Monday, June 27, 2016

THE "ADVENTURE" CONTINUES.....JUNE 2016

6-27-16 Monday 5:29AM (Haiti Time) - Cap Haitian, Haiti - Air Mobile "On Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

ANOTHER FLAT...QUICK REPAIR

Our current "Communication Mission" is taking us all over Haiti.  Yesterday, we began with a smooth, quick trip from Port-au-Prince to Hinche.  The road was GREAT!!  

Upon arrival, we realized that we could do nothing because....the Prison Construction is not yet finished.  

Oh well, next it was on to Cap Haitian on the north coast of Haiti.  Now, that road was like...."the road from hell".  

It was slow going over rocks and boulders and crossing several rivers...with NO BRIDGES!  It just "beat the stew" out of you!

We captured one river crossing on video.  Just before crossing, a Haitian "Helper" knocked on my window and told me that I had a flat tire.

I quickly checked and it was very, very low, but not completely flat.  We crossed the river anyway and that, nearly flat, tire got us to the next town where we made a quick repair.  Here's the YouTube video. RIVER CROSSING WITH NEARLY FLAT TIRE  

Haiti is known for having flat tire "facilities" on nearly every corner.  We pulled up to one, just as the tire was going completely flat.  Perfect timing!!  Caught it on video - YouTube - FOUND THE HOLE IN THE TIRE

I tell this story just to demonstrate how "Challenging" traveling in Haiti can be.  We're THANKFUL that there were no "Political Manifestations" (Riots) along this journey that took us from the Bottom to the top of Haiti!

So, today, the "Mission" continues and who knows what "Adventures...or Challenges" will arise.  I know WHO knows and....I'm holding tightly onto His Hand!!

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

Air Mobile Joe

PS - Here's a  news clip on the American Medical Student that was shot and wounded in Haiti.  Bhumi is stable and we're continuing to PRAY for her complete recovery!!!  TULANE MEDICAL STUDENT IS SHOT IN CHEST DURING ARMED ROBBERY IN HAITI


6-26-16 Sunday 5:14AM (Haiti Time) - Petionville, Haiti - Air Mobile "On Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

ALL OVER HAITI

Moving around Haiti can be VERY challenging.  But....sometimes, one can move pretty easily.  Such was the case yesterday.  

Truly, our Lord gave us "Traveling Mercy"!!  I sensed Psalm 91 was in play!  

Ken and I, who are on a "mission" to bring good, clear communications to different parts of Haiti began the day in Croix des Bouquets. This community is just northeast of Port-au-Prince.  

Sometimes, it can take hours to get there.  We made it there in less than 30 minutes!

We arrived at the Prison to install a Communication System there.  We were met by Warden Nicoli.  

The facility was extremely well run and organized.  After the install, I asked the Warden if we could come back (at some time in the future) and conduct services with the prisoners.  He gladly agreed.  

Surely, our Lord is opening the door for ministry inside the prisons in Haiti!!  "Knock and the door will be opened!!

From Croix des Bouquets, we struck out to the northwest and found the road quite clear and moving along smoothly.  I NEVER take this for granted.

All along the way, we saw evidence of recent riots and a lot "burn marks" on the road.  

But our trip to St. Marc went very well.  We arrived safe and actually a bit "ahead" of schedule.  We like that!

The install went well and soon, we were on the road headed back to Port-au-Prince.  Working with Ken is a true pleasure.  He really knows his stuff!!  

On the way back, we stopped in to see Barb in the "Village".  

She had a good cup of coffee for me, as my "therapeutic level of caffeine" was running dangerously low.

  Upon arriving back at the hotel in Petionville, Ken and I rejoiced at the safe and smooth and even quick journey all over Haiti.  I NEVER take this for granted!!

So, today, the "Adventure" continues.  We'll be out and about today.  Again, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - I heard from Professor Francois on the condition of the American Medical Student who was shot here in Petionville.  Her condition is stable but guarded.  There may be damage to the liver.  The bullet has not been removed.  PLEASE continue to pray for her!!  THANKS!!

Joe

6-25-16 Saturday 5:19AM (Haiti Time) - Petionville, Haiti - Air Mobile "On Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

ANOTHER DAY....& ANOTHER LESSON

We do not know what our day will hold, but....we know Who holds the day!  

It was with great relief that the American medical student, who was brutally shot, flew out of Haiti yesterday morning on a Med Evac Jet to the U.S. (file photo).

At departure, her condition was stable, but there is great concern regarding damage to her spine.  WE CONTINUE TO PRAY for Bhumi!!

Meanwhile, our 'make-shift' team, who surrounded these students when the "bullets" flew, managed to work with American Airlines to change all their tickets and get them on the afternoon flight out of Port-au-Prince.

The American Embassy worked very hard to get a stolen Passport replaced in record time.  

With great relief, we got them to the airport and on-board the flight home.  Again, may I ask you to pray for each (I'm not publishing their names), as they deal with this terrible attack.

Often, we plan our day and proceed to accomplish the goals set before us.  Then....something happens to "change" everything.  Those are the times to "hold tightly onto the Hand of Jesus".

When I got the news of the shooting, I breathed the Name of Jesus and just took off....on a "new mission"!  

Over the next 24 hours, I called upon Him hundreds of times.  I'm reminded of His Words, to us, in this world....

