UGLY WEATHER - LITTLE DONKEY SLIPS IN
Been tracking the weather and the terrible storms that hit Texas are just heart-breaking. The death toll is still rising and Texas Governor Abbot says that no one has ever seen such a storm.
I could see that the terrible line was moving to the East and that already, there had been some pretty nasty stuff further to the East, so......it was time to fire up the engines on Ti Burik and head home.
Dashed to the airport and yes, Brian, did a very thorough pre-flight (private joke). Aimed the nose of the Little Donkey toward Florida. The WX was just great. There were storms to the West and East of my route, but overall had a smooth ride.
Besides, had spent the day and into the evening refurbishing Air Mobile Rescuers. At the end of the day, had 10 Rescuers "Ready for Service"!
The "Mission" to Haiti was complete and the our Lord made the way again for the Little Donkey. Arrived at Titusville to meet my Cindy for lunch.
Oh, we have so much to do, to get ready for our upcoming India / Nepal trip. Doug, our great Water Mule has been diligently building Rescuers and getting them ready for the next mission.
Well, it's time to head out into this day and again, we're working on pulling a "thousand" pieces together to bring thirsty people clean water. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-27-15 Wednesday 4:42AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
Spent the entire day in Air Mobile Rescuer refurbishment depot. We come to Haiti every 4 weeks or so for many reasons. One of the most important reasons is to keep the 337 Rescuers that are here in tip top running condition.
The remarkable design of the Rescuer allows full refurbishment. They're kind of like the old Singer Sewing Machines...they just keep running and running and running. That's the way we designed the unit, as clean water is simply a "non-negotiable"!
We first introduced the Air Mobile Rescuer to Ruuska Village in 2004 (Barbara Walker built this "Village" over 20 years ago). Barb made the most simple, profound statement regarding the Rescuer...."There is no longer diarrhea in our Village"!
Millions die each year from diarrhea, mostly children (WHO: WATER RELATED DISEASES ). Years ago, that was Barb's biggest battle in keeping the children that she was rescuing, alive. Now, since the Rescuer was introduced here, it is now "history". Praise God!!
I know that some of you reading this rambling blog have been to Haiti and stayed here in the "Village". You've drank the Rescuer water. It works!!
Not only has this "near miracle machine" provided safe clean water here, it has saved Barb and many missionaries around the globe literally thousands, if not millions of $$$ by not buying bottled water. The implications of the financial and environmental impact alone are staggering.
Again, we're so THANKFUL that our Lord put it on Rolf Engelhards' heart (the original Rescuer inventor) to design and build this great machine. Air Mobile has had the privilege to develop and improve the Rescuer. Now, we have nearly 1000 units operating in 45 countries around the world.
Have I told you lately (probably have), just how much I love my job!! Well, speaking of that, it's bright and early this morning and time for me to "get to work". As always, THANK YOU for joining together with us on this "Excellent Adventure" of bringing clean water to a thirsty world! What clear and wonderful way to say, "Jesus loves you"!
Where would we be without so many standing with us? Again, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-26-15 Tuesday 5:55AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"LIVE"....FROM THE HAITI DESK
Yes, it was time to return to Haiti. So, bright and early yesterday (before the weather could brew and spew), I flew our Little Donkey, heavily laden with critical supplies, back to Haiti.
This morning, before the sun has risen, I sit at my "Haiti Desk", sipping a delicious cup of coffee and listening to the Gecko's chirp and the roosters crow. It's good to be back in Haiti.
I never cease to marvel at just how much one Little Donkey (AKA: Ti Burik) can carry.
On Sunday, our newest "Water Mule", Jason, along with Yahn and I loaded up 2 pallets of critical supplies for Barbara. The Orphans needed food, formula and general supplies. Can you believe all that fit into Ti Burik??
Had been tracking the WX for several days. Some very bad flooding and violent storms were to the west of us, so....if I was going to Haiti, better get out the door now!
Did a thorough pre-flight, prayed for a safe journey, crawled into the very full little aircraft, cranked up the engines, pushed the microphone switch 3 times to turn on the taxi/runway lights and taxied into position for take-off. One more quick prayer and eased the throttles forward. In just over 1000 feet, Ti Burik leaped off the runway and I was off to Haiti.
Climbed to 17,000 feet and settled down to a rather long 5+ hour flight. Had 10-15 knots on the nose the whole way.
Just after 6:00am, the sun began it's spectacular "Grand Entrance" (you'd have to see it to believe it). There's nothing like a Caribbean Sunrise at 17,000 feet. They NEVER get old!
Landed at Port-Au-Prince, right on time. Quickly cleared in the flight. Barb was at the airport to meet me and supervised the load going into the "Mission Van".
I quickly dashed off to OFNAC (Haiti Civil Aviation) for a scheduled meeting with the new Director General (DG), Olivier Jean. We discussed the newly installed Harris ATC (Air Traffic Control) equipment as well as Haiti's need for a comprehensive Search & Rescue (SAR) Program. The new DG is extremely knowledgeable about aviation. I've known him for a number of years. He will do a fine job in this position.
Then, it was to the "Village". There, several Air Mobile Rescuers are in need of some tender loving care. As you may know, we have 337 Rescuers spread throughout Haiti, bringing clean water to thousands daily.
One of my prime jobs upon arrival into Haiti is to see how those units are doing. For the last 11+ years, we've offered an unlimited "Life-Time" warranty on every unit in Haiti. If the unit malfunctions for any reason, all the operator has to do is bring the unit to our facility and right there, on the spot, we swap it out for a fully refurbished unit....at no charge!
Over the years, I've learned so much about this "Near Miracle Machine". Many, many improvements and upgrades have come out of this little Haiti facility.
When you're able to see what can go wrong with any machine, it allows you the ability to strengthen it where it needs to be strengthened.
The Air Mobile Rescuer is extremely reliable, as we've had units running continually for nearly 12 years in Haiti. For me personally, working on the Rescuers is a "Labor of Love".
Now, it's time for that 2nd cup of delicious coffee, then into the refurbishment shop where some Rescuers are awaiting some care.
Meanwhile, my Cindy is back in the U.S. getting ready for the upcoming India / Nepal Mission. We are so THANKFUL to be able to travel and bring hope and help to those in such dire need. We can only do this with the help of the Lord and with your precious prayer, love and support!! THANK YOU!!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-25-15 Monday 3:04AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MEMORIAL DAY! "LEST WE FORGET"
Today, Americans celebrate Memorial Day, a day to honor our fallen and living who have given so much for our freedom.
To many, it's just a day off and a good time to Bar-B-Q, but let us remember & honor those who have served and are serving and those who have given all. Here's a brief history of this historic day - MEMORIAL DAY 2015: FACTS & HISTORY
There are so many things for which we can be THANKFUL, but one thing in particular stands out to me. That is, those who volunteer to help others! Air Mobile is just simply blessed by so many that give of themselves.
A good example is Karen of "Dressed With Hope". Folks from all across America come together and sew dresses for little girls less fortunate. We've had literally hundreds of dresses donated to Air Mobile and little girls around the world have a pretty dress made with such love!
Yesterday, Karen and her daughter came and delivered 126 pretty little dresses. These little pieces of love are such an amazing blessing and....they help us as we pack the life saving Rescuers as they act as protection during the packing process. A win-win deal! Thank you, Karen and Friends for your sharing your love with so many.
Preparing the Little Donkey for a flight is a tedious affair, requiring literally hours of sorting and weighing and carefully loading. It's always good to have some help during this process.
Well, here's another example. My good friend and Great Water Mule, Joe Prussel texted me a number and said, this guy would be a good "Water Mule".
I phoned Jason and he showed right up and we worked for hours yesterday preparing the load for the "next mission". Jason's going to be a great "Water Mule"!
BTW, Yahn, another Great Water Mule showed up and helped us, but he took the shots and was not in any of them. Thanks, Yahn!!
Again, I ask myself..."Where would we be without so many 'lending a hand' to help us in this mission of bringing clean water and hope to the desperate and needy?"
Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops! For that, we are so THANKFUL and we're THANKFUL to you, who meander down this road of life with us. We so appreciate your precious prayer, love and support! Be blessed on this Memorial Day!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-24-15 Sunday 6:57AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SOME "SOBERING" THOUGHTS ABOUT SOLAR STORMS
Early this morning, I came across this well written article about the possibility of a major Solar Storm striking the earth. We have no control over these "Storms". They just happen.
But...we can at least have increased awareness and with our many "space- based" tracking devices, at least have a small amount of time to prepare in the event one strikes the earth. It is not a matter of IF, but WHEN this will happen.
