Monday, December 31, 2012

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES......

12-31-12 Monday - 2:45am (Eastern U.S. Time) Eastern TN  - Retreat Cabin - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

TIME TO BID FAREWELL TO THE MOUNTAINS...


Heading back to Florida early this morning.  Our time here, in the mountains has been absolutely amazing.  So many lessons learned and such a restful / refreshing time with the Lord.  Had the wonderful opportunity to share the Word of God in a warm, very well established (184 year old) congregation yesterday morning.

A good example of simple, Christian love was late yesterday evening.  It was 25 degrees and falling.  Peter, Ariana & I had been preparing to depart since we got home from Church.  Oh, had dinner with Bill & Judy, our new neighbors & long time members of the Church.  

Cranked up the old motor-home and....the brakes felt "soft".  Not good, here in the mountains.  Called Bill and he and another Brother came right over.  We simply needed a little extra brake fluid.  Between the long descents and the cold, we were just down a bit on the fluid.  Praise God for simple solutions and strong and caring neighbors.

Well, it's time to get the kids and bundle them up for the winding ride back to Florida.  Going to miss the breathtaking views, the cold mornings, the early morning fires with my Bible and a good cup of coffee.  This time in the cabin in the mountains has also shown us how to live without electricity in the cold....very valuable lessons in the event of a disaster.    

Time to hit the road.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - If....things go well on the road back to Florida, Peter and I will head to Dogs-R-Us this evening for a certain Bowl Game...LSU against Clemson in the Chik-Fil-A bowl.  Should be a great game.

Joe   

12-30-12 Sunday - 7:47am (Eastern U.S. Time) Eastern TN  - Retreat Cabin - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

WINTER STORM FREYR (RHYMES WITH FLAIR) CAUSING HAVOC - FORECASTERS UNDERESTIMATING EFFECT


Freyr is causing forecasters to "scratch their heads", certainly in this neck of the woods of Northeast Tennessee.  The temperature was supposed to be in the "40's" and instead, the temperature this morning was 19 degrees!


And....there was "No snow" in the forecast and yet, last night, we had the most beautiful "mini" snow storm.  Peter and I just watched the snow flakes fall like little star flakes.  It was just beautiful.  This morning, we have a nice layer of snow but....not enough to snow board but...the day ain't over yet!

Usually, the Forecasters are quite accurate, at least we've found that with Summer, tropical stuff.  But these Winter Storms seem to quite tricky to forecast.


At any rate, it's nice to have a "roaring fire" in the old wood stove.  Again, this device would certainly come in handy in the event of an electrical failure.  There seems to be quite a bit of that as a result of the ice and heavy snow from Winter Storm Freyr.


The Northeast is being "hammered" again by Freyr causing major traffice / travel problems.  If you have to travel the road in this region, be sure to pack extra provisions (BLANKETS, FOOD, FIRE-STARTING STUFF, ETC).  Best count on delays and real jams.  Remember those "Wise Virgins" in Matthew 25.  They had a little extra oil.  Not a bad idea!

Well, we're up early this morning and getting ready to visit a 184 year old Baptist Church.  Been invited to share our testimony this morning.  Love to share "The Story" of God's Amazing Grace in our lives!

So, it's time to throw another log on the fire and get ready to slip and slide down to church.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!  Stay warm and safe!

Air Mobile Joe

12-29-12 Saturday - 7:59am (Eastern U.S. Time) Eastern TN  - Retreat Cabin - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUES TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR THOSE GOING TO HAITI - NOTE:  HAITIAN THUGS DO NOT DISCRIMINATE....ANOTHER WINTER STORM....FREYR....WHO COMES UP WITH THESE NAMES?


Just saw this updated U.S. State Department Travel Advisory (issued 3 hours ago) on Haiti and will post it:


State Dept. warns of travel hazards in Haiti


WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has issued a revised Haiti travel advisory, warning Americans planning to travel to the Caribbean island nation about robbery, lawlessness, infectious disease and poor medical facilities.
"U.S. citizens have been victims of violent crime, including murder and kidnapping, predominantly in the Port-au-Prince area. No one is safe from kidnapping, regardless of occupation, nationality, race, gender, or age," the department said.
The new travel warning was released Friday to replace a less strongly worded advisory issued in June.
In recent months, travelers arriving in Port-au-Prince, the capital and largest city, on flights from the United States have been attacked and robbed after leaving the airport. This year, at least two U.S. citizens were shot and killed in robbery and kidnapping incidents, the State Department said.
"Haitian authorities have limited capacity to deter or investigate such violent acts, or prosecute perpetrators," the department said.
The State Department also noted that while the incidents of cholera have declined, the disease persists in many areas of Haiti. Medical facilities, including ambulance services, are particularly weak.
"Thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Haiti each year, but the poor state of Haiti's emergency response network should be carefully considered when planning travel. Travelers to Haiti are encouraged to use organizations that have solid infrastructure, evacuation, and medical support options in place," the department said.
Note:  Emphasis added in red by me.  Joe
Looks like things are heating up a bit in Haiti, enough to warrant this new State Department Warning.  You may recall, that Air Mobile Joe does not publish our actual Travel Itinerary because most of these attacks occur near the airport.  For that reason, we do not transmit information that could bring harm or loss to our mission.
If there is any bright side to this (sic), it is that the Haitian Thugs DO NOT DISCRIMINATE!  My weak attempt at humor this blustery, rainy morning in the mountains of East Tennessee.  The bottom line is:  When traveling to Haiti, one should give extra vigilance to safety precautions and PRAYER!  Though Haiti is very dear to our hearts and we do travel there quite often, we realize that these missions carry a fair amount of risk.
Often, folks will want to come with me on these missions and we are blessed that so many want to go and do something to help.  But, I would encourage those wanting to go to "count the cost" and realize that there is significant risk on these missions.  Now, we've been doing this for 35 years and....we're still alive, though....we have been robbed, beaten and attacked numerous times.
Well, here we are, in the mountains of Tennessee, in a snug, warm, comfortable cabin and just chilling out for a bit.  Knowing that soon, our little get-away will end and we'll be heading back to Haiti pretty soon.  Often, in this "Rambling Blog", I THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support.  I am convinced that often, your prayer has protected our team members while we've been in Haiti.  Again, I say THANK YOU!
Wow, three in a row.  The latest Winter Storm - Freyr (Who comes up with these names??).  As you can see, we're right on the tail of the storm here in Northeast Tennessee.  There is just a very, very slight chance that we'll get a bit of snow.  That would make Peter VERY happy but....we just can't get that temperature down 2 degrees....it currently 34 and raining.  So close.  Oh well.
Today, we'll have another lazy day in the Cabin.  Been asked to speak in the local Baptist Church tomorrow morning.  It's a "New Plant".....Established in 1829!  Been around for a while.  Well, time to go "stoke that fire" and get that second cup of coffee.  Again, THANKS for wandering down this little blog today and THANKS for your prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe



12-28-12 Friday - 7:40am (Eastern U.S. Time) Eastern TN  - Retreat Cabin - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

ANOTHER WINTER STORM BREWING - BRINGING MORE SNOW THIS WEEKEND - LEARNING A GOOD LESSON FROM AN OLD "KNOTTY" LOG


That old winter storm, Euclid, just may grow into another winter storm this weekend.  More snow is expected and here in our neck of the woods of Tennessee, we might be right on end of the snow line.  We'll see.


Between Winter Storms Draco and Euclid, over 65% of the U.S. received snow.  That certainly makes up for the lack of snow last year and....the winter storms aren't over!  There's more to come.  Good time to work on staying warm, that's for sure.  I suppose all of this snow is the result of "Global Warming"......

Well, woke up around 4:30 this morning and the cabin was getting a bit chilly, so after putting on the coffee, commenced to starting a nice fire in our trusty wood stove.  Selected, what I thought was an ideal log to get that fire going.


It had a beautiful knot that made a nice little cavity that I could put the "kindling" and get the fire a blazing.  Not so..... I kept adding kindling and blowing and adding kindling and blowing. It just wouldn't burn.  Mmmmm, I felt a good lesson coming on.  Oh, it's not very spiritual, but rather practical for future fires.

I finally just put more kindling on top of that old "knotty" log and placed another log on top and finally, got the fire really burning hot.  Now, here's my simple lesson.  

When selecting my logs to burn, I'll put those "old knotty" logs aside and use them at the end  of the evening, just before going to sleep.  Place those on last and we'll get a nice, slow burning fire that just might last the night.  Will give it a try this evening to see if it works.  I suspect it will.  It took nearly 2 full hours to get that old "knotty" log to finally burn up this morning.  

You know, our time here in the cabin in the mountains of East Tennessee is yielding many lessons on self sufficiency and survival in the event we have a major disaster.  If we lose electricity, for example,  what would we do, especially if we're in a major winter storm?  Just learning how to make a nice fire and keeping it going is valuable information.

Yesterday, had a productive day in meetings and just sharing our vision of bringing clean water to a thirsty world.  There is good interest from this community in seeing the Air Mobile Rescuer made here.  We'll continue to pursue the opportunity.   Also visited our dear friends from Florida, Richard and Teresa Suarez.  They too, have a little cabin in the woods and are not too far from us.  Good to see them and great having them for neighbors.


I invited them to our cabin for some bean soup (it's really gotten good with time).  Looking forward to having them over today.  

Meanwhile, Peter is simply waiting (and praying) for that snow to fall so that he can try out his snowboard that he got for Christmas.

Oh, I spoke with Barbara in Haiti yesterday.  All is well and things are somewhat quiet there (for the moment).  We're discussing our "next mission" down to a "warmer" part of the world.  This will likely occur in early 2013.  Wow, 2012 is almost over.  It's been quite a year.  We have seen our Lord do some great and marvelous things!

We expect 2013 to be full of opportunity, challenges and His amazing Grace!  May you be blessed today and if you're in the path of those "wicked" winter storms, stay warm!!  As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe  

12-27-12 Thursday - 7:41am (Eastern U.S. Time) Eastern TN  - Retreat Cabin - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

KEEPIN WARM IN THE CABIN THEN TO A LITTLE 184 YEAR OLD BAPTIST CHURCH ON A BLUSTERY, SNOWY NIGHT

Peter, Ariana and I had the privilege to attend a wonderful church service last night.  First of all, Winter Storm Euclid dipped down and brought in some very cold, windy, wet air and we had a beautiful dusting of snow with a fair amount of ice.  

We spent the day in the cabin, keeping the fire "a-goin" and that big old pot of bean soup just kept getting better and better.  We read some and napped and just had an easy, lazy day.  Our Cindy is back down in Florida taking care of inmates in jail.  She and her Dad hit the road and worked around winter storms to get back to Florida.


Folks all across the Midwest to the Northeast are dealing with Euclid who is brutal.  Major snow fall is occurring all throughout the region.  Certainly not a good time to be traveling.  Thousands of flights have been cancelled.  Pray your electricity stays on so that you can keep warm.

Our old wood stove has been keeping the cabin snug and lets us cook some tasty meals at the same time.  Very thankful.  Looks like Winter Storm Euclid is going to be around for a while.


Back to the good service last night.  Pastor Charles delivered a solid message on "The End".  Well, he spoke of how 2012 is indeed coming to an end and we're about to enter into 2013.  Things do indeed come to an end.  Very thought provoking and poignant message.  

He went on to the talk about "Opportunities" that we have today....that we may not have tomorrow and how we should "take advantage of the opportunities" that are before us because....one day, or the next hour, they may be gone.

Today, we have some business to attend to.  This "neck of the woods" would be an ideal location to build our Air Mobile Rescuer...in addition to building them down in Florida.  Don't want all of our eggs in one basket.  Should a strong storm, or flooding occur down in Florida, it's good to know that we can build these "life-saving" units in the mountains of Tennessee.

I hope to meet with the Mayor of our little town and some of the other Officials to discuss this possibility.  We've already heard that they are very interested in our project.  One thing we've learned after doing disaster / relief work around the world for over 40 years is that things can certainly happen and they can happen quickly and unexpectedly.  


Thus, our exploration of setting up other manufacturing locations.  Please pray that our Lord leads us and gives us His favor today.  This goes back to the message that we heard last night from Pastor Charles.  We should "seize the opportunities" that are set before us.

Well, it's that time of day.  Time to head out into this day that "Our Lord has made", let us rejoice and be glad in it.  

We pray you stay warm today (if you're in Euclid's path).  Ask our Lord what opportunities are before you and what you should do about them.  Close out 2012 with Victory in Christ.  Tell someone today about our Savior.  There is no better time to accept Him than "Today"!

As always, we so appreciate your prayer, love and support and THANK YOU for wandering down ths meandering blog.  May you be blessed today!!

Air Mobile Joe

12-26-12 Wednesday - 7:13am (Eastern U.S. Time) Eastern TN  - Retreat Cabin - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

BRRRRRR - WINTER STORM EUCLID DROPPING SNOW AND BLIZZARDS FROM THE CALIFORNIA SIERRA'S TO THE NEW ENGLAND - TREACHEROUS TRAVEL


Since when did they start naming Winter Storms??  Hmmmm, just recently.  This one is called Euclid and it has brought snow, blizzards, tornadoes and very treacherous travel conditions from the California Sierra's to ultimately New England.


If possible, the best thing to do is stay in....if you can and avoid traveling the road if you're in that big wide swath of nasty winter weather from Texas to New England.

We, in our neck of the woods / mountains of Northeast Tennessee have gotten a lot of rain and temperatures just a "smidge" above freezing.  Wanted to see some snow, but sure don't like that bad road conditions brought on by snow and ice.


Yesterday, after a superb Christmas Dinner, we put on a pot of bean soup with the hamhock and every bit of vegetables and anything else we could throw into the pot.  We put the pot on the our wonderful wood stove and just let the soup cook throughout the evening.  I got up a couple of time and threw a log on the fire.  By this morning, ahhhh, a delicious pot of bean soup on a chilly, rainy, windy morning.  True "Comfort Food".

We pray you have a blessed, safe and warm day today.  We truly appreciate your love, prayer and support.  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

12-25-12 Tuesday - 6:44am (Eastern U.S. Time) Eastern TN  - Retreat Cabin - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Here it is, Christmas Day!  There is a lot of hoop-la surrounding this day, but we know the real reason that we celebrate.  The birth of our Savior and the most amazing expression of God's Love imaginable.

Was up very early, got the fire going and just read His Precious Word and Love Story to us while awaiting Cindy and Kids to awaken.  Love that quiet, peaceful before the sun rises.

Once awake, we first sang, "Happy Birthday Jesus" and read the story out of Luke 2 (remember the Charlie Brown Christmas Special?).  By the way, our Christmas tree looked amazingly like the famous little tree in the Charlie Brown Special.


Our gift exchange was wonderful.  Peter got a Snow Board, Ariana lots of Princess things and Cindy and I....a Keurig Coffee Pot for our Tennessee Cabin.  Now, that is a great and useful gift!

Well, it's cold and rainy here in the mountains of East Tennessee.  The weather forecasters are calling for another severe snow storm to from Texas to the Northeast.  Stay warm and be blessed today as you ponder the Amazing Gift of Jesus!

Air Mobile Joe



12-24-12 Monday - 7:48am (Eastern U.S. Time) Eastern TN  - Retreat Cabin - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

THE LITTLE RED STOOL

I caught a glimpse of the forlorn red stool behind the out-cabin.  I went back in my mind to the fifties.  My Mother had one just like it.  The top would fold up, making the stool a perfect little step ladder for the kitchen. 


Cindy has been dehydrating / canning for months now. We had so many beautiful Mason Jars full of long-life food and we needed to get them up on a high shelf.  We needed a step-ladder.  I sent Peter out to retrieve the Little Red Stool.  He had some rags and cleaners.  I was working on another project and wanted to see how Peter would handle the task.

Within minutes, he returned with a "that old stool is beyond hope", just throw it away.  I smiled.  "We'll see about that".  I headed out with some more cleaning supplies and a sponge with Scotch-Brite and went to work.  The white seat cleaned up and looked brand new.  The mildew came right off of the little red legs.


Soon, we had the most beautiful "Retro" Kitchen stool / step ladder you've ever seen. Even the color matched our kitchen to perfection.  You know, every time we come up here to the mountains, our Lord just gives us another blessing.  This time, it was the "Little Red Stool".

In many ways, we're like that "Little Red Stool".  Often, when we come to the Lord, we're a mess, generally pretty beat up and not very clean.  He comes into our lives and makes us something beautiful, certainly to Him.  

Well, it doesn't look like we're going to get our White Christmas unless....the weather does something completely unforecast.  Today, it's foggy and rainy and just a few degrees above freezing. 

Here we are on Christmas Eve and having a lovely time in the snug cabin to reflect on the "Wonder of Christmas".  There is so much more to the story than most get.  Our Lord loved us so much that He sent His Son into this hurting, fallen world to bring us New Life!  Praise His Name!

May you blessed today and try to spend a little time on the beauty and wonder of Christmas.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and precious love, prayer and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - What a great lesson for Peter.  He'll long remember the "Little Red Stool".  Joe 

12-23-12 Sunday - 5:35am (Eastern U.S. Time) Eastern TN  - Retreat Cabin - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

"CHILLIN" IN THE CABIN IN THE EAST TENNESSEE MOUNTAINS


Peter, Ariana & I had a "lazy, chillin" day in the cabin.  We cooked a whole meal (Hot Dogs, Chili, Toasted Buns) on the wood stove top.  Man, does that thing work well.  The temperature outside never got above freezing.  The kids did go out for a bit and have a minor snow fight, but soon found themselves sitting in front of the fire and taking my example of "just chilln".

I pulled out a Louis L'Amour Western Novel and introduced my kids to the Sackett Family.  This novel was about a tough & smart 16 year girl, Echo Sackett.  Interestingly enough, her fictional family settled in the Clinch Mountains of Tennessee...right in our neck of the woods.  It really brought the story home.

Well, hour after hour, between occasional snacks and quick food, I read and read.  About 9:30 last night, the kids were drifting on me and I put a mark on the page.  We only have about 15 minutes of reading to see how this very brave, little girl gets back to her beloved Tennessee mountains with the family fortune.  

I got up about 4:30 this morning.  Already on my second cup of coffee, had a good time reading and studying out of the Book of Revelation and just thinking about how our Lord came into this world on a cold winter night in Bethlehem.  

It's about 18 degrees outside and the sky is crystal clear.  The fire is burning and the cabin is warm and snug.  Cindy and her Dad should be winding up the hill to our cabin early this morning.  Life is good and it's very nice to just "Chill Out" for a bit.  

I pray that you are extremely blessed today.  It's a good time to think about Jesus and how He came into this world to save us.  Nice thought this morning.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious and faithful love, prayer and support!

Air Mobile Joe

12-22-12 Saturday - 8:14am (Eastern U.S. Time) Eastern TN  - Retreat Cabin - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

CHILLY TREK CROSS COUNTRY - KEEPING WARM - ANSWERED PRAYER

Woaa - cold & windy drive from Florida to Tennessee.  Several times, the Old Bounder was almost "blown" off the highway but late yesterday evening, we rolled and "slid" up to our cabin in the woods.  Now, here's a cool (pun intended) answer to prayer.

We'd been running our on-board heater to stay warm.  I watched the propane level predictably going down.  Did not plan for Winter Storm "Draco" to bring such fierce winter winds & snow along our route.  What would happen "if" we got stuck somewhere (remember, we're driving in near blizzard conditions) and we ran out of propane to run the heaters.  Mmmm, sounds like we needed to top off and soon.

So, we stopped in a little town and made inquiry about it.  The store manager had a troubled look and informed me that there was nowhere in his town or the next or the next that he knew of.  So, our little "survival prayer chain" began in the Old Bounder.  

As we prayed, I urged my "Co-Pilot" Peter to keep a sharp eye out.  Where would we find propane?  Suddenly, there it was, a little shop with a brand new sign saying (WE NOW FILL PROPANE)!  A quick turn around.  It was 5:03 on Friday Afternoon on "Christmas Weekend".  Were they still open??  The lights were just being turned off when I ran through the front door.  "Got a little Propane for some cold folks in an old motorhome?" 


A warm smile and a slightly hesitant "Sure".  Ahhh, our Lord truly answered our prayers!  For you see, any Motorhome operators reading this "rambling, chilly blog" knows that finding "Propane Refill Places" is not always an easy task.  

But here we were, on a small mountain road in the Virginia /Tennessee mountains getting "topped off"!  With joy, we asked our accommodating attendants to snap a shot of our little, shivering team.  

