Sunday, October 27, 2013

Video (in French): Expose on Bongolo's New Insurance Service for Poor

(please be aware that this is on the "Dailymotion" website that is much like Youtube.  There may be some objectionable material in the columns of the webpage)

Near the end of the report, at 38:48, you'll see my smiling face, in slow-motion for 3 seconds, in front of the airplane. There is no aviation coverage- the subject is how the Gabonese state insurance program for the poor, CNAMGS, is doing a great job in partnership with Bongolo Hospital.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Family Update from Alace

I hijacked an email that Alace wrote to a friend (with permission, of course!) to serve as a bit of an update on how things are going for us, here in Cameroon.  Enjoy reading about things through her eyes!

We have very active lives these days caring for 12 teens in the dorm house, called "UBAC".
4 of the "UBAC'ers" acting a bit goofy
We have kids from 3 different cultures living together - American missionary kids, Cameroonian UN worker kids and one Korean missionary kid.  We are enjoying hanging out with the dorm parents next door, they are very fun!  They also have 12 students in their home- 2 of which are their kids.

I help with a...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

REPORT (in French): Dela Viabilité de la Durabilité

(English version to follow)

Aviation Missionnaire au Gabon: Dela Viabilité de la Durabilité

Au milieu des années 1980, l'Hôpital de Bongolo, une mission des Etats-Unis en partenariat avec les églises nationales de l'Alliance Chrétienne et Missionnaire au Gabon (EACMG), identifiés aviation comme un besoin essentiel pour les aider à mieux répondre à l'appel de Dieu pour exprimer son amour pour cette région de l'Afrique grâce à l'outil de soins de santé.

2008 – 2012 : Viabilité

Par la grâce de Dieu, il a rallié ses enfants à travailler ensemble pour concrétiser cette vision! Grâce à un partenariat entre la C&MA(E.U.) et Air Calvaire et aussi avec  l’invitation de l’EACMG et le Ministre de Santé, le programme d'aviation a commencé...

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Modern Day Slavery

Max Fisher, of the Washington Post recently published a very helpful graphic depicting where modern day slavery is happening on the planet.  You'll notice that Gabon, where we've been living these past 5 years, is shaded as one of the countries where it is happening more than others, per capita.

This is not a new problem.  Gabon, being one of the wealthier countries on the continent, attracts many Africans who, unwittingly, step into slavery.  Thinking that they are leaving their poor villages in west Africa to find a better quality of life, they launch out, many on substandard boats, to Gabon.  Many are children, sent from their poor parents who have been cajoled into believing that a relative or friend awaits in Gabon to welcome them, care for them, enroll them in a good school, and have a better life.

The government has taken steps to fight the human trafficking but, as you can imagine, their is an evil system in place to push back.  Pray for these efforts to be effective and these systems to crumble.

Local media also shines a light on the issue:  Gabon News link  Gabon News link2  

Too early for Christmas??? You're invited!

You, your friends, your family and pretty much anyone you know are invited to RSVP for the Air Calvary Christmas Party!!!  It's in Northwest Indiana- Crowne Point.  Here are the details:

Unraveling Religions

This interesting chart just may help you figure out just what it is that you are, in terms of a religious system.  Enjoy unraveling it all!

Religion Cheat Sheet

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Grounds for Research: Java by the numbers

Dunkin Donuts recently supplied some interesting facts and figures:

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Missing Links? Retired Baseball Players and Our Work in Africa

What do retired major league baseball players have in common with our work in Africa???

The answer is, a fundraiser for our work in central Africa in under two weeks!  Below is YOUR INVITATION and details:

Dear Friends, 

Last call! 

Join us at the club! 

Consider it a working vacation/networking event, with friends, and for a good cause.*

Take a break and join us for the day, or feel free to join us for dinner only.

Baseball celebrities Ron Darling and Frank Catalanotto are scheduled to attend! Check out Frank's encouraging memoir, Heart & Hustle.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013. Harbor Links Golf Course, Port Washington, NY. 

Guest Post- Chris Oquist

For all you aviation types... here's some great encouragement from a friend, Chris Oquist:

Staying Safe in the Sky

If you are looking for perfect safety, you will do well to sit on a fence and watch the birds; but if you really wish to learn, you must mount a machine and become acquainted with its tricks by actual trial.
— Wilbur Wright

Pilots are adventure and excitement seeking individuals at heart. We tend towards boldness, impatience, competitiveness, and self-reliance. And honestly, though we take our responsibilities in the sky very seriously, we occasionally forget the basics.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve logged over 6000 hours or...

A Prayer for this Next Generation

A meaningful prayer from Nathan D. that was shared with me through's weekly update:

Father of Jesus,

Before whom angels bow and archangels veil their faces,

I commend to You this next generation of Kingdom warriors. Designed to rule, each carries extraordinary potential to influence this world for good. So much uncharted passion, so much life, either it will labor for Your glory or lapse into selfishness in this myopic culture. I want You to receive glory from these priceless image bearers. You have made young men and women in Your likeness, designed...

Thursday, October 3, 2013