I can tell you, being without electricity for a long period of time will cause many, many problems!! There was a massive Solar Storm that struck the earth in 1859 and another one that did significant damage (in Canada) in 1989. Here's the story - MAY BE RIGHT ABOUT TIME FOR A MASSIVE SOLAR STORM TO HIT EARTH
I only share this story with you to encourage you to pray for our Lord's leading, not only for such an event, but for our daily lives. Again, perhaps He's prompting you to become a bit better prepared for any such natural or man-made event.
Here in Florida, for example, Hurricane Season is approaching. It's been quiet for the last few years, but that doesn't mean a bad hurricane can't strike us.
I am ever reminded or the Parable that our Lord gave to His disciples in Matthew 25 concerning the 10 virgins. 5 were wise and 5 were foolish. The wise virgins brought a little extra oil with them while awaiting the Bride-Groom. I simply want to be wise.
Folks, it's never a bad idea to have some preparation plans. As many of you know, Air Mobile travels the world bringing clean water to the thirsty following disasters.
We've seen so much destruction over the years. The truth is "bad things" do happen and it behooves us to be sensitive to the Lord and have at least, some type of plan.
Perhaps, over this Memorial Day weekend (celebrated in America), you can at least give a little bit of thought and above all, PRAYER into what you can do to prepare your family for a disaster (of any sort). It's not a bad idea!
Well, as I shared with you yesterday, it was GRADUATION DAY for our Peter James. Oh, we're so proud of our son.
The Graduation ceremony was just great. My, that boy has gotten tall, as demonstrated by him standing next to his beautiful Mom!
Now, Peter is ready for the next big step in his life. He'll be beginning at Florida Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in the Fall and studying Meteorology, a great subject!!
We're making good progress on preparing for our "Next Mission"...will likely be to Haiti. And then, we'll be going to India and Nepal.
We could not do what we do, without so many of you, standing with us! All we can say is....THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-23-15 Saturday 6:22AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
Our son Peter is graduating from Astronaut High School this morning. We're so proud of Peter! With a lot discipline and determination, he finished the year with a 4.0. He'll also be starting into F.I.T. (Florida Institute of Technology) in the Fall. Go Peter!!
Peter will be joining our Team to India / Nepal in early June. BTW, we are making very good progress on getting a number of Air Mobile Rescuers ready for that mission. Doug and Ted were working in full-speed assembly yesterday.
After Peter's Graduation this morning, I'll be going to the airport to meet with Paul, our great mechanic. We'll be doing engine run-ups on the Little Donkey, preparing for our "next mission".
Overall, we're busy and THANKFUL that we can bring clean water to thirsty people. What a good way to say...."Jesus loves you"! Love my job!!
Time to go to that early morning graduation at Astronaut High. Thanks again for your faithful love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-22-15 Friday 6:24AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A "MISSION IN A MISSION" & MAJOR HEALTH CRISIS BREWING IN NEPAL
Even as parts are "flying" together to make the Clean Water machines for Nepal, the needs around us go on. Barbara needs baby food / formula / medicine for the babies in the "Village" in Haiti. A simple plea went out via Facebook and a couple of calls and....
Our little Gold Ford Escape "hit the road". By the end of the day, we had 2 full "Escape" loads of baby food / formula / medicine and so much more. Wow!
Our first stop, The Alternative Pregnancy Center (APC). Vickie and crew gave us a great load. The APC has been such a blessing over the years!!
From APC, it was back to the Hangar to unload that great "orphan load". Then, back on the road south, toward Melbourne.
Met John and Margaret at a McDonalds on I-95. They had another great load of food / formula / etc. My little Escape was 1/2 full.
Kept driving south to Meaghan's home. She and her Mom will be going to Haiti soon and had a lot of "overflow" supplies that needed to get to Haiti before they arrived. Then, the little Gold Escape was filled to the brim with another full load.
In just a matter of hours, our Lord "rallied" his troops and activated His "Supply Chain" for Barbara's babies. I love being part of the Body of Christ!!
Back at the "Shop", Doug and company were diligently assembling parts and sub-assemblies for the Rescuers that will be going to India and Nepal in early June..
The media has "moved on" but the disaster continues. "Typhoid and cholera are [also] endemic," he says, meaning these diseases were already present in the country and pose a risk to aid efforts. Health teams must be prepared for the arrival -- and spread -- of cholera whilst also preventing its onset by ensuring that people have access to clean water. Here's a recent story explaining more - NEPAL EARTHQUAKES: HOW MEDICS RACE TO AVERT A HEALTH CRISIS
So, today, the quest goes on and we're fully engaged in a "Mission within a Mission". We move forward toward bringing clean water, vital supplies and most important, the love of God to a hungry and thirsty world.
As I always say and mean from the very depths of my heart, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-21-15 Thursday 6:59AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A SWEET LITTLE GIRL
Cindy and I are so proud of our Ariana. Any of you who know her, understands just what we mean. Ari is so full of love and compassion. We are blessed to have her as our daughter.
BTW, our intrepid, Barbara found (rescued) Ariana in Haiti 7 years ago. She was very sick and dying. Our Lord arranged for Cindy and I to adopt this precious little one. She's now perfectly healthy and just an angel!!
Well, Ari's school, Park Avenue Christian Academy (over 600 students), honored our little one with this award, "Certificate in Outstanding Character". We are so proud of her!
Meanwhile, Doug (our Chief Water Mule) and company are working very hard to get as many Air Mobile Rescuers ready for our India / Nepal Mission coming up on June 3rd.
We're so THANKFUL that so far, all of the many pieces necessary to make this "Near Miracle Machine" are coming together. Today will be much the same, gathering components and putting them together.
Last night, I had dinner with my very best friend on this earth, Joe Polozola. Joe introduced me to Jesus 43 years ago.
We get together often to pray and just catch up. I'm so thankful that Joe cared enough about me as his friend to tell me about Jesus.
I'm keenly reminded of this saying.... FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS GO TO HELL!!"
So, today will be quite busy. In addition to India / Nepal, there are always deep needs for Haiti and....Alternative Pregnancy Center has some great supplies (baby food / formula / medicine, etc) for the orphans in Barb's Village. Will be picking them up today as well as doing an Inspection / Engine Run-up on the Little Donkey.
Time to head out into this "Day that our Lord has made"!! As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-20-15 Wednesday 6:42AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
Was up early this morning and while sipping my first cup of coffee, came across this story.
Am reminded of the Scripture "I was hungry and you gave Me to eat....when you've done it unto the least of these, my Brethren, you've done it unto Me".
Here's the story - "EVERYBODY CRIED": 11 PEOPLE IN WAFFLE HOUSE SAT IN AWE AS A 5 YR OLD BOY PUT HIS "FAITH
May our Lord open our hearts and our eyes to see as He sees. I'm thankful for that little boy who reached out to that homeless man. What a good lesson for us all.
As we prepare for our upcoming "Mission to India / Nepal", I'm reminded of the faces and images that Joe P. and I just witnessed in Nepal. Our hearts are driven to do all we can can to bring clean water to the thirsty.
Am also extremely THANKFUL for so many that stand with us in this mission. There's Doug, who dropped everything and drove from Wisconsin to Florida on a moments notice to help us pull all the pieces together. And....there are so many others behind the scenes who help us to respond to the call of Jesus to help others. Praise God!!
So, it's time to gather up and head out the door to pull a thousand+ pieces together to turn them into clean water machines and instruments of God's love to a thirsty world!
As always, THANK YOU for meandering down this path of life with us. We so appreciate your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-19-15 Tuesday 7:15AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
BACK HOME...PUTTING PIECES TOGETHER FOR CLEAN WATER
Peter, Ariana and I boarded a Jet Blue flight from Providence, RI to Orlando. The flight was smooth as silk. It's good to be home. We're working very hard to put the pieces together that make "CLEAN WATER" for the thirsty.
My Cindy will fly in today. Looking forward to all being back together at home!
We are still moving forward for our June 3rd Departure for India and then....we'll return to Nepal with more water purifiers. The need is so great there and the earthquakes just keep pounding them.
So, today, we'll be running all over gathering the parts and pieces to make clean water. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-18-15 Monday 5:44AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Leicester, MA - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
TIME TO HEAD HOME
After "The Wedding" (and what a wedding it was!) it's time to pack up in MA and head back to Florida where we'll be continuing to put together our "Next Mission" to India and Nepal.
While we were up in MA, Joe Prussel and Team were representing Air Mobile at another fundraiser for Nepal. 6 bands gathered and played until 2:00am this morning and all together, looks like another Air Mobile Rescuer has been funded!
Thanks Garrett and Yahn and Joe (and others) for "manning" the booth and telling so many about the Rescuer and our mission to a thirsty world!
And a special THANKS to "Lou's Blues" (located in Melbourne Beach, FL) for hosting this great event that is helping to bring clean water half way around the world to those that so desperately need it. God bless you!!