Where, might you ask, is Cndy?  She and her Dad are working their way up here in our Ford Escape.


Well, it's a "brisk" 18 degrees here at our little cabin and there's quite a bit snow still on the ground.  This is unusual to get such a fierce storm at this time of year.  Draco is still causing problems in the Northeast.  But, forecasters are expecting it to warm up a bit in our neck of the woods.  Looks like "No White Christmas" for the Hurston's but....you never know.


Up early this morning.  Got that good coffee going and started a fire in the "Old Wood Stove".  You know, there's an art to starting a fire.  I spent about an hour this morning just watching that beautiful fire.  

It's kind of like watching a good movie....ok, I know that's a bit crazy, but there's something so "warming" and comforting watching a nice fire, particularly one that keeps you warm and lets you cook a great meal at the same time.

I'm sitting in the one little spot (about a 3 foot radius) that "captures" the illusive internet signal.  We're looking forward to a few days up here in the beautiful North / East Tennessee mountains.  Not only is this extremely relaxing and "re-creating", but it's also an excellent exercise in surviving during hard times.

So, here we are, the day after 12-21-12.  Cindy and I suspected it would turn out like this.  However, many, many (billions around the globe) pondered what would happen if..... I'm thankful that the Mayan calendar "ran out" on 12-21-12....well, it's time to get a new calendar!  Remember, this is the day that our Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

May you be blessed today.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support.  Stay warm today.

Air Mobile Joe

12-21-12 Friday - 5:58am (Eastern U.S. Time) Somewhere on I-95 in Georgia  - Air Mobile Rescue Unit - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

AHHHH - THE SUN IS ABOUT TO RISE....ON SCHEDULE / A BIT CHILLY / WE'RE HERE!

We hit the road yesterday evening, heading up to our Tennessee Cabin to celebrate...hopefully a "White Christmas".  We're in the "Old Bounder" and life is good!


There has been a rather severe Cold Front that has raced across the U.S. and is just about to exit out over the Atlantic leaving very chilly temperatures in its wake.  Glad the heaters work good in our old coach.  By the way, doesn't the U.S. Doppler Radar Summary look strange...kind of like a tornado funnel cloud....mmmmm.

Just as Cindy and I had hoped and prayed, the "Old World" is still here.  We figured it would be...but, remember, it's never a bad idea to Prepare for hard days ahead.  

We're hearing reports from Russia that an alarming number of folks have died from severe temperatures.  Apparently, a winter storm hit certain areas with such speed and ferocity, that people didn't have time to prepare and were caught in unbelievably low temperatures.

Winter Storm Draco has left the U.S. very, very cold quite quickly. So, it's a good idea to bundle up and stay warm.  

I'm going to make this an abbreviated "Rambling Blog" this morning, as it's time to get the "Old Bounder" rolling through Georgia and on to Tennessee.  Pray you have a blessed and "warm" day today.  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

12-20-12 Thursday - 6:53am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

IN 17 HOURS - 7 MINUTES DECEMBER 21, 2012 WILL ARRIVE (EASTERN TIME) - IT'S A GOOD TIME TO SIMPLY PLACE OUR TRUST IN THE LORD


One thing is for sure, the future is in the Lord's Hands....so if we place our trust and our lives in His hands, whatever happens, we will be with the Lord.  That's simple.  

Folks, Cindy and truly do not believe that the world is going to end in 17 hours.  What we do believe is that our Lord Jesus said very clearly that cataclysmic events will occur in the "Last Days".  Are we in the "End Days"?  Sure looks like it, according to the Bible.

There are many scientists who are predicting that unusual and yes, cataclysmic events may be in our future, some are saying in our immediate future.  What ever happens, the future is in our Lord's hands and we will trust Him and seek to serve Him with all of our hearts.


As one looks around this earth, there is clear evidence of cataclysmic events from the past.  Could they happen again?  Of course.  Could it be tomorrow, of course.  But then again, the day could dawn, just like any other day, and end the same way.  

Deep in our hearts, we do not believe that tomorrow will bring about the end of the world.  Again, what we do know is that our Lord is in control and we are in His hands.


I do pray that as you read this little "rambling" blog, you will ponder and consider these things.  Whose hands are you in?  This is a very good question.  Remember, if God be for us, who can be against us?

Here, take a look at this wonderful scripture. 

Romans 8:31-39

New King James Version (NKJV)

God’s Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[a]
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, here we are, on December 20th, just hours away from a day that many greatly fear.  May I urge to fear not, for He is with us!  If you do not know Him as your Savior, there is not a better time than right now.  Simply ask Him to come into your heart.  He loves you more than you could ever imagine!
Now, it's time to get on with this beautiful day that our Lord has made.  May you be extremely blessed today and as I always share, we are so THANKFUL for your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe



12-19-12 Wednesday - 6:42am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

GETTING "BIG STUFF" TO BARBARA (BLUE DRESS) - 12-21-12...RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER....SOME THOUGHTS FROM AIR MOBILE JOE


So appreciate Church at Viera (CAV) and Ed Schults.  Ed's been to Haiti many times.  Our "Little Donkey" is really quite small and we can only bring in things that fit through our door or go into the small cargo pod.  So...how do we get "Big Stuff" to Haiti?  

Ed and CAV and Barb have found a shipper down in Miami that loads our oversize loads on a ship and eventually it gets to Haiti.  So, yesterday was a "Big Load" day.  Ed and I loaded 10 beautiful baby beds, mattresses and other good stuff to be shipped to Barb.


So, here we are, just 2 days away from December 21, 2012...a very interesting day.  So much has been said about this day beginning thousands of years ago.  What do you think is going to happen??

Well, Cindy and I have been dealing with "Disasters" for most of our adult lives.  So, we've taken all the "hoopla" about this day and used it as an opportunity to do some much needed "Preparation" just in case anything happens on or before or after.... that day.  

For you see, Natural Disasters do not discriminate against rich or poor and can occur most anytime (Man-made disaster is another story).  Our best strategy is to just have some extra food and water etc. just in case.  Believe me, this is ALWAYS a good idea.  Remember those wise/foolish Virgins in Matthew 25.  Remember, the main difference between the wise / foolish Virgins is that the Wise Virgins went and bought some extra oil when the stores were still open and the oil was readily available.

Do we believe that the world is going to come to end on 12-21-2012?  Not really.  We believe that the sun will rise right on time and that the sun will set right on time.  We hope it will be a nice day.  We sincerely believe that on the morning of 12-22-2012, we'll have a nice cup of coffee, give thanks for another day and we'll get on about the Lord's business.  The "Bottom Line" is:  Our Lord is in control!!  

There, that's "my story" and I'm sticking with it.  Now, it's time to get out the door and get Peter to school a bit early, as he'll be playing in the school band early this morning.  Hope and trust that you have a blessed day and....as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

12-18-12 Tuesday - 5:44am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

A CALL FROM JIM...CLEAN WATER DESPERATELY NEEDED IN ECUADOR - WATER MULES IN ACTION....KEEP ON MARCHING!

Jim Haddock was on the line.  There was a desperate need for clean water in Ecuador.  Folks were getting sick there.  What could he do?  I suggested he just get in his car and drive up to the Air Mobile Hangar and get an Air Mobile Rescuer.  He did!


After Jim's arrival (by the way, first met Jim in Haiti about 2 weeks after the terrible earthquake) we went right to work with a training session on the operation of the Air Mobile Rescuer.  Soon, Jim had the process down & was ready to get that Rescuer into Ecuador.  I love it when our Lord moves like that!


Earlier yesterday, met with our incredible team of Air Mobile Water Mules at our Assembly Plant in Merritt Island.  So THANKFUL for such support.  Doug and Steve, who can make about anything, were coordinating with Rob, our Chief Rescuer Builder, on the new "Plant" layout to allow us to quickly and easily build Rescuers.  Good to have this team together.

Have the feeling that we're going to be needing MANY Rescuers.  Can't say exactly what is "coming down the pike", but have that internal sense that very hard days are ahead!

It seems everywhere we turn, there is the need for clean water... and for those that currently have clean water, things could change very quickly.  As you know, I've been sharing our need to be ready and prepared should disaster strike.  Folks, we don't know what the future holds, but we know Who does!  


As we read the Bible, there is clear evidence that a day is coming when this world will be in great turmoil.  Could that day be approaching??  All one has to do is to read Matthew 24 (and  Mark 13 and Luke 21) to read the words of Jesus as He describes, very clearly, what the "End-Times" will look like.  Folks, looks like we're rapidly approaching those days! 


May I also urge you to simply read the Book of Revelation.  Our Lord promises to bless you, even if you just read the Book.  There are many pictures contained in the Book, but I urge you to simply read it and let our Lord reveal to you the things are that happening in this world and those things written in the Book.  You'll be astounded!


Meanwhile, our excellent aircraft mechanic, Paul, has been steadily completing our scheduled inspection and maintenance on our Little Donkey, Ti Burik.  We're getting ready for our next mission.

Yesterday morning, I shared with you that my heart was heavy and that reading the Headlines can be pretty discouraging and depressing.  I asked you to pray with me in that regard.  

Well, headed out into the day yesterday morning, not knowing what the day would hold, and the phone rang.  It was Jim.  Clean water needed in Ecuador. 

I also received another call, moments after hanging up with Jim, from a Pastor in Tennessee.  We had spoken several months ago about some missionaries in Venezuela that desperately needed clean water.  Now, his Church is ready to fund a couple of Rescuers!  

What I am trying to say is, even though I was "wrestling" with discouragement, our Lord just urged me to keep on "marching" and look to Him and serve Him.  Soon, the discouragement lifted and I simply "got back to work" in the Kingdom.

So, here we are.  Another day and another opportunity to see what our Lord will do today.  THANKS for praying!  As always, so appreciate your precious prayer, love and support!

Air Mobile Joe 

12-17-12 Monday - 5:20am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

WITH GOD....ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE - JESUS SAID, "COME UNTO ME"


Was awake early this morning.  Have so many things on my mind and heart.  Came down, pushed the "magic button"....on the coffee pot and opened the Word of God.  The message that keeps coming to me is..."With God...All things are possible".  With God!  I am so thankful for the Lord and His love and grace!

I am reminded of our Grand Christmas Party yesterday in the Hospital for young people.  This year we celebrated our 15th year of ministry to young people who are "locked up".  Our Peter was only 7 months old when we began this new Adventure.  He is now 15 and 6'1" tall.  How we grow...with God!  These last 15 years have been an awesome experience.

Our team of volunteers showed up and within minutes, we transformed the Hospital Cafeteria into a beautiful Party Room.  There were Christmas lights, poinsettias, cake, punch and presents and....we were able to share the wonderful story of our Savior coming to earth as a vulnerable baby born to a young girl and a faithful husband.  We shared the message of the love of God and....the true meaning of Christmas to a "packed house"!

At the end of our service, we prayed for a number of young people.  One young man told us that he was about to commit suicide and he felt that the Lord was urging him to come to this hospital for help.  He did... and we had the opportunity to pray with him.  With God....all things are possible!


As I scan the news headlines this morning, the world is filled with "hopelessness and grief".  The dreadful news and images from Connecticut, grim economic news, violence and war is on many fronts and there seems to be a spirit of "mocking God".  

It is easy to become discouraged and depressed by the things going on all around us however...Our Lord Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 "All of you who labor and are heavy laden, come unto Me, I will give you rest".

OK, we've been going through a tough patch here.  Two weeks ago, we lost a young mother in our Church, then several days later, I lost my double-first cousin, Harry and then the day of the Connecticut Massacre, news came about our dear friends losing their 19 year old son, Joshua.  Sometimes, tragedy just "takes one breath away". So, with a broken heart, this morning, I come to our Lord and ask Him for grace and strength for this day.

So, here we are on a Monday morning.  So many things to do.  We are facing so many challenges and I must remind myself again and again, "With God....All things are possible".  I come to our Lord Jesus this morning and ask Him to guide me and lead me this day...that He has made.  Now, I open my heart to His joy and direction and go forth.  As I always share, THANK YOU for your precious and much needed prayer, love and support!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe


12-16-12 Sunday - 5:41am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

QUALITY TIME....CATCHING A ROOSTER, PRAYING FOR A NEIGHBOR & BUILDING A "PALACE"

I have found one of the ways of dealing with grief and sadness is by looking around, taking inventory and giving THANKS for the things that we have.  Yesterday, had a few chores, errands to run and a bit of "office work".  


First up, Peter and I spent the morning "catching the rooster".  That's not an easy thing to do.  During our last batch of hatched chicks, we had a couple of roosters.  So, it was time to get them out of the hen house.  Wish we had the video rolling during our hunt.  Well, one of the roosters simply "flew the coop".  And, with great care, we caught the other one.

While Peter and I were chasing the roosters, Ariana was in the garage getting "things" for her little Palace at the hangar.  More on that a bit later.

The guy that owns the feed store has a great deal for his customers.  If you get some roosters and don't know what to do with them, as was our case, simply bring them in.  He'll keep them and for no charge, if anyone needs a rooster to "fertilize some eggs", they're free.  So....our rooster was headed to the rooster "Stud Farm".  Not a bad future.

Once we had Mr. Rooster in the cage and ready to go....we made a grand breakfast of grits, eggs, Louisiana Hot Sausage, gravy and ham.  Mmmmmm.  Love a country breakfast on a Saturday morning with the kids.  So much to be THANKFUL for!

Ariana & I headed out to drop the rooster and stopped by our great neighbors, Clyde and Pat.  Folks, we are so blessed to have such neighbors.  Our mission was, however, to pray for Clyde.  Recently, he laid his motorcycle right down on his ankle....ouch!  Ariana & I stopped in to PRAY!  Ariana is a little prayer warrior.  That little one has powerful faith.  

After praying, we all rejoiced in the blessings of the Lord.  So glad that Clyde has Pat to take such good care of him and he has a very comfortable chair to sit in and the meds really knock out the pain.  Even in the midst of trials, there is so much for which to be THANKFUL!


Ariana and I dropped the rooster and then headed to the hangar.  Now, one might say, that a hangar could be a pretty boring place for a little girl.  Not my Ariana!  This little one has an amazing imagination and she can have so much fun with so little! 

While Peter and I were "catching the rooster" Ariana had gathered some really cool things for "Ariana's Grand Palace".  Among her treasures, an old string of Christmas tree light that didn't work, but she insisted that Dad get them going.  I did.  Also had some candy cane boxes that make perfect chicken coops.  She had little packing "air bags" that make perfect trampolines and the list goes on and on.

So, upon arrival at the hanger, Ariana and her vivid imagination went to work.  OK, so did mine.  For a little while, I was transformed back to the little boy, picking up sticks and bits of trash and making "forts".  


We began on this "doll house" about six months ago.  We just keep adding to it and it's truly becoming a Grand Palace.  In addition to the "things" that Ariana brought from our garage, the hangar is a Treasure Cove of additional furniture, and borders and ramps and so forth.


While I did my paperwork and answered e-mails, Ariana played for hours and hours on her "Grand Palace".  

You know, all of our hearts have been broken by the senseless and evil tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  We all have to deal with a whole host of difficult and painful emotions.

Yesterday, through the normal course of chores, errands, praying for a neighbor, answering e-mails, etc., I found comfort in just looking around and "inventorying" all of the wonderful things that our Lord has blessed me with.

Just watching Ariana "build a Palace" out of old boxes, bubble wrap, tape, an old discarded string of Christmas tree lights and bits of debris and play for hours with her vivid imagination brought great comfort and solace to my own soul.

I suspect that Ariana will long remember her little "Palace" at the hangar and so will I.  Folks, this, for me is "Quality Time".  As we approach this wonderful event, the Celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, may we simply look around and identify and give thanks for the many blessings that our Lord has bestowed upon us.

Today, our Air Mobile Team of volunteers will go to the Hospital and have a grand Christmas Party.  We're expecting a full house.  Because of the generosity of friends, we have been able to buy over 100 gifts and above all, we will share the wonder and Amazing Grace of Christmas.

May I encourage you to look around today and identify your blessings and then, simply give THANKS to our Lord.  I can certainly say, THANK THE LORD for you, our faithful friends who stand with us with love, prayer and support!  God Bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

      

12-15-12 Saturday - 8:04am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

A VERY SAD DAY IN AMERICA....


Yesterday started out like most other days.  We began going about our business and then....the news began to trickle in.. an unimaginable massacre in a small, sleepy town in Connecticut.

Soon, the entire nation was tuned into the horrifying details of the deranged gunman taking the lives of 28 innocent victims....20 children between 5 and 10 years old and 8 adults.

Very hard to grasp, it literally took my breath away.  At times, I could barely stand up, so many emotions flooded through my heart.  I can only imagine what the parents and families must be going through.  I grasped at the little acronym that I recently discovered....A.S.A.P. (Always Say A Prayer).  I prayed throughout the day.

Our Lord Jesus NEVER said that we would WOULD NOT have tribulation in this world, He did say...."In this world, you WILL have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world".  

I am left this morning by holding onto Jesus and asking Him to pour out His comfort and grace on those who mourn.  There are many things that I do not understand and it is ok to ask why.  The fact is... In this world, bad stuff does happen....Jesus promised to be with us until the very end.  May I urge you to simply hold onto Jesus and pray for those whose hearts have been broken.

To add to my own grief yesterday, several hours after hearing the news about Sandy Hook, another call came in.  Our dear friends, Don and Patty Prouty lost their son, Joshua, 19 years old, to a robber on Thursday evening.  

Josh was shot and killed for his cell phone and some cash.  Josh had just gotten off of work and was attacked in the parking lot.  Folks, again, our hearts are broken and all I know to do is go to our Lord Jesus.... Please PRAY for the Prouty family and... for those who lost so much in Connecticut.


Today, we all pick up the pieces of our emotions and go forth.  There is not a lot more than I can say this morning.  As emotions sweep over your heart, may I urge you to: A.S.A.P.


Air Mobile Joe 
  






12-14-12 Friday - 5:54am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

ROGER MILLER (EXCELLENT WATER MULE) RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - TI BURIK'S INSPECTION GOING WELL - AIR MOBILE "WRAPPERS" GATHER - METEORS "SHOWER"


Had the wonderful privilege to attend a beautiful Award Ceremony for Roger Miller.  You may recall that Roger, an Emmy Winning Director, traveled to Haiti with me in July to complete a wonderful Mini-Documentary on Air Mobile.


Yesterday, Roger received another Award from Parrish Hospital here in Titusville for his wonderful and gifted contribution of sharing his remarkable "film-making" talents with our Community.  It was a blessing to share this precious moment with Roger, a true Trooper and Excellent Water Mule!


The routine Inspection of Ti Burik is going very well.  Both Paul and Joe, our excellent mechanics, were going through the systems getting our Little Donkey ready for the next mission.


Was able to order more components for our Air Mobile Rescuers yesterday and...picked up the new Air Mobile Rescuer Caps that were "hot off the press".  By the way, if you're interested in one of these beautiful caps, simply make a donation of any amount and request one with your address and we'll gladly get it to you.


At the end of the day, got home to a house full of Air Mobile Volunteer "Wrappers", not the singing kind, but the gift-wrapping kind.  

Every year, Air Mobile has a Christmas Party for the Children at University Behavioral Center (UBC) where we have been the Chaplains for the last 15 years.  We had over 100 gifts to "wrap" and the team did it in record time.  "Many hands make small work"!


After the "Wrappers" left, Peter and I headed out into our back-yard and awaited a spectacular Meteor Shower Show.  We were not disappointed!  We saw some beautiful meteors, compliments of the "Geminid Meteor Showers.  We counted so many falling stars in just minutes.  It was awesome!  What a nice way to end the day.

Today, we'll be continuing our inspection of Ti Burik and gathering more components for our Rescuers.  Will be meeting with Larry, AKA, "Mr. Wizard".  Larry has been an invaluable asset to the Air Mobile effort to bring clean water around the world.  

Larry knows "electronics" better than anyone I know and his task is to provide the DC Ballast boards, the device that causes the UV light to light and do it's wonders on purifying the water.  We'll be ordering more components for more circuit boards resulting in more, life-saving clean water for desperate people.  This is a noble mission and one that touches the heart of our Lord and Savior, Jesus!

So, have a full day ahead and it's time to head out into it. Pray you have a blessed day today. Remember to ponder Preparation and do a little something today for a possible "hard day" tomorrow.  You'll be glad you did.  

