Up early and enjoying that first cup of coffee. So THANKFUL for the "calm" and quiet hurricane season we've been enjoying in the Caribbean. Over the years, we've seen so much destruction and suffering from fierce storms...again, just glad that we're having a peaceful season.
As I've often shared, love getting up early and spending some quiet time with the Lord. The Psalmist David often did this and I can certainly understand why. It is such a great to simply "reflect" on the goodness of the Lord.
Been reading in the Book of Romans and today was Chapter 4 on Abraham. Now, this was certainly an interesting "Character" in the Bible. Many, around the world love Abraham and many religions have embraced him. He certainly knew a thing or two about faith.
Have come to believe that..."without faith, it is impossible to please God". Jesus came to this earth to bring us salvation and teach us about faith.
This is another reason I love getting up early. Don't have to look at my watch and "rush" along. Just take my time, sit and reflect on the goodness of the Lord and enjoy the coffee.
May write more later, but for now, will close out this brief blog and pray that you have a blessed day. THANK YOU again for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-21-14 Sunday 7:22AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HAS REVIVAL COME TO ISRAEL?? & STROLLING DOWN THE "ROMAN ROAD"
I came across this article and just had to share it with you this morning. I'd been hearing about this amazing "outpouring", but this article truly sheds some in-depth light upon how our Lord is reaching out, not only to Jews but to all peoples around the world.
Please take a few minutes and read this, I believe it will bless you! FIRES OF SALVATION SWEEP THROUGH ISRAEL
This morning, while reading the Word of God, my journey has taken me to the Book of Romans. Over the years, I have quoted certain Scriptures out of this Book to lay a foundation for a "Salvation Message". This is commonly referred to as the "Roman Road of Salvation".
Today, I settled on Romans Chapter 3. This Chapter begins the "Road" to Salvation by explaining that we are ALL a mess and desperately need Salvation. The Scripture says it so clearly and perfectly in verse 23...."All have sinned and come short of the glory of God".
When I got to that verse, just had to stop and ponder. There is NONE righteous, no, not one....except Jesus who is our only Salvation. Folks, this message is for the whole world and our Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Unfortunately, according to the Word of God, there will be many who do not come to Salvation. I do not know who they are, nor do you. We cannot assume, as the working of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of man, is often unseen by natural eyes. As for me, I will simply endeavor to share this awesome message with as many as I can and pray and ask our Lord to lead to me to those who need to hear this great message of Salvation.
I'm looking forward to continuing on this study of the "Roman Road" to Salvation and will share with you the things that I believe our Lord is showing me. Romans Chapter 4 tomorrow...going to be good.
So, it's time to get on with this day and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Peter and I were sad last night, as the Mississippi State Bulldogs came into Tiger Stadium and gave us a sound "whipping".
However.....when all seemed lost and there was no hope (we were down by 24 points in the 4th quarter), the Tigers had an amazing rally and put 19 points on the score board in just minutes and had the ball on the last play of the game and threw a "Hail Mary" pass that was....intercepted by the Bulldogs. Final score: Mississippi State 34 - LSU Tigers 29.
Yes, the Tigers lost, but they did make it a game. The point is...never give up! The Tigers will be back next week. Joe
9-20-14 Saturday 7:08AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WHEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE....CONFESSIONS OF A "BLOGGER"
Some of you, who have followed this "rambling blog", know that for a number of years, each and every morning, I get up and post a blog. Haven't missed a day for years (approaching 5 years!!). You can well imagine, that some days, I simply don't know what to write. I just get up, pour a cup of coffee and sit in front of the computer and begin typing.
I don't claim to be an "Oracle" of God. I simply tell my story and what our Lord has been dealing with me about, or just chronicle the day. Yes, there are times, I simply don't know what to write.
Because I am somewhat of a "News Junkie", I check the headlines to be sure there hasn't been some cataclysmic earthquake, or perhaps someone has dropped a big bomb. I must admit, that often, the news is quite depressing.
I savor the taste of the coffee and that brings a certain "thankfulness" to my heart and I ask our Lord to give me something to write about. At some point, I usually break away and just go sit quietly and read the Word of God.
Have a simple "formula". I read a bit of the Old Testament, a Psalm, a Proverb and a chapter or two out of the New Testament. Nothing fancy or complicated. I just get a nice, broad picture of God's Word.
That is where most of my "inspiration" comes from. So, when I don't know what to write, I go to the Word and something always seems to come out. Just like today, my topic is... "When I don't know what to write" and here I am, bearing my soul with you.
Now, you can imagine, because of the nature of what we do at Air Mobile, this blog could come to you from most anywhere on the planet. As a matter of fact, it has, and this is the really cool part.
Among the things that Air Mobile does, we bring clean water to thirsty people, particularly after they've had a "bad day", i.e., typhoons, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes war, etc.
Often, we travel to areas that have been absolutely "flattened" by disaster. The thing that still amazes me is, how, each and every day, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, we've managed to find an "Internet Connection" that has allowed me to "Post a blog" every single day for years.
Folks, we've been to places where one would think that there is absolutely NO WAY can there be a "connection". Yet, year after year and day after day, this "rambling blog" has been Posted. Now, granted, due to certain time changes (sometimes, there's a 12 hour time difference), the "blog" may not post at the "usual" time....but it will post (you might have to check back a time or two).
Oh, there is so much more that I want to share with you about this, but....I'm running out of time and need to get to the airport. Our excellent, resident Certified Flight Instructor, Brian, is about to give me an accelerated lesson on putting Aeronautical Charts on my little "Tablet". I'm still "Old School" and like a "paper chart" but they're getting harder and harder to find.
So, just finished my second cup of coffee and now, it's time to head out into this day that our Lord has made and go learn something new. And....this evening, Peter and I will be at our favorite Saturday night 'hang-out', "Dogs-R-Us" and watch our favorite college football team, the LSU Tigers, take on Mississippi State. Should be a great game.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support and THANK YOU for "rambling" down this path of life with me. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-19-14 Friday 6:13AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
APPRECIATING A "GOOD OLD BIBLE STUDY" & SO MUCH MORE
It is often easy to take things for granted. Let me explain. Yesterday was a good day. Barbara, from Haiti suddenly showed up, due to a "glitch" in her Visa to Argentina and I picked her up in Orlando. Afterward, we had a full and adequate lunch and then picked up Ariana from our local Christian School. Headed back to the house, where Cindy had prepared an extra bed for Barb, and we awaited our guests to arrive for our Thursday night Bible Study.
Sounds like a typical day in America. Now....let's consider what is happening in other places around the world. Traveling 50 miles away to pick-up a friend could be hindered by check points or even land mines. Getting a lunch with an "All You Can Eat" option would be beyond comprehension. Having a child in a Christian School would be impossible and awaiting guests in your home to "Study the Bible" would be punishable by Death!
Folks, we have it so good here in America but....these simple and beautiful freedoms are under siege. Already, threats and "promises" have been made on America and other Western nations that such activities, as I just mentioned above, will be considered the acts of an infidel and be-headings would follow. These "threats" are not some "far-away" or distant memory from a history book. These "threats" have already been issued and enemies are penetrating as I type.
Often, it is easy to both take our freedoms for granted or to just go into "denial" and believe that things will always continue on as they are. Nothing remains the same and life is always changing. This is the reason that I come to you daily and most always urge you to PRAY! Do not "hide or close your eyes" to the dreadful things that are happening around the world. Be aware and as our Lord Jesus said, "Look for the signs" and above all, press in close to Him and put your trust in Him as your Lord and Savior!
Now, the GOOD NEWS is that Jesus is coming back to earth again. Whether the enemy likes it or not, it is a FACT, JESUS WILL COME BACK TO EARTH! These things that are happening have all been clearly described in the Bible. All one has to do is open the Book and read all about them. Just read Matthew 24/ Luke 21 / Mark 13 for many more details.
Jesus does tell us that things will get bad, very bad before He returns. We do not know the day or the hour that He will return, but we can certainly read the signs and know that His coming is near. All the more reason to press in close to the Lord and seek His wisdom and direction for our lives every day.
Well, last night we had a beautiful Bible Study. It was not illegal and we all grew in the Lord. We're thankful for these precious freedoms and I, for one, will not take them for granted. Please think about these things and above all, pray and give thanks to the Lord. Also, remember those who are being persecuted for their faith around the world.
Time to go take a Little Donkey up for a test flight today. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-18-14 Thursday 6:14AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SPENDING SOME TIME WITH THE FATHER /A SUCCESSFUL BFR & A BEAUTIFUL ESCAPE
After scanning the headlines, just had to go out on the back patio and spend some time in the Word of God this morning. It's good to take the time to do that, though, sometimes, it requires getting up a bit earlier than usual to do so.
You know, as I see the condition of the world and the seeming "confusion" of the world leaders, it's just good to spend some time with the Father and let His peace rule and reign in our hearts.
We certainly can't solve all the problems of the world, but there are some things that we can do. Thus, the importance getting our minds and hearts renewed helps us to hear His voice to know what to do and...just handle life in general.
Yesterday, Brian (a great CFI) put me to the "Test" for my Bi-Annual Flight Review (BFR). After a rather extensive series of questions, we got into the pretty little Cessna 172 and headed up to Lake City, about 160 miles north of Titusville.
It was slow flight, as we had some pretty strong headwinds, but that just gave us more time to go over flight rules and procedures.
Of course, we had a dual mission today, the BFR and....the replacement of our Ford Escape.
After landing, Brian headed back to the Titusville and I was met by retired cop / turned car salesman who showed me an absolutely beautiful 2011 Ford Escape.
Bought it on the spot and had the exact amount of money from our insurance company to make the deal!
This replacement vehicle was a year newer and had 90,000 LESS miles than my old Escape. Surely, our Lord worked this thing out beautifully! Cindy and Ariana love it too!!
And, we got this vehicle, just in time, as Barbara (AKA "Rambo in the Blue Dress") called at 5:55am this morning and told us that she was in Miami and headed up our way. We'll use the new little "Gold Escape" to go pick her up.
So, here we are, another day and another opportunity to follow Him where He leads. What lies ahead? Not sure, but I'm holding tightly onto His hand! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-17-14 Wednesday 5:26AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
(NOTE: There has been no update on the Samaritan's Purse Plea for Prayer - Please continue to PRAY for those in the path of ISIS)
KILLING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE
Some of you may recall that recently, I drove our beautiful red Ford Escape into a "black hole". Well, that's what the "mudders" call the short-cut through the woods that allows quick and easy access to I-95. My insurance company "totaled" the little Red Ford Escape due to water damage. We just finalized all the paper work and now, I need to go find a replacement vehicle.
Yesterday evening, I believe that we found just the one! It's one year newer and has 90,000 LESS miles than the intrepid Red Escape. But....it's 200 miles away. So, I thought, what an ideal time to get my Bi-Annual Flight Review (BFR). I called our good friend, Brian Tanis and asked if he'd be available bright and early this morning to give me a "ride" (BFR) up to Lake City where I could take a look at what might be our next Ford Escape. He gladly agreed to my request.
We'll be meeting at the airport in just a few minutes and making that flight & BFR check ride up to northern Florida. Love it when our Lord works out a sweet plan.
Wow, have you been reading the "Headlines" about Ebola? Dr. Kent Brantly, the Samaritian's Purse doctor who survived Ebola, appeared before Congress yesterday and described Ebola as "Fire Straight from the Pit of Hell". Here's what Dr. Brantly had to say - DR. KENT BRANTLY'S RESPONSE TO CONGRESS
Some Folks don't like to read the "News" because it's depressing and often discouraging. Again, our Lord Jesus NEVER said this life would be easy.
As a matter of fact He said in John 16:33 - "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me, you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world".
Jesus also said that He would never leave us or forsake us and that He would be with us until the end of the world. He is here for us and He loves us.
So, as we hear stories of Ebola and beheadings, this is a call to PRAYER and a time to put our trust and confidence in the Lord. You know, I have read the "end of the Book" and we, who are in Christ WIN!
Well, I'd better wrap up this rambling Blog this morning and go fly that little airplane and get all checked out, otherwise, I'll just sit here and keep "preaching". The bottom line is:
Jesus loves us more than we could ever imagine and He wants to save us. If you've never asked Him into your heart, there's no better time than now. He will give you peace and joy, He will forgive all of your sins and He has great plans for you.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support! May you be blessed today!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-16-14 Tuesday 6:19AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A CRY IN THE NIGHT...WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS!!
