May 2015

Crossing the finish line
Airline tickets are being purchased, packing has begun in earnest, and contacts are being made in Nairobi for the next phase of our journey. Excitement is mounting as we have less than a month of Orientation left!

Preparing the mountain air strip.

Preparing the mountain air strip.

Phil will join the Orientation crew for Mountain Week, June 8-17, which is a culmination of everything learned so far. They will head into the Appalachian mountains, where the pilots will practice on mountain airstrips set up especially for this trip. Phil’s job as lead mechanic on the five airplanes (and one helicopter) will include a lot of decision making, trouble shooting, delegation, and inspection to be sure all the planes are safe to fly.

Turbine Engine Course

Phil’s bucket list included taking a heavy maintenance turbine engine course, to better prepare him to work on AIMAIR turbine planes (there are 3).

Cross it off the list!  A Turbine Engine company came to JAARS for a week long course in all things turbine.  I find Phil’s nose in the manual on a regular basis. ☺

We’ll be living in the Ngummo Central neighborhood of Nairobi. It’s not far from the AIM AIR hangar, a golf course, railroad tracks, a gigantic slum, and a market.

Mountain week – June 8-17
Orientation graduation – June 19
Farewell Potluck/Open House at 1st Assembly in Waupaca, WI 12:30-3:30 p.m. – June 28
Leave Wisconsin for AIM headquarters—July 5
Leave for Nairobi (from Atlanta) – July 9
Africa Based Orientation—July 14 –Aug. 4 in Nakuru, Kenya

The monthly amount we need for our Kenya budget is just $435 away from being fully funded. Every gift helps!
Your partnership is a HUGE blessing and answer to prayer. Thank you for investing in our lives, and also the lives of the African peoples we will meet soon.
Pledge cards and initial checks made out to AIM can be sent to us until June 24.
Phil and EJ Blohm
PO BOX 248
Waxhaw, NC 28173

Africa Inland Mission, PO Box 3611, Peachtree City, GA 30269

Hauling toolchestsLook for this picture of Phil and Andrew on an AIM collage, which captures a day in the life of missionaries who serve with Africa Inland Mission.


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EJ's Monday mornings are spent with these ladies, all aviation wives.

EJ’s Monday mornings are spent with these ladies, all aviation wives.

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