Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Prayers for Our Children

Joe & Grandma
Please pray for our children... they are a bit American, a bit African... our own "global nomads" to some extent.  They are a blessing to us and we pray for wisdom as their parents.  Here are some insights from Alace:

Joe - He has begun his second year at Moody Bible Institute (Chicago) and things are going well.  Pray he balances studies with student leadership and social activities well. 

Megs chillin' by the Hudson River
Megan - She is in her first year of college at Nyack College (NY) and it has started off well.  Pray for focus in studies.  She is adjusting to college life and living in the states for the first time since she was 11.  Pray she has wisdom beyond her years as she makes friends and adjusts back to being in the US full time.

Sam's got his driver's permit- PRAY!
Sam - Sam is attending a large public high school (York, PA) and is in the 11th grade.  He is transitioning well however it is a huge change to go from a small international school with around 85 students to a US high school with 1800 students.  Pray for him as he makes new friends and learns how to live in the US.  Praise God he has recently joined our home church's youth leadership team.  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Unwanted Tears

It takes great care and precision to repair an eye and the eye socket.  Here is great news supplied from Eric and Wendy H.- the director of Bongolo Hospital's growing eye clinic:

Here is a photo of a 9 year-old boy, "S", who was operated on recently for chronic dacryocystitis – his left tear sac had been constantly infected for many years, with pus draining from it.  Thanks to God’s guidance and a visitor, Dr. Jack E.'s, help, his surgery was successful.  His healing encouraged his mother, "N" (pictured), to accept Christ as her savior.  She asks for prayer that she would resist Satan in order to remain faithful to her decision to follow Jesus.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

From the Flight Deck- August

Chief Pilot Update from August

Summary:  August was the second busiest month of flying so far in 2014- 22.6 hours.  24 passengers and over 2300 pounds of cargo moved- a good mix of hospital staff, visitors, and some seeking medical care at Bongolo.
Chief Pilot, Rob, transports "TB" patient.

Notable Flights:

TB Concerns...maybe?  A patient was referred to Bongolo from a hospital in the capital city of Libreville (photo).  We were told he had Tuberculosis (TB), however, it was later discovered that he had cancer.  As it turns out, the referring hospital had no means to treat the cancer and they decided to use the TB diagnosis as a cover to discharge him.

New Destination:  It was my (Rob's) first time to Franceville, Gabon to bring Pauline L. (Bible translator) to Lamberéné, for the Team Forum.  It was about 4 hours of flying (round-trip) instead of 3 days of traveling. Pauline was especially appreciative of it since he has a nerve problem in her back when she sits for an extended time.

Maintenance Items:

Fuel Injector Issue:  I had an obstructed injector in flight that required... READ MORE

Just In Time... Twice!

Chief Pilot, Rob, and his wife, Doctor Bintou
Our aircraft operates to display God's great love to people of Central Africa.  Sometimes this happens in dramatic ways, as you'll read in this story provided to us from Bintou Peterson- Bongolo Hospital doctor and spouse of our Chief Pilot, Rob.  

On January 26, 2014, deep in the rain forest of southern Gabon, Africa, a young high school student, Josias, was preparing to leave for school. Josias’s father had bought a motorcycle to be used as a village taxi for his son to make much needed income.  That morning however, Josias was using his motorcycle to pick up his friend, Yann and head to high school. As the boys confidently rode off on the bike, they smiled and waved goodbye to Yann’s mom, unaware that their lives would be irrevocably changed in the next few minutes.

They were not far away from their house when a car driving in the opposite direction collided hard with them, ...          READ MORE

Thursday, September 4, 2014

16 Drums of AvGas Africa Bound!

2013 Arrival of 15 drums at Bongolo Hospital
(among other cargo).

This past week, sixteen 55-gallon drums were filled, sealed, and transported from Coshocton, OH to Cleveland to prepare for loading onto a shipping container bound for Gabon.  Estimated arrival is set at Bongolo Hospital by the end of October.

Thanks to MMS Aviation and ARK Transport for pulling off all the logistics and continuing thanks to those that have worked hard on this campaign and sponsored drums.

Our Fueling Progress campaign (Oct. 2011 launch) netted sponsorship for 49 drums.  With this delivery, we have been able to deliver 31 of them.

Read more about the FP Campaign journey- CLICK HERE

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Team Up With The Straw's!

MAY 2020

It's ONLY with your teamwork, that we can reach remote people with the God's Love and Compassion!  Through this blog, we hope that you can read about the many ways that the LOVE of GOD is being creatively expressed in Word and Deed.

As you consider your role on this team, we ask that you start with PRAYER!  Add your email address to our update list...

.What Next???  Be the wind beneath our wings!!!  Please Sustain this work by giving to our program budget.  Together we make a great team!  Here are your options to make your tax-deductible donation:

1.  ON-LINE E-CHECK or CREDIT CARD:  CLICK HERE...  Then simply follow the directions.
2.  BY MAIL:  Make checks to “C&MA”, and put “Straw-mm” in the memo.  Send to:  C&MA-mm, 8595 Explorer Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920
3.  BANK AUTO WITHDRAWAL:  Contact Steve and Alace at “steve@ThingsAboveProject.org” and they will send you a form to fill out.
4. SET UP BY PHONE:  The C&MA will also help you make a "one-time" or on-going contribution (card or bank) over the phone.  Please call 866-443-8262 (9:30am-5pm EST, Mon-Fri).

You will receive a tax-deductible receipt promptly.

If you are joining our team of sustaining supporters (regular donors), we'd love to know.  Please drop us a line at "steve@ThingsAboveProject.org", as it is critical to our budget planning.

Thanks so much for your support!  We can't do it without you.


Steve and Alace Straw