Thursday, July 26, 2012
AIR MOBILE "CHRONICLES"......CONTINUED!
7-26-12 - Thursday - 5:34am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
WONDERFUL "FAVOR" - ONE "LITTLE" O-RING
Headed out early on the Little Blue Motorcycle. Had a meeting with Samaritan's Purse (SP), but arrived during their "Devotions". So....headed up to Global Outreach to see what David Heady was up to. Found him on his trusty "4-wheeler". Called out, "Hey....ASAP". Soon, he and I were having a marvelous time of prayer. Nice way to spend an early morning in Haiti.
After prayer with David, had my good meeting with SP. Meanwhile, "back at the Village", Roger, film maker, was finding out more about "life in Ruuska" and what makes Barb (Rambo in the Blue Dress) tick. I'm sure he got some good and interesting footage.
It was time to head to the airport to check on Ti Burik, as it had been quite windy the last few days. A couple of weather systems have been trying to "brew". The Little Donkey was all secure. Had another tentative meeting set with the Director of Airport Operations, Mr. Ernst. Have been working on getting a permanent Airport Access Badge.
Now, have known Ernst for over 30 years. Our meeting was cordial and productive. He further directed me in the quest for the Clearance Badge. At the end of the meeting, I took a moment and THANKED him and his fine office for giving Air Mobile AMAZING FAVOR.
Let me explain. When we arrive at Port-Au-Prince, we present our documentation and then immediately process to General Aviation. We are treated as a pure "Humanitarian Flight". That means that our "Clearance Time" is less than a minute. Folks, THAT IS FAVOR! I thanked Ernst again and he thanked me for the work Air Mobile does!
On the way out of town, stopped at OFNAC and had a follow up meeting with the Legal Counsel, Aisha. There, we discussed again the extreme need to get those new radios. She explained that the process was slow, but....moving in the right direction. Thank the Lord!
Now, it was time to get a few more Air Mobile Rescuers up. Had saved the most difficult for last. These needed a "Heart Transplant". With eager joy, I tore into the task. Put it all together and it leaked. I tried everything to stop the leak, but just could not. Spent hours pulling every trick out the play book. Still, it leaked.
The Cause: A tiny O-Ring. No where did we have new ones. Every one we had was years old and had been "in place" getting hard and losing shape....kind of sounds like us. Barb even suggested putting them into boiling water and spraying WD 40 in the brew. Nothing worked.
Oh well, just means we have to bring new O rings on our next mission. Fortunately, we had brought our inventory up to an acceptable level. Finally, called it a day. Barb and I played a little Yahtzee.
Up bright and early this morning for another day and another adventure. Had that second cup of coffee and about to head out. As always, THANK YOU for your precious and invaluable prayer, love and support. May you be extremely blessed with His Favor today!
Air Mobile Joe