COULD BE A GOOD DAY TO FLY - THERE IS A LOT TENSION IN THE AIR
Now that the "winglets" are installed and all ground checks have been conducted, it just could be a good day to fly a certain "Little Donkey". If all goes well, will fly to Orlando and conduct our Bi-Annual IFR Certification. We'll see how it goes.
Yesterday, there was a lot "Tension" aloft. A couple of Russian TU-95 "Bears" approached Scotland and the RAF scrambled some Typhoon Fighters to turn them away. Here's more on that "close encounter" - RAF JETS CHASE RUSSIAN BOMBERS AWAY
A similar incident occurred when a couple of Russian TU-95's approached the Dutch Coast and some F-16's were scrambled to turn them away. These are dangerous and provocative actions and certainly add to the already tense situation with the Ukraine. Here's more - DUTCH SCRAMBLE JETS AS RUSSIAN BOMBERS APPROACH
Again, folks, these are perilous times and if there ever was a time that U.S. leadership needs wisdom it is now. May I encourage you to join me in prayer that our response be guided by God. Here's more - BRITISH - DANISH JETS TURN AWAY RUSSIAN BOMBERS
These actions certainly call for our prayer. Just to add to this "Tense Atmosphere", China is showing signs of unusual aggression. Here's more on that - CHINA DEFIES OBAMA WITH RAPID MILITARY BUILD-UP
So, in the midst of this explosive atmosphere, we're going to focus on Jesus and seek His direction for this day. I think I'll go test fly a Little Donkey and continue to work toward our "next mission".
I'm so proud of my Cindy. Yesterday, she shared the Good News of Jesus with 200 + young students at Park Avenue Christian Academy. At the end, she was invited to come back and do this again. The kids loved my Cindy and so do I. She certainly pointed them toward Jesus!
It's time to head out to the airport and go for a test flight. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-23-14 Wednesday 6:37AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WINGLETS AND TWEAKING
Yesterday morning, I heard the Fed Ex truck pull up. Our "Winglets" had arrived and were all ready to be installed on a Little Donkey (didn't like having its wings "clipped").
I brought them right out to the airport where Paul was awaiting them. He immediately began installing them.
It's always good to see Bill. You may recall that Bill donated The Little Donkey to Air Mobile immediately following the earthquake in Haiti.
After Paul installed the Winglets, we pulled The Little Donkey out to do engine run ups and other inspections. Bill lent a hand (and bottom) holding the Little Donkey down so Paul could do some "tweaking".
We're making good progress on completing the Annual Inspection. We could not proceed any further until those "Winglets" arrived. So glad to get them on. The Little Donkey will be back in the air pretty soon.
After arriving home yesterday afternoon, was very pleased to receive the fully refurbished Shadin Fuel Totalizer.
THANK YOU SHADIN! It'll be good to have this precious gift installed, With those 14 fuel tanks on-board, it's good to have all the information we can get on the actual fuel flow and how much fuel remains.
BTW, Shadin did a full refurb on this valuable instrument at NO CHARGE! God bless you, Shadin and Company!!
I saw the headlines today, "U.S. TROOPS ARRIVE IN POLAND". We're keeping a very close eye and vigilant prayer on the situation in the Ukraine and Russia.
This is becoming a very "volatile" situation. Again, we PRAY for our Lord to have His way...."thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"! Here's more - U.S. TROOPS ARRIVE IN POLAND
Time to head out. As always, THANK YOU for standing so faithfully with us with your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-22-14 Tuesday 6:51AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MAKING HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES
I remember my Mother saying that. In other words, get out there and do what you can when you can because.....there may come a time when you can't. Sound advice from my dear Mom. She actually said it like this, "Baby, you gotta make hay while the sun's shinin".
Right now, we're in-between "missions" so it's a good time to be busy gathering supplies, building Rescuers, getting our little airplane, "Ti Burik" ready to fly and the list goes on. In other words, "we're making hay...while we can".
Cindy and I planted a garden. Actually, Cindy did the bulk of the work, but I definitely helped. Oh, it's growing beautifully. We have tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, cantaloupes, strawberries, spinach, sugar snaps, basil, rosemary, parsley, peppermint and more.
Every morning, we go out and check to see how it's growing. It's a beautiful thing to watch. Also, notice, our old chicken, Cheddar, also keeps an eye on the garden for us.
It is good to know, that should things get tight, we can eat out of that garden and even have enough to share with our neighbors. The key is to plant it before you need it.
Had lunch yesterday with my dear brother and Air Mobile Board Member, Tommy Blair. I also refer to him as "Tennis Ball Tommy".
Tommy loves tennis and plays like crazy. Well, after that tennis ball gets knocked back and forth it looses its punch and needs to be replaced. Some time ago, Tommy began saving the old balls for Haiti.
They make a perfect "topping" to our loads. They're light and pliable and can fill in the cracks and crevices of our Little Donkey. You should see they kids when I bring them an almost "inexhaustible" supply of balls. It's a thing of beauty and a "ball" to watch those kids in the village. One man's junk is another kids treasure!
So, today, we'll be making hay, so to speak and getting ready for our "next mission" ...wherever that may be. We, as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support. Can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate you standing with us!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-21-14 Monday 7:29AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
After an amazing weekend and a glorious celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, what does Monday hold for us? Only our Lord knows. So, after a second cup of coffee and a quick scan of the news, will head out into this day that our Lord has made.
Our worship band brought us to a sweet place of praise. Peter was on the drums.
We offered the Good News and some great food and very sweet fellowship.
This was an incredible outreach. Our Church worked so well together and truly pulled this event off.
After that great service, Cindy, Peter, Ariana and I dashed off to Orlando for our second Easter Service at the Hospital. Again, we were able to share about the power of the Resurrection of Jesus. What a joy and privilege!
So, today, it's back to work on getting ready for our "next mission". Will be working on the Little Donkey. We should be completing the Annual Inspection this week. We're expecting to receive our "winglets" tomorrow.
We'll also be gathering more supplies to put together more Air Mobile Rescuers. One thing is for sure, "folks will always need clean water". Where will our Lord lead us today? We'll hold tight onto His hand. THANK YOU for standing with us with your love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-20-14 Sunday 6:44AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HE IS RISEN!!
Praise God! By His grace, I know Him personally and can attest to the fact that Jesus is, indeed, ALIVE!!
Jesus died for our sins and paid the debt in full and HE is RISEN! Now, that is GOOD NEWS!
We're up early this morning, heading to "Easter in the Park". We're looking forward to a day of great celebration and joy.
We'll be at Fox Lake Park in Titusville, FL. If you're in the area and free, come on out and join us, would love to see you. The Party begins at 10:00AM.
After our Resurrection Party in the Park, we'll head to the Hospital in Orlando and have another Celebration Party with the young people and adults there. What a joy to be able to share the Good News of Jesus!
Now, some of you who "ramble" down the road with me via this daily blog may know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Others may not. To those who may be searching, may I encourage you to look to Jesus.
He truly loves you more than you could ever imagine. He wants to forgive you of all of your sin and make you whole.
I did this 43 years ago and have not regretted one moment of my life with Jesus. The Word of God says, "Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved". I pray you find Him today!
So, it's time to head to the "Park". May you be extremely blessed today as you reflect upon the Gift of God, eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord! As always, THANK YOU for "rambling" down this road with me. We truly appreciate your prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - If you did ask Jesus to save you and you want to speak with someone about it, do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I would love to speak with you. You may call me at: 321-544-7757 or e-mail me at: email@example.com. God bless!! Joe
4-19-14 Saturday 8:17AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
GOD'S NOT DEAD!!
Cindy and I finally got around to seeing the Movie "God's NOT Dead". All I can say is "WOW"!
If you have not had a chance to see it, may we encourage you to take the time to go see it while it's still in the Theaters. It's been out for a while and may not be around for very long.
The first few minutes into the Movie, I began to recognize buildings. I leaned over to Cindy and said, "hey, that looks like LSU".
I actually was "searching" for the Lord as a young man and spent a lot of time on the LSU Campus in my search. The Movie took on a whole new meaning, as I recalled my deep and desperate search for answers. Needless to say.....I cried a lot in the Movie. Again, if you get a chance, GO SEE IT...you'll be glad you did.
Tomorrow, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus! HE IS ALIVE!!
Remember, if you're "local" (Central Florida) and don't have plans for tomorrow, come on out to Fox Lake Park in Titusville, FL. We'll have a wonderful time at "Easter in the Park". Hope to see you there!!
As always, we're so appreciative to you for your faithful and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-18-14 Friday 7:55AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THANK GOD, we are approaching Sunday, the day we acknowledge that our Lord Jesus was resurrected from the dead. Today, we reflect upon His sacrifice on the cross for our sins. It's still so amazing that He died on the cross for us. Amazing Love!
Please take some time today and simply reflect on what our Lord Jesus did for whole world. He paid the price (in full) for our sins. And...."whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved!"
After writing yesterday about Russia, Gog / Magog and how Ezekiel 38/39 refers to a sudden attack on Israel, I found this interesting article about a Russian Nationalist Organization in the Eastern Ukraine requiring all Jews, 16 years and older, to Register with the Government and list assets or face deportation.
Wow! Sounds like Nazi Germany! We pray that this is not a sign of things to come. Here's the article - UKRAINE LEAFLET REQUIRING JEWS TO REGISTER
We've been following the Bundy Ranch saga. Harry Reid's latest chilling allegations of "Domestic Terrorism" shows a deep hatred for folks who disagree.
Also, the Solar Farm debacle certainly brings to "light" possible motives by the BLM & Harry Reid. We continue to PRAY for this volatile situation. Here's the link to the "Domestic Terrorism" statement - HARRY REID CALLS CLIVEN BUNDY SUPPORTERS "DOMESTIC TERRORIST"
Our kids are off from school today. We'll be hanging around the house and just "chilling" out and getting ready for the "Easter in the Park" Celebration in Titusville, FL (Fox Lake Park). If you're "local", consider coming to join us for a wonderful day. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
4-17-14 Thursday 8:14AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM....
Jesus described, in Matthew 24, a time when Kingdom would rise against Kingdom. I opened The Drudge Report yesterday to read..."World War III".
No, it hasn't begun, but the article went on to say that the actions in the Ukraine involving Russian Troops could well be looked back on in history as the start of World War III. I certainly PRAY that that not be the case! Here's that article - COULD THIS BE THE START OF WORLD WAR III?
Last night I read Ezekiel 38-39 about Gog / Magog. Many Biblical scholars feel that Gog / Magog is clearly Russia. If that is so, these latest "aggressive" actions by Russia could well be the beginning of something very significant.
As I reflect upon the latest "Celestial" show, the 1st of 4 Blood Moons, could these actions lead up to some explosive events in the Middle East? I further went on to read about some of the "Miracles" that took place in the 6 Day War in 1967.
