July 10, 2011 - Sunday - 7:58am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
STRONG QUAKE RATTLES JAPAN - PRAISE GOD.....NO TSUNAMI / NO INJURIES - CHOLERA RESURGES IN HAITI - DINNER WITH SOME VERY DEAR FRIENDS
A local photo journalist shot me an e-mail asking if I heard about the 7.1 Earthquake that occured off the coast of Sendai, Northern Japan. Sendai is where the 9.3 quake occurred in March. Instantly, my mind went back to the death and destruction caused by the monstrous tsunami (60 feet high in places). It was with great relief that the Tsunami alert was lowered and the reports began to come in of no injuries / deaths. Having been through literally hundreds of quakes, many following very deadly ones, my heart went out to Japan and we prayed for the millions of Japanese.....that have to be emotionally shaken. Please remember to pray for Japan this morning.
Also, news is coming in from Haiti that Cholera is surging in the Central Plateau Region. The number of daily cases "reported" is over 1700. This is a 300% increase over the March figures. Of course, the rainy season is here and the Cholera spreads like wild fire. Did you know, that to date, there have been over 370,000 "reported" cases of Cholera and over 5500 recorded deaths?
I am thankful, that you and others helped us to bring and deliver 5 Air Mobile Rescuers to the Gonaives region last month (Central Plateau Region). We want to return as soon as our "Little Donkey", Ti Burik gets the paint job, but that is still several weeks away. Looks like we're going to have to borrow a "friends" airplane again. We have components and supplies to deliver, along with several more Rescuers. PLEASE PRAY for Haiti and those that are fighting this dreadful disease.
There is much talk about how Cholera came to Haiti and who brought it here. At this point, that is not important. The thing that is important is: The disease is here and we must fight the good fight to save lives. Cholera can be treated quite easily. Get clean water into the victim. It can be prevented quite easily by people drinking clean water BEORE they become a victim. Please pray that we will be able to get back to Haiti soon with more Rescuers and that we will be able to service / remanufacture as many units as we can to keep that clean water flowing!
Yesterday, Southwest Chuck and I replaced a few minor pieces on the Goldwing and inspected it thoroughly from the inside out. Oh my, what a clean, well engineered bike. We are so thankful to Chuck for sharing his many gifts with us including helping our Air Mobile Team to travel all over the place at no charge!
Cindy and I waited out a few afternoon rain showers, then threaded our way along beautiful back country roads to the beautiful home of Randy and Lucy West. Have known Randy for 25 years! Met him "by chance" at a small airport just north of Orlando. An instant friendship was established that has only grown over these many years. Randy has courageously joined me on many an "excellent adventure". Well, tonight's dinner was to celebrate Lucy's birthday. Cindy and I were honored to be invited .
We were able to share story after story about our "crazy" adventures in the "Cause of Christ" and bringing clean water to the thirsty and desperate. Of course, everyone loved the "Old Goldwing". Can you believe this beauty is 16 years old and has over 90,000 miles. I appreciate the gift of our Lord that allows us to have a bit of fun in the midst of the battle.
Lucy (The Birthday Girl) is on the right, then Randy and his Mom, Phyllis. Well, I offered each of the Ladies a Goldwing Ride. They all took me up on it, including Randy's Mom! She informed me that she reads the "Rambling Air Mobile Joe Blog" every day! What a wonderful evening we had. By the way, doesn't the old Goldwing look great. I love how our Lord can use our "toys" for His kingdom.
Well, it's Sunday morning and we're getting ready for Church. Then off to the Hospital to minister with those precious young people and staff. I know I say this often, but mean it from my heart, THANK YOU for "threading through" the long and winding road of my little blog. Thank you for your prayer and love and support. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - DON'T FORGET THE UPCOMING "PURITY CONFERENCE" FOR YOUNG PEOPLE (& OLD FOLKS TOO) ON JULY 23RD FROM 4:00PM TO 9:00PM.
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