Yesterday, we attended the Mill Church (where my Cindy has such "deep roots"). I was asked to share a bit about our latest Mission to Nepal and about our upcoming Mission to return there. Oh, we love this Church!!
After the service at the Mill, my Cindy shared some of the delicious wedding cake that was left over from the wedding. The cake was crazy good!!
I must tell you another story about the Mill Church. There is a precious lady, that as a little girl, grew up in an orphanage. Her heart is just bursting to help other little orphans.
So, she diligently makes precious little dresses for the little girls. Each one is made with such love and they're just beautiful.
Well, she had a wonderful load of dresses for the orphans in India and we'll deliver them right to the spot!
Cindy and I are just overwhelmed by the love, prayer and support that we receive from so many! THANK YOU!!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-17-15 Sunday 6:14AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Leicester, MA - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A DAY TO REMEMBER
Our precious Juliet Joy Hurston became Mrs. Juliet Joy L'Esperance yesterday afternoon. What a day!
It was a day that we'll always remember and cherish. Over 200 guests joined in this wonderful celebration under the majestic trees of Marshall State Park in Leicester, MA.
Cindy, Peter, Ariana and I arrived at the wedding sight early, as Cindy had some final touches to put on the......
Incredible Wedding Cake that my Cindy made (took almost 20 hours) from scratch. It was exactly what Juliet wanted and oh....was it delicious!!
Earlier, rain had been forecast for the morning of the wedding. I remember how Juliet and I prayed for our Lord to just hold that rain back for another time. He did!
Can't even begin to describe what this glorious day was like. So much joy and simple happiness. I understand why our Lord Jesus chose a wedding to perform His first "Public Miracle".
And, speaking of Miracles, this whole story would not have happened had Ernie White (in peach colored shirt) not introduced my Cindy to Jesus when Cindy was just 14 years old.
Earlier, before the glorious Wedding, I had the privilege to speak to the Men's Breakfast group in the Church (The Mill) that Ernie had started many years ago.
And then....Juliet would have never come into our family, had our intrepid Barbara Walker not have rescued her in Haiti 19 years ago, when she was just 3 years old.
Then came the Father - Daughter Dance and my Juliet chose one of my favorite Beatle Songs...."Take Good Care of my Baby". I know Shaun will!!
Oh, how our Lord has His hand on us. We're amazed and humbled by His great love!!
Again, it was a day we'll never forget and...TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!
Well, this morning, we'll be going back to the Mill Church on this glorious Sunday morning. We're just overjoyed at the great love of God in our lives.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-16-15 Saturday 6:23AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Leicester, MA - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
The day has come for these two to become one! We are just so thrilled for Juliet and Shaun. The L'Esperance and Hurston Families could not be happier for these two!
My Cindy has known Karen L'Esperance since High School. They both became Christians as teenagers. Little did they know that our families would be joined together by the love of Juliet and Shaun.
We have loved Shaun for years....long before he even "noticed" Juliet. We even brought him on a number of missions with us to the Philippines and Haiti.
Shaun has great compassion and a genuine love for people. Recently, he received his Doctorate in Nursing and is a Nurse-Practioner. He and Juliet desire to serve the Lord together and reach out to those who are suffering. Any of you who know Juliet, knows that she has a heart of gold. Oh, our Lord has put these two together and we truly rejoice!!
So, in just a few hours, we will meet in a beautiful campground in Spencer, MA to witness the joining together of Juliet and Shaun. All we can say is...PRAISE GOD!
This morning, I've been asked to share a "Nepal Report" in a Men's Prayer Breakfast at the Mill Church (founded by Ernie White, who led my Cindy to Jesus when she was 14 years old). Then, this afternoon....THE WEDDING!!
Thank you so much for your precious prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-15-15 Friday 5:56AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Leicester, MA - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
U.S. MARINE CHOPPER FOUND - LIKELY...NO SURVIVORS!
Had been following the story of the missing U.S. Marine "Huey" very closely and had been praying for them. Even had multiple dreams about the "baffling mystery".
This morning, the news came...the wreckage of the chopper has been found and likely...no survivors. I'm very sad. Here's the story - U.S. MARINE HELICOPTER WRECKAGE SPOTTED NEAR CHINESE BORDER; 3 BODIES FOUND
Joe Prussel and I had the privilege to meet a number of the U.S. Marines who had arrived to help in Nepal. They were doing an awesome job and we are very proud of their service.
However, Nepal is extremely dangerous right now and many "Rescuers" are risking their lives every day. Let us remember them in prayer!
Please remember to pray for the families of the 6 U.S. Marines and 2 Nepali soldiers who gave their lives helping others!
Air Mobile continues, full steam ahead, to get back to Nepal with more Rescuers, THANKS to our Volunteers and Supporters and PRAYER partners. We are very eager to return.
So many are cut off and suffering due to latest 7.4 earthquake that has caused so many landslides. Here's the latest - NEPAL'S LATEST EARTHQUAKE - DEATH TOLL CLIMBS
For the next few days, our family will be celebrating the upcoming wedding of Juliet and Shaun. Oh, we are so happy for this wonderful couple. Words can't describe our joy! Tomorrow...they "Tie the Knot"!
Early yesterday, Ariana and I boarded a Jet Blue Flight to Providence, Rhode Island to join the "wedding party". Cindy picked us up.
Upon arrival in Millbury, MA (very close to Providence), Cindy resumed baking "The Cake" for this joyous celebration.
So, for the next few days, I'll be in "another world", one filled with joy and blessing. My head is still spinning from "jet lag"....so if I write a little (more than usual) erratically or crazy, just bear with me.
This morning Peter and Angelica will be flying in to join the "Party". Christian and Ann Marie and their 3 children will be driving up and arriving later this evening. Again, we rejoice for Juliet and Shaun.
As always, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for meandering down this road of life and excellent "Adventure" with us. Your precious prayer, love and support are invaluable! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-14-15 Thursday 5:17AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
CALLING IN VOLUNTEERS ("WATER MULES") & PARTS = CLEAN WATER FOR A THIRSTY WORLD!
Spent the day rallying our troops to build more Air Mobile Rescuers. Was on the phone with various parts suppliers and called one of our "Premier" Water Mules, Doug, who will be leaving Wisconsin to drive down to Florida to lead the team building the Rescuers. THANK YOU, DOUG!
Our local news Channel 13 did a story on our efforts in Nepal. We're thankful, as this will help bring in more volunteers and funding for the much needed Rescuers for Nepal. Here's the story - MINISTRY BRINGING PURE WATER SYSTEMS TO NEPAL QUAKE VICTIMS
And, there's going to be a benefit Concert this weekend to help raise money for more Rescuers.
Joe Prussel (who did an awesome job in Nepal) and his wife, Lydia, will be representing Air Mobile at the Concert. Here's the Florida Today story and the details of the Concert - LOCALS HELP BREVARD BUILT WATER PURIFIERS GET TO NEPAL
Again, where would we be without so many helping us? We're so THANKFUL!!
This morning, Ariana and I will be boarding a flight to Massachusetts to join Cindy. We'll be celebrating the marriage of our Juliet and Shaun on Saturday. We are so excited about this!!
I'm so humbled and THANKFUL for those who stand so faithfully with us with prayer, love and support! God bless you and THANK YOU again!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-13-15 Wednesday 8:11AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AIR MOBILE BACK IN U.S. TO RELOAD - PLANNING TO RETURN TO NEPAL VIA INDIA - 2ND LARGE QUAKE STRIKES NEPAL JUST HOURS AFTER WE LEFT - SEARCH FOR U.S. MARINE HELICOPTER UNDERWAY
It took nearly 40 hours from the time we flew out of Kathmandu, Nepal until we landed in Orlando, FL (got home at midnight). Yes, it's about half way around the world.
Hit the ground running late last night and we're working very hard to "Reload" with Air Mobile Rescuers and get back to Nepal! My phone is ringing off the hook. Have already conducted 2 interviews this morning.
Meanwhile, a search is underway for the missing Marine Helicopter (Huey). Contaminated fuel is expected. We pray that they find the Marines and Nepal soldiers soon. We met a number of the Marines when we first arrived in Nepal.
NEPAL CALLS FOR EVACUATION OF BUILDINGS DAMAGED BY POWERFUL QUAKE
So, our "RESCUER RELOAD" moves ahead with parts being ordered and "Water Mules" being called upon. We'll manage much of this via "remote control" as our precious daughter, Juliet is getting married this Saturday in Massachusetts. Cindy is already up there and Ariana, Peter and I will be flying up tomorrow. Yes, we've literally "hit the ground running"!