Yesterday evening, we received this message from our Pastor's wife, Lori. Thank God for the internet and this means of deploying "Prayer Warriors"!! Here's the message:
Folks, if there ever was a picture of pure evil, this is it. Truly, this scourge of ISIS (or whatever our government calls it) must be stopped and I am asking you to join together with me in PRAYER that this will happen!! If ever the world leaders needed wisdom and direction from the Lord, it is NOW!From Samaritan's purse:Prayer warriors pray urgently!
Dear Friends, Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts. "We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it's staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!" Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region. May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible. Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.
BTW, Air Mobile has worked with Samaritan's Purse and CRI around the world following devastating disasters. These are fine folks who do the work of our Lord with great strength, courage and humility. PLEASE, take a moment to PRAY for those in the path of this evil!!
Meanwhile, we had a wonderful day of preparation for our "next mission". The Little Donkey is in the competent hands of Paul, our mechanic and supplies are continuing to come in for Haiti and beyond. We are thankful!
Baja was clobbered by Hurricane Odile leaving thousands homeless. Miraculously, there are no reported deaths at this time, but hundreds have been injured.
Cabo took the full brunt of the Catagory 3 Hurricane with winds up to 125mph. Again, please pray for those who have been ravaged by this powerful storm. Here's more - HURRICANE ODILE "CLOBBERS" CABO, ST. LUCAS (BAJA)
Then, there was this sunset snapped in Virginia on the eve of 9-11. Some are calling it the most "Patriotic Sunset" ever. Truly, His eye is on the sparrow and I know He's watching us!
Today will be knocking things off of the "To Do List". PLEASE remember to pray for the folks in the murderous path of ISIS as well as those who have just been pounded by Hurricane Odile. Again, I can't THANK YOU enough for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-15-14 Monday 7:16AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
PRAYER RETURNS TO CAPITOL HILL & COALITION GROWING AGAINST ISIS
Just had to share this story with you this morning. There is so much dreadful news out there, it's encouraging to find some "Good News" that is happening. Thus this story....PRAYER RETURNS TO CAPITOL HILL
Americans, no matter how hard some might try, CAN'T deny their Christian roots. Some of our leaders are returning to them and....could this be the beginning of a Revival??
In this statue, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are praying over the Declaration of Independence.
I urge you to take the time to read the article above, as it's quite insightful and most encouraging!!
Meanwhile, the world seems to be mobilizing toward "War" with ISIS. You know, when one openly and flagrantly "executes" an innocent person, no matter how one tries to "spin" that, it is just plain EVIL!
This is what ISIS is doing and yes, there will be very serious consequences to these despicable acts. Here's the latest on the growing "Coalition" - WORLD COALITION BUILDING ON ISIS: "NO TIME TO LOSE"
On this Monday morning, my "To Do List" is growing. Will be at the airport today with our faithful & excellent mechanic, Paul, who will be conducting an inspection of the Little Donkey.
It's always good to have this great tool "ready for action". BTW, a good aircraft mechanic is a hard thing to find, and truly, our Lord has blessed us with Paul!!
So, as we launch into this day, we PRAY for our leaders as the world navigates these extremely dangerous and volatile waters. Our Lord encourages us to ask HIM for wisdom and He will surely guide us and lead us.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-14-14 Sunday 8:21AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ANOTHER BEHEADING...EBOLA SPREADING LIKE CRAZY...WHAT CAN WE DO?
We are entering into a new phase of what Pope Francis called a "Piece-Meal World War III". Folks, there is NO question, we are at war. These provocations are pushing the West toward full fledged war against ISIS. And....these gruesome be-headings are driving UP recruiting for ISIS. The world is spinning out of control! Here's more - EXPERTS: BEHEADINGS DRIVING JIHADI RECRUITMENT TO ISIS
The latest victim, David Haines was a British Aid Worker, the father of two and truly, an innocent victim, a true "Hero".
The British people are outraged and the call for world-wide eradication, the complete destruction of ISIS, is growing. Believe me, this IS an extremely volatile global situation. Here's more - PEOPLE WILL BE SICKENED THAT THAT THIS MAN IS BRITISH: DAVID CAMERON VOWS TO BRING JIHADI JOHN AND HIS FELLOW KILLERS TO JUSTICE AFTER BEHEADING OF "HERO" BRITISH HOSTAGE
We are indeed witnessing the accelerated move toward what could be World War III and again, this is the call for us to PRAY. These are extremely dangerous times!
At the same time, Ebola is spreading like crazy and virologists are concerned that the dread disease could go "Airborne". This would be catastrophic. Yet, there is hope in the treatment of Ebola with blood transfusions from survivors. Here's an article explaining more - THE EBOLA POSSIBILITY THAT VIROLOGISTS ARE "AFRAID TO SAY"
So, on this Sunday morning, in the comfort of my home, as I sit at my computer and write this blog, my heart turns toward the Lord.
I've been reading a Proverb everyday (linked to the day, like today is the 14th, so I read Proverbs 14). I find great comfort and direction in the Word of God.
In Proverbs 14:26-27, it says, "In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death".
There is so much turmoil in this world and there are so many directions that we can go. I simply seek His direction daily.
This morning, Cindy, Peter and Ariana have already gone to church and I'm soon to follow. Then, this afternoon, we'll head to Orlando to minister with those young people who are in the Psychiatric Hospital and bring a message of hope through Jesus. Don't know where our next "international mission" will be, but we're standing by and listening for His voice.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!! Be blessed today and spend some time in the Word of God, you'll be glad you did!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-13-14 Saturday 7:29AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
FROM CANADA TO COCOA & THE EARTH "DODGES" ANOTHER BULLET
Yesterday, we wrapped up our final day of training on the Harris "Voice Control System" or better known as the VCS. This is the "heart" of any Air Traffic Control Tower System.
You can't believe how this system "captures" the voices of the Pilot and Controller and "securely" controls them. There is back-up on the back-up on the back-up. Wow, it truly is amazing.
Now, Air Mobile Joe knows so much more of what goes on, on the other end of that microphone when I contact Approach Control or the Tower. This knowledge will help me to help others that may be experiencing difficulty with ATC Communications. You may recall, that after the earthquake, Haiti's ATC System was all but destroyed. With your prayer, we helped to get Haiti a complete new and powerful Harris ATC System. All I can say is....PRAISE GOD!!
After the training, I took the beautiful ride through Gatineau and then crossed the Ottawa River to Ottawa (what a lovely city) and arrived at the airport for the flights home. The 2 Solar Flares that were racing toward earth did strike our planet but....deflected off the north edge of the earth....thus "We dodged another bullet!" Here's more - SOLAR STORM ARRIVES AT EARTH
Cindy picked me up and we arrived home just after midnight. Yes, it's GOOD to be home....for the moment.
Have you seen the numbers on Ebola? Some are saying between 100,000 & 200,000 may die by the end of the year. This terrible plague is spreading like "wild-fire". You know, as I flew home yesterday, knowing that there were solar storms coming our way, or that someone on the plane may have ebola, there was a "peace that passes all understanding" within my heart.
Oh, it's not because of anything good that I have done, it's simply knowing that God loves me and paid the price for my sins. I am sheltered in His arms, no matter what comes our way. That is why I say again and again, in this rambling blog....Put your trust and confidence in the Lord, He loves you and cares for you!
Just listen to these few verses from Psalm 91:4-6..."He shall cover you with is feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge. His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday" and the Psalm goes on with more. Again, that is why I encourage you to put your trust in Him!!
Now, that I'm home, have some serious chores. Our dryer is broken (that will disrupt things) and the chickens need to be fed. Have a few "squawks" to go over with Paul, our aircraft mechanic and the list goes on and on. But, again....it's so good to be home!!
Trust you have a blessed day and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-12-14 Friday 5:58AM (Eastern Canada Time) - Gatineau, Canada - Best Western Hotel – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
PRAISE GOD FOR ANOTHER DAY
As I sit in this hotel room on the Ottawa River overlooking the beautiful city of Ottawa from Gatineau, I am reminded of the goodness of our Lord. The sun is just rising and the sky is transforming from golden to deeper golden all wrapped in stunning hues of blue. Our Lord has given us another beautiful day to serve Him.
That same beautiful sun has emitted 2 large solar flares that are racing toward our planet as I type. The Scientist who track these things don't know what effect they will have on our power grid or our navigation / communication systems.
So, what can we do? We can pray that our Lord will be merciful and protect us again. Here's some information that you're unlikely to get on Main-Stream Media - TWO SOLAR STORMS FORECAST TO STRIKE THE EARTH TODAY
You know Folks, the older I get, the more I realize that we just NEED the Lord. When we become "over-confident" in our own abilities, we are treading on dangerous ground. There are just too many things that are heading our way that we just have NO control over.
I have heard some say..."You're crazy to pray...it's just mumbo-jumbo". However, I say..."You're crazy NOT to pray"! If we look at the big picture, here we are, a rather small being, sitting on a terrestrial ball, racing through space, and looking out at things coming our way.
The fact is we have a God, who created us and yes, loves us very much. Why wouldn't we cry out to Him and ask for His protection....and guidance and grace and wisdom and the list goes on and on. The Bible says..."Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved"! Please forgive me, just had to "preach" a little bit this morning.
Well, today is my last day in Canada. Just have one more training session and then later this afternoon, I'll board a United Airlines flight and head home. Yes, it will be good to be home!
Oh, THANK YOU for praying for me!! The cold-like symptoms that I was experiencing yesterday, have all but gone away! You're prayer and healthy dosages of Vitamin C have certainly had a positive effect on me. Really, PRAYER DOES WORK!!
Now, it's time to wrap it up and head over to my final day of training on the Harris Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-11-14 Thursday 5:38AM (Eastern Canada Time) - Gatineau, Canada - Best Western Hotel – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
13 YEARS AGO TODAY
Do you remember where you were 13 years ago today? How did you get the news? Did you witness the second aircraft strike the second tower? Those are images that are burned into my mind. It was witnessing that attack that made me realize just how vulnerable we are.
A powerful speech was given last night, but it did lack the substance of a true "Strategy" to destroy this evil force, called ISIS. We certainly PRAY that a solid strategy does evolve and that the world will be rid of this terrible organization.
PLEASE remember to PRAY for those who lost loved ones on this day, 13 years ago. This is a bitter anniversary for many.
This morning, as I scan the news from around the world, there are no reported "Attacks". For that, I am thankful and pray that this day passes without another brutal attack.
May I also ask you to pray for me today. Seem to be coming down with something. Have a sore throat and a bit of a fever and coughing. My Cindy urged me to go get some "Emergen-C" and I've been pumping that good old Vitamin C into my body.
We have another class today on the Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems and tomorrow, we'll wrap it up. This is fascinating stuff. It is amazing how many redundant systems there are to protect the communications between the Controller and the Pilot.
So, as you go through this day, keep an eye and ear out for anything out of the ordinary. Also, please continue to pray for safety. I pray that this day passes quietly.
Well, it's time for me to head out for another good day of training. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-10-14 Wednesday 5:56AM (Eastern Canada Time) - Gatineau, Canada - Best Western Hotel – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AS 9-11 APPROACHES....PLEASE PRAY!
Tomorrow will mark the 13 Anniversary since 9-11. I recall so vividly where and I was and what was going through my mind as the terrible attacks unfolded before our very eyes. I urge each of you reading this rambling Blog to PRAY for protection as this day approaches.
Also, as I shared yesterday, be vigilant. Many, many attacks have been thwarted by vigilant citizens who see things that just don't seem right. Please, keep your eyes and ears open and again, above all, PRAY for our Lord's wisdom and protection.
There are evil and destructive forces in this world and prayer is a very powerful force that can literally STOP an attack. Please keep that in mind and realize that your PRAYERS ARE POWERFUL!
The ATC Training is going extremely well. The "Controllers" will be heading back to Haiti and the Engineers, along with yours truly, will remain for advanced training on the new Harris ATC System. Again, can't even begin to describe how thankful I am to be here and to be part of this vital upgraded system for Haiti!
Earlier, in this blog today, I mentioned the "Power of Prayer". Am reminded of an incident where I personally was attacked with overwhelming odds and called upon the Name of the Lord and was completely delivered.
