Saturday, December 28, 2019

Year End Airplane Giving


(Note: If you are responding to the E-MAIL and simply want to respond, SCROLL DOWN to "PARTICIPATION"... or keep reading here to get more background on the full story!)

In 2019, as Alace and I moved back to join the Gabon work full-time, we were so blessed to have the teamwork of 4 aviation friends- they took vacation time away from family and friends to sacrificially serve this effort!  From mid-September to mid-October, they prepped the aircraft for return to service.  Then, in November, 3 major donors pitched in to cover about half of the needed re-start costs.  Here are some of the details:

PEOPLE... on the front line:
Dale- I.A. Mechanic
Ben- Avionics

Dan- JAARS, I.A. mechic
North Carolina
Dr. Drew- Bongolo Hospital
surgeon and A&P Mechanic

Dual Garmin G5 installation

AVIONICS- Need  $3070.00


AIRCRAFT REPAIRS-  Need $2228.00


OPERATIONAL COSTS-  Need $8,667.00

TRAINING COSTS- $13,250.00


Please partner with us in this work!  Please pray for our PEOPLE and PROJECTS... and consider PARTICIPATION through a generous gift to this important work.

Yes- there is an airstrip there!

ONLINE GIVING:  visit and scroll down to "Select International Worker/Special Project" and enter "Gabon Airplane" (note- the entry will not come up as an automatic selection, but "Gabon Airplane" will still work as an entry).

BY CHECK:  Send your check made out to "The Alliance" and write "Gabon Airplane" in the memo line.  Mail to: 8595 Explorer Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Thank you so much for considering supporting this critical effort to bring health and hope to the Central Africa region through teamwork with the local churches there.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Reason Why We Fly

It's rainy season in Gabon and, from time to time (like 2 days ago), this will happen...

The national road between the capital city of Libreville that links it to most all other southern parts of the country.  Click here for the full article, in French.

The jungle will usually have its way... humans may think that they have beaten back the chaos to impose their order, but... it's only a matter of time!

Airplanes are cool machines that overcome things like the above... as well as the wear and tear on the vehicles and people in them as they get tossed and bumped hither and thither while suffering hours of land transport.  

There are other, unique land-based risks that come along with ground travel in a developing country as well.  In an aircraft, those risks are mitigated and, for sure, there are other, new issues to consider- air travel also has challenges to overcome, but, on balance, when faced with a 2+ hour ground trip, a lot of people start taking a look at air travel, which they prefer.

There are a lot of ways that impact why aviation would be an essential part of doing remote operations in the middle of nowhere Africa...

- dangerous road conditions
- numerous and sometimes "complicated" road checks
- time saving for projects and tasks
- health and welfare saving for people
- emergency response for medical or civil unrest issues
- extends the "time on the ground" impact
- and a lot more!

Above:  This video sent to me via friends of friends who got stuck at the washout.

Why do people fly?  I think that's all pretty clear cut.  It's a no-brainer.  However, why do we fly here in Gabon?  For us, it's linked with you and why you do what you do... As God's children, we're figuring out our particular skills and talents, gifted to us from our heavenly Father, not for selfish reasons, but to express His love for others.  

So, directed by God's Word (the Bible!), our community (empowered by the Spirit of God), through daily prayer, we turn our lives (talents and skills) into our Father's hands and follow His leading- simple, but profound, obedience.   As you do the tasks of your day in a similar way, no matter where you are or what you do, we have super-natural confidence that all is for the Glory of God, which is ultimately for our deep satisfaction and enjoyment.

That's why we fly.

A picture between Mouila and Fougamou on one of last week's flights.