As always, we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts here at Air Mobile!  We truly appreciate your faithful love, prayer and support!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

  


12-13-12 Thursday - 5:44am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

PAT & HIS PANTHER - COUSIN HARRY PASSES

Immediately following the terrible Haiti earthquake of 1-12-10, a group of pilots stepped forward and flew incredible, heroic flights.  Among those pilots, Pat Roth with his Piper Panther.  I met Pat at the Port-Au-Prince airport multiple times, often carrying broken and very ill children for life-saving rescues.  Pat was simply amazing and only our Lord knows the depth of his service and courage.


Yesterday, on a stormy, rainy afternoon, Pat flew his beautiful Panther up to our airport to have a cup of coffee with Air Mobile Joe.  We shared some gripping memories of those early hours following the earthquake.

Just prior to Pat landing, Barbara, from Haiti (AKA "Rambo in the Blue Dress"), called and was just thrilled to hear that Pat and I would be getting together.


Pat offered again to lend a hand (and his aircraft) as needed.  Folks, I can't begin to tell you what that means.  It's friends like Pat that help Air Mobile to do what Air Mobile does!

We'll likely load up Pat's Panther and Ti Burik, our Little Donkey, and fly in a good load of formula, baby beds, diapers, medicine, Rescuer parts, Christmas presents for the kids, and the list goes on and on.  Barbara, during her call earlier, was giving me her "wishlist".  It means so much to have such good support from friends with "big hearts"!  Thanks again, Pat!

Yesterday morning, I received the very sad news that my "Double First Cousin", Harry Hurston passed away.  I say "Double First" because Harry's Mom was my Mother's Sister and Harry's Dad was my Father's Brother.  So....we were very close to being brothers.  Harry died peacefully in his sleep from a heart attack.  Harry was only 57 years old.  He will be greatly missed.  Please remember to pray for our family as we deal with this sad loss.

Well, it's bright and early.  My Cindy has already "canned" more dehydrated Veggies and Fruit.  Everyday, we do a little something toward "laying up in store" some food and supplies.  Remember, PREPARATION is a GOOD THING & "By the inch, it's a cinch, by the yard it's hard".

Once this food is dehydrated and put into the glass jars and air is removed, they will last for years and they do not require refrigeration....only a little water to bring them back to life.  Of course, that's another reason why having a source of clean water is so important during any disaster.

Also, thank you for praying yesterday regarding Cartridge Source of America (CSA).  We are operating this company by faith and we believe that our Lord will bless our efforts.  After all, CSA has a big commission... to build Air Mobile Rescuers!  With the turbulent days that lie ahead, a lot of Folks will need clean water!

Time to get on with this day.  Though my heart is heavy from the sudden loss of Cousin Harry, I am encouraged in the Lord and seek to walk very closely with Him today.  Will be continuing that inspection of our Little Donkey, Ti Burik and gathering more supplies for our "Next Mission".  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe  

12-12-12 Wednesday - 6:20am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

NEED YOUR PRAYER....STANDING FIRM

This morning, I have a very important meeting regarding our company, Cartridge Source of America (CSA).  As many small businesses here on the Space Coast, CSA is going through very difficult times but....we hold out hope and stand firm.  We believe that with our Lord, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!


CSA was formed 14 years ago, primarily to service contracts at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in behalf of NASA.  During the course of this business venture, we expanded into other areas, but KSC was still our main thrust.  KSC (NASA), since ending the Space Shuttle Program has laid off thousands and literally hundreds of small businesses have "gone out of business".  

Of course, CSA, in coordination with Air Mobile has manufactured the amazing Air Mobile Rescuer.  This is a great hope for CSA.  So, again, I ask you to lift up CSA today and ask our Lord to give us wisdom and grace.  THANK YOU!

Meanwhile, we continue to prepare for our next mission.  Paul, our mechanic, is inspecting Ti Burik and all looks good.  We continue to order components for more Rescuer's as our funds allow.  

There is increasing "anxiety" world-wide as 12-21-12 approaches.  Cindy and I are holding "steady the course" and preparing as we are able.  ABOVE ALL, we are simply praying and asking our Lord for His direction and wisdom.  

Personally (and hopefully / prayerfully), we pray that 12-21-12 arrives and 24 hours passes without incident, and on the morning of 12-22-12, all will be well.  You know, no one knows what will happen on that day....except our Lord.  So, let us go to Him, put our lives and our plans into His hands and let us follow Him!

So, again, here we are facing another beautiful day that our Lord has made, armed with His peace, wisdom and grace.  That is certainly good reason to "Rejoice & be glad in it"!  As always, we're so THANKFUL to you for your precious prayer, love and support!  Thanks again for praying for CSA today!!

Air Mobile Joe

12-11-12 Tuesday - 6:12am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

THE HONDURAS RESCUER THAT INSPIRED A WONDERFUL MODIFICATION

After some great flight training yesterday, rushed home to meet Jennifer, a local school teacher.  Jennifer recently went on a short-term mission to Honduras to work in an orphanage.  She and Marvin, another team member, called with a "Rescuer Down".  The venturi assembly was clogged.  

We talked through the fix and it was rather tedious and quite complicated.  Shortly after that experience, received an e-mail from Uganda.  Same problem.  Mmmmm, what could I do to "expedite" the repair?  You see, the Air Mobile Rescuer, just like any machine, is subject to mineral "build-up", particularly when the unit sits for a while unused.  


Suddenly, while sitting in my "Air Mobile Hangar Office", just like a light bulb turning on, the "Solution" came to me.  Put in a "T-Connection" just before the critical "venturi" giving access to the "clogged area".  Inject a little CLR and the problem goes away.  No need for complicated dis-assembly.  Well, since that day, been on a mission to upgrade every Rescuer that we have with this wonderful modification.


Well, yesterday, Jennifer, the teacher who inspired the repair, came to our home to get the replacement "T-Connector" to upgrade the Honduras Rescuer.  It was such a joy explaining to her how to repair the unit with such little effort.  

The best part of this whole deal is that the modification components costs less than $3.00 and it takes about 1 minute to upgrade the Rescuer!  Just goes to show that good ideas & modifications don't have to cost "an arm and a leg"!

I am thankful to the Lord for giving me the wonderful solution.  There is a scripture in Proverbs 8:12..."Our Lord gives 'witty inventions'."  Thank you, Jesus!


You see, our goal is to make the world's finest portable water purifier. We're continually upgrading and improving the unit.  This latest modification is an example of making a great machine better.  

By the way, spoke with our NASA Scientist yesterday regarding the continuation of testing the Rescuer and things look quite encouraging.  We hope to hear the results of our presentation later this week.  You may recall that last week, I shared how NASA has been testing our Rescuer for possible usage on-board the International Space Station.  Truly, the Adventure Continues!!

Today, will be heading up to the hangar to work with Paul, our aircraft mechanic, who is doing a thorough inspection of our Little Donkey.  The aircraft is flying beautifully and these routine inspections keep it that way.

So, it's that time.  Need to go feed the chickens and get Peter to school on time.  As always, THANK YOU for standing so faithfully with us with your prayer, love and support.  May you be blessed today!

Air Mobile Joe   

  

12-10-12 Monday - 6:17am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

FLIGHT TRAINING CONTINUES.... 

My first airplane ride took place at the tender age of 10.  That was it....I was never the same again.  Been flying ever since then and I love it.  Flight training is just a part of any aviator's career.  It's good to keep "current".  Of course, Aviation, as any profession, is ever evolving.  There are new methods of training and I'm "in school".


There is a distinct difference between "Knowing how to fly" and "Teaching someone to fly".  I've been blessed with an excellent "Team" of Instructors.  This morning, I'll be "monitoring" an actual "Check Ride".  Hope to learn valuable lessons in preparation for my own "Check Ride" that will be coming up pretty soon.

This flight training has been invaluable in helping me to become a better pilot.  Of course, working in time for flight training while "juggling" a very busy life is quite challenging.  I'm thankful for my flexible and dedicated instructors!

We had a wonderful day of ministry yesterday.  Enjoyed our service at our Home Church, Redeemer, and then we brought some new "Team Members" to the Hospital where we are Chaplains.  Next week will be our 15th Annual Air Mobile / UBC (University Behavioral Center) Christmas Party.  We, and the young people, are looking forward to that.  

All this year, we've been studying the Book of John.  At the end of our service yesterday, Cindy asked how many wanted to accept Jesus as their Savior.  We were surprised and blessed to pray with 22 who surrendered their lives to Jesus.  Folks, this is what we live for!

Well, here we are, time to head out into this wonderful day that our Lord has made!  Pray you have a blessed day!  So appreciate your precious love, prayer and support!!

Air Mobile Joe 

PS - IF YOU'RE NEW TO THIS "RAMBLING" BLOG...AND FEEL AS IF YOU'VE JUMPED RIGHT INTO THE "MIDDLE OF THE STORY" YOU HAVE....JUST READ ON DOWN TO SEE HOW WE'VE GOTTEN TO THIS JUNCTURE OF THE JOURNEY - JOE   
  

12-9-12 Sunday - 6:46am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

PHILIPPINES:  HERE COMES TYPHOON BOPHA....AGAIN! 


Recently, the Philippines suffered a terrible blow from Typhoon Bopha.  The death toll is over 500 and hundreds of thousands have lost their homes.  With relief, residents watched Typhoon Bopha leave the Philippines and then....a slow turn and now, Typhoon Bopha is heading back and may strike the northern Philippines.


We're certainly monitoring this crisis.  I recall, several years ago, that the Philippines had 4 Typhoons in 4 weeks.  We went to there to lend a hand.  The Filipinos are, without a doubt, some of the most courageous, resilient people we have ever worked with.  Please remember to pray for those who have been devastated by Bopha and for those still in the path. 

Well, it's Sunday morning in the Hurston Home.  Time to go have that wonderful cup of coffee with my Sweetheart.  We'll be heading to Church and then to the Hospital to minister with those young folks.  We pray you have a blessed day today and.....ponder PREPARATION!  If you're new to the blog, read on down to yesterday's blog for more details.

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

Air Mobile Joe

12-8-12 Saturday - 6:41am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

WHAT DOES 12-21-2012 MEAN TO YOU?  SOME THOUGHTS ON THE DAY...


Much has been said and there are many speculations about a day coming up in 13 days, December 21, 2012.  An ancient Mayan Calendar has sparked a broad range of ideas and even panic.  

Cindy and I believe that the sun will rise on that day, we hope that the day is beautiful, and the sun will likely set, on schedule, as it has for many years.  We will likely have a nice cup of coffee on the morning of December 22nd.  However.....


The idea and even lifestyle of "Preparation" is not a bad or strange thought.  The fact is; DISASTERS HAPPEN!  It could be an earthquake, or indeed a Solar Flare or a strange twist in weather spawning tornadoes, a dam could break... and the list goes on and on.  Should such a disaster strike...suddenly, what would you and your family do?  How would you react / survive.

One thing is certain, the Government (any government) will likely not be able to save you.  Governments don't run very efficiently and for the most part, it's not a good idea to depend too heavily upon the government for help.  It's just the nature of Bureaucracies.

So, what should we do?  My simple suggestion is, begin with PRAYER.  By that I mean, simply ask our Lord what you should do.  It's very easy to just go into denial and say, "it probably won't happen..to me".  It certainly can and has around the globe again and again.  

I suppose that one of the "advantages" that I might have in this matter is that I've traveled the world for over 45 years and seen and worked in some of the most terrible disasters in modern world history.  Indeed, "DISASTERS HAPPEN".  I have too many images of "unimaginable" destruction in my head....hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunami's, flooding, war, typhoons, tornadoes, nuclear melt-downs... and the list goes on and on.

So, we go back to, what should we do?  May I make a few simple suggestions?  Begin with the basics.  After prayer, which is paramount, think about food and water.  Now, folks, I could elaborate here, but there are so many excellent resources for this available both on and off line that we'll just say, have some extra food, water, flashlights, batteries, etc.

One thing that you don't want to do is "wait til the last minute".  Right now, stores are open and pretty well stocked.  Prices are not at the "gouge" level.  So....do something today toward "Preparation" for an emergency that might lie ahead.  There, that wasn't so bad.


Oh, I'd like to add this.  One of our faithful "Water Mules", Delta Rose called me recently and asked, "How do I keep the bugs out of the rice".  I had earlier suggested that one simply throw a little extra rice in a bucket.  Well, Rose is exactly right.  If you just put the rice in the bucket and leave it, certain other things will "grow" in that bucket. 

 There are some simple steps to follow in putting food away for "long term" storage.  If you're reading this blog, you can "Google" in the question and you'll have a host of possible solutions.  Thanks Rose for bringing that to my attention.


I'd like to add this.  If you live at or around "sea level", as we do in Florida, have an Evacuation Route in mind.  Have an escape plan.  Now, I'm not saying that Florida is going to go under water but....it could.  You see, I've seen the effects of Tsunami's around the world, some as high as 60 feet!  The are not pretty.  

Florida is basically a big "Sand Bar" (at or below 30 feet above sea level).  A big wave would simply go right over the state.  Now, I don't necessarily think that that is going to happen tomorrow or even on December 21st, but remember "Sandy".   The folks in New York City and the surrounding areas didn't expect to have "water front" property from a low-level storm.

Now Folks, I certainly don't want to stir up thoughts of panic or alarm.  Simply want to share my heart on the importance of being "Prepared".  I know that for many reading this blog, it's a struggle simply providing enough food for the day.  There's not a lot, if any left over, to go out and buy a bunch of extra supplies for something that "might...or might not" happen.  

However....if you're going to "err" on any side, err on the "prepare" side.  Remember that wonderful Parable about the 5 Wise Virgins and the 5 Foolish Virgins.  The main difference between them is, the Wise Virgins went shopping when the stores were still open and the oil was readily available.  They were prepared!  

A wise, dear Pastor once told me, "By the inch....it's a cinch / by the yard, it's hard".  Next time you go shopping, leave the ice cream and buy a couple extra cans of soup...or rice or beans.  OK, I'm done "preaching" for the day.


Last night, had our Church Life Group over.  We do this every Friday.  Love to get together with our Church Family. 

Today, we'll be attending a Memorial Service for one of our young mothers who suddenly passed away.  Please PRAY for the Hancock Family as they process the grief of their tragic loss.

It's time to get on with this beautiful day.  As always, THANK YOU for "wandering" down this daily blog with me.  We so appreciate your precious prayer, love and support.  Be blessed today and....do something to be a little better prepared, you'll be glad you did.  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe


12-7-12 Friday - 6:59am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

RESCUER IN OUTER SPACE.....MAYBE / MORE SUPPLIES FOR HAITI / 71 YEARS AGO TODAY....LEST WE FORGET


I attended a wonderful presentation at NASA Headquarters yesterday and the subject - The Air Mobile Rescuer and funding for more testing!  The presentation went very well.  

Now, there are many details that I cannot give, but I can say this.  The testing thus far has gone very well and....the testing will likely continue.  To me, this means, that the unit has truly gotten the attention of some of the best scientists in the world and we're very, very thankful for that!


Who knows, one day the Rescuer may even end up on the International Space Station (ISS).  One thing is for sure, they need clean water up there and they need a machine that is small, light, powerful and efficient, mmmmm.  Sounds like a Rescuer!

Though, we've come a long way on this project, we still have a long way to go, but....so far, so good!  The Adventure continues!


From NASA, met with Jama and Michael.  They are good friends of the ministry and just love Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress).  They brought down a bunch of baby beds, mattresses for the Village.  Took a few minutes and explained how the Air Mobile Rescuer works and also shared the good news about the good NASA Report.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Peter, our 15 year old has Tae Kwon Do practice. By the way, Peter is very close to getting his Black-Belt.  During his practice time, Ariana and I head back to the Air Mobile Hangar Office.  


I have taught (didn't take much) Ariana to use her imagination and make toys out of old things hanging around, like boxes, tape, bubble wrap etc.  Her little doll house has grown into a 3 story "Dream House".  Notice the 3rd story is a "Kids Against Hunger" box and the second story is a "Duckies" diaper box.  Kind of cool.

This time, she wanted a little pond for her ponies.  Just happened to have a mixed fruit container that worked just fine.  We also added an American Flag.  I know that "Toys-R-Us" hate stories like this....


Now, on to other news for the day, I am reminded that 71 years ago today, our nation was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor.  Wars happen and will continue to do so.  Our nation lost many men and women on that infamous day and the war with the Japanese was long and bloody.  

Everyone reading this blog was and is still effected by that brutal attack.  I am glad that we are now allies and friends with the Japanese.  Our Lord surely heals wounds.  Every year, veterans return to the Pearl Harbor memorial.  Fewer and fewer come, as the average age of the survivors is approaching 90 years old.  May we remember those who are remaining today. 

Well, here we are on a very foggy Friday morning in Florida.  Time to go out and feed our chickens and get Peter to school.  No telling what our Lord will do today, but it is the day that He has made and I'll simply rejoice and be glad in it.  

You know, I mention that because every day I read the headlines.  The news around the world, Folks, is not good.  Economies are collapsing, wars seem to be breaking out all over and it seems that more and more people are just "shaking their fists" against God.  Often, it appears that people are just "getting away with murder".  Things are NOT getting better.  

The truth is....reading the news can certainly be depressing but....I remember, in the End, our Lord WINS!  HE is a faithful and just judge.  Folks who think they're getting away with stuff will be in for a rude awakening (Remember Psalm 37!).  We simply need to remain faithful and seek ways to serve Him each and every day.  This chases depression and discouragement away.  There, my little "devotional" thought for the day.

May you blessed today and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!  Remember, to seek to serve HIM and be a blessing to others today and....your day will go better!

Air Mobile Joe 



  

12-6-12 - Thursday - 6:59am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL  - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

BACK IN THE U.S.A. - RESCUERS READY "TO THE RESCUE"

Just like any "mission", there comes a time to come home.  Yesterday was the day our Little Donkey, Ti Burik, transported our team back to the U.S. and.... we gave a free ride to a couple of very tired missionaries.

We were up early, did a final check on the weather, filed our flite plan, loaded up and eased the throttles forward rolling down the long runway and our Little Donkey leaped into the air beginning our journey home  We put on our Oxygen masks and climbed to 14,500 feet for a smooth ride over the beautiful Caribbean. 


Our Barb, had asked us to give a couple of missionaries (Sandra & Jane) from a neighboring orphanage a ride back to the U.S.  These young ladies had been "going through it".  Seems like everything was breaking and they were in desperate need of a little break.  So glad we had a couple extra seats available.


Just before departing our "Village", snapped a shot of the Rescuers that were ready for Action!  Again, so thankful for good Team Members.  

Marvin did a superb job of helping me to refurbish units.  Barbara Jr. * also did a great job of piloting Ti Burik!  Folks, I was able to get some serious sleep on the journey home.  Barbara Jr. flew heavy military tankers / transports and flew 747's for United Airlines.  Nice to have such capable and well trained "Water Mules"!!


A couple of my very friends and fellow missionaries, Fred & Susan Morrissette sent me a donation recently and asked if I could find a single Mom or widow and bless with the gift.  

I asked Barb (Rambo in the Blue Dress) if she knew of someone.  Immediately, she told me of Mademoiselle Davidson.  She is 15 years old and had a baby.  She desperately wanted to go school and complete her education.  Barb had been taking care of her.  

So....Fred's & Susan's Gift will help pay for her school year.  When she was presented with her tuition money, she could hardly contain her joy!  She was dancing around 'like a little school girl'....which she is.  Praise God!!

So, here I am, back home and already heading back into the "thick of things".  This morning, will be presenting the Air Mobile Rescuer to a team of NASA Scientists/Engineers.  They just can't get over how well our Little Rescuer works.  Who knows.....one day our unit may even end up on outer space!!

Time to head out.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support.  Where would we be without you and so many folks that stand with us in this noble mission of bringing clean water and the Love of God around the world!!

Air Mobile Joe

* We refer to Barbara as Barbara Jr. because her name is also Barbara Walker.  So, we have 2 Barbara Walkers, both tough and capable missionaries.  We're blessed!!  Joe



12-5-12 - Wednesday - 5:19am (Haiti Time) Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

AIR MOBILE DEPLOYS UNIT #325 - ORPHANAGE GETTING CLEAN WATER! - MARVIN BECOMES A "WATER MULE"


Our latest Air Mobile "Water Mule", Marvin, got his "Certification" yesterday.  While I was in town in meetings and deploying another Rescuer, Marvin was back at the Air Mobile Base Camp repairing and...learning a great deal about our remarkable "Rescuer".

