Wednesday, July 6, 2022

SHIP - SHAPE!

 Our Annual Shipping Container


Saturday, 2nd of July, 2022
After over 3 months, our annual shipping
container arrives in Bongolo, Gabon!



29 March, 2022... Container leaves 
Omaha, Nebraska, USA



Depot 4 arrival: on a busy Saturday, the team & 
friends mobilized and the unload process started.



Did you know Bongolo had a fire truck?!?
Every now and then it needs a workout, so...



What better way to get your packages delivered?!?
Amazon.com likely has not tried this method.


The containers bring the Bongolo team Hundreds
of pounds of medical equipment and medication
that doctors, like these (Dr. Deb and Dr. Bintou)
are able to use to serve patients at the hospital.


This doctor (Dr. Alicia) is also happy that, 
on top of all the hospital stuff, we get to add
in some personal items that help us to beautify
our homes, yummy treats that get us through,
and other odds and ends important to all the 
non-medical work that we do here as well.


Down to the last item- an anesthesia machine! 
These containers are "GAME CHANGERS"
and can only happen due to teamwork.
Speaking of which...


29th March, 2022... The Amazing Peeps at
CCC Omaha who loaded up this container!
 only 13.5 weeks later...
we're enjoying the fruits of their labor!!!


GET INVOLVED!!!  Join The FUN!!!

is the link for all this collaboration.  We're audacious
enough to believe that, like the scriptures teach, 
WE CAN BE THE HANDS & FEET of 
Our LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER!

The Love our our Father, displayed through Jesus 
compels us.








Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Medivac 18 June


At Bongolo, a patient arrived, unconscious, 
with head injuries, after being hit with a car.
The Bongolo team relieved the pressure on his
brain, but a scanner and neuro-surgeon would 
be needed to continue care.  PIC: The Bongolo 
team makes arrangements for care to continue, 
after the medivac flight, in the capital city, Libreville.

Bongolo is currently without proper ground ambulance
transport, so a pickup truck was the best we could do.

Our Cessna 206 was prepped and ready to receive 
the patient.


One of our lead nurses, mister Bruno, provided care 
for the patient during the flight.

After an hour and 40 minutes, we were in Libreville where
an ambulance arrived and took the injured man to get a
head scan under the care of a neuro-surgeon.

It was late in the day, so Bruno and I spent the evening
in Libreville and then returned to Bongolo the next
morning.

Thanks to your teamwork, the aviation service exists 
to bless the people of this region of central Africa 
in the name of Jesus!  Please consider an investment
to keep this critical work moving forward.


Please consider partnering with us in this important work to SHOW and TELL about God's Love.

OPTIONS TO CONTRIBUTE:

DONATE THROUGH THE ALLIANCE (C&MA) (click here)

OR:

PAYPAL THROUGH THINGS ABOVE PROJECT (click below)









TIRED 'OL PICKUP TRUCK

For many years we've enjoyed our Isuzu D-Max
Pickup, but now it's showing its age.
(pic: Alace snapshot of Megan circa 2010)

 
We rely HEAVILY on this pickup to transport
many items for the hospital and aircraft- especially 
when we refuel- we put a drum of fuel in the bed
and pull under the wing to make 1-person fueling possible.
(pic: Alace and Steve loaded for mobile medical clinic circa 2010)


We're seeking to replace this truck and add one 
like it for our Bongolo base of operations- a big
"ask"!  But, our Lord is able.  If you would like
to join us and invest in one of these pickups, 
please email us of your interest- gabon.pilot@gmail.com
(pic: circa 2019- pickup still working strong; loading meds and equipment for Bongolo)
 

Without the truck, we struggle to move the fuel drums in 
place on the ground, and it becomes a 2-person operation.
Thank you for considering joining us in this CRITICAL
investment.  We've identified 4-door, 4x4 pickups available
NOW in the capital city of Libreville
(new Toyota Hilux approx. $41,000 USD).

(pic: our friend, Gustave, who assists in this work in many ways)
 


Please consider partnering with us in this important work to SHOW and TELL about God's Love.

OPTIONS TO CONTRIBUTE:

DONATE THROUGH THE ALLIANCE (C&MA) (click here)

OR:

PAYPAL THROUGH THINGS ABOVE PROJECT (click below)









Monday, May 30, 2022

Friday, April 22, 2022

Easter Medevac

 

Easter, 6am, at the Lebamba / Bongolo airport.
By God's grace, great weather.


Koulamoutou airport, a 40 minute flight East


With the help of the family and the doctor (seated behind me)
we quickly loaded and made our way to one of the few CT scanners
in the country, in the capital city. Two brothers were in a horrible 
car accident- one with a broken arm in the co-pilot seat, the other with 
a neck injury in the stretcher.



After an hour and thirty minutes, we were Libreville.
It turns out that this family was related to the minister of health
and church leaders have shared that this medevac has touched
many lives and helped them to understand the reach of God's Love!

We can only do this work with your help!  Thanks for being part of our team.



Please consider partnering with us in this important work to SHOW and TELL about God's Love.

OPTIONS TO CONTRIBUTE:

DONATE THROUGH the ALLIANCE (click)


PAYPAL THROUGH THINGS ABOVE PROJECT (click below)









Thursday, April 21, 2022

Loaner Aircraft

 

While we wait on our Cessna 207 being prepped in Kenya, 
we're borrowing a Cessna 206 that our friends in Cameroon
made available to us!


In 2016, this is the very same aircraft that saved our son, Sam's, life!
When we were on assignment in Cameroon, Sam was a senior in high school
and became severely ill with aggressive malaria and was medevac'd to
Mbingo Hospital in "three-tango-mike" just in time.

Three-Tango-Mike has been serving in Central Africa for decades!  
We are so thankful to put it to good use- as you can see, it's a work horse!
It's a six seater or, with seats removed, a rather large cargo-hauler.

Here we are making use of ALL SIX SEATS!
It's small, but strong.  It turns an 8 to 10 hour drive into 
one hour and 40 minutes... with about 20 to 30 traffic stops
and some REALLY bad roads avoided!




Please consider partnering with us in this important work to SHOW and TELL about God's Love.

OPTIONS TO CONTRIBUTE:

DONATE THROUGH the ALLIANCE (click)


PAYPAL THROUGH THINGS ABOVE PROJECT (click below)









Sunday, February 20, 2022

Nairobi- Aircraft Engine Work

 

Slowly, it's all coming together!  The logo, the tail numbers... the end is in sight!



The engine was lifted to prep for our NEW "Knisely" exhaust. (our friend Caleb in the background)



Did I mention it was "new"?!?  ...and SHINY TOO!!! Thank you financial supporters!!!



Emmanuel, our friend from Cameroon, putting the exhaust in place.


Daniel, an AIM AIR teammate, assisting with the Emergency Locator Transmitter installation as well as the Transponder and Pitot-Static system checks.  It takes a village!



One modification will be getting rid of ductwork for air vents and adding "Kool Scoops" for passenger air flow...


Next post teaser.... 

What to do when one your airplane is away for maintenance in Kenya?!?


Please consider partnering with us in this important work to SHOW and TELL about God's Love.

OPTIONS TO CONTRIBUTE:

DONATE THROUGH the ALLIANCE (click)


PAYPAL THROUGH THINGS ABOVE PROJECT (click below)









Sunday, January 23, 2022

Story- Born With Cataracts

Story from our Ophthalmologist, Dr. Wendy H.

Meet Maman Mossinga and her grandson Gabriel, 4 years old. 

Maman Mossinga says that every day Gabriel would eat with his food about 3 inches from his eyes- he couldn’t see due to the cataracts he was born with.  

Her husband is handicapped and not working, and maman Mossinga spends her days cultivating crops. She worried that at her age she would not be able to raise a blind child.  

Through donations that Bongolo Hospital received, we were able to remove Gabriel’s cataracts. Mossinga says, “The words escape me.  I danced, I praised the Lord!” 

What’s really fun, though, is to watch Gabriel. While speaking with his grandmother for about 10 minutes, he never stopped looking all over the place, fascinated by everything there was to see.

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OR:

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