March 19, 2011 - Saturday - 9:03am (Tokyo Time) - Chiba City, Japan - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
GOOD MEETINGS - UNIT DEPLOYED - HEADING UP TO NORTHERN JAPAN (GROUND ZERO)!!
Yesterday was given to obtaining strategic information about urgent needs / dangers / logistics. Cindy and I began the day with a good meeting with Dan Iverson, a veteran missionary here in Japan. We discussed the "published" danger zones as well as our accumulated ("interpolated") information regarding the radiation levels. There are many, many different opinions about what is really going on.
From there, Cindy and I, with the help of Craig, another veteran missionary who had just returned from Sendai (one of the most hard-hit areas) headed through the long, but efficient Tokyo rail / subway system to the operational Headquarters for C.R.A.S.H. Japan (Christian Relief Assistance Support & Hope). This organization has taken on the arduous task of coordinating many relief agencies to best place personnel and supplies.
After nearly 3 hours of hard rail /subway / rail rides, we arrived at the C.R.A.S.H. Headquarters. Talk about a "bee-hive" of activity. This organization is really doing a wonderful job of attempting to identify "needs & capabilities".
We were fortunate and blessed to get the attention of Jim Peterson. Jim plans to be heading up to Sendai early this morning. We were able to thoroughly train him on the operation of the water purification system and then present the organizatin that Jim is associated with, CRASH Japan with a unit.
It gives us great joy to place such a valuable tool into the hands of such a capable person as Jim Peterson. Please pray for Jim as he heads up north into the Sendai region today. We are getting so many reports of large areas that do not have clean drinking water. We are hoping that Jim will be able to help us to identify the best places to position the remaining units that we brought on this mission.
After the presentation, Cindy and I boarded the trains / subways and worked our way back to Chiba City. We had dinner last night at a Big Boy Restaraunt right next to the train station. The wind was howling and the temperatures are dropping to the near freezing level. Even though, Cindy and I were tired and hungry, we were able to sit in comfort, warmth and enjoy a delicious meal. However, our minds kept going to the millions of people effected just 120 miles north of Tokyo. We prayed again last night asking our Lord to use us to help so many in such desperate need.
As we reflected on recent ride on the trains / subs , it was difficult to discern from the people's faces their reaction to the terrible tragedy that has befallen their beautiful country. So many just looked tired and visibly unaffected by all of the terrible things that are happening. There seemed to be no special attention given to the increased radio-active levels approaching Tokyo. So many just appeared on the "outside" to be going on "business as usual". Cindy and I just sat and prayed.
Well, that leads us to what is happening today. It looks Cindy and I will be heading up to the Sendai region with the remaining water purifiers. Can't give too many details, but suffice it to say that things are really working out. We may even be hooking up with a helicopter. Will report more later. PLEASE - PLEASE remember to pray that Cindy and I will be EXACTLY WHERE our Lord wants us to be WHEN He wants us to be there. God bless and stay tuned.....!!
Air Mobile Joe & Cindy
March 18, 2011 - Friday - 9:19am (Tokyo Time) - Chiba City, Japan - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
HEADING INTO STRATEGIC MEETINGS - IDENTIFYING AREAS THAT NEED CLEAN WATER!
It was a rough night. Limited sleep. Seems the phone rang repeatedly. Folks just wanting to know where we are and what is going on. Tokyo time is 13 hours ahead of East coast time. That means that if it is 8:20pm on Thursday evening on the East Coast U.S., it is 9:20am on Friday morning here in Tokyo. We appreciate hearing from everyone, but just add 13 hours to the clock and you will know what time it is here.
We are getting EXCELLENT information on radiation levels and so appreciate those on the stateside end that are diligently searching for this data. We will be entering into very strategic meetings in the next few hours to determine where we can best serve. Again, your PRAYERS are so important to us as we go forth into this "Storm". Better run for now. Will try to update later this afternoon. GOD BLESS!!
Air Mobile Joe & Cindy
March 17, 2011 - Thursday - 9:13pm (Tokyo Time) - Chiba City, Japan - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
JOE & CINDY ARRIVE IN TOKYO
After a 10.5 hour turbulent flight from Portland to Narita, Japan we arrived tired but ready. After a few phone calls, we were picked up and brought to Chiba City near Tokyo. It is cold here. We were amazed at just how few people were on the plane. There was only one person in front of us checking through Customs / Immigration.
One thing we noted is that as we were descending and approaching Tokyo, our direct route would have taken us right over Sendai (where the nuclear power plant is melting down). Our aircraft seemed to detour around the area as depicted by the moving map on-board our flight. We, of course, are praying regarding the radio-active dangers. We are seeking guidance from the Lord as to where to go and when to go there.
It is late in the evening. Not much we can do today except get settled in and try to get some sleep. There is a 13 hour time difference. We are very encouraged by the spirit of unity among so many organizations. Will report more tomorrow. Again, thanks for your prayer for a safe journey. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe & Cindy
PS - Just after finishing the blog, got into bed and an aftershock just shook the whole house for about 3- 40 seconds. The lamp swung and the bed shook. Welcome to Japan! Joe
March 16, 2011 - Wednesday - 12:16pm (Pacific U.S. Time) - Portland, Oregon ( Portland International Airport )- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
JOE & CINDY HEADING TO JAPAN!!
Our luggage is on-board the Delta aircraft that will be taking us to Japan! I can't begin to tell you how relieve Cindy and I are to be finally going to help the people of Japan! So far, so good. Of course, the flight could cancel at any moment due to the unstable conditions, but we are praying that we will finally be able to get over there and bring some clean water to those in need. THANK YOU for your prayer and love!
Remember, it might be a while before you hear from us again. Will try to get a blog out once we are on the ground. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe & Cindy
March 16, 2011 - Wednesday - 6:29am (Pacific U.S. Time) - Portland, Oregon ( Portland International Airport )- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
THOUSANDS MISSING - MILLIONS SHORT OF WATER - FEAR EVERYWHERE - MILLIONS SUFFER FREEZING TEMPS WITHOUT POWER - AIR MOBILE SCHEDULED TO DEPART FOR JAPAN (ON DELTA AIRLINES) TODAY!
The headlines are gripping. Cindy and I stand at the door, ready to go to Tokyo this afternoon on Delta Airlines. We will be delivering 10 small water purifiers providing clean water to more than 5000 people per day. In the face of the millions of suffering people, this is a drop in the bucket but.....it is a clean drop and it will go into thousands thirsty mouths!
Our private free jet ride finally decided to not make the flight in yesterday (this photo is the jet that we have tried to fly into Tokyo). When our Lord closes one door, He opens another one!
We do have alternate transportation thanks to Delta Airlines (and Delta Rose). We have cleared with the station manager at Portland to bring in extra bags. We can't begin to thank Delta Airlines enough for helping us to get to Japan with clean water.
Once the postponement on the private jet was announced, we headed to Portland International Airport and made preparations to get the water purifiers packed in a way suitable for the commercial flight. Our trusty traveling companion, George Thomas of CBN joined us to Portland and flew back to his headquarters. Spending the last 3 days with George was great. I suspect our paths will cross many more times in the days ahead.
We have received many calls and text messages urging us to be careful. We have adequate Potassium Iodide to help protect us against Thyroid Cancer. We will be linking up with a strong group of relief workers dedicated to the purpose of saving lives and sharing the love of God! Again, we ask you to please pray for us as we go into this terrible situation.
We have heard today, that flights are beginning to cancel (we pray our afternoon flight does not cancel!). Therefore, we may have a hard time getting out when the time comes for us to return to the U.S.. Please pray again that our Lord will open the door to bring us home when we have finished our mission.
I will try to send a quick blog just before we depart this afternoon to let you know that we are indeed "enroute" to Japan. It will take us a while to get another blog out upon arrival in Japan due to spotty internet connections. We'll do the best we can.
As always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe & Cindy
March 15, 2011 - Tuesday - 7:48am (Pacific U.S. Time) - McMinnville, Oregon (near Portland, Or)- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
JAPAN RACES TO AVERT A NUCLEAR DISASTER - AFTER 3rd EXPLOSION, NUCLEAR CLOUD MOVING TOWARD TOKYO - AIR MOBILE SCHEDULED TO DEPART FOR JAPAN TODAY......IF
There was another massive explostion at the Fukushima plant yesterday afternoon raising the spectre of a nuclear nightmare. A large nuclear cloud is slowly drifting toward Tokyo. 140,000 residents have been told to lock themselves indoors. I applaud the brave workers that are working so valiantly to control the "melt-down". Many have been exposed, but the question is by "how much radiation"? We pray for all in the path.
Meanwhile, after extensive meetings yesterday and extremely careful consideration, we are scheduled to take off this afternoon for Japan. Our final destination has not been announced. We are, of course, in deep prayer seeking His direction for us once we land in Japan. We are in touch with numerous organizations on the ground. They are eager to see the portable water purifier. We are eager to get there and help them in this staggering catastrophe.
I was reminded by my dear friend, Joe Polozola, this morning of Psalms 91 - "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high God shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty"! As a matter of fact, here is the link to the wonderful King James Version of this beautiful Psalm that takes on new meaning today!! Psalm 91 - Take a moment and read it!!
Of course, the unfolding, unprecedented nuclear disaster is dominating all of the news, but behind this terrible situation are millions that are facing dire circumstances. Hundreds of thousands are facing the lack of water, food and shelter. The temperatures are dropping. Millions are facing the threat of nuclear exposure. As I have shared before, Cindy and I have faced many terrible disasters around the world, but nothing like this!
We have the "peace of God" about going. We know that our Lord will guide us in the days ahead. Please pray that our flight crew and all associated with our flight will be directed by our Lord! Of course, at any time, our flight could be postponed again should circumstances dictate such a move. We have noted that a number of major airlines are considering cancelling flights into Tokyo.
We will attempt to send a communication once we are on-board the jet and ready to actually depart. As always, THANK YOU for your prayer and love. Hope you enjoyed Psalm 91 today. It truly does take on new meaning in light of all that is going on. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe & Cindy
March 14, 2011 - Monday - 6:08am (Pacific U.S. Time) - McMinnville, Oregon (near Portland, Or)- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
US NAVY CREWMEN EXPOSED TO RADIATION - HUGE EXPLOSION AT REACTOR #3 - NUCLEAR RODS EXPOSED - FLIGHT CREW DETERMINING DEPARTURE TIME / ROUTE
Crew-members aboard US Navy Sea Hawks have been exposed to radiation. Decisions are being determined this morning regarding our departure time and exact routing due to the extreme danger and "unknowns" regarding the progression of the nuclear fall-out. We are going to be in meetings this morning to further review the data. Please pray as our Lord continues to lead this mission!
The urgent Tsunami warning late yesterday evening turned out to be a false alarm. However, the Myagi region that has been so devastated was in the path of the "phantom tsunami". Reports indicate that 10,000 of the 17,000 residents are missing as a result of the massive 9.0 quake. This is one of the regions that our team would like to reach....when we get there.
Cindy and I are staying in a "Crew House" here in McMinville, Oregon while awaiting our departure. We are surrounded by the beautiful Oregon country-side with sheep and alpacas. We slept in a warm, comfortable bed last night and had a warm shower this morning. It's hard not to feel "guilty" about this when we know that on the other end of our "mission" is such suffering. We pray that our Lord gets us there quickly. We simply want to help where there is such suffering!
Will update this blog as developments occur. It is NO ACCIDENT that you are reading this little blog. THANK YOU for joining us on this mission with your love and prayer!!
Air Mobile Joe & Cindy
March 13, 2011 - Sunday - 7:26pm (Pacific U.S. Time) - McMinnville, Oregon (near Portland, Or)- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
TSUNAMI ROARING TOWARD BATTERED NORTHEAST - DUE TO STRIKE WITHIN MINUTES - FLIGHT DELAYED DUE TO ROUTING DECISIONS RE - RADIATION / VOLCANO / CURRENT EARTHQUAKE
As I write this updated blog, a large tsunami is roaring toward the battered northeastern Japan coast and is due to strike within minutes. We are praying for all in the path of this death wave!