It means so much to have folks like Marvin able to keep clean water flowing!  Not only did Marvin bring Rescuers back up to "Service Level", he discovered some neat things about the unit that will help us with future repairs. I love that!

Had several encouraging meetings with Civil Aviation Officials.  We're moving closer toward "New ATC Radios"!  So many pilots who come in and out of Haiti are praying for this!



After those good meetings, headed out to another orphanage that had a very serious need for Clean Water.  After the training was accomplished, did that famous, "First Drink".


Soon, the kids were lining up for that clean, good tasting water.  Again, Folks, as I write this, I am overjoyed with this amazing privilege to be able to bring clean water to...."The least of these" (Matthew 25).


At the end of this long day, I presented Air Mobile Rescuer #325 to Pastor and Mrs. Sincere, the Directors of this Orphanage.  What a joy!

I see the first rays of the morning sun coming over the Haitian mountains.  The roosters are crowing and it's time for that second cup of coffee.  Here we are, entering into another day that our Lord has made.  Let's see what He has for us today!

As always, I'm so thankful to you for your precious prayers, love and support!  Be blessed today!!

Air Mobile Joe

12-4-12 - Tuesday - 7:04am (Haiti Time) Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

CHURCH AT VIERA (CAV) TEAM BLESSES "THE BARBARA" & "THE VILLAGE"

A number of years ago, I brought Joe Prussel to meet Barbara in Haiti.  He was one of our first "Water Mules".  Joe has traveled the world with Air Mobile.  He went back to his church, The Church At Viera (CAV) and told them about Barbara, affectionately named "Rambo in the Blue Dress" and the rest is history.


The CAV sends teams to the "Village" on a regular basis and... are these guys & gals GOOD!  

They headed back to the U.S. yesterday, after one of their "whirl-wind" trips. Every time they come, they leave behind something really great. 

Recently, not this trip, they had just arrived and I was about ready to fly back to the U.S.  They were asking, "What can we do"?  Suddenly, the idea hit me....."Make a Bridge".  You see, Barb has built quite a little "Village" with mulitple building.


Each building, of course, has a roof. The idea that came to me was to "connect" the buildings with a series of "bridges" and we would then "capture" PRIME REAL-ESTATE for meals and fellowship and training etc..  So they did!

Can't even begin to tell you how nice it is to step from one building to the other, crossing the bridge and then you're on a gorgeous deck with railing.  The air is cooler, the view is spectacular and it just lends itself to super fellowship and great meals, and spectacular, star-filled, cool evenings!

On this last trip, they made a major, huge picnic table (could easily seat 20!) and benches.  Of course they did scores of other "little things", but the picnic table is a huge blessing to us all.  THANKS CAV!!

Yesterday, had another good day in town.  Had a very productive meeting with the Director General of Civil Aviation, Captain Flambert.  We're continuing those good "on-going" discussions about the need to upgrade the Air Traffic Control radios and equipment.  

In Haiti, "often...things don't happen fast".  This is the case.  We're continuing to lay the groundwork for a major equipment upgrade.  PLEASE PRAY that this happens soon, as it will dramatically improve the flow and safety of every single aircraft arriving and departing Haiti.

Meanwhile, Marvin, Bab and I will be refurbishing Air Mobile Rescuers to keep clean water flowing and stopping cholera "in it's tracks".  This is a noble mission.  Well, time to get on with this beautiful day.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love & support!!

Air Mobile Joe   

12-3-12 - Monday - 6:42am (Haiti Time) Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

TRAINING "WATER MULES" - DEPLOYING UNIT #324 IN HAITI 

One of the greatest joys that I personally experience is in "handing over" an Air Mobile Rescuer.  Yesterday, I experienced that joy!

The day began in the Air Mobile Rescuer Refurb facility.  Keeping the 323 units in operation, in Haiti, is no small deal.  Years ago, Air Mobile pledged to support every unit in Haiti "for as long as we could".  With a lot of prayer and your help and support, we have done that.


Barbara Walker the Second, AKA "Bab" or Barbara Junior, not only helped to fly the Little Donkey to Haiti, she was in training yesterday learning how the remarkable Air Mobile Rescuer works.  This knowledge helps to "trouble-shoot & repair" units world-wide.  Also in the training process was Marvin, a solid "Fellow Aviator" and long time friend.

Barb, AKA - "Rambo in the Blue Dress" had found a nearby orphanage that desperately needed clean water.  This humble facility is located right in the "Cholera Alley", a zone subject to the dreaded disease.

So we loaded up and headed over to meet Pastor Bastien and his wife. They have built a clean and neat orphanage right in the middle of the area where literally hundreds of thousands of Haitians fled following the terrible January 12th earthquake.  


As we passed through the gate, we could see that this oprhanage, Munib Foyer des Enfants was well run.  The Pastor's wife worked very hard to keep the kids clean and neat. The children, 14 of them, played and looked on with great curiosity as I trained Pastor Bastien.  The electricity for the unit will be provided by the Orphanage Truck.  

Barb and Bab had obtained a list and size of all 14 children and they were handing out new shoes to each child.


Once the training was completed, the other moment that I love, "Taking the first taste". This simple act, completely convinces the "soon to be recipients" of the Rescuer that this thing really does make very dirty water clean.  The proof "is in the pudding". 


Immediately following that "first taste", I asked the Pastor if he'd like a sip.  With a big smile, he joined me for that refreshing drink.


Soon, every single kid in the Orphanage had lined up for a cool, delicious drink of fresh, clean water.  Several kids came back for more.  Now, folks, this is the moment that we work so hard to reach. Again, the scripture found in Matthew 25 says it so clearly, "I was thirsty and you gave Me to drink....when you have done it unto the least of these....you have done it unto Me".  This touches our Lord's heart!


At the end of the training and the tasting comes the moment of Presentation.  With great joy and with your help, love and prayer, we presented unit #324 to Pastor Bastien and the Munib Foyer des Enfant orphanage in Bon Repos Haiti, a machine that will likely save many lives in the days ahead!  Wow!!

Well, that second cup has been joyfully consumed, the sun has risen and it's time to head out into another adventure in the Lord.  THANK YOU again for your faithful and precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

12-2-12 - Sunday - 6:26am (Haiti Time) Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

"SEASON AIN'T OVER YET....INVEST 91-L BREWING IN ATLANTIC - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STILL BEING SWAMPED BY THE ATMOSPHERIC RIVER & ......AIR MOBILE SLIPS INTO HAITI


First of all, you'll notice that this blog is coming to you from our Air Mobile Base Camp in Haiti.  Yes, we slipped into Haiti early yesterday morning.  Had a perfect flight, though we had a few little showers to work around.  Our Little Donkey, Ti Burik, is just absolutely amazing.  Did we have a load!!


Our team, Marvin, "Bab" and Air Mobile Joe met early, long before the sun rose, and finished "topping" off Ti Burik with fuel.  We had an amazing load of baby food, diapers, little baby beds, Christmas presents, Rescuers & parts, a big TV, printer cartridges, baby blankets and so much more!  Of course, I paid our "Airport Personnel" with Kids Against Hunger food in which they will now be able to share with others.   Love it....!!

"Bab", who is also "Barbara Walker", is an amazing pilot.  Bab flew heavy tankers in the Air Force and then flew for United Airlines (747).  It was such a blessing to be able to "hand the controls" over to her and I actually slept for a while on the flight.  We came in at 15,000 and could see a bit of "Instablility" in the atmosphere all around us.


Wow, the U.S. West Coast is still getting "swamped" by that massive "Atmospheric River" (AR).  The rains are expected to continue through the weekend.  Flooding & power outages are already occurring throughout the region.  This is not a "Super Storm", but a very long, very wet storm.  So many are in for a very hard time.  Please remember to pray and ask our Lord what you can do to help.


Meanwhile, to add to this strange weather season, we're watching the tropics and what could be the formation of "Valerie"!  The storm has been identified as "Invest 91-L", a large wave in the Mid Atlantic.  This storm, should it form, will likely (and prayerfully) not affect land or people, but it is, most unusual.

Hold on....I thought the Hurricane Season was over.  Well, Hurricane Season is a man-made period that covers about 97% of all storms.  So, for a storm to form this late in the year is quite unusual.  We've already had 19 Named Storms this year.  Remember Sandy.....how could we forget?  So, the "Season Ain't Over Yet"!!  We'll continue to watch and monitor this system.

We have a lot of work to do while we're here in Haiti.  As you know, Haiti does not have FEMA (even though many complain about FEMA, it's better than nothing), or the National Guard etc.  So, after prayer, we thought it wise and good to "Slip into Haiti" and lend a hand.  

Barb (Rambo in the Blue Dress and the "Original" Barbara Walker) is doing great.  We also have another wonderful team here from The Church at Viera (CAV).  Ed, who is leading this team, told me that this is his 24th trip to Haiti following the earthquake.  So glad for folks like Ed and Bab and Marvin and hundreds of others who reach out to the "Least of these".

Well, the sun has risen.  The second cup of coffee has been joyfully consumed and it's time to get on with this beautiful day that our Lord has made.  THANK YOU for standing so faithfully with us in this mission of bringing clean water, food, medicine and...the Love of God to those who are suffering so.  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - My Cindy just texted me, that one of our dear Church Members, Sunday Hancock, passed away unexpectedly on Friday night.  Sunday was a young mother and her daughter is one of Ariana's closest friends.  Please pray for the Hancock family.  Thanks!  Joe  

12-1-12 - Saturday - 2:28am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

AN "ATMOSPHERIC RIVER" (AR) PUMMELING THE WEST COAST



Up early this morning, checking the weather and see that the West Coast, primarily California, is being inundated with heavy rains & high winds.  San Francisco has reported winds of 50mph and along the Sierra Ridge, winds up to 120mph!  This is some nasty weather.  Better close those hatches tight & keep them closed because this weather is expected to last throughout the weekend.


As I mentioned earlier, all this rain will certainly replenish low aquafers, but too much of a good thing can be a huge problem.  There are multiple reports of major flooding and mudslides.  Our hearts go out to those in the midst of these terrible storms.

We continue to prepare for our "Next Mission".  Have some good friends coming to meet me and lend a hand this morning.  Time to dash out.  

As always, truly appreciate your prayer, love and support.  Hope you have a blessed day and weekend. For those folks in California and the West Coast, you're in our prayers!

Air Mobile Joe

11-30-12 - Friday - 6:08am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

A "KIDS AGAINST HUNGER" STORY 


The other day, fellow pilot, Chris Hall made a trip to see Bob Bostic, Director of Kids Against Hunger (KAH).  Bob is a very good friend and has a true heart for Haiti and folks who are hungry!  KAH has a wonderful history of getting very nutritious food into hungry folks quickly and efficiently.  Well, Chris picked up a good load of this incredible food for Haiti.

Now, here is where the story gets interesting.  Each of these boxes contains 30 bags of food. Each bag will feed 6 people.  So, each box contains 180 meals.  Chris picked up 30 boxes.  Our Little Ariana is sitting on 5400 meals.  That's a lot of food!!

Chris, on his next flight to Haiti will bring some of this great food to hungry folks.  We "top off" Ti Burik with these meals on every flight we make into Haiti.  As you probably know, there is a group of young men who help us unload Ti Burik every time we land in Haiti.  

Well, I "pay" them with food and....give them so extra food.  Over the years, I've gotten to know these men quite well.  I've encouraged them to each think of people who are hungrier than themselves.  They all know folks who are suffering more than they.  So, this crew has become part of our "Food Distribution System".  This is a true win-win-win situation.  

Bob has planted this food into Air Mobile, who then plants this food with the airport personnel who in turn, finds hungry people to give wonderful, nutritious meals all in the Name of our Lord Jesus.  In addition to giving some of this food to our "airport personnel", it also goes to orphanages, schools and churches.  

Now, this load of food will go a long way toward fulfilling Matthew 25, where Jesus said, "I was hungry and you gave me to eat".  Air Mobile is particularly blessed because we also bring in Water as well as Food.  I can't begin to tell you what a blessing it is to be an instrument in the Hands of the Lord and you are a partner with us with your prayer, love and support!

Well, it's that time of the day.  Time to go feed the chickens and head out to see what our Lord has for us today.  God bless and THANKS again for standing with us with your prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe   

11-29-12 - Thursday - 6:49am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

FINISHED PRODUCT (DEHYDRATED) - A MUCH NEEDED GIFT FROM THE ALTERNATIVE PREGNANCY CENTER - CALIFORNIA BRACING FOR WIND / RAIN / FLOODING 


Thought I'd follow up on that dehydrated food from yesterday.  Cindy put the food that she "prepared" in re-useable glass jars and now, we have long-life, beautiful vegetables, when needed.  If you're new to this "rambling" blog, simply scroll down to yesterday to read about the wonderful "Dehydrating" process for smart & economical "Prepping".


Spoke with "Rambo in the Blue Dress (our intrepid Barb in Haiti).  Food is quite scarce and hard to get in Haiti due to recent storms.  She really needs baby formula so....I made a call to our great friends at the Alternative Pregnancy Center, an outreach of First Baptist Merritt Island and....they came through with a nice load of formula and blankets and books and baby clothes.  Love those folks!!

We also received a nice load of food from our good friends at "Kids Against Hunger".  It's such a blessing to have folks ready to help!  Bob Bostic has been to Haiti with me and we so appreciate his heart to serve and lend a hand.


Just checking the weather and the rains have begun to fall in California.  The weather condition is referred to as an "Atmospheric River".  Sounds pretty intimidating.  Northern California is bracing for lots of rain, big storms and possible flooding.  We're watching and praying for those folks.

It is good when we can "track" a storm and have adequate time to prepare.  Many in California are bracing and sand-bagging, etc. 

Unfortunately, many disasters are not so easy to track.  They just happen like an earthquake or a solar flare or a terrorist attack.  These are the reasons that we need to have a "Plan of Action" and some extra food and water!


As you read this "meandering" blog, you might think, "Why does Joe go and on about this stuff?"  Part of the reason is for 40+ years, I've "worked disasters" and seen what happens to the "unprepared".  Folks, you don't want to be "unprepared"!

Speaking of "Preparation", it's time for me to head out into this beautiful day and "make hay while the sun shines".  Remember, it's relatively "easy" to prepare BEFORE the disaster strikes.  Also, there's plenty of stuff available at pretty good prices if you shop it right and use those coupons (I love coupons!!)

Time to finish off that second cup of coffee (coffee is a gift from God!).  By the way, have been stocking up on extra coffee....just in case.  Have a blessed day and THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!!

Air Mobile Joe


11-28-12 - Wednesday - 7:33am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

SIMPLE PREPARATION - BIG FLOODING MAY BE COMING TO CALIFORNIA / WEST COAST


So glad to have my Cindy back.  Whoa....has she done some driving in the last 7 days.  First to Tennessee, then to Boston then to Cocoa.  She drove into our driveway yesterday evening road weary, but safe and sound.  


She is up early this morning getting ready for work, but....before heading out, she was preparing more food for storage.

Dehydrating is an extremely economical & simple means of "Preparing" long term food.  Simply buy some frozen vegetable (on sale) and place them in the dehydrator.  By the way, we bought the dehydrator on E-Bay very cheap.  My Cindy is a true "Proverbs 31" Woman!! 


So, after spreading out the frozen veggies, she simply inserted the tray into the Dehydrator and voila, by this afternoon, we'll have fresh, frozen vegetables all dehydrated.  We'll only need fresh clean water to bring this food "back to life".  The dehydrator does not require much electricity, so it's very economical.

There are so many ways to "Prepare" for the days ahead and....it doesn't have to cost "an arm and a leg".

Tomorrow, I'll show you what the "finished product" looks like.  It's very cool.


Now, here is another reason for you to consider getting an Air Mobile Rescuer.  Fresh, clean water WILL be a problem following most any emergency.  Storing bottled water, though good for very short term emergencies, will soon run out if the disaster turns into a long term matter.  

So....having an Air Mobile Rescuer will not only provide your family with fresh clean water, but the whole neighborhood.  A single Rescuer can provide fresh clean drinking water for about 500+ people per day!

Folks, you can make a lot of friends by having such a device.  There is so much more that I could share with you.  We've brought clean water around the world and have never been "attacked" while doing so.  Seems that the folks getting the clean water will stand and protect the ones that are providing this "life-saving" service.

If you want to know more about the Air Mobile Rescuer, simply give me a call.  I'd love to tell you all about it.  My cell phone is:  321-544-7757.  We're so thankful to our Lord for putting this amazing device into our hands!


Now, just checking the weather and it looks like California and the West Coast are in for some pretty serious rainfall.  Could develop into major flooding.  This weather condition is referred to at the "Pineapple Express" and is forecast to bring a LOT OF RAIN!  

A bright side to this is, many drought areas will be replenished with fresh water.  For now, we pray for those in the path of these torrential storms that are coming.  Again, PRAISE GOD for good forecasting.


Meanwhile, our two "Premier Water Mules, Dennis and Doug were diligently putting Air Mobile Rescuers together getting ready for..."The Next Mission".  

Again, Praise God for folks who stand with us in this noble mission of bringing clean water to thirsty people.  This mission is dear to our Lord's heart.  Remember when Jesus said, "I was thirsty and you gave me drink"?  

Well, it's time to head out into this wonderful day.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!  God bless!!


Air Mobile Joe

11-27-12 - Tuesday - 6:16am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

ARIANA'S FIRST DIARY


When I picked up Ariana at the bus stop yesterday, she informed me that she wanted a Diary.  After some discussion, it appears that she wants to write about the things that are going on in her life.  Mmmmm, wonder where she gets that from??

To those of you who are new to this "Wandering, Rambling Blog", Cindy and I adopted Ariana from Haiti several years ago.  She has an amazing story.  When we found her in Haiti, she was near death with a severe medical condition.  

After critical surgery, funded by very generous anonymous donors, we brought her back to Haiti.  Her Parents, with tear filled eyes, asked Cindy and I to take her and raise her.  This was an amazing act of love.

Well, we've had this precious bit of joy for nearly 4 years now.  Can't even begin to tell you how sweet and loving and compassionate she is.  Surely, our Lord rescued this little one.  Cindy and I are blessed beyond measure!

Ariana loves to come to the hangar and play.  We've made many things out of boxes, tape and bubble wrap etc.  Her imagination is amazing.  It only makes sense that now, she wants to "document" her thoughts.  So, we gladly went and picked out her first Diary and now, she's beginning a new phase of expression.  I must tell, this little one has an incredibly deep love for our Lord and she knows His deep love for her!


So, as I worked in my little hangar office, Ariana began capturing her thoughts on paper in her little journal/diary.

Well, it's a beautiful day, here in Sunny Florida, though just a bit chilly this morning.  Spoke with Cindy and she's on the road, on her final leg of the journey from Boston.  We expect her home later this afternoon.  So glad that she and Juliet had that good time together and that Cindy was able to visit with her Mom.

Two of our "Premier" Water Mules, Doug & Dennis, will be building Air Mobile Rescuers today.  We're getting ready for our next "Mission", most likely to Haiti.

Time to go feed the chickens and get Peter to School.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and precious prayer, love and support.  May you be blessed today!!

Air Mobile Joe


PS - Just a thought....if you go shopping today, REMEMBER to buy a little extra food, i.e. beans/rice/oil/grits etc.  Pick up a couple of 5 gallon buckets from Home Depot / Lowes / Ace and pack that food away.  Pretty soon, you'll have a couple of months of extra food.  Also, pick up some bottled water (on sale).  Put this stuff in closet or something.  After a bit, you'll feel a bit more secure and ready.  It doesn't take much money to do this.  You'll be glad you did!  Just an idea, from Air Mobile Joe

PPS - Remember to write the date and contents on that bucket.  In that way, you can "rotate" your supplies.  I'll write more later on this.  Joe  



11-26-12 - Monday - 6:28am (Eastern U.S. Time) Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

INTERESTING ARTICLE ON A SOLAR "MAXIMUS" - A MUST READ - BACK AT HOME BASE 


We have been sharing with you the need to PREPARE for the days ahead.  The Earth is entering into a very vulnerable period of time and....we have NO CONTROL (Except PRAYER) as to when a Massive Solar Flare could occur.  

This we know, according to Scientists, we are in the season (from now until the end of 2013.  Came across this very comprehensive article on the Blaze yesterday and thought I'd share it with you.  SOLAR MAXIMUS COULD BRING CHAOS! 