We were delivering food to a starving village, when an angry and violent mob of more than 100 people attacked our small team and by the power of God, the brutal leaders were literally knocked unconscious. Folks, again I emphasize how powerful prayer is....even in seemingly impossible situations.
BTW, you can read all about that brutal attack and marvelous victory in my book, "Run To The Roar" which is available all over the place. The book truly tells about God's Amazing Grace and His great power!
So, again, today I urge you to PRAY & BE VIGILANT. It's time for me to get some more training. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and powerful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-9-14 Tuesday 6:13AM (Eastern Canada Time) - Gatineau, Canada - Best Western Hotel – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A TIME TO BE BRAVE AND VIGILANT
While here in Canada, training on the operation and maintenance of vital Air Traffic Control equipment, I can't help but see the repeated reports that America is potentially in the "cross-hairs" of another 9-11 Type Terrorist Attack.
These reports are coming from a broad range of news agencies and certainly seem to be "credible". So....what can we do? First and foremost, in my humble opinion, it would be wise to put our trust and faith in the Lord to guide, lead and protect us.
Next, it is a time to be brave and vigilant. If we see something "out of place" or potentially dangerous, we should NOT go into denial, but we should notify the authorities and take action to protect ourselves, our family and loved ones.
Of course, there is always the need and call to PREPARE. By that, I mean to have a stock of basic provisions on-hand, i.e., food, water, flashlights, radio, cash etc.
Now, folks, I am not saying any of this to needlessly alarm anyone but....the reality is, the world is becoming increasingly dangerous and believe me...it is far better to be prepared (even if it is "somewhat" prepared) than not to be.
There are so many distractions in this life, but as we approach the Anniversary of 9-11, it is a good thing to be prayerful and vigilant.
We certainly PRAY that 9-11 will come and go and that no attack(s) will occur, but again, this is a call to PRAY together for our Lord to keep His hand of protection upon us. I felt is was important to share these thoughts with you today.
Meanwhile, the ATC Training is excellent and I am thankful to have been given this opportunity. Looking forward to Day 2 of this great training.
The Team of Engineers and Controllers from OFNAC (Haiti's Civil Aviation) are all excellent students and I'm blessed to have this privilege to be training with them.
So, it's time for me to head out to the next training session this morning. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-8-14 Monday 6:27AM (Eastern Canada Time) - Gatineau, Canada - Best Western Hotel – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
IN CANADA....IN TRAINING
Had beautiful flights to Canada yesterday. Arrived right on time and had a quiet, peaceful evening before intense training begins. Looking forward to learning more how Air Traffic Contol Communications Systems actually work.
You know, "Good Communications" are vital in life. Just look at the consequences of "Poor Communications"...... It doesn't take a vivid imagination to paint that picture.
I am in Gatineau, an absolutely beautiful city on the Ottawa River. The view from my hotel room just takes ones breath away. Looking forward to doing a little "exploring" between classes. BTW, that is my thumb and Ottawa is just across the river.
The Harris Air Traffic Control Solutions Division is located in Gatineau. The world-wide Headquarters for Harris is located in Melbourne, FL.
I will be joined with OFNAC (Haiti's Office of Civil Aviation) Engineers and Air Traffic Controllers, many of whom I have known for years and years. What a grand opportunity this is and....AN ANSWER TO PRAYER!
You, who have rambled along this "Blog Road" with me over the years have joined and prayed us so often to get new and excellent ATC Communication equipment into Haiti. It is actually happening!! Can't even begin to tell you how THANKFUL I am.
I vividly recall, just 3 days ago, flying from Haiti to the U.S. in the Little Donkey and bidding "farewell" from the Haiti Controllers around 120 miles away. Before the new equipment was installed, that would have been IMPOSSIBLE!
It just reminds me that...."With God, ALL things are possible"!!
It's time to finish that second cup of coffee overlooking the River and Ottawa and go get some "training".
As always, THANK YOU for standing together with us with your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-7-14 Sunday 5:28AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A training opportunity has availed itself to me by The Harris Corporation, so I'm headed to Canada via Ottawa this morning. No, I'm not flying the Little Donkey up there, but will be a guest on United Airlines.
Will be learning the maintenance and operation of the Liberty Star ATC System that we've recently installed in Port-Au-Prince and soon will have another System in Cap Haitian. Again, can't begin tell you what a blessing it is to "Communicate" clearly and with long-range. Makes a huge difference in Aircraft Safety!!
Yesterday, we met with Tom Kelly who works in Zimbabwe, Africa and Kyle Dixon who works for NASA. Kyle was accompanied by his son, Nigel. Was able to go over the design and operation of the Air Mobile Rescuer.
Oh, I enjoy doing this so much, as this machine has evolved over the years with so many improvements and innovations. It is truly a "Near-Miracle Machine".
Tom shared heart-breaking stories of school children in Zimbabwe drinking filthy water and the dreadful consequences of that. The Air Mobile Rescuer is a true "Game-changer" and will save many lives. We're believing together for the funding to come in for several units for Zimbabwe.
Kyle, who works for NASA and has been a big supporter of getting the Rescuer on-board the International Space Station was very impressed with the simplicity, strength and performance of the Rescuer. It was a very good, in-depth meeting.
After the Rescuer presentation, Peter and I had a delightful time at "Dogs R Us", our favorite Saturday night hang-out. There, we enjoyed a great game of football between our beloved LSU Tigers and the Sam Houston Bear-kats (yes, that's the way they spell it). LSU really shined and showed tremendous depth. Going to be a good year of football in the SEC (Southeast Conference)....and yes, the Tigers won 56-0.
So, this morning, my Cindy is bringing me to the airport to catch that early morning flight to Canada. Really looking forward to this training, as it will help me to be able to further support these systems that we place throughout the Caribbean.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-6-14 Saturday 8:17AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
DANCING WITH STORMS TO A FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME
After doing a careful analysis of the "Route", I saw a safe way to work between those bad boys back to the U.S.
Was met at the airport by my dear friend and brother, Dave Carwell (Director of MAF-Haiti), who prayed together with me for a safe and quick journey home.
I climbed into the Little Donkey, fired up the engines and left Haiti. Climbed to 12,500 feet, the optimal altitude to take advantage of a tiny little tail-wind (love those).
BTW (By The Way), had crystal clear, long-range communications with Port-Au-Prince all the way to the north border, thanks to the new Harris equipment.
Cindy would be awaiting my arrival, as we had another funeral to attend immediately after landing.
My dear friend, brother and neighbor for many years, Tom Spina lost his mother. If everything worked perfectly, we could arrive at the funeral exactly as it was beginning.
Another prayer for "quick" traveling mercies was offered and our Lord certainly came through. Held 200+mph the entire trip as I danced between those "wicked" Caribbean storms.
Landed Fort Pierce on the exact minute that was projected the evening before. Cleared Customs in less than 5 minutes and made the final dash to Titusville bobbing and weaving between the growing rain showers.
Met Cindy and we made it to the funeral at 2:05pm, it began at 2:00pm. It was good to be with the Spina Family during their time of grief. We all rejoiced, however, at knowing where Tom's Mother, Shirley Ann Spina, was now, permanently residing...with Jesus.
After the Funeral, Cindy and Ariana had free tickets to "Frozen on Ice" in Orlando and Peter had a football game. I headed to the football game.
As the afternoon worked on, and the storms blew up, I realized that I had made it home at exactly the right time! THANK GOD for traveling mercy and good timing.
Peter's Team, The Astronaut High War Eagles, played a brilliant Defensive Game and the score was 0 to 0 with 4 minutes left and then the St. Cloud Bulldogs scored to win the game. It was a disappointing loss, but our team showed some real promise.
Peter and I got home after midnight. It was a long day. Made it home with some tricky navigation through clustering thunderstorms...and a lot of God's Grace. Good to be home....for the moment.
This morning, we have visitors coming to the house who have missions in Africa and Columbia and they both desperately need clean water. We'll be demonstrating the "Near-Miracle" Air Mobile Rescuer and how it can help solve this terrible problem.
As always, THANK YOU for amazing and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-5-14 Friday 6:09AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
RESCUERS REFRESHED & RESTOCKED WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
Spent the entire day in the Air Mobile Refresh Depot "refreshing" Rescuers. What I truly love about this remarkable machine is that it is completely "repairable". In other words, every single component can be removed and either rebuilt or replaced. What a great design!
Rolf, the original inventor of the Rescuer stays in touch and often gives me tips to help keep these little "soldiers" bringing clean water to the thirsty, where often, water-borne disease is rampant. Here's a Rescuer and a letter from Rolf. God bless you, Rolf!!
Folks, I am so thankful for those whom our Lord sends our way to help us in this mission. It brings me to that quote that I have said so many times...."God knows how to deploy His troops"!
For just over 10 years we have been bringing clean water into Haiti with the Air Mobile Rescuer. Only our Lord knows how many lives have been saved. Each of these "Near Miracle Machines" comes with a life-time warranty.
What that means is, should the machine malfunction in any way and the operator cannot get it going, then, all they have to do is get to our "Village" and we, on the spot, swap it out with a fully "Refreshed" Rescuer.....all at NO CHARGE!
That is why it is so important for me to get here and keep the "Inventory" level up so that there will be a machine available for the "Swap". In all of the 10 years that we have been doing this, we haven't run out of Rescuers. Thank God!!
I just wanted to share a bit more of how the system works with you. We currently have 335 Air Mobile Rescuers spread all throughout Haiti (over 900 worldwide). This is reason that I am so THANKFUL to you for your precious prayer, love and support! Together, we are on this "mission"!
This is truly a noble mission and one near the heart of Jesus.
So, late yesterday evening, I finished up the last Rescuer to go into Inventory. These units will provide the replacements until our next mission here.
As I look out over the Caribbean this morning, I see that there are some "rumblings" going on. This has been an extremely quiet Hurricane Season thus far...we pray it stays that way!
Time for me head out and see what our Lord has for me to do today. Again, as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-4-14 Thursday 6:59AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
STRENGTH IN UNITY
Dashed into town yesterday on the little blue motorcycle to attend a meeting among Believers and Christian Businessmen. The invitation was extended to me by my good friend of many years, Dave Carwell, Director of MAF Haiti. It was worth the trip!
The meeting is the "brainchild" of Haiti Broilers, SA, a Jamaican company that specializes in eggs and chickens. The leaders of this company are all Christians and have a strong desire to see Christian organizations work together....a very good plan!!
For the next few hours, we prayed together, had a message from the Word of God and above all, just got to learn more about other ministries and the challenges that they are facing and the strengths that they have. It was a wonderful meeting!!
From that meeting, went to check on the new Harris equipment that we recently installed in the Port-Au-Prince Area Control Center (ACC).
So pleased that all is working well and the installation is proceeding as planned. The Controllers are very happy to be able to do their job with this first-class equipment!!
After the good meetings in Port-Au-Prince, got back on the little blue motorcycle and came back to the "Village" where some Air Mobile Rescuers were awaiting to be refreshed.
So, here we are with another day to serve Him. What will the day hold? We'll likely make efforts to keep clean water flowing in His Name. A good plan for the day. As always, THANK YOU for meandering down this road with me and above all, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-3-14 Wednesday 6:43AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HAVE YOU NOTICED??? THE WORLD SEEMS TO BE SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL
When I heard the report of 11 Airliners "missing" from the Tripoli airport, alarms started going off in my head. Then the news of Ebola spreading more rapidly and then the horrific beheading of another journalist and the list goes on and on.
Here's just one of the headlines....11 AIRLINERS MISSING..PRIOR TO 9-11 ANNIVERSARY, AFTER ISLAMIST OVERRUN TRIPOLI AIRPORT
Can't take too much news as it makes my head spin and my heart ache! I find going to Psalm 91 stops the spinning and eases the ache in my heart. Our Lord has promised to never leave us or forsake us. Thank God!
As you know, I'm here on "assignment" in Haiti and have my own "mountains" to climb. Just want you to know that I had some wonderful meetings yesterday with the OFNAC officials (Haiti's Civil Aviation).
We are making excellent progress on the continuing installation of new, first-class Air Traffic Control (ATC) equipment here in Port-Au-Prince. The safety of every flight coming into and departing Haiti is now safer because of this equipment. Praise God!!