Throughout the day, I often thought of the man who attacked this young lady and shot her at point blank range, aiming right at her heart!  Yes, I am ANGRY.  

But, what can I do with this anger?  I'll share something with you from my heart.  

When I think of him (the perpetrator), I quickly place him in the Hands of God and "let God deal with him".  Then, my anger seems to subside.  I PRAY for our Lord to help me to keep doing this.

Well, our "Schedule" has been thrown into a bit of a turmoil, but it's time to work on getting back on schedule to complete our "mission" of bringing good communications into Haiti.

We'll be back on the road, setting up Comm systems to do just that.  PLEASE remember to PRAY for the young lady who was shot and for her friends who have been so devastated by this dastardly attack. 

As always, THANK YOU for joining me on this journey of life and standing so firmly with your precious prayer, love and support!!


Air Mobile Joe 


6-24-16 Friday 7:47AM (Haiti Time) - Petionville, Haiti - Air Mobile "On Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

AMERICAN MEDICAL STUDENT "GUNNED DOWN" IN HAITI!!

Yesterday evening, as I was speaking to a group of American Medical Students, one of the members, who was walking back to the hotel was brutally shot.  Her condition is grave!  PLEASE PRAY!!

We spent all last night getting her immediate care and then transferring her to a hospital that had  C-Scan capability.  She is stable for the moment, but may have suffered a severed spine.  This morning, we are seeking the best way to get her to the U.S. to remove the bullet.

No word has been found on the perpetrators....God knows exactly who they are and where they are.  That's all I will say.

Earlier, before this tragic attack, Ken and I were in the Main Penitentiary in Port-Au-Prince helping set up good communications there.  This prison is one of the worst in the world.  

I'm reminded of the Words of our Lord Jesus...."I was in prison and you visited me."  The Lord is indeed opening doors for ministry there!  I hope to return as a Chaplain.

It's time to go the hospital and see what we can do to help.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious and invaluable prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

6-23-16 Thursday 6:08AM (Haiti Time) - Petionville, Haiti - Air Mobile "On Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

"NOW...YOU'RE TALKING"

Ken, a Harris Technician, and I worked all day on setting up a first class Comm System for Haiti. WITHOUT communications, one cannot function.  Obviously, good communications are essential for any operation! 

I'm recalling a famous movie, "Cool Hand Luke" and the quote..."What we have here, is a failure to communicate"!  

We're helping to PREVENT that from happening!!

I'm grateful for this opportunity to help Haiti with vital communications and support my family at the same time.  

This is much like the way, that the Apostle Paul, funded his mission efforts by "making tents".  I love it!!  GOD IS GOOD!!

At breakfast, yesterday morning, I met a Tulane Medical Professor who is leading a group of students here in Haiti.  

This evening, I'll be presenting what Air Mobile does and will explain the extreme importance of CLEAN WATER!  Looking forward to that. 

Today, we'll be doing more of the same (setting up Communications), but in multiple locations throughout Haiti.  
Between unbelievable "Gridlock" and growing political tensionmoving about Haiti can be quite challenging.

Again, I ask for your prayer for protection and wisdom as we work on this important project of establishing clear and secure communications for Haiti.

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

Air Mobile Joe


6-22-16 Wednesday 5:53AM (Haiti Time) - Petionville, Haiti - Air Mobile "On Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

"SPIRIT".....TO HAITI & TENSION RISING

A "Communication" need had arisen in Haiti and it was time for me to head back down that way.  The "Little Donkey" is still getting the Annual Inspection so, I left the flying to Spirit Airlines.

By staying with my dear friends, Marlin and Pat, I was already half way to Fort Lauderdale.  Was up early and made it to the airport with plenty of time (unlike our recent flight from Ecuador!).

There was some weather enroute, but the Spirit crew navigated us right around them.

You know, this is the first time I've flown "Commercially" into Haiti in over 7 years.  I usually fly the Little Donkey to Haiti.  It was a bit strange.

Upon arrival, one could sense tension on the "streets of Haiti".  There were a number of clashes near the Parliament Building.



Haiti "Politics" is very much like the traffic....standing in "GRID LOCK"!  Sure is tough to get around!!  

THANKS for your precious and greatly appreciated prayer, love and support as we move about this country!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

  
6-21-16 Tuesday 3:15AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Stuart, FL - Air Mobile "On Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

A TOOL FOR THE JOB & FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY

It's good to have a friend with a machine shop.  There are just times that one needs a special tool for a special job.  

Paul had a "hard to get to" job on the rear engine of the Little Donkey.  So, instead of taking the whole thing apart, we had a special tool made to get the job done.  

I introduced Paul to Rich who has been doing such jobs for Air Mobile for years.

As a matter of fact, Rich makes a number of components for the Air Mobile Rescuer.  "It's not what you know.....It's who you know".  Thanks Rich!!

I have an early morning appointment down in Fort Lauderdale.  Instead of getting up super early, I drove half way down last night and stayed with my dear friends, Pat and Marlin.

You may recall, Marlin "loaned" me his airplane to fly down to Haiti the day after the terrible earthquake that crippled Haiti.  These dear friends have been here for me time and time again!  Sure love these guys!!  

We had a lovely dinner together and now,  I'm heading down to that appointment and will get there right on time.  It's nice to have good friends along the way. 

Time to hit the road and begin another "Adventure" for our Lord. As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe


6-20-16 Monday 6:51AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

WHAT A DAY!!