Meanwhile, our flight to Japan has been delayed due to routing decisions being considered at this hour due to the increasing radiation danger and the volcano that just erupted hours ago to the south of Tokyo. This situation is changing by the minute. We are trusting our Lord to lead and direct the flight crew as they consider the best way in.
We are following these breaking news stories moment by moment. Again, THANK YOU for your prayer and love!!
Air Mobile Joe & Cindy
March 13, 2011 - Sunday - 2:29am (Pacific U.S. Time) - McMinnville, Oregon (near Portland, Or)- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
JOINED BY CBN - GEORGE THOMAS - PREPARING TO DEPART FOR TOKYO, JAPAN! RADIATION DANGER GROWING - PLEASE PRAY!
After a few precious hours of sleep and perhaps our last hot shower for a while, we'll soon be boarding the beautiful Gulfstream G-IV for our flight to Japan. Folks, believe me when I say that this is a miracle! I don't even know all the details as to how we ended up on this aircraft, but I know that our Lord is responsible.
We are so thankful to Evergreen Aviation for arranging to get our small team to Japan. We are also blessed to be joined by George Thomas of CBN. We will be working together to get clean water where it is most needed.
I only have a few minutes to write this little blog today. You may not be hearing from us for a while, but....check back often. When you do, PLEASE remember to pray for us. We simply want to be used by the Lord to spread His love and the wonderful gift of clean water. We also want His wisdom to know where to go and what to do especially in light of the nuclear danger. God Bless and THANKS again for your love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe & Cindy
March 13, 2011 - Sunday - 1:02am (Pacific U.S. Time) - McMinnville, Oregon (near Portland, Or)- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
AIR MOBILE ENROUTE TO JAPAN!
Here is a quick update. Our "free ride" to Japan arrived 14 hours early. We scurried to gather as many water purifiers we could. Cindy and I boarded the beautiful Gulfstream G-IV jet. Had a flawless, quick flight from Titusville, Florida to McMinnville, Oregon (near Portland). Our flight crew will rest and sometime tomorrow we'll be winging to Japan!
Wow, things happen FAST! We prayed and asked our Lord to get us to Japan to help in this desperate hour of need and did our Lord answer our prayers!!
We're following the radiation problems as a result of 6 Nuclear power plants that have been severely damaged with one major explosion. This is a very serious situation! Meanwhile, earthquakes are occurring frequently....there is currently another tsunami warning at this hour.
It's been a very, very long day. We landed here about an hour ago. Got to get some rest. Will report tomorrow. God Bless and THANK YOU for your prayer!!
Air Mobile Joe & Cindy
March 12, 2011 - Saturday - 6:37am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
JAPAN QUAKE UPGRADED TO 9.1 - DEATH TOLL SOARS - HUGE EXPLOSION AT NUCLEAR PLANT - AIR MOBILE GOING TO JAPAN WITH CLEAN WATER!!
The catastrophic Japan earthquake was actually stronger than first reported - 9.1 on the Richter scale. No one knows or can even begin to calculate the actual death toll. The horror is now increased with unknown amounts of radio-activity following a huge explosion at one of the nuclear power plants. Hundreds of thousands are stranded, cold, hungry and thirsty. Folks, please take a moment and pray for Japan!
Since yesterday morning....so much has happened! I knew moments after seeing yesterday's headlines that this quake was as bad if not worse than the terrible earthquake of December 24, 2004. So many flashbacks...
We began immediately mobilizing as many water purifiers as we could muster. Our number now stands at 8 and counting. Many phone calls have been made, numerous TV interviews and by a miracle, Cindy and I are planning to depart tomorrow morning on-board a private jet for Japan. Not a single unit has been funded as of yet, but we must go. Please consider helping us. There are many, many details to complete today before we can depart. Again, please pray for us as we prepare today. Time is of the essence.
We have been in touch with folks on the ground in Japan and we are not sure exactly where we will go but one thing we do know....we will have the ability to clean dirty, contaminated water! Thank God for this ability.
In the Bible, we are told in Matthew 24 that earthquakes will increase in the End Times....Folks, we are there. Now is the time to fix your eyes on Jesus and seek His direction for your life. May I encourage you to ask Him how He can use you during these perilous times.
By the way, within hours of the Japan earthquake, a major Volcano erupted in Indonesia (located in the "Ring of Fire"). Cindy and I have been there and passed that very Volcano while working another Volcano / Earthquake catastrophe in the region. Things are definitely happening on a global scale.
Going back several days, I am reminded of the lesson that the Lord has put into my heart found in I Thessalonians 5:16-18. Remember? "Be joyful" (verse 16), "pray continually" (verse 17) and "give thanks in all circumstances" (verse 18). As we go forward toward this great tragedy, we will be standing on this verse. Please remember to pray for us as we travel.
There may be a few days that you will not hear from us as we search for internet connections. We will do all in our power to stay to connected and report what is happening. God Bless You and THANK YOU for standing with us with your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
March 11, 2011 - Friday - 6:13am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
HUGE QUAKE HITS JAPAN (8.9!) - AIR MOBILE PREPARING TO HELP!!
Just got news of a massive quake to hit Japan. Stay tuned! More details coming. Here is a link to a detailed report - MASSIVE QUAKE HITS JAPAN - 8.9!! PLEASE pray for the victims of this terrible tragedy!! The death toll is rising. Just got news of a ferry filled with people that has not been heard from since the earthquake.
As I am writing this blog, a Tsunami is heading to Hawaii. We are praying for all in path of this Tsunami. This is the 5th largest earthquake to hit the earth since 1900. This is a major earthquake! We are praying for wisdom to know what we should do to help. PLEASE join us in prayer on this urgent matter. STAY TUNED!
Air Mobile Joe
March 10, 2011 - Thursday - 7:23am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY ENDS A GLORIOUS ERA! MISSIONARY STILL IN JAIL...NEEDS MIRACLE! MORE AFTER-SHOCKS SHAKE JAPAN
Yesterday, right on schedule (almost to the second) we heard the 2 tell tale sonic booms as the Space Shuttle Discovery set up for a perfect landing at Kennedy Space Center. Among the Discovery's list of amazing accomplishments - brought the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit - returned Senator John Glenn back into space and the list goes on and on. Discovery has been considered by many to the best performer of all the Shuttles. This beautiful bird is a tribute to the team at Kennedy Space Center and all of NASA. It is sad to see this era end and we don't quite know where we are going. Oh well, feel this way because we live right here and this effects so many in our community.
Meanwhile, I had mentioned in an earlier blog the story of Daniel Pye. This U.S. missionary has been jailed since late 2010 and not been formally charged. Yes, this sort of thing happens quite often in Haiti. His story is complicated and the more I read the story, the more I understand that he just needs to be set free. It's a mess. The most recent story gives a few more details. Here is the link: Florida Missionary Mysteriously Imprisoned - No charges . At any rate, you who are reading this blog, PLEASE take a moment and pray for Daniel and his family.
About the time that Daniel was imprisoned, we had a similar situation occur in Port-Au-Prince. One of our dear missionaries was imprisoned on false charges. We fought day and night to get her released. I urged you to pray and within 4 days, she walked out of jail completely free! Our Lord answers prayer!!
We had an incredible day yesterday regarding our little water purifier. A large, well equipped organization has offered to help us with certain component of manufacturing. All is not settled, but the meeting could not have gone any better. We are gearing up to place many water purifiers around the world. Again, what an incredible way to spread the love of God....than to bring clean water to the thirsty and dying!
Again, this is the reason for my U.S. assignment. Must be here to respond to these opportunities. Yes, the Annual is progressing nicely. Yesterday, we pulled the rear propeller for overhaul. We knew this was coming and decided that now is the best time to do this. This will cost an additional $2000. If you would like to help us with this expense, please click on the Donate button. It's easy and will help get our little mission aircraft back into service.
Japan is still shaking from that big 7.3 earthquake, but so far, no serious damage and no deaths. Thank God!! We are monitoring the situation closely. Well, time for coffee with my Cindy and then on to the hangar to continue that wonderful inspection on our little bird. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
March 9, 2011 - Wednesday - 6:37am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
HAITI MOVING TOWARD ELECTIONS - AIR MOBILE MOVES TOWARD HAITI...SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY SET TO LAND TODAY - LARGE QUAKE HITS JAPAN
On March 20, 2011 - Haiti is scheduled to have elections to determine who will be the next president. Things are heating up politically. We pray! As of today, there has been no significant outbreak of violence and for that we are thankful. We're making good progress on getting our little aircraft, Ti Burik, back in the air. Additional parts have been ordered...and the inspection continues. So far, so good...the old girl's looking pretty good. Just a few things to repair.
Today, here on the Space Coast, just before noon (11:57am), we should hear 2 large sonic booms as the Space Shuttle Discovery comes in for landing at Kennedy Space Center. This will end a long and illustrious career for this amazing Space Ship. We are sad around here to see the Space Program "languish" in indecision. We have come so far and now, it is as if the leadership of our country just does not know which way to go. There is a lot "momentum" being lost and many discouraged Space workers in the wake of this indecision. Oh well, I could say more, but will withhold my comments for now. We PRAY that the "Good Ship Discovery" comes in for a flawless landing to end a glorious career.
Late last night, Japan was rocked by a very strong earthquake (7.3) At this hour, there are no reports of deaths, though building swayed in Tokyo for over 30 seconds. There has been a 24" tsunami reported. The quake has been followed by several large aftershocks. We are watching the situation.
Today, more meetings on the further development and manufacture of components for our wonderful water purification system. We are excited about these developments as it will help us to bring clean water to more locations and better support our 741 systems located throughout the world (39 countries). Again, this is the reason, we're put on temporary "Assignment" here in the U.S., though I really, really want to get back to Haiti. So, better get that Annual Inspection finished so I can do just that! Laboriously, methodically, we move closer toward Haiti.
We are now putting out a very cool, informative monthly newsletter. If you are not receiving it, you may click on this link to get put on the list - AIR MOBILE CONTACT FORM TO BE PUT ON "THE LIST"
Well, it's time to get ready and dash out the door. I so appreciate you taking the time to read my little daily, rambling blog. It's a wonderful opportunity for us to pray together. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
March 8, 2011 - Tuesday - 7:42am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
MORE ON "SEASONS"
Yesterday, I opened the "running blog" with a Scripture out of Ecclesiastes 3:1..."To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.....". Simply put, there are times when we would rather be in another place. I clearly expressed my heart's desire to be back in Haiti but....must take care of certain things first....like our airplane. This (the airplane) is a very good reason to stay here in the U.S. and take care of "business". It's difficult to leave without the airplane.
Something interesting happened yesterday. During the course of my morning, following critical meetings, I found myself at a friend and business associate's office. He had not read my blog and immediately quoted Ecclesiastes 3. It was as if our Lord was confirming His message to me. Here it is.
I've been feeling guilty about not being in Haiti because I know what so many are going through. As you know, "Suddenly" the situation with the Hurston Family changed, i.e. new home, so many gifts and so many incredible opportunities. The truth is, we have a difficult time dealing with this much "Comfort". Our home is just stunning and it seems like everywhere we turn, there is beauty and convenience and bountiful blessings. Now, there is nothing wrong with blessings....but I am having a very difficult time receiving all of this knowing what our brothers and sisters are going through just 759 nautical miles south of us.
So....what am I to do? Well, remember that there are "Seasons" for everything. There is a time to just be blessed and make the very best of it. And, there will soon (hopefully) be a time to return to the "Field". Now, don't misunderstand, so many good things are happening regarding Haiti. We are getting more water purifiers ready and lines on food and clothes and logistical help. We're able to send things there and arrange things from here in the U.S.. I believe I need to write about this so that I don't get "too comfortable" and not want to go back. Fat chance of that happening. Cindy would not let me do that!!
Besides, yesterday afternoon, my great friend and wonderful report / writer, John Torres came by. We're working on a very exciting project together and he shared the following "You Tube" with me - HAITI PHOTOS by John Torres . Take a moment and click on the link and you'll understand better my thoughts today. It's things like this that prevent me from ever forgetting the mission we are on. By the way, John and I were together for everyone of these photographs. We were "there"!