As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-12-15 Tuesday 4:09AM (Qatar Time) - Doha, Qatar - Air Mobile Nepal Mission – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
I'm torn between the two. It is definitely time to head home, as our Juliet is getting married in just 4 days and I wouldn't miss that wedding for anything. But, at the same time, it's difficult to leave Nepal with so many people thirsty and suffering.
We have done what we could for now (we placed 7 Air Mobile Rescuers in areas of desperate need), but....we plan to return very soon with more life-saving Rescuers, with our Lord's help.
Joe P and I packed up 2 blue tubs, loaded them onto a tiny Suzuki Taxi in Kathmandu and headed to the airport.
The sky got dark, wind started howling and a massive thunderstorm enveloped the overloaded, very crowded Kathmandu airport.
Our Qatar Airlines flight was delayed due to the weather. Our connection in Doha was very tight anyway, so it looked like we'd be doing some re-routing.
That's exactly what happened. By the time we got to Doha, our Philidelphia flight had already left. So....we're here at the airport for an extra 7 hours. Would be nice to find a place to stretch out and actually sleep. We're already pushing 24 hours and a bit delirious.
So many images are racing through my mind...the kids on the road, the destruction, the pain, the smiles, the courage.
So many miraculous things happened on this mission from split second timing to amazing favor. Joe and I can't stop praising God for all of the open doors.
Yet, I wish we could have done more, but I know our Lord will give us the strength and resources to come back to Nepal.
Well, it's time to try to get a little shut eye, before boarding the Qatar 777 for the 14 hour flight to Miami, then the quick jump to Orlando. As always, THANK YOU for your very much appreciated prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-11-15 Monday 7:03AM (Nepal Time) - Kathmandu, Nepal - Air Mobile Nepal Mission – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
APPROACHING THE END OF THE MISSION TO NEPAL / FINDING A MISSING PIECE AND GOODBYE TO A DEAR LITTLE FRIEND
Air Mobile delivered the 7th and final Rescuer to an orphanage that needed clean water yesterday. The Orphanage Director, Emmanuel, is actually from India. Again, our Lord provided another incredible contact for us. I'll explain in a bit.
Yesterday morning, Joe and I met with Pad and Lila (who provided so many connections to help us deploy the units quickly and efficiently) and Emmanuel, the Director of the Orphanage.
We met at a very cool little Shop called the "The Top of the World Coffee". We gave Pad and Lila a thorough debriefing and shared many photos. We all rejoiced at how God had opened so many doors!!
The Top of the World (TOW) served delicious coffee (great Latte) and great food. It is also a favorite hang-out for Americans. We met a number of fine young people who love the Lord.
From the TOW it was a short ride to the Orphanage. BTW, Christian Television Network (CTN) supports this orphanage.
Joe and I were really impressed with the young men who will be operating the Rescuer. They were GREAT students and very, very sharp!!
After the training, we presented the Air Mobile Rescuer. They will not only be using this in the orphanage, they will be taking it into the devastated areas and bringing clean water and the Good News of Jesus!!
During the meeting and training with Emmanuel, we discussed our upcoming Mission to India. As our Lord would have it, Emmanuel is from Southern India in the very zone where we will be meeting with
Sam and his Orphanage.
Emmanuel will be able to help us in our travel from India back to Nepal where we will be able to bring in more Air Mobile Rescuers (that are desperately needed!!). Oh, I just love it when our Lord puts His plans together and gives us the privilege to be part of it!!
By yesterday afternoon, the 10 hour time difference was taking a toll on me. We headed back to the hotel where I "crashed" for a couple of hours. Joe P and Durga hit the market and shops. Even ran across a number of monkeys along the way.
A number of ancient Temples were destroyed in the earthquake, but many survived. Here, Joe is spending a little time with a local Hindu Guru.
We also had another meeting with Brian Scott of CBN for additional training on the Rescuer. You may recall from yesterday, he will be leading a team into Barpak, the devastated village that we had so wanted to get into.
We met a number of doctors and leaders with CBN as we presented the Rescuer. I know I say this often, but...."Surely, God knows how to deploy His troops"!!
Finally, I have a sad story to tell you about a faithful little dog, Sam, whom our family loves dearly. Cindy informed me late last night that Sam succumbed to internal injuries inflicted on him by a much larger dog.
We are all heartbroken. Here, Ariana is holding Sam just before he died. We know the Lord's eyes are on the sparrow...and we know He's watching us.
So, it's time to pack our bags and get ready for our long flight home. THANK YOU so much for walking down this long and winding adventure with us. We so appreciate your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-10-15 Sunday 5:53AM (Nepal Time) - Kathmandu, Nepal - Air Mobile Nepal Mission – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AGAIN...A PERFECTLY TIMED MEETING!!
I never cease to marvel at how our Lord orchestrates people with such perfect timing! Let me give just a bit of background.
While Joe P and I were in the Gorkha District, one of our main goals was to get to Barpak, a village that was utterly decimated. There are only 2 ways to get to Barpak, either by trekking in or Helicopter.
We got within a 4 hour trek (10-11 km) from Barpak, when we brought clean water to Bayoo and deployed our last Rescuer that we had with us. We had already placed 5 Rescuers in desperately needed locations. We so wished we had one more for Barpak, but it was back in Kathmandu.
Yesterday, we drove away from Gorkha and back to Kathmandu and left Barpak behind....or so we thought.
We met with Joe's principal contact, Pad, when we arrived back into Kathmandu. Of course, we had a cup of coffee together.
Pad explained that his brother was the Director at a Christian Bible College very close by and invited us to come over and meet him and see the campus.
As we pulled into the gate and up to the main entrance, I saw an American. Naturally, we spoke. His name was Dan with CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network). I explained what we were doing concerning clean water. Dan immediately told me, that he had someone I needed to meet.
Soon, Brian Scott, who is the Manager of Humanitarian Operations for CBN, and I were talking, and we absolutely shared the extreme need for clean water. As he heard more about the Air Mobile Rescuer, a follow up meeting was set.
You see, Brian and the local CBN Representative, Beni, planned to get into Barpak either by helo or by foot. As we spoke more and more, our Lord put it into my heart to donate one of our two remaining Rescuers to CBN for special deployment into Barpak.
So, even though we could not deploy the unit, Scott and team could. We met last night and put Scott and Beni through a full Air Mobile Training.
Then with great joy, we presented the Rescuer to Scott. Barpak will get the much needed clean water, thanks, to our Lord's perfect timing!
This morning, we will be delivering our final Air Mobile Rescuer to an orphanage that is supported by Christian Television Network.
We are already making plans to return to Nepal during our upcoming India Mission. The needs are so great. We must do what we can to bring clean water to people who are suffering and dying as a result of this devastating earthquake.
I must tell you about another "strategically deployed" servant of the Lord, Durga. He is a young man who grew up in an orphanage started by Joe's good friend, Steve, who introduced us to Pad.
Durga was our faithful interpreter on this mission. Joe P had been volunteering for Operation Christmas Child for over 10 years, (OCC provides a shoe box full of gifts and a Gospel message to children all over the world).
Joe was wearing one of the OCC Volunteer shirts when we first met with Durga. That was when Durga told Joe that he received a Christmas Box when he was 6 years old. Joe and I were moved and had tears in our eyes when we actually met a recipient of one of these Christmas boxes.
I asked Durga if he got what he wanted. He smiled and said he got a soccer ball (that was deflated to fit into the little shoe box). He remembered it like yesterday.
We truly grew to love this young man who has such a passion to serve the Lord. We also trained him to become an "Air Mobile Water Mule". Again, our Lord knows how to deploy & recruit His troops!!
As I always say, and mean from the very depths of my heart, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-9-15 Saturday 6:10AM (Nepal Time) - Gorkha, Nepal - Air Mobile Nepal Mission – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
CLEAN WATER TO....THE END OF THE ROAD
The road was just terrible and evidence could be found everywhere of landslides. We encountered several heavy pieces of equipment clearing out recent landslides.
Gorkha had 3 more small quakes overnight. Every location we'd been to, had reported multiple earthquakes. The entire region is still "shaking & rattling"!
BTW, we were on the "Great Himalaya Trail"!!
As we slowly drove through this devastated town, we saw people working so hard to put their lives back together.
We also saw so many warm smiles and deep respect and appreciation for what we were doing.
The main water source just outside of Ghyampesal was terrible. According to the Main Water Engineer in the region, the water was very contaminated and many were getting sick from drinking it.
We met with the leaders and began the training immediately. Soon, we were pumping clean water from that very contaminated water source. Things were about to change for Ghyampesal!
Can't even begin to express the joy it is to present an Air Mobile Rescuer!!
From Ghyampesal, it was on to Aripokhari. Joe's connection from 16 years ago had built a clinic there and they wanted us to check it out and see if they needed clean water. They absolutely did!!