Father's Day is a cool day.  It's nice to have a special day to honor Fathers.  It's also a good time to reflect on the love of our Heavenly Father!  

After Church yesterday, our Air Mobile Team headed to the Hospital in Orlando where we've been Chaplains for many years.  

This outreach (behind locked doors) has grown to 3 separate services.  Our Team had their assigned locations when....

We found another group within the Hospital that wanted a service, but had not yet been identified.  Looks like we might be conducting 4 services now.  BTW, I had the privilege to go and minister to this "forgotten" group.  It was sweet.  

Was able to share my own Testimony of how Jesus reached down and saved me.  We had 7 in attendance and when we prayed together at the end, several accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Wow, what a hidden treasure to find on Father Day!!

BTW, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to help us with this Chaplain Ministry!  If you live in Central Florida and want to participate in this amazing outreach, please contact us and let us know.  We need your help and above all, your prayers!!

If you'd like to join our team or want more information, please give me a call at:  321-544-7757 or jot me an email at:  airmobilejoe@gmail.com .  

Today, I'll be searching for a special tool for Paul our mechanic, so that he can repair a cylinder on the Little Donkey without removing the cylinder.  

Please pray that I'm successful in this search.  I recall the Words of Jesus...."Seek and you shall find"

Now, it's time to head out into this wonderful day that our Lord has made.  As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe


6-19-16 Sunday 6:46AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe  

FATHER'S DAY IN AMERICA

What a pleasant surprise to awake to a delicious cup of coffee and a brand new, signature ("Hurston Aviation") hat from my Cindy.

We're blessed to have Cindy's Dad, Ron, with us for a while.  Ron and Cindy started a mission in Haiti many years ago and that is how I met my Cindy!  THANK YOU, RON!

We've had many "Adventures" together and we look forward to many more.  "The Best is yet to come"!!

Yesterday, Yahn (A Premier Water Mule) and I visited Marty of Miller Leaman Industries.  Marty is the President and makes some of the finest "filtration" systems in the world.  All of his products are....100% Manufactured in America.  

Marty has a heart to serve others and recently traveled to Africa and delivered an Air Mobile Rescuer there.  Marty KNOWS water filtration and absolutely loves the Rescuer.  

Well, now he's donating another Rescuer to Costa Rica and Yahn and I delivered it to him.

Just before heading up to Daytona Beach to meet with Marty, stopped at the airport to check on the progress of the Annual Inspection on the Little Donkey.  Paul, our great mechanic, is making good progress and, as usual, doing a very thorough job.  GO PAUL!

While meeting with Paul, I heard Brian's Cessna 172 taxi up.  Who was in the "left seat" getting flight training?  Peter!  

Peter's getting ready to solo and is going to be a very fine pilot!!

And, Brian is a GREAT flight instructor.  So THANKFUL for having Brian train our son!!

So, on this beautiful Sunday Morning, on Father's Day, we're getting ready to go to Church and then to the Hospital where we've been the Chaplains for over 18 years.  What a joy to share the GOOD NEWS OF JESUS with those who are hurting.  

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

Air Mobile Joe


6-18-16 Saturday 5:47AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

COPA HOME....BARELY

Cindy and I awoke early yesterday and headed to the airport at 5:00am to catch our "7:45am" flight back home.  Oh, it was so nice being "early"....or so we thought.

When we arrived at the Copa Check-In at 5:15am, the agent informed us that the flight had already closed and we in essence...."missed our flight".  I was SHOCKED!  

Then it became clear what had happened.  I simply mis-read my itinerary and the actual departure time was 6:05!  The agent began looking to "re-list" us on another flight.  

Then he asked...."do you have any luggage to check?"  We said "nope"....he got on the phone and then told us to RUN to the gate!  As we got there, they were boarding....we made it!

BTW, the flight actually left EARLY!  We just sat there both relieved and thankful to be heading home!!

The flight from Guayaquil to Panama went well.  We had a few hour layover there and then....we landed in Orlando.  Oh, it's good to be home....for the moment.

Another "Mission" is brewing and we'll soon be off again.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

6-17-16 Friday 3:47AM (Ecuador Time) - Guayaquil, Ecuador - Air Mobile "On the Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

CREEPY CRAWLY THINGS

Cindy and I began our "Free Day" by just taking it easy.  We DID NOT rush down to breakfast, but did enjoy a leisurely, delicious classic Ecuadoran breakfast buffet with lots of fresh fruit.

Then, we sat in the sauna and steam room and even swam a bit.  Cindy loved all of the exercise equipment.  I just watched her work out.  Took a little swim and then launched out for the Park & Cathedral.

Now, if you come to Guayaquil, I strongly recommend you spend a little time in both though...the Park directly across from the Cathedral was a bit "creepy". The Video will explain - CREEPY, CRAWLY THINGS IN THE PARK

Now, if that lovely Park had a few "iguana's" that would be cool, but, it was FULL of them.  They were everywhere.  The didn't move real fast (but could if they wanted to) and the truth is, they were quite beautiful in a strange, bizarre way.

video
While just standing there, one of the 3-4' lizards, took off and crossed right in front of me.  He wasn't aggressive, he just wanted to "cross the road".

Just before our "stroll through the park", we spent some time in the massive, beautiful Cathedral.  It was quite spectacular.

After our Cathedral / Iguana visit, we headed to a wonderful Handi-Craft "mall" and bought some very cool things.