Today, the Annual continues. Had a great day yesterday opening up many inspection plates and inspecting. Things are looking good, but will take a bit longer. Yes, I know, patience and "the season". Well, better get to work. God Bless and THANKS again for reading all the way through my "rambling" blog today.
Air Mobile Joe
March 7, 2011 - Monday - 6:49am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
PRESSING ON / CHILLING OUT
"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven....." Ecclesiastes 3 (Great chapter written by a very wise man). Folks, I can't begin to tell you how eager I am to get back to Haiti, but I must be patient. As many of you know, The Hurston Family has been mightily blessed recently. With those blessings come certain changes and improvements. When working on an airplane, particularly an older airplane, sometimes, these things just take time. Here we are.
Fortunately, we are getting close to returning our precious little "Ti Burik" back to service. Can't say exactly when that will be, but it will be soon. As many of you know, we don't publish our exact travel dates for security reasons. When one arrives into Haiti, departing the airport can be challenging so....it is never a good idea to tell exactly when we are to arrive or depart the International Airport at Port-Au-Prince.
During this "Season" of being stateside, much has been and is being accomplished. We are making significant headway on securing a steady stream of components for our water purifier. We have had multiple meetings with leaders that will help us in the days ahead. Have had the opportunity to speak to a number of churches and groups about what we are doing. All of these things are so helpful to our outreach. But.....I must admit, I sure do miss Haiti.
We've been able to send in supplies with other aircraft and other teams going in. Yet, again, I simply miss the folks in the "Tent Cities". I miss their smiles and the squeals of the children as they mimic our little airplane flying overhead. I know some of the things they are going through and miss praying with them. I suspect that some of them have died since my last visit. For these things, my heart just aches to be back. I know that soon, I will be there, but today....I must continue with the Annual Inspection and complete the job.
There is something else that has been happening. Though Cindy and I have been quite busy since the "Big Extreme Thing" that happened to us, we have had some rest and relaxation that has been long over-due. After church and the Hospital Chaplain ministry yesterday, we bought a new Scrabble Board. We use to play years ago and just got too busy to play. Well, yesterday evening, we had a wonderful, relaxing game of Scrabble. Sometimes, there is a time to just "Chill" out a bit. I believe that's what the Lord was saying to us through Ecclesiastes 3. If you haven't had a chance to read it recently, here is a link to it: Ecclesiastes 3 KJV .
Now, it's time for Cindy and I to share a delicious cup of coffee and plan out our day. I'll be heading to the airport to continue that wonderful, detailed, time consuming, but needful inspection on Ti Burik.
As always, THANK YOU for your love and prayer!!
Air Mobile Joe
March 6, 2011 - Sunday - 7:29am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
NEW SHOES FOR HAITI - GOOD INSPECTIONS - AMERICAN MISSIONARY IN JAIL IN HAITI (NEEDS MIRACLE)
I first learned about the young lady who had a heart to help Haiti from Rose, her Mom. Katie was adopted from China. Upon hearing of the plight of Haiti following the terrible earthquake, Katie went to work gathering up new shoes. Since then, hundreds of beautiful new shoes have been slipped into every available nook and cranny of Ti Burik and flown to Haiti. There are a lot of happy kids and adults as a result of the heart of this 16 year old to do "something" to help. Yesterday, following my early morning Prayer Breakfast, I swung by and picked up another hundred pairs of new shoes for Haiti. Katie is a great recruiter for the mission. Here she is with a friend deboxing and bagging the new shoes.
Just a neat side note, as a result of Katie's heart to help, her Mom, Rose (I call her Delta Rose) has helped get Air Mobile team members all over the place. You see, Rose works for Delta and has access to "Buddy Passes". We, at Air Mobile, know how to use these tickets to get a lot of places dirt cheap. Thanks again, Katie, for your heart to help!
From the "shoe transfer", it was off to the hangar to work with Paul, our Chief Mechanic on the long and exacting process of the Annual Inspection on Ti Burik (our trusty mission aircraft). Every year, the FAA requires that every certified aircraft have an extensive inspection. That means that every inspection plate must be opened and inspected. Believe me, you want to find things that need repair. One certainly does not want to become aware of a problem at 21,000 feet somewhere in the "Bermuda Triangle".
During our inspection, we found a small "rib" that needed attention. Paul and I discussed the matter and he reminded me of a good friend of mine that works for the FAA. After a quick call (late yesterday afternoon), my friend Frank, with the FAA jumped in his car, drove right over and told us exactly what to do to conduct the repair with full approval. Wow, talk about quick service. Afterwards, brought Frank over to our new home. He is so happy for our family. Just good to see a dear, old friend again. Again, this incident just confirms that old saying that a dear Pastor once told me, "Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"! Thank you, Lord!!
By the way, yesterday morning, had a wonderful time speaking with about 60 men at Trinity Presbyterian in Satellite Beach, Florida. Great group. Yes, I shared I Thessalonians 5:16-18 on REJOICE, PRAY & GIVE THANKS! You know, that message is really settling deep into my soul! The more I share it, the more I get it!
Well, here we are on a Sunday morning getting ready for church and then our ministry at the hospital with the young people. It is such a joy to do this. We count ourselves blessed to be able to reach out to these young people "who are locked up". We are able to bring the love of God right into their hospital. For many, it is their only church. Thank you, Lord for allowing us to do this. Gotta get ready now. God Bless and remember, "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be glad in it". This will get your day going better, believe me!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - There is an American Missionary who is locked up in Jail in Jacmel, Haiti. Been following the story. It's complicated. We're getting the details bit by bit. The bottom line is Danny Pye, needs a miracle. Please remember to pray for him and his family. We've seen these things happen many times in the past. Trust me, your prayers go a long way in these matters. God bless and THANK YOU again for your prayers for Danny and his family. Joe
March 5, 2011 - Saturday - 5:41am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
TESTING "THE MACHINE" - MOVING TOWARD HAITI AND A "RED BELT"
Had an excellent meeting with NASA Engineers / Scientists regarding testing our little water purifier. We will be able to further improve this remarkable machine with these tests. Now, my friends, this is good use of our tax dollars. Bottom line is - lives will be saved and we can give another view of Americans "traveling abroad and helping others in need"! This is a good thing.
We are progressing on the Annual Inspection on Ti Burik our mission aircraft. Haiti is moving toward elections on March 20th. We are praying for that situation. Heard from Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress) last night. She is in the U.S. for a couple of days and we hope to see her soon.
Yesterday, Peter, our 13 year old (now taller than his old Dad) reached the level of "Red Belt" in Tae Kwon Do. We are very proud of Peter who has demonstrated discipline and consistency in this journey. He moves closer to the coveted Black Belt.
Today, I will be speaking at a Prayer Breakfast at Trinity Presbyterian in Satellite Beach, FL. It is always a joy to share the things that our Lord is teaching me.
My message will likely be around I Thessalonians 5:16-18.....REJOICE (Always) - PRAY (Constantly) & GIVE THANKS (In everything). Pretty good counsel and a good means of reminding myself to do the same thing.
Following the breakfast, will be heading to the airport and continuing the "Process" of getting a little mission airplane back 'in the air'! God Bless You as always and THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
March 4, 2011 - Friday - 7:12am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
A SIMPLE DECISION-MAKING FORMULA.....REVISITED
Many times in life, we have to make decisions and sometimes, make them very quickly. There are thousands of examples that I could give, i.e. "something happens in the cockpit on a long flight and immediate action is required" and the list could go on and on.
Was up early this morning and pondering a number of things, none of them requiring immediate attention. Just simply thinking and considering when the scripture, I Thessalonians 5:16-18, came back to me. Now, here are 3 simple, direct scriptures given in a certain order. "Rejoice always" (Verse 16), "Pray continually" (Verse 17) and "In everything give thanks" (Verse 18). The question is, "What happens IF we do those three things in that order??
OK - so if I take a moment and Rejoice by considering how good our Lord is, and how He has lifted me out of so many difficult and seemingly impossible situations - joy will rise up in my soul. That's pretty easy.
Then - pray continually - so whatever I am considering or pondering, whatever decision needs to be made - then take a moment and PRAY. Now, remember, we have a bit of joy in our heart already, because we were just remembering how good God is. Now, we can bring the matter to Him in prayer. So far, all of this has only taken a few moments. So, number 1 - Rejoice - done and number 2 - Prayer - done. Now, let us go on to number 3.
In everything, give THANKS. Normally, if we are facing a tough decision or if we are in a "pickle" so to speak, it's not always easy to give THANKS in everything. In some situations, it's easier to give thanks than in other situations. HOWEVER, if we have already been rejoicing (in the goodness of God) and taken the matter to Him in prayer, then giving thanks will certainly flow a bit easier.
So, the order is rather important. Also, if we can remember what the Word says....REJOICE, PRAY & GIVE THANKS then your decisions in life will likely be a lot better. In the time it took you to read this little blog, these 3 things can easily be accomplished. As you go throughout this day, try to do this. You may find that things will go better.
Yesterday was another good day. We are responding to so many inquiries from folks who want to volunteer and help us bring clean water into a suffering world. Spoke with some pilots who want to use their skills to help others. Also setting up some dinner dates here at our new home with some leaders (will talk more about that later).
Today, heading to NASA to discuss testing protocol for the water purifier. We are so glad to be getting these additional tests done on this remarkable unit. Then, on to the airport with the continuation of the Annual inspection on our trusty mission aircraft. Things are relatively quiet in Haiti. We are so thankful for that.
I hope my simple words of encouragement help you today. As I have shared so many times, these are things that our Lord is showing me and I simply pass them on to you. God Bless and I pray you have a blessed day....REJOICING, PRAYING & THANKING!
Air Mobile Joe
March 3, 2011 - Thursday - 7:14am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
MESSAGE & PRAYER... DELIVERED!
Sometimes, one feels like the "Mailman" delivering the mail. That was yesterday for me. The day began good when I found a parking space right next the Cannon Building. That was a borderline miracle (the red car was mine). Now, I called several prayer warriors and asked for prayer as I was dashing down the "Beltway" to "The Hill". Any of you who drive in downtown DC know how hard it is to find a parking space!
Thought I was going to be late meeting Congressman Posey, but....actually arrived 10 minutes early. The traffic was nice to me. The wonderful staff brought me to a Congressional hearing and the good Congressman came out and spent a few precious minutes with me. We discussed the remarkable opportunity we have to bring more clean water into desperate places. The Congressman is "On-board" for the mission. Many good strategies were discussed. Our next step.....having dinner at our new home to go into more details. The "Schedulers" are working on it.
From meeting Congressman Posey, we next called on Congresswoman Sandy Adams, our newly elected Congresswoman in our District. Didn't have a chance to snap a shot, but had a productive meeting with her and her staff. Again, another Dinner invitation. My dear Cindy is an amazing cook and we do look forward to entertaining both in our home very soon.
From "The Hill", just a few short blocks away is my all-time, forever, favorite museum, The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Been there so many times, know it by heart but....there are always new displays. It is so nice to just go and "soak it in". Of course, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis will always be one of my favorites. What an amazing accomplishment. The famous aircraft is very, very similar to many of the bush planes I have flown all over the world (similar size, weight, horsepower).
To the aviation folks reading this, compare the "Spirit" to a Cessna 185 - they are amazingly close. Just imagine "tanking it up" and flying 3300 miles with a compass! Now, that my friends, was a "gutsy performance" in anybodies book. Hats off to Lindbergh!
After the "chill time" in the old museum, took a bit of time just walking and reflecting and PRAYING for our government. As I write, Libya is coming "unraveled", fuel prices are shooting up like a fireworks rocket, protesters are protesting in Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, US warships have steamed through the Suez. And the list goes on. The Bible urges to PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS. This is a good admonition. Yesterday, had the remarkable privilege to meet several of our Legislators and we have the possibility of developing wonderful relationships. We praise God for this opportunity. May I urge you to pray for our Leaders today!