As you read the article, note the things that will happen should such an event (Solar Maximus) occur.  Also, realize that such events have occurred in our recent History.  In 1859 a  Massive Solar Maximus occurred affecting the entire earth.  Much more recently, we have had Solar Flares that have knocked out power and communications to large areas.  So....can it happen? Absolutely!  Will it happen?  Most likely.  What should we do?

One thing is for sure, we cannot depend upon our government, or any government to help us because, such an event will be so massive.  Our communication system, via satellites, is extremely fragile, often made up of aluminum foil and very thin and light structures.  So, the bottom line is....should such an event occur, it will be difficult if not impossible to get food, water, fuel, electricity, etc.


Just last week, a massive Solar Event occurred and fortunately....it was not pointed at the earth.  Thank the Lord.  However, this only strengthens the fact that we are definitely in the "Season".  A good idea is to, while you can, begin to lay up some extra food and water and consider a plan for a long term disruption to our electricity & food supply.  Take a look at this NBC Story - NBC ON MASSIVE SOLAR FLARE 

Well, yesterday evening, our Old Bounder rolled into our driveway.  We were expecting to arrive in "Sunny, warm Florida".  Well, it was in the high 30's this morning.  Brrrrr.  It'll get warmer today.  Will be heading to the airport to get ready for our "next mission".  Will likely be back down to Haiti.  Been in touch with our intrepid, Barb, aka, Rambo in the Blue Dress.  All is quiet for the moment in Haiti, but they are in need of supplies.  So, we're getting ready.


I've been sharing, lately, a bit about those 10 Virgins found in Matthew 25.  Five were wise and 5 were not.  The main difference between the two sets of Virgins is:  The 5 Wise went to the store, while it was day and the prices were good and bought some extra oil.  The 5 Foolish Virgins waited....until it was TOO LATE!  Mmmmmm, a very good message for us today.

Please consider, even today, buying a little extra food such as rice / beans /oil /etc.  Put it in plastic bucket with a top.  Each week, add a bit more to it.  This need not be a big, complicated, expensive thing.  Believe me, you won't regret doing this.  Be sure to put a date on the bucket.  Pretty soon, you could have several months of extra food.  

There is much more that we could say about this, but my best advice is....start doing something!  Above all, may we encourage you to PRAY and ask our Lord to lead and direct you through these "turbulent" days that lie ahead.  HE will surely guide you and lead you.

Time to head out into this day beautiful...but chilly, day.  As always, we so appreciate your prayer, love and support!  Be blessed today!!

Air Mobile Joe      

11-25-12 - Sunday - 5:00pm (Eastern U.S. Time) I-95 Florida - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

OOOPS!  ON THE ROAD & FORGOT TO BLOG THIS MORNING!!

Just spoke to our good neighbor, Pat.  She and Clyde have been taking care of our chickens.  She said, 'Where's the Blog"??  Oooops....While driving well into the night and stopping in a truck stop somewhere in NC, I got up this morning and just started driving.  Simply forgot to write my "Ramblin Blog" this morning.  Well, just like my Momma used to say...."Better late than never".  


So, I put Peter behind the wheel and immediately turned on the generator in the Old Bounder and at 60mph on I-95, here's my latest, to date, blog.

Well, another reason I forgot to blog is that we passed the Mighty 8th WWII Museum in Georgia.  Since we didn't have to get back in Florida at any particular time, we just went on in and spent the day in one of the most amazing museums honoring the brave young men and women who fought so valiantly for our country.


Part of our tour was conducted by Bud Porter.  Bud is 91 years old and SHARP AS A TACK!  He was a belly gunner on a B-17 and flew 11 missions over Germany.  Oh, folks, it was just like a ride through the History Channel.  Bud brought tears to our eyes with just a few of his remarkable stories.


This was, without a doubt, the most dangerous position on that mighty bomber.  Bud shared some very funny stories about his journey(s) over enemy territory with bullets and flak everywhere.  So glad we stopped and yes, I can understand how I got so distracted.. & simply forgot to blog.

Well, we're approaching some traffiic, so I'll relieve Peter, who, by the way, is doing a great job of driving.  I also spoke with my Cindy this morning and she and Juliet have already arrived in Boston.  So, better wrap it up.  Will be sure to check in bright and early tomorrow morning.  God Bless and THANKS AGAIN for your faithful prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

11-24-12 - Saturday - 8:15am (Eastern U.S. Time) Northeast TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

KEEP THAT OLD WOOD STOVE BURNING - PLANTING FOR SPRING

Brrrrr....25 degrees and the old wood stove is working like a dream.  Got up throughout the evening and "threw on a log".  OK, I must admit that watching the fire is "almost" as good as watching a good movie.  We don't have Netflix or cable up here, so....watching the fire can indeed be quite relaxing and "therapeutic".

Meanwhile, I did read some stories about "Rampage" taking place at "Black Friday" sales events across the country.  Ahhh, nice to just sit and watch a fire burning in an old wood stove.  By the way, that wood stove keeps the whole cabin warm and snug.  It's nice that one can also cook on that stove.  It's much more efficient than a standard fireplace.  Nice feature in our "Retreat Cabin".


Cindy and I and the kids did quite a bit of planting yesterday.  Our first thing to plant was garlic.  Now, garlic does so many wonderful things, even though it does give bad breath.  We also planted quite a few bulbs that will give us beautiful flowers (tulips) in the spring.

Then, in the afternoon, Peter and I headed into a nearby town and found a big screen TV and watched LSU play a very sprited Arkansas team.  Just barely got out of that one.  LSU prevailed, but it was exciting until the last play of the game.  


Up here in the mountains, signals just have a hard time getting through.  Early in the game, we lost the satellite signal, but Peter and I were not deterred.  We managed to get the game to "stream" on the I-Phone....big TV/little TV.  Eventually, the signal found it's way back into the mountains and we finished watching the game and it was a thriller,  The Arkansas quarterback was incredible.  Thankfully, that last play fell incomplete.  Final Score - LSU 20 - Arkansas 13.

Well, today, it's time for us to pack up and head home.  Cindy and Juliet will be driving up to Boston, where Juliet is in school.  Cindy will also be able to visit with her Mom.

Peter, Ariana and I will head back to Florida in the Old Bounder.  Have to get the kids back for school.  

We've been gathering up supplies for Haiti, so we'll be winging back down there in the near future.  We hope and pray that you are Blessed for the rest of your Thanksgiving Weekend.  So appreciate your prayer, love and support.  God bless!

Air Mobile Joe    

11-23-12 - Friday - 7:56am (Eastern U.S. Time) Northeast TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

A BEAUTIFUL FIRE!


Got up early this morning, put on the coffee, lit the fire to warm the cabin and just couldn't leave the wood stove.  Have you ever just watched a fire in a fireplace / wood stove?  It's just so beautiful.  

Cindy got up, we shared a cup of coffee and read from the Book of Revelation.  Ahhh, lazy morning.  Couldn't even imagine breaking this tranquility with a mad dash to a "Black Friday" store!  Besides, here in the mountains of East Tennessee, there aren't any stores nearby.  So glad!

Because of school and work, we'll only spend another day up here.  It's always too short a time.  But, we're so thankful to have a "Retreat Cabin" in the woods.

We'll just hang out and hike and enjoy ourselves for a bit.  The pressures and desperate needs of the world will soon be calling us back. But for now, we'll just chill out and enjoy ourselves.  Hope you have a blessed day and weekend.  We're so appreciative for your prayer, love and support.  

Air Mobile Joe

11-22-12 - Thursday - 4:54am (Eastern U.S. Time) Northeast TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

TURKEY ABOUT TO GO IN THE OVEN - CRYSTAL CLEAR, STAR FILLED SKY - FIRE GOING...GOOD COFFEE - SO MUCH FOR WHICH TO BE THANKFUL


I recall, as a young Christian, reading a book titled, "From Prison to Praise".  A young sailor was in prison for stealing the base commander's car in a drunken rampage.  He was in big trouble, but.... our Lord got hold of his rebellious heart.  He started giving thanks to our Lord and began with his little toe and went from there.  By the end, he was truly Praising God with all of his heart.

On this Thanksgiving Day, take some time and just look around and begin giving THANKS to our Lord for all of His Blessings to you!.  You'll be surprised at how He has kept you and blessed you.  There is tremendous power and blessing in giving thanks!

I just couldn't stay in bed this morning.  Got up around 4:15, put on the coffee, lit a fire and thought about....all that I have for which to be thankful.  I could fill several books and just keep going.  We can truly praise God and give thanks in the Valleys as well as the Mountaintops.  As a matter of fact, the valleys have amazing beauty....though we may not think so at the time.  Remember Psalm 23, Yea, though I walk through the "Valley" of the Shadow of Death....Thou art with me!

I awakened this morning to the news that a "Fragile" Truce has been established between Israel and Hamas....even though 12 rockets have fallen on Israel since the Truce.  Still, we PRAY for Peace in the Middle East.  

Cindy and the Kids and I had a wonderful day of just settling into our "Retreat Cabin".  We're looking forward to a beautiful and delicious Turkey Dinner today.,,,,though we are reminded of so many around the world and even in our own country who will not have a beautiful and delicious meal.  In the midst of our THANKSGIVING, WE PRAY!

We pray that your blessed today and we're so thankful for your prayer, love and support.  God Bless!!

Air Mobile Joe   

11-21-12 - Wednesday - 7:10am (Eastern U.S. Time) Northeast TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

SAFE JOURNEY(S) - EXTREMELY THANKFUL!!

So glad & thankfuf that Cindy, Peter, Juliet & Ariana all arrived safe and sound at our "Retreat" in the mountains of East Tennessee.  We're looking forward to some good food and just rest and above all, a time of THANKSGIVING!


I saw a sign yesterday:  "GET RICH QUICK!  COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS!"  When we sit down and just look around us, we have so much for which to be thankful.  


Even when we are going through very difficult times, just begin to inventory the blessings around you.  It is during hard times, that we often miss the blessings.  Do you recall that verse, "In EVERYTHING...give THANKS"?

Well, time to fix my Sweetheart her first cup of coffee.  She and Peter drove 12 straight hours to get here.  Be BLESSED today and above all, GIVE THANKS...you'll be surprised at just how much you have to be thankful for!!

As always, I am THANKFUL to you for your faithful prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe.....in "Retreat" (def:  getting "treated again by our Lord!)

11-20-12 - Tuesday - 6:44am (Eastern U.S. Time) Northeast TN - Air Mobile "Retreat Cabin" - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

THE BATTLE RAGES BETWEEN ISRAEL / GAZA - HAMAS "DARES" ISRAEL TO INVADE - DIPLOMATIC STALEMATE....MEANWHILE.... AHHH - "RETREAT" ARRIVAL


After Day 6, the battle continues to rage between Gaza and Israel.  After months of rockets fired into Israel, Israel reacts with strikes demanding that the bombing STOP!  Now, Hamas is "Daring" Israel to invade.  Negotiations are not going well.  Folks, again, PLEASE PRAY as this battle could truly explode affecting us all!

Late yesterday evening, I received a phone call from Tommy, our Board Member.  Theresa boarded a flight out of Tel Aviv last night heading for the U.S.  PRAISE GOD, she's coming home safe and sound.

After winding through some of the most beautiful mountains, valleys & "hollers" on earth, the Old Bounder wound up the road to the our "Retreat Cabin" in the woods.  We'll be spending Thanksgiving up here and truly looking forward to it.  

This morning, I'll be picking up Juliet who will be flying in from Boston.  We've really missed "Jet".  Cindy and the kids will be joining us after school lets out later today.  They'll likely arrive early tomorrow morning...with the turkey and fixins.


I've managed to find that "Sweet Spot" in the cabin that gives just barely enough signal to get the blog out.  You may recall, during our last visit here, I spent hours and hours scouring every inch of this place looking for the "sweet spot".  Praise God, it works.  

Just let's us know how DEPENDENT we've become on cell phones, internet connections and computers.  Sure would hate to loose the "connection" but....what would we do if we did?  Mmmm, food for thought.  


We are using this "Retreat" as an exercise to simulate a real evacuation.  Along the way up here, I've been exploring alternate routes and airports.  Found some really cool, out of the way airports that could serve us quite well.  

We know how important the Air Mobile Rescuer will be in the event of national emergency here in the U.S.  So, we are establishing alternate manufacturing locations.  We know how important clean water is following any disaster.

Well, it's time for that second cup of coffee on this chilly Tennessee morning.  Need to be heading out in a few minutes to get our Juliet, aka "Jet" or "JJ".  Pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving!  Oh, we have so much for which to be THANKFUL!!

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

Air Mobile Joe  

11-19-12 - Monday - 6:25am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Somewhere in South Carolina - Air Mobile "Bounder" - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

FIGHTING RAGES ON AS TRUCE SOUGHT - ISRAEL VOWS GROUND INVASION...IF THE ROCKETS DON'T STOP! - "RETREAT TRAINING EXERCISE"


Rockets fired from Gaza...and beyond have continued to fall on Israel.  The "Iron Dome" is working.  Israel is "gearing up" for a major invasion.  Negotiators are talking.  We are PRAYING!  

Folks, this is like a "time-bomb" with a very, very short fuse!  We continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds.  Our Board Member's Wife is still over there and working on staying safe and getting home.  Please remember to PRAY for Theresa!

One last thing about Israel....One can only imagine what it is like to live, totally surrounded by people, who want your complete and utter destruction.  There is so much to this story....it began thousand of years of ago when our Lord chose the Jewish People to carry His message of hope and love to this world.  Our Lord Jesus came to us through the Jewish Blood Line.  For that, I am ever thankful!!  

In 1948, after thousands of years, the Nation of Israel was re-formed.  Since then, this whole area has been a "Tinder Box".  Today, we are seeing that story still unfold.  Again, I urge you to go the Bible and read all about it.  Begin with Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21 and the Book of Revelation.  You will see how prophesy's are coming about in our daily headlines.


Well, where I am today?  Somewhere in South Carolina enroute to Tennessee.  After a cold and rainy night and nearly 500 miles, me and the Old Bounder eased into a roadside park and I slept like a baby.  

The Bounder was the Hurston Family "Lifeboat" when our home was destroyed by water.  Now, the Old Bounder still serves our family.  We keep the "Old Coach" in tip top condition, though it is pretty "homely" on the outside...everything works well.


So, here I am, snug, with the heater running, a fresh, delicious cup of coffee writing my little daily, wandering blog to you.

The rest of the Hurston's will be coming up to Tennessee to meet me for Thanksgiving.  Even our precious Juliet will be flying in from Boston.  We're so looking forward to this time together in the Mountains.  Hope..we get just a little snow.

In many ways, we are doing a "Retreat" exercise.  In Florida, better known as an Evacuation Plan.  With all the storms that we regularly face, it is a good idea to have a "Plan" in place.  Kind of like a "Fire Drill".  One can never prepare enough in these days.

So, for the next few days, we'll be in a spot where the phone/computer signals are spotty at best.  So...if the Blog is a bit late from time to time, just check back.  I'll do all I can to get it out each day.  

Have a couple of hundred more miles to go.  Time to get this "Old Bounder" on the road.  As always, have a BLESSED DAY!  We are so thankful to you for your precious and faithful prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

11-18-12 - Sunday - 6:32am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

BOMBS CONTINUE TO RAIN DOWN IN ISRAEL / GAZA - OVER 730 ROCKETS IN THE LAST 36 HOURS - IRON DOME HOLDING - PRAY FOR A CEASE-FIRE!


The situation in Israel is critical.  Bombs continue to rain down and the "Iron Dome" missile defense system appears to be holding.  It is a known fact that thousands upon thousands of missiles are aimed at Israel.  The question is:  How long could that "Dome" hold?  If there was time to pray for Israel, it is now! 

Surrounding nations, specifically Iran, have made it very clear that their goal is the complete annihilation Israel.  The events that are unfolding as I type this blog, could very well lead us to that battle.  

 I do understand that there are serious talks taking place about a Cease-Fire.  Meanwhile, 75,000+ Israeli troops are mobilizing for a possible "ground war".  This is not good!  The truth is, thousands upon thousands of innocent victims are at extreme risk on both sides of this possible battle.  This is not the first time Israel has been "surrounded by enemies".  Jesus spoke of this in Matthew 24 and Luke 21.  

That is reason that I urge you to PRAY for PEACE in the Middle East! We do not know the day or the hour that our Lord will return to this earth but...we can certainly discern the "Season".  There are so many signs taking place every day.


Several days ago, a massive Solar Flare occurred.  Praise God that it was not "pointed" at the earth!  We are entering into an extremely active "Solar Flare" Season that will peak in late 2012 and early 2013.  Another "sign in the heavens".  

Cindy and I find such comfort in reading and studying the Word of God.  Just as Psalm 37 brings a great deal of peace when we see so much violence and corruption in this world.  There are many things that we do not understand, but one thing we know, is that Jesus loves us, and as we keep our eyes on Him, He will guide and lead us through the days ahead!

Well, it's Sunday morning.  Cindy had to work a shift today.  The kids are getting ready for Church, our Pastor will be picking them up.  I'll be heading up to Tennessee this morning with the motorhome.  We plan to spend Thanksgiving in Tennessee.  We have a good load of supplies that I'll be bringing up with me.  Cindy and the kids will be coming up in a few days as school lets out.  As you know, the signals are pretty "spotty" up in the valleys and hollers of Tennessee, so this daily, rambling blog, may be a bit spotty, but, I'll do all I can to get it out as the "signals" allow.  

Pray you have a blessed day.  Truly love and appreciate you and THANKS for your prayer, love and support!!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe



        

11-17-12 - Saturday - 7:38am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

ROCKETS HIT JERUSALEM / TEL AVIV - 75,000 ISRAELI RESERVES MOBILIZING - FULL FLEDGED WAR NEAR - ISRAEL SURROUNDED - WHAT WOULD YOU DO??


I came across this image of various capitals being under threat from rockets on all quadrants.  What would you do?  PLEASE PRAY for Israel and for peace in the Middle East.  Each day, the circumstances ratchet closer and closer to full scale war!  



Rockets fell on Jerusalem yesterday as well as Tel Aviv.  Over the last few days, hundreds of rockets have been fired into Israel.  It is reported that rockets have been fired from Egypt.  This nation is fighting for it's very life.  You can see from this map, that the distances are very short.  Israel is extremely vulnerable.  Literally millions and millions in surrounding nations have sworn to the utter destruction of Israel.  Folks, this is so clearly prophesied in the Bible.  PLEASE PRAY FOR ISRAEL!   


75,000 Reserves are being called up.  Israel in the fight for its life!  We must stand with them in PRAYER!!

As I have mentioned over the last few days, since 1948, when Israel became a nation, the stage has been set for these days.  

I am amazed at just how little coverage these dramatic events are receiving in the Mainstream Media.  There  is a pre-occupation with General Patraeus's affair and so on.  We, as believers, need to focus our hearts and attention on the events that will bring about the Second Coming of Jesus!  May I urge you to read Matthew 24 and hear how our Lord Jesus tells of the events that will lead to His Second Coming.

Well, it's that time.  Need to head out to receive some excellent training today.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

11-16-12 - Friday - 6:49am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

PRAYING FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST - ROCKETS FIRED INTO TEL AVIV!


Rockets fell in Tel Aviv yesterday.  Things are certainly heating up.  Been in touch with my Board Member, whose wife, Theresa, is still in Israel.  We're praying for their safety and safe return home.  Please join us!

The Egyptian Prime Minister has traveled to Gaza and Israeli ground troops are amassing for possible ground deployment.  Believe me, these are serious actions taking place!  We PRAY!

The Middle East has been a tinder box for all of my life, but as one reads the Bible, it is clear that major world wars will occur in this region.  These wars will lead to the Second Coming of Jesus!  Could this be the battle that sparks the chain of events to hasten the return of Christ?  Could be.  At any rate, it behooves us watch & pray!


Hundreds of thousands of innocent victims on both sides of this battle stand in harms way.  A Bomb  does not discriminate.

Tensions are very high and the bombs are still falling as I type.  One can only imagine what it must be like to be completely surrounded by enemies who want only to see your complete destruction.  Again, we are urged to PRAY for the Peace of Israel!!

Meanwhile, back here in Florida, Air Mobile continues to gather supplies and prepare for our next mission.  Got news yesterday, that our dear friend and brother in the Lord, Ray Hall was in the hospital.  Ray is the Founder and President of Prison Book Project ministry.  His great organization has placed millions of quality books behind bars, including thousands of Bibles into the Hospital where where Cindy and I are Chaplains.


