THE LITTLE DONKEY FIGHTS FIERCE HEADWINDS AND DANCES BETWEEN STORMS
After much prayer and serious analysis, there appeared a perfect path "out of town". But time was of the essence, because the "window" was closing fast. There were massive thunderstorms brewing all around.
At 3:15AM, we met Bob of Deliver the Difference, a precious ministry that provides high quality food to the hungry. He had enough food for over 2000 meals!!
Jason, my co-pilot and I joined Bob and his wife for prayer. We did the final load and a final check of the weather.
There was that perfect little path between the storms. If we waited, we'd be here for days. It was time to go. Jason and I crawled into the Little Donkey and took off for Dominica!
BTW, Jason went on his first Mission Trip with Air Mobile when he was 16 years old (many years ago!). Now, he's a major in the Air Force and his son, Garrett, has joined us on several missions, including our most recent mission to Nepal. It's good to have Jason with me!!
We had to "dance" around a few storms to get away from Florida, but soon, we left all those "wicked" storms behind.
We could hear airliner after airliner making major deviations and several had to actually land at alternate airports. This was the beginning of Erika's arrival into Florida. So glad we left when we did!!
However, Erika's influence made our journey across the Caribbean very, very slow. We fought 25-30 knot headwinds for hour after hour.
I never get tired of the moments just before sunrise in the Caribbean. The beauty just takes one's breath away. There are so many glorious colors, it's hard to describe. What a time to spend with the Lord!
Glancing back at the load we had on-board, I realized again, how our Lord moved so many pieces together for us to launch in just hours. I never cease to marvel! We have food and water for literally thousands of folks in the Little Donkey! Praise God!!
Then, just like clockwork, the sun first peaks over the horizon. Thank you, Lord for giving another day to serve you!!
For hour after hour we fought those headwinds. I realized that we would not make our flight planned destination in Puerto Rico. We had Puerto Plate, Dominican Republic as our alternate. After 6 long hours of slow flying, we took it and landed for fuel.
While I walked through the maze of clearing Immigration and filing the Flight Plan, Jason seized the moment and took a snooze under the wing of the Little Donkey.
The weather looked "dicey", but we thought of giving it a shot. We took off and faced those same serious headwinds. There were also some afternoon storms brewing. We saw a path though and began toward it.
After over an hour, the storms began to grow and close in our path. To our right was Punta Cana, a beautiful resort on the extreme east end of the Dominican Republic. Indeed, "Discretion is the better part of valour". It was time to just stop flying and rest. We'd been flying for 7.5 hours. Time to land and call it a day.
The weather looks beautiful this morning and we should have an "uneventful" flight to Guadalupe (for fuel) and then to the Dominica. Although, if you look in the lower left of this image, you'll see another "Thumper" brewing. Time to go fly!!
So, the journey continues and I'm so glad you're with us! THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
8-30-15 Sunday 2:49AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AIR MOBILE ATTEMPTING TO GO TO DOMINICA
After seeing the devastating flooding on Dominica caused by TS Erika, we knew we had to go.
Miraculously, all the pieces began falling into place. Our team got 4 Air Mobile Rescuers ready (yet to be funded). Food is being delivered this morning (over 2000 meals). We have vitamins and more.
The Little Donkey is fueled and ready to go. Now, we're awaiting a clearance with the weather.
Though Erika has been downgraded, there are still plenty of powerful thunderstorms along the way. Please PRAY for us to have God's wisdom!!
This blog is very brief this morning. Again, can't THANK YOU enough for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-29-15 Saturday 5:49AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
DEATH & DESTRUCTION IN DOMINICA
Awoke early to the news that Dominica was "hammered" by Tropical Storm Erika. Major flooding has caused landslides, bridges washed out, homes destroyed and a rising death toll.
Here is a gripping video capturing the terror of the flooding. When I saw this, I knew that we had to make every effort to go and help - VIDEO OF TERRIFYING FLOODING IN DOMINICA
Take a look at this CNN story for the latest - TROPICAL STORM ERIKA HEADS TO FLORIDA AFTER KILLING 20 IN DOMINICA - INCREDIBLE DEVASTATION
OK, I'll tell you, this did not fit into my plans. Actually, had planned to head up to the cabin this morning and work on Book 2 this week, but.....Erika really hit Dominica hard.
So...., our Air Mobile Team is putting together some Air Mobile Rescuers and looking to find some food. We're preparing the Little Donkey, checking the weather and possibly flying to Dominica today.
The main airport on Dominica is currently closed due to flooding and damage, however, they hope to have it opened again by late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
Folks, I ask you to please PRAY with us that we are clearly directed by our Lord on this emergency mission. Thousands of folks are homeless and many are cut off and there is an immediate need for clean water.
We currently do not have any Air Mobile Rescuers funded, so please PRAY about helping us with this. Also, Erika is still alive (though weakening) and churning westward toward Cuba then Florida. We need our Lord's wisdom, direction and protection should we decide to launch this mission.
Time to head to the shop and get some Air Mobile Rescuers "Ready for Action" and then the airport to prepare the Little Donkey and above all, will be praying for our Lord's will to be done!! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THIS "TRIBUTE TO DOMINICA" AND PRAY FOR THESE PRECIOUS PEOPLE - A TRIBUTE TO DOMINICA IN THE MIDST OF DEVASTATION!!
8-28-15 Friday 7:21AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
LOOKS LIKE WE'RE IN THE "BULLS-EYE"! - REMEMBERING ROMANS 8-28
One of my all time, favorite Scriptures is Romans 8:28 - "All things work together for the good to those that love God..." Being as today is 8:28, that Scripture surely comes to light.
Also, there is a Storm coming named Erika. She may or may not be a full-blown Hurricane when she arrives here in Florida but....we're PRAYING that Erika will bring us some much needed rain and...not be too windy.
For you see, Florida and many islands in the Caribbean are in a "drought" state. Erika just may be an answer to prayer for many! Here's more on Erika - Tropical Storm Erika Soaks Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands; Warnings in the Dominican Republic, Bahamas; Uncertain Threat to Florida, Southeast U.S.
Already, Tropical Storm Danny, from last week, brought in good rain for the islands and now, here comes Erika, hopefully doing the same.
We, here in Florida, appear to be right in the "Bulls Eye" of Erika and we're hoping and praying that she won't gain too much strength and will just bring in a lot of rain to re-fill our aquifers.
So, you see, there are many ways that we can look at a storm. We're praying BEFORE it arrives that it will be a blessing and not a curse.
However, we're still PREPARING! We've got plenty of water and Cindy is at the Dollar Store as I type buying candles, batteries etc. We have plenty of food and there's a pressure cooker full of home-made Pork & Beans "simmering" on the stove right now.
I like this "Motto"....PRAY - PLAN - PREPARE - PRAY!
May PRAYER be the beginning and the end, the first and the last in our lives. Believe me, I'm preaching to myself here!!
So, it's time to head out into this day that our Lord has made. We'll see what lies ahead, and we know that...."ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD..."!
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-27-15 Thursday 7:18AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MARKETS UP...PRAISE GOD & ERIKA MAKES A LITTLE TURN TO THE EAST & TRAGEDY IN VIRGINIA
Yea!!! The global stock markets made a pronounced rally yesterday and the futures this morning point to a "continuation" of the upward trend.
This has definitely been a "wake-up" call as to how quickly things can change. Here's more - U.S. STOCKS AIM TO EXTEND RALLY
We pray it just keeps going up and things stabilize. We can certainly breathe a little easier, however....we're continuing to WATCH & PRAY!!
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Erika continues her steady march westward, but looks like the Gulfstream may steer her a bit to the east and maybe...just giving Florida a glancing blow.
The Leewards and Puerto Rico will get some more good rain and the Bahamas are certainly in Erika's path. We're monitoring Erika closely.
Here's more on Erika - Tropical Storm Erika Approaching the Leeward Islands; Tropical Storm Warnings Issued in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Leeward Islands; Potential Threat to Bahamas, Southeast
You, undoubtedly, heard about the tragic shooting in Virginia. We certainly pray for the victims families.
We continue to pray for Vicki Gardner who was also shot. She is in stable condition and expected to survive. SHOOTING VICTIM IS HEAD OF LOCAL CHAMBER
What a sad and tragic story that played out before our very eyes.
We're getting ready for Erika by making sure we have plenty of water....have a Rescuer on hand, plenty of food and batteries. Storms do happen!!
As always, THANK YOU for your greatly appreciated prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
8-26-15 Wednesday 6:56AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A "WARY" EYE ON THE STOCK MARKET - A WILD RIDE FOR SURE - WHAT WILL HAPPEN TODAY? - HERE COMES "ERIKA"
Yesterday began with some measure of "confidence" that Global Markets would stabilize...somewhat.
Looked like big gains were on the way and then....at the end of the day, all those gains disappeared and what was a 400 point gain turned into a 200 point loss. A 600 point swing!! Now, that is NOT stable!
The question is: what will happen today? Folks, if these wild rides and swings continue, this will effect EVERYONE, not just rich folks! That is why we need to WATCH & PRAY!
We pray that things do stabilize so that we can have more time to PREPARE! I came across this story the other day and thought it good to share it with you today. Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister's Advisor. Damian McBride, has some VERY good advice for us.
McBride gives some excellent "Crash Advice" :
1) “Advice on the looming crash, No.1: get hard cash in a safe place now; don't assume banks & cashpoints will be open, or bank cards will work,” he tweeted.
2) “Crash advice No.2: do you have enough bottled water, tinned goods & other essentials at home to live a month indoors? If not, get shopping.
3) “Crash advice No.3: agree on a rally point with your loved ones in case transport and communication gets cut off; somewhere you can all head to.”
Here's more on that story - FORMER GORDON BROWN ADVISOR: "STOCK UP ON CANNED GOODS / WATER / CASH
This morning, Stock Futures indicate that it may be a good day and that big "Gains" are expected. But, that is exactly what yesterday looked like. That is why I'm watching things so closely.
Was speaking to friend yesterday and he was on his way to go BUY more stocks because the prices were great. Here's more - STOCK MARKET TURMOIL: DOW FUTURES SUGGEST BIG GAIN BUT...WILL IT LAST??
Speaking of PREPARING....Tropical Storm Erika is churning across the Caribbean and may be headed right to Florida.
So...it's not a bad idea to stock up on the essentials. Here's more on TS Erika - Tropical Storm Erika Approaching the Leeward Islands; Tropical Storm Warnings Issued in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands; Potential Threat to Bahamas, Florida
Whether we are PREPARING for a Hurricane or a crazy Stock Market Crash, the bottom line is: "It's good to be PREPARED". Now, I know that some will criticize those who PREPARE as being "Crazy", but...I'd rather be called crazy and be prepared than to be UNPREPARED!!
Well, it's time to head out into this day and see what our Lord has for us to do. Will be keeping a close eye on the Stock Market and Tropical Storm Erika (soon to be a Hurricane). Yes, will be buying a few extra things and just seeking His guidance.
With that, I want to THANK YOU for wandering down this winding and sometimes "wild" road of life with us. We truly appreciate your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-25-15 Tuesday 6:53AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
Time had come for the Haiti mission to end. There were storms all around, but....there appeared to be a nice path through them.
Of course, we PRAYED. In the meantime, David and Judy from Global Outreach needed a ride back to the U.S. for some medical appointments and....the Little Donkey had a couple of extra seats.
After prayer, we bid farewell to Haiti and climbed to our cruising altitude of 12,500 feet.
BTW, David and Judy have been in Haiti for 33 years and have made such an awesome impact on so many lives.
One of the things they do is drill wells bringing folks clean water. A ministry after my heart!!
We settled down to a smooth ride and had some very pleasant fellowship along the way. Had the slightest little tailwinds for most of the journey.
As we approached South Florida, we could hear airliner after airliner deviating around some pretty big buildups.
Again, our Lord made the most wonderful path right through them and our ride remained smooth as silk.
When we arrived back in the U.S., we put put David and Judy on a flight to their home in Kentucky.
Cindy had prepared a lovely feast to honor Brian with CBN who had spent 10 days with us and was a great team member in Haiti.
Cindy invited her Dad and our Pastor and his family over, along with some other friends.
We sat around and enjoyed the delicious food and sweet fellowship. Afterwards, we had some precious prayer time.
At the end of the day, I brought Brian to Orlando International where he flew back to his home in Virginia Beach this morning.
It's good to be home. We're already working on our "next mission".
As I always share and mean with all my heart, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-24-15 Monday 4:49AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WEATHER STATION "DELIVERED" TO MEDOR - DANNY WEAKENS AND STOCKS PLUNGE
It was time to deliver the Weather Station to Medor. I carried the unit like a baby to the awaiting Haiti Air Ambulance Bell 407.
Our pilot Mike and I secured the WX station on the stretcher in the helo. We also brought in our own cement, shovel and level.
Now, I want to take a moment here and tell you about Ralph McDaniel, the CEO of Haiti Air Ambulance. Ralph has a heart to serve others!!
Haiti Air Ambulance has made many "Life Flights" in Haiti and not charged a cent for them! This service into Medor is a true life saver!!
If we were to "drive" to Medor, it would be 8-10 hour treacherous drive with great risk to life and limb and it would also beat a vehicle up pretty badly.
But....on this day, we're flying! The actual flight from Port-Au-Prince to Medor....17 minutes!!
Upon arrival at Medor, we were met by literally hundreds. We were met by Sister Nalta, the head Medical Nurse for Medor. We found the location, dug the hole, mixed the cement brought out the level and mounted the Weather Station. Praise God!!
Once the job was complete, we boarded the helo and headed home. I'm glad that Brian from CBN was able to join us and witness this wonderful transaction for the people of Medor!
When we landed back at the Haiti Air Ambulance base, I noted that the total time from the time we loaded the WX station to the time we touched down, with the mission accomplished was....2 hours 7 minutes! Wow!!! By road, this would have taken 2 days!!!!
Well, it looks like Tropical Storm Danny is weakening and....will bring in some much needed rain for the whole region, including Haiti.
However, there are 2 others systems following Danny. We're keeping a close eye on them.
Have also noted that following the disastrous day on Friday for Global Stocks, today, the early morning trading is indicating the same downward spiral.
Again, Folks, we need to PRAY about this as it appears that the financial world is shaking! Here's more on that - STOCK FUTURES "TUMBLE"!!
My prayer is...."Dear Lord, have your way!!" With that, it's time for that second cup of coffee and head out into this day that our Lord has made. Again, THANK YOU for your invaluable and greatly appreciate prayer, love and support! So glad you're on this journey with us!!
Air Mobile Joe