Yes, Guayaquil is a lovely place to visit and we're looking forward to coming back.

As you can see, we're up early and ready to head back home today.  

Looking back on this mission, we've seen our Lord's hand move in wonderful ways.  We've been able to freely share our faith and more clean water is flowing and we may even be able to help Ecuador improve their ATC Communications.

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

Air Mobile Joe    

6-16-16 Thursday 7:09AM (Ecuador Time) - Guayaquil, Ecuador - Air Mobile "On the Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

A "FREE" DAY IN ECUADOR

All of our Ecuador meetings have been accomplished (for now).  2 more Rescuers are providing clean water in Crucita and we're working on bringing quality ATC communications to Ecuador. 

Our Harris System Engineer, Dwight, did a wonderful job of explaining the features and advantages of the Harris ATC System.  This was well received by a team of Ecuadoran Engineers arranged by the Director General of Civil Aviation.   

We've had the opportunity to share the love of God as we've gone along the way.  And today, is FREE!  Yea!!  

I love traveling with my Cindy!  We'll likely rent a cab and just go explore this grand old city of Guayaquil that was settled in 1547.  Here's a bit of History - THE HISTORY OF GUAYAQUIL 

The truth is, Cindy and I are truly falling in love with this beautiful country and the gracious people who live here.  We'll see where our Lord leads.

So, it's time to go do some "touristy exploring".  As always, God bless and THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe 


6-15-16 Wednesday 7:11AM (Ecuador Time) - Guayaquil, Ecuador - Air Mobile "On the Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

TRAGIC NEWS FROM HOME....

As Cindy and I are working in Ecuador, tragic news from "home" (Orlando), keeps pouring in.  First a lovely Christian Singer is brutally murdered.  Then the horror massacre of 49 and 53 wounded. 

And last night, a 2 year old toddler is drug off by an alligator at Disney.  Tragic news!  We're PRAYING!

Meanwhile, we've come to Ecuador to bring clean water to thirsty people.  This is a tangible demonstration of the love of God.  

We're still blessed and overwhelmed that the 2 Rescuers that we deployed, in a heavily hit zone of Ecuador, was funded by children (CAV KIDS).  PRAISE GOD for HIS GREAT LOVE!!

Yesterday, we were in critical meetings that may help Ecuador to have better communications in their Air Traffic Control (ATC).  The Control Tower at Manta was completely destroyed by the earthquake.

Harris Corporation, the company that I represent, was contacted by Ecuador to help.

Harris certainly did a remarkable job of helping Haiti to get their ATC Communications up and going.  


On this mission to Ecuador, we were joined by 2 Harris Engineers, Dwight and Robert, to see what we can do to help.  We met in Xavier's office to discuss the strategy.

Then, we received an invitation to meet with the Director of Civil Aviation  (DCA) and we discussed possible strategies to help get this Control Tower back up and working. 

At the end of the day, we agreed to meet again with a number of Ecuadorian Engineers to see how we can work together.  It was a good day!! 

PLEASE PRAY together with us for those who have been so tragically attacked in Orlando, FL.  

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

Air Mobile Joe 

6-14-16 Tuesday 6:41AM (Ecuador Time) - Guayaquil, Ecuador - Air Mobile "On the Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe 

2 MORE RESCUERS TO THE RESCUE TO CRUCITA!!


Yesterday began with breakfast with Pastor Santiago, his precious wife and son, Christian.  

We shared stories of miraculous interventions in our lives and above all, God's Amazing Grace.  Cindy and I were blessed to meet this precious family.

They will be taking 2 Air Mobile Rescuers into a "hard-hit" zone of Ecuador where clean water is desperately needed.  Crucita was hit VERY HARD!

But first, we had to train them.  After breakfast, it was off to the airport where our units will be serviced and repaired, thanks to Xavier and Arica Aviation.

We began the training session with Prayer.  The training session would also be videoed for future training.

Christian and Santiago proved to be excellent students and picked up very quickly the operation of the Rescuer.

Here I am making some "Point" about the operation.  It was a true pleasure training these men.

After the training came the PRESENTATION.  Remember, these 2 Rescuers have been funded by the "Kids of CAV" (Church at Viera).  

Wow,  what a great job those Kids did by raising the funds to bring CLEAN WATER to an area in such need!!

After the Training and Presentation, the units were taken right to Crucita where they will be passing out CLEAN WATER TODAY!!  Praise God!!

We're so THANKFUL to have Xavier on our Team.  His organization, Arica Aviation is the base for the Air Mobile Rescuer.  Xavier will keep these units running.

Arica is the Exclusive Dealer for Robinson Helicopters.  BTW, the first Turbine Robinson (R-66) to arrive in Ecuador was being "assembled" while we were there.  What a BEAUTIFUL BIRD!

Then, Xavier and his wife, Monica and Cindy and I went out to a pleasant lunch to celebrate another Air Mobile Rescuer Team! 

Well, today, the "Adventure" continues.  We'll be in meetings regarding the need for a new Air Traffic Control System at Manta, another area devastated by the earthquake.

We're just so blessed to be able to help these precious people in their time of need.  

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

Air Mobile Joe



6-13-16 Monday 5:49AM (Ecuador Time) - Guayaquil, Ecuador - Air Mobile "On the Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

"ON THE GROUND" IN ECUADOR



After our flight delay in Panama, Cindy and I boarded "another" Copa aircraft and made the flight to Guayaquil with absolutely no problem. 