Today, back to the Hangar and continuing on the Annual Inspection of Ti-Burik (our little mission aircraft). We are so ready to get back to Haiti. Pray all goes well. Better run for now. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
March 2, 2011 - Wednesday - 8:36am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Beltsville, MD (North Beltway - DC)- Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
HEADING TO "THE HILL" - SHARING THE MESSAGE OF "CLEAN WATER"
After a perfect flight from Orlando to Baltimore, MD had a great meeting with an international organization that was quite interested in just how we clean up dirty water. They had great questions. In the demo, I had urged them to go and find some dirty water (I did not care where it came from). Then after running it through the water purifier, I drank it. Then....I asked them where it came from. It came from a muddy lagoon connected to the Potomac. The demo went very well. The organization will certainly consider our little purifier for their future use. Again, we pray for guidance.
After the demo, headed all the around the DC "Beltway" to join some dear friends (Tom and Lori) for a delicious seafood dinner. So good catching up. They, just like Cindy and I, can still hardly believe the amazing "Extreme" blessing that we have received. We are rejoicing at how many open doors this "Extreme Miracle" is opening.
Today, will be heading to "The Hill" to meet our Congressmen. I love going right to the heart of our nation and praying! My flight schedule will allow me to spend a little "quality" time just visiting some museums and "strolling" around the "Mall". The temperature is a bit crisp, but very pleasant. I must tell you, I am looking forward to this time. Will also be able to share from my heart with some of our leaders and legislators both the importance of having clean water and how we do it. It's going to be a good day.
In reflection, on this course that our Lord has Cindy and I on, I am amazed at the simplicity and beauty of this call. In Matthew 25, Jesus says "I was thirsty and you gave Me to drink". Jesus goes on to explain that when you have done it (given clean water) unto the least of these, you have done it unto Me. The simple and beautiful act of giving someone clean water touches the heart of Jesus.
Many of you who read this little "meandering" blog have traveled over many roads with Cindy and I - from the most horrific disasters in modern history, to broken and devastated residents of tent-cities to cholera infested rivers and on to the very heart of our great country. It has been, and is, quite a path we are on together. I so thank you for your love and prayer. Please remember to pray for me today as I share our journey and mission with these leaders. Please pray that our Lord touches their hearts and that they may offer to help in this noble mission. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
March 1, 2011 - Tuesday - 6:15am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Orlando International Airport, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
ENROUTE TO DC
As a result of the recent coverage of our family and ministry by Extreme Makeover Home Edition, I'm heading up to Washington DC this morning to present what we're doing to an International Organization. We simply praise God for this opportunity. It will help us to get more clean water into areas where it is needed most. By the way, am having "health food" for breakfast.
This evening will be having dinner with some dear friends who live on the north side of the "Beltway". Looking forward to that and some famous She Crab Soup.
Always enjoy traveling to DC. Try to work in a little "free" time to visit the Air & Space Museum and see what's new. Pilots really like that place. Also, try to work in some simple prayer time to pray for our leaders. Usually, an afternoon or evening stroll down the "Mall" and just pray. Our leaders really, really need prayer....this old world is a mess!
For that very reason, often just bringing clean water into areas where people are suffering and dying does so much for so many. May we ever stay focused and true to this noble call. Would truly appreciate your prayers for me on this mission. There are numerous, marvelous opportunities. We just want to know how to navigate to those opportunities and know how to best seize them for the Glory of God!
Yesterday evening, met a gentleman going to Haiti in a few days. Was able to get a water purifier to him and train him on the unit. Seems like everyday, another water purifier is going out. Again, these little units bring such health and joy and hope to so many. We are just thankful to be part of all of this.
Getting time to board. Better run for now. Again, THANK YOU for your prayer, especially for my meetings over the next couple of days. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Just a final thought on prayer.....If we really knew what happened when we prayed....we'd pray more. Never underestimate the power of prayer! Our Lord is paying attention and does answer prayer. That's why Paul in I Thessalonians 5:17 urges us to "pray without ceasing". God bless!! Joe
February 28, 2011 - Monday - 7:19am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
MORE CLEAN WATER
Cindy and I are still amazed that our community rose up again and is helping us to bring more clean water to Haiti. As a result of opening up our home over the last two Saturdays, Air Mobile can now bring in 5 more water purifiers to Haiti. This WILL save lives! So, again, the win-win deal.....folks were able to see this beautiful home and SAVE LIVES!
It still amazes me that something so small and simple to operate can do so much good. Was on the phone with a former military medic last night discussing the Air Mobile Rescuer water purifier and he was simply amazed at the functionality and strength of this unit. By the way, he'll be getting a unit for his church mission program. We Praise God for giving us the opportunity to bring this unit to a thirsty and hurting world!
Today, we continue to build the units and prepare for our next mission to Haiti. Our maintenance team is conducting the Annual inspection on Ti Burik (our trusty mission aircraft).
It's time to have a cup of coffee with my sweetheart. May write a bit more later. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 27, 2011 - Sunday - 7:04am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THANKS!!
Yesterday, there was a steady stream of visitors to our new home. The line did not stop until well after our designated "end time". Cindy and I gladly welcomed them all. We don't know how many came, but it was literally hundreds. Again, we had a golden opportunity to say "THANK YOU" to our community.
Among the many, many guests and friends was Danny McKnight of "Blackhawk Down". Danny is a true American Hero and a good friend. It was good to see Danny. We'll travel to Haiti together soon.
Personally, having the chance to speak with so many in our community was rewarding. Also, at the end of the day, our incredible community donated enough funding for 3 more water purifiers!!!
Now, that is a win-win situation. Many were able to see our beautiful home built in an astounding 106 hours, feel the love that has been poured into our home and....give another 1500 people per day clean water. Wow, wow is all Cindy and can say!
In reflecting on all of these blessings, I am simply humbled. I have often thought of so many that serve our Lord and live in terrible conditions. Sometimes, it becomes very difficult and there is great temptation to just stop, "throw in the towel", give up. Been there....many times. But the Lord, time and time again has urged Cindy and I to just "keep marching" and not to grow weary, but just keep doing any good that we can (Galatians 6:9) and "the Lord of the Harvest" will take care of the rest. Again, we urge you to continue to believe and trust the Lord. He will never leave you or forsake you! I don't know who I wrote this little encouragement for, but if it's you, you know.
Well, today, we head to church and then to the hospital. I can't begin to tell you how much we love those kids that are "locked up" in a psychiatric facility. We have the blessed privilege to bring "church" inside those hospital walls (for over 13 years). We are so thankful to the administration and staff for allowing us to come and share the love of God with these precious children (and staff). For many, it is the only church they have. Thank you Lord, for allowing us to do this Sunday after Sunday after Sunday!
God Bless and THANK YOU for your prayer and love and remember, fix your eyes on the Lord. He is watching you and......loves you greatly!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Our local newspaper, Florida Today, did a nice story on yesterday. Here is the link:
VISITORS CALL ON HURSTON'S
February 26, 2011 - Saturday - 7:11am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
BRINGING A LITTLE DONKEY HOME
All of the avionics upgrades have been completed and checked out on our little donkey, Ti Burik. This week, we'll be performing an Annual Inspection and then.....back to Haiti!
It was good to fly her (flew like a dream!), the avionics package is amazing. It will take me a while to learn all the new systems.
After very careful consideration and many meetings, we have decided to bring the aircraft up to Tennessee to have the long-range fuel tanks installed. This is a MAJOR modification and should be done by the folks that developed the system. We all wanted to do the job, but after reading the scope and depth of it, we made our decision. This will cost a bit more (ABC had designated a certain amount), but we can certainly believe our Lord for the balance.
In the meantime, we'll be able to make a few flights to Haiti while waiting for a "slot" to open up on Tennessee. Frankly, I can hardly wait to get back to Haiti. We have so much to do! We'll be bringing more water purifiers, plenty of parts and supplies, etc.
Today, we're having our final official "Open House". In just over an hour, folks will begin showing up at our door to see this beautiful home. Again, we are just so THANKFUL to so many who volunteered and gave so generously of themselves to make this happen. We look forward to meeting many, many new friends today!!
As we watch the turmoil in this old world, it is good to know "In Whom we have believed in". Remember, keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. God Bless and THANKS AGAIN for your love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 25, 2011 - Friday - 7:57am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
BEAUTIFUL LAUNCH - BEAUTIFUL DEDICATION!
Yesterday afternoon, the Space Shuttle Discovery roared into space on it's final mission. The launch was spectacular. The ground at the Air Mobile Headquarters shook (we are that close). We thank God for the successful launch and will continue to pray for the entire mission until that beautiful bird touches down here at Kennedy Space Center.
Meanwhile, a group braved unbelievable traffic and gathered at the newly established ministry headquarters for Air Mobile Ministries. We had a wonderful time of prayer and dedication highlighted by so much THANKSGIVING!
We were really blessed by our son & daughter, Peter & Juliet and by Garrett. They opened our Dedication service with Praise and worship. Then, one by one, "Air Mobile Crew Members" came and prayed. The time in prayer was just sweet! We also "streamed" the service so those that did not get into the "insane" traffic could still join us.
Wow, I love the technology! This streaming has great potential for future ministries. Our new friend, Jay Brewer, is helping steer us into this new arena of communication. By the way, as we were setting up, our internet connection was so weak, it was hard to get 2 "bytes" into the same room. In other words, it was a very, very weak signal yet......we prayed and somehow, Jay managed to get the service to "stream". Bravo Jay, Bravo Lord!!!
By the way, back to our young people that led us in worship. It was so refreshing to hear young people singing, "Here am I, Lord, send me"! We wrapped up the service with a story about young Garrett (14 years old). I brought Garrett to Haiti with me on a mission and he played an invaluable role in the rescue of a little boy with severe medical problems. We are never too young, or too old to be used by the Lord.
Remember, tomorrow we will be having another open house of the "The Extreme Hurston Home" from 9:00am to 3:00pm. If you have not had a chance to come and see this lovely home, you are welcome tomorrow! We simply ask that you come with a donation for Air Mobile Ministries. Last week, we raised enough to purchase 2 more water purifiers for Haiti! Those 2 units will save literally thousands of lives!!! Hope you can come out tomorrow. Cindy and I would love to see you and THANK YOU!!
Here is our address:
5560 Fan Palm Ave.
Cocoa, FL 32927
Better wrap it up for the day. Heading back to the airport and getting ready for our next mission. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 24, 2011 - Thursday - 6:59am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
DEDICATION SERVICE TONIGHT - AIR MOBILE HEADQUARTERS - SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY BEGINNING FUELING FOR AFTERNOON LAUNCH - GOD SPEED DISCOVERY - GOD SPEED AIR MOBILE!
Today is a very special day for Air Mobile Ministries! We will be gathering at our ministry headquarters and praying as we dedicate our new facility at 6:00pm this evening. This dedication service coincides with the final mission for the Space Shuttle Discovery. We pray for a successful launch and mission for this remarkable spacecraft. The launch is scheduled for a 4:50pm liftoff. We all join in praying "GOD SPEED DISCOVERY"!
The Air Mobile Headquarters is just south of Kennedy Space Center. When the Shuttle launches, our ground shakes (it is so close!). If you are planning on joining us this evening, come out early and get a ringside seat for the launch. Our service this evening will be simple and straight forward. We will join to Praise God for all He has done for our ministry over the years and dedicate our facility. Our building is quite rich in history. One day, I will write a bit about it and share it with you.
Here are the details for our Special Service this evening:
Air Mobile Ministries Dedication Prayer Service
DATE: February 24, 2011
LOCATION: 6250 North Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island,FL 32953
In the event you cannot make it in person tonight, Click here to join us live this evening for a special "Streaming Video of the service: AIR MOBILE MINISTRIES DEDICATION SERVICE - LIVE STREAM This is a brand new feature that we will be offering for this event and other Air Mobile events. Praise God for new and innovative technology! Hope you can join us this evening!
Yesterday, our team met at Orlando Executive Airport to launch the next phase of work to be done on Ti Burik, our faithful, trusty little mission aircraft. The extended fuel tank installation is an extensive modification and will require many man-hours of exacting work. The effort and cost to do this work is extensive, but the results will dramatically increase our mission capability.
Some very cool things are happening regarding the team that our Lord is putting together to accomplish this work. Suffice it to say, "Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"!!
It's going to be a busy day. Hope to see you this evening (either in-person or via our live streaming video).
Sure do love and appreciate you all! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - The "Live Streaming Video" link above will "come alive" just prior to our service. Check back in around 5:45pm Eastern time. God Bless!! Joe
February 23, 2011 - Wednesday - 6:39am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
SO MANY FRIENDS!
One of the good tasks that we have all been doing here at Air Mobile has been responding to so many inquiries from friends around the world who saw the Extreme Makeover Home Edition featuring our family. It has been so encouraging to hear from old friends and make new ones along the way. We are working on responding to each and every one. So....if you are new to this blog and have contacted us and not heard from us yet, please be patient we are working on it.
We had a good day of making training videos on the usage of the water purifier offered by the Rescuer Division of Air Mobile. We set up in our "newly redone" back yard. There is a beautiful little pond with fish and all. When we get the videos done, I'll include a link here on the blog.
Today, will be meeting with our "Fuel Tank Installation Team" to begin the final process of getting our mission aircraft back in the air. All of the avionics work / rewiring is done. The Extreme Makeover folks and so many generous donors are turning our mission aircraft into a "Dream Machine"!
As I check the world news headlines this morning, Libya still teeters - Khadafi is holding on - New Zealand is digging out of a terrible quake. The death toll is miraculously quite low, even though one death is tragic. It could have been so much worse. The Philippines simply deals with another volcano and life goes on.
I do recall something quite remarkable regarding the Philippines. Several years ago, the Philippines got hit with 4 typhoons in 4 weeks. I led a small Air Mobile team there shortly after these storms hit. The water was still standing in many areas. Now, here is the amazing thing that we saw. The Filipino people just got back to work so quickly. Many areas of Manila had gone under 20-30 feet of water. The people just cleaned up and hardly missed a beat. I believe it was seeing this courage and resilience that helped Cindy and I to press through our little trial and just "keep on keeping on".
This leads me to another scripture (Matthew 6:33) "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you". So, as we go through this day (that the Lord has made), let us rejoice and pray and give thanks! No matter what you are facing today, these things will help you (and me) navigate through and walk in the "will of God in Christ Jesus". May you have a blessed day!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 22, 2011 - Tuesday - 6:59am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
GIVE US THIS DAY....
There is no question that our old world is shaking! Since yesterday's blog, the current government under Kadhafi is teetering on the brink of collapse. Libya appears to be joining the "fire" that has been lit effecting many countries in that region. As these events were unfolding, a Volcano erupted in the Philippines and another serious earthquake occurred in New Zealand. Yes folks, things are definitely shaking!
Again, what can we do? I have been praying about what to write in this little blog. As I pondered this in the early hours, the simple, beautiful prayer given to us by Jesus came to me...The Lord's Prayer. This is a good place to start.
I love the background on this prayer. The Disciples of Jesus witnessed the incredible relationship that Jesus had with the Father and one day just came out and asked Him to teach them how to pray. Thus, the most beautiful prayer of all time....."Our Father which art in heaven...." Perhaps, even now, you could take a moment, close your eyes and pray it slowly, word by word. Allow the Holy Spirit of God to speak to your heart.
As I wondered what I would share with you, the words came to me, "Give us this day our daily bread". Today, I am asking our Lord for His direction. Now is the time to turn to the Lord and seek Him. Remember His words, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you".
Many may wonder, "Is this the end?" or "Is Jesus coming soon?". My simple answer is "today is one day closer". The question is "What should we do today?". Again, seek the Lord and pray. Several days ago, I shared the scripture in I Thessalonians 5:16-18. It simply says:
1) Rejoice always
2) Pray without ceasing
3) In everything give thanks....for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you!
Sounds like excellent advice. So, this is some good "Daily Bread" for me and you. Many times, when I write this little blog, it is my way of seeking the Lord to guide me and I just share a bit of what He is showing me with you.
Well, today, we'll be making some training films on the usage of the Rescuer water purifier. Also, will be gathering supplies for Haiti. Tomorrow, we begin "de-riveting" the top of the wings for Ti Burik (our beloved little mission aircraft). Things are moving forward. Better run for the day. We truly love you and thank you so much for standing with us. May you have a blessed day!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 21, 2011 - Monday - 7:59am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
A TIME TO SOW - A TIME TO HARVEST and....a lot in between the two
Sometimes, seeds take a while to grow. In our walk with the Lord, there are times, when our harvest may take a while. There are many reasons for this but the thing to remember is that we are not "The Lord of the Harvest". Our task may be to cultivate, plant, water, fertilize, etc.. There does come a time of harvest. There are times when we show up just in time for the harvest and participate. What we may not see is what went on before that time. The process likely began years before.
For whatever the reason, our Lord in His infinite wisdom has poured out an amazing blessing upon our family. It seems to have occurred "suddenly", but we all know there has been a time , a process of growth just as when we plant a seed in the ground. It simply takes a while. Our Lord has been putting into my heart words to encourage others who are in the "process" of life (as we all are). I have shared numerous times before the scripture (Galatians 6:9) that has been in my heart for years now, "Be not weary in well-doing, for you will reap a harvest....in due time".
Again, this is such a powerful, encouraging word for us all, particularly when things are difficult and challenging. It is a Word that will keep us moving forward and continuing to plant / sow / water etc. even when it is very difficult. This is the reason, I want to encourage you to continue to press forward in the harvest until the harvest comes.
Now, we have seen others who have gone before us who have planted good seeds and walked all the way through to the end of their lives and never seen the harvest with their eyes on this earth. I am reminded of faithful grandmothers who have prayed faithfully for grandchildren to come to know Jesus. Perhaps that blessed one went on to be with Jesus before that "wayward" child accepted our Lord. This has happened many times. We must not become "weary in well-doing". Just keep believing and standing and praying and believing.....Don't give up, for our Lord will bring about the harvest in due season.
There you go, just another word of encouragement in this little rambling blog. Want to share a bit about yesterday. Had wonderful church / chaplain service. Many of the young people in the hospital saw the Extreme Makeover Home Edition that aired Sunday (February 13th). Many of these young people would see the Hurston Family show up week after week and had no idea of our living conditions. When they realized both the truth of our (pretty grim) situation and....how our Lord blessed our family, many were very, very encouraged. This is such a blessed testimony of the faithfulness of our Lord. Our prayer is that many will be encouraged by this story of God's Amazing Grace!
Oh, yes, I had mentioned about some "ruffled feathers" with our neighbors about all the cars that passed by our new home on Saturday. Well, that just wasn't the case at all. After visiting with them, there was absolutely no problem at all. Just another case of "mis-communication". So often, that is the case with "problems". When Cindy and I heard that there "may" be a problem, we went straight over to our precious neighbors and found out what the situation was. Again, our Lord came through for us and for them. We are so thankful for good neighbors.
Regarding our world situation. Things are still shaking like crazy. Read yesterday about Libya being added to the countries that are becoming extremely unstable... very rapidly. Again, it is as if a fire has been lit and there are strong winds fanning the flames. Some of those sparks have come to America, such as is happening in Wisconsin. This is a good time to pray and focus on our Lord Jesus for His direction. Now, as always, is a good time to plant good seeds in good soil. We must all be diligent, faithful, prayerful and vigilant. It does appear as if very, very challenging economic and spiritual days lie ahead.
However.....I would like to point out that the Kingdom of God has a different economy than that of the world. Our Lord can do anything anytime because He is the "Lord of the Harvest". Our family has witnessed and experienced that first hand. So, again, Cindy and I want to encourage you to keep the faith and call upon our Lord Jesus. He will see you through whatever you may be going through.
Well, have to get on with the day. Have much to coordinate regarding water purifier components (gained funding for 2 more units over the weekend with the open house). Also, have to get parts and tools to finish the fuel tank installation on Ti Burik. We are very excited about flying back to Haiti soon!! God Bless and as always, THANK YOU for "rambling" all the way to the end of this blog today!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 20, 2011 - Sunday - 8:33am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
HAVING PEACE IN THE STORM
First of all, we had an overwhelming response to our Open House yesterday. Everyone that came to see our home, put in an offering for Air Mobile and we raised enough funding for 2 more water purifiers for Haiti! What a sweet thing. Our community was able to come and see our beautiful home and at the same time provide clean water where it is desperately needed. Again, we say THANKS.
However, this overwhelming response did cause a bit of a problem with parking. So....today, Cindy and I will be making peace with our wonderful neighbors who had their new lawns parked on. Pray that we get this all worked out.
It was so good to be with my friend of many years, Larry Linkous of New Life in Titusville, FL. yesterday morning. Was able to share what our Lord has been teaching me regarding "The Joy of the Lord". You know, as this lesson goes deeper into my heart, I realize that this is the key to "FINDING PEACE IN THE STORM".
Simply put, if the "Joy of the Lord" is in our hearts and we know that we know Who is in control, then the storms of life will not rock us. Or should I say, the storms will not rock us as much. Storms will certainly rock our boat, but realizing that Jesus is in the boat with us changes everything.
In the headlines this morning, I read that Chinese authorities are jittery and watching very closely the possibility of domestic dissent much like that which has happened in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Algeria. Why, we are even experiencing some unusual outbreaks of civil unrest in Wisconsin. This same "wave" could spread to Minnesota, Ohio and Illinois. There is no question that "Storms are blowing" across the world.
Again, what are we to do? I am reminded of the scripture in Hebrews 12:2 - "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith". Jesus is with us from beginning to end. He is with us in the peace and the storm and He brings peace into the storm.
As you go through this day, remember to look to Jesus as your anchor and source of "The Joy of the Lord". Well, better get ready for church. After church and our chaplain ministry at the hospital, Cindy and I will be calling upon my neighbors and attempting to smooth things out.
Love you and THANKS for reading this little rambling blog. Your prayer and love is helping us to save lives! God Bless You!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 19, 2011 - Saturday - 6:45am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
SHARING A TREASURE
I keep coming back to the subject of the Joy of the Lord. Can't seem to get it out of my mind and heart. So....bear with me for a bit more about the subject of Joy. When joy flows good things happen even when bad or difficult things are happening. There is a great lesson here.
In just a few minutes, I'll be heading to a Prayer Breakfast at a very dear church pastored by a very dear friend of mine. Guess what I'll be sharing on? The same thing I've been sharing with you.
If you have been reading this little, rambling journal for a while, you know that long before Ty Pennington yelled through that bull-horn, "Good Morning Hurston Family", I had been sharing on "The Joy of the Lord is our strength". As you know, Cindy and I and our children had been going through some pretty challenging stuff and the wonderful, amazing "Joy of the Lord" just kept flowing through my heart. I couldn't help but share it with you.
I believe the Joy of the Lord is such an amazing gift from our Lord and it is so freely given. There is an unlimited supply. HE has all we could ever need or want. We simply need to ASK for it. His precious Word is full of the joy of the Lord.
Here is a simple recommendation. Read the Book of Philippians. The Apostle Paul wrote the book while in prision. Some consider this little book the most tender and delightful Paul wrote. I agree. It is just full of Joy.
There is no question that the Hurston Family has been tremendously blessed with overwhelming gifts and well wishes in the last few weeks. We are so THANKFUL. But, the wonderful thing is that the joy of the Lord was flowing in our lives long before these wonderful "blessings" came upon us.
I know that some of you are going through some very hard times right now. In our part of Florida, Kennedy Space Center is laying off literally thousands of workers. Folks, these are hard working, brilliant people who ran the Space Shuttle Program. Many are out of work and the prospects don't look very good. In just over an hour, I'll be heading out to speak to a number of these folks.
As we look at what is happening in Wisconsin, many others are facing severe economic hardships. As we go on to look at Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain and....the list goes on and on, many around the world are facing grim economic news. This old world is shaking. What are we to do? Well.....begin by going to Lord and asking Him to fill your heart with joy.
Remember I Thessalonians 5:16-18 from yesterday? Verse 16 says "Be JOYFUL ALWAYS". No matter what the circumstances. Go deep, as Isaiah 12:3 says "With Joy, you will draw water from the wells of Salvation". Go back to when our Lord first came into your life and remember. Joy will flow. Once that joy begins to flow, verse 17 "PRAY CONTINUALLY" and verse 18 "GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES" becomes easier.
Well, it's time to head out. Thanks again for sticking with our little blog and putting up with me. God Bless You!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 18, 2011 - Friday - 6:28am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
UNCOVERING A TREASURE!
In yesterdays blog, at the end, I quoted I Thessalonians 5:16-18. I awoke early this morning with those verses on my mind and just had to say a bit more about them. Kind of like uncovering a treasure. First of all, here they are again: "Rejoice always (v 16), pray without ceasing (v 17), in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (v 18).
Wow, what sound advice, so simple and pure. REJOICE - PRAY - GIVE THANKS. Seems to me, that whatever situation you may be in, doing these things will help....a lot! So often, life comes at us "hard and fast" and it's easy to forget these things.
Concerning Rejoicing, I like to think of it as "re-joy". It means, let joy flow through us everyday and even multiple times throughout the day. We need to "refresh" our joy. There are many times, the last thing in the world we feel like doing is being "joyful" yet....that is what our Lord tells us to do. Sometimes, we have to "fake it till we make it". I mean, just give it a try and see what happens. Often, when we are down, or being attacked, or just under the "gun" so to speak, it's very, very difficult to think about being joyful but....go ahead, give it a try and see what happens.
Now, when I share that with you, it's easy to look back on this last year, beginning with the terrible earthquake in Haiti and think about joy. Yet, by our Lord's unimaginable and amazing grace, that is exactly what He began to do in my heart. I distinctly recall after having a motorcycle accident and lying in the dirt on the side of the "road"and having joy well up in my heart. It's hard to describe or even explain, but it happened. Made all the difference in the world.
There is much more that I could say about that broken leg, but 5 days later, flew the airplane (Ti Burik) home and made multiple trips back as pilot in command with the cast still on my leg. It's amazing how powerful joy is. Why, another scripture says, "The joy of the Lord is our strength". So, today, let joy flow through your heart even if things aren't going so well.
By the way, the lady that is holding my foot (in the photo above) actually re-set the broken bone right on the spot. Won't say it didn't hurt, but the "joy" of the Lord was sure flowing. I truly want to just encourage you today, to simply remember to "REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS & AGAIN, I SAY REJOICE".
Now, the other 2 items mentioned in the I Thessalonians 5:16-18 is to PRAY WITHOUT CEASING AND GIVE THANKS. The order of things is pretty important. If we REJOICE ALWAYS, than PRAYER & GIVING THANKS is a bit easier to do. So....my encouragement to you today is REJOICE IN THE LORD. There, my little lesson for the day.
Yesterday we made some excellent progress on establishing increased manufacturing capability with the water purifier. Also, set up the "Dream Team" to complete the fuel tank installation on Ti Burik (our precious mission aircraft). Spoke with Barbara in Haiti yesterday evening. All is quiet in the "Village", but Haiti is very tense. Barbara asked me to bring in some more razor wire on my next flight to Haiti to make the "Village" a bit more secure. PLEASE remember to PRAY for Haiti and all that are there working so hard to help others!
Need to get on with the day. Sure enjoyed sharing a bit about joy with you today. God Bless and as always, THANK YOU for your love and prayer!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - REMEMBER - TOMORROW (2-19-11) we will be opening or home up for a tour (Hours - 9:00am to 3:00pm). If you're in the area, come on by. Just bring a little (or big) donation for Air Mobile when you come. We hope to raise enough money, for another water purifier for Haiti! Joe
February 17, 2011 - Thursday - 7:47am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
A WONDERFUL LAB FOR CLEAN WATER - PREVIEW OF THE HURSTON HOME
Over the years, I have longed to have a laboratory to do some in-depth testing and find ways to make our water purifier better. We have years and years of extensive field testing and experience (placed 700+ water purifiers in 38 countries following some of the worst disasters in history). I have seriously prayed about this situation.
Right after completing the blog yesterday, received an invitation from a friend at NASA. There is a world-class lab associated with Kennedy Space Center that has special interest in our little water purifier.
I dashed to the lab, and a preliminary agreement was reached for us to work together with these brilliant scientists to analyze, test and improve our already remarkable system. Who knows where these studies might end up (mmmm...wonder how it would work in a weightless environment)?? I am again reminded of those many prayers over the years and how our Lord is answering them. Another verse says, "Pray without ceasing". Good Word!
We're inviting our community to come out and see our beautiful new home this Saturday (February 19th) from 9:00am to 3:00pm. All we ask is that you bring a free-will offering for Air Mobile when you come. We'll put those funds toward more water purifiers for Haiti! We'll do the same thing next Saturday (February 26th) also. Hope you can make it!
Now, yesterday, I showed you our "First Class" breakfast nook. Here is a shot of what you will see when you first enter our home. Yes, that is a 737 Fuselage, compliments of Southwest Airline and a genius designer (Michael). Wow, what an impression when you walk through the front door.
When asked to describe the style of the home, it was best captured by the statement - "Plantation meets Caribbean". Well said and what a joy it is to live here. When you come to visit us, I believe you will sense the AMAZING love in this home. So many poured their hearts into building our home.
Now, once you walk in and stroll past our 737, to the left is our living room. It is warm, elegant and inviting.
Notice the huge fan. It has a very unique name and I will share it with you when you come and visit us.
We have been endeavoring to respond to each and every inquiry since the program aired last Sunday (scroll down for the link, if you have not seen the show). Just to the left of the fire-place is my favorite seat. I have spoken with some of you while enjoying the warmth of the fireplace.
Today, many calls, e-mails, plans to get a certain little airplane back in the air and winging to Haiti. Will be in meetings regarding the manufacture of certain components for the water purifier.
Back to the statement about "Pray without ceasing". It is found in I Thessalonians 5:17. I love the verse just before it. It say "Rejoice Always" and verse just after says "In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you". The bottom line, be joyful, prayerful and thankful! That will keep us all out of trouble. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 16, 2011 - Wednesday - 5:36am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
"ON THE AIR" - A NICE WAY TO SAY THANK YOU TO A GREAT COMMUNITY!!
Yesterday morning, Cindy and I threaded our way through morning traffic and fog to our first of 3 radio interviews. What a wonderful way to say THANK YOU to our community!
You know, the more I think about what happened, the more amazed I get. This home was built in 4.5 days (106 hours!!)!! I still have a hard time grasping that! Not only did our community come together to accomplish a wonderful gift for the Hurston family, they came together and demonstrated just what folks can do when they put their minds and hearts into it!
Who said America has lost the ability to "PRODUCE"??!! We saw an amazing thing happen right here. Not only did our community, our businesses, our craftsmen and our volunteers PRODUCE, THEY LOVED!! This thing that has just happened in our community has such long term effects on many, not only here, but around the world!
As I sit in the phenomenal home, actually in the "First Class" section of our kitchen, I still can't believe that this has actually happened!
Now, I can send you shots from inside our home. Could not do that before last Sunday when the program aired.
If you have not had an opportunity to see the show, I am going to give you a link and you can view it right now. Here it is:
EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION - "THE HURSTON FAMILY"
After our flurry of radio interviews, we headed back to our home. There, I began the process of going through so many contacts from old & new friends who had seen the program. I can't even begin to tell you how good it is to reconnect with so many. Again, the magnitude of this blessing is just beginning to sink in.
This one thing I can say. As a result of this amazing gift to our family, many, many will be touched by the love of God!!
Today is a new day and I've already begun responding to the emails. We are discovering that so many want to help. What a joy it is to link arms and work together to bring the love of God to a thirsty and hurting world!!
God Bless and as always, THANK YOU for your love & prayer!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 15, 2011 - Tuesday - 6:20am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
A HOSPITAL IN HAITI GETTING HELP & MEETING SOME DEAR OLD FRIENDS!
Yesterday morning, had the privilege to speak to a group at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Florida Hospital is committed to helping a wonderful hospital in Haiti (Diquini). Cindy and I truly appreciate this hospital as it has saved many, many lives over the years, including Cindy's when she was quite ill. We have sent hundreds of patients to this "beacon of light on a hill" hospital and thank the Lord for folks who want to help this Haitian hospital.
From the hospital, it was off to the publisher (Charisma House) of our book, 'Run to the Roar'. We're discussing the possibility of writing a second book. Had a great meeting with Steve Strang. We laughed and talked about when we first met over 30 years ago. Our Lord has been so good and faithful to us.
Next, headed to the airport to check on "Ti Burik" our beloved mission aircraft. The shop, Orlando Aircraft Services, has done so much excellent work on our little airplane, including a major re-wire. We're seeing our little "work-donkey" come together. Still working on those long-range fuel tanks. Can hardly wait to get it back in the air and heading to Haiti.
From the airport, met with my dear friend of over 45 years, Joe Polozola. Had a late lunch with he and his son, Mark. Joe told me about Jesus many, many years ago. I will never forget the day that I bowed my knee and asked Jesus to come into my life.
Today, Cindy and I will be on the several local radio stations thanking our community for all they have done for both our family and our ministry. The Extreme blessings that we are receiving are equipping us to go and do more than we had ever dreamed. Again, I thank you all who read our little blog for your faithful prayer and love! Have to run for now...God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - If you're new to this blog and feel like you're jumping right into the middle of a story....you are. Simply continue reading on down to see how this "journey" has gotten to this chapter. It's been quite a ride, full of amazing grace! Joe
February 14, 2011 - Monday - 6:59am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
THE DAY AFTER IS STILL "EXTREME"
We have to say THANK YOU again and again for a long, long time! We had a marvelous day yesterday. Beginning with church (Redeemer Presbyterian), then to the hospital in Orlando with the young people, the day ended among friends and a grand, "EXTREME" celebration!
The program, Extreme Makeover Home Edition aired and there were cheers and tears throughout the evening. Cindy and I are so proud of how our community (Brevard County) came together in an amazing way and accomplished an astounding feat, building our zero energy, incredibly beautifuly / comfortable / unique home in 106 hours!
Story after story was revealed of the seeming insurmountable problems and how they just worked out with skill and ingenuity and above all LOVE! The unity and joy on the work-sight was evident by both the footage and the testimonies. It is amazing what folks can do when they set their mind and hearts to it. This also shows just what a great and amazing country that we live in.
Well, we are being overwhelmed by well-wishers on Face Book and other means. Please be patient, we are attempting to get back to you all. Up early this morning, on my way to go speak to a Hospital in Orlando that is doing spectacular things in Haiti.
As I have endeavored to do in this little blog, I want to encourage you in your walk with the Lord. In Galatians 6:9, it say, "Be not weary in well doing, for you will reap a reward in due time (if you faint not!). Many of you reading this blog have stood so faithfully with us with your prayer, love and support. Together, this "Extreme" victory belongs to you as well as to Cindy and I and our children. THANK YOU again.
Have to run to make my speaking engagement. God Bless and remember, "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it"!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 13, 2011 - Sunday - 7:47am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
THANK YOU!!!!!! from The Hurston's
Well, today has finally arrived and has certainly been anticipated by the Hurston Family. This evening, we will be meeting with a group of folks who built an amazing, wonderful, beautiful, love-filled (and the list goes on and on) home for our family. This was done in 106 hours!!!
We can't even begin to thank all of the 3000+ volunteers, but this evening we will try! After we watch some of the inside videos and hear of the stories as to how all of this was accomplished, we will watch the show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. It is scheduled to air on ABC at 8:00pm (Eastern). Hope you can catch it.
As I sit here this morning, my heart is just filled to overflowing with thankfulness. In reflecting on all of the events that have led up to this morning, so many emotions sweep over my soul. I find myself remembering images of people that live around the world in such dire circumstances. My mind and heart is never far from Haiti. Still, over 1.2 million people live under little shreds of faded blue tarp and pieces of sticks and old rusty tin roofing. So many lack clean water, food, medical care and safety.
I truly believe that the program that will air this evening will help us, as never before, to reach out to so many in such desperate need. Truly, 'ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD, TO THOSE THAT LOVE GOD, TO THOSE THE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE'. We pray that together, with our Lord's help, just as so many came together and helped my family with a new home, we can help so many others who are living in such deplorable conditions.
Well, today, we head to our church then to the hospital in Orlando to minister as Chaplains to some wonderful young people and staff. Then, this evening, we'll be at the Cocoa Beach Hilton as guests of LifeStyle Homes (the remarkable organization that spear-headed our new home). We'll be able to meet so many people who really went to "Extremes" for our family. Again, THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU!!
