3 Weeks into our Training Program!

Kia ora family and friends!

July 23rd we left Washington DC airport, crossed the international dateline, and arrived in Auckland on July 25th. Our flight and travels got a little sticky but we made it and so did all of our luggage- 2 days later. Elliot didn’t have any difficulty adjusting to the time difference. He has been so busy exploring his surroundings, it seems we are just tagging along.

We first spent a week with the Murdochs, family friends, in Auckland. It was so nice to enjoy Kiwi hospitality with some close friends before starting our training program.

This week is our fourth week now in the Marine Reach training school. Our training group of 12 has come from California, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Iowa, Maryland and South Africa. The medical training for Andrew started the first week here at Marine Reach. He has been studying oral health education and optometry as it applies to remote areas. Next, he will move into wound care. Sarah is currently working on a community action project for human trafficking.

Recently, Leah (Sarah’s sister) has returned to the States and our childcare situation is a little up in air. A friend and staff member of Marine Reach has been helping watch Elliot in the mornings during classes for the past week. Fortunately, our courses alternate in the afternoon so that we only need childcare in the mornings.

In our spare time we’ve been hiking regularly. Sarah’s learned how to make sushi rolls, Elliot’s been gathering oranges from a small orchard behind the base, and Andrew’s been eating Kiwi fruit, of course. We are still in prayer about our outreach location, but will keep everyone informed!

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