As we sit to write today we have just packed two barrels full of our belongings, Christmas stuff, bedding, winter clothes, doonas and Sam’s old baby clothes. Yes, we are heading towards another move. When we first arrived here, MAF leadership let us know that their plans at that time would be for us to go and live in a remote community around March of 2012. So we have had that idea in the back of our minds, for some time now. Plans have now become a little more concrete and we are heading to live in Numbulwar in the last week of February.

Numbulwar is an aboriginal community of approximately 700 people, one website said that there is 86 houses. It is situated on the Gulf of Carpentaria about 250 kms south of Nhulunbuy. Numbulwar was once an Anglican mission and so there is an Anglican church and a playgroup run by Anglicare in the town. Numbulwar is the most remote of the MAF bases and there is usually one family and a single pilot stationed there.

After making plans with MAF Leadership on Thursday, it was wonderful to spend yesterday talking with a family who have called Numbulwar home for the last four years. They showed us videos and photos, described life there – good and bad, gave us hints about shopping, packing and more. We are so thankful for their insights and wisdom.
As part of our preparation to relocate to Numbulwar, Jason will be flying there and back twice each week, so he can learn about the area. MAF have also said that it will be possible for Sam and I to accompany Jason on one of those trips, so that we can have a look at our new town and home.
We are excited about this move. We are keen to be living in a smaller community where we can get to know people better. There is a playgroup that runs every morning that Sam and I could be a part of. There is church with leaders and members to be encouraged. There is a beach and river nearby, sand dunes to climb on and buffaloes to avoid.
We are also nervous about living in such a remote place as it brings many challenges. I (Kim) are currently learning all about doing grocery shopping online, as it must be ordered a fortnight in advance so it can arrive on the barge from Darwin. Just how many rolls of toilet paper does a family need for six weeks? We are researching internet plans, so we can email, skype and stay in touch with the world around us.
More news to follow…