Thank God that Ray is resting and recovering well after a very close call (ruptured appendix).  I captured Ray and his buddy "Hector the Bear" yesterday.  He explained just how good it felt to "feel good".  I certainly understand that.  Please continue to pray for the full recovery of Ray!!

Today, will be heading over to Tampa to pick up a certain "Little Donkey".  Had the new winglets painted by Hawk Aviation.  We're moving ever closer to the complete restoration of our precious mission aircraft.  The only thing we lack now are the "stripes".

Time to head out into this beautiful day.  PLEASE remember to pray for Peace in the Middle East, along with Theresa, and for Ray's full recovery.  As always, we're so THANKFUL for your faithful love, prayer and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

11-15-12 - Thursday - 6:50am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

IS WAR BREAKING OUT BETWEEN ISRAEL & PALESTINE?  ROCKETS FALLING / PEOPLE DYING


The Middle East has always been an extreme hot-spot in the world.  The Bible speaks so clearly of prophetic events that will lead up to the Second Coming of Christ.  Yesterday, some intense events occurred that could very well lead to "All Out War".    Blood has been shed on both sides.  May I urge you to pray for the peace of Israel!

One of our Air Mobile Board Member's wife is in Israel at this time.  We are monitoring the situation very closely.  Please remember to pray for Theresa and her team as they seek direction as to what to do.  THANK YOU!


Had the wonderful opportunity to share the Word of God with a group of "Seasoned Saints" called the O.W.L.S. (Older-Wiser-Loving-Saints) yesterday.  Had a few minutes before speaking, so I found a beautiful lake and just spent some time "Waiting on God".  It was a sweet thing to do.  Often, we're so busy and our schedule is demanding that it is easy to miss simply "Waiting on the Lord".  

I can speak for myself....need to do this more often.  Likely, the day will go better as we spend that precious time with our Lord.

Had a good day handling "logistics" for our next mission.  The Hurston family is planning to spend Thanksgiving in Tennessee.  We're really looking forward to that!


Met with Doug, one of our Premier Water Mules yesterday.  Went over his next "assignment".  He'll be rebuilding our Oxygen Cart.  This is important because we "Tank Up" our Oxygen system on the Little Donkey prior to every flight.  Again, we're so glad to have Doug down in "Sunny Florida" for the winter.  You know how I truly praise God for the way "He deploys His troops"!  

Getting to be time to head out.  Will be working on our old Bounder motorhome preparing for our trip to Tennessee.  Have Richard Levesque, one of the best "electrical guys" I know helping me.  The Bounder is now 20 years old and parts are simply not available.  So....we'll be "improvising" to get the Cruise Control working.  Please pray that we're successful.

God bless and always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support.  Please remember to pray a special prayer for protection and wisdom for Theresa and her team over in Israel.  

Air Mobile Joe

11-14-12 - Wednesday - 6:56am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

SPEAKING TO SOME "O.W.L.S." - LEARNING PATIENCE, LEARNING TO "WAIT ON GOD"


This morning, I will have the privilege to speak to some "Seasoned Saints" or better known as the O.W.L.S. aka Older-Wiser-Loving-Saints.  These folks, at Space Coast Assembly of God keep asking me to come back and share.  I wonder if they're just "waiting...patiently" for my messages to get better?

It's always a joy to share what our Lord is doing in my heart with these "Veterans of the Cross".  This morning, will be sharing about the wonders that our Lord has been showing me in Psalm 37 and the significance and beauty of learning to "Wait, Patiently upon the Lord".  


This is a message that I so desperately need to learn myself.  You see, in life, there is a time to move "quickly and decisively".  A good example is in the cockpit of an aircraft.  IF an Emergency situation occurs, the pilot MUST respond quickly, decisively and properly or....the consequences could be disastrous.  That is where good training comes in.  I believe that certain "kinds of folks" become pilots.  Ones who like adventure and "fast action....speed".  Airplanes generally fly pretty quickly and demand rapid responses.

Now....in life, one cannot always react with such "lightening responses".  Many times, we need to seek and wait on the Lord.  This is difficult for many of us to do, because our society is moving faster and faster.  We often, myself included, don't take the time to not only pray, but to listen to and WAIT on our Lord.  PATIENCE is a hard lesson to learn.  I am asking our Lord to bless me with greater quantities of Patience!

Along with Patience comes trust.  For you see, our Lord is absolutely trustworthy.  Even when we see and experience things in this life that are absolutely unfair, or just plain wrong, we need to remember that our Lord knows exactly what is going on and He will bring about His perfect judgement in His perfect time.  That is where Psalm 37 comes in and lets us know again and again that our Lord will have HIS way in the end.  We need to trust and wait on our Lord with Patience...and Faith.


Oh, by the way, I believe our Lord fully understands the heart of the pilot because..... He gave us Isaiah 40:31, "Those that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength....they will soar on wings like eagles"!  Thank you Lord!!  

There....my message for the day.  Believe me, I'm preaching to myself.  As I read the headlines, it appears as if a whole new force of evil and craziness is sweeping over our world.  It is difficult not to get upset.  But....we must trust our Lord and wait on Him and allow Him to direct our paths in the way that He would have us to go.

So, today, after speaking with the O.W.L.S., it will be another day of gathering supplies, getting machines prepared that clean dirty water and...."Waiting on our Lord" and seeking His direction for me.  I must remember that "This is the day that our Lord has made....and I choose to rejoice in it".  I pray you have a blessed day.  THANKS again for wandering down this meandering blog with me!

Air Mobile Joe



11-13-12 - Tuesday - 6:45am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

18 SWEET YEARS....MARRIED TO AN AMAZING "LADY OF GOD"!


I can't begin to tell you how THANKFUL to the Lord I am for sending Cindy into my life.  She is simply an amazing Believer and a strong and courageous woman of God!

Yesterday evening, we had a "Candlelight Dinner" in our Extreme Living Room.  Peter and Ariana served our meal and afterward, performed with dance and music.  It could not have been any sweeter at any restaurant on our planet.

THANK YOU, My precious Cindy, for putting up with me for these 18 years.  I love you!!




I am making it a point to read Psalm 37 every day.  This morning, I focused on verse 7:  "REST in the Lord and WAIT PATIENTLY on Him; DO NOT FRET because of him who prospers in his way....because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass".  

There are times when it looks like certain folks simply "Get away" with stuff.  It is very natural to say, "How can that happen"? or "That's not right".  We have all faced these circumstances at some time or the other in our lives.  There is a tremendous consolation through all of this.  Our Lord SEES & WILL bring His judgement in His time.  We can "REST & WAIT PATIENTLY & DO NOT FRET".  Ahhh, I feel better already.  

Again, may I encourage you to read Psalm 37 frequently.  It will absolutely help one to navigate through difficult times.  In reading and meditating on Psalm 37, we find PEACE, JOY & STRENGTH in the midst of a crooked and perverse world!

As you know, Air Mobile is supported by "Water Mules" from all walks of life.  I am so pleased that one of our "Premier Water Mules", Doug wandered back down to Florida yesterday (Doug's a "Snow Bird).  Folks like Doug are the strength of Air Mobile.  Welcome back, Doug!

Today, we'll be preparing more water purifiers for service and arranging supplies for our next mission.  I already have a good assignment for Doug the Water Mule.  He'll be re-building our Oxygen Cart.  So glad Doug's back!

Time to head out.  So appreciate you!  THANKS again for your faithful love, prayer and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

   

11-12-12 - Monday - 6:57am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

REMEMBERING....OUR VETERANS


Today, we honor our Veterans and thank God for them!  My father served in World War II and Cindy's little brother gave his life for our freedom in Beruit.  Many, who are reading this blog today have been blessed by those who have served our country.  Praise God for America and for our Veterans!

Yesterday evening, after a long day, Cindy and I just quietly read Psalm 37 again.  Just can't get over how rich that one Psalm is!  

We all experience injustices in our lives and it is only natural to wonder what will happen to those who do these unfair things.  Well, just read this Psalm again and "Wait on the Lord".  He is absolutely just and above all, he is merciful and graceful.  For you see, we have all "sinned and come short of the glory of God".

Today, will be working again on getting Air Mobile Rescuers "ready for action".  Oh, heard from the aircraft paint-shop in Tampa.  They have agreed to paint the new wing tips on Ti Burik.  The only thing lacking will be final "stripes".  Steadily, we make progress on our Little Donkey.  

About to have that second cup of coffee with my Sweetheart!  Today, we mark 18 years of marriage.  Can't begin to tell you how grateful I am to the Lord for giving me Cindy!

You have a blessed day today and THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!

Air Mobile Joe  

11-11-12 - Sunday - 7:15am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

BE PATIENT....WAIT ON THE LORD!

I have given a great deal of thought to the blog of yesterday (read on down) titled "Fret Not".  What a wonderful message for us all.  The main theme is that the Lord does indeed see what is going on and indeed, HIS will, will be done, in His time and in His way!


Patience is a wonderful virtue, along with trust.  Our society has become more and more expectant for "Instant gratification".  It is often the same way with our Lord.  "I want Patience, Lord and I want it right now!"  I am guilty of this.

Often, I will sling out a series of prayer requests and I'm moving so fast,  and soon forget even what I prayed for.  Just keep going down the road "slinging" out request after request.  There comes a time for us to slow down and quietly and patiently "Wait on the Lord".


Folks, there are hundreds of beautiful scriptures that urge us to do this.  Our Father is reaching out to His children with this powerful message.  But here is a verse in a Psalm, that our Lord has directed me to, this day.  Psalm 27:14...

I love it when our Lord repeats something.  It means that we really, really need to listen and get the message.  "Wait on the Lord....Wait, I say on the Lord".  

Now, as we PRAY about certain matters, such as "Oh Lord, let the truth come out" or "Lord, this is just not right, please do something about it!", etc. etc.  We must remember that our Lord does hear our prayers and that He too knows exactly what it going on and....HE KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR US!!  We must learn (me included!!), to "Wait on the Lord and Fret Not!"!

There, I just had to share that with you this morning and when I share it, it flows through my old "impatient" heart, and our Lord calms me down.  We need to simply "Wait on the Lord" and trust Him!


Peter, Ariana and I had a very productive time of chores yesterday.  One of my tasks was cleaning out the chicken coop.  Oh, we love our chickens and they give us delicious eggs every day!  I captured, in this shot, our cat "Beau", just looking at some of our chickens.  They were just looking at each other....wonder what they were thinking....hmmmm.


After the good day of chores, Peter and I headed to "Dogs-R-Us" for our Saturday evening Tradition of some good football.  Yes, LSU won and Peter and I, and Sam, my eye doctor, and fellow football fan, just had a great time enjoying ourselves.  I must admit, it is more fun when your team wins.  

Well, it's Sunday morning.  Time to head to church and then to the hospital to minister with the young people who are "locked up".  May I urge you to ponder again Psalm 37 and Psalm 27 along with me.  It is a great and encouraging message.....Fret Not and Wait on the Lord!

As always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support.  May you blessed today!!

Air Mobile Joe





11-10-12 - Saturday - 7:02am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

"FRET NOT".....A MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT!


The other day, I had the privilege to speak to a group of High School Students who are very interested in Aviation and particularly, "Mission Aviation".  In preparation, our Lord directed me to Psalm 37 and specifically, verse 4, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart".  Oh, this is a wonderful scripture that is just so rich in meaning and blessing, but.....

As usual, in putting verse 4 into "context", began reading verses 1-3 and WOW!  It began  with "DO NOT FRET because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.  For they shall soon be cut down, like the grass and wither as the green herb.  Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness"!

In reflection on the U.S. Election, my heart has been broken by some of the crudeness and open "evil".  Cindy and I will never condone or agree with abortion, which is simply killing an innocent baby.  No matter how you look at it.  It is, what it is.  There are many other "platforms" that were adopted that are just 100% contrary to what we believe.  So....now that the other party has the mandate to continue for another 4 years, what do we do?

My heart has just been grieved by this prospect when....our Lord came to me and assured me that He sees and knows everything and that He will bring His righteousness to pass in His time.  He simply tells us to:  "Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness".  OK, with HIS help and GRACE & MERCY, we can do that!

By the way, as I read on down Psalm 37, it just kept getting better and better.  Verses 7-9 say:  "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently on Him; DO NOT FRET because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; DO NOT FRET-it only causes harm.  For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, They shall inherit the earth." 

Believe me, as you read down Psalm 37, it just gets better and better!  For example, verse 23-25 says:  "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.  Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.  I have been young and now am old; Yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread".

There is so much in this one Psalm.  I just had to share a few of the "nuggets" with you.  At the end of this blog today, I'll post the entire Psalm so that you may read it in it's entirety if you care to.  It will BLESS YOU!


Yesterday, flew our Little Donkey over to the Tampa to have have the paint job completed.  Received some sad news.  The paint job that is on the airplane was not done very well and the shop felt that they could not just put the stripes on it and do the other touch up work.  That was not good news but....The Little Donkey flies just fine with the paint job that it has.  We'll worry about the stripe and the touch ups at another time.    

 Today, Peter, Ariana and I will be doing chores around the house and then....this evening, we'll head over to "Dogs-R-Us" for a little football.  Our beloved LSU Tigers really gave, Number 1, Alabama a "run for their money" last week, and almost beat them.  This evening, LSU will play Mississippi State who is having a pretty good season.  Should be a good game!

Time to get on with the chores.  We pray that you have a blessed day today and....'DON'T FRET!  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support.  Read on down for the Psalm 37 in it's entirety.  You'll see what I mean by it being a "TREASURE COVE"!  God bless!

Air Mobile Joe


The Heritage of the Righteous and the Calamity of the Wicked

A Psalm of David.

37 Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.
For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plots against the just,
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword
And have bent their bow,
To cast down the poor and needy,
To slay those who are of upright conduct.
15 Their sword shall enter their own heart,
And their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man has
Is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
But the Lord upholds the righteous.
18 The Lord knows the days of the upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish;
And the enemies of the Lord,
Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.
Into smoke they shall vanish away.
21 The wicked borrows and does not repay,
But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
22 For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,
But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good;
And dwell forevermore.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
And does not forsake His saints;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land,
And dwell in it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
And his tongue talks of justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
None of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked watches the righteous,
And seeks to slay him.
33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand,
Nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 Wait on the Lord,
And keep His way,
And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a native green tree.
36 Yet he passed away,[a] and behold, he was no more;
Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
For the future of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked,
And save them,
Because they trust in Him.





11-9-12 - Friday - 5:52am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

WINTER STORM ATHENA "BLOWS & SNOWS" LEAVING MORE SUFFERING IN HER WAKE - WINTER STORM BRUTUS HEADED FOR WEST / MID WEST...MARCHING EASTWARD! 


The folks in the Northeast are being "hammered" by the weather!  First Hurricane Sandy brings death, widespread destruction and massive power outages.  Then, less than a week later, Winter Storm Athena brings more high winds (60mph+) in many areas and deep and brutal snow.  Those that were fortunate to get their power back after Sandy have lost it again due to Athena.  This is a brutal trial for so many!  


Clean-up is hindered and I can only imagine what so many are experiencing.  Right now, for many, the main goal is to stay warm and safe.  The clean-up and rebuild will come later.  Just trying to move around and "get back to work" is a huge challenge for many.

Folks in the Northeast certainly know how to deal with Snow Storms, but when it is all added together and stacked up with Sandy, it becomes simply brutal!  PLEASE, take a moment and PRAY for those who are suffering!

Looking at the nation overall, another brutal Winter Storm by the name of Brutus is marching from the West, Eastward.  We'll keep an eye on that one.  Looks like "Winter" has arrived quite early!!


Meanwhile, we are making steady progress on getting the supplies and parts for our Air Mobile Rescuer.  Stopped into our local Walgreens and our Favorite Pharmacist, Kathy, blessed Air Mobile with enough syringes for the next batch of units and for many that are in the field!  Thanks Kathy & Walgreens!



You may recall, that Kathy helped to link Air Mobile up with the "perfect" syringe to inject CLR (Calcium - Lime - Rust) to help clean the insides of the Rescuer.  This wonderful addition will help keep Rescuers in good operation world-wide.

Yesterday, we met with a family that secured an Air Mobile Rescuer about a year ago.  Now, they want another unit to help provide clean drinking water for their "Community" in the event of a disaster.  I quickly modified their unit with the new "T-Valve".  I am so blessed by folks who want to help others in "hard times"!  Praise God!!


Later yesterday, Peter had an event at his High School and Ariana and I spent some time at the hanger with Ti Burik.  She really loves our Little Donkey!

Speaking of the Little Donkey, today, I'll fly over to the Tampa Area to get get the paint job finally finished.  The company that began the paint job went out of business before the job was complete.  Another company has stepped forward and offered to finish the paint job.  

Praise God!  Ti Burik is already beautiful, but is about to get even more beautiful.  You know, in the same way, our Air Mobile Rescuer is already a great machine and now, with the addition of this T-Valve, it has become an even GREATER MACHINE!  Thank the Lord for good ideas and willing folks to help!!

So, it's that time of the day, need to head out.  We are so appreciative to you for your faithful prayer, love and support!!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

11-8-12 - Thursday - 6:27am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

NORTHEAST ROCKED & SHIVERING FROM WINTER STORM ATHENA - GUATEMALA ROCKED BY 7.4 EARTHQUAKE / HUNDREDS FEARED DEAD


As, now named, Winter Storm Athena, roared ashore with 50-60 mph winds, recently restored power went out again.  This time, the storm brought frigid temperatures and snow. 

Still, for many, power has not been restored the first time.  This storm is adding misery to misery to the "Hurricane Sandy" ravaged area.  Efforts are being made to provide emergency housing to more than 40,000 in New York. The Northeast is going through some very, very hard times!  PLEASE remember to pray for those who are suffering so!


Central America was rocked yesterday by a 7.6 Earthquake just off the coast of Guatemala.  This was Guatemala's largest quake since 1976.  Hundreds are feared dead as rescuers dig survivors out of the rubble.  This story is unfolding.


Guatemalans are no strangers to Earthquakes and natural disasters.  The quake was felt from Mexico City to Costa Rica.  Guatemala and the rest of Central America are susceptible to earthquakes because of the movement of at least four tectonic plates, including the Cocos and Caribbean Plates.


Meanwhile, we are endeavoring to get as many Air Mobile Rescuers ready for action as possible.  Rob and our latest "Water Mule" were busily assembling Rescuers.


Our only limitation on building Rescuers is funding.  Please consider donating to this noble and worthy mission!  Remember, each $100 donation gives you a chance at spending a week in our Extremely Unique Home over the Christmas Holidays.  Perhaps, you know someone who could really use a nice "get-away".  Should you win, you could give the week to someone who really needs it!


While Rob and our newest "Water Mule" Recruit were building Rescuers, I was just up the road from our Assembly plant speaking to a group of students from Merritt Island Christian School, who have a particular interest in Aviation.  I, truly love speaking to Students about serving the Lord with their talents!

Today, I'll be speaking with a group of family and neighbors who will be considering coming together and purchasing an Air Mobile Rescuer (s) for their community.  The bottom line is:  our best line of protection is in the PREPARATION before the disaster strikes!  


Remember the 5 Wise Virgins mentioned in Matthew 25!  The main difference between the WISE & THE FOOLISH is:  The 5 Wise Virgins secured and bought the extra oil while it was still daylight, the stores were open & the price was, also likely, pretty reasonable.  Hmmmm, another argument for PREPARING IN ADVANCE AKA "PREPPIN"!

Well, it's that time.  Need to head out into this new day that our Lord has made.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!! God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe 



11-7-12 - Wednesday - 6:22am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

AMERICA VOTED - "ALL THINGS" WORK TOGETHER....


Cindy and I watched the results of the Election 2012 last night.  At the end of the evening, a scripture kept going through my mind and my heart.  Romans 8:28 - "ALL things work together for the good, to those that love God, those the called according to His purpose".

The election did not turn out the way we wanted, so what do we do?  We Love the Lord, we prayerfully seek His direction every day and we serve Him.  Sounds like a good plan.  

If we do this, according to His Promise, He will cause ALL things to work together for the good.  That does not mean that we will not have hard times or "storms".   The Good News is that He will NEVER leave us or forsake us.  So....life goes on.

This morning, I'll be speaking at Merritt Island Christian High School to a group of students who have great interest in Aviation.  It will be a joy to share my own love for Aviation and tell the story of how, since a little boy, have wanted to fly and now, I fly for His glory!  God is Good!!