Air Mobile Joe & Cindy and all the Hurston Kids!!
February 12, 2011 - Saturday - 7:52am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
ABASE - ABOUND SUDDENLY!
Yesterday was a busy day of preparation and coordination for the upcoming Extreme Makeover Home Edition program airing tomorrow evening. At the end of the day, we had our church home group over to the house for a Bible study. As I sat next to the fireplace, surrounded by friends in an incredibly beautiful and unique living room, it dawned on me. I was reminded of a scripture in Philippians 4:12-13 that deals with Abase / Abound / being content and being able to do all things through Christ Jesus. I went on to reflect....
Several weeks ago, I sat in this same approximate location on a set of sofas that Cindy and I had bought off of Craig's List for $100 (main sofa, love seat and ottoman!). Yes, they were used and deep purple and stained, but they were comfortable. The floor on which the furniture sat was plywood sub-floors. The wind howled through various openings.
Oh, I could go on, but suffice it to say, it was quite a bit different. If I were to classify it - it would be an ABASE situation. Here's a definition of abase: verb (used with object), a·based, a·bas·ing. 1. to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade...
Yes, our situation was quite a bit different several weeks ago. While sitting on that old sofa with Cindy having a cup of coffee, was still reflecting on the last mission to Haiti. Had to rescue a medical team out of the mountains. We did... and all were safely delivered home. Brought in more water purifiers, more clean water flowed, more lives saved.. We had recently celebrated Christmas in this same old, broken room that we had affectionately named "The Cave". Life was good, difficult... but good.
Now, fast forward back to last night. Sitting in this incredible home with so many blessings attached to it. Our situation had "suddenly" changed to an ABOUND situation. Here's a definition of abound - intr.v. a·bound·ed, a·bound·ing, a·bounds. 1. To be great in number or amount. 2
In both situations, Cindy and I are content.....however, ABOUNDING is very nice. In both situations, our Lord is there with us. In both situations, we can have joy. The things that still astounds me is how quickly things can change. I still marvel that our new home was built in 106 short hours by over 3000 friends who poured their heart into this home. One can literally feel the love poured into our home.
Oh well, just a few thoughts this morning. Now, concerning the scripture, Philippians 4:12-13, Cindy and I haven't figured it all out, nor are we perfect (the Lord is working on us every day), but, thank God, He is not through with us yet!
Remember, tomorrow night at 8:00pm (Eastern) on ABC.....Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Time to go have another cup of coffee with Cindy by the fireplace. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - I can't just reference the scripture Philippians 4:12-13 and not give it to you. Here it is:
Philippians 4:12-13 (New American Standard Bible)
12I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going (A)hungry, both of having abundance and (B)suffering need.
13I can do all things through Him who (C)strengthens me.
February 11, 2011 - Friday - 11:06am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
Usually have this blog out before now. Been up early taking calls and getting ready for our big evening this Sunday. Extreme Makeover Home Edition will be aired on ABC at 8:00pm Eastern Time. Hope you can catch it.
Spoke to 2 wonderful groups yesterday. It is so good to just tell the "story" of our Lord's Amazing Grace and Mercy. Today, been on the phone since before the sun rose working on getting our aircraft all ready for the upcoming missions to Haiti. By the way, last night was meeting with our other water purifier production team until nearly 2:00am going over all the details of assuring a steady supply line of parts / components to keep clean water flowing. It's just been "crazy" busy like that.
Well, have to get our recording all ready for the telephone answering team who will be taking the calls during and after the airing of the Sunday evening show. Have to run. THANK YOU for your love and prayer!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 10, 2011 - Thursday - 6:41am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
A FOLLOW UP REPORT
In yesterdays blog, I spoke about the wonderful scripture, Romans 8:28 - "And we know that all things work together for the good for those that love God, those the called according to His purpose". Last night I was reading some commentaries on this marvelous scripture and found a few quotable quotes. Dr. Torrey always said, "Romans 8:28 is a soft pillow for a tired heart". Well said. Over the years, this single scripture has helped me over many a rough road.
I read another little story that touched my heart. Here it is. A sole survivor of a ship wreck barely made it to an uninhabited island. He cried out to God to send someone to rescue him. After a while, he made a little hut to protect him from the elements. One day when he returned to his hut from foraging for food, he found it in flames...smoke rising into the sky. In anger and frustration he asked God why these terrible things had happened to him. The next morning he was awakened by rescuers. In shock, he asked how did they know he was here. They answered, "you sent up smoke signal". Truly, our Lord works all things together for the good and....God is in control.
Cindy and I found ourselves in a very difficult situation with our home being destroyed and a lot of other circumstances. Our Lord has been so gracious to us. Even in the hard times, we have felt His hand of mercy and grace again and again. Now, with this Extreme Blessing of our new home, we hardly know how to handle it. It is just amazing and we are so thankful!
Oh yes, in yesterdays blog, I reported the Federal Government had made an error regarding the status of Air Mobile Ministries. I am so pleased to tell you that they responded in record (miraculous) time and corrected it and sent us a letter affirming that. "All things work together for the good...." Our Lord is so good!
Today, will be speaking to several groups, beginning early this morning. Always enjoy sharing and encouraging others with the Good News of our Lord Jesus! Really appreciate you and your prayer and love. God Bless!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Be sure to watch ABC this Sunday Evening (8:00pm in most time zones) - Extreme Makeover Home Edition (February 13th). Hope you enjoy the show!! Joe & Cindy
February 9, 2011 - Wednesday - 8:57am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD....
Sometimes, when our "boat" gets rocked a bit, it is easy to wonder - "Who is in control??" Now, this can go either way. When things get difficult, it's easy to look around and wonder what have I done, or what could I have done to prevent this or that?. On the other hand, when things go good one can say, "Look what I did" to cause this. Either way, we must always look to the Lord and remember that He is in control. Now, we must be accountable and take responsibility for our actions....but ultimately, God IS in control.
Let me tell you something that happened yesterday to demonstrate this point. In yesterdays blog, I shared about a rather extensive interview with reporter. He challenged me on a number of issues. I answered each question honestly and openly. At the end of the day, I realized that I had simply opened up and shared my heart and explained why we do the things that we do. It all goes back to a simple, beautiful "Call" from our Lord many years ago. I shared of the numerous "mountains that we have had to climb" and difficulties and set backs. But my wife and I and children are still marching forward in our service and commitment to the Lord.
Well, as a result of this reporters "in depth" look at our life and ministry he uncovered data that proved that our Federal Government had made a mistake about the classification of our ministry. Within minutes of the discovery, we were on the phone with this Federal Agency and they clearly admitted their error. This was as close to a miracle as one can get. First of all, getting through to the proper person in a matter of minutes, then after explanation, the open and clear admitting of the error.... And then, the promise of getting the classification all straightened out before February 13th. Now Folks, believe me when I say that things usually don't work out so quickly.
Now, you see how this "thing" worked together for the good? The actual scripture of which I am referring is found in the book of Romans 8:28 and it reads, "All 'things' work together for the good, for those that love God for those the called according to His purpose". I can now look at this interview and thank God for it, because without it, we would not have found this error and would not be getting it straightened out. I thank God for this reporter whom our Lord used to bring this whole situation to light.
Now, on to a bit news about Haiti. The Government of Haiti has just issued a passport to former President Aristide. There are growing protests demanding the immediate removal of office of President Preval. This of course would leave a huge vacuum in what little government is in place. It appears that there is a pretty significant "storm" brewing in Haiti. We pray and wait to see how things unfold.
We continue to make progress on Ti Burik our mission aircraft. We're gathering more help to complete that fuel tank installation. Oh, got great news from Haiti this morning. The guitar that we sent via Peter in the Cessna 185 was delivered to Mark yesterday!! So glad to hear that. I must tell you, I MISS HAITI! Once the program airs, we'll be heading back just as soon as we can. We still have a time of relative "peace" in Haiti but as I just mentioned, that can all change in a moments time.
Time to head out. Have a meeting with a group that wants to put another water purifier into Haiti. Always glad to hear that. God Bless and THANKS for your prayer and love and remember Romans 8:28 today.
Air Mobile Joe
February 8, 2011 - Tuesday - 7:45am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
A REMINDER: THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH!
You may recall, several months ago, in this little blog, I shared quite a bit about the "Joy of the Lord" being our strength. I must admit, this truth just swept through my soul like a river. As is often the case, these wonderful truths reach very high levels and then seem to subside. They certainly do not go away, but we go to another lesson, another truth...thus our growth in the Lord. It is good to remind ourselves of these things when we go through tough or challenging times.
Yesterday, I had a very tough interview. The reporter asked some "hard-hitting" questions. As many of you know, I am the president of a Small Business here in Florida. Actually started the business in Haiti to support our ministry many years ago. We do toner-cartridges and water purifiers. Quite a combination. Several years ago, our business ran into a very bumpy stretch of road. It was a combination of the economy and a City Government that evicted one of the tenents in our building for being a Church. Yes, that is right, here in America, for being a church.
I will not go into all the details, but after 14 months and thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars, we won the battle. Of course, when you lose money in business, the money has to be replaced. We borrowed a tremendous amount of money to keep our business in business. We also fell behind on our rent. For you see, our business generated a significant amount of money renting the Banquet Hall that the church rented. Thus, some of the difficult questions asked by the reporter yesterday.
Now, we have always paid our debts. Sometimes, it takes a while, but we always pay. We have worked very hard to come up with payment schedules that we can do (don't want to promise something we can't deliver on) and still stay in business. It's a very delicate balancing act.
I know that some of you reading this blog are struggling with your mortgage payments or credit card debt. With small business, it is exactly the same. Often, our strategy to do this involves laying off valued employees. One just has to do what one has to do. Many times, the payment schedule has to be adjusted due to economic changes. Such is life.
Well, one of the questions asked of me was...."How could you do this mission work in Haiti (making 22 trips there in 2010) knowing that you owed debt and your business needed you". This is a very good question. After some thought, I came up with the answer. First of all, the magnitude of the disaster in Haiti (following the January 12, 2010 earthquake) was unprecedented. The need was staggering, almost unimaginable. Next, going to Haiti to do relief work, specifically clean water, WAS OUR BUSINESS!
You see, our company makes the water purifier. The water purifier is for disasters. Haiti had a monster disaster. During this year, we have had the opportunity to place our water purifiers with some of the largest relief organizations on the planet. Many people now know about our water purifier that did not know about it before the earthquake. This is a good example of Romans 8:28..."All things work together for the good, to those that love God, those the called according to His purpose". Making these mission trips to Haiti has helped save our company and helped us to pay down those debts. Also, thank the Lord, someone at ABC (Extreme Makeover Home Edition) heard of our plight.
Also, we have an excellent staff that rose to the occasion of working with me from a "remote, virtual office". One of the blessings in Haiti is the cell phones work quite well. The internet is relatively reliable. So, on many of these trips to Haiti, I have been able to maintain excellent contact with my staff and many of our clients, vendors, bank, etc.
Back to my answer. We do owe money to a number of folks and intend to pay each and every one. We always have, and with our Lord's help, always will. This is the very reason we have fought so hard to keep our business alive. We have seen many businesses go down, go out of business, declare bankruptcy, etc. Should this happen to our business, then we lose the ability to pay our just debts. Also, we would lose an incredible company that makes one of the most amazing water purifiers on the planet.
Oh yes, in the middle of all of these battles, our home was destroyed. So, the combination of difficult events put us into quite a "pickle". Yet, we just prayed, my family came together, we set our eyes on the Lord kept marching on doing the things that we believed our Lord would have us to do.
Well, back to my headline A REMINDER: THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH! After the nearly 4 hours interview, I was just exhausted and felt a bit beat up. Thought about all of my answers and simply told the truth. Now, I don't know what this reporter is going to do with this story. We have been very blessed to have had very positive media coverage over the years. Last night had a difficult night and then remembered that the "The joy of the Lord is my strength". Slowly, surely, the joy of the Lord began to overtake my heart. By 4:00am, I was rejoicing in the Lord. Read the book of Philippians through 2 times. I must admit, it was good to "practice what I preach". Our Lord is so good.
