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January 31, 2009

January 31, 2009

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Aviation Teamwork

Aviation Teamwork

With the King Air out of service due to the lightning strike we’ve had a few situations where creative solutions were needed to meet the transportation needs of our missionary co-workers.

 

Cessna 206 Tanker

Cessna 206 Tanker

 

I was called in to bring fuel to an outstation so that the larger aircraft, operated by MAF, would not have to make an expensive diversion for fuel.

As a result I was able to meet some friends and potential co-workers from our supporting church in Spokane, Washington. It was a very pleasant surprise to see them, especially as they are training to serve the Lord in missionary aviation.

 

Friends

Surprise Visit With Friends

 

This past week the alternator failed on our aircraft. The replacement part will arrive next week, then we’ll have to catch up by transporting those missionaries who couldn’t get to their destination last week.

Alternator

Alternator

Rotor

Rotor

Stator

Stator

 

 

 

 

We’ve nailed down the tickets for our visit to the USA. We need to accomplish a lot during our short time. Thank you for praying with us that we’ll be able to complete the necessary dental work and return to serving our co-workers.

 

Grad Feast

Graduation Feast

 

Isaiah has been helping me keep the jungle back away from the hangar since graduating from High School last November. He will be leaving to pursue Mechanical Engineering soon so we had a graduation party to honor his achievements. Graduation from High School is an event many people in this country are unable to experience.  

Refueling Aircraft

Refueling Aircraft with Isaiah

After years without teaching and little more than a gospel presentation the Mengen people will begin to hear God’s word again in February. There are many Mengen people in other parts of the island who have never heard about God’s provision for them through Christ. Pray that those who have not heard the message of eternal life before will hear and believe. Not only that, pray that they will catch the vision of obedience to the Lord and will carry God’s Word to those who have not heard in other parts of their language group.

Good News Chariots

Good News Chariots

January 12, 2009

January 11, 2009

Passengers

Passengers

Ready to Launch

Ready to Launch

We started out the new year with flying some newer missionaries into a tribal location for consideration of ministry there.  The need for laborers in the marathon work of tribal church planting is great. Each individual missionary has unique gifts that God will use to build the tribal church.  The church planting effort often takes decades, and a team of missionaries, to complete.   Being located where God wants him to serve is important for each person.

Mechanical Missionaries

Mechanical Missionaries

The Other End of Flying

The Other End of Flying

The first full week Randy was up in the Highlands while the maintenance team gave the aircraft a thorough inspection.  It was a good time of connecting with the aviation leadership, meeting some logistical needs of the pilots and helping out with the inspection.

The inspection process involves removing all of the inspection panels, checking all systems and controls for defects and proper operation, lubricating where necessary and replacing parts that have exceeded their useful life. 

100 Hour Inspection

100 Hour Inspection

We really appreciate the team whose lives are devoted to serving the Lord by keeping those aircraft in fine shape. The rest of us who use the aircraft depend on their work for our well-being as we fly over the jungles and ocean. We have a great team!  We are also always looking for more help. 

Several other maintenance projects were well under way. The list of needs seem endless or impossible, but then we serve the God of the impossible and see His hand at work in each difficult situation. 

Corrosion Repair

Corrosion Repair

The King Air C90 was struck by lightning just before Christmas. It burned a chunk of metal out of  the left propeller and the trailing edge of the left flap.  Numerous inspections and tests were accomplished which indicated that the aircraft could continue in service.  A final test revealed the need to replace the gear box section of the engine, so that aircraft will be out of service for about a month while the work is accomplished. This leaves a lot of missionaries scrambling for alternative means of economical transportation.  

Some things that seem constant in our ministries is that the work is greater than the abilities or means of the worker.  Consequently we all must continue to look to the Lord for our strength and provision, whether it is a day of digging ditches, rebuilding a hangar, teaching in the tribal language or getting a million dollar aircraft into service.  If anything gets done, to God alone be the glory!

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