Dennis and Rob, our faithful "Water Mules" will be assembling components for the Air Mobile Rescuer.  We do not know what the days ahead hold for us.  We do know that the best plan is to be "Prepared".  One thing that is very much needed, following most any emergency is:  Clean drinking water.  The Air Mobile Rescuer can provide clean drinking water to hundreds of people every day.  

May I encourage you, this day, to simply love God and seek His direction and remember Romans 8:28.  

This is "The day that our Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it"!  PLEASE, also, remember to PRAY for our nation and our leaders.  Cindy and I truly THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!  Be blessed today!

Air Mobile Joe
  

11-6-12 - Tuesday - 6:38am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

ELECTION DAY IN THE U.S.A.!!  PLEASE, PLEASE PRAY & THEN VOTE!! NORTHEAST BRACING FOR ANOTHER STORM -UGANDA UNIT GETS UPDATED


So thankful that we have the opportunity to have a "Say-So" in our government.  What a blessing and a privilege to be able to prayerfully help select our leaders.  Let us pray together that today will go smoothly and safely as millions and millions of Americans go to the polls today to VOTE!

Meanwhile, the jetstream is pushing a lot of moisture and instability across the southeast and it will be making that turn to the north and bringing rain and winds up to 50mph to the Hurricane Sandy stricken areas.  

Please remember to pray for those folks that have been so devastated and still suffering from the weather.  On the west side of that storm will be frigid temperatures and wet snow.


I scheduled to meet with the Jackson's yesterday.  About a year ago, they funded and placed an Air Mobile Rescuer in Uganda.  Recently, the unit failed to operate properly so a visiting missionary brought it home.  

We quickly diagnosed & repaired the problem and....added the new "T-Valve".  This will enhance the operation of the Rescuer.  I pray that we can eventually modify every unit that we have in the field world-wide (over 800 units in operation in 40+ countries).


Yesterday evening, had an excellent flight training session with Glen and gained some invaluable additional information for preparation from Darrell, another instructor.  We're back on course toward securing that Certified Flight Instructor rating.  

Have to "juggle" things around to keep all these irons in the fire & try to keep things in  "balance".  This "old dog" is constantly learning new tricks!


It's time to get ready and head out to VOTE!  I pray that you do the same thing, if you have not already done so.  We'll likely be up very late this evening following the results.  Today, is so important for our nation, can't emphasize enough how significant your PRAYER & VOTE IS!

As always, we so appreciate your prayer, love and support.  May you be blessed today!

Air Mobile Joe

11-5-12 - Monday - 5:52am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

NORTHEAST EXPECTING STORM BRINGING MORE WIND & RAIN - CLEANING UP...WITH HELP FROM VOLUNTEERS - TROPICS QUIET -24 HOURS UNTIL ELECTION DAY -PLEASE PRAY / PLEASE VOTE!


Between Wednesday and Friday of this week, the Northeast will get hit again with winds and rain.  Meanwhile, folks are cleaning up with a lot of help from volunteers.  Slowly, help is arriving into the most hard-hit areas.  

Slowly, electricity is being restored.  Time for many to brace for the next storms that may bring 35+mph winds.  We pray for all those that have been so devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

We, at Air Mobile, are praying about how we can help.  We're monitoring the "water" situation in the affected areas.  "Boil Water" alerts are in effect for many of those areas.  Bottled drinking water seems to be readily available in most areas.

We're continuing to gather up the parts for Rescuers (as much as our funds will allow).  We know that Hurricane Sandy is just another "Wake-Up" call for us to be PREPARED for the Storms that will surely come.  Folks, it is not a matter of IF but WHEN!  


We're in the final few weeks of Hurricane Season and the Tropics are relatively calm today.  Thank the Lord!  There is a little activity on the Mexico / Baja coast named "Invest 90-E", which is bringing a lot of rain to that area.  


As we look at the Scorecard for this Season, we can see that there has been a lot of activity.  Of course, Hurricane Sandy, though not very strong, was huge and backed up that water causing so much destruction.


Remember, tomorrow is ELECTION DAY!  May we urge you to PRAY & VOTE!  Your vote does make a difference in the direction of our country!

Well, it's time to head out.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!  

Air Mobile Joe    

11-4-12 - Saturday - 8:18am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

AIR MOBILE BACK TO U.S. - SUCCESSFUL MISSION TO HAITI...THANK GOD!


Got up early yesterday morning, checked the weather and decided it would be a good day to head back to the U.S. -   Mission Accomplished....for now.

Brought the Haiti inventory of Rescuers back up to the level necessary to support the units in the field.  

Arrived at the Port-Au-Prince airport right on schedule.  Loaded my cargo, processed the outbound paper work, received the Take-Off Clearance and eased the throttles forward on Ti Burik.  The Little Donkey leaped into the air.  Made my traditional "Low Pass" over the Village to bid farewell and turned toward home.


Climbed through a valley between some 5500 foot mountains and continued the climb to 16,500 feet.  My cargo consisted of a bunch of empty toner cartridges from Samaritan's Purse.  There is something so "majestic" about flying alone.  I do feel just "a bit closer to the Lord".

Ti Burik is flying like a dream.  The real test, however, would be when I reached the north coast of Haiti and contacted Miami Center.  Would they be able to see me?  Remember the Transponder that we repaired at the MAF hangar on Friday?  The only way to test it would be with Miami, as Haiti has no radar.....yet.


Upon reaching the North Boundary of Haiti, I contacted Miami Center.  They saw me "Loud & Clear".  The transponder worked just fine.  Nice to be seen, particularly when traversing 800 miles of ocean through "The Bermuda Triangle"!

Fought those same cross winds out of the west all the way home, but, landed right on the projected minute.  Love flights like that.  Quickly cleared Customs at Fort Pierce and made the quick hop to my home base.  Ahhh, nice to be home.


Headed to the house and laid down for a little rest.  Yes, Peter and I, along with Christian and his whole family met at Dogs for the "Big Shoot-Out" between LSU & Alabama.  What a game.  Looked like LSU had it, but Alabama scored with just 51 seconds remaining.  Ugh, that hurt.  Here is one of my precious grand-daughters, Selah, all decked out in LSU garb (she's a real cutie!!!).

Folks, let's continue to pray for those in the Northeast that have just been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  Just read something this morning about FEMA running out of clean water.  We're researching that story today.  

Please consider helping us to fund more "Rescuers" for just such situations!  Remember, each $100 Donations gives you a chance at the week in the Hurston Extreme Home over Christmas.  Should you win, you might even want to donate the week to your favorite missionary or relief worker!

Also, I'm sure you have plenty of reminders, but be sure to VOTE on Tuesday.  This is such an important election!  Have a few extra minutes to really enjoy that second cup of coffee.  Today, we "fell back" and got that extra hour.  Pray you have a blessed day and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!

Air Mobile Joe



11-3-12 - Saturday - 5:19am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS....TO RESCUE "RESCUERS"

Down in the little cargo pod on Ti Burik is a special antenna for our transponder. This wonderful device helps to identify our aircraft for Air Traffic Control and other aircraft.  While flying down to Haiti on Wednesday, my transponder went "dead".  Hmmmm.


Yesterday, I went to the airport and met up with some of my great friends and fellow aviators from Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).  Showed up, just as they were putting on the new numbers for their latest aircraft for their fleet, a beautiful Cessna Caravan.  

They had just gotten the approval from the Haitian Government to operate "HH-VAN" in country.  Had to capture the moment with a photo!


I showed them my problem and they went to work on getting our transponder "transponding".  First David methodically dis-assembled the cable.  Then, he had to jump in a plane and fly to Mole St. Nicolas.  


Michael took over.  Michael and I became solid friends right after the Haiti earthquake in 2010.  Our friendship has been forged with a lot of memories and "God" moments.

These guys are not only great pilots, but they're great mechanics!  So thankful to our Lord for putting such a support team right here in Haiti.  Surely....."Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"!!

We connected the repaired cable and when it's time to head home, Miami Center will be able to clearly "see" Ti Burik.  That's a good feeling when one flies nearly 800 miles over the ocean.  THANKS MAF!! 


Because these guys help to keep our Little Donkey in the air, they ultimately help us to keep clean water flowing.  Had a wonderful day in the Refurb "Lab" here at our Base Camp.  Upon arrival on Wednesday, I identified 8 units that needed repair.  So glad to say, that we got them all up and going.  Praise God!


Also added the new "T-Valve" to each unit so that the operator can now perform a cleaning function that used to be tedious and difficult.  Now, it's a "snap"!  So thankful for "God-Inspired ideas.

Well, it's bright and early.  Had a wonderful nights sleep.  No fever, appreciate you praying.  It's a beautiful day and one that I'm excited to plunge into.  We'll see what our Lord has for us today.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithfully standing with us with your prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

11-2-12 - Friday - 8:05am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

PICKING UP THE PIECES - THE SLOW, PAINFUL PROCESS OF REBUILDING - PROGRESS IN HAITI- RESCUING "RESCUERS"!


Have seen it more times than I care to remember.  Walking into the storm area after the strike.  So much destruction.  One wonders how we would get through such a disaster.  It begins with slowly, picking up the pieces and putting things back together.  The U.S. East Coast is doing that now.  Help is flooding into the region, some areas getting help more slowly than others.  But, help is coming!

We certainly pray for those in the wake of this terrible storm and know that for many, life will never be the same.  For most, they will put their lives back together and with our Lord's help and grace, things will be better!  With God, all things are possible!  I've seen it over and over again.  


Yesterday, I delivered some supplies to Samaritan's Purse.  Always good to see my brothers and sisters with that great organization.  On the way back to our mission, I stopped in my favorite "Tent City", Caanan II and visited with a couple of my old friends there.  The remarkable thing is....it's becoming less and less of a "Tent City".  There are very few "Tents" remaining.  I see a lot of little "Block & Wood Houses".  A lot of permanent structures.

I recall, so well, pulling into this place immediately following the earthquake.  Over 5500 folks were huddled on the side of this mountain under scraps of tarp and plastic and old discarded tin roofing.  No water / no food / utter desperation.  Over the last few years, I've seen this hillside gain permanency and stability.


There is a reliable source of water.  I remember crying when I saw the big tank installed.  I had just broken my leg and was on crutches when the the water began to flow into Caanan II.  There is now a very nice school and literally hundreds of houses and little stores.  Several Churches have been planted here.  Very little government help has come into Caanan II, but a lot of generous and loving volunteers have made life bearable here.  As I walked through the community, I simply smiled and thanked our Lord for His grace and love!


Just outside of Caanan II, I observed, while flying in on Wednesday, a brand new canal.  Wow, was that thing put in FAST!  It relieves 2 of the major rivers on the north side of Port-Au-Prince and this canal saved many lives.  Whoever was the behind this new canal....BRAVO!!


Headed back to the Air Mobile Refurb Center and began the work that I truly love, bringing Air Mobile Rescuers back up to service.  Our inventory had gotten down to 2 units remaining.  That is the MINIMUM level so....a couple of days ago, when I pondered where to go - the answer was Haiti!


Had a very good day yesterday.  The inventory level is now 6 and counting.  Also, got another unit in the village up and going.  Will continue to get the remaining units up and in good operation.  I still marvel at the beautiful design of this unit that allows full remanufacturing!  We can keep Rescuers going world wide in this manner....and we do!  Folks, this represents a lot of clean water!!


Installed the first new "T-Valve" on a Haiti unit yesterday.  It was a bit of an historical event for me.  We are now on a quest to get that new "T-Valve" installed in every Rescuer that we can find in Haiti.


During the remanufacturing process yesterday, I found a unit that had a clogged orifice due to calcium build up.  So, had the opportunity to actually perform the "Operation".  I gave the unit an "Injection" of CLR (Calcium - Lime - Rust) and VOILA!!  It cleared the passage right out without the tedious process of dis-assembling the unit to get to the little orifice!  PRAISE GOD!  The system really works!

I found out something more about this "God Inspired" idea.  Not only could I "inject" the CLR right to the heart of the problem, but I could push on the syringe to inject the CLR and then pull back on the syringe to suck it back out again and then push it again, thus clearing the blockage in record time.  Wow, IT IS BETTER THAN I THOUGHT!  Notice the silly grin on my face.  I'm really stoked about this!

Well, it's another beautiful day.  Had a bit of a hard time sleeping last night.  Just wasn't feeling very well.  Think I might have even had a little bit of a fever.  So, I slept a little later this morning and this blog is just a bit behind my usual schedule.  Prayed last night and today, feel much better.  

Have some Rescuers that need to be "RESCUED".  Looking forward to working in my little lab.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!  May you have an extremely blessed day!!

Air Mobile Joe


11-1-12 - Thursday - 7:36am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE SANDY - A LONG "TRAIL" OF SUFFERING - QUIETLY "SLIPPING" INTO HAITI


Going back in the blogs to October 22nd (simply scroll down), we talked about "Invest 99-L".  We began tracking that storm and watched and prayed, as it "Organized" and formed into what became known as "Hurricane Sandy".  Storms happen! 

 The path of Sandy ravaged Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas and.....the East Coast.  The death toll in Haiti and the U.S. East Coast are both at 55 and the suffering is staggering.  Folks, please join together with me and PRAY for those in the wake of this terrible storm!

As you know, we've  been praying about "what direction" to go in light of this tragic storm.  Well, on Tuesday afternoon, had a very successful series of test flights with our Little Donkey following the aileron repair.  Had a decision to make.  Called Cindy and a number of friends asked them to pray with me.  My heart is just broken for all the folks in the Northeast as well as Haiti.  What should Air Mobile do?

About 5:00pm, after deep prayer, the decision was made.  Fly to Haiti immediately.  They are nearly out of replacement Rescuers.  The process began.  Called the fuel truck and began last minute shopping.  Picked up Peter from Tae Kwon Do and we began the delicate operation of "loading" up the Little Donkey.

We finished at about 9:00pm and stopped at Winn Dixie for final supplies.  Headed home and packed my bags.  Went to sleep and set the alarm a bit later than usual.  4:00am instead of 2:15am.  Needed the extra rest.

Alarm went off, rolled out of bed.  Put on the coffee and wrote yesterday's blog.  As usual, DID NOT say anything about going to Haiti.  Knew that the roads would be very dangerous due to the current food shortage.  


After topping off the tanks and pulling Ti Burik out, had a quiet word of prayer and asked the Lord for protection and guidance.  Crawled into the cockpit (never seen such a full load!) cranked up the engines, activated the runway lights and taxied into position on Runway 18.  

Paused again and prayed and asked our Lord for His protection and guidance and eased the throttles forward, rolled down the runway and flew into the early morning darkness for Haiti.


Had a few storms around, but easily worked around them.  Climbed to 17,000 feet and settled down to smooth ride.  Had very strong crosswinds, 43+ knots out of the west.  This just balanced off yielding an almost "0" wind advantage.  In the end, had about a 15 knot headwind.


Upon landing, we stood in amazement at just what a load Ti Burik carried today.  It consisted of baby formula, diapers, a lot of medicine, soup, 6  cart-tires, a big umbrella, an ice-maker, toner cartridges, label making tape, supply totes, many back-packs full of schools supplies, many little baby blankets, sump-pump, hamburgers (Bubba Burgers) and hot dogs (Nathans), sausage (Louisiana Hot Andouille), very important Air Mobile Rescuer parts and more stuff I can't remember.



My Haiti Ground Crew could only laugh in amazement at how this little bitty airplane can carry all that stuff so far.  Truly, it is just like a "Little Donkey".  We are thankful for this magnificent gift and tool to help so many people!  I count it such a privilege to be able to fly this remarkable airplane!!

Well, after a good night's sleep here in Haiti, it's time to "Get to Work".  Have supplies to deliver and a bunch of Air Mobile Rescuers that need to be modified with the new valve.  Oh, the crew that picked me up at the airport was delayed by riots in the street.  We prayed about our route back to the village and arrived safe and sound.  Praise God!

Time to get to work.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!  God Bless!!

Air Mobile Joe


10-31-12 - Wednesday - 4:35am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

THE DAY AFTER....MILLIONS WITHOUT POWER - DEATH TOLL 46 & CLIMBING!


As, now, Tropical Storm Sandy claws westward, the devastation in the path of this Super Storm is just terrible.  Millions are without power and the death toll is 46 and climbing.  


As I drive down I-95, I see convoys of Utility Trucks racing to the "Rescue".  Our country is mobilizing to help this part of the country that has been crushed by this late season storm.  Our hearts break for so many that are facing such extreme circumstances! 

As we continually say, please remember to PRAY & ask our Lord what He would have you to do!

My heart goes out to those on the islands that are still digging out of the early stages of this "Franken-Storm".  Hurricane Sandy will go down in History as one of, if not, the most destructive storm in history!  


I have to continually remind myself that our Lord never said that, there would not be storms, but that He would guide us and lead us through the storms!  He promised to never leave us nor forsake us, but would be with us to the end of the age!

With that, we press on and seek to bring clean water to the "least of these", those that can't help themselves.  I am so pleased that we are making solid progress on improving an already remarkable machine, the Air Mobile Rescuer.  


Yesterday, I did some more experimenting with the ability to give the unit an "Injection" when it is not functioning properly.  Kind of like the doctor giving us a shot when we're sick.  This technique will "revolutionize" the operation of this life-saver!


Also, yesterday, we were so blessed to go to Mims United Methodist Church and pick up a check for another Rescuer!  Praise God, this Church is enabling us to GO & share the love of God through the gift of clean water!  Thank you, Church!!

Well, it's time to head out and see what we can do to help others that are sick and thirsty.  We'll see what this day has for us as...it is the day that our Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!  

As always, THANK YOU for standing so graciously and faithfully with us.  We so appreciate your love, prayer and support!!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe 



10-30-12 - Tuesday - 7:32am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

SANDY CAME....RIGHT ON SCHEDULE - LEAVING MILLIONS IN DARKNESS & UNTOLD DAMAGE & DESTRUCTION & SUFFERING - PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE IMPACTED!

This is one for the books!  New York City has not faced such wide-spread destruction and disruption in modern history.  Hurricane Sandy, who was tracked all the way in, did exactly what many feared would happen..... and millions are "far from out of the woods throughout the Northeast"!

Thousands are trapped on Barrier Islands, i.e. Atlantic City, and the extent of the damage literally takes ones breath away.  PLEASE take a moment, as you are reading this blog and simply PRAY!!

Power will be out in areas for days, if not weeks in many areas. Tough days lie ahead for millions!  Hurricane Sandy ABSOLUTELY lived up to the predictions / projections and forecasts.  So, what do we do now?  For many, it's not "one day at a time", but one minute, one hour.  Mass Transit will be down for a long time!  


We, at Air Mobile, are standing by.  So glad that we re-installed that "re-skinned" aileron yesterday.  Our mechanics, Paul and Joe, did a masterful job of helping us to get Ti Burik back in the air.  This morning, I will be conducting test flights to verify all is well.


Meanwhile, our "Chief Water Mule", Rob was busily building Air Mobile Rescuers.  We are putting every piece together to get "clean water" flowing where most needed.  Please PRAY about helping us to fund these "Life-Savers"!

Rob will now be installing our new "T" Valve, that allows easy access to a small orifice where water is injected into the Ozone/UV chamber.  This simple addition to the Air Mobile Rescuer will better insure the flow of the life-saving clean water by allowing easy access to clear any debris that might build up.


On the way home from the hangar, at Cindy's suggestion, I stopped at a local Walgreen's Pharmacy and spoke with the Pharmacist, Kathy.  I explained our need to "Inject" CLR (Calcium-Lime-Rust) into this area and she immediately knew what I needed and....donated a hand-full of syringes that will enable us to do just that.  

Thank the Lord for Good Ideas and Helpful, Generous Folks!  Kathy, may not realize it, but she is being "recruited" into becoming a "Water Mule"!

We need to simply keep marching ahead and praying and asking our Lord where HE wants us to go.  So many are in deep need and desperation RIGHT NOW!  The path of Hurricane Sandy is long and sad filled with suffering, destruction and death!!


The death toll in the Caribbean is continuing to rise.  Of course, Haiti tops the "death toll" list.  The problem with Haiti is that they don't have the National Guard and FEMA and thousands of others resources that are already springing into action to help those, as is happening right now, in the stricken Northeast!  In spite of the problems in America, we still have the best system of rescue and help on the planet.  Believe me, when I say that!


I am so glad that Cindy thought of "Raffling" off a week in our Extreme Home over the Christmas Holiday.  Now, you can not only help us to get "Clean Water" into desperate areas, but your $100 Gift will give you a "chance" at winning a week in an "Extremely" Amazing Home to celebrate the birth of our Savior!  Now, that is a "Win-Win" situation!