Israel was surrounded and vastly outnumbered by the Arab League (Egypt, Jordan and Syria) and won the War in 6 Days. Surely, our Lord's hand was involved and....there was a Tetrad and Blood Moons between 1967-1968. Here's more on the 6 Day War - 6 DAY WAR HISTORY
Now, I am not saying that we are entering the "End of the World". I am saying that there are some pretty significant "Signs" and it behooves us to watch for these signs and above all, keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
In the meantime, we keep moving ahead, working toward our "next mission". Am always so thankful to the Alternative Pregnancy Center (APC), an outreach of First Baptist Merritt Island.
Vicki, the Director, informed me that they had some baby food, diapers, etc. for the Ruuska Village in Haiti. Praise God! I quickly went and picked them up.
Also, our home Church, Redeemer, is having "Easter in the Park" this Sunday. This is going to be a beautiful outreach to our Community. We'll have food and fun and above, our Pastor, Gary, will share the story of the Resurrection! Now, that is GOOD NEWS!
The location of this event will be in Fox Lake Park in Titusville, FL beginning at 10:00AM on Easter morning. Come, if you can!! You'll be blessed!
We are so THANKFUL to so many who help us do what we do! We appreciate you and your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
4-16-14 Wednesday 8:16AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
REFLECTIONS ON "HOLY WEEK"
After that amazing celestial show yesterday morning (The Blood Moon) my heart is turned toward Jesus in a wonderful way.
Am so glad that tens of millions turned their eyes toward the heavens and witnessed the first of four Blood Moons. My hope and prayer is that many will reflect on Jesus and what He did for us.
This week is called "Holy Week" and again, am blessed that some take the time to think about Jesus and His "journey to the cross". This is a good time for quiet reflection on just what that means and how His love is being continually poured out in the world.
Even this morning, when I awakened, I felt the presence of the Lord and just lay there for a longer time and soaked in His love.
Even as I type this "rambling" blog, my fingers are moving a bit slower, a bit more reflectively as I ponder the wonder of the cross.
The Word of God is clear....."All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God". That means that we are all in the same boat. All is all.
The "wages" for sin is death. That means that every one of us needs a Savior.
That's what Jesus came to do....to save the world. What an amazing thing and what great love God has offered to the world.
My hope and prayer today is that you will take some time to reflect on just what Jesus did for the whole world. Whatever you are doing today, may I encourage you to take some extra time to simply reflect on Jesus, and think about His Journey to the Cross.
Perhaps there are some whom you have been praying for to come to know Jesus in a personal way. Perhaps, there are some who have lost their way. I am eternally grateful to a dear friend who prayed for me to come to Jesus.
So, again, I encourage you to spend a bit more time simply thinking of and reflecting on Jesus during this "Holy Week". Of course, there are 52 weeks in the year and I pray that I will think of Jesus more and more every week.
Well, it's time to head out into this day. Will be gathering supplies for the orphanage in Haiti and we're making steady progress on getting a certain Little Donkey ready to take to the air again. We're also putting as many Rescuers together as we possibly can, in preparation for...the "next mission".
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
4-15-14 Tuesday 8:17AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WHAT A SHOW IN THE HEAVENS!
Our alarm went off and Cindy and I stood out on the balcony, bleary eyed, and saw the moon, huge and bright white.
So...at 12:53am, the eclipse began right on schedule. Of course, the change was initially undetectable but as time went on, the moon became a spectacular reddish / orange.
By 3:45am (mid-eclispe), the moon had become a deep, orange / reddish globe. It was awesome! We didn't sit out there all night and watch it, but we set our alarm for 2:00am, then at 3:00am getting little bits of sleep in between.
Of course, the sun rose right on schedule this morning and no, the world did not come to an end. Never thought it would, but, this, 1st of 4 Blood-Moon Lunar eclipses, can indeed mean that we have entered into a special time frame where our Lord will do something spectacular in the world. I certainly pray He does!
God created the world and He knows how it should operate. Along the way, man lost his way and fell into deep sin. From the beginning, our Lord has been drawing man back to Himself but....God respects our free-will and will not force Himself on anyone.
God does have a "time-frame" and will do certain things at certain times. By way of His prophets, He has explained just what He is going to do. Jesus WILL come back to this earth and set things in order, whether we like it or not. God DOES love the world and only wants what is best for us.
Do I believe that this 1st Blood Moon is a sign from God? I certainly do and I hope and pray that our Lord does come back soon, as the world is in a real mess and it is NOT getting any better. That is why our Lord tells us...."When you see these things, look up for your redemption draws near".
So, it's Tuesday morning and it's time to get to work. Earthquakes are increasing, disease is spreading, nations are rumbling and signs are being fulfilled everyday and people are thirsty. All one has to do is open the Bible and see that these things are all spoken of and are coming to pass as I type this blog.
I urge you to call upon the Lord and seek Him today and seek His direction in your life. We do not know the day or the hour of His return, but we can certainly read the "signs of the times".
The best news that I know is...."For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son and whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life". Amen! God loves the world and He loves you and He wants to save you. It's just that simple.
THANK YOU for rambling down this path with me. We so appreciate your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Here is a good interview with Pastor Mark Biltz conducted this morning. In it, he gives a pretty "sane" approach to the this whole phenomenon - take a look - IS THE BLOOD MOON A SIGN FROM GOD?
4-14-14 Monday 7:46AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SET YOUR ALARM TONIGHT IF....YOU WANT TO WITNESS A RARE AND WONDERFUL EVENT IN THE "HEAVENS" - COULD THIS BE A MESSAGE?
I've been sharing with you about this remarkable event, "The Four Blood Moons" for some time. Well, the 1st of 4 will occur early Tuesday morning (12:53am Eastern U.S. Time). If you want to see it with your own eyes, set your alarm and look up to the heavens.
The astounding thing about these 4 lunar eclipses is that they will occur, each on a the High Jewish Feast Days. The "odds" of that happening is simply awesome. Pastor Mark Biltz uncovered this amazing fact in 2007.
This morning, Pastor Mark will be on the "Today Show" telling more about this - Here's a good link - BLOOD MOONS - A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO AMERICA
Yesterday, we celebrated Palm Sunday, the beginning of "Holy Week". What a wonderful time to reflect on Jesus and how He came into this world, not to condemn the world, but to Save the World.
To me, these Blood Moons serve as a reminder of how our Lord shed His blood for our sins. Furthermore, the Scripture speaks of a time when the Moon will turn to Blood and the Sun covered with sack cloth (a complete Solar Eclipse will occur right in the middle of the 4 Blood Moon Tetrad). Wow!
What are the "odds" of that happening? Here's a link telling about the Scriptural correlation - BLOOD MOON "TRAILER"
So, today, we'll continue to pray and prepare for the days ahead and for our 'next mission'. Another powerful earthquake (7.6) struck the Solomon Islands yesterday. This quake followed a 7.3 just hours before. Also, noted that Idaho was rattled by a 4.9 earthquake. This old world is shaking!
I'm THANKFUL that these "Blood Moons" are occurring as they are, because it will point some to Jesus and that is our prayer! God loves the world and sent His Son to save the world! We're also very thankful to our Lord for you. We truly appreciate your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - This blog posted a bit later than usual because....after getting up early and writing the entire blog, it suddenly disappeared and I had to write the entire blog again. Sorry.
4-13-14 Sunday 8:04AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
The story of Palm Sunday is one of Triumph - Tragedy - Triumph. Such is a clear picture of human nature and just why we need a Savior! The fact is, the Human Race is a mess and our emotions can "change on a dime". I'm so THANKFUL that our God loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son....
Today, we'll be celebrating this day with joy, knowing what happens to our Savior and what He did for us. May we reflect on the life of Jesus and the events that led to the Crucifixion (the full payment for all of our sins) and His Resurrection (our Victory).
We have many palm trees in our yard, so we volunteered to bring in a bunch for the children of our church to demonstrate the story today.
Then, later today, we'll head over to Orlando to conduct our weekly Chaplain Service in the Hospital. Cindy skillfully made little Palm Crosses for each in attendance.
What an amazing Story we have to tell about Jesus and how He came to save us. This is truly what the world needs to know. The fact is, God loves us so much and He gave Himself for us.
Meanwhile, this old world just shakes (another powerful 7.6 quake hit the Solomon Islands yesterday) and groans under the heavy load of sin and darkness. May we look up to our Lord, for our Redemption draws nigh!
Remember to set your alarm clock for around 12:45am (Eastern Time) tomorrow (Monday night) to see the first of 4 "Blood Moons". You'll see a Celestial Demonstration of a lunar eclipse that turns the moon "blood" red.
What a reminder of how our Lord Jesus shed His blood for us. And...it just so happens to occur on the Jewish Feast Day, the Passover! Wow!! Coincidence??? I think not!!
So, our prayer today for you is that you are Blessed on this Palm Sunday. We're so appreciative to our Lord for you and we're thankful for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Just read on down and see the links on the Coming 4 "Blood Moons" for more details of this amazing event....coming our way.
4-12-14 Saturday 7:12AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
BLOOD MOON COMING - LOOK UP - ANOTHER QUAKE RATTLES NICARAGUA - NATION ON ALERT - AUSTRALIA BATTENING DOWN THE HATCHES FOR CYLCONE ITA
Here's a quote from a CNN article, telling more about this upcoming event. If you'd like to see something that Newton, Washington, Lincoln, Queen Ann, etc. did not have a chance to see....set your alarm for Monday night / early Tuesday morning.
I believe that sun will rise right on schedule on Tuesday morning and that we will all be here and the earth WILL NOT END. Now, that's just my personal opinion, as our Lord may come at any time He chooses.
Again, if we err on any side of the Prophetic / End-Time study, may we err on the side of looking unto Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith. As never before, the world needs Jesus....whether they realize it or not. I pray that this astronomical event, the "Blood Moons", causes folks to think about Jesus and perhaps accept Him as their Savior if they have not done so.
Nicaragua had another strong earthquake yesterday (6.6). This followed a 6.1 quake earlier. These quakes are increasing in intensity causing the nation to go on full "Alert". We're keeping a close on those quakes, as a powerful quake killed 10,000+ in Nicaragua in 1972. Here's more on those quakes - POWERFUL QUAKE SHAKES NICARAGUA - NATION ON ALERT
Australia is being hammered by Cyclone Ita, as one of the most powerful storms in living memory. Winds are topping at 230 KPH (150MPH). Damage reports / injury - death reports are just beginning to come in. We're praying for those in the path of this deadly storm. Here's more on Cyclone Ita - ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL STORMS TO HIT AUSTRALIA IN LIVING MEMORY
Yesterday, I received a call from Penny, a compassionate donor. She and her husband, Dennis want to fund 3 Air Mobile Rescuers that will be going into the Dominican Republic.
There, another brother, Marshall has felt led by God to set up a school for some Haitian Children. It is very difficult for the Haitians in the Dominican and the clean water will be a great blessing! Praise God for caring and compassionate folks!