After those meetings, while en-route back to the "Village", I sensed that our Lord had another "mission" for me. Reached a major intersection and instead of turning south to the "Village" I turned north. Sensed that I needed to go pray with some dear missionary friends of mine.
I was greeted with a cool glass of water and we sat down together to catch up. Love these folks! When the time for prayer came, I knew why I had come. This veteran, faithful couple are going through a heartbreaking situation. They have been deeply wounded and so needed to just pray. I love it when our Lord sends me on "missions" like this!
Upon return to the Village, I checked the Air Mobile Rescuer "Refresh" Depot and found some "Rescuers" that need attention. You my recall that Air Mobile has 335 Rescuers spread throughout Haiti (and over 900 world-wide). These Rescuers stop dreaded disease dead in their tracks!!
From time to time, some of these Rescuers need some tender, loving care. Many of them have been in service for nearly 9 years and they just keep right on providing clean water. But....just like your vehicle, sometime they need to be "Refreshed".
May I tell you, I love this part of my job. By working on these units personally, I find what parts need to be strengthened and we are in a "continual" update mode. Having units in continual operation for 9 years teaches us so much.
Recently, my dear friend Rolf, who invented the module, made a suggestion. By placing an additional, tiny o-ring on the pressure switch, many leaks could be completely stopped! WOW!!! I never cease to marvel at how our Lord gives us wisdom. Yes, I love my job!!
So, the sun has risen and I believe that the "inverter" system will yield enough electricity to power my mini Keurig to give me one more cup of coffee before I launch into this day. What adventure lies ahead? Only our Lord knows! As always, THANK YOU for your vital and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-2-14 Tuesday 6:57AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
FROM THE "HAITI DESK" - IN & OUT OF CUBAN AIRSPACE & "CRYSTAL CLEAR" COMMUNICATIONS
Good morning from the "Haiti Desk". It's good to be back in Haiti. Took me a while to settle in yesterday, as there was no electricity in the little room that I call home while on assignment here. Don't need much electricity...just enough to run the computer and the coffee pot & charge the phones!
The day began with a serious look at the weather. Saw some "build-ups" along the way and would need to "avoid" them.
The Little Donkey was all loaded and fueled and ready to go. After prayer for safety and wisdom, fired up the engines, taxied and took off for Haiti. Climbed to 15,000 feet and settled in for the 5 hour flight.
Can't begin to tell you how beautiful a Caribbean sunrise is. You'll notice in this sunrise shot, there's quite a large "cell" to the east of my course.
There were a few more "cells" to avoid and one in particular that required a deviation to the west. With permission, from Miami Center and approval from the Cuban Authorities, the Little Donkey was allowed to cross over into Cuban airspace to avoid the large "cell".
In this shot, you'll see the little airplane and how it's path crossed over the blue line. Glad that didn't end me up in a Cuban "Cell".
As I approached Haiti, called to report my position. Now, here's the good part! Up until now, this would not have been possible, as Haiti had been operating on "Emergency - Last Resort" radios.
When I called in, the Controller responded back with a crystal, clear voice while I was 124 miles out! Normally, contact would not have been made until I was much, much closer! Praise God for the new Harris ATC (Air Traffic Control) equipment!!
The rest of the flight was uneventful. Landed right on time and was met at the airport by Barbara (AKA - "Rambo in the Blue Dress"). Upon arrival at the "Village", after unloading the baby food and diapers and clothes and other vital supplies, I went on my search for enough electricity to power the "Haiti Desk".
So, here I am in Haiti already on the "next mission". Have a full schedule... my work is cut out for me. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-1-14 Monday 2:37AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
Cindy and I were brought to tears (of joy) when we received the call from Shaun L'Esperance. We've known Shaun all of his life. Shaun asked for our Juliet's hand in marriage! A date has not been set, but a ring has been given.
Shaun has a missionary heart and recently received his Doctorate Degree in Nursing and is a Nurse Practitioner. I know this young man's heart for the Lord, as I have brought him on missions to the Philippines and Haiti. Can't even begin to tell you how thankful, excited and just plain overjoyed we are that Shaun and Juliet are to be married!!
Well, today is Labor Day in America and we're not taking the day off. Have to get ready for that "next mission"....wherever that might be. The most important thing is "availing" ourselves to the Lord and going where He tells us to go.
Things have been really quiet in the Caribbean with a "record" number of days (3,233!) since a Hurricane has struck America. All I can say is...THANK GOD!
Up early this morning. Love that quiet time with the Lord. The coffee seems to taste better in the early morning, though coffee tastes good anytime. As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-31-14 Sunday 8:23AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SUNDAY MORNING IN AMERICA
Across America, millions of Americans are getting ready for church, our family included. This is a simple and beautiful freedom and I pray that we continue to enjoy it but...it is being threatened by dark forces.
It is difficult for many Americans to grasp that being a Christian could cost ones life. I know that many churches in America "preach" that all God is interested in is our "happiness", but this is a difficult message to grasp for those who are being tortured and killed for their faith.
Folks, hundreds of millions around the world face "Extermination" just for calling on the "Name of Jesus".
As I look at the "Borders" of America, it is evident that there are many "breaches" in the wall and that, even as I type this blog, terrorists are streaming into America with the goal of "extinguishing" Christianity.
Oh, there is so much more that I want to write this morning, but it's time for the Hurston Family to get to church. We certainly do appreciate the freedom that we enjoy, but we're also aware that this freedom is being threatened. May we encourage you to PRAY for those who are being tortured for their faith and PRAY for the leaders in this country to protect the freedoms that we do have.
Gotta run....as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-30-14 Saturday 7:27AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
This morning, Cindy and I sat on our back porch and read the Word of God together and had such a wonderful time just talking about our outreach and the Air Mobile Rescuer that our Lord has given to us. It is such an awesome, life-saving gift and we're so thankful.
We know that there will always be dangers in this world and clean water often is the difference between life and death. We avail ourselves to these needs as they arise.
As is the case with Haiti, we continually go there and seek to keep the units that we have in place there (335 Rescuers), operating properly and above all keeping that clean water flowing where it is so desperately needed.
We also know, that in most any disaster, no matter what the cause, that clean water will be desperately needed. So....we want to be where our Lord wants us to be and we desire to be right on time as the call and need arises.
Over a delicious cup of coffee we prayed together for his clear and precise direction. Please join together with us as we seek to hear and follow Him wherever He leads!
Today, will be doing a few chores around the house (a necessary part of life) and then this afternoon, will be going to the airport to meet a new, prospective "Missionary Student Pilot". We're slowly building up our Flight School and offering our experience and abilities to those who want to "Fly for the Lord".
BTW, if you've ever had a desire to fly and are looking for a good Flight School, be sure to contact us. We're building up a first-class, well-run Flight Training School that will properly equip pilots to reach out to a dying, suffering world and bring life and hope. Also, if you know anyone that is interested or just has questions, give them my number: 321-544-7757 or e-mail me at: email@example.com.
So, we come to you again and THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-29-14 Friday 6:07AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
NASA WARNING - MASSIVE SOLAR FLARES MAY BE COMING OUR WAY
A massive sunspot, AR 2151 (first observed Sunday) is aligning with earth and the threat could last for weeks. The sun has been relatively quiet for the last few months, but it's just a "matter of time" before the threat becomes real. All the more reason to be AWARE & PREPARE!
A direct hit would be devastating....here's a quote from the NASA warning - "NASA and the National Science Foundation has estimated that if the U.S. sustained a direct hit from an X-class flare, it would cost the nation upward of $2 trillion in the first year and kill up to 90 percent of the U.S. population due to the lack of services, starvation and disease." Here's the story - NASA - DANGEROUS SUNSPOT ALIGNING WITH EARTH
Folks, I don't share this story with you to alarm you, I simply want you to be aware of what is looming out there. We certainly PRAY that a massive X-Class flare doesn't come our way, but if we don't know it's there, we wouldn't even know how to pray and certainly not prepare.
Being prepared is usually in the back of my mind. For example, I just rotated some diesel fuel from storage cans into the fuel tank of our old Bounder motorhome. In that way, I can get "fresh" diesel into those storage cans.
This is an example of a relatively simple thing that can be greatly appreciated in the event of some "natural" or "man-made" disaster. If I don't think about it, I probably wouldn't do anything about it.
If you're like me, you're probably already pretty "overwhelmed" with just the natural course of life and don't want to "think about these things", but may I encourage you to do something today toward preparation.
For example, if you go shopping, check out that BOGO (Buy One Get One) sales flyer and see if there isn't something you could get for free that would move you toward being just a bit more prepared. Just an idea.
Also, if you plan to do something today, even if it's a small thing like picking up an extra can of pork & beans, you'll likely PRAY a bit more. It's ALWAYS a good thing to PRAY and the truth is, we can't pray too much! The Bible urges us to PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. I'm sure our Lord knows that we're not likely to "overdose" on prayer....
So, had an excellent flight back from New Orleans yesterday. Landed in Orlando right on schedule. So good to be home and spend the afternoon with my Sweetheart. Sure have missed my Cindy and the Kids.
Peter will be playing in his second High School Football Game this evening. He's worked very hard to make the team. At 6'2" and a pretty tough kid, he makes a good wide-receiver.
Time to head out to the airport and meet with Brian and see how the loading of the Little Donkey is coming along. Oh, it's good to be home!! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-28-14 Thursday 5:55AM (U.S. Central Time) - New Orleans, LA - A Hotel near the airport – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HOMEWARD BOUND FROM THE "BIG EASY"
Funerals, as a rule, are difficult, but...a funeral where a clear call to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior yields wonderful opportunities. Such was the case yesterday. Ben's Pastor laid the groundwork and the Lord gave me the privilege to complete the call. I believe that, that is exactly what Ben would have wanted us to do.
After the funeral, the family and many friends gathered at Dutchtown Baptist Church for some amazing food (Cajuns really know how to cook) and sweet fellowship. Many memories and stories were shared. Surely, The Comforter, was present.
Now, I know that there will be painful and difficult days ahead for the family, but our Lord will be there each step of the way...."Oh death, where is thy sting, Oh grave, where is thy victory?".
I'll be flying out of New Orleans (AKA, the "Big Easy") for Orlando this morning, again, thanks to Southwest Airlines. A 1 hour, 20 minute flight is so much better than a 12 hour drive.
This "Mission" to bury my friend, and reach out to his family is coming to a close. Upon arrival in Florida, I'll likely "hit the ground running" and roll right into the next mission...wherever that might be.
Well, it's time to head to the airport to catch that flight home. As always, THANK YOU for wandering down this path with me. So appreciate your prayers, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
8-27-14 Wednesday 5:45AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
The Seal Family asked me to minister at Ben's Funeral today in Baton Rouge. Just couldn't do that 750 mile drive again, so....Southwest Airlines to the rescue. Will be leaving for the airport in a few minutes....after that first cup of coffee.
After the funeral, will fly right back home to continue prep for the "next mission". Met with Brian, our Chief Flight Instructor yesterday and he rolled up his sleeves and began weighing the cargo for the next flight in the "Little Donkey". Am so THANKFUL for excellent "Water Mules"!
Once settled in at the airport, I may extend this blog a bit. Appreciate your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
UPDATE FROM ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - 8-27-14 7:55AM
Just a quick update - made excellent time to Orlando International Airport and about to board the 1 hour (!) flight. So much better than the 10-12 hour drive. So THANKFUL for Southwest Airlines. BTW, that's the bird I'll be taking in the background.
PLEASE PRAY that our Lord uses me to share his Amazing Grace at Ben's Funeral today. THANKS!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-26-14 Tuesday 7:57AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HOME AT LAST
It was another loooooong driving day. Pulled into our driveway at 2:00am, concluding the 750 mile journey. Oh, it good to be home!!
The thing about long road trips is, there's plenty of time to think and pray. All one has to do is turn off the radio and put the phone on "silent" to have some wonderful "alone" time with the Lord. I had plenty to think & pray about, having just lost my dear friend and mentor, Ben Seal. Here's Ben's Obituary - BEN SEAL - OBITUARY
And as Ben would say to me...."Joe, get back to work...life goes on". Ben always had a very firm grasp on reality and just seemed to know what needed to be done. Sure going to miss my Brother but....I know he's with Jesus.
Just after passing Mobile, AL, saw the USS Alabama and decided to just wander around a bit. Have always loved this display of the massive and powerful Battleship that helped win the War.