Upon arrival and inspection Joe P assessed that the building was completely destroyed and would need to be rebuilt from the ground up.
The Doctor for the clinic was living in a tent and treating patients as he could with both dirty water and extremely limited facilities.
Then it was off to our final destination of the day, Table'. There was a major school with 800+ students that was completely destoryed.
Along the way, we found these children seeking clean .water.
Then, we saw where a fully loaded bus had recently gone over the cliff. There were multiple deaths and many injuries.
We then pulled into the town of Table' and trekked up to the top of the mountain to the school.
Nearly every structure of this school was severely damaged and many would need to be completely rebuilt.
Electricity was a challenge, but these guys were quite creative.
After the good training, and again, the "students" were very sharp, I had that wonderful "first drink"! BTW, the Nepal Armed Police were temporarily camping in the school yard. They were very impressed with the Rescuer.
Then the Principal of the School took a nice long drink of extremely clean water!!
Afterwards, we were talking and discovered that, that very morning, the Principal had been PRAYING for a water purifier. Meanwhile, Joe and I had been praying about where to deploy. Our Lord put us together!!
Yes, "Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"!!
Then, the long and jarring ride back to Gorkha! We arrived as the sun was setting. We were tired, beat up but had an indescribable joy of bringing clean water and expressing the love of God to the thirsty!
We are out of Air Mobile Rescuers for this portion of our mission. This morning, we'll be heading back to Kathmandu. There, we have 2 more locations to bring Rescuers.
We really PRAISE GOD for his protection thus far. Well, it's time to pack up and hit the road for that 5 hour journey back to Kathmandu.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious and invaluable and greatly appreciated prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-8-15 Friday 5:28AM (Nepal Time) - Gorkha, Nepal - Air Mobile Nepal Mission – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"GROUND ZERO" NEPAL - SHAKING!
Been on many "bad roads" over my life, but Nepal's roads rival the worst. We departed Gorkha in a late model Indian 4X4 (Mahindra) that was found for us by Joe's 16 year connection. Never cease to marvel at how our Lord "orchestrates" things.
Our driver, Epoch, pulled into an "inspection" ramp and started tightening all of the suspension bolts for the bone-jarring drive ahead. BTW, I like this 4X4, it's very well built. Joe and I knew we were in for a "ride".
Our first destination was a small community called Bachchek, a town flattened by the earthquake. As we shook and rattled down this mountainside road with literally hundreds and hundreds of sheer drop offs and evidence everywhere of freshly cleared landslides.
Joe and I knew our lives could end in a moment with the slightest earthquake shake. In this shot, Joe is pointing down from the window of our 4X4, it was a sheer 100+ drop to the bottom.
At first, I'd see the narrow path with a sheer wall on one side and the harrowing drop off on the other side and my heart would beat a bit faster. After 4 hours of this, there remained just a simple trust that our Lord would take care of us....no matter what happened.
Along the way, we saw so many images that will be forever forged into my mind and heart, but I had to share this scene of 2 little ones getting water.
Finally, we pulled into Bhakchek and began unloading our precious cargo....clean water.
The "Mayor" of Bhakchek greeted us and helped us carry this "wonder machine" that takes very contaminated water and turns it into extremely pure water.
Joe led the training and the "students" were just great. Bhakchek had a perfect set up for the Air Mobile Rescuer.
One part of this whole operation that I love is taking the "first drink". That usually "wins" the audience as to how good this little machine really works!
Then the "Mayor" took the second drink. This is all it takes for the whole community to "fall in love" with the Air Mobile Rescuer.
We then presented the Air Mobile Rescuer to the Mayor and the whole community. This is just pure joy!
This last scene of a mother with her daughter tells a lot.
After a lovely meal provided by the Mayor we hit the road for our next destination, even closer to the actual "Ground Zero", the community called Bayoo. The road was equally rough, particularly as we crawled toward the actual point where this terrible earthquake split the mountains open. We saw rockslides everywhere.
Upon arrival, again, Joe led the training. Bayoo is at an intersection connecting a number of communities. We selected a trickling water source that was the first bit of water to the weary and thirsty evacuees....who were still pouring out of the region hardest hit.
Just across from our deployment / training point was a village that was completely destroyed. Almost every resident was killed. A grim reminder of the brutal destruction left by this terrible earthquake.
We've got to "hit the road" or shall I say, "the road is about to hit us" for our next deployments. PLEASE remember to pray for us, as these are extremely perilous conditions!
As always, THANK YOU for joining us on this winding and wonderful journey of bringing clean water and the Good News of Jesus to thirsty folk!! THANKS again for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-7-15 Thursday 6:26AM (Nepal Time) - Gorkha, Nepal - Air Mobile Nepal Mission – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AIR MOBILE IN EPICENTER ZONE - BASE CAMP GORKHA - SMALL QUAKES SHAKE!
The day began in Kathmandu with a very timely meeting. Our Lord has His hand so mightily on this mission! 16 years ago, our Air Mobile "Water Mule", Joe Prussel was in Nepal. It was Joe's first true missionary journey.
As a result of that mission, long ago, we met with Pad and Lila, both extremely well connected within the Nepal Government. Pad is also responsible for 16 Churches throughout Nepal. Yes, "Surely, God knows how to deploy His troops!!"
With more invaluable information, we hit the road for Gorhka. Joe remembers the journey from 16 years ago, as being very treacherous and long. The roads had been improved somewhat, but there was still a lot of rock slide evidence.
As we moved closer and closer to the epicenter of the terrible earthquake, we saw more and more evidence of the powerful destruction.
After 6 hours, we pulled into Gorkha, an absolutely beautiful little town 3700 feet above sea level with a magnificent lush valley at it's base. This is just the "gateway" to the destruction that we will see today.
We settled into a small guesthouse and was sitting out on the veranda, when, just moments before this shot was taken....suddenly, it felt and sounded like a bomb went off under our feet.
A thousand birds screamed and took wing & you could hear folks screaming and running. For a moment there was chaos, then things settled down. My heart was beating like crazy. It was a "small" earthquake.
Then, a leader from the small town of Gorhka showed up (thanks to Pad and Lila). We briefly described what we were here to do. He offered to introduce us to the Chief Water / Sanitation engineer for the whole zone.
After demonstrating the Air Mobile Rescuer, the Chief Engineer was extremely impressed with the size, strength and output of the Rescuer.
After much discussion, a deployment strategy was determined. We picked a number of locations on the map and came up with Plan A, Plan B & Plan C.
This will all be dependent upon the condition of the roads and what these quakes are doing regarding land slides.
BTW, there was another quake at 5:00am this morning. It simply woke me up and I don't have any real memory of it but....it just proves how volatile this whole region is.
Joe and I just assessed again, this guesthouse, and what will be the best way to get out QUICKLY in the event another quake hits.
Again, as a result of our "good connections" which have been arranged by our Lord (beginning 16 years ago!!), a 4X4 vehicle is being arranged to take us to the first, devastated village. We'll be loading Rescuers and hitting the road as soon as the 4X4 gets out of the shop (being prepped for the hard journey).
So, as always, THANK YOU - THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-6-15 Wednesday 7:56AM (Nepal Time) - Kathmandu, Nepal - Air Mobile Nepal Mission – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AIR MOBILE HEADING TO GORKHA
We're managing the "Jet Lag" reasonably well (but in the late afternoon....really dragging). There is a 10 hour time difference between U.S. East time and Nepal time (it's morning here on Wednesday and late evening on Tuesday in U.S.)
Yesterday yielded incredible "intel" for what we can expect on the ground. Found out there is a pretty clear route to Gorkha by road. The Gorkha region was the epicenter of the massive 7.8 earthquake.
We have the possibility of a helicopter lift, but prefer to go by road, as this will allow us to assess the damage and needs so much more while enroute.
We'll be departing soon and again, we may not be able to update the blog once we arrive in the Gorkha region.
We ask you to please pray especially for our safety as we are going into a region that is still having earthquakes and landslides.
So please stay tuned and also....we're just THANKFUL for your vital and greatly appreciate prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-5-15 Tuesday 6:09PM (Nepal Time) - Kathmandu, Nepal - Air Mobile Nepal Mission – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AIR MOBILE ON GROUND IN NEPAL - OPEN DOORS!!
Air Mobile landed in Kathmandu from Doha yesterday evening. All I can say is WOW! Surely our Lord is opening doors like crazy! First of all, our flight was not restricted due to the runway damage done at the Kathmandu International Airport. Landing was a bit rough, but safe. An Open Door!
While passing Immigrations we explained that we had vital, life-saving water purifiers. The Official was THANKFUL and gave us a full and immediate clearance. Another Open Door!