Be blessed to day. Remember to set you alarm or stay up late on Monday evening / Tuesday morning...if you're interested in seeing the 1st of 4 Blood Moons. BTW, that Blood Moon will occur on the Jewish Passover....interesting....
Meanwhile, we continue toward getting ready for the "next mission". Not quite sure where that will be, but our Lord does. That is why we're holding tightly onto His hand to lead us. We so appreciate you and your faithful and vital prayer, love and support.
Air Mobile Joe
4-11-14 Friday 7:19AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ANOTHER REASON TO SEE RED ON APRIL 15TH & SOME THOUGHTS ON THE "SIGNS OF THE TIMES"
Ok, so not only are our taxes in the U.S. due on this day, April 15th, but the moon will turn "Blood Red" also, the first of 4 "Blood Moons".
Found this very interesting explanation of this phenomenon and wanted to share it with you. This is from the guy, Mark Biltz, that "discovered" this remarkable series of celestial events and how they may be telling us something more... Here's the link - ANOTHER REASON TO SEE RED ON APRIL 15TH
Mark Biltz does an amazing job of tying Astronomy (according to NASA) together with the Bible. Now, I do not believe that the world is going to come to an end on April 15th, however, it would not surprise me to see some important geo-political events take place during this time period. - Here's a good video explaining more - BLOOD MOON "TRAILER"
I do believe, that according to the Words of Jesus, that our world would find itself in a mess prior to His return to earth. The world has always been in a "mess", but sometimes, things get "messier". Check out Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13 for more details.
Could our Lord be speaking to us on a "Giant Billboard"....the heavens? Could be. If we "err" on any side, may we err on the side of "looking up and looking to Jesus".
You may recall, in the Bible, that Jesus chastised the Religious leaders of the day, because they did not read (discern) the "The Signs of the Times" (Matthew 16:1-3).
Since accepting Jesus as my Savior, many years ago, have always been interested in the study of the "End Times". Then, when we began traveling the world and doing relief following natural disasters, the "Signs" given to us in the Bible began to become more clear.
It's one thing to "witness" a disaster on a TV screen (in the comfort of one's home) and an entirely different thing to "witness" the event, or the after effects, up close and personal. Folks, this world is truly in a very "messy" condition and it's getting worse.
Now, one may say, "Joe, it's always been this way". I beg to disagree. As we pray and ask our Lord to "open our eyes" to what He is doing and what is truly going on around the world, we may see things a bit differently. DO NOT DEPEND UPON THE MAIN-STREAM MEDIA AS YOUR MAIN SOURCE OF INFORMATION.
Even, as I type this blog, another Typhoon, Ita, is barreling toward Australia and it's projected to be in the same category of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) as what struck the Philippines last November. Haiyan was reported to be one of, if not the largest typhoons in recorded history. Here's more on that Typhoon - STRONGEST STORM OF 2014 HEADED FOR AUSTRALIA
And there is so much more going on, i.e., Russia invading Ukraine, Extreme tension in the Middle-East, North Korea's ability to create a massive EMP on the U.S. (or anywhere) and the list goes on and on. Just within the last few hours, powerful quakes (6-7.3) have struck in Nicaragua, Chile and Indonesia.
Are things getting better? I think not. It is not a matter of IF a disaster (natural or man-made) is going to hit, but when. And how will it affect us?
So, what can we do? The first, and most important thing that I would suggest is to PRAY! Seek wisdom and counsel from our Lord.
I go back to that wonderful acronym, A.S.A.P. (Always Say A Prayer). Call upon the Name of the Lord and simply ask Him what you should do. He wants to lead and guide us, we just need to ask Him to do so.
Well, it took me a while to write this "rambling" blog today. There is so much more that I want to say, but it's time to "Post" the blog and get on with this day....that our Lord has made. THANK YOU for "rambling" through this blog today. We so appreciate your prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
4-10-14 Thursday 7:39AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
Yesterday was dedicated to gardens. The ability to grow ones own food is a precious gift. Have a good friend, Randy (AKA - Farm Daddy). He's developed a "self-watering" garden system that we've introduced into Haiti. I visited Randy at his farm and factory yesterday. What a blessing.
First of all, he loaded me down with so many fresh, beautiful vegetables. His "grow-box" system produces some incredible food. His garden is a testimony of that.
Several months ago, he donated 4 of these "grow boxes" to Haiti. Barbara recently contacted me and said that she's ready for more. Thus, the trip to see Randy.
He, again, donated the soil mix that gets these remarkable "grow boxes" fired up and producing delicious, healthy food. Not a bad idea when things get "tight".
Before visiting Randy, I met with Marlin, my good friend and great aviator. Marlin is looking at replacing his Cessna 402 (scroll back to April 1st for his amazing story).
There were a couple of prospective planes at the Melbourne Airport. He asked me to join him for the inspection. I'm just glad that Marlin is alive after that close call in his recent crash. Surely, our Lord was with Marlin.
After my traveling up to Randy's Farm, headed back home. Cindy and I have planted a nice little garden, that will produce enough food for our family and our neighbors. It's nice to have this ability.
We even have Security around the garden provided by: "The Cheddar Chicken Patrol" and.....she PAYS US with a beautiful egg almost every day. What a deal!
We've had Cheddar for almost 5 years. She's like a member of our family.
So, today, will continue getting ready for the "next mission". As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-9-14 Wednesday 6:48AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN THE SEARCH FOR FLIGHT MH-370! DID YOU SEE MARS LAST NIGHT?
The search crews have heard 2 more distinct electronic "pings" yesterday, from what could be the missing flight, MH-370. This is the most encouraging "break" in this vast search and great mystery.
These latest "detections" are helping the Search Crews to dramatically hone in on a specific search area. We may be getting close to finding the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft. Here's more on this developing story - SEARCHERS DETECT 2 NEW ELECTRONIC PINGS
We pray that the searchers find the aircraft and we pray for the family and friends of all on-board.
There was Mars, eclipsing, for all to see. What a great "lead-up" to April 15th, the day of the first of four "Blood Moons".
The Bible refers to signs in the heavens multiple times (Acts 2:19, Luke 21:11, Matthew 24:29...just to name a few). What a great way to "communicate" to the world. All one has to do is "look up" and see the sign. Just hope we get the message! Jesus is coming back to the earth and "signs" are popping up everywhere.
Was very pleased to find 2 large boxes on our front porch yesterday afternoon. Critical components arrived that will allow the assembly of Air Mobile Rescuers to continue. We're gathering every available dollar and ordering components to build more Rescuers for the days ahead.
We do not know what the future holds, but we know that another disaster is out there waiting to happen. It's just a matter of time. We want to be ready to GO and bring clean water and the Good News of Jesus!
This morning, I plan to meet my great friend and fellow pilot, Marlin. You may recall that Marlin recently had a "miracle" when the Cessna 402 he was piloting crashed....in a 150 foot open field and Marlin "walked away" with minor injuries. Every time I think about that, I just praise God for His Amazing Grace!
Marlin is looking at a possible replacement aircraft at the Melbourne International Airport and he asked me to join him. Looking forward to seeing my good friend and again, rejoice that he is alive and well!!
So, here we are, heading out into this beautiful day that our Lord has made...I'm rejoicing in it. Truly appreciate your faithful and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-8-14 Tuesday 8:23AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
BEGIN LOOKING UP - TONIGHT, MARS WILL PUT ON A SHOW & THE 1ST OF 4 "BLOOD MOONS" ARE COMING - PINGS ON MH-370 GO SILENT
Tonight, take a look up in the sky. Mars will be VERY easy to see. There will be a rare and beautiful alignment between Mars, the Earth and the Sun. Here's more on this "awesome" celestial event - AWESOME ALIGNMENT - EARTH/MARS/SUN OPPOSITION
Add to this Earth / Mars / Sun Alignment, the coming 4 Blood Moons and we're in for quite a celestial show. Could these rare astronomical events be a "Sign" from God? Could be. Here's a story that just came out that speaks about these 2 latest events - AWESOME ALIGNMENT & 4 BLOOD MOONS - ARE THESE "SIGNS" IN THE HEAVENS?
The Bible tells us that Jesus IS coming back to Earth. I simply believe His Word and say, "Come quickly Lord Jesus". The world needs Jesus. In the meantime, I will continue to look up....for His redemption draws near!
The "Pings" coming from the ocean have stopped and the mystery of Malaysian Flight MH-370 continues on. A number of ships and planes are scouring the area where several distinct pings were heard over the weekend.
At this hour, all is silent. Again, we pray that this mystery be solved. We pray for the families and friends of those who are lost. Here's the latest - SUBMARINE ON "HOLD" UNTIL FRESH PINGS ARE HEARD
We continue to "march ahead" preparing for our "next mission". Parts are coming in every day for more Rescuers. We're currently awaiting UPS to deliver the main module so that assembly can continue. Hopefully, they will arrive today.
I got some very encouraging news about the latest addition to the instrument panel of our Little Donkey. Shadin Avionics, who makes, in my opinion, the finest Fuel Flow Instrument, has agreed to "Check Out and Overhaul" our Fuel Totalizer at NO CHARGE!
What a blessing. This much needed device will help us to "manage" the fuel in our 14 fuel tanks. Praise God! I'll be shipping the unit to Shadin today. THANKS SHADIN!!
So, we go forth into this day that our Lord has made. What adventure lies ahead? Don't know, but I'm holding tight onto His hand! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-7-14 Monday 7:19AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ARE THE "PINGS" PROMISING? - CHINESE CHRISTIANS FORM "HUMAN SHIELD" TO DEFEND CHURCH
First, the Chinese heard the 37.5 kHz ping on Friday. Then, the Australians have heard it over the weekend. We've had so many leads that have "evaporated" into thin air on this great mystery of the disappearance of Malaysian Flight MH-370. Could these latest leads help solve the mystery? Here's more - AUSTRALIA SAYS NEW "PINGS" BEST LEAD YET IN SEARCH FOR MH-370
Indeed, could these "pings" be coming from the "Black Box" (BTW, it's not black) on-board the missing Malaysian Airliner? We pray for those, whose hearts are broken, and pray that evidence of the lost airlines is found.
Been following this story of a beautiful, new, church building in China that is slated to be demolished. Thousands of Christians have formed a "Human Shield" "to defend this Church. Here's more on this strange story - CHRISTIANS FORM HUMAN SHIELD AROUND CHURCH
Our Family had a beautiful day yesterday, beginning with Church and then our service at the Hospital for both young people and adults. We shared God's Word. We NEVER take this privilege for granted. We're so THANKFUL that we can worship God with Freedom and share the Gospel without the threat of being thrown in jail....or worse.
Today, Cindy and I are working on a new Air Mobile Video with a dear brother who is very talented in making videos, J. Brewer. We're grateful that J. has offered to share his gifts and talents with us.
We're also awaiting more components to arrive for the Air Mobile Rescuer. We're working on putting as many units together as we can for the "next mission".