If you want more details about this wonderful opportunity, and have not received our Air Mobile Letter announcing the contest, simply write me at:  www.airmobilejoe@gmail.com or pick up the phone and call me at:  321-544-7757.  Our contest ends on November 30th!

Now, it's that time.  Had the second cup of coffee and need to go fly a Little Donkey!  Need to get ready for the "Next Mission".  May I remind you again, PLEASE PRAY for the millions of folks that are still in harm's way, without electricity, cold and hungry.  Our nation has never experienced a Storm like Hurricane Sandy!  As always, THANK YOU for faithfully standing with us with your prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe


10-29-12 - Monday - 6:53am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

FOR MANY - EVACUATION NO LONGER AN OPTION - WINDS/RAIN/WATER BEGINNING TO LASH EAST COAST - A.S.A.P.!!


As Hurricane Sandy begins that "Left Turn", the Northeast is feeling the massive storm in "Real Time".  The Pressure is down to 948 Millibars....this storm has a LOT OF ENERGY!  The storm is actually picking up speed and being pulled into the Jersey Shore by another storm to the West.  This situation is not good. 


I know for a fact, that millions have not heeded the option to Evacuate.  Such is Human Nature. Have seen it again and again over the last 45 years of my own "Disaster Relief" experience.  I know that there are "millions" of reasons, but here we are.  Hurricane Sandy is "Knocking at the Door".


Now, for those Folks at are "Left Behind", this a perfect time to PRAY - remember....A.S.A.P.!!  We know the power of God and His ability to keep you in the palm of His Hand.  We pray and stand with you and ask our Lord to extend great mercy and grace during the difficult hours that lie ahead!


The Subways,Trains...all Mass Transit, in New York City have been shut down and 9000+ flights have been cancelled in anticipation of the Storm's arrival that has begun this morning.

Just picked up this weather report from the region and it captures the situation quite well:  THE LATEST ON HURRICANE SANDY  We can see that this is a VERY DANGEROUS STORM!  It appears as if millions will be without power for an extended period of time.

As I write this "Rambling Blog" the storm is just hours away from "Landfall".  So many thoughts are going through my head.  The main thing I must do is to stay focused in getting our Little Donkey prepared for the "Next Mission" and get as many Rescuers as we have parts for built and ready!

I'll be heading out the door to get those rivets for Paul, our mechanic, so that he can continue the "Re-Skin" job on that right aileron.  Will breathe a sigh of relief when Ti Burik is back in the air!

One of our main "Water Mules", Rob, has just returned from the Baltimore area (he got out just in time) and he will be building as many Air Mobile Rescuers as we have parts for.  


NOW  would be an excellent time to make a donation to Air Mobile to fund these "Life-Savers" and....with $100 or more donation, you'll receive a grand opportunity to spend a week in our Extreme Home over Christmas.  Also, the first 100 donors will receive a signed copy of "Run To The Roar", our book that chronicles the miraculous hand of our Lord in my life.  

It's that time - need to head out to get those rivets and do all we can to keep that "Clean Water" flowing.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!!

Air Mobile Joe


10-28-12 - Sunday - 7:11am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

HURRICANE SANDY...AKA "FRANKENSTORM" IS BEARING DOWN ON THE EAST COAST - DEFINITELY "BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES" - CONSIDER EVACUATION! - MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE (7.7) HITS WESTERN COAST OF CANADA - A WHOLE LOT OF SHAKIN GOING ON!


Call me crazy, but Folks, this old earth is rocking and rolling.  A massive, possibly the "Storm of the Century" is heading for one of the most populated areas on the earth.  The windbands from this Super Storm will go from Canada to Florida.  The entire East Coast of the U.S. will be effected by Hurricane Sandy!  


Landfall is looking like the Jersey Coast, but this storm is going to impact millions of folks.  


Do you recall how an "Un-named" storm knocked out electricity in the Washington DC area for nearly a week!  We can count on MASSIVE POWER OUTAGES!  We, here in America, don't do very well without electricity!  If you live in the "THREAT"areas, consider EVACUATION!

Now, believe me, I know it is not convenient or easy to Evacuate, but consider what it will be like going through days and days of no electricity.  Also, consider the very real threat of MASSIVE FLOODING!

Now, in the middle of all this "mess" on the East Coast, a MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE (7.7) occurred on the Canadian West Coast around midnight.  Initially, Tsunami Warnings were issued for as far away as Hawaii.  Those Warnings have since been lifted.  


Steadily, our mechanic, Paul, is working his way down the line with rivets on the "Re-Skinning" of our Little Donkey's right aileron.  He is down to the last 25 rivets, which I will secure for him on Monday morning.  It will be so good to have Ti Burik "Ready for Action"!!

The death toll throughout the Caribbean is 42 people, mostly from Haiti.  The rains have been relentless.  We are very eager to get into there with Rescuer parts!

I am thinking again of those 5 Wise Virgins (read on down to yesterday's blog).  Not a bad idea to GET READY.  Again, I understand that it is never easy to disrupt one's life, but don't go into DENIAL if you live in the affected areas in the path of Hurricane Sandy.  This storm is coming and it will bring a lot destruction and possibly death and.....I PRAY that the forecasters are wrong!!


Remember, it is always a good idea to PRAY!  OK, here it comes: A.S.A.P.!

The truth is, we can't PRAY too much.  But also, PREPARE, DON'T PANIC & PRAY!

It's time for me to head out to drop Peter at Church for Worship Band Practice before service.  I'll be then heading to First Baptist Cocoa Beach to preach in the place of my dear friend and brother, Ken Babbington, who lost his precious wife, Cheryl on Monday.  Please pray for Ken and children as they mourn this terrible loss.  Please pray that our Lord gives me the words to share.

As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable Prayer, Love and Support!  God Bless and....if you're in the "Threat", consider evacuating!  You will all be in our prayers!

Air Mobile Joe



10-27-12 - Saturday - 7:06am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM.....MMMM....A GOOD TIME TO PREPARE!  HURRICANE SANDY SETTING HER SIGHTS ON....WASHINGTON DC - AIR MOBILE GETTING READY - THOUGHTS ON A PARABLE OF 10 VIRGINS - PRAYER REQUEST FOR A DEAR FRIEND


Apparently, when a major storm hits the Northeast from the Southeast, a lot of water gets pushed in causing MAJOR PROBLEMS.  Now that is BAD NEWS but.....the GOOD NEWS is that those in the projected path have time to plan & prepare.  One can see from this "Sandy Rain Threat" that as much as 10 inches of rain could be experienced in the impact area, that happens to be Washington DC.  


Now, forecasters are doing a lot "jockying" around on the exact impact locations as can be seen from this "spaghetti" chart showing the many possibilities, but still, the general consensus is the DC area.


In addition to the volumes of good information about the path of Hurricance Sandy, there is a pretty good TIME-LINE.  I have found, over the years, that these forecasters are quite good.  

It's not like when I was a "youngster" and the forecasters were generally way off.  These guys (and gals) are really getting good at projecting what these storms are going to do.  Folks, this is a GIFT!


Now, if we err on any side, may we err on the conservative side.  In other words, plan for the worst and hope & pray for the best.  

You know, for those living in the path of Hurricane Sandy, may I suggest a nice outing to the West and go see the leaves changing or find some friends or family to visit.  Often, if possible, getting OUT of the "frying pan" is the best strategy.

Remember, if you do that, that the power is VERY LIKELY to go out at your home.  So, anything left in the refrigerator or freezer will not be pretty when you get back.  You can pretty much count on that.


Along the lines of PREPARING (some call it PREPPING), I am reminded of a wonderful parable given by Jesus and it involves 10 Virgins (Matthew 25).  5 were wise and 5 were not.  The main difference is that the 5 Wise Virgins, simply went to the store and bought a little extra oil when the stores were still open and the oil was readily available.  Midnight, the darkest hour, is not the "optimal" time to go and try to find some extra oil.  Now, that is something to think about!

Again, along those very lines, one of the most important things to have on hand is CLEAN WATER!  As you very well know, we have a remarkable machine, it's almost a "Miracle Machine" in that it can take very dirty water and make it very clean with just a little bit of energy.  


This Machine will allow you to SHARE your water with others.  A single Air Mobile Rescuer can provide fresh, clean drinking water to more than 500 people per day.  Now, that will make a lot of folks very happy and will likely make you a bunch of new friends!

Here's an idea.  Consider getting together with some of your family, Church Family, friends etc. and get an Air Mobile Rescuer together.  A wise Pastor once told me, "Son, by the inch, it's a cinch, by the yard it's hard".  One thing is for sure, following most any disaster, CLEAN WATER BECOMES A MAJOR ISSUE!

If you'd like to know more about the Air Mobile Rescuer and all this remarkable machine can do, don't hesitate to give me a call at:  321-544-7757.  I'd love to tell you more about it.  

Well, Hurricane Sandy has just passed us by here in Florida and is on that northeasterly course.  We did not have any real damage here, just "cleaned out" the trees and blew over some garbage cans and political signs.  Other than that, we're doing fine. 


We continue to make excellent progress on getting that Aileron for Ti Burik "Re-skinned".  Hope to have it back in the air early next week.  Then, we'll head out on our "Next Mission".  Not sure where that will be.  We're praying and asking our Lord to lead us!

I have another prayer request.  My dear friend, Pastor Ken Babbington lost his beloved wife, Cheryl, earlier this week.  Ken has asked me to preach for him this Sunday Morning.  I am both humbled and blessed to stand with my precious brother during this difficult and sad hour.  Please remember to pray for Ken and his children!  Thank you.

Here we are, at the end of another "rambling" blog.  Wow, I sure wrote a long one today.  As always, we're so THANKFUL for your precious prayer, love and support.  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe



10-26-12 - Friday - 6:28am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

HERE COMES HURRICANE SANDY! - DEATH TOLL RISING IN CARIBBEAN - MID ATLANTIC/NORTHEAST....HAVE A "GO" PLAN - AIR MOBILE GETTING READY....FOR ACTION!


Hurricane Sandy has decreased just a bit, 80+MPH from 105 MPH, and is abeam Abaco in the Bahamas.  The Bahamians are no strangers to storms and are "hunkering" down for the winds and rain but....where is Hurricane Sandy heading?  That is the big question.

Some forecasters are saying this could be the "Frankenstorm" of the Century for the Northeast.  It is still a bit early to tell exactly where this storm is heading, but one thing is for sure.  

A HUGE area of the northeast from the Carolinas to New York is going to get a LOT of Wind & Rain.  It is time NOW to prepare!  Have extra food, water, batteries, candles & have a "GO PLAN".  Be prepared to evacuate if you're living in low-lying areas!  Chances are EXCELLENT that large of areas will be WITHOUT POWER....possibly for extended periods of time!  Thank the Lord for this EARLY WARNING!


As we look at where Hurricane Sandy has been, the death toll is steadily rising and currently at 21.  Of course Haiti got a glancing blow, but Sandy still dumped relentless rain for over 2 days.  


Heard from Barbara in "The Village".  All is well, no injuries, thank the Lord!  But still thousands of the "Homeless" who are living out of doors had their "homes" destroyed by Sandy.  Jamaica and Cuba are now "digging out" from this "freak" late season storm.


I want to address again where Hurricane Sandy is heading.  If you live anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast, PLEASE, take this storm VERY SERIOUSLY!  

It is pretty much a guaranteed fact, that there will be WIDE-SPREAD power outages.  Now, think about where you are and what it would be like with NO ELECTRICITY for possibly days or even weeks!

You may want to "cook up" some that frozen stuff and stock up on ice in the event you choose to evacuate your area.  Remember, if you go inland a bit, there are many options available, i.e. hotels, family, friends, camp grounds etc.  Of course, have plenty of CLEAN WATER!!

My Cindy came up with the "Extreme Hurston Home Christmas Vacation" before Hurricane Sandy became an issue.  However, any of you considering this wonderful opportunity, know that your "donation" will go toward Air Mobile Rescuer water purifiers.  These units SAVE LIVES following disasters both, here at home and abroad!


Today, through the wind and rain, that we are currently experiencing compliments of Hurricane Sandy, Paul and Joe, our faithful mechanics are working hard to get our Little Donkey back in the air.  The progress on the aileron is proceeding nicely.  Hope to have Ti Burik up and ready in a few days.


Yesterday, while preparing supplies and working on logistics for our next mission, I had Ariana with me for a few hours.  Recently, we made a nice "Doll House" out of a couple of boxes around the hangar.  I love watching Ariana's imagination at work.  She gets so much joy out of some old boxes.  We are blessed by this little one!!


Speaking of our precious Ariana.  Yesterday, she received an award for "Outstanding Character".  She is an excellent student and very obedient.  Oh Lord, thank you again for bringing this little one into our lives!  

Some of you, who are new to this "Rambling Blog", may not know that Cindy and I adopted Ariana several years ago, after we brought her here to the U.S. for life-saving surgery.  She is doing so well and has truly been "Rescued" thanks to the Lord and many of you, who are reading this!

As always, THANK YOU for standing with us  with your prayer, love and support!!  God bless and....if you're in the path of Hurricane Sandy, stay safe and PREPARE, DON'T PANIC & PRAY!!

Air Mobile Joe





10-25-12 - Thursday - 6:53am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

HURRICANE SANDY ROARING THROUGH THE ISLANDS - NOW A CATAGORY 2 - NEXT STOP, THE BAHAMAS - FLORIDA ALREADY FEELING WINDS


2012 is already one of the most active Hurricane Seasons on record with 19 named storms!  Hurricane Sandy ROARED to life yesterday as it passed between Jamaica and Cuba.  Winds are 110mph!  


Sandy continues the northerly track and is now headed for the Bahamas.  We PRAY for all in Hurricane Sandy's Path and Wake!  Already, 2 have died in Jamaica.

The Mid Atlantic States and the Northeast may be in the path of Hurricane Sandy, but it is still difficult to project the exact path.  Best to "Batten down the Hatches" (Prepare) and PRAY!  

Just about the time one thinks the season is "winding down", a "Sandy" comes along.  Again, am so thankful for good satellite images and excellent weather forecasters.  Must admit, they've gotten quite good over the years.  

Meanwhile, we make good progress toward getting our Little Donkey back in the air.  I had to drive all over Central Florida yesterday picking up parts to keep Paul and Joe, our mechanics, moving ahead on "Re-Skinning" that right aileron.  

I hope to hear from Haiti this morning and find out how they have fared from all that wind and rain as Sandy made that glancing blow of Hispaniola.  The good thing is that we haven't heard of any deaths (not that they haven't occurred).  Haiti has not made the headlines and in this case, "No News is GOOD News".  Once we speak with Barb (Rambo in the Blue Dress), I'll let you know.

So, time to head out into this windy, blustery, rainy, dark morning.  Pray you have a blessed day and....THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

10-24-12 - Wednesday - 7:10am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

HERE COMES HURRICANE SANDY - BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN THE "ISLANDS" - BE SURE YOU HAVE CLEAN WATER!


And to think.....Hurricane Season does not end until November 30th!  2012 has been a busy season and here we are facing another one.  Was hoping...and praying that the Season would calm down but....Ms. Sandy came along.  


Looks like Hurricane Sandy will hit Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas.  Haiti will get a LOT of wind and rain, likely to cause very dangerous flooding.  We're working on getting supplies ready for our next mission there.


We received the replacement "Skin" for the right Aileron yesterday and will be working diligently to get the Ti Burik, the Little Donkey back in the air, ready for our next mission.

I am so thankful for a "System" that can get supplies into our hands so quickly!  Cessna sent that skin overnight and it arrived around 10:30 next morning.  It is easy to take this "for granted", but....having lived and worked overseas in very isolated and difficult regions, I still marvel when the "System" works! 


I quickly put the new "Skin" in Paul's hands and now, he and Joe are working on getting that aileron repaired.  Again, I am so THANKFUL to have such a strong team supporting the maintenance on our Little Donkey!



Now, here we are facing a "Late Season" Storm.  The folks in the Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and the Bahamas will be battening down the hatches.  I love this sign - "PREPARE - DON'T PANIC - PRAY"!


That is the reason we are so committed to the Air Mobile Rescuer.  This amazing machine can take the most contaminated water and make it very pure!  Clean water is VERY IMPORTANT following any disaster.  We are so thankful that we can share the Love of God by sharing clean water with needy folks! 


Did you receive the invitation to "Spend Christmas in the Hurston's Extreme-Makeover Home" this morning?  Cindy and I have come up with a cool way to get more Rescuers out into the field and offer you a chance to have a very memorable Christmas here in Sunny Florida in a very unique and beautiful home.

If you did not receive the "Invitation" this morning, then you must not be on our Air Mobile Mailing list.  Want to be?? Simpy write me at:  www.airmobilejoe@gmail.com and request to be put on the list.

Well, it's time to head out and work on a Little Donkey.  God bless and THANKS for your faithful prayer, love and support!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe






10-23-12 - Tuesday - 6:53am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

GREAT PROGRESS ON TI BURIK - TROPICS BLOWING UP! - NOW.... TROPICAL STORM SANDY - JAMAICA IN CROSS-HAIRS


Paul, our mechanic, quickly and efficiently removed the "skin" from the right aileron.  We ordered the replacement skin and it should be here this morning.  So pleased that there was no "internal damage" on the aileron, so our repair will be simple and straight-forward.  PRAISE GOD!


One last (maybe) Hurrah for Hurricanes!  She's called Sandy.  Yesterday, Invest 99-L, today, Tropical Storm Sandy and she may grow into Hurricane Sandy!  


The storm is in an ideal location to grow and become much stronger.  The conditions are right for this to happen.  As we've been saying, "The season ain't over yet"!  It's a pretty good idea to pray and ask our Lord to protect those in the path of this late season storm.  


Sandy's moving very slowly due north and for now, is headed for Jamaica and then Cuba giving a glancing blow to Haiti.

The fact that it is moving so slowly means that there is plenty of time for this storm to strengthen and it's rather difficult to project the path.  So, here we are keeping an eye on the storm and PRAYING!

So glad that our repair is going well.  Hope to have Ti Burik ready for action rather quickly. 

Time to head out and see what this day has for us.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!  

Air Mobile Joe

10-22-12 - Monday - 6:21am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

GOOD NEWS ABOUT OUR "LITTLE DONKEY"

As I shared in yesterday's blog, Ti Burik, our Little Donkey, got a little "ding" on the right aileron on Saturday.  I had scheduled to meet Paul, our mechanic, this morning.  But...I just could not just sit for a day without getting another professional opinion as to the extent of the damage. 

So, yesterday, Joe, our other excellent mechanic who works very closely with Paul, met me at the airport.  The report:  Joe has done this kind of repair before and it's "no big deal".  Ahhh, great relief!


We'll be meeting this morning and removing the aileron (here is a file photo of an aileron).  Then taking it over to Joe's Shop and beginning the process of re-skinning the damaged area.  This should take at least 3 days.  Sure don't like it when the Little Donkey is not "Air-Worthy"!


You know, in life, "Stuff" happens.  I must admit, when I heard the "crunch" on Saturday, as I said, "My heart was broken".  Dennis and Peter were with me and we IMMEDIATELY went to prayer.  It was not easy for me, but we simply exercised that wonderful acronym:  


Our mission of bringing CLEAN WATER to the thirsty & needy is a serious mission and the Little Donkey plays a vital role in that mission.  That is the reason that we're working hard and fast to get it back into the air ASAP!  One does not know when circumstances will arise that requires clean water RIGHT NOW!


We've been tracking the conditions in the Tropics and guess what?  There are still some storms brewing down there.  We're keeping an eye on Invest 90-L and particularly Invest 99-L.  As we monitor them, let's pray that these storms simply will not become "Organized" and that they just blow themselves out!  Remember, it NEVER hurts to PRAY!

So, it's time to head out the door and meet our great mechanics, Paul & Joe, and get a certain Little Donkey back in the air.  As always, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your faithful prayer, love and support!!  May you be blessed today and remember, no matter what happens.....A.S.A.P.!!

Air Mobile Joe



10-21-12 - Sunday - 8:17am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe


GREAT TIME AT F.I.T. AVIATION DAY - RECRUITING WATER MULES - A LITTLE DONKEY GETS "DINGED" 

Peter, Dennis and I loaded up the Little Donkey and flew a short 26 miles to Melbourne and spent the day with Aviation Enthusiasts and a lot of Alumni from Florida Institute of Technology.  It was