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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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1 Comment »

  1. Great stories and pictures. I am going to send this around to our Colonial Village Baptist Church’s e-prayer chain so our church family can read of your “adventures” and get a better feel for what keeps you busy all day. Thank you for allowing God to use your life skills for His honor and in His service. Keep in touch. We think and pray for you often. Pastor Randy and Mary

    Comment by Mary Morgan — January 13, 2009 @ 7:36 pm | Reply


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