As always, THANK YOU for your gracious and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-6-14 Sunday 7:35AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
Usually, I have some "headline" to mark a blog. Today, it's, SUNDAY....& 'CO-EXISTENCE'. We'll go to Church and then minister with the young people and the adults in the Hospital in Orlando this afternoon.
Was so glad for Cindy, as she was able to meet with her friend from her early Christian days. She hasn't seen Sandra in 28 years. What a blessing to see those two reminisce and laugh and pray together.
In scanning the headlines around the world, there were no extraordinary earthquakes or unusual weather reported.
That is still one "crazy" mystery. We may never know what happened. This must be so difficult on the family and friends of the "lost". Let's remember to pray for them and...for the mystery to be solved.
Rosie (our Chihuahua) doesn't mind the chicken and the chicken doesn't seem to mind Rosie.
So, it's time to get ready to head out the door to Church. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
4-5-14 Saturday 7:18AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
CHRISTIANS IN PAKISTAN....A DANGEROUS PLACE
Yesterday morning, the phone rang. It was Wayne. We don't talk that often, but when we do, it's good. Wayne had just met with some Pakistani Christians, Steve and Mercy, and gave them my name. They need clean water. Their ministry, in Pakistan, is to children who are in the brutal "Child Labor" world of Pakistan.
Within an hour, Steve and Mercy were at our home drinking tea. There was an instant rapport and love between us as they told their story of the danger and grace of our Lord among Christians in Pakistan.
Of course, I shared stories of our missions to Pakistan following the terrible earthquake of 2006/2007. Found out that the Governor of Punjab, who hosted us our first night in Lahore, Pakistan had been assassinated. The hotel where I blogged had been blown up. We talked about various other "connections" among Christians that I cannot share. Pakistan is a dangerous place to be a Christian.
Then, we got to the Air Mobile Rescuer and they were amazed at the simplicity, power and beauty of the remarkable machine. I shared how bringing in clean water opens so many doors (and hearts) to hear about and experience the love of God!
There are many diseases in Pakistan that are ravaging the weak. Mercy shared stories of friends whom she had recently lost to "water-borne" disease.
I recall that when I traveled to Pakistan with Dr. Shaikh, the former Surgeon General of Pakistan, he explained to me that 70+% of disease would be eliminated with clean water!
At the end of our "Divinely Appointed" meeting, my Cindy came home. Mercy had given a beautiful Pakistani fabric that matched the colors in our home to perfection.
We prayed together, and agreed that we would, one day, with our Lord's help, meet in Pakistan and bring clean water to the thirsty in Name of Jesus!
I love it when our Lord does things like this. I was simply sitting at my computer, sipping my second cup of coffee when that phone rang.
Then, our Lord, in His way, "deployed His troops" and we met Steve and Mercy. We don't know when or how, but in His time and in His way, we will return to Pakistan and share His love, and clean water, with the needy and persecuted. Wow, what a privilege and joy!
After that incredible meeting, I headed out, rejoicing at what our Lord had just done. Please join together with us, that we will be sensitive to His voice and know where to go and when to go there! We're moving toward getting more pieces in to build more Rescuers for the "next mission".
Today, we'll do chores around the house. Oh, did I mention that, mainly Cindy (with a little of my help), put in a beautiful garden. Just snapped this shot a few minutes ago. The chicken is named Cheddar. We've had Cheddar for over 5 years and she lays a beautiful egg nearly every day.
So, it's definitely time for that second cup of coffee and then on to chores. As always, we so appreciate you and your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-4-14 Friday 7:37AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MEETING ON I-95 FOR CLEAN WATER IN RWANDA
The other day, Dave Redline (yes that is his name), called me. Dave has a heart for Africa, specifically Rwanda. Last year, he funded an Air Mobile Rescuer for a community that desperately needs clean water.
He traveled there and set the unit up and stays in close touch with the folks. Oh, did I tell you that Dave drives a truck and picks up 737 aircraft engines that need some tender, loving care.
Well, Dave called and told me that an emergency driving job came up to Florida and he'd pass right by our home base. We discussed his needs and I put together a box of supplies as well as our new "orifice" cleaning system. This would "Update" the Rwanda Rescuer allowing deep internal cleaning without disassembly.
We set the rendezvous time. I was on a "round-robin" series of pick up and deliveries. As I approached the meeting place, I saw his beautiful Peterbilt 18-Wheeler pulling into the designated spot. We arrived at precisely the same time. Love it when a plan comes together.
We greeted one another and then quickly went to work on going over the "Updates" and supplies for Rwanda. Within minutes, Dave was back on the road and I went on to my next meeting.
Sometimes, I just marvel at the fact that we have nearly 900 Air Mobile Rescuers in operation in 44 countries and....we've just begun!!
Cindy and I had the opportunity to share with the "Mission Prayer Team" of 1st Baptist Merritt Island. It's always a joy to share what our Lord is doing in our ministry with these precious Saints.
Oh, do these folks know how to PRAY! You can just sense their love and compassion and deep intercession. Cindy told about our latest trip to the Philippines.
Then, I had the privilege to share out of the Word of God from Matthew 28, The "Great Commission". It is so cool that these Prayer Warriors can "Join" us via this Daily Blog. Love this technology!
Been following the Chile Earthquakes and they had a 6.1 Quake last night. Looks like the intensity of the quakes is "calming down". Praise God!!
So, today, will be continuing to gather supplies and arrange for more Rescuers to be put into position for deployment. Please PRAY with us that funds come in to allow us to get ready for..."the next mission".
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support. We so appreciate you!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-3-14 Thursday 7:26AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ANOTHER 7.8 QUAKE SHAKES IN CHILE - ARE THESE "FORESHOCKS" IN THE "RING OF FIRE"?? - FORT HOOD SHOOTER GOES BERSERK
It happened again yesterday evening...a 7.8 Quake shook northern Chile. Coastal regions were evacuated. Thank God, no Tsunami or deaths and little damage has been reported.
The U.S. media barely mentioned this strong Quake due to the late breaking news about the Fort Hood Shooting. Here's more on that 7.8 Quake - CHILE ROCKED AGAIN BY POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE
We are all saddened by the terrible shootings at Fort Hood. Final death toll is 4 with 16 injured. So many wounds (emotional) were re-opened. All we can do is PRAY for the victims and families. The entire base must be in shock following these horrific events.
Back to this last Chile Quake. Could these most recent earthquakes be "Fore-shocks" of stronger quakes to come? That is a question that many are asking, and rightly so. Here's an interesting article that gives some telling facts - IS THE 8.2 TEMBLOR ONLY A FORE-SHOCK?
Here's a quote from the story - "While the quake was large by any measure, seismologists remain concerned that it could have been a foreshock to a much larger quake that could strike this region – a section of plate boundary that hasn't seen a major rupture in 137 years."
All of these events, compel us at Air Mobile to diligently move toward our "Next Mission". We're getting as many "pieces" into place as possible. Our goal to have Rescuers already built and ready for "life-saving" action!
Yesterday, we secured a Shadin Fuel Flow System to help us manage our fuel consumption. This device is amazing! A friend sold us his for a very good price.
Then I called the Shadin Company and requested that they take the unit and completely overhaul it. They are working up a good price for us on that. We're praying for grace.
For a long time, I've wanted to add this wonderful device to the instrument panel of our Little Donkey.
After securing the instrument, I dashed to Melbourne for the speaking engagement to the men of F.U.E.L. It is always a joy to speak to these guys who are very serious about serving our Lord. Shared out of Matthew 28...."Go ye into all the world".
This morning, Cindy and I will be sharing with a group from First Baptist Merritt Island. While at First Baptist, we'll pass by Alternative Pregnancy Center (APC) and see if Vickie has any formula / diapers / baby food for the orphans in Haiti. Am so THANKFUL for the network of friends whom our Lord has given us!!
Well, it's time to head over to First Baptist. As always, THANK YOU for standing so faithfully with us with your prayer, love and support. You are such an important part of our outreach!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-2-14 Wednesday 8:07AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
8.2 EARTHQUAKE ROCKS CHILE - TSUNAMI WARNINGS - LANDSLIDES &.... ANIMALS FLEEING YELLOWSTONE - BRACE YOURSELVES & PRAY!
There is, without a doubt, some serious "earth-shaking" going on! Yesterday evening, Chile, who is no stranger to earthquakes, was hit with a very powerful 8.2 Earthquake.
Early reports are indicating a relatively small death toll and damage. Again, these are early reports. Also, a 6.9 foot Tsunami was reported.
In 2010 following an 8.4 Earthquake the Tsunami warning was lifted prematurely and hundreds perished. So, the Tsunami warnings are still in effect in many areas. We are following this situation very closely. Here's more on the latest from Chile - 300 INMATES ESCAPE FOLLOWING DEADLY 8.2 QUAKE
Upon returning from the Philippines, we've been buying as many supplies as our resources will allow and putting together as many Air Mobile Rescuers as we possibly can for the "Next Mission". We don't know when that will be, but we know that, in this old world, there will be "another mission".
We stand ready to GO as our Lord provides. Please join together with us that the resources will come in so that we can bring clean water to the needy, as per the directions from our Lord Jesus.
Meanwhile, there is some strange activity going on in Yellowstone Park. You may recall, I mentioned, several days ago, the "Super Volcano" that is below Yellowstone.
It appears that there is an unusual amount of "animal movements", literally fleeing the area following the 4.9 earthquake on March 30th. This is the largest quake to hit the area in 34 years. This is also something to keep a close eye on.
Again, these are situations, that the best thing we can do, is PRAY and PREPARE. I am not saying that the Super Volcano will erupt today, but we need to be vigilant and watch the "signs of the times".
Jesus said that there would be "days like this" (Read Matthew 24). Here is the link to the strange animal movement and be sure to click on the YouTube showing the Buffalo "running". SOME BELIEVE ANIMALS ARE FLEEING YELLOWSTONE / SEE IT AS AN ALERT
Today, I've been asked to share with a group of men in Melbourne (F.U.E.L.). I love doing this. Will be speaking on Matthew 28...."Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel".
Am so glad to have you with us with your prayer, love and support! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-1-14 Tuesday 7:37AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
PILOT SURVIVES CRASH TO TELL ABOUT IT
Several weeks ago, I received a text message with a link from Marlin Moudy, a long-time friend. Marlin, who is, without question, one of the finest pilots I've ever known or had the privilege to fly with, crashed. He survived! I rejoiced in the Lord for this MIRACLE!
Marlin also asked me give him some time to recover before taking calls or answering questions. I certainly understood his request. I was just glad that Marlin was alive.
I saw the first news reports of the crash and Marlin was being named as a "Hero" for the masterful way he guided his aircraft down, away from homes and traffic and put the Cessna 402 into a vacant lot that a helicopter would have had a difficult time landing in...and he "walked away" from the crash with minor injuries!!