Now, if you live in Brevard County, be on the look-out for a news-story about a business man / missionary who goes to Haiti and other parts of the world and has recently been EXTREMELY BLESSED! At least now you know a bit of inside information. Please pray that the reporter gets the facts straight and just tells the truth. By the way, I have invited this reporter to join me in Haiti and see first hand what we do "on the other side". Hope he takes me up on the offer. Well, have to close for now. As always, THANK YOU for your love and prayer!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 7, 2011 - Monday - 9:03am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
A SUPER SUNDAY IN THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.
Many across America enjoyed a wonderful Super Bowl! In so many ways, we have such a wonderful, blessed country. It is so easy to look at all the problems and focus on what is wrong with America (and there certainly is a time for that), but our country is indeed bountiful and blessed. By the way, it was a great game. Pittsburgh just did not quit. There is a good moral there. Oh yes, congratulation Packers for a hard fought, well deserved victory!
There was one commercial (Chrysler) that dealt with Detroit and what it used to be regarding it's power to produce fine automobiles and that it still does. Our country can indeed come back in the area of manufacturing and quality. A number of the other commercials were just silly and quite funny. That is one of the hallmarks of Super Bowl Sunday. There, that's my "two-bit" commentary on Super Bowl Sunday. By the way, my son, Peter and I watched it here at our new home. We had a blast!
We had a great service at our home church and then went to the hospital and ministered to the young people. Cindy did a superb job of delivering golden truths out of Matthew 15. We so enjoy this aspect of our ministry. As mentioned earlier, we have been doing this for over 13 years and it has become such a regular part of our lives and especially for our children. We have seen our own kids grow so much through this ministry.
Well, we're working diligently on getting ready for next Sunday (February 13th). We are again, so thankful for this great opportunity to expand or ministry and outreach. The bottom line is more people will get clean water and hear about the love of God. That is what this is all about. You have been such an important part of all of this. Just can't say thank you enough for your prayer and love! Have to get on with this beautiful day. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 6, 2011 - Sunday - 8:33am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
CAN AN OLD MOTOR-HOME SMILE??
I invited some dear old friends from many years ago to help with this worthy project. First of all, Dan Andrews, whom I have known since high-school was among the team. Dan was accompanied by Chris, another friend from high school. They are down here working with Air Mobile on our water purifier project. They gladly joined in this noble mission.
Jason and Cindy are teaching their children the value of hard work and reaching out to others. We just had a blast cleaning up the old Bounder.We still have some work to do to the old "coach", but we made major headway yesterday. I wonder if it is possible to make an old motor-home smile???
While on the roof scubbing, received a call from Pete and Ellen. Now, Pete is a retired 747 pilot who has a wonderful mission / bush aircraft, a Cessna 185. He's planning to go to Haiti next. We had tentatively planned to get together to go over routing and procedures to get into Haiti. Well, they came over during the big motor-home scrubbing.
Well, guess who's going to get a guitar early next week??? So....Mark, if you are reading this blog, be on the look out for a beautiful Cessna 185 sometime next week. It comes bearing gifts! I also gave Pete some food to give to our crew that helps us unload at the Port-Au-Prince airport. Now, that takes a little of the "sting" out of waiting for Ti Burik to get back in the air.
In the meantime, Haiti has gotten bit of "breather". The election debacle has taken, for the moment, a rather sane turn. The run-off election will be between Mirlande and Michel (Sweet Mickey) on March 20th. The angry crowds seem to be content with this decision. We are thankful for these developments. Please keep praying that peace will prevail!
Well, it's Sunday morning. Have to dash to church and then the hospital for our Chaplain ministry. As always, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your prayer and love. Be sure to remember to watch ABC next Sunday, February 13th the Extreme Make-over Home Edition. It's going to be quite an episode. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 5, 2011 - Saturday - 8:40am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
DON'T "SCUTTLE" YOUR LIFE-BOAT!
You also know that through the EXTREME generosity of many friends and ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition, the Hurston Family has received a brand new, spectacular, beautiful home. Sometimes, old friends can get "dropped in the cracks" of the excitement of the moment. That kind of happened to our faithful old Bounder. Well, not exactly, because, today, I've called upon a couple of special friends to help to bring a bit of honor to the old Bounder. We're going to clean it up, polish it and bit by bit, bring it back to beautiful condition with a lot of love and care.
My good neighbors, Clyde and Pat have allowed us to keep the old Bounder in their yard until a proper place can be set up on our property. All of these thoughts came about after we got into our new home. I was standing on the back balcony when I looked over and saw the old Bounder under Clyde's trees looking kind of worn and dejected. Now, I know a motor home can't feel dejected, but that was the way I took it as I looked over at it. It was then that I determined to gather a special team to clean it up and get it ready for further service and more "rescue missions".
The old Bounder has quite a story. It's been to Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita. On those missions, it carried water purifiers for thirsty and desperate people. The old Bounder has been out West and brought us to meet with Rolf Engelhard, who invented the module for the Air Mobile Rescuer. The old Bounder has brought the Hurston Family on many a wonderful camping trip in the Blue Ridge and the list goes on and on from the Florida Keys to Maine. We just have to take care of our old friend.
You know, there is a wonderful message in all of this. "Don't forget your good, old, faithful friends when you get blessed"! Sometimes, in all the excitement, people can "drop in the cracks" and get forgotten. It's good to remember that and do what you can to not let that happen. Oh well, just a few thoughts for the day. Tomorrow, we'll post a few more shots of the old Bounder. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - The title, "DON'T SCUTTLE YOUR LIFE-BOAT" came about as I thought of an example. Picture you being rescued from a sinking ship by an old life-boat. After getting to shore, in the joy of the moment, you exit the old, faithful life-boat and it just kind of drifts away. Well, we're not going to let that happen. Thus the title of this little rambling blog today. Joe
February 4, 2011 - Friday - 9:30am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
The gentleman standing behind Cindy, Jay, has arranged for his company to broadcast the entire "build" (all 106 hours) live. The broadcast reached over 100 countries!!
After this interview, I dashed down to our local radio station and had the opportunity to share further on what our Lord is doing in our lives with our community. The station's owners, Randy & Carol Henry have been dear friends of ours for many years. They are faithful to the Lord!
From the interview, dashed to our new home to meet 25 guests (friends) who helped us to move our business and ministry to our new facility in Merritt Island. So many wonderful stories and testimonies of our Lord's goodness.
In the midst of all of this goodness, we know that when our Lord pours out His blessings, not everyone is happy for us. We are finding that there are always those that just seem to resent the fact that our Lord is doing good things. For those that express anger, we simply pray for them and ask our Lord to touch their hearts. This is not always easy, but it is exactly what our Lord wants us to do. Well, having said that, we proceed forward in faith and love and navigate through these blessings and challenges!!
God bless and thank you again for your faithful love and prayer!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 3, 2011 - Thursday - 8:08am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
THANKING OUR COMMUNITY!
Yesterday was filled with giving thanks to so many that reached to help the Hurston Family. The day began with excellent meetings regarding the possible expansion of our business, Cartridge Source of America. It was so pleasant meeting several other business men and searching for the "win-win" combinations available to us.
Then, I "dashed" to a Fuel meeting in neighboring Indian Harbour Beach. Thought the meeting began at 1:00 but it actually began at noon. My great friend and excellent "water mule", Joe Prussel covered for me. Yes, I drove rather fast to get there and publicly repented before my Fuel audience. Sometimes, we just tap into our Lord's grace.
On the way home, stopped at Rockledge Gardens. This place is absolutely amazing! It is the most beautiful nursery Cindy and I have ever seen. Kevin and Theresa, the owners, are wonderful! What they did to make or home beautiful has blessed us so. As we shared on some of the moments of the Extreme thing that has happened to us, we could hardly contain our joy. The beautiful thing is how many (thousands!!) of people in our community showed up and poured themselves into this project. We all agreed that we live in an extraordinary community.
When I arrived home, Cindy and Juliet were busy preparing dinner for our guests, Jake and Jodi Luhn and party (Marcia, Larry & Kathy, and Tom and his son). Jake is the President of LifeStyle Homes who stepped out and agreed to build our Extreme Home. Again, it was an evening of sharing joys and miracles. How they (and the 3000 volunteers) built our home in just 106 hours stands an incredible accomplishment.
Today, will be in a TV interview that may air on CBN and later this afternoon, a radio interview on WPIO, our local Christian Station. Looking forward to that. The electricians just arrived and hope to get our "Wind Turbine" turning and generating more electricity. There is an excellent chance that we will be getting a check from our electric company because we are putting more electricity into our grid than we are taking out. We'll report more on that later.
Well, again, it's time to get on with this day. Just rambled on a bit about what's going on. We're praying for Ti Burik to get all back to together soon so we can get back to Haiti. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 2, 2011 - Wednesday - 8:23am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
TI BURIK - GETTING READY!
Yesterday, I spoke with Dodd with Airtex. Dodd has taken this project to a whole new level. We discussed the strategy for interior, new windows, paint. Wow, I am blown away by the generosity and kindness of so many. God Bless You, Dodd!
Have more to say, but ran out of time before my next business meeting. Will be speaking to a group of men today a bit later. I sincerely ask you to pray for me as I share the Word of the Lord. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 1, 2011 - Tuesday - 8:56am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe
PRESSING ON THROUGH THICK AND THIN!
Yes, it is a new day and....this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! All of us have bad days. Some days are worse than others and...some days are really bad. These are the days to "hang on to Jesus". I have often said, when you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot in it and just hang on! A very wise pastor once said about the storms and turmoils of life, "this too will pass". I truly, from the bottom of my heart, want to encourage you to simply hang on to the Lord when things get rough. Many times, I have just breathed the Name of Jesus and strength for the next breath, the next step, comes. Please, remember this as you navigate through the challenges of life!
Over the years, we have traveled to many regions of the world where people are "just having a bad day". In many cases, "days that are just unimaginable". I am reminded of a precious lady that we met on the tarmac in Northern Sumatra, as we were loading into a Singapore Armed Forces Chinook (a big helicopter). Her name was Sarisma. Her story absolutely broke my heart. In a moment of time, she lost more than 40 members of her family including her husband and several children. I can't even imagine such a loss. Cindy and I simply held her in our arms and quietly called upon Jesus to ease her pain and guide her through the difficult days ahead. We do not know where Sarisma is, but Jesus certainly does. We still think of her and pray for her.
So many times in this blog, I have asked you to pray for certain situations. Prayer is so powerful. One day, our Lord showed me this; if we really knew what happened when we prayed....we would pray more. Prayer is so powerful. Early this morning, I awakened to the "heavy" thought of certain challenges that we are facing regarding some business transactions and debt. We all have debt and I am sure everyone reading this little blog is facing financial challenges in some ways or the other. Well, before I jumped out of bed this morning, I just lay there and prayed. I brought each situation to the throne of Grace and asked our Lord for guidance on each one. There, that is so simple and effective. Now, I simply need to "stay tuned" and follow His directions.
Well, just thought I'd share a tid bit of what been going on in my heart. The situation in Haiti is still teetering and volatile. There is new news regarding the issuance of a diplomatic passport to Aristide. His return could certainly "set things off". Again, we pray.
I wrote about several mysterious deaths in the northwest part of Haiti. Polio was being looked into as the possible cause. Further research is indicating that it likely not polio. This is very good news. Also, the number of cholera deaths is subsiding, though, many are still facing the infection. Awareness of the symptoms and simple treatment is penetrating all 10 provinces. We, of course, want to help get clean water into the isolated regions and thus are doing all we can to get back there asap. We patiently wait and gather resources and supplies. We're also contacting a lot of folks and thanking them. We have an amazing opportunity here and want to make each step in the best way. As I said yesterday, set those sails so that when the wind blows, we go far and deep into this suffering, thirsty world.
Better run for the day. God bless and THANK YOU for your love and prayers!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - TO CONTINUE READING EARLIER BLOGS AND MOST OF ALL TO SEE HOW WE HAVE ARRIVED AT THIS CHAPTER OF THE "JOURNEY", SIMPLY GO TO THE LOWER RIGHT SIDE OF THIS BLOG AND CLICK ON "OLDER POSTS"EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION - "THE HURSTON FAMILY"