Our original aircraft had some type of mechanical problem.  So glad they found it before we took off!  

Praise God!  We never take any flight for granted and are always grateful to arrive safe and sound.

It is good to be back in Ecuador.  We still have quite a bit of work to do here.  As we drove from the airport to our hotel, I pointed out to Cindy some of the damage from the terrible April Earthquake.

Today, we'll be meeting with a Team that is working in Crucita, an area devastated by the earthquake.  This shot was taken immediately following the earthquake. 

 I am SO PLEASED to tell you that we will be presenting this Team with 2 Air Mobile Rescuers because of the heart and generosity of the Kids (and their Parents!) at the CAV (Church at Viera)!

We'll train this team on the simple operation of the Rescuer and more Clean Water will flow in Crucita and the surrounding area!!  THANK YOU, JESUS!!  

Now, regarding what happened in Orlando, our hearts are broken for the victims and their families and those who are fighting for their lives.  This is simply deranged, evil madness!!

BTW, as we drove to the Orlando International Airport at 4:30am, the grisly murders were taking place just a few miles from where we drove. 

This was a devastating attack on Americans and our prayer is that the leaders of our country will respond with wisdom and effectiveness.  This is  WAR!


So, it's time to head out and meet our Team from Crucita, Ecuador and help them to bring clean water to thirsty people. This is the LOVE OF GOD!  

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

Air Mobile Joe


6-12-16 Sunday 1:42PM (Panama Time) - Panama City, Panama - Air Mobile H"On the Road" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe


UPDATE!

STUCK IN PANAMA AND HEARTBROKEN OVER THE TRAGEDY IN ORLANDO

Here's a very quick up-date on our journey to Ecuador.  We flew from Orlando to Panama where we were to change planes for Ecuador.  

While on the ground, we saw the terrible TRAGEDY in Orlando!  Such mindless, cruel, insane murder!  We are heart-broken!  We pray for the wounded and for the families who lost loved ones.

Well, we boarded our flight to Ecuador and....they found something wrong with the airplane (THANK GOD!).  We're delayed for at least several hours here in Panama or better known at 'MARGARITAVILLE'.  

We have time to get a nice lunch before, hopefully, boarding the flight to Ecuador.  Be sure to read on down for my earlier blog.  God bless and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - PLEASE PRAY they fix the aircraft well or swap it out!!  Thanks!

Joe and Cindy

6-12-16 Sunday 4:17AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

ON THE ROAD TO.....ECUADOR

Cindy and I are catching a flight to Ecuador this morning.  Again, because of extreme generosity, we'll be deploying 2 more Air Mobile Rescuers in areas that have been devastated by the recent earthquake.

The "Kids at the CAV" (Church at Viera)  raised all of the money for this latest "Mission to Ecuador".  

THANK YOU KIDS & CAV & PARENTS!!!

This time, we'll be "Flying United" and not the Little Donkey.  The Annual Inspection is coming along nicely.

I'm very thankful to have my Cindy with me on the "Mission".  We make a great team.  

So, it's time for "Cup of Cafe" for the road and head to the airport.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!!

Air Mobile Joe      



6-11-16 Saturday 7:37AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

A DAY AT THE HANGAR & MEETING "GARY TENNIS BALL"

Spent the day at our Hangar tending to bills and orders and many phone calls and....receiving a wonderful gift from "Gary Tennis Ball".  

Gary first heard about Air Mobile from our dear friend, Bob Bostic.  Gary has been the recipient of "used" tennis balls from various local players for some time.  

He first contacted me several years ago and asked if we wanted the "slightly used" balls for the kids in Haiti.  My answer...."Sure".

Thus began a steady stream of these wonderful balls for the kids in Haiti. The balls work great, though they may not have quite the same bounce that they once did. The kids absolutely do not know the difference between a "New" ball & a "Used" ball.

As you probably know, we fill every "nook & cranny" in the Little Donkey when we fly to Haiti. The tennis balls "tighten" the load nicely and they don't weigh very much!  

Well, Gary wasn't satisfied to give only "used" tennis balls.  He asked me what else we needed and my answer...."Baby Food, Formula, Diapers, etc".  

Gary went to work.  He found a local radio station who gave Gary some "free air time" to make appeals for the baby food and...

Now, in addition to a nice load of "used" tennis balls, Gary brings a "Treasure Cove" of baby food & formula, etc.....like 'THOUSANDS OF $$ WORTH!!

So, it was a joy to meet "Gary Tennis Ball" yesterday at our Hangar.  And...did he have a great load of baby food, etc. along with those tennis balls!  

Gary brings a load a month and only our Lord knows what a huge blessing Gary and his precious wife, Kathy, are to so many children in Haiti. 

THANK YOU "GARY TENNIS BALL"!

Where would we be without so many folks who help us in this mission??  "Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"!! 

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

Air Mobile Joe

6-10-16 Friday 6:19AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

DC 2 HOME

The secret in getting around the traffic quagmire of DC is to leave very early.  I dashed from "North" of the "Beltway" at 4:15am and made it to Reagan International in record time....about 35 minutes!

Turned in my car and was a sitting at my gate a full 2 hours early.  A good time to catch up on e-mails and such.

Had a smooth and comfortable flight back to Orlando.  Upon arrival, drove up Tavares, FL where Cindy and I would meet our dear friend, Bob Bostic of "Deliver the Difference".

We're working on getting those 2 Containers of food (about 500,000 meals) released in India for the starving children.  Did you know that over 3000 children die every day from hunger in India?

We had a nice lunch and prayer time asking our Lord to help us to get those 2 Containers RELEASED!!  

We had a long discussion about the meaning of Matthew 25:35..."I was hungry and you gave me food...."  Please join together with us in prayer for the RELEASE of this food for starving children!!

Meanwhile, Cindy and I are getting ready to fly back to Ecuador on Sunday.  No, we're not taking the "Little Donkey" (still in Annual).  This time we'll fly commercially.  We'll be training and deploying several more Air Mobile Rescuers.  So glad my Cindy will be with me!

Time to head out into this beautiful day in Florida.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe
  




6-9-16 Thursday 3:08AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Laurel, MD - Air Mobile "On Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

A PARKING SPOT IN DC....A HARD THING TO FIND & 'DELIVERING THE MAIL'

Have you ever driven in downtown Washington DC?  The traffic is....well it just crawls along and finding a parking spot is almost impossible.

Fortunately, I was early for my appointment with Congressman Bill Posey.  

It took nearly an hour to make it around a block heading for the Cannon Building & didn't see 1 empty parking spot.  Then it hit me....

Why not pray for a parking spot (A.S.A.P.!)?  The prayer was simple, "Please Lord, lead me to a spot close to the building".  My knee was hurting and it would be difficult to walk far.

20 seconds later, I rounded the turn and there, right in front of me, just 100 yards from the door of the Cannon building, was the most beautiful spot, wide open.  

I slowly eased into it and just sat there thanking God for hearing my prayer!  

You can see in this shot, with my brown notebook on the hood of the car, just how close that spot is to the Cannon Building (the large white building in the fore ground).

I'm reminded of the Scripture that I shared with you yesterday (Matthew 7:7)....ASK - SEEK - KNOCK!!

While making the short walk  to the building, I saw Marvin.  He lost a leg due to a medical condition and was just sitting there in his wheel chair greeting everyone with "God bless you".

I shared with him about the spot opening up and he rejoiced with me.  We prayed together and I shared some money with him.  He's a precious Brother in the Lord. 

Once in the building, I  found a Dunkin Donuts and sat for a while thinking about my meeting with the Congressman.  Sipped a cup of coffee and still just could not get over how quickly I found that spot after praying.  God is GOOD!!

The meeting with Congressman Posey went very well.  We discussed the situation in Haiti and he went on to tell me that the U.S. was pretty "broke" but....he'd keep an eye out for possible funding for the SAR (Search & Rescue) Program.  

 I shared James 4:2 with him and he agreed.  Now, he knows the need.

I feel like the "mailman" that has just delivered the "mail".  Now the rest is in God's Hands.

Up early this morning to take a flight back home.  I feel as if the "Mission to DC" has been accomplished.

Please join together with us that God's Will be done!  As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe 

6-8-16 Wednesday 5:35AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Orlando International Airport - Air Mobile "On Mission" - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

THE "LITTLE WHEELS" JUST KEEP ON ROLLING...ON A "NOBLE MISSION"

That old roller bag and backpack have been around the world....oh 6-8 times.  Have lost count.  Well, the little wheels are rolling again, this time to Washington, DC.  

Have felt for some time, that it would be good to go to DC and appeal for some help for Search & Rescue (SAR) in Haiti.  The time to do that is today.

Our Congressman (Bill Posey) has graciously agreed to meet with me this afternoon, that's why I'm on this early flight.

We'll discuss the progress that has been made thus far in Haiti and how it could be possible for the U.S. to lend some assistance.

I'm reminded of that wonderful Scripture, Matthew 7:7....ASK - SEEK - KNOCK.  I have stood on this verse so many times in my life.  Another verse says...'You have not because you ask not'!

Over the last 38+ years, I've heard so many stories about Haitian boats with hundreds on board going down at sea.  The SAR Program will save countless lives.

Certainly, if I were flying into Haiti...as I often do, and encountered a problem in the aircraft and had to "ditch" in the sea, I would certainly want an EXCELLENT SAR program in place in Haiti!

Again, this is a "Noble Mission" and I encourage you to pray with us for it's success!

Was up at 3:30am and barely had enough coffee (far below my therapeutic level), so it's time to go find another cup in the beautiful Orlando International Airport.

As always, and I mean with all of my heart, THANK YOU for you precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe 



6-7-16 Tuesday 6:57AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

A "BLUSTERY & RAINY" DAY IN FLORIDA

All yesterday and through the night, the wind blew and the rain fell as Tropical Storm Colin "raced" across Florida (Colin is a very fast mover...30+mph).  

TS Colin is now headed up the East Coast bringing a lot of rain and 50+mph winds.  This was the first Tropical Storm to hit Florida since 2013.  

BTW, sure am glad Dave & I flew that "Old T-Bone"  out of Haiti when we did!  When we flew back, we saw the beginnings of TS Colin and stayed "just out of reach" of the ugly weather.

Yesterday was busy ordering parts for more Air Mobile Rescuers and working with Paul to assure that the Little Donkey has all the parts it needs to complete the Annual Inspection.

So far, so good.  Paul hasn't found anything of significance in this major inspection.  Paul stays right on top the little bird throughout the year...so we don't (hopefully) have any "surprises" when we open it up.  Praise God!

Today, will be more of the same.  Running errands and dodging downed power lines and slippery roads.  

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

Air Mobile Joe






6-6-16 Monday 6:27AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

"DODGING" TROPICAL STORM COLIN

The "Mission" to Haiti was finished...for now.  Vital supplies had been delivered.  The "Village" now has a good inventory of baby food, formula, diapers and a more.  Meetings on critical communications were conducted and moving forward.

It was time to look at the flight back to the U.S.  The "Old T-Bone" had done a wonderful job of getting us to Haiti and was now ready to get us home.  

Dave had been praying for a long time to see his beloved "Old T-Bone" flying relief missions!  This is the first of MANY!!

The weather between Haiti and U.S. was spotty with a lot of cloud cover.  We knew that this could "blow up" very rapidly but...in Florida, things were really brewing!

We had a full load of fuel, thereby, giving us a lot of alternates in the event the weather got bad along the way.  We prayed, fired up those beautiful GO-480 Lycomings (they have a lovely sound) and took off.

Climbed to 10,500' and settled down to a relatively smooth ride all the way back to the U.S.  We had "Flight Planned" Fort Pierce, FL but at the last minute, Miami Center diverted us to Melbourne.  

The problem was....Customs & Immigration are only "manned" when an aircraft is flight planned into there.  We landed and sat on the ground waiting for almost 2 hours.  

We were tired and hungry.  Oh well, "C'est la vie" (such is life).  We dodged TS Colin and a lot of bad weather.

Once our Customs Officer arrived, we were quickly cleared and made the short hop up to Titusville.  There we met Cindy and had a delicious hamburger.

After our good meal, Dave fueled the "Old T-Bone" and made the flight back to his home-base in Wilmington.  He dodged quite a few big ones, but arrived safe and sound.  Praise God!!

As we looked at what is now becoming Tropical Storm Colin, we realized that the decision to come home when we did was a good one.  Trying to sort through all this weather today would be ugly!!

Today, I'll be at the airport with Paul who is making good, steady progress on the Annual Inspection on the Little Donkey.

Yes, it's good to be home.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe


6-5-16 Sunday 4:32AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

A BIT OF FREE TIME AT THE AIRPORT.....

Our schedule opened up and since the traffic was so horrendous in Port-au-Prince, Dave and I just hung out at the airport and yes, had a little fun.

First thing was getting the "Old T-Bone" washed.  Labor is very reasonable in Haiti and the old bird was quite dirty.  

Dave explained that his home base airport does not allow private pilots to wash their airplanes....for environmental reasons (they've gone a bit far on this).

Then my good friend (for 35 years), Bernard needed some technical assistance on his airplane.  Dave helped to make the template for the plate. 

We were in and out of the MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) office throughout the day.  I saw an "Important" notice on the microwave.

Upon closer inspection, I saw the message ("I Love how coffee fixes everything") and whole-heartedly agreed.  COFFEE IS A SERIOUS MATTER!!

That set the "mood" for what happened next.  We were just wandering around the "Airport Graveyard" when the following "Interview" took place.  POST APOCALYPTIC ZOMBIE AIRCRAFT GRAVEYARD "ENCOUNTER"!

There was no script, no re-takes, it just flowed as the video rolled.  Here's the "YouTube" that came out.  Enjoy.....& remember, this is not an "Actual Attack"!!!

After that 'Gripping Interview', it was time to hit the road back for the "Village".  We knew that it would be challenging, as things are definitely "heating up" in Haiti.

Earlier, when we were going into town, we saw evidence of a street manifestation (riot) and had to do some "tricky" driving to get around the action.

On the way back to the "Village" the terrible, grid-lock traffic was in full force.  Had to re-direct our route several times and it took a solid 3 hours to drive the 5 mile distance from the airport to the village.

Got back safe and sound and breathed a sigh of relief.  Up early this morning, checking the weather and determining which way our Lord would have us to go.

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

Air Mobile Joe

6-4-16 Saturday 4:52AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

PERFECT TIMING

I never cease to marvel at how our Lord places us in the right place at the right time.  Yesterday was a good example of this.

Headed into town yesterday  for a 10:00am meeting with an official to arrange the installation of devices that allow clear and reliable communications.  The meeting went very well.

Then, we agreed to meet at the U.S. Embassy to actually view some of the equipment to be installed.  

Now, after that meeting, my host introduced me to a gentleman (who "happened to be standing right there).  Turns out, he was very interested in the "Search & Rescue" (SAR) project.

It was late Friday afternoon.  Usually, things are in the "shut down" mode for the weekend.  

But....one thing led to another and within minutes, I was sitting around a large conference in a meeting with the right officials... that would have taken a month to arrange (under "normal" circumstances!).  

Yes, I never cease to marvel at the wonder and wisdom and timing and power of God!  "Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"!!

Only God knows how many folks will be rescued and saved by this new "Search & Rescue" organization that is being put together.  

I can't begin to tell you what it means to be part of this.  For so many years, this has been in my heart to help Haiti with this vital life-saving arm.  We are seeing it come to pass!!

BTW, we've had the privilege to be part of a number "rescues" in Haiti.

So, as I sit here in the "cool" of the morning (Haiti has been very hot), with the fan blowing on me and sipping a delicious cup of coffee, I wonder what our Lord has in store today.  

Time to go find out.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe  





6-3-16 Friday 6:26AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

A "T-BONE" IN HAITI

Well, since Dave was actually at our airport...and.... happened to have his plane with him, we discussed the matter and....he decided to fly a load of vital supplies to Barb and the Kids in Haiti! (LOL).

That grand old airplane (manufactured in 1955!) can take a huge load.  We had a lot of baby food, formula, diapers, critical parts and a whole lot more that Barb really needed.

BTW, the airplane is affectionately called a "T-Bone" by many pilots because the official name is a "Twin Bonanza", thus, "T-Bone".

We packed and repacked and did a thorough Weight & Balance and then watched the weather.  Actually, had been tracking for several days, a growing, wicked, series of thunderstorms in the Caribbean.  Has all the "makings" to become a hurricane.

So, yesterday morning, after a final check on the load and prayer, Dave and I took off in that 61 year old airplane bound for Haiti.  Our flight route would take us first to Exuma International in the Bahamas.  A perfect "mid-way" fueling stop.  We could see the growing weather both ahead and right along our route.  

Dave was rather "somber" at this point of the flight as we danced and worked around those build-ups.  We prayed and asked our Lord to make a way through those big thunder bumpers!  

The Old "T-Bone" flew like a dream.  What a wonderful airplane!  We landed on Exuma Island and took on a full load of fuel.  We wanted plenty for the next leg, so that we could exercise multiple "Alternates", if necessary.

We watched a massive thunder storm, just to the east of our route to Haiti, building up before our eyes. That would be the one to "avoid"!

These are the kind of storms that give the "Bermuda Triangle" credibility.  Many a pilot has "wandered" into these storms and never come out again.  Definitely the kind to avoid.

Again, we prayed and again, our Lord made a beautiful path right through those bad boys!  Dave was now "smiling"!

We could now see that there were massive build-ups to our left as we flew by Great Inagua Island. 

And...they were drifting to the west and would soon envelope our route.  Our timing to depart Exuma when we did was perfect!

And...to our right, as we "scooted" by Cuba we could see that massive build-ups were forming and brewing off to our right.  Again, we had a perfect path right between those storms. 

As we approached the main land of Haiti, we could see more massive thunderstorms forming and growing but...again, a wonderful path right into Port-au-Prince.  Our Lord did it again!!!

We cleared in and unloaded the load of treasures (all that formula and baby food and other much needed supplies and parts.  The "Old T-Bone" delivered the mail today!!

Once unloaded and on the road to the "Village", it was evident that the massive "grid-locks" were still in place.  We crawled along, averaging about 2mph for the 5 mile run.  

Along the way, one will spot some strange and unusual things....like this whole vehicle in "pieces" loaded in the back of an old pick up truck.

We didn't too close to it, as the cargo (a dis-assembled car) appeared to be quite "precariously" loaded.  One never knows what one will see "along the road" in Haiti.

When we pulled into the "Village" with our precious load of cargo, there were a lot of smiles.  

Got a good nights sleep, as yesterday was quite exhausting.  Today, will be in critical meetings and have 1 Air Mobile Rescuer to attend to.  

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

Air Mobile Joe



6-2-16 Thursday 4:59AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

A DAY AT THE HANGAR...

Spent the day at the Hangar.  Paul continued on the Annual for the Little Donkey and...so far, so good.  We keep a very close on the bird throughout the year so that, hopefully, there will be no surprises when we open it up.

While there, had a very pleasant visit from Shaun and Juliet, whom I immediately put to work sorting our next load for Barbara and the Kids in the "Village".

Since Barb loves "Blue" and she needs buckets, we arranged many of the supplies in those buckets...a win-win situation.

While at the Hangar, my good friend and fellow pilot, Dave Walen passed by in his grand old Beechcraft Twin Bonanza.  

This is a remarkable old aircraft (61 years old) and can certainly carry a load.  We hope to "recruit" Dave and his wonderful airplane one day!

So, today, we'll be back at it...getting ready for that "Next Mission".  As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe 

6-1-16 Wednesday 6:41 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by:  Air Mobile Joe

A COOL PARTY

Cindy had been cooking up a feast for the beach party.  It was Peter's 19th Birthday and an absolutely perfect day at the famous Cocoa Beach at "The Pier".


Our daughter, Juliet and her husband Shaun flew in (from Massachusetts) for the party and a little get-away to celebrate their 1st Anniversary.  

Oh, it was a sweet day!!  Here's a little YouTube Clip capturing a bit of the party.  PETER'S BEACH PARTY - COCOA BEACH

Earlier, before the party, I participated in a wonderful meeting where a growing, thriving Church Pastor (Lenny) secured property and building and will be able to expand.  Yes, THE CHURCH IS ALIVE!

Back to the party, Cindy made, by special request from Peter a scrumptious "Mocha Cake". 

When everyone arrived at the party, all 35 of us tasted that exquisite delight on the beach.  Now, that's how to have a PARTY!

As all of this was happening, Paul, our remarkable aircraft mechanic was opening up the Little Donkey and doing the Annual Inspection.  So far, so good!  The Little Bird is flying like a dream.

In the meantime, we're gathering supplies and resources for our "Next Mission".  Only our Lord knows where that will be, but we're getting ready!  

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

Air Mobile Joe


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Air Mobile Joe