Here is the original newscast that aired the day of the crash - PLANE CRASH - PILOT NAMED "HERO"
Yesterday evening, Marlin and I talked for over 2 hours going over every element of the crash. As Marlin explained the situation, several times, tears came to my eyes, as I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that our Lord surely guided my brother and angels brought that aircraft down over houses and children and mothers and fathers, and with perfect precision and set down in that "one vacant lot" left in Stuart (according to one eye-witness).
As Marlin told me his story, again and again, he said, "Joe, God did this and I'm alive today because of His great power"!
Yesterday, Marlin sat down with a reporter and told his "Story". When Marlin knew his situation was "very bad", he called upon the Name of Jesus and asked for help. Jesus answered that cry for help and Marlin is alive and well today to tell his story. Here's the link to "Marlin's Story" - PILOT TALKS ABOUT SURVIVING CRASH
Some of you may recognize that airplane (N419AR). After the terrible Haiti earthquake on January 12, 2010, I needed to get to Haiti immediately. Showed up at Marlin's home at 5:45am and asked if he could "loan" us his plane for the flight. Marlin did "loan" us his airplane, and even came along for the "ride". We were the first "private" plane to land in Port-Au-Prince on January 13, 2010.
Marlin and I have made literally hundreds of flights together. All I can say this morning, is that I am THANKFUL that Marlin is still with us and already, getting ready for his next airplane and the "next mission" our Lord has for him!
I am reminded of Romans 10:13 "WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED". Surely, our Lord answered Marlin's prayer and He will answer our prayer if we call upon Him!
Folks, no matter what your situation is, or how "impossible" a situation may be in your life, remember, Jesus is there and is an ever present help in time of need!
So, it's that time. Need to head to the airport to continue the "Annual" on our Little Donkey. As always, THANK YOU for standing so faithfully with us with your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-31-14 Monday 8:14AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
BACK TO WORK
Again, it's so good to be home. Have a "mountain" of work to do, but so grateful for the time we had in the mountains to just "recharge" our batteries.
Will be working on the Little Donkey today, getting it ready for the "next mission". Also, have some components that we're expecting. This will allow us to put together some more Air Mobile Rescuers.
One thing is for sure, folks will always need Clean Water following any disaster. It's a good thing to be "prepared".
Been tracking those earthquakes that have been "swarming" Southern California. The number of quakes is now 205+. There is a serious "Quake Alert" in place for Los Angeles .
Also, noted a 4.8 Quake hit Yellowstone Park (the largest quake in 34 years) yesterday.
As you may know, there is a "Super Volcano" under Yellowstone and if that things goes....it could be 2000 times more powerful than the Mount St. Helen Eruption. We PRAY that that thing "remains calm". Here's more on that Yellowstone Quake - 4.8 EARTHQUAKE SHAKES YELLOWSTONE
Well, it's that time. Need to get to work and see what our Lord has for us to do today. As always, we so appreciate your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-30-14 Sunday 9:28AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"AND THERE WILL BE EARTHQUAKES IN VARIOUS PLACES..." - JESUS
Have you ever been in an earthquake? I'm sure a number of you have. Cindy and I have been through many, as we often go to places that have just had a large earthquake(s), and often, many quakes (after shocks) follow. We've lost count how many we've been through, but it is likely hundreds of quakes. Our hearts go out to the folks in the LA area.
The thing about an earthquake is, when it begins, one does not know when or how serious it will be by the time it ends. The folks in Southern California are going through literally hundreds of small after shocks after the 5.1 quake and....the experts are saying, there are likely more to come.
It is a good time to look to Jesus and remember that He said that earthquakes would come (Matthew 24:7). Also, it's a good time to look at PREPARATION. This takes many forms and it's good to have a "Plan".
But....the best thing to do is PRAY! Simply ASK our Lord for wisdom and direction. This is a good lesson for all of us. Remember: A.S.A.P. - Always Say A Prayer
As of this hour, the folks in Southern California have had 184+ earthquakes recently and the earth is still shaking. Could this be a "Wake-Up" call?? Again, it's always a good time to PRAY!
Cindy, Peter, Ariana and I bid farewell to the "Retreat Cabin" yesterday and hit the road for the 12 hour journey home. Thank God, all went well and it was a pleasant ride.
Late last night, we pulled into a station in Georgia and noticed this Chapel for Truckers. It's good to see the light of the Gospel shining. Often, a truckers life can be lonely and it's good to have a place to come and pray.
We pulled into our driveway around 1:30 am. Again, thankful for a safe and pleasant journey home.
We'll be doing our Chaplain Service at the Hospital in Orlando this afternoon. So thankful to have had this rest and time to "re-calibrate" our internal clock. Time to get on with the "next mission". As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-29-14 Saturday 8:16AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Tennessee Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
5.1 QUAKE ROCKS LOS ANGELES....MAY BE FOLLOWED BY SOMETHING LARGER
Yesterday evening, Los Angeles was rocked by a "swarm" of earthquakes that seemed to get stronger and stronger as the evening wore on. Must have been a frightening evening.
At this hour, the quake sheet indicates 123+ earthquakes have occurred and the area is still shaking. Here's the link to the USGS Quake Sheet - QUAKE SHEET
Since the area had been shaken over the last few weeks, experts had been predicting that more quakes were likely to follow.
The quakes from last night have caused some damage (early reports are just coming in) and injuries and a sense of "panic" is being experienced by many. For most, it is a "wait & see" attitude. Here's more - 5.1 EARTHQUAKE CAUSES DAMAGE - SOME FLEE FROM HOMES
Please join together with us and pray for the folks in the path of these earthquakes and ask the Lord for wisdom and protection. L.A.'s Mayor offered some sound advice:
"Tonight's earthquake is the second in two weeks, and reminds us to be prepared," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.
We, meanwhile, are preparing to leave the Tennessee Retreat Cabin this morning and head back home to Florida. This little "Spring Break Get-Away" has been such a blessing to us. What a nice way to work that "Jet-Lag" out of our system.
It's time to get on with packing our little Red Ford Escape and head back to Florida. Please remember to pray for those in the Los Angeles area. God bless and THANKS again for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-28-14 Friday 9:24AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Tennessee Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ON THE TRAIL OF DANIEL BOONE - MH-370 MYSTERY CONTINUES
Well, today is our last day to "sleep in". Awoke to a rainy, chilly morning and slept past 9:00am. Our last "hurrah" before returning to our usual, busy schedule. We'll be heading home tomorrow.
Had a marvelous time yesterday walking the beginning of the "Wilderness Trail" of Daniel Boone.
What a "Character". So much has been written about this fascinating Pioneer. A lot of "legend" and many, many accomplishments. We laid out our plan and hit the trail that this incredible man blazed.
It was a perfect day for hiking. The temperature was a perfect 55 degrees and the sky was clear.
Literally hundreds of thousands of early pioneers went "West" through this "Gap" known as Cumberland Gap. Here's a brief description of the ones who walked this famous trail.
We took the trail that led to the Peak where we could see 3 States, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.
On the way back down the trail, Cindy stopped to reflect on what so many of our Ancestors had to endure to find their way...."A Hard Road to a New Life".
Life is "hard" and every generation has their challenges. Yesterday, as we walked that famous trail, we had a beautiful time of enjoying nature and reflecting on those who walked before us. It was a marvelous day.
After arriving back at the Cabin, we had some dear friends over from our Church. We spent the evening sharing and laughing and talking about the "Word" and the "times" that we are living in. So glad that our Lord has brought our families together.
Today, the "Search" for Malaysian Flight MH-370 continues and now, in a new location closer to Perth, Australia.
The Mystery, does indeed continue. Until actual pieces of that aircraft are found, we will not know what happened (and may never know). Again, we simply PRAY for the family and friends of the victims. Here's more on this on-going tragedy - NEW SEARCH AREA TURNS UP OBJECTS
Today, we'll be enjoying our last day at the Cabin. Time to get ready to head home and enter back into the "stream". Who knows where our "Next Mission" will be?
Again, we're so THANKFUL for you and your precious prayer, love and support! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-27-14 Thursday 7:48AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Tennessee Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THE MYSTERY OF MALAYSIAN FLIGHT MH-370 CONTINUES.... TODAY, WE'LL WALK WHERE DANIEL BOONE WALKED
Now, there are more than 300 objects that have been spotted near the spot where MH-370 may have gone down and....it may just be trash. Wow, this "Mystery" certainly continues.
Must be so difficult and heart-breaking for the family and friends of the victims on board that "ill-fated" flight. Here's the latest I could find - 300 OBJECTS FOUND ON SATELLITE - EXPERTS SAY...LIKELY TRASH
Cindy and I were discussing this yesterday and she questioned my statement in yesterday's blog where I stated "strong" evidence points to the possible crash site of Flight MH-370. Well, the "evidence" may not be as "strong" as I thought. Until searchers find actual pieces of the missing aircraft, the "mystery" will continue.
High seas and obscured visibility are preventing ships from reaching the area where the debris has been spotted. Attempts will be made again today to reach the area. It appears that a Filipino fishing vessel may reach the area first. We hope and pray that the aircraft is somehow found and lives will be saved but....this is becoming less and less likely with the passage of time.
Meanwhile, we're just "chilling out" (and staying warm) in the cabin, in the mountains of Tennessee. Yesterday was another day of rest and napping and playing rummy and watching a movie or two and reading.
Today, we're heading out for a hike on an actual "Daniel Boone" trail at Cumberland Gap. It should warm up to the mid 50's and it's an ideal day for a beautiful hike. Daniel Boone has quite a history - Here's a bit more - DANIEL BOONE - ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA
Again, so THANKFUL for this little "Spring Break" and time of refreshing and renewal. God is good!! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-26-14 Wednesday 7:55AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Tennessee Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
RECORD COLD / BITING WIND SWEEP EAST & SOUTH & 122 OBJECTS SPOTTED NEAR "SPOT"
Now, we're well into "Spring" and it's bitter cold all across the Eastern U.S. reaching down into the south.
It's 15 degrees here in the Cabin in the mountains of Tennessee. Where is Spring?? Cindy's "stoking" the fire in the old wood-stove as I type.
The snow began to fall yesterday and we captured the first few snow flakes falling on Peter. Again, so glad to have plenty of firewood.
Cindy and I went shopping yesterday in Jonesville, VA (closest WalMart). I had forgotten my wallet and had to run back to the cabin.
While enroute, the snow came down like a blizzard with 25-30 mph winds & the visibility was about 50 feet. Again, what a "Spring"!
Many records are being broken and here's more about this extraordinary weather - RECORD COLD - BITING WIND SWEEPS EAST / SOUTH And to think, this is due to "Global Warming".....
Meanwhile, the search for missing flight MH-370 continues. Satellite images have picked up 122 more objects. Fierce "Gale-like" winds and high seas are blocking the ships from reaching the exact locations, but efforts are being made today to investigate these objects. Here's more - 122 OBJECTS SPOTTED IN OCEAN NEAR SPOT THOUGHT TO BE MH 370
Can't begin to tell you how nice it is to simply lay down and take a nap anytime I want. Or to just sleep-in a bit later than usual. Cindy, Peter and I have been staying up real late playing Rummy.