With that Document in hand we were ready for Customs. Must tell you, the airport was a madhouse. The baggage collection area was wall to wall people.
But after retrieving our 4 tubs containing the 7 Air Mobile Rescuers, we were met by Paul from Remote Area Medical (RAM).
Paul is leading a team of U.S. Surgeons and made arrangements for us to stay at a nearby hotel...at a reasonable rate. Another Open Door! Considering the magnitude of this disaster, our accommodations are great.
We were up first thing (10 hour time difference), after a much, much needed night of sleep. We'd been traveling for well over 30 hours to get to Nepal.
Our next stop was the International Airport. We prayed, asking our Lord for favor and guidance. Upon arriving at the airport, it was like a whirlwind.
We needed Badges to get "behind the scenes" at the airport. The U.S. Marines had 4 V-22 Osprey and a couple of Huey's. We soon had our "Clearance" and met with the Marines.
We found out they were not going to Gorkha, the hardest hit area of Nepal. They were going to other hard areas, but not the area we felt led by the Lord to bring clean water to. But, we gained invaluable info from them.
From there it was to the World Food Program. Have worked with them all over the world. The lead guy, Baptiste from France, gave us just the info we needed to determine how to get to Gorkha. Again, invaluable info.
Met an MAF Pilot from Uganda who was helping to coordinate Helicopter flights into the hardest hit areas. Again, more invaluable info.
We seemed to have accomplished in just a few hours what would take days going through "normal channels". Our Lord does NOT OPERATE ON NORMAL CHANNELS! We then headed back to our base to plan our strategy for deployment to Ghorkha.
We'll be departing in the morning for Gorkha. Not sure if we'll even have an internet connection there so....there may be a "gap" in coverage. I'm very THANKFUL to have you on-board with us with your precious prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-4-15 Monday 7:22AM (Qatar Time) - Doha, Qatar - Air Mobile Enroute to Nepal – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ENROUTE TO NEPAL VIA DOHA QATAR - SMOOTH, LONG FLIGHT
Joe Prussel and I boarded a U.S. Airways flight to Philidelphia early Sunday morning to begin the long journey to Nepal.
A SPECIAL THANKS to U.S. Airways for waiving the oversize / overweight "Blue Tubs" carrying 7 life-saving Air Mobile Rescuers!
After an uneventful, on-time flight to Philly, we then boarded a beautiful Qatar Airlines 777.
After 13+ hours at 39,000 feet, we landed in Doha, Qatar on time and we're awaiting our next leg to Kathmandu, Nepal. BTW, the service and food on Qatar Airlines was superb!
All kind of news is coming out of Nepal. There were several earthquakes on Sunday, rattling nerves and further weakening already severely damaged buildings.
And the Nepal Government is restricting "Heavy Aircraft", causing a major back-up of relief aid. We're hoping and praying our flight in Kathmandu will not be cancelled or delayed.
Here's more on this developing story - NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: KATHMANDU AIRPORT CLOSES DAMAGED RUNWAY TO BIG PLANES
We've already spent over 16 hours in the air and still have over 2000 miles to go. Time to go try to find a quiet spot here in Doha, Qatar and get a little shut eye.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious and vital prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-3-15 Sunday 3:17AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THE LONG ROAD TO NEPAL
Our flight departs Orlando International at 6:10am. It's going to be a long journey with only a few stops...Philly, Doha Qatar and finally to Kathmandu.
We're all "strapped & loaded and ready to go. We have 4 blue tubs with Rescuers in side. Report after report from Nepal states the clear and immediate need is for clean water.
Even though our 7 Rescuers will only be a "Drop in the Bucket", those that get those precious drops will be very thankful. We'll do all we can to help those that are suffering such awful need.
Our goal is to "reach far" and go where the needs are the greatest. This is NEVER easy. Please pray for us to be directed and guided by the Holy Spirit as we launch forth.
Gotta run. Will write more on our next layover. God bless and as always, THANK YOU for your precious and vital prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-2-15 Saturday 5:49AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AIR MOBILE GETS HELP FROM JET BLUE & A CERTAIN LITTLE GIRL TURNS 10
The "Haiti Mission" was complete and it was time to head back to the U.S. and then, beginning the long journey to Nepal. The only thing standing in the way were a few storms...along the way....in the "Bermuda Triangle".
There's a lot I could say about the "Triangle", but the one thing that stands out is it's incredibly rapid ability to generate storms.
Over the years, I've gained a great deal of respect for this and give plenty of room to "run away" and land on an island when things don't look good.
As it became clear, several days ago, that Air Mobile was going to Nepal, I began tracking a line of storms along my route home. I saw some breaks and possible "safe passage" through.
After prayer and a thorough pre-flight, I crawled in the Little Donkey and fired up the engines. Just before take-off, Jet Blue 1510 landed at Port-Au-Prince.
He heard that I was about to depart (over our new Harris ATC Communication System) and landed short and turned off at the midway point, saving me about 10 minutes. I thanked the pilot for his kind effort.
I also asked him about the weather. He told me that storms were brewing, but there seemed to be several ways around the worst ones. Pilots freely share enroute advice. It's called a "Pirep" or Pilot Report. Again, I thanked the Jet Blue Captain.
Just moments before pushing the throttles forward, I snapped a few shots of the satellite image while I still had phone signal. It would be my last image until I arrived at of the line of storms.
I knew that the weather would change by the time I got there, it always does. I was just hoping and praying for a nice passage through.
My initial altitude was 16,500 feet. I knew I'd likely have to pick up an IFR (Instrument Flight Rule) along the way. Flying VFR (Visual Flight Rule) would allow me to freely maneuver around any weather encountered.
About an hour into the flight, I heard Jet Blue 1510 report his position. He was just behind me. He had a "quick turn around" at Port-Au-Prince and was on his way back to Fort Lauderdale. I asked if he could be my eyes and help me navigate that line of storms. He gladly agreed to help.
Even though the "Little Donkey" is extremely well equipped, it doesn't have on-board radar which helps to navigate around storms.
Of course, Jet Blue has radar and he was flying at 38,000 feet, giving him an excellent view of how to navigate around those storms.
He gave me the exact routing to work around those "bad boys". We were in communication for about an hour. What a great help!!! Thank you, Jet Blue Captain of flight 1510, whoever you are!!
About 2.5 hours into the flight, I came across the line and one big one, right in the middle of my route, with tops approaching 40,000 and growing. You wouldn't want to "tangle" with that one!
The Jet Blue pilot had told me clearly what was to the left and right and behind the storms, invaluable information.
I went ahead and picked up an IFR and climbed to 19,000.
Now, I was fighting a 45+ knot headwind. So glad for all those extra fuel tanks. Miami Center was helpful also, but their radar does not depict weather very well. So, that "golden" advice from Jet Blue really helped me to get home.
Now, Cindy and I had discussed the possible "delay" in my return. I won't hesitate to just land on an island and let the weather pass and wait for a good clearing. But, this day, with the help from some new friends, I was able to get home.
She's up early with her Dad and yes, I fixed this little one a cup of "coffee milk" just like my Dad used to do for me. We're so glad that our Lord gave us Ariana!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HONEY!!
After her party, I'll be meeting my other Air Mobile Team Member and "Water Mule Extraordinaire", Joe Prussel. Joe's been all over the world with Air Mobile bringing clean water to the thirsty and desperate.
We so well remember the Words of Jesus...."I was thirsty and you gave Me to drink....when you've done it unto the least of these, you've done it unto Me".
Nepal is suffering! So many are thirsty and cut-off. We want to bring clean water and demonstrate the Love of God!
It's going to be a crazy busy day, between the party and packing those life-saving Rescuers and so many other details. We're scheduled to depart at 6:10 tomorrow morning for Nepal! I'm so glad you're with us with your precious love, prayer and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
5-1-15 Friday 5:08AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
GATHERING SUPPLIES & CLEARING THE WAY...TO NEPAL
Via cell phone and e-mail, all of the critical components are coming together for our upcoming "Mission to Nepal". We're just so THANKFUL to be able to bring clean water to those that are so desperate and fighting for their lives!!
The death toll continues to rise (6200+) as rescue workers find a moment of joy at the news of 2 more survivors found.
Time is RUNNING OUT for those trapped in the rubble. Here's more - NEPAL RESCUE JOY BRINGS NEW HOPE TO QUAKE SURVIVOR HUNT
Long before the dreadful Nepal Earthquake, we had been accumulating components for Air Mobile Rescuers. Now, our team is simply putting the pieces together and putting on the final touches. We now have 7 units funded and are going for more. Please, if you feel led to donate to this life-saving cause, NOW is the time!
We have a long way to go, but vital steps toward the goal have been made. We even helped get a radio station back on the air (read yesterday's blog below).
I told Bob D'Andrea (the President of CTN) that...."even a blind, 3 legged squirrel can find a nut...if he's at the right place, at the right time".
That's the way I felt when that radio station went back on the air. The CTN technician (that was guiding my hands via cell phone) knew exactly where to tell me to plug and unplug and re-plug. Thank God, the Good News of Jesus is broadcasting in Haiti again.
We still have a bit more business to conduct in Haiti before departing for the U.S. Up bright and early to wrap up this mission and then head home to make the "quick turn" to Nepal.
Please PRAY that all goes smoothly here and that when I do point the nose of the Little Donkey back to the U.S. that the weather will cooperate.
I must tell you, this mission has been "loaded" and I'm thankful that my head didn't "blow apart" trying to juggle so many balls.
Surely, our Lord has helped and so many others "behind the scenes" are working so hard to bring the pieces together to get us to Nepal. PLEASE continue to pray for us to have WISDOM & FAVOR!
The sun is just peaking over the mountains here in Haiti and roosters have a full-blown chorus going. The little Keurig is about to deliver the second cup of coffee and I'm about to head out into this day that our Lord has made.
THANK YOU all for your faithful prayer, love and support!! We so APPRECIATE YOU!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-30-15 Thursday 6:09AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AIR MOBILE RESPONDING TO THE "NEPAL CALL"
In the midst of the current "Haiti Mission", thanks to wonderful technology and very caring and generous friends, Air Mobile is putting together a "Nepal Team" (and I rejoice to be among them)!!
With God's help, managed to keep the "Haiti Mission" on track, but my little phone just keeps ringing and logistical challenges are being overcome, one by one, to get us to Nepal with some greatly needed Air Mobile Rescuers! CLEAN WATER is desperately needed!
Must tell you a cool story about being at the right place, at the right time. While speaking with my good friend, Bob D'Andrea (CTN) about the orphanage they support in Nepal, I reminded Bob that I was in Haiti.
He got quiet for a moment and asked if I knew anything about "Radio". Well, I'm certainly no expert on the subject, but I do know a little about the subject. Bob went on to explain that the Christian Radio Station in Haiti that CTN founded was "Off the air".
Soon, I was on the phone with the CTN Head Technician in Florida and driving to the station with the problem (located near the Dominican Border). Arrived bright and early yesterday morning.
The CTN Head Technician, Paul, directed me to conduct several tests and resets. He did a superb job of telling me exactly what to do.
Then....click and VOILA, back "ON-THE-AIR" broadcasting the Good News of Jesus.
I was simply his feet, hands and eyes. It was very rewarding to be available at the "Right Place, at the Right Time" and have a good technician guiding my hands. Mmmmm, there's a powerful message here!!
While on the road to and from the Radio Station, located at Love-A-Child ministries, was on the phone.
Among the calls received, was a dear friend and Doctor (David) who agreed to fund several Air Mobile Rescuers for Nepal! THANK YOU, DAVID!!! Again, love the technology and the good signal that allows us to do Kingdom Business while on the "road" in the middle of nowhere!!
Above all, I'm THANKFUL for the Holy Spirit quickening folks to help us to help others!!!
Later, yesterday, had more meetings on "connecting" the crucial pieces for a strong and capable Search & Rescue (SAR) for Haiti.
Can't give the details at this time, because they are just forming but....I can tell you, with our Lord's help, Haiti will, in the near future, have one of the finest SAR operations in the Caribbean!! Many, many lives will be saved!! To God be the Glory!!
Even though I'm in Haiti, the "Air Mobile Nepal Mission" is coming together. So many folks are working behind the scenes to bring this all to pass.
We still need funding for more Rescuers, as the needs in Nepal are staggering. We're working on finding a flight in and packing the necessary supplies for the long journey over there. If you'd like to donate to this vital mission, you may use the "Donate" button in the upper left of this blog.
Also, the region is EXTREMELY dangerous. Many landslides are still occurring. This powerful earthquake simply "set the stage" for another major earthquake.
PLEASE PRAY for our Lord to protect the injured and the many relief workers that are risking their lives to help save others! Here's more - BIGGER EARTHQUAKE COMING ON NEPALS TERRIFYING FAULTS
We don't know how we'll get there, but we believe that with God's help, we'll be able to bring them CLEAN WATER! Here's more on "Ghorkha" - NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: FEARS GROW OF FATE FOR THOUSANDS NEAR EPICENTER
Well, the sun has risen, I'm about to have my second cup of coffee and I'm listening for the Lord's direction. Oh Folks, I simply want to be in the right place at the right time!
As always, THANK YOU for your precious and critical prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-29-15 Wednesday 6:39AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
Yesterday, my cell phone hardly seemed to stop ringing! Call after call came in on Nepal. Been juggling our current "Mission" to Haiti and beginning the coordination of getting life-saving Air Mobile Rescuers to Nepal.
The news coming in from Nepal just breaks ones heart. The "Death Toll" is just beginning. The current death toll is 5000+ & rapidly climbing!
The threat of disease and another major quake is looming over the region. NOW is the time to help! The message that comes again and again...."We need clean water"!! Here's more - NEPAL EARTHQUAKE TOLL ONLY JUST BEGINNING!!
Disease spreads so fast in circumstances like this. Again, the need for CLEAN WATER is paramount. Here's more - NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: HEALTH THREATS LOOM OVER SURVIVORS
It's too early to say when or how, but pieces are coming together and it looks like Air Mobile will be sending a team to Nepal. PRAISE GOD!!
Among the many calls from yesterday, heard from my great friend and Brother in Christ, Bob D'Andrea. Bob is the Founder and President of Christian Television Network.
They have an orphanage in Nepal and their children desperately need clean water. By God's help and grace, we'll get those kids clean water....along with their neighbors!!
Even though I'm in Haiti, with the wonder of a "Connected" Smart Phone, a strong internet signal and a relatively fast computer, a lot can be done. I spoke with a U.S. Missionary who knows Nepal very well. He'll be able to provide much needed "ground logistical help"... and the phone just kept ringing.
Meanwhile, had critical meetings here in Haiti that are laying the groundwork for the future of Search & Rescue (SAR) . This is so desperately needed in Haiti and again, it's such a privilege to be able to help put a good program together.
You know, it's kind of funny. I've often wondered if I could "clone" myself (now, I'm joking) and be in 2 places at the same time. Well....with all of our incredible "gadgets", we almost can! I'm thankful to the Lord for the tools that He has given us.
So, I'm still in Haiti and have a "Mission" to accomplish. Will continue to work on the Nepal Mission and taking care of business here.
PLEASE PRAY that all of the resources that we need, specifically the funding and the manpower to come in for Nepal. Also, PLEASE PRAY that our Lord leads very clearly in the days ahead!
BTW, I know that things have gone crazy in Baltimore and other cities in America. The violence and destruction IS NOT THE ANSWER!!
We need the Lord as never before!! Folks, JESUS IS THE ANSWER!! Let us pray for God's peace to rule and reign!!
It's time to head out into this day of "juggling" and praying. As always, THANK YOU so much for your precious and vital prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-28-15 Tuesday 6:57AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
LIVE...FROM THE "HAITI DESK"
Was up very early yesterday morning. Yes, it's a great time to reflect and pray but...I was also checking the weather. There was another line of powerful storms moving into Central Florida and....
IF I was going to Haiti, it had better be right now! Otherwise, the flight could be delayed due to those powerful storms.
Besides, the Little Donkey was loaded to the brim. Even had 4 truck tires on board, each filled with baby food and formula, invaluable, supplies for starving orphans.
Barbara had flown in on Saturday to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Alternative Pregnancy Center and she needed a ride back to Haiti.
Yes, it was time to rush to the airport, do the final fueling, thorough pre-flight and fire up those little engines and point the nose to Haiti. I was sweating by the time we were ready to go. The storm was knocking on our door. We were airborne at 4:38 am....not a minute too soon!
We climbed to 15,000 feet and settled down to a smooth, relatively quick flight. That storm system, now safely behind us, gave a nice little tailwind. Barb loves to play Yahtzee and has a hand-held electronic one and she just enjoyed the ride.
And then...it happens. The sun bursts over the horizon in all it's glory, ushering in a new day.
We landed in Port-Au-Prince, after a quick 4 hour 38 minute flight and cleared all the vital supplies in smoothly.
On the way to the mission, I stopped into the Port-Au-Prince Control Center to take a look at the new Harris ATC equipment.
BTW, was able to speak to these controllers from 130 miles out and it was crystal clear! Before the new equipment, we'd be fortunate to speak to them 35-40 miles out. What a difference!!
While there, confirmed a meeting with the new Director General of Civil Aviation (OFNAC).
We're so THANKFUL for the Divine Favor that our Lord has given us. We're continuing to work on bringing the Haiti ATC system up to world-class standards and...we're on our way!
Many of you have prayed for us for the last few years about this much needed project, and with joy, I tell you, our prayers are working!!
Late last night, I received a call from Stan Brock of Remote Area Medical. Stan will be leading a team into Nepal in the next few days. We discussed the possibility of their team of doctors bringing in an Air Mobile Rescuer(s).
BTW, the death toll is 4400+ and rising. This is an awful earthquake and so many are suffering and dying. Stan is highly skilled and Remote Area Medical is great organization! Here's the latest on the Nepal Earthquake - NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: DEATH TOLL PASSES 4400 AMID FEARS OVER REMOTE AREAS
PRAISE GOD! Even though Air Mobile can't go there right now, others can. I'm very thankful that Stan and team are headed that way. Yes...."Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"!!!
As usual, have a "full plate" of things to do here in Haiti. So, as I come to you, "LIVE FROM THE HAITI DESK", I'm glad that we made the flight to Haiti. Have a couple of Rescuers that need attention and a host of other things to do.
PLEASE remember to PRAY for Stan and his team as they prepare to depart for Nepal. Should we send a Rescuer or two with the team, we'll need to fund those units.
IF you'd like to help, just click on the "Donate" button (upper left of this Blog) or even give me a call. Yes, I can receive calls in Haiti and it's not too expensive. My number is: 321-544-7757. As always, THANK YOU for your precious and vital prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-27-15 Monday 2:28AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SCENES FROM GROUND ZERO IN NEPAL / A PROMISE MADE
As I scanned the scenes from the epicenter of the massive Super Quake that crushed Nepal, my mind went back to the multiple earthquakes Air Mobile has worked.
Strangely and hauntingly, they all are alike. Mountains of debris / destruction and bodies lined up in the street......Rescue workers frantically looking for bodies. Grief and suffering fill the air.
My heart breaks for those victims and I stand in prayer with the Rescuers. I hope that Air Mobile can lend a hand and help bring clean water to those who desperately need it.
Every survivor found brings unimaginable joy and hope and then the search goes on with many more bodies pulled from the rubble than survivors. It is very grim work indeed. Here's one such story - THE TINY GAP BETWEEN LIFE & DEATH - ENTOMBED ALIVE WITH THE BODY OF HIS FRIEND - NEPAL EARTHQUAKE VICTIM IS FINALLY PULLED FREE AS DEATH TOLL RISES TO 2500+
However, we've made a promise to bring in much needed relief supplies to Haiti and that is where our next mission will be. Meanwhile, I continue to scan and pray and cry for Nepal.
Am awake early this morning praying for Nepal and seeking direction from the Lord. Love the peace and quiet of the early morning. Coffee seems to taste a bit better and my mind is somewhat clearer.
We know that when we go to India in June, we'll be relatively close to Nepal. Perhaps we can bring some help at that time. We're certainly praying that we can do something before our June mission. Please join together with us as we seek to help those in such need.
So, as we move into this day that our Lord has made, we seek His guidance and direction. As always, THANK YOU for you precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-26-15 Sunday 7:21AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MASSIVE DAMAGE / LITTLE INFORMATION / MANY TRAPPED / DEATH TOLL CLIMBING
The death toll from the deadly Nepal Super-Quake is climbing and now over 2100. Whole villages have been flattened.
Information is slowly coming in and it's not good for many. Here's more on this tragedy - NEPAL EARTHQUAKE - DEATH TOLL SOARS OVER 2100
Having worked many earthquake disasters, I have some idea of what is going on in Nepal and my heart breaks. We're currently looking into ways that Air Mobile can help in this unfolding disaster.
In the meantime, we were blessed to have Barbara from Haiti show up just in time to attend the 25th Anniversary of Alternative Pregnancy Center (APC) at Merritt Island yesterday evening. Barb's flight was delayed from Haiti and she arrived just as the event was beginning.
It was good to finally introduce Barbara to Vickie, the Executive Director of APC. APC has provided life-saving supplies, baby formula / baby food / vitamins and so much more to Barbara's Orphanage over the years.
It was a wonderful event. Pam Tebow (Tim's Mother) shared her testimony.
Pam also shared compelling ways that we can reach out and protect and save the innocent ones.....the unborn! We were blessed and challenged.
BTW, Barb informed us that her baby food / formula was just running out and she desperately needed a fresh supply.
Earlier, was met at the airport by a father / son team, Joey and Andrew, to help me load the Little Donkey.
Really appreciate help when it comes time to load for our next mission. Again, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops!!
Had some tires for Barb's Haiti Van. So....we filled the tires with much needed baby food, etc. "More than one way to skin a cat" or shall I say..."Fill a tire"!
So, it's Sunday in America. Soon, we'll be heading back to the airport to continue the load and then go and minister to the children and adults who are in the Psychiatric facility in Orlando. We love sharing the Good News of Jesus with them.
Time to head out. We're really praying about how we can help those in Nepal. PLEASE join us as we seek our Lord's direction with this latest disaster!
As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-25-15 Saturday 7:07AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MASSIVE QUAKE STRIKES NEPAL - HUNDREDS DEAD
Several hours ago, a killer earthquake struck Nepal and hundreds are reported dead (1100+). The monster temblor (Updated to 7.9) was the worst to strike Nepal in 80 years.
Reports are coming in of extensive damage, avalanches and the death toll is rising. Here's more - EXTENSIVE DAMAGE REPORTED AFTER POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEPAL - DEATH TOLL RISING
Powerful aftershocks are shaking the region and more avalanches are being reported. This tragic story is unfolding as I type this blog. Here's an UPDATED Report - 800+ DEAD IN DEVASTATING NEPAL 7.9 EARTHQUAKE
Air Mobile plans to travel to India in early June. We may be making a trip to the earthquake stricken region sooner. We're monitoring the situation and above all, we're PRAYING for our Lord's direction.
I'm reminded of the Words of Jesus in Matthew 24:7-8 in response to the question from His Disciples...."When shall the end be?"
Today, Barbara (AKA: Rambo in the Blue Dress) is flying in from Haiti. We will be attending a service at First Baptist Merritt Island to honor the 25th Anniversary of the Alternative Pregnancy Center (APC).
As you may know, the APC has provided baby food / formula and many invaluable gifts for Barb's Orphanage in Haiti over the years. The "Little Donkey" has been the main transport for these life-saving supplies!
The Guest Speaker this evening will be Pam Tebow, the mother of Tim Tebow. The Tebow family has a rich history and awesome testimony of serving the Lord.
Here's more information on this great event. Hope you can come!! - COME CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF ALTERNATIVE PREGNANCY CENTER - HEAR PAM TEBOW TONIGHT
Now, it's time to head out into this day that our Lord has made. Please remember to pray for those victims in Nepal and the surrounding area as they deal with this terrible earthquake.
We hope to see you tonight at First Baptist Merritt Island. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-24-15 Friday 6:31AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
2 VOLCANIC STORIES
Chile's Calbuco Volcano erupted suddenly giving the residents 15 minutes warning! Then, this other "Volcano" story appeared yesterday about this latest SuperVolcano discovery under Yellowstone.
The Calbuco eruption caught everyone off guard. The Calbuco Volcano has lain dormant for 42 years and SUDDENLY...it blew!
The 4000 residents quickly evacuated (no injuries reported) and some spectacular shots were captured. Here's the story - CHILE'S CALBUCO VOLCANO ERUPTS SUDDENLY -VIOLENTLY!
Then, to add to this "Volcanic" drama, yesterday, Scientists released this ominous info about the SuperVolcano lying beneath Yellowstone.
Scientists have long known about a chamber of "supermagma", but now, they have discovered a second chamber 4+ times the size of the first one. Should this blow......you don't want to think about it!! Here's the story - PEERING INSIDE YELLOWSTONE'S SUPERVOLCANO
I'm not saying "Yellowstone" is going to blow tomorrow or anytime in the near future. We just don't know.
However, when we look at the "SUDDEN & UNEXPECTED" eruption of Calbuco, we can see that it's difficult to predict these events. As for me and my family, we're just holding tightly onto Jesus' hand!!
Meanwhile, we're staying busy and doing what we can to bring help and hope to the suffering. Am always blessed by the folks who stand with us.
Such was the case yesterday, when we met Margaret and John. They had a wonderful load of formula, baby food and whole lot more for the orphans in Haiti. Praise God, our next load is coming together!!
Today, we'll be doing the same...getting ready for our "next mission", wherever that might be. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - If you're new to this blog, and feel like you've jumped into the "middle of the story"....you have. Just click on "Older Posts" below to see how we've arrived at this juncture of the journey. Welcome aboard!! Joe