Tuesday, July 17, 2018

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES....JULY 2018

7-17-18 Tuesday 7:47 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


A "SMOKEY" MORNING 


There is something lovely about a cloud passing by.  That's why they're called the "Smokey Mountains".


Had a wonderful meeting with Will yesterday.  Our plans are to secure a large(r) aircraft for future missions.  


Will is with an organization that has several large aircraft.


We're working closely with Remote Area Medical (RAM) and TOGETHER, we just may be able to secure the "use" of such an aircraft when the need arrives.


Tomorrow, I plan to return to RAM HQ for additional meetings with my good friend, Stan Brock.  Again, we have a long with to go on this noble project.  However, with God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! 


In the meantime, we're working diligently on securing a replacement engine for the Little Donkey.  Right now, our biggest challenge is funding.  Again, we know that our Lord will provide.  


The Little Donkey is a remarkable tool for getting us to "disasters" efficiently and quickly.  This has been proven again and again and again.  


So, as I say every single day and mean with all of my heart, THANK YOU for your precious and invaluable prayer, love and support!!!  


Air Mobile Joe


 


7-16-18 Monday 7:27 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


A SURPRISE VISIT....


Just received a surprise call from Will.  He is working with Stan of Remote Area Medical (RAM) and Air Mobile on helping us secure a large(r) aircraft for future relief missions.  


Will and his wife will be arriving at the cabin in the next few hours.  They're in this "neck of the woods" and asked if they could drop in.  Of course, my answer was yes. 


So, it's time to go "tidy things up a bit".  


BTW, had a wonderful visit with Stan of RAM yesterday.  The "road" to securing a larger aircraft is long and winding, but....we're on it!  


It's time to go get ready for my guests.  THANK YOU, as always, for your prayer, love and support!!  


Air Mobile Joe


7-15-18 Sunday 7:07 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


A QUIET DAY AT THE CABIN....


Had an absolutely lovely day yesterday. Spent time in study and rest at the cabin.  


And....have been going over the "Blessings" of God in my life and yes, I'm simply overwhelmed by His EXTRAORDINARY GOODNESS!  


All I can say is, THANK YOU, LORD!  


Today, after Church, I'm going to go see our dear friend, Stan Brock of Remote Area Medical (RAM).  


We'll be meeting at the RAM Ranch in Blaine, Tn.  We'll be discussing a number of projects.  It's always good to spend time with my dear friend, Stan!  


As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!  


Air Mobile Joe


7-14-18 Saturday 6:47 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe 


OVERWHELMED....BY HIS GOODNESS!!!! 


While sipping a delicious cup of coffee, began going over all of the things for which to be THANKFUL & am absolutely OVERWHELMED by our Lord's grace!! THANK YOU, JESUS!!  


I'll make a confession to you....While here at the "Retreat Cabin", all alone, I find myself talking to Jesus a lot.  It's very sweet.    


I began listing all of God's blessings out loud and I'm far from finished.  GOD IS GOOD!!!  


As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!!  


Air Mobile Joe

7-13-18 Friday 8:17 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


BACK TO THE CLASSROOM....IN THE LITTLE CABIN IN THE MOUNTAINS  


Praise God, Cindy, Ari and Andy arrived back in Florida safe & sound.  THANK YOU for your prayers.


Have a good opportunity to study for my last "Written Exam" toward the Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII) rating.  The Cabin is the perfect place to study.  


Will mix the "classroom" time with cutting down a couple of (dead) trees for firewood.  


We've been in touch with someone who is very close to us in Haiti. Slowly, but surely, things are coming back into order.  Flights are slowly resuming.  


THANK GOD!  We pray for peace to rule in Haiti!! 


And, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!!  


Air Mobile Joe


7-12-18 Thursday 5:27 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


BON VOYAGE CINDY, ARI & ANDY 


It is certainly with a touch of sadness to see Cindy, Ari & Andy head back to Florida.  But, schedules demand it.   


Ari has Church Summer Camp on Monday and my Cindy begins a new nursing job at a wonderful hospital in Rockledge, FL.  


Meanwhile, I'll be working diligently on securing the replacement engine for the Little Donkey.  


Will also be in meetings with my good friend, Stan Brock of Remote Area Medical (RAM).


Have been receiving requests to make flights into Haiti and it breaks my heart to tell folks that the Little Donkey is down for an engine change.  


PLEASE continue to PRAY for our Lord to lead and provide to get this vital tool back in the air!!  


And, of course, please PRAY for Cindy, Ari & Andy to have a wonderful and uneventful trip back to Florida.  


THANK YOU, as always for your truly appreciated prayer, love and support!!!!  


Air Mobile Joe


7-11-18 Wednesday 6:07 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


HUMMERS IN THE VALLEY


Love those "Hummers".  They add so much to this mountain "Cabin Retreat".  What an aerodynamic marvel.  Our Lord must have truly enjoyed creating these "wonders". 


Cindy and Ari will be heading back to Florida tomorrow.  I'll be staying on at the cabin for a few more days. Sure going to miss them!! 


Am working on a number of projects including the pursuit of a replacement engine for the Little Donkey.  We're hot on the trail of that engine.  


The recent violence and turmoil in Haiti was terrifying to a number of Mission Groups. 


Here's more MISSIONARIES STUCK IN HAITI: "I 100% THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE"  



PRAISE GOD that this group was protected and had no harm!


It is situations like that, that drives us to do all we can to get that engine replaced on the Little Donkey ASAP.  Over the years, we have made many "Rescue" flights getting folks out of harms way.  


Again, I can't THANK YOU enough for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!!  


Air Mobile Joe


7-10-18 Tuesday 7:11 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe 

 

"CLEAR PROP".....NOT YET


We're making progress on identifying the replacement engine for the Little Donkey.  Things are not finalized yet, but....will be soon.  


We know that we know....that we know that full provision will be provided by our Lord to get this vital tool, the Little Donkey, back in the air.


THANK YOU for your prayers for wisdom and guidance!!!


Meanwhile, we're PRAYING for the situation in Haiti.  Still, the situation there is extremely dangerous.  


Here is a report from a Mission Group that just returned to the U.S.  


They are very fortunate to have made it home safely.  SOME LOCAL MISSIONARIES STUCK IN HAITI DURING RIOTS RETURN HOME  


WE PRAY FOR PEACE & CALM TO PREVAIL!!!


Meanwhile, here at the "Cabin", chores and projects go on.  Will be chopping up firewood from some downed trees.  Love it!!  


THANK YOU, as always for your precious and truly appreciated prayer, love and support!!!  


Air Mobile Joe


7-9-18 Monday 7:12 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


IN PURSUIT OF AN ENGINE.... 


As you may know, The "Little Donkey" is in need of an engine.  Our main challenge is identifying the replacement.  We have a number of options and we're looking for the best one.  


We're asking our Lord for wisdom and....provision for this vital tool.  Until we get the engine, the Little Donkey is restricted to the barn (our hangar).  


PLEASE join us in prayer that our Lord will lead us to the right engine and that all of the funding necessary will be provided.  


We're monitoring the volatile situation in Haiti and know that a number of Mission Groups are stuck there until the violence subsides.  


Here's more - U.S. CITIZENS URGED TO "SHELTER IN PLACE" AS VIOLENCE CONTINUES  

Here's another story explaining the depth of this violence - HAITI BETWEEN ANARCHY & NORMALCY AFTER DEADLY FUEL PRICE VIOLENCE  


We're monitoring this situation very closely as this can turn extremely deadly.  

WE PRAY FOR PEACE TO PREVAIL!!  

Again, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!!  

Air Mobile Joe

7-8-18 Sunday 7:11 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


BACK AT THE CABIN & VIOLENCE ROCKS HAITI  


We departed Abingdon, VA yesterday for the Retreat Cabin in the "Mountains of East TN".  Had an amazing time on the "Creeper Trail".  Love "coasting downhill".  




Still can't get over the strange name (Creeper Trail), but the old Train creeping up the mountain explains it.




We're THANKFUL that, what was Hurricane Beryl is being "sheared" and rapidly diminishing in strength. 




However, Haiti is experiencing another kind of storm racked with violence and protests.  



Gasoline, Diesel & Kerosene prices shot up suddenly and dramatically (nearly 50%!).  The country is basically shut down due to violence. 


The American Embassy is urging Americans to "Shelter-in-place" until calm can be restored.


Here's more on this tragic and volatile situation - HAITI PROTESTS CARRY ON DESPITE FUEL PRICE U-TURN; FLIGHTS CANCELLED    


We pray for peace and calm and wisdom to prevail in Haiti.  


THANK YOU, as always, for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!!  


Air Mobile Joe


7-7-18 Saturday 6:33 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - Abingdon, VA - Air Mobile "On the Trail" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


CREEPER HISTORY...


The "Creeper Trail" was once a railroad in the mountains of Virginia.  The old engine would just "creep" up the steep inclines.  


Today, it is a 34 mile spectacular bike / walking trail where the tracks used to be.


We began our "Trek" in Abingdon, VA.  Wonder if "Dr. Who" is around.  


We then took a shuttle bus up to the beginning of the trail at Whitetop, VA.


  


The first 17 miles was a "glorious down hill" run.  It's was so sweet to glide through the natural beauty and hardly touch the pedals.


Of course, we brought our little "Andy" and he absolutely loved the ride.


At the midway point, Ari, Andy and I waited for the shuttle bus and Cindy took on the next 17 miles with about 8 miles being uphill.


All I can say about the "Creeper Trail" is....I can hardly wait to do it again!!


We've been tracking Hurricane Beryl and it looks like a strong "Shearing" will bring this storm down.  We pray it does!!  


Here's more on Hurricane Beryl - THE LATEST ON HURRICANE BERYL  


Well, it's time to load up and depart Abingdon for the "Retreat Cabin".  What a lovely time we've had.  


THANK YOU, as always, for your precious prayer, love and support!!!  


Air Mobile Joe


 

7-6-18 Friday 6:27 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - Abingdon, VA - Air Mobile "On the Trail" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


"ON THE CREEPER TRAIL"  


This morning, Cindy, Ari and I will be taking the "Creeper Trail", a lovely bicycle ride through Virginia.  


Most of the first half (17 miles), will be downhill (I like that). 


That's where Ari and I will meet the shuttle back to Abingdon.  


Cindy, however, will continue on  the second half of 17 miles all the back to Abingdon.  There's a lot of "uphill" on that segment. GO CINDY!  


BTW, Abingdon, VA is an absolutely lovely town, rich in history and picturesque beauty.  


All the while, we've been monitoring Hurricane Beryl in the Caribbean.  


Forecasts call for it to dissipate this weekend due to strong upper level wind shear.  SHEAR AWAY!!  


Here's more on Hurricane Beryl - NEWLY FORMED HURRICANE BERYL MAY NOT SURVIVE TRIP INTO THE CARIBBEAN  


Well, it's time to "Hit the Creeper Trail".  THANK YOU, as always, for your precious prayer, love and support!!!   


Air Mobile Joe


7-5-18 Thursday 5:53 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the Mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


FREE TO ROAM &....ENJOY THAT CUP of "JOE" 


While celebrating the 4th of July, I was speaking with Ariana about her U.S. Citizenship and the privileges it brings regarding global travel.  


We're THANKFUL to live in America and have a passport that opens so many doors.   


After adopting Ari from Haiti, it took us a while to get her U.S. Passport.  Now that she has this wonderful gift, she's able to join us on missions around the world.  




Was reminded of how the Apostle Paul "used" his Roman Citizenship to get into and out of many difficult situations to Proclaim the GOOD NEWS of JESUS!!


His Roman Citizenship certainly opened many doors for Paul.  Yes, we're THANKFUL for America!!  


Came across this article about how coffee can extend your life and just had to share it with you.  ENJOY THAT CUP OF COFFEE ("JOE")!! 


COFFEE - LONGER LIFE LINKED - STUDY OF 500,000 PEOPLE SHOWS  


Cindy, Ari and I will be driving to a quaint, historic town in Virginia for the next few days.  We're just chilling out and enjoying this 4th of July long weekend.   


THANK YOU, as I say every single day and mean with all of my heart, for your faithful prayer, love and support!!!  


Air Mobile Joe


7-4-18 Wednesday 5:57 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the Mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!  


I love America!  This amazing country, though far from perfect, is a great place to live.  


There are so many things for which to be thankful, but one of the most wonderful benefits of being an American is the ability to travel the world and help others, especially those in great need.  


So, America, on your 242nd Birthday, may you be Blessed by God as never before!!!


And, may you, who travel down this road of life with me, be blessed on this wonderful day.  THANK YOU again for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!  


Air Mobile Joe


7-3-18 Tuesday 5:37 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the Mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe


NEXT STOP:  R.A.M. 


This morning, will be heading over to R.A.M. (Remote Area Medical) HQ to meet with my good friend, Stan Brock.  


Some of you (the older ones) may remember Stan as the Co-Host of Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom".  




RAM & Air Mobile have cooperated in relief efforts around the world.  It's always great to see Stan, who is, quite a legend and one of the greatest Humanitarians of our time.


Here is a bit more about Stan....


Stan Brock was born in Preston, Lancashire, England.  From 1952 to 1968, he managed the world’s largest cattle ranch operation, a 4,000-square mile combination of rainforest and savannah in British Guiana. 
There, he became a pioneer bush pilot and subsequently acquired numerous ratings and certifications including airline transport pilot. It was during this time that his vision for Remote Area Medical® was born after he suffered a terrible horse-related injury while living among the Wapishana Indians and was 26 days away from the nearest medical care. He then vowed to bring medical care closer to the people who needed it.
In 1968, he began co-hosting NBC’s Emmy winning series, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, one of the most watched television shows in the country, with more than 32 million weekly viewers.
In 1985, he founded Remote Area Medical – RAM™ and continues to serve, without compensation, as RAM’s Founder and President. Because of his work with RAM, Mr. Brock has been recognized as the pioneer of bringing free health care to people in need.  Today, thanks to RAM’s corps of 120,000 volunteers, RAM has treated close to 1 million women, men, and children providing a total of $120 million in free medical care.
Mr. Brock was instrumental in the passage of the Tennessee Volunteer Medical Services Act of 1995, which allows health professionals with out-of-state licenses to cross state lines and provide free care. He has been recognized as a CNN Hero in 2012, and most recently, in 2017, he joined the ranks of other prominent leaders like President Jimmy Carter and Mother Teresa when the Lions Club International Foundation recognized him with the Lions International Humanitarian Award.
RAM’s work has been covered by national and international news media including CBS 60 Minutes, NBC Nightline, New York Times, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, The Guardian, and The Times of London.

 Stan and I will be discussing many things, but most urgent will be our need to possibly "borrow" an aircraft while the Little Donkey is getting the replacement engine.  


BTW, we have concluded that overhauling the engine will not be our best course of action, as it will take quite a bit longer than simply securing an Overhauled engine.  


We're currently speaking with Continental Motors about the availability of a "Zero Time Factory Overhauled Engine".  We're also PRAYING that Continental will give us an extremely good price!!  


So, it's time to hit the road for Knoxville and see my good friend, Stan. 


Oh, Ari, Cindy and I had a wonderful time at "Dollywood" yesterday.  The place is amazing and a lot of fun.  


As I say every single day and mean with all of my heart, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!!  


Air Mobile Joe


7-2-18 Monday 6:27 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the Mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  


WITH GOD....ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!  


Will be in deep discussions with a number of folks today as to how to best proceed to replace the rear engine on the Little Donkey.  We have a number of choices.  


We know that our Lord will both lead us and provide for us.  


Was just observing the remarkable "Humming Bird".  What an incredible "aviator" and what an INSPIRATION to the handiwork of our Lord!!


Here's a fascinating "expose" on this amazing little creature.  THE FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD  


Today, Cindy and Ari and I are going on an adventure.    We've heard that "Dollywood" is a great place.  Well, we're going to find out.


THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support on this critical issue!!  


Air Mobile Joe


7-1-18 Sunday 6:17 AM (Eastern U.S. Time)  - In the Mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe 


BACK TO THE "CABIN".... & THE LITTLE DONKEY NEEDS HELP 


The 12 hour drive to the "Retreat Cabin" went smoothly, though a bit slow due to millions of Americans hitting the road for the 4th of July Holiday.  


It was sweet to pull up to the cabin and be reunited with my Cindy and Ari. I missed them!!


While driving, our great mechanic Paul called me and informed me that the "hour has come" to change the rear engine on the Little Donkey.  


The engine has reached the TBO (Time Before Overhaul). We knew this was coming, but I was hoping to get a few more flights before we needed to replace it.


BTW, that rear engine has been a GREAT ENGINE.  Extremely reliable and brought Air Mobile all over the Western Hemisphere (Haiti, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru and scores of other Islands).  


But, the time has come to either replace the engine or Overhaul it.  We're discussing that decision now.  


As you who meander down this "road of life" with us know, we rarely ask for money.  Today, I'm asking you to please pray about and consider helping us with this vital engine replacement.  


As of the phone call from Paul,  the Little Donkey cannot fly again until the engine is replaced.  


We're already into Hurricane Season and it's just a matter of time before we'll need to make a critical flight again.  PLEASE PRAY about helping us.  


If you have any questions or would like to help, please e-mail me at:  airmobilejoe@gmail.com  


THANK YOU, as always, for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!!!  


Air Mobile Joe


 PS - If you're new to this "rambling blog" and want to see how we've gotten to this "juncture of the journey", just click on "Older Posts" (below) and you'll see how we've gotten here.  God bless and WELCOME ABOARD!  Joe