Since we three made that trip to the Philippines together, we're all working through the "Jet -Lag" together. What a pleasant way to just let that "Jet-Lag" work through the system. This is a wonderful "retreat" and we're so thankful to be able to do it.
Today, we'll just stay warm and continue to rest. We have a few more days to do this and we're again, grateful, to the Lord for His blessing and grace!! Also, very grateful to you for standing so faithfully with us with your prayer, love and support. May you be blessed today and....if you're in the East, stay warm!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-25-14 Tuesday 8:27AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Tennessee Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HAS FLIGHT MH-370 BEEN FOUND? NOT YET, BUT, LOOKING STRONGLY LIKE IT'S GOING TO BE....WITH NO SURVIVORS
The Malaysian Prime Minister made a statement yesterday, declaring the loss of all on-board. We pray for the families of the victims. Here's more on these recent developments - MALAYSIA PRIME MINISTER: "ALL ARE LOST"
One can only imagine what the family and friends of the 239 souls on-board of that ill-fated flight must be going through. Again, I urge you to join us in prayer for them. There are still so many unanswered questions. What happened? We may never know.
Currently, gale force winds and high seas are preventing search teams from getting to the exact area of where authorities fear the flight went down. We should hear more today. Meanwhile, we PRAY!
We were very fortunate, here in the cabin, to get a visit from Pastor Dan, who is also a Heat / AC expert. He quickly analyzed the problem with our unit and replaced a couple of Capacitors. Now, we have heat...in addition to our trusty wood stove. Thanks, Pastor Dan!
Oh, yesterday was such a "lazy day" for us. We just napped and read and stayed up very late playing rummy. What a blessing to just "get away" and rest here in the "Retreat Cabin".
So, today, we'll do more of the same. Have a few more days to this "Spring" Break. The temperature is hovering around 28 degrees and it's supposed to get down into the teens again tonight. Love it.
Yesterday, had a call from a High School friend, and brother in Christ, Fred Mack. We discussed the upcoming "Blood Moons" and the fact that there are definitely signs in the heavens.
We'll be doing some more study on the "Blood Moons" today. We should be seeing our first in a series of 4 in just over 2 weeks. It's a good time to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, as He is coming back to this earth, hopefully, soon!
Time to go join my sweetheart for a good cup of coffee and another day of rest and reflection. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-24-14 Monday 7:56AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Tennessee Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
19 DEGREES - A BROKEN HEATER & AND A WARM WOOD STOVE - A NICE WAY TO WORK THROUGH "JET LAG"
When we arrived at the "Retreat" Cabin on Saturday evening, I attempted to fire up the heater and....it was broken. No problem, just get that wood-stove fired up.
A little kindling and a couple of good logs and voila, heat, stove and comfort! A good lesson for the possibility of harder times that might lie ahead.
This morning, it's a brisk 19 degrees on this beautiful "Spring" morning and we might get some snow tonight. So glad to have the wood-stove!
Yesterday was so sweet. We began by going to our new Church, Father's House where Peter led worship. The Lord is using Peter and his wonderful musical gift to bring us all closer to the Throne of Grace.
Our Pastor, Dan delivered an amazing message on Caleb. Did you know that Caleb was not even a Hebrew? It's true. He was an "adopted" outcast and his name actually meant "Dog".
Now, he had some obstacles to overcome and his attitude was amazing. A great and timely message. Thanks, Pastor Dan!
After Church, we did a little shopping and went back to the Cabin. There, Cindy and I both collapsed and slept for a couple of hours. What a nice way to work through "Jet Lag" from our recent Philippines trip.
Today, we'll hang out at the Cabin and just "chill"....or shall I say, try not to "chill" too much. Cindy's putting on a big pot of beans using that trusty old wood-stove and....
Pastor Dan, who is also a heating and A/C guy will be coming by to see what's wrong with our heater. Nice to have friends in the business. Don't really have anything planned today. Just taking a little "chilly" Spring Break and recharging our batteries for the "Mission(s)" ahead.
May you be blessed today and THANK YOU for your sweet prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe and Cindy, Peter and Ariana
3-23-14 Sunday 5:51AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Tennessee Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
12 HOURS LATER....
Cindy, Peter, Ariana and I loaded up our Red Ford Escape and hit the road for the mountains of Tennessee yesterday. The ride was just beautiful, relaxing and fun. We knew we were headed for a little slice of paradise. Had no problems and thankful for a quick and safe journey.
Upon arrival, 12 hours later, stopped in at our neighbors, Bill and Judy. Bill is the County Clerk of Court and a wonderful neighbor. Judy recently had surgery and has been having a bit of a struggle during her recovery. So glad that we could pray together. Please remember to pray for Judy with us.
When we pulled up to the cabin yesterday evening, Peter and I counted 12 deer right next to the cabin. Of course, they took off like the wind as we approached. One would not go hungry, living in the cabin.
It's currently 36 degrees and raining. We'll be going to Church this morning and Peter will be leading the Worship. It's supposed to be getting quite cold later in the week, down into the 20's and we may even get some snow. Definitely "Wood-Stove" weather.
Cindy and I will be pouring over all of the great photos and video footage from our last trip to the Philippines and hope to put together a nice video "capturing" the wonder and grace of God from our last mission there.
It's time for that delicious, 2nd cup of coffee and to get ready for church. Looking forward to being with our Tennessee brothers and sisters. As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-22-14 Saturday 6:44AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
LITTLE DONKEY....LESS POD - HURSTONS TO THE CABIN IN THE MOUNTAINS - HAITI QUAKE
We are so appreciative to have such an excellent mechanic as Paul. During our Annual Inspection, he just takes the Little Donkey apart and does such a thorough inspection.
In this shot, the "Pod" has been removed allowing full access to the bottom of our little airplane. Again, so appreciative to have Paul's expert eyes looking the aircraft over.
Yesterday, had so many things to take care of before we "head to the mountains". Spring Break is the perfect time to go spend some quiet, cabin time in Tennessee.
Meanwhile, back in the Philippines, our newest "Water Mules", Dandy and Michell were busy deploying a couple of Rescuers.
Here in this shot, the school that received the unit had the water containers all ready and the Rescuer was making a lot of clean water for the students. We're so THANKFUL for Dandy and Michell!
In addition to providing clean water, we were able to bring little dresses made by caring Delta Flight Attendants (thank you Lauretta).
Michell and Dandy located some very needy children in a very poor part of town and provided many little girls with beautiful, lovingly made dresses. What a blessing!!
So, we're up early, packing sandwiches for the trip up to the Cabin in Tennessee. We can hardly wait to get there. There's still just a "nip" of winter left in this chilly spring. We may even get the wood-stove cranked up. Please pray that we have a safe and fun and restful trip up to our little "retreat" cabin.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
UPDATE: JUST SAW THAT YESTERDAY, HAITI HAD A 4.5 EARTHQUAKE - NO SERIOUS INJURIES REPORTED - THANK GOD!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-21-14 Friday 6:22AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MAKING THE ROUNDS
It's good to be home and back to work. Made the big circle from our home to the Air Mobile shop to check inventory for the Rescuers, to the hangar to check on the Little Donkey (in the midst of the Annual Inspection) and over to Orlando to see how the Piper Aztec was coming along. Ended the day with speaking to a group of new inductees into the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society.
On the way home from the PTK Induction Ceremony, I began to "fade" hard. Was so tired. Finally, got someone on the phone with me to just talk (had a hands-free Blue Tooth) to keep me a wake.
BTW, it was such an honor to speak to these young people who were being inducted into this fine Honor Society.
Drove up to the house and remembered that there was a Bible Study going on. I just wanted to go to sleep, but was blessed by the Study of "remembering Eden". You see, I'm working through that classic anomaly called "Jet Lag". Will take a few days for the "internal clock" to stabilize.
And, speaking of Jet Lag, take a look at this article that just came out yesterday on a new pill to possibly deal with "Jet Lag" SCIENTIST MAY HAVE DISCOVERED WAY TO "RESET" THE BODY CLOCK AFTER "JET LAG"
Among our many new friends, we met Aldrich and James along with their Sisters, Cherish and Sharla. These young people were such a blessing. We have made friends for life. Here's a clip of Aldrich singing "Follow You" - ALDRICH & JAMES "FOLLOW YOU"
These young people were a hit everywhere we went. Most Filipinos had heard of them and it was just great hearing them sing and worship our Lord. Peter had a blast playing with them.
Already, we're planning our next trip back to the Philippines. We're simply seeking the direction from the Lord to know exactly when He would have us to return. We plan to visit Aldrich and James on their Island of General Santos. Stay tuned for those travel plans.
So, today, it's time to head out into this day and keep this "show on the road" through the semi-delerium of "Jet Lag". Will be building more Rescuers as our Lord provides the funds and getting our Little Donkey back into the air after we finish the Annual Inspection. We'll be gathering supplies for Haiti and looking forward to...."The Next Mission".
As always, THANK YOU for your precious and faithful prayer, love and support!! Be blessed today!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-20-14 Thursday 6:46AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
I last wrote you from Manila, Philippines. We were not sure if we would find 3 seats all the way home.
Well, we did, and not only did we find seats, but we found "Business-Class" seats all the way to Detroit!! THANK YOU for your prayers and THANK YOU Delta Airlines and Delta Rose!!
I just have to take a moment and explain how wonderful this was. As you know, we often fly on a "Buddy Pass" Ticket. This is a ticket provided from a friend who flies for the airline. The cost of this ticket is usually 50-75% less than a normal Economy Class Ticket. So, it is a VERY good deal. But.... there is a slight "down-side" to this great deal. One must fly on "Stand-By". That means only if seats are available, do you board the aircraft.
Been doing this kind of flying for 35+ years and know the "game" quite well. We have never been completely "left behind". Now, that doesn't mean that you don't get "bumped" off a couple of flights. Just means that you have to wait a bit longer. But....have always made it home.
Now, must tell you also, that flying "Business Class" is VERY, VERY expensive. So, through the wonder of the Grace of God and having some very special friends, i.e. Delta Rose, Cindy, Peter and I flew Business Class all the way TO the Philippines and FROM Manila to Detroit! Again, all I can say is THANK YOU!!
Upon landing in Detroit yesterday, we only had 45 minutes to clear Immigrations, claim our bags, reload our bags onto the domestic flight home and literally run from Gate 1 to Gate 64 and board a completely FULL Boeing 757 Bound for Orlando. As we arrived, they were just getting ready to close the door. We got, literally, the last 3 seats on that aircraft.
It was like a whirlwind. We arrived in Orlando, after having operated on a 12 Hour time difference, and there were our good friends and faithful "Water Mules" George and his friend, Diane.
We had just flown half way around the world. We had left islands that had been ravaged by the largest and fiercest Typhoon in recorded history. We had, again, by our Lords' amazing power and grace, brought clean water to thirsty people.
We are simply humbled and so appreciative to have been used by our Lord. And....you helped with your precious love, prayer and support!!
Back up early this morning. My "internal" clock is just "spinning". Will be checking on a certain Little Donkey. We're in the middle of the Annual Inspection. Getting that precious bird ready for our...."Next Mission".
Oh, this evening, been invited to speak at the Induction Ceremony for the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at Eastern Florida State College. You may recall, the young people from PTK organized our 2013 Gala last December. It will be an honor to speak to these gifted young people who have hearts to serve others.
Time to head out the door to the airport. God bless and THANKS AGAIN for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-19-14 Wednesday 2:34AM (Philippines Time - Note Manila time is 12 hours ahead of Eastern U.S. Time) Manila, Philippines - Remington Hotel – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
FLIGHT TO MANILA THEN.....HEADING HOME
Cindy, Peter and I boarded a flight from Tacloban to Manila yesterday. The flight was quick & smooth & on time. We're thankful. After Flight MH 370, we certainly don't take anything for granted. BTW, what strange developments on that.
Recently, we met an extraordinary Aviator from the Philippines, Joy Roa. He met us and gave us a lift to the Hotel. We agreed to meet later in the evening.
Joy has a TV Series called, Air Safari and he documents his flights all over the world. A very interesting guy and he's extremely well connected and knowledgeable about flying all over the Philippines.
After settling in, his son, Spike gave me a tour of his facility and told me more of the remarkable history of his father in aviation. An amazing story.
Spike is following in his father's footsteps and truly loves aviation with a passion. There is a strong camaraderie among aviators.
Later yesterday evening, Joy took Cindy, Peter and I out to a delicious Chinese Dinner. This, again, is an amazing connection. Only our Lord knows how this new friendship will develop and where it will go. Again.....here it comes....."Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops (and Aviators)"!
Am up very early...what's early?? My internal clock is all whacko. Don't know if it's morning or night inside.
We'll be catching an early flight out to Negoya, Japan and then home. Our Dear Delta Rose informs me that it's going to be challenging (finding a seat) from Tokyo, so, please pray that our Lord has 3 seats on the airplane that He wants us to fly.
Time to get Cindy and Peter up and head to the airport to make the final leg home. As I type this "rambling blog", my heart is overwhelmed with just how good our Lord has been to us on this journey for clean water.
We have made some incredible new friendships. Our hearts have been broken by the destruction and suffering, but so encouraged by the love and generosity and courage of so many. We know, that by His help and grace, we shall return to this amazing country called the Philippines.
Time to sign off for now. May be a while before I check back in, due to the fact that we still have nearly 20+ hours of flying ahead of us and an uncertainty of whether or not there will be seats for us. Again, we're so THANKFUL to you for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
3-18-14 Tuesday 5:47AM (Philippines Time - Note Manila time is 12 hours ahead of Eastern U.S. Time) Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines - Relief Command Center – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WHIRLWIND DAY ENDING IN TACLOBAN....AIR MOBILE MISSION "COMING TO A CLOSE"
Cindy and Peter headed out early yesterday morning to meet about 3000 students divided among an Elementary / High School and Special Ed.
They had a blast....even had a water party. Meanwhile, I stayed back at our temporary "Command Center" and wrote the blog (& missed the fun of the water party).
Just a bit about the mini "Command Center". It was a tiny hotel room in downtown Ormoc City where we had 3 single beds together and it left about 2" between each and they went wall to wall. The beds were soft and water was hot. We managed quite well and we're just thankful to have had a place to lay our head.
About 9:30am Cindy and Peter returned to our mini "Command Center", exuberant at the great deployments that had gone so well. The School(s) had been severely damaged and the need for clean water for those 3000 children is great.
Cindy and Peter experienced the joy of presenting the 2 Air Mobile Rescuers to these 3 Schools that are in the same compound. Glory be to God!
We then headed to the main Command Center and gathered up all our supplies for the trip to Tacloban and beyond. I also borrowed a little "signal" and posted the blog that you read yesterday. It's good to have friends with a strong "signal"!
As we were departing Ormoc City, we bid farewell. Though this town had sustained significant damage from Typhoon Yolanda, it was "minor" in comparison as to where we were headed.
Oh, on the way out of town, it was approaching noon. We knew that as we got closer to Tacloban, the choices for food would be minimal so.....we pulled into Sals (remember a few days ago we ate there). We had a crazy delicious lunch topped off with a couple of famous Halo-Halo desserts!
The road to Tacloban has so many turns as it winds over the mountains. As we got nearer, the destruction became staggering as we approached the "Ground Zero" of that wicked girl, Yolanda who mercilessly ravaged these beautiful islands.
Again, I can only imagine what it was like to have sustained a 20-30 "Wall of Water", in reality, a Tsunami. Accompanied along with 200+ (up to 235mph) winds. It must have been absolutely terrifying!
The amazing thing is the attitude of the Filipino people. They have the most beautiful and intense smiles! There's just no other way to describe it. These folks have so much courage and strength and determination. After having endured such horror, they just pick up the pieces and get back to living.
We did a thorough training led by Dandy and Michelle. They have become extraordinary "Water Mules" on this trip. We are so thankful for them.
Upon the final presentation of the Air Mobile Rescuer, the students burst into applause and the joy was just overwhelming. This school can now offer very clean water to it's students as a result of this gift.
The sun was now setting. As we drove to our last location of the day, we passed by the "Mass Grave" where a dear Filipino friends of ours, husband lay. We spent a few moments praying there.
Then, we drove into the Schistosomiasis Hospital. The great hospital is known world-wide for it's deep research and effective means of treating tropical diseases.
The Hospital Director was just thrilled to learn about and then receive the Air Mobile Rescuer.
As we drove away, we were not sure where we would sleep tonight. Tacloban is still lying in ruins. We headed to the main Command Center and found a friend who offered us a place to set up and included mosquito nets and a fan.
We quickly laid out our sleeping mats, made some "Survial Food". I found out that the Air Mobile Rescuer that we had placed here in November needed a little "tender, loving care". Soon, it was up and pumping water.
It had been another long day. We are "wrapping" up this mission. Today, we'll depart the Tacloban Airport for Manila. We'll overnight there and then, on Wednesday morning, point toward home and fly back....half way around the world.
Time to wrap up this little "rambling blog" today. About to lose "juice" on the laptop. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and generous support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-17-14 Monday 6:40AM (Philippines Time - Note Manila time is 12 hours ahead of Eastern U.S. Time) Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines - Air Mobile "On the Move" – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
LEYTE SOUTH BOUND - ALDRICH & JAMES SING - LOVE GROWS
Our first deployment was at a Girls Home (for abused and abandoned children), Linyap Center. The young ladies were so attentive and sweet.
When we told the young ladies that Aldrich and James were here, they almost fainted. For you see, these young ladies, like most Filipinos and literally millions around the world, had heard of these young men.
When Aldrich began to sing, the Spirit of the Lord seemed to sweep through the room. We are so glad to have made contact with these young men. What an amazing connection in Christ!
After our training we made the presentation of this Air Mobile Rescuer to Linyap Home. Now, they will be able to have all the clean water they need and they can share with their neighbors! There was a simple and beautiful sweetness to the entire presentation. Wow, THANK YOU LORD!
I, so want to share the music "clip" with you, but the limited internet signal we have prevents that. We'll make a beautiful complete video for you later (when we have signal strenght) and you'll be able to experience the precious gift that our Lord has given to this young man.
Our next location would be several hours south on Leyte. Before we hit the road, Dandy and Michelle brought us to a great restaurant, Sals. Believe me, these folks know how to cook. After a great lunch, we went south.
This area is no stranger to disaster. Several years ago, a mud slide hit a nearby town and completely inundated it destroying every building but one.
We believe that by placing a couple of Rescuers in this region, they would be better prepared....should another disaster occur. The ride to Hilongos was simply beautiful, breath-takingly beautiful, with pristine beaches and virgin forests.
We arrived at the Hilongos South Central School to a wonderful group of teachers and students who came out on this Sunday afternoon. The training went well and again, with great joy, we presented this school of over 1000 students an Air Mobile Rescuer.
Of course, at the end of our presentation, Aldrich blessed us with another song. Now, I must tell you, he wrote a song about his father, just before he passed away. Oh, when this young man sings this song, there is hardly a dry eye. Here's a link that we pulled from YouTube - Aldrich is a bit younger, but you'll be able to hear his heart - ALDRICH & JAMES - DANCE WITH MY FATHER
We then headed a bit further south to the HIlongos National Vocational School to present our second Rescuer to this region.
The students and staff were just great. They so appreciated this amazing gift of clean water. They also appreciated the fact that they could indeed be part of rescue efforts should another calamity occur. They paid very careful attention to our training.
Then came the part that I love, the Presentation.
I want you to know just what a vital part of this outreach that you are. We so appreciate your prayer, love and support!!
After the presentation, we asked Aldrich to sing one more time. We witnessed again, the incredible gift that this young man has. With no sound system, his beautiful voice filled the class room with music from heaven. He sang his heart out today. Again, we're so thankful that our Lord deployed these troops our way!!
We then headed back north to Ormoc City. We had accomplished our mission for the day of bringing Rescuers where needed.
The ride back was long and we got Aldrich and Company back to the dock to take the "Fast Cat" back across the sea to Cebu where they would return to their home on General Santos Island. Wow, this plan that my Cindy had "cooked" in the States several weeks ago really happened.
Cindy, Peter and I will not be the same. Our hearts have been touched and love has grown as we ministered together. Again, we are so THANKFUL for this beautiful day.
So, today, Cindy and Peter have already headed out to deploy to more Rescuers in schools here in Ormoc City. I was "left behind" so that I could write this rambling blog this morning. They'll be back to pick me up in a bit and we'll be back on the road headed to Tacloban and beyond. The mission marches on. What will our Lord do today? Only He knows! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-16-14 Sunday 6:50AM (Philippines Time - Note Manila time is 12 hours ahead of Eastern U.S. Time) Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines - Air Mobile "On the Move" – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
FROM HIGH SCHOOLS TO PRISON - ALDRICH & JAMES ARRIVE - WHAT? CAN MH-370 BE IN PAKISTAN????
Oh, the beauty and wonder of a "relatively" soft bed and a warm shower. Even though our "internal clocks" are completely upside down, we manage to function, particularly after a good nights sleep. We plunged into yesterday with joy, though a bit "dingy".
There was no electricity, so we demonstrated the Rescuer, powered by our Ford Pick-up truck battery. The young man, Jostel, who will be responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Rescuer was a good student. All of the students who were there on Saturday morning showed such deep appreciation for this amazing gift of clean water.
We next headed to the Ormoc City Jail. Dandy' wife Michelle, knew the head nurse there, sot that was our "In" to Jail.
The staff listened very attentively and the prisoners looked on. It was a wonderful moment. After our presentation, we asked if we could pray with the prisoners and was granted permission. We, of course were unable to take any photos of the prisoners, due to confidentiality laws.
We were reminded of the Words of Jesus, "I was in prison and you visited Me". Again, Praise God for this precious tool (clean water) that opens so many doors!! BTW, we were able to sing and pray for the prisoners.
Dandy and Michelle know Ormoc City very well and took us to wonderful Chinese Restaurant, Chow King. The food was plenteous and tasty. There is a special desert in the Philippines called Halo-Halo. There are so many levels of frozen delights, it's difficult to describe, but amazingly refreshing beautifully filling. We left extremely satisfied.
Our last Rescuer deployment for the day was the Noungan Ormoc City Council Community Center, located in a very poor and needy section of town.
We were greeted by the Head of the Council along with about 100 residents. Again, no power, so we fired up the Rescuer with a Motorcycle battery. Again, great appreciation and joy at the prospect of having extremely clean water for FREE! That's the beauty of the Rescuer.
We then headed back to the Command Center and I met with Redante', our local Rescuer Technician. We had had one mishap, a ceramic filter cracked on the flight from half way around the world and has 'spilled" particles deep inside the Rescuer. We were able to completely disassemble the unit and do a thorough cleaning. Good training for Redante and Dandy.
We had run "full speed" for the entire day. Delirium was setting in. Our special guest (stars), Aldrich and James and company were on the high seas coming over to Ormoc City from Cebu on a "Fast Boat". Their ship was running behind schedule due to weather and seas. This delay gave Cindy, Peter and I the opportunity to grab a few much needed winks of sleep.
About 2 hours behind schedule their boat docked and these young people of nearly instantaneous, world-wide fame, walked off the boat, a bit dizzy from the "roller coaster" ride but fit. We then headed to a very nice restaurant and had a delicious meal.
Our hotel managed to find 2 extra rooms for them and we all "crashed" at the end of this very long day. Surely, we are being powered by the Holy Spirit, giving us extraordinary strength and endurance.
So, here we are this morning. Up, bright and early, even though, our bodies are thinking it's 7:30 pm, it's actually 7:30 am. Again, we lean upon the Lord to guide and strengthen us today. Who knows where our Lord will lead?
Oh, before signing off, just checked the headlines and saw that Flight MH-370 "may" have gone to Pakistan. What is going on???
Seems like accurate information is very difficult to find and for the most part, we, the public are really in the dark. All we can do is PRAY for those victims and their families. This is a true mystery, the likes of which I have never seen. Here is more on this incredible story - MH-370 MAY HAVE BEEN FLYING TOWARD PAKISTAN!!
Again, THANK YOU for wandering down this rambling blog and excellent "Adventure" with us. May you be blessed today!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-15-14 Saturday 5:59AM (Philippines Time - Note Manila time is 12 hours ahead of Eastern U.S. Time) Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines - Air Mobile "On the Move" – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"HIT THE GROUND RUNNING"....LITERALLY
Our Philippines Airline (PAL) pilot skillfully maneuvered the Airbus 320 between the thunderstorms and we landed at Tacloban International Airport. We had come a long way to get here.
That bad girl, Yolanda, had blown through the airport terminal at 200+ mph winds and literally "gutted" the building. The Filipino had it up and going within hours and still, and manage to function with amazing efficiency.
The question in our minds was...."Did those 8 blue tubs make it on the same flight?" It was with great JOY that we saw those beautiful blue tubs roll out of PAL Cargo! The first phase our mission was successful. We were on at "ground zero" with 15 Air Mobile Rescuers!
Dr. Aaron had arranged for Dandy (that's his name) to pick us up and bring us wherever we needed to go. THANKS AARON!
Dandy and his wife, Michelle were there waiting for us. Michelle had baked delicious banana bread, mmmmm. We headed straight over to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) base located at Tacloban Airport to check on the Rescuer that we had donated to the PAF on our last mission here.
Since we were in Ormoc City, I thought it good to show Peter and Cindy the monument dedicated to General Douglas McArthur's famous "return" to the Philippines in World War II. What an amazing story.
As I have shared in the past, many Filipinos love McArthur and consider him a true hero in helping to liberate the Philippines from the Japanese.
We then headed to the High School that we had visited on our last mission to the Philippines. Dandy's brother is the HS Administrator. As we drove through the devastation, we could see steady progress. Roads were clear, roofs were being replaced and even the "mass burial" site that we had passed on our last trip was all covered up and the health clinic was back in operation.
We were greeted by hundreds of students who sang and danced and expressed incredible joy at our return. We brought them a second Rescuer. The first one looked like brand new and was functioning beautifully. Peter even sang for them.
On our last mission here to San Augustin, I had promised that, with the help of our Lord, we would bring them a second Rescuer. By God's amazing grace, we delivered on that promise!
Then the school surprised us with wanting to plan a tree dedicated to Air Mobile as a momento as to when we, with your prayer and love, came to them in a darkest hours following Typhoon Yolanda. Our hearts were moved and I cried.
It was a joy to plant the tree and we promised to return from time to time to see how our little mango tree was doing.
We then hit the road again and, not knowing exactly where we were going, Cindy and Michelle began discussing a high school on Samar Island, right next to Leyte.
We crossed the bridge and found the High School. After a brief discussion of what we had to offer, they gladly accepted our gift.
We made the training presentation and then, the part that I love, we presented the school with an Air Mobile Rescuer. Have I told you how much I love my job??
As we ate, thunderstorms shook the place and the rain steadily fell. We had heard about another great school in Tacloban that needed clean water, Grace Baptist School.
We then made the offer and it was gladly accepted. We did our training and presentation. The rain poured down and thunder shook the building. We then presented Grace Baptist with it's own Air Mobile Rescuer.
Cindy, Peter and I were running on fumes. We had not slept in a bed since Tuesday night. We were in approaching 3 days with no real sleep. Dandy, our faithful guide and driver headed back to Ormoc City, a grueling 2.5 hour drive through the mountains. I drifted in and out of sleep. What a long, but very successful day. We literally "Hit the ground running".
Dandy found a very comfortable room in downtown Ormoc City. Oh, the warm shower and comfortable bed was like heaven.
Up early this morning. Already had 3 little bitty cups of coffee out of the hotel vending machine. Dandy and Michelle will be here in about an hour.
Oh, forgot to mention, we contacted that "YouTube" singing sensation (very anointed), Adrich and James. They're coming join us!! They will fly from their island, General Santos to Cebu and then take the Fast Cat Ferry over to Ormoc City. We hope to be with them this evening. They'll spend a couple of days with us. Going to be fun!! Here's a clip of their music be sure to click and be blessed! - ALDRICH AND JAMES
Time to head out into another day. Who know what our Lord will have for us. Still reeling and rejoicing in the successful day we had yesterday. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe, Cindy and Peter
3-14-14 Friday 3:54AM (Philippines Time - Note Manila time is 12 hours ahead of Eastern U.S. Time) Manila International Airport - Air Mobile "On the Move" – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
TRAVELED HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD....ALMOST THERE
The last blog report was from Orlando. Cindy, Peter and I are now sitting in Manila about to board a flight to Tacloban, Leyte (the Ground Zero of the Typhoon Yolanda).
This will be a very brief blog because my computer has only a tiny bit of juice and I can't find power. Our flight will be boarding in 15 minutes.
So, when we left Detroit on Wednesday afternoon, we got bumped up to Business Class. There was a terrible snow storm and our flight was delayed due to de-icing.
BTW we also got bumped up to Business Class from Orlando to Detroit!
The flight over Alaska, Russia to Japan was a bit rough, but....Business Class sure took the sting out the rough air. We landed in Negoya, Japan about 2 hours behind schedule.
We made a mad dash to board the Manila Flight and just made it. Again....bumped up to Business class. THANK YOU DELTA ROSE AND DELTA AIRLINES! Not only were we on a very economical ticket, but our Lord gave us favor with Business Class half way around the world!! We were able to really rest on the 20 hour flight.
I'll try to add to this blog once we get settled in Tacloban.
Oh, also must tell you that Philippine Airlines waived all freight charges to those 8 blue tubs filled with 15 Rescuers. Again, THANK GOD for favor.
So sorry this blog is so "choppy" and short and lacking photos. My computer is just about to die and wanted to get a "progress report" out. So grateful to have you along on the journey with us. Appreciate your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
3-13-14 Thursday - Somewhere in time - Air Mobile Team traveling on a Delta 747-400 between Detroit and Nagoya, Japan. Every hour flown, 2 hour are taken off our clock - we cross the international time zone.
3-12-14 Wednesday 5:49AM (Eastern U.S. Time) Orlando International Airport - Air Mobile "On the Move" – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
8 TUBS "TO GO" - MAGGIE "GRACE"
Up at 2:00am to head out to the Philippines for our 3rd mission there since the terrible Typhoon Yolanda ravaged so many in November. We, Cindy, Peter and I, will be bringing in 15 more Air Mobile Rescuers...thanks to your generosity and prayer!
Anytime one brings this much "baggage", one needs amazing grace with the airline. Our dear Delta Rose arranged for our "Buddy Passes" and now....we needed extra grace to get this precious cargo cleared all the way to Manila.
Our next stop: Detroit and then Negoya Japan and finally, Manila, Philippines. By the time this mission will be over, we will have flown nearly 24,000 miles. Spent 46 hours in the air and had 8 stops. It's going to be a LONG journey and we'll be moving very fast.
PLEASE PRAY for traveling mercy as we bring clean water to the thirsty in the Name of Jesus. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-11-14 Tuesday 7:39AM (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THE MYSTERY OF FLIGHT MH-370 CONTINUES - FUEL / DEBRIS "FALSE ALARM" - CONSPIRACY THEORIES ABOUND - STRONG QUAKE OFF CALIFORNIA COAST...MORE EXPECTED
Wow! What happened?? The mystery of the sudden disappearance... without a trace, continues on. Now, more is coming out about the "stolen passports" and the fact that 5 passengers did not get on the flight. The fuel that was spotted has turned out to be marine fuel. Here is an "exhaustive" article on the situation - 5 PASSENGERS CHECKED IN...NEVER BOARDED
Debris, that had been cited has proven to be "inconclusive", so the mystery continues. Searchers are turning to space and high technology to locate the missing aircraft. Here's an excellent article on the "search" - Malaysia Crash Search Taps Technology as Debris Eludes
Yesterday, California was shaken by a 6.9 Earthquake and....more quakes are expected. The good news: no injuries or serious damage or tsunami. Here's more on the quake - 6.9 EARTHQUAKE RATTLES NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Meanwhile, our Air Mobile Team is working rapidly to get all of the final pieces together for our "Next Mission" to the Philippines.
Today, will be the final loading and finishing touches on packing before we depart and fly "half-way" around the world. We're very excited and joyful about heading back to the Philippines!
So, it's that time....need to head out and go over the final check-list. Please pray that we get all done that we need to before departure. As always, THANK YOU for faithfully standing with us with your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe