Many of you have been praying and thinking about the Walagu airstrip situation. As I type there are about 30 people down working on the airstrip. The men are digging up the ground and removing the grass that just hold in water. And the women are gathering stones from the river to fill in and stabilize the top of the airstrip. It’s backbreaking work but there is really no easier option at this point if the airstrip is to remain open. They know it’s important and are working despite many obstacles.
The first main obstacle is lawn mowers not working. Pray that somehow the makeshift rope starter would work. And that I would be able to find a more suitable bush-fix with the help of my support team back in Ukarumpa. Sometimes it’s helpful to have your own personal mechanic.
The second obstacle is the sheer volume of work that needs to be done. When was the last time you stood on an airstrip? These things are huge even for a short bush strip.
The third obstacle is the community itself. There is other work to be done, it is planting season, the school head master is demanding people’s time for work on the community school, there are other community things happening and even I am demanding of the teachers and my other co-workers time because I have other things that need to get done.
But like I said, despite all of these things people are working. Please pray that this would be a good time for people to come together and take responsibility for their airstrip. I have no idea what the outcome will be at this point but maybe this is the start of the Onobasulu making it work their own. Maybe this will give them the momentum they need to keep working week by week until the airstrip is good and solid once again. Keep praying!