Also knew that it was perfect time to have some "Southern Comfort Food", fried catfish, collard greens, a cool bean medley and cornbread. Good food is always good for the soul.
They've recently added an SR-71, a once super secret, high flying, very fast spy plane. This has always been a fascinating aircraft.
Once back on the road, gave our son, Ben (yes, he was named after Ben Seal) a call. Ben lives in Tallahassee. We met at his home and had a delicious cup of "French Press" Sumatran coffee. Ben appreciates a good cup of coffee. I was able to share with Ben some Ben Seal Stories.
Once back on the road, the sheer exhaustion of back to back to back "750 mile trips" began take their toll. I finally just had to pull into a rest area and close my eyes for a bit. Then, at last, rolled into our driveway at 2:00am. Yes, it's good to be home.
Looks like Hurricane Cristobol will miss the U.S. East Coast, but will certainly bring some big waves and rip currents. Overall this has been a relatively "quiet" Hurricane Season. Am certainly thankful for that!
So, this is day that our Lord has made and though I'm a bit exhausted and road weary, I'll rejoice and be glad in it. Time to, as Ben would say, "get back to work and get ready for the 'next mission'". That's what I'll do.
As always, THANK YOU for joining together with us on this journey. Your precious prayer, love and and support are vital to the success of the "Mission". Be blessed!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-25-14 Monday 7:49AM (U.S. Central Time) - Baton Rouge, LA - Hotel near Hospital – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A TIME TO BE BORN & A TIME TO DIE.....
Yesterday afternoon, my life-long friend and Brother in Christ, peacefully slipped out of this world and met Jesus face to face.
I was holding his hand when the "meeting" took place. It was a precious moment that I will never forget. Ben Seal, we will miss you terribly, but we are rejoicing that you are in heaven!
There is so much more that I want to say....I've known Ben for over 55 years and truly, Ben taught me lessons in courage and persistence and calm logical thought...oh, I could go on and on, but this is not the "time" to do so.
After bidding the Seal family farewell yesterday afternoon, I "hit the road" for the 750 miles journey home. You may recall, that once I had gotten the news of Ben's "condition" (late Friday evening) I drove that 750 miles in 10 hours!
Believe me....I was not doing the speed limit (and I don't encourage anyone to break the law), but I knew that "Time" was of the essence. Ben did not have long to live and I wanted to spend some time with my brother before....
The Lord gave us hours together where we laughed and cried and reminisced and rejoiced. Then came his "exit" to glory....I'm just a bit jealous. Now, with the same 750 miles ahead of me, it only took about an hour and half before my eyes actually closed at 75 mph and the little bumps on the side of the road quickly awakened me and....it was off at the next hotel and a bed! There's a "Time" to sleep!
So, this morning, having consumed 2 delicious cups of coffee, I'll soon be back on the road to my Cindy. I've sure missed her and the kids and the grand-kids. Sometimes, there's a "Time" to be apart and a "Time" to be together. Glad to be "Homeward Bound"!
While I was in Baton Rouge on a "Mission", the Caribbean has had it's hands full with Tropical Storm Cristobol. There's been a lot of rain and wind throughout the islands. In "Time" that will clear out, as it appears that TS Cristobol is taking a northerly track to the open Atlantic.
It's time to wrap it up and hit the road. PLEASE remember to pray for the Seal family as they deal with the loss of their beloved Ben. As always, THANK YOU for meandering down this road with me. Your prayer, love and support are more precious to me than simple words can express. THANK YOU!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-24-14 Sunday 5:55AM (U.S. Central Time) - Baton Rouge, LA - Hotel near Hospital – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MADE IT...JUST IN TIME & THE WORLD IS SHAKING...POWERFUL QUAKE HITS SAN FRANCISCO
Truly, our Lord gave me great traveling mercy, having driven 750 miles in just over 10 hours (a lot of Grace along the way). Arrived at the New Baton Rouge General Hospital yesterday afternoon, to spend precious hours with my dear, life-long friend (over 55 years), Ben Seal. Could write a book about all the things Ben taught me, but that's another story.
Ben is surrounded by his loving family and friends and I am blessed to be named among them. This may be Ben's last day alive on this earth, but....we know that Ben will be with the Lord. Please PRAY for the Seal family at they walk through this difficult time.
Just moments ago, a powerful earthquake (6.0) shook the San Francisco area. Reports of damage, injuries or death have not yet come in. We are following this breaking story. Here's a preliminary report - LARGE EARTHQUAKE RATTLES SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
In related news, thousands of quakes have been reported in Iceland, where a Volcano has shown signs of a possible eruption...here's more - EARTHQUAKES OVER 5 MAGNITUDE SHAKE ICELAND VOLCANO
Will be spending this morning at the Hospital here in Baton Rouge. We know that with God, all things are possible and above all, we are praying for our Lord's will to be done with my dear friend, Ben.
Time for me to head over and just sit with my friend, Ben. As always, THANK YOU for your precious and invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-23-14 Saturday 4:59AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A CALL IN THE NIGHT
Ben may not make it through the night. The text message came through that it looked bad for my friend and mentor in "courage". I knew that I had to go and be with him for, either his final hours, or to witness another miracle. Either way, Ben's life is in the hands of the Lord.
So, this blog is very short, as it's time for me to "hit the road" again and go spend some time with Ben Seal.
PLEASE pray for..."God's will to be done" and also pray for traveling mercy. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
8-22-14 Friday 7:19AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
DR. BRANTLY / NANCY WRITEBOL WIN WAR AGAINST EBOLA - PRAISE GOD!! & MASSIVE EVACUATION BEING PLANNED FOR TRAPPED CHRISTIANS
With God, "ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE"! It is with joy, to report that both Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol walked out an Atlanta Hospital completely healed from the dreaded disease, Ebola! Truly, God answers prayer! Here's more on this wonderful story - DOC WHO BEAT EBOLA - "GOD SAVED MY LIFE"!
Now, I have to run our daughter Ariana to school. PLEASE check back in an hour for the "Rest of the Blog".
Well, I am back, having just dropped Ariana. Now, on with the "Rest of the Blog".
Been following the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Christians that are staring at death and torture in path of ISIS Storm Troopers.
The deranged, savage mindset of these "Warriors" is beyond comprehension. The brutal beheading of Journalist Jim Foley clearly and graphically demonstrates just where ISIS stands. Folks, these monsters must be stopped!
I'm just finding out about efforts to help to RESCUE these Christians and will do some more research. Here's some more information - MASSIVE RESCUE PROPOSED FOR TRAPPED CHRISTIANS
Even during WWII when millions of Jews were brutally executed, many, many around the world were completely unaware. With what is happening right now, we can KNOW what is happening and we can join in the "Rescue" with our PRAYERS & RESOURCES. This is the reason that I share these stories with you.
BTW, don't think that this is a problem "over there"! ISIS has serious plans to come to America. This is a "Clear and Present Danger". Here's a recent interview explaining that - ISIS PLANNING TO BLOW UP AMERICAN CITY
Yesterday, I spent some wonderufl time Brian Tanis. Brian is a great friend and an extraordinary Flight Instructor. Recently, Brian stepped out and purchased a beautiful Cessna 172 aircraft. This aircraft is ideal for primary flight training.
He then handed me the keys and asked...."Want to take her up?". That's like saying "Sick-em to a dog". Within minutes we were up and headed to the NASA Space Shuttle Landing Strip. The pretty little airplane flies beautifully.
Have a question for you. Have you ever wanted to learn to fly? If you live in the Central Florida area, there's no better Flight Instructor, nor better training aircraft than Brian and his pretty C-172!
Perhaps you know someone who has always wanted to fly. Pass this blog onto them. Also, feel free to give me a call at: 321-544-7757 or e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know that the "Rest of the Blog" is posting a bit late this morning. Trust you have a blessed day and....as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-21-14 Thursday 6:36AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THE LITTLE DONKEY IS STILL "KICKING"
Began yesterday with picking up a rental car, as our trusty little red Ford Escape is recovering from a bout with a deep black hole....and lost. It'll be a while before we get the Escape back.
Headed to the airport and there met with Paul, our excellent mechanic. It was time to do a test flight with the Little Donkey and I'm very pleased to say that the front engine turbo is turbo-charging at full strength. That's a good thing.
I never cease to marvel at how the Alternative Pregnancy Center (APC) is so "tuned" into the Lord as to call us just when we need more baby food / formula & supplies for Haiti. It's uncanny!
Picked up a full trunk load of baby food (the baby food is put into those diaper boxes). We're so thankful to First Baptist Merritt Island and Vickie, the APC Director, for being so generous and sensitive to the Lord!
You know, during the time that I spent up on the mountain, was able to keep up pretty well with things "remotely" but....there's nothing like being "on the ground at the home base" to get things done. So, have a pretty high "to do list" and am just chipping away at it.
I have to "practice what I preach" so....half way through this blog today, I realized that I had not read the Word yet. I remembered the "Book-Ends" from yesterday's blog. Reading the Word in the morning and the evening.
So, I just put the blog on hold and went out spent some great time with the Lord. I just happened to be in Exodus 32 when Moses was up on the mountain, Aaron made the golden calf. I was reminded at how easily it is for us to make "idols" in our lives. Oh Lord, help us!
At any rate, I so encourage you to just pick up the Bible and spend a little time before plunging into the day. And yes, I am definitely preaching to myself here. It's so easy to just "hit the ground running".
And....at the end of the day, before going to sleep, spending a bit of time with Him in the Word. Not only will you sleep better it just might become "Habit Forming" and that would be a good thing.
Now, it's time for me to head out and hit the road and knock down that "To Do List". Thanks, as always for meandering down this path of life with me and above all, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-20-14 Wednesday 6:56AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SOME THOUGHTS ON "BLACK-HOLES"
Yesterday, managed to limp through the day on 2 hours of sleep. Having been "delivered" from the "Black Hole" (read yesterday's Blog for more on that), I can't help but believe that there is a "message" here.
There are "Black Holes" along all of our routes home.... and sometimes, we either fall into them, slip into them, or in my case...just drive into them. It's good to know that Jesus is right there with us and will never leave us or forsake us!
So, my friends, if you find yourself, in over your head, or just overwhelmed by the challenges of life, always remember that Jesus is just a call away...and you don't need to have a strong cell or internet signal to reach Him. "Whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved!"
I must also share with you a simple lesson that our Lord has been teaching me....begin the day with the Word of God and end the day with the Word of God. Just like "Book-ends" keep the books from falling down, the Word of God will bring us through the day...still standing.
I hear a "Little Donkey" calling me. Time for a test flight to be be sure that the front Turbo is turbo-charging.
A good load of supplies, baby formula / food / medicines is awaiting pick up. "The next mission" is coming together.
So, having had a good nights sleep, it's time to "hit the road" and see what the Lord has in store today. As always, THANK YOU for your wonderful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-19-14 Tuesday 7:38AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
TAKING THE "SHORT CUT" IS NOT ALWAYS THE SHORTEST DISTANCE HOME
Yesterday morning, I hit the road for the 12+ hour journey home. Had been working the mileage on the little red Ford Escape and had it all the up to 32.7 mpg.
The journey home had been good. Had been listening to the latest on the Ferguson riots and continued to PRAY for REVIVAL & RECONCILIATION.
At about 1:30AM, I turned off of I-95 at Port St. John, just minutes from home. Now, we have a "short cut" that knocks off 7 miles. Should I take it?
I didn't want to awaken Cindy and ask of the condition of the "short cut", as I knew that FL had been having a lot of rain and this could make the "short cut" almost impassable. I should have called.....
Well, I eased off the main road and entered into "short-cut". Soon, I faced the biggest obstacle, a huge, black mud, hole. I hesitated and...all I could think of is, I'm 3 minutes from home. It was very dark and the moon was not yet risen. And....I didn't pray.
I hit the big mud hole and quickly sank up to where the engine was nearly covered in the black, thick mud. The engine never died, but the little red Ford Escape was totally stuck. Water soon filled the floor, over my shoes. There.... I called Cindy and asked her to come drag me out. I should have called her earlier....
Soon, she approached in our All-Wheel Drive Rendezvous. I connected 2 cargo straps and with much, much prayer, slowly extracted the the Escape from the clutches of the famous "black hole" (that is what the "short-cut" is called).
But....the Escape, having been under water must have "scrambled some computer", and the transmission would not engage into gear. I had truly made a bad choice.
So, we transferred all the stuff into the Rendezvous and I called AAA to have them come tow the Escape to Robbie's Shop, our favorite mechanic for over 25 years. I went home and showered washing that black mud off of me and dashed back to meet the tow truck.
Two Sheriff Deputies were already on the scene when I arrived. We had a good laugh at how, this evening, the "Short-Cut" was definitely not the shortest route home. They both knew of the infamous "Black Hole".
Now, it's nearly 4:30AM. One of the Deputy's, Chris, stayed back and we just talked. Chris is a Believer in Jesus. We talked about life and challenges and churches and kids. Chris, also has a heart for missions.
Then, right there at the intersection of I-95 and Port St. John, we prayed together for God to direct our paths. I believe that our Lord has plans here, and our paths did not cross by accident.
Afterwards, I called our Insurance Company and began the "Claims Process". Finally, just after 5:00AM, I finally collapsed in bed. Slept about 2 hours and got up to tell you the story of my "Journey Home".
Oh, there were several points along the way that I could prevented this "calamity", but I just didn't take the time to follow my instinct to call Cindy. I should have just taken a moment to pray when I approached the famous "black hole". Instead, I just plunged right through and you know what happened.
I am reminded again, how our Lord will take our mistakes and turn them for the good. I likely would have never met Deputy Chris had I not made those mistakes. At any rate, this whole story brings me again to Romans 8:28....all things work together for the good...even our mistakes!
Have a full day of meetings and will go and pick up some formula for the babies in Haiti. Barbara, AKA - "Rambo in the Blue Dress" will be glad to hear of the formula and baby food. They're always running short of it.
Just glad to be home!! As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and invaluable prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
8-18-14 Monday 7:22AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
DEPARTURE DAY.... & SOME THOUGHTS ON FERGUSON
Got the little lawn tractor back together and it runs great. No leaks and it certainly runs a lot smoother. 2 engine mounting bolts had vibrated out. If left un-repaired, the whole engine could have been thrown off. So glad for that leak that alerted me to the situation.
Spent yesterday "winterizing" the cabin and preparing it for the next "Pilgrim" that comes to "Retreat" from the "Roar of Life".
Ahhh, the cabin, a wonderful place of "Retreat & Reflection". Sure going to miss it! But....as the song goes, "All good things must end some day...." except heaven!! Now, there's a thought. We often just get little hors d'oeurves (first course) of what heaven will be like. And....heaven will be forever!!
I'll be loading the little red Ford Escape and hitting the road for the 12 hour trip back to Florida. I just spoke to my Cindy and she just dropped the kids for their first day of school. Oh, it's time to get home. Sure have missed them!!
Been following the "explosion" in Ferguson, MO. Now, that situation needs our PRAYER!!! You know, I am somewhat at a loss for words to describe what is going on. There is certainly a lot of "pent up anger". It is a sad and tragic and telling story. Again, what can I say except, "Let us PRAY"!!
Hey, here's an idea. Let's pray that REVIVAL breaks out in Ferguson! I know that the local churches have to be in "overtime" prayer as their community is burning and rage is breaking out everywhere. The Bible says...."ASK & you shall receive". Let's pray for REVIVAL & RECONCILIATION!!
Well, it's time to go do the "final load and hit the road". Have a 12+ hour ride ahead of me. Please pray for "traveling mercies" as I aim the nose of the little read Escape away from this blessed "Retreat". As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-17-14 Sunday 7:17AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THE BEST LAID PLANS.....
We plan our day and our "schedule" and then...."stuff happens". Yesterday, after posting the blog on "Drawing Near", I headed out to finish mowing two small fields by the cabin. Then, according to "plan", I'd do the final cleaning, pack up and depart early the next day (today). That was the plan.
When I walked up to the lawn tractor, I saw a large spot of what appeared to be either oil or fuel all around the machine.
I knew that suddenly my plans changed. I immediately called Cindy and advised her of what was going on. We prayed together that I would have wisdom to repair it.
I began by pressure washing it thoroughly so as to identify where the leak was coming from. It had been quite awhile since it was cleaned, and this was very "revealing".
After opening it up and upon close inspection, I found several critical bolts had vibrated out and the little machine needed immediate attention. In a sense, I was thankful for the "leak" because it alerted me to other issues that could have done serious damage.
After identifying the parts that I needed, I headed into neighboring Tazewell, TN (about a 2 hour round-trip) to pick up the parts.
The simple task of mowing the two fields would have taken about an hour. Now, this repair has turned into an all day situation and maybe more.
Cindy certainly understood and knew that I couldn't leave without repairing it because it will be used by others who "retreat" to the little cabin. So, my departure has been delayed until....
Made good progress working into the night yesterday. Today, I'll do some testing and put it all back together and then...go mow those 2 little fields and hopefully, get on the road tomorrow morning.
It's time to get back to Florida....but my time is in His Hands! And...."All things work together for the good..."
Even when our plans suddenly change, our Lord is surely working in our behalf. In retrospect, that "leak" has brought about much needed repair and has saved us a lot of grief and money. I can truly THANK the Lord for that.
Besides, spending another day here is not so bad. Well, it's time to head out to, hopefully have successful tests and mow those two little fields and yes, head home. We'll see what the day holds. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-16-14 Saturday 7:04AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
The best thing, is getting close to the Lord! No matter where we are...He is there! Of course, we know that God is "Omnipresent" (everywhere!), but....knowing He is near and that He loves us and cares about us, is interested in our lives and knows what we need....now. that is another thing.
These last few weeks of solitude and quiet and peace have been truly "life-changing" for me. All I can say is the that I am THANKFUL to have had this time with Him!
So, my dear ones who "ramble down this winding blog" with me everyday, I pray that you are blessed by His presence, not matter what is going on in your life. I know some of you have had bitter disappointments and even shocking news. Know that Jesus is with you and will carry you through it.
Well, it's time for me to get on the lawn tractor and mow around the cabin and do the final clean-up for the next pilgrim who will come to this "Retreat Cabin". As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-15-14 Friday 6:57AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
As I gaze out over the valley and see the low hanging clouds rolling through and the breath-taking beauty, my heart is warmed by this remarkable time that I've had at the "Retreat Cabin". So many lessons learned and so many lessons "still in process".
One of the main lessons is....Indeed, "They that Wait upon the Lord shall shall renew their strength".
When I first arrived up here in the mountains of East Tennessee, I carried several heavy burdens, most related to business debt. In some cases, there appeared to be no way out.
But....with quiet prayer and spending quality time in His Word, the Lord is showing me the way! We are far from out of the woods, but I see His light and the path before me, Praise God!
Now, I know that there is nothing new about these Truths, but "knowing" them and "doing" them are two different things.
Again, I'm so THANKFUL to my precious Cindy for encouraging me to take this time for solitude, prayer and study. THANK YOU, Honey!!
Another wonderful lesson is not letting the "evil" in the world devastate me. Reading the news can just absolutely take your Joy away. There is so much suffering and injustice and just plain evil in this world. IF we do not balance it with the Word of God, it can be overwhelming.
Often, I would have to just shut the computer and go out and read His Word. What does the Lord have to say about it?
Well, in the end, WE WIN! Jesus is coming back to this earth, and before He returns, the world will be a mess. Just read Matthew 24.
I believe that we are there, and yes, things will get worse before they get better. But....He will never leave us or forsake us, He will be with us to the very end!
So, as I wrap up my time here at the "Retreat Cabin" and get ready to head back to Florida, I realize that I am being "changed" by the Lord day by day. I realize just how much I need Him and that often, my efforts without Him, are fruitless.
I've missed my Cindy and the kids and the grand-kids and it's time for me to head home. There's a stirring in my heart and I know that the "next mission" is near. This "Retreat Mission" has been good. Thank you, Jesus!
And THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-14-14 Thursday 7:16AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SHOULD THE U.S. TAKE MILITARY ACTION AGAINST ISIS??
Several days ago, I said, "Sometimes, you just have to stand up against evil". Yesterday, the Vatican stated...."Military action against ISIS is probably necessary" and this morning, Mike Huckabee "nailed" the situation with this article - SOMETIMES IT TAKES MILITARY ACTION TO MAKE PEACE Please take a moment and read this article.
The photos of the atrocities against children are appalling and I will not show them. They are readily available on-line. Now Folks, I must tell you that the images make my blood boil and I have to kick into "High-Gear Prayer" just to function. What is going on here??
Yes, we must begin with PRAYER. PRAY for those in the "jaws" of these ravenous wolves and PRAY for the leaders around the world, especially for the U.S. leaders who have the ability to both RESCUE the innocent sheep & STOP this wicked madness!! Remember, ISIS will not stop "over there"!!
Again, I just could not be silent this morning on what is going on right before our eyes. Much of the world was silent when the Nazi's were slaughtering the Jews. Let us not be silent!
It's time for me to go out on the porch and spend some time in the Word of God! Jesus told us that these things would happen. This is the reason that I am seeking his clear and precise direction.
(About 1 hour later) OK, I just read the Word of God and some rage in me has subsided but my personal determination is to do the Will of God. I am clearly reminded that in this world, we will have tribulation, but Jesus has overcome the world. My plan is to hold on tightly to His hand and walk daily with Him.
So, today, I'll be doing a little painting and fixing a leaking gutter and getting ready to leave this little spot of peace and beauty and head back to my Cindy and the kids. There's a Little Donkey that's all ready for test flight. Just got a call from the Alternative Pregnancy Center and they have some baby food and formula for Haiti.
Let us join together and pray for the millions of souls who are being persecuted for their faith in God. As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-13-14 Wednesday 6:37AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HUMMING BIRD...ENGINEERING MARVEL
As I was taking the "Journey" in the Word this morning, the humming birds were darting and dancing all around my head. They sound like little "fighter planes" with that low, guttural "hum".
It was a bit difficult to focus on Exodus with the little creatures defying gravity with such maneuverability. God's creation is amazing!!
Here's a little clip of the "Dancing Hummers"
My time here in the mountains, this Mini-Sabbatical, is drawing to a close. Just have a few more little projects to do around the "Retreat Cabin" and then, it'll be back to Florida and beyond....have a sense that another "Mission" is developing. Too early to tell exactly where, but have that "gut feeling".
Of course, the "Mission Field" is all around us. We don't have to travel around the world to go on a "Mission". It can be...and often is, "right in our back-yard".
We just need to be sensitive to His voice and urging. That's the main reason I've taken this time (and my sweet Cindy has graciously helped me to do this). This time here at the cabin has been precious beyond words!
OK, here's a bit of a stretch between the humming bird and us. That little creature gets it's fuel from the sweet nectar and is extremely maneuverable (engineers are astounded at the aeronautical stunts that the little bird can perform).
Now, if we drink in the Word of God, as the sweet nectar, we too can perform amazing feats of maneuverability. Yes, we need His Word in our hearts (as our fuel) to perform His will!
And yes, as nice and tranquil and inspiring as this "Retreat Cabin" is, I guess I miss flying the Little Donkey. It's time for me to get back in the air.
Paul, our mechanic likely has that front engine Turbo back together and upon return to Florida, I'll be doing some test flights to be sure Ti Burik is ready for the "next mission".
So, it's time to head into town and get some paint to do some touch-up work. Also need get the cabin "winterized", as we're likely to have a pretty cold winter....thanks to Global Warming. Already had that 2nd cup of coffee and now it's time to "Post". As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
8-12-14 Tuesday 6:59AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MEETING A HERO
(Note: This blog is posting late today, due to a faulty internet connection)
An old WWII Veteran Marine, Al West, who served our country with great gallantry in the Pacific, asked me to go and see one of his "War Buddies", Jerry, next time I'm up at the "Cabin". Al is the father of Dennis West, a great Air Mobile "Water Mule". Dennis has traveled all over the world with me bringing clean water to dying people.
Yesterday, I picked up the phone and called Jerry, Al's "war buddy". We agreed to meet and just spend some time together. Jerry lives about 45 minutes from our cabin. Folks, there are not very many WWII Veterans still around. I knew it was important for me to reach out to Jerry.
We met for a cup of coffee. I was shocked to find a man with crystal clear, blue eyes, as sharp as a tack and still had a full head of hair. I believe that Jerry is the "youngest" 88 year old I've ever met.
During the course of our spending the day together, I asked how he was wounded. He told me that he carried out a wounded Marine and was going back for another one when he was hit. He still carries that bullet in his gut. Then....he started to cry and could not tell me anymore. I left it there.
Now, Jerry, is one tough cookie. He lives in a single room cabin on the top of a ridge. He cooks outside over an open fire. He grows his own vegetables, captures rain water and can live very easily with no electricity. He even has a bunker. Jerry is ready for whatever life may throw at him.
We spent hours talking about the Lord. Jerry has read the Bible through many times and has a deep faith and love for Jesus. Must tell you, when I bid farewell and left his cabin, I knew that I had just spent the day with a true American Hero.
Got up early this morning and was "swept away" in the Word of God. I know that my time here at the cabin is drawing to a close. Soon, the little red Ford Escape will be heading back to Florida. I've missed Cindy and the kids. It's getting time to get back to Haiti.
Again, I'm sorry that this blog has posted late today. The internet has just been very weak and I finally got enough of a signal to "loft" this post up.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support.
Air Mobile Joe
PS - I was very sad to hear the news that Robin Williams took his life. He certainly made me laugh many times. Depression is a terrible thing. This was the last photo taken of Robin. Let us pray for his family. This is a sad loss.
8-11-14 Monday 6:39AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WHEN THE CLOUDS KISS THE EARTH
Awakened before the sun rose. There's a gentle rain and the clouds are slowly rolling in our valley, as if they are sweetly kissing the earth. Ahhh, what a lovely moment in time.
Before spending any time on the "News", I opened the Word of God and spent some "quality" time with the Father. It is as if His Word washes my soul and prepares me for this day... just as the clouds kiss the earth.
I must tell you a story. Several weeks ago, I drove to Limestone, TN to visit a couple of great brothers in Christ and dear friends, Bob and Tom. Remember, Limestone was the birthplace of Davy Crockett. Still humming that song (Davy....Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier).
Tom shared how he'd been spending time with the Lord every morning reading at least 10 Chapters out of the Bible. Hmmmm, I thought, that's a lot of the Word to absorb early in the morning.
As I was returning to the cabin, a plan began to unfold. I recalled how the Psalmist David would worship the Lord in the Morning and... the Evening.
We need His Word before we start the day for His direction and at the end of the day to "patch up" our weary hearts.
So, how about dividing the Word and reading 5 Chapters in the Morning and 5 Chapters in the Evening. Read a couple of chapters out of the Old Testament, then a Psalm, a Proverb, one out of the Gospels and then an Epistle.
Been doing that since that day I drove to Limestone and all I can say is "Wow"! Oh, there are times that I can't stop reading and just knock out all 10 in the morning and then just read as many as I want in the evening.
The bottom line is, I'm spending more time in the Word than almost any time in my life. Oh, why didn't I do this sooner? It is so simple....Draw near to God, and He will draw near to us. At any rate, THANKS Tom for sharing this treasure with me!
I just couldn't resist sharing this with you. Look, I know that we're all busy, but...taking this time to be with Him is SO WORTH IT!
I'm finding that I'm going to bed a little earlier and BTW, reading His Word before going to sleep causes me to sleep much better. Then, I naturally get up earlier and look forward to that...yes, delicious cup of coffee, and spending that precious time with Him in His Word. And...the day goes much better.
So, that's why, when I got up this morning and saw those clouds kissing the earth, I thought about how the Word of God waters, our dry, parched hearts and brings us life and strength.
I pray that those of you who wander down this path me will consider spending more time with Him in His Word. You'll not regret it!! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-10-14 Sunday 7:04AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THE HORROR OF ISIS....
The truth is coming out as to what ISIS is doing and what their "faith" is really all about. I will not give all of the details, but here is a story telling some of the horror of what is going on in Iraq among Christians and others who do no believe as ISIS - REPORT: 'ISLAMIC STATE' TERRORIST KILLED 500 YAZIDIS - BURIED SOME VICTIMS ALIVE
Yes, there comes a time to stand up to evil. Believe me, this wave of violent, insanity will not stop "over in that part of the world". It will surely come to our shores. Now, again, what can we do? The first thing is to just become aware. There are so many "distractions" in this life, that many do not even know what is going on, not only in Iraq, but all throughout the world. There is a WAR being waged between good and evil!
Above all, we must PRAY and seek direction from our Lord. Remember the scripture in Matthew 7:7....SEEK and you shall find. Some, reading this, may say, "what can I do about all this evil that is going on around the world?".
Remember, your PRAYER is POWERFUL and our Lord does listen to our prayers! So, I urge you to take a moment, right now, as you read this blog and just bow your head and PRAY for those who are being murdered and tortured for their faith in God!
It is Sunday morning here in the U.S. and I suspect that a number of you are getting ready for Church. Since you will be gathering with other Believers, simply remember those, that do not have the privilege and blessing to gather freely, without danger of being slaughtered, to worship God.
Believe me, that is something for which to be THANKFUL! Use that freedom and privilege and blessing to help others who desperately need your PRAYER!!
So, I too, will be getting ready to head to Church this morning. When prayer requests are asked for, I will ask our Church to pray for the Believers in Iraq and those around the world that are under horrifying persecution for their faith. May I urge you to do the same.
On this rather serious note, I close out this blog this morning. I want you to know just how much I appreciate you taking the time to read this blog and for joining together with us with your faithful and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-9-14 Saturday 6:02AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HUGE MOON THIS WEEKEND - ISIS BEING "SLOWED DOWN" - AN ENCOURAGING REPORT FROM DR. BRANTLY
Well, yesterday, an ISIS armored column met with a couple of 500 pound bombs delivered by several American F-18's. When I heard that these guys were beheading children....well, THANK GOD, that they've been met with some "resistance"!
There is a time to just stand up to evil in this world. I know that hundreds of thousands of Christians in Iraq are being brutally persecuted and murdered at the hands of ISIS.
Actually, anyone who does not believe as they do, is the enemy. Again, THANK GOD that help is coming. We certainly pray that this help will be directed by the Lord. Here's the latest - US FIGHTER JETS TARGET ISIS CONVOY IN IRAQ
It is with joy that I bring you this good report on the condition of Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol. They are steadily improving and gaining strength. This is most encouraging in the midst of the horror of this dreadful disease. With God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! Here's Dr. Brantly's first interview since he was stricken with Ebola - DR. BRANTLY INTERVIEW
My Cindy and I speak everyday. Sometimes, multiple times per day. We both agree that this precious time at the cabin is the best place for me to be right now.
We need "strategic direction" on a number of fronts and just being quiet and alone helps me to hear the voice of God.
But, let me be honest, I miss my Cindy and the kids and the grand-kids and will be glad when the little red Ford Escape is heading back to Florida. In the meantime, I'm in "Wait Training".....a good place to be!
Today, I have some chores and projects around the cabin like preparing it for winter and getting all secure. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-8-14 Friday 6:27AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
IS EBOLA THE "PERFECT STORM" HEALTH EMERGENCY?? - TRUCE OVER.... & FINALLY...SOME HELP COMING FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS - TWO HURRICANES HEADING TO HAWAII
As world health organizations, including the W.H.O. are gearing up for major Ebola outbreaks, the head of the CDC Director, Thomas Frieden, is asking, could this be the "Perfect Storm"? Here's more on this developing world crisis - EBOLA: "PERFECT STORM" HEALTH CRISIS?
"It is inevitable that someone will fly to the U.S. from West Africa with Ebola symptoms" Frieden acknowledged, in a rare Congressional August Recess Hearing yesterday.
Folks, this is a serious threat to the globe and one that I urge you to seriously PRAY about. Remember, our Lord hears our prayers!!
Meanwhile, reports are limited, but it appears that Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are continuing their slow, steady improvements from the dread disease.
Our PRAYER is that not only will they be HEALED, but great knowledge and benefit will come out of their return to the U.S. to receive treatment.
I realize that some are extremely upset about their return, but I fully agree with the Head Nurse at Emory Hospital...."It was the right thing to do". (More on that in yesterday's Blog, just scroll on down). PLEASE continue to pray for Dr. Kent and Nancy and all of those suffering and those fighting on the "Front Lines" of this horrifying disease.
Well, the Egyptian brokered 72 Hour Truce ended as expected with Hamas launching 18 rockets into Israel and Israel responding. No telling where all of this will lead...only our Lord knows. Here's more on the battle - TRUCE ENDS - HAMAS LAUNCHES 18 ROCKETS AND ISRAEL RESPONDS
But, in the shadow of this Israeli - Hamas war, Iraqi Christians are being decimated by ISIS.
FINALLY, the U.S. is helping their cause by dropping in food and may even conduct some limited Airstrikes. Here's the latest - AIRDROPS BEGIN...BUT NO AIRSTRIKES YET
Again, I urge you to PRAY for those Believers in Christ as they literally flee for their lives!!
At this hour, it appears as if Hawaii may be dodging TWO BULLETS! Now, Tropical Storm Iselle is weakening and Hurricane Julio may swing to the north saving Hawaii a lot of grief. Thank God for the weakening and the deflection! Here's more - TROPICAL STORM ISELLE WEAKENS ON HAWAII APPROACH
It is a rainy, chilly day here in the Mountains of East Tennessee. So THANKFUL for this "retreat" and this time alone with the Lord. Must tell you... while I've been up here "Waiting on the Lord", He has been working out some very complex and difficult financial situations related to our business, CSA.
Often, I am guilty of "plunging" into the middle of the battle, when our Lord wants me to "WAIT on Him" and let Him fight the battle! We are far from being "out of the woods", but there is no doubt, He is working on our behalf!
Also, back in Florida, our faithful mechanic, Paul, has been doing some good work on the Ti Burik, AKA, The Little Donkey. He found a "leaking" turbo on the front engine and has sent it out for repair. It should be all back together and ready of "action" upon my return to Florida.
So, what will I do on this rainy, chilly day?? Not sure. There's a good cup of coffee waiting and a welcoming front porch and a Bible that will be read. With that, I close out this truly "rambling" Blog today and wish to THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-7-14 Thursday 6:58AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"BECAUSE....IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO"
The Head Nurse at Emory Hospital explained her position on the return of 2 Ebola Infected Americans.
There has been an uproar among some, for the U.S. "deliberately" bringing these 2 Americans for treatment. Her answer is telling and worth repeating. Here it is - I'M THE HEAD NURSE AT EMORY - THIS IS WHY WE WANTED TO BRING THE EBOLA PATIENTS TO THE U.S.
Meanwhile, both Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol are making steady progress and we certainly continue to pray for them.
Here is some more information on the Ebola Outbreak - SEVEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE EBOLA OUTBREAK TODAY
Speaking of "The Right Thing To Do"..... Here is the plea of 2 children for their father who is in prison for loving Jesus - Please take a moment to watch this - HEART-WRENCHING PLEA - WHY DOES OUR FATHER HAVE TO BE IN PRISON FOR LOVING JESUS??
American Pastor, Saeed Abedini, has been in prison in Iran for 2 years and suffered terrible things for his faith. Please PRAY for our Lord to set him free and also pray that our government will hear this plea!!
Well, I got the oil changed on the little red Ford Escape and am wrapping up things here at the cabin. Am so thankful to my precious wife Cindy for encouraging me to just take this time at the cabin to "Wait on the Lord". Can't even begin to tell you how sweet this time has been.
As you probably know, if you've "rambled" awhile with me on this daily blog, I (and Cindy) love coffee. Well, just came across more evidence to the fact that coffee is indeed a gift from God. The truth is...for many years the medical & scientific community didn't know "beans" about coffee.
This article may take some of the "guilt" away from enjoying a cup of coffee. Here's the story - COFFEE REALLY IS GOOD FOR YOU
So, on that encouraging news....about coffee, time to wrap up this truly rambling blog and get on with this day beautiful, but "misty" day that our Lord has made. What adventure lies ahead? Only our Lord know. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-6-14 Wednesday 6:39AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"HAND OF GOD SENT MISSILE INTO THE SEA"
And speaking of "Miracles", here's the latest report on Dr. Kent Brantly, as submitted by his wife Amber - AMBER BRANTLY ISSUES STATEMENT ON CONDITION
Also, it should be noted that the 2nd American Missionary, Nancy Writebol is reported as weak but making steady progress. PRAISE GOD! Please continue to pray!
So, according to Jesus in John 16:33, there will be "Tribulation" (Trouble) in this world, but be of good cheer, I (Jesus) have overcome the world.
In the midst of this old, turbulent world, that is shaking with Wars & rumors of War, and famine and pestilence etc.... we can have peace, His peace! Now, that is GOOD NEWS!
May I encourage you to simply reach out to Jesus today and fully place your faith and trust in Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you!
It's time for me to head into town and get the little red Ford Escape serviced. Couldn't do it yesterday, as the oil-changing place in town was all booked up. Hope to find a slot this morning.
As always, it is such a blessing and joy to have you on-board this rambling blog. We so appreciate your prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
8-5-14 Tuesday 6:56AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
CRYSTAL CLARITY ON THE ISRAELI - HAMAS WAR
Came across this 5 minute video yesterday evening and I encourage you to take a few minutes and view it. It truly clarifies the situation and has helped me to understand the problem . Here it is: SOME ARE CALLING IT THE MOST IMPORTANT VIDEO ABOUT ISRAEL EVER MADE...TAKING THE INTERNET BY STORM
A 72 Hour Cease-Fire brokered by the Egyptians has gone into effect and at this hour, it is still holding. Israeli troops have withdrawn from Gaza and many "hold their breath". We PRAY for peace, but know, that it will likely not hold. Again, that Video above explains a lot. Again, let us PRAY!
I understand that the other Missionary, Nancy Writebol, is winging the U.S. from Liberia in the specially modified Gulfstream GIII. She is expected to land in Georgia today.
Let us continue to PRAY for both she and Dr. Brantly. They have both been given some experiemental drugs that may....be helping them to recover from Ebola. We PRAY for a break-through with this dread disease.
Now, I know that some are extremely upset that these two have been brought back to the U.S. and that now, Ebola has come to our shores.
Listen, this is a big country and 60,000,000+ people visit the U.S. annually.... Legally!
No telling how many come in illegally!! Do you really believe that the disease is not here already?? Chances are, it's already here.
I am THANKFUL that these 2 brave souls are getting the best treatment and....that we may actually gain incredible knowledge and skill with how to deal with this awful PESTILENCE (as mentioned in Matthew 24:7).
Oh well, enough said about Ebola...for now.
Yesterday, I had an amazing time with my dear friend, Stan Brock. Some of you may recall Stan from Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins. Stan was the "original" Steve Erwin. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Stan. - WIKIPEDIA - STAN BROCK - PHILANTHROPIST
Stan founded R.A.M. (Remote Area Medical) many years ago and our paths have crossed on more than one occasion around the world. We're currently working on getting an extremely remote airport opened in Haiti. Here's more on R.A.M., an amazing organization - R.A.M. USA
Since Stan and R.A.M. are headquartered in close-by Knoxville, I decided to just go see my good friend. We had a great time and it was good to see their new Headquarters. Again, and I must say it here....."Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"! I am so THANKFUL that our Lord brought Stan across my path!!
So, it's that time. Need to head out and get the oil changed in the little Red Ford Escape and get ready for the "next mission"....wherever that might be. As always, THANK YOU for your precious and invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-4-14 Monday 5:57AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
EBOLA VICTIM, DR. KENT BRANTLY, SAID TO BE IMPROVING
I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Kent Brantly, who arrived yesterday from Liberia is showing signs of improvement.
We're very THANKFUL to the Lord for this report. Dr. Brantly was able to walk into the hospital under his own strength. We continue to pray for his improvement and healing! Here's more - U.S. DOCTOR STRICKEN WITH EBOLA SAID TO BE IMPROVING
Meanwhile, the other American Missionary, Nancy Writebol is expected to arrive in the U.S. tomorrow. PLEASE remember to pray for these brave souls who are laying down their lives that others might live. Already, 60 medics have died on the "front-lines" of this raging battle!
I came across this story about a British Aid Worker, Cokie Van der Velde, who documented what it is like fighting this dread disease.
She witnessed the tragic loss of 6 nurses whom she had worked with. She is quoted as saying, "It is hearbreaking to see such brave people perishing at the hands of this awful disease". Here's her story - EBOLA VIRUS: BRITISH AID WORKER'S DIARY REVEALS HORROR AS SIX NURSES DIE FROM KILLER BUG
Now, as I sit here typing this blog, I think, "What can I do?". Folks, the thing that we can all do is PRAY! Just as I shared in yesterday's blog, about the POWER in the Name of Jesus, let us call upon HIS Name for those that are suffering and dying and those that are so valiantly fighting this dread disease.
Let us also pray that our "porous" Southern Border does not allow Ebola and other dread diseases to enter in.
Here's a "leaked" report that just came in moments ago from CBP (Customs & Border Patrol) regarding this critical matter. Here's more - LEAKED REPORT SHOWS ENTIRE WORLD EXPLOITING OPEN U.S. BORDER...INCLUDING EBOLA STRUCK COUNTRIES!
Folks, we MUST regain control of our borders!! All the more reason to PRAY!
Well, that's about all I can write on this morning. Time to get on with chores around the cabin. As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-3-14 Sunday 7:44AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
ALL POWER is in the Name of Jesus. On more than one occasion, in my life, I have called upon the Name of Jesus and been delivered from absolutely, seemingly impossible situations.
Our Lord Jesus, left us the awesome gift of His Name. In John 14:13-14 Jesus tells us not once, but TWICE...."Whatever you ask in my Name, this I will do, that Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it".
I believe that He said it twice in John 14 to be sure we get it. Jesus wants to save us and rescue us and give us the POWER that we need, to not only get through this life, but to have the ability to reach out and help others in time of need. His Name is ours. All we have to do is call upon Him. Remember, "Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved"!
It's obvious that I've been studying for the message that I will share this morning at the Father's House Church. It will be on "There's POWER in the Name of Jesus. It's always a joy to share in this Church. So thankful to Pastor Dan for allowing me to do so.
I read a very sad story this morning, about an American Missionary who was shot and killed as she was leaving the airport at Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Please remember her family in prayer. Here are the details of tragic murder - AMERICAN MISSIONARY SHOT AND KILLED
As many of you know, who ramble down this winding "Blog" road with me, I never publish our Haiti travel itinerary because there is great danger immediately after departing the airport. Most attacks and robberies occur in that zone. Again, I'm so sorry for Myriam's tragic and senseless death.
So, I have time for another cup of coffee and will just sit out on the porch and watch to foggy clouds roll by on this chilly TN Mtn morning. Please pray that our Lord helps me to "deliver the mail" this morning in my message. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-2-14 Saturday 4:59AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
And...our Lord promises to give us all the POWER we need. All we have to do is ASK for it. Hmmm...can it really be that simple?
Seems things between our Lord and ourselves begin with a request. We begin by ASKING. All the while, the Holy Spirit of God is drawing us to Him, because he loves us.
Jesus tells us in John 14:14, "If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it". Can it really be that simple? According to the Word of God it begins there. Oh, there's so much more to this message. I'll certainly be pondering this and may even preach on it tomorrow as I've been asked to speak at the Father's House Church by Pastor Dan.
Checked on the status of Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol this morning and they are still in serious condition and expected to be heading to the U.S. soon. Let us remember to PRAY for them as they battle this life and death disease (read yesterday's "Blog" by scrolling down for more details on this unfolding story).
We are praying that some "break-through" knowledge will come out of this, that will help to contain and eventually stop this dreadful disease! Here's the latest - EBOLA PATIENTS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE SOON IN U.S.
I came across this rather CLEAR description of what is going on between Israel and Hamas and thought it was worth sharing.
When one looks at the FACTS regarding what is going on, it astounding that so many are condemning Israel. Please, take a moment and read this article and you will see clearly what is happening - NATIONAL AD CAMPAIGN DELIVERS TOUGH MESSAGE ABOUT THE "TRUE NATURE" OF HAMAS
And here comes Tropical Storm Bertha. Things have been rather quiet in the Tropics, but this may be the next Hurricane of the season. We're keeping a close eye on Bertha. Here's more - HERE COMES TROPICAL STORM BERTHA
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-1-14 Friday 6:59AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ONLY ONE DOSE....
Last night, I wanted to check in on Dr. Kent Brantly to see how he was doing. This is the Samaritan's Purse Doctor on the front-lines of fighting Ebola in Liberia when he was stricken by the dread disease.
He and associate Missionary Hygienist, Nancy Writebol, are on a specially modified Gulfstream III jet winging from Liberia to Atlanta, Georgia where they will be treated in a special "containment" facility.
Both, his condition and Nancy's are worsening. A single dosage of experimental serum arrived before their departure and Dr. Brantly requested it be given to Nancy, a true act of heroism and love.
Here is a very comprehensive "Update" on what is happening. May I urge you to take a few moments and read the report and above all, PLEASE PRAY for these two souls who have laid their lives down for others. Here's the report - EBOLA VICTIMS HEADING TO ATLANTA - HERO DOCTOR GIVES UP ONLY DOSAGE TO HELP SAVE CO-WORKER
Folks, this is VERY SERIOUS! I would like to share another YouTube with you that tells the History and what is being done about this deadly disease. If you'd like to learn more, I urge you to take the time to watch this Nova Documentary. Again, this is a matter for SERIOUS PRAYER!! EBOLA: THE DEADLIEST PLAGUE ON EARTH
I am reminded of Psalm 91. This is the place to be....."He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, shall abide under the shadow of the almighty"!!
I urge you to PRAY for those on the "Front-Lines" of this terrifying Plague. PRAY for their protection and for wisdom and pray for a break-through vaccine. PRAY for the victims who have, in many cases, no chance of survival.
This is not an easy "Blog" to write. I just feel it is so important to share this NEWS with you. There are so many distractions in this life and this is an EXTREMELY serious matter that is "unfolding as I type". Again, PLEASE PRAY!
I just mentioned Psalm 91 and if you'd like to read this awesome Promise of Protection and don't have your Bible handy, here it is - PSALM 91
So, with this rather "heavy" blog about this dreadful plague, I pray that you have a blessed day and may you press in close to our Lord!! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PONDERING DAVY CROCKETT AND THE ALAMO
As I stood just outside of the little cabin (not the actual one, but a pretty good rendition) where Davy Crockett was born, I thought about this remarkable character and where his life ended.... at the Alamo ....defending Texas.
Read the headlines this morning and it appears "U.S. Border Guards" are now under fire from Mexican Drug Lords and in essence, a "Border War" may be brewing. Hmmm, what would Davy Crockett think?? Here's that story, it's quite disturbing - BORDER BATTLE: AGENTS UNDER ATTACK
Back to Davy Crockett - this guy really was quite a Character. As I read a brief "snapshot" of his life, so many thoughts went through my head (you can see the photographer in the background). Of course, there are many "exaggerated" stories about Davy Crockett, but without question, in many ways, he was a true American Hero.
Just to brush up on a bit of his History, here's a "History Channel" version of the highlights of this remarkable "American Legend" - HISTORY OF DAVY CROCKETT
BTW, have another great friend in New Zealand who "chastised" me this morning for putting that old "Davy...Davy Crockett" song into his head. He said he'd been singing it all day. Any "Old-Timers" reading this rambling blog will know exactly what I'm talking about.
OK, if you've never heard "The Ballad of Davy Crockett", here it is...but I warn you, you may be singing it for the rest of the day - THE "BALLAD OF DAVY CROCKETT"
After spending a little time at the "Crockett Cabin" and a quick stroll through the Crockett Museum, I headed over to my good friend's cabin, who happens to live in Limestone, TN, the birthplace of Davy Crockett.
It was so good seeing Bob and our other great friend, Tom. In this shot, Bob's oldest son, Josh, had joined us for some fun reminiscing about how our Lord brought us all together 26 years ago.
We just spent the day, and well into the evening, discussing everything from politics, to the "End Times", many, many scriptures and how our Lord brought our paths together. Again, and I have to say it, "Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"!
So, late last night, I "wound" my way back through the mountains and valleys back to our little Retreat Cabin in East Tennessee.
Today, will be going over the strategy of how to repair the bridge crossing the creek that lead up to our little cabin. Oh, been invited to speak Sunday Morning, at our local Church, The Father's House Church. It's always a joy to share the Word of God and tell what our Lord is doing in my heart. So thankful for the invitation.
Now, it's time to get on with that second cup of coffee on this "chilly" July morning. Yes, that's pretty weird. As always, we so appreciate your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe