Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fueling Progress Event- Greenwood, Indiana

(note: additional photos will be posted soon)

Last Friday night, we had a wonderful turnout for our "Fueling Progress" fund raising event in Greenwood, Indiana.  The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association hosted us at the main terminal hangar at the Greenwood municipal airport and about 50 were in attendance!

We had a great time, thanks to the efforts of so many!  Here are my remarks, from that night, regarding all that were so kind to make the event a great success:

" Good evening, my name is Steve Straw, and it is my great privilege to be here to represent an effort of God’s people to express His great love and compassion to a small corner of the world, in Gabon, using the tool of aviation.

Alace, my wife, and I would like to first express our deep gratitude to all those who have worked so hard to make this evening a reality.  So, on behalf of Air Calvary, the Bongolo Hospital, the national Christian & Missionary Alliance churches of Gabon and the people that we serve, we would like to express our thanks to the following people:
        1.  Chapter 1354 Johnson County Aviators- Alan Gluff, Penny Ratliff, Kerry Geeseman, Ken Parmer, Bob Kessler, Roger Tomey, Rusty Nicholes, and Ivy Logsdon.  Not only are you supporting local interest in aviation, but you have opened your hearts and hangar to host this event to spotlight international aviation efforts.  Thank you so much.
        2.  Iozzo’s Garden of Italy Restaurant for providing a delicious meal at no cost.  This is incredibly generous and I commend each of you who live locally to visit them often with all of your friends!  To the whole team at Iozzo’s, we express our thanks.
       3.  Ralph Hill, the manager of Greenwood Airport and his staff.  A pilot recently reported on an AOPA message board that Greenwood Airport has been revived of late with flight training and aircraft maintenance.  He made a special note to one and all that coffee is now available in the terminal!  Keep up the great work Ralph and company.  Thank you for having us here.
       4.  A very sincere thank you to Erick & Nancy Miles, Dr. Scott & Cindy Miles, and Roger Tomey.  Alace and I were only steps away from losing heart in aspects of this important work and were praying for a support.  Our Heavenly Father answered our prayers as you stepped, put your arms around our shoulders, and injected fresh ideas and focus.  We are more grateful than you know.  Thank you for demonstrating to us lives that are sensitive to God’s leading."

  WE now have over 20 barrels sponsored out of the 78 needed!  


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