports and administers remote ministry activities throughout Alaska, as well as in the Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories in Canada.
    Over 230 villages (approximately 1 in 11 Alaskans) are disconnected from any road systems and accessible primarily by plane. Geographically, less than a quarter of Alaska is connected by highways and northern Canada has similar travel constraints. Flying is the only reliable form of year-round transportation. SEND North currently has dozens of missionary families living in these remote and diverse villages and aviation plays a key role in keeping them connected and expanding. A harsh environment, social isolation, and lack of outside resources make Alaska a difficult mission field full of people who need the gospel. The suicide rate among all Alaskans is nearly 3x the National average, and for Native Alaskans is more than 4x the national average.
     We are so excited to be able to use the gift and abilities God has given us through our aviation training to serve alongside Alaskan missionaries and the native church body this summer. Additionally, this internship will provide a great opportunity for us the learn whether the organization of SEND and the location of Alaska would be a good fit for us for long-term placement. We still have details and logistics to work out, but appreciate all your support and prayers thus far. 
     Thank you all so much for your faithful prayers and support. We have a very busy few months ahead of us, and of course will continue to keep you all updated as we make decisions for our future in ministry. 
Love,
Matt & Abi 
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