5-4-16 Wednesday 5:44 AM (Ecuador Time) - Guayaquil, Ecuador - Air Mobile Relief Mission - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
TRAINING MISSION - ANOTHER RESCUER IN PLACE & A SMOOTH LANDING
Yesterday, our Mission was to deploy another Rescuer in a hard hit area and Andreas would do the training and I'd observe.
We took off of Guayaquil and had another good flight to San Vicente'. Each time we do this, we realize that we are saving valuable time. The flight is a short 45 minutes. The road trip, a long 5+ hour drive. Thank God for the Little Donkey.
Just a bit about landing at San Vicente'. First of all, the airstrip had been closed for years and only re-opened due to the terrible earthquake.
The strip is in pretty bad shape and has a 2000' displaced threshold, which means that each landing to the north, the pilot must touch down at the mid-point of the strip or "land long".
Now, in this little video, and Andreas held the camera correctly, I do the landing. It was fairly smooth. Just wanted you to experience what it is like landing at San Vicente'- JOE LANDS "LONG" AT SAN VICENTE'
After landing, we met Emelio, the CBN Producer from Guatemala. He is an extremely gifted film maker and producer. He would document this mission.
We hit the road and headed to our first location, Vicente' Manabi a farming community near San Vicente'.
It was a pleasure watching Andreas explain the operation of the Rescuer. Joe Prussel did a great job of training him.
It was a further joy to present the Air Mobile Rescuer to this community. The operators are all farmers and very experienced in working with technology and will do a great job of bringing clean water to their community.
From Vicente' Manabi, we then drove deeper into the mountains to the little village of Rosa Blanca. Earlier, Joe Prussel and Andreas had trained the leaders on the operation of the Rescuer.
Emilio needed to do a follow up interview. As we arrived, the Rescuer was all set up and ready. The operators very competently demonstrated their ability run the Rescuer. Again, what a joy watching this!
We then worked our way back to the airport. The roads are quite dangerous, in that, around every corner there could be cracks in the road. We saw many!
We had a good driver. Here's a brief clip of navigating around those cracks - DRIVING FROM SANTA ROSA TO SAN VICENTE'
Upon arrival at the San Vicente' airport, I was pleasantly surprised to see a military helicopter on the ramp actually loading some of the supplies that the Little Donkey had brought in yesterday. What a blessing!!
Yesterday, I had promised 2 Air Traffic Controllers a lift back to Guayaquil. They were at the airport waiting for us.
Mrs. Lopez, sitting in the co-pilot seat, helped me to communicate with ATC at Manta and Guayaquil approach. It's a good thing to help the local Controllers to move around the country!!
Upon arrival back in Guayaquil, had a good de-brief with Brian and then....got my haircut. It was a good day!!
About to head downstairs for breakfast and have a planning meeting with Brian and CBN team to see what our Lord will have us to do today.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-3-16 Tuesday 5:49 AM (Ecuador Time) - Guayaquil, Ecuador - Air Mobile Relief Mission - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MADE THE NEWS - AMAZING CONTACTS - STRATEGIC DEPLOYMENTS OF CLEAN WATER!!
Our whole team was pleasantly surprised to see the "Gran Guayaquil" news story on the combined efforts of CBN and Air Mobile Ministries bringing clean water to desperate areas of Ecuador.
Here's the link to the actual story with several interviews including a training. NOTE: It is all in Spanish - GRAN GUAYAQUIL NEWS STORY ON CBN / AIR MOBILE MINISTRIES IN ECUADOR
There are multiple open doors before us and we're truly praying for our Lord to direct us to where to go and when to go there. We are so THANKFUL for the amazing favor that our Lord has given us here in Ecuador!!
Joe Prussel even has contacts right in the President of Ecuador's Office and we're pursuing those that we might be able to strategically place the Air Mobile Rescuers where they are most needed.
Yes, "SURELY OUR LORD KNOWS HOW TO DEPLOY HIS TROOPS"!!
Yesterday morning, Dave departed on a flight back to the U.S. PLEASE PRAY for Dave, as, due to a very short layover, he was unable to catch his scheduled flight.
He's been delayed in Bogota and has important business to attend to in the U.S. He's hoping to get on a flight this morning.
They have done an excellent job of keeping the "Supply Chain" going with much needed supplies for the earthquake victims.
As a steady stream of private aircraft have been carrying these supplies to the hardest hit areas and Xavier has been at the heart of these efforts. He's also arranged for every relief plane to get FREE FUEL.
The Little Donkey received several carts like this filled with goods and I took off from Guayaquil for San Vicente' with over 500 pounds of supplies.
Upon landing, a team was right there to transfer those supplies to trucks to get them needy families who have lost everything. The depth and scope of the powerful earthquake is staggering!
And there, waiting for me to arrive was the CBN / Air Mobile team needing to get back to Guayaquil. The Little Donkey would have a full load back.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well Ti Burik took to the air with every seat filled and the cargo pod full. In about 1500' we lifted off and made the 45 minute flight back to Guayaquil beautifully. What a wonderful aircraft our Lord has provided!
Upon landing at Guayaquil, our team rested for a bit in the Arica office and then we went into strategic planning meetings with Xavier.
Joe Prussel would be catching an afternoon flight back to the U.S. by way of Bogota. That is where Dave is stuck. He found Dave and they had dinner last night in Bogota.
Just moments ago, I got a text from Dave. He got on the flight back home. So, that prayer was answered as I was typing this blog. THANK YOU, JESUS!
Again, we're THANKFUL to Xavier for his invaluable input in this effort. Dave, Alejandro and I spent the afternoon in downloading information on our efforts and discussing the best way to proceed with the balance of the Air Mobile Rescuers.
We also discussed funding (through CBN) and placing critical supplies where most needed. Here's a brief clip of that meeting - ECUADOR PLANNING MEETING
So, today, looks like we'll give the Little Donkey a break from flying (maybe) and Brian and I will be in more meetings on strategic deployments. May our Lord have His way in our efforts!!
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-2-16 Monday 6:08 AM (Ecuador Time) - Guayaquil, Ecuador - Air Mobile Relief Mission - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
BACK TO SAN VICENTE' - DAVE'S SMOOTH LANDING & STRATEGIC MEETINGS
Up early and lifted off for San Vicente' right on schedule yesterday morning. Dave was flying this leg and I happened to capture his super smooth landing but....
The camera was held sideways and I can't figure out how to turn it so....here's the video -DAVE'S SMOOTH LANDING...FILMED SIDEWAYS
After arrival at San Vicente', we fueled the Little Donkey, again with the FREE FUEL provided by the Ecuador Government and the efforts of Xavier.
We were met by Luis and Jose' from Kahre Outreach. Luis explained how his teams were going out to "Hot Spots" and providing clean water into large blue containers.
In this way, they can reach many extremely hard hit areas with the 2 Air Mobile Rescuers. The plan is working beautifully, Praise God!!
One of our CBN Team members, Javier, who was up in Pedernales with Brian & Joe has to catch a flight out of Guayaquil today, so he was enroute to the San Vicente to fly back with us.
So....Dave and I went to our favorite spot, the little cafe' on the beach and had a nice cup of cafe' con leche.
We had some easy time to just share our testimonies while awaiting Javier. Even though Dave and I have known each other for 34 years, we'd never shared how we got saved. It was a great time of fellowship!
We walked back across the street to the San Vicente' airport and met a Canadian, James Simpson.
James was on a "Mission" to Ecuador to bring clean water. He was distributing, at no charge, a filter that did a good job but...required replacement filters often.
I was able to show him the Air Mobile Rescuer. He was quite interested in the fact that the Rescuer can provide up to 10,000 gallons before filter replacement. This was another strategic meeting!!
As is often case, there were passengers at the airport that really needed a ride, so we loaded them up, along with Javier, and made the quick flight back to Guayaquil.
The Little Donkey has been an awesome blessing to many on this mission. Again, I'm just THANKFUL to the Lord and to my dear brother, Bill, who donated this remarkable tool to Air Mobile 6 years ago!
So, today, Dave, my great Co-pilot will be flying back to the U.S. on Avianca. Sure going to miss him. He's been a huge blessing by assisting in the flying on this mission.
I will then fly the Little Donkey back to San Vicente' to pick Brian, Joe and company to bring them back to Guayaquil. Joe Prussel has an afternoon flight back to the U.S. Will sure miss Joe, he's a GREAT WATER MULE!
They have been deep into the disaster areas and ground zero bringing clean water to thirsty people and sharing the love of God with those who are suffering.
Again, can't begin to tell you what a blessing it is just to be here and able to do this. I'm so THANKFUL for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-1-16 Sunday 6:08 AM (Ecuador Time) - Guayaquil, Ecuador - Air Mobile Relief Mission - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HURRY UP & WAIT
It was a day of flying and sitting on a beach waiting for our other team to arrive. Brian & Joe and the rest of the CBN Team had gone by road to Porto Viego and Manta, areas hard hit by the earthquake.
We set the rendezvous of San Vicente. It was there that Dave and I waited....sipping Cafe' Con Leche's.
We began the day by going to the airport and getting a nice load of critical medical supplies from Xavier at Hangar 7 (where relief supplies are dispatched) at Guayaquil International Airport.
One of the things that we pilots notice are classic aircraft. As we were taxiing for take-off, we were behind an old Boeing 727. Many airlines flew this great bird, but today, there are only a handful of them.
Just after taking off, and turning to the north toward San Vicente, you can see the "Towering Andes" just to our East.
We began lining up the passengers who would return to Guayaquil later that afternoon. The meds were brought to the Kahre Outreach where Luis volunteers.
While on the ramp, we noted a large Russian built helicopter about to lift off. I've flown on these very types of heavy-lift choppers in Indonesia.
Dave had a few comments as this grand old chopper was lifting off - DAVE'S COMMENTARY AS MI-8 LIFTS OFF
Was in touch with Brian and Joe via text messaging. They were about 2 hours out by road. So, Dave and I wandered across the street to the beach where a small cafe' (that was still in operation) had a bustling business.
Then Brian and Joe and Company arrived and the plan was set. They would proceed by road on to Jama and Perdenales with 4 Air Mobile Rescuers and other vital supplies.
Dave and I would fly back to Guayaquil with what ever passengers needed a free lift.
We would then get more Air Mobile Rescuers and meet the ground team back in San Vicente today and re-supply them.
It is a blessing to be able to give folks a free lift. So many in this area have lost everything and they just need all the help they can get. Glad the Little Donkey can accommodate.
As we flew back south to Guayaquil for the short 45 minute ride, our Garmin 750 graphically depicted the towering Andes on our left. Note that we are just west of Quito whose landing elevation is over 8000 feet!
Had a nice, smooth flight back and then a restful evening. BTW, the food here is excellent. Last night, had sea bass. Oh, these folks know how to cook!
Time for breakfast and then back to San Vicente to meet Brian, Joe and Team. The "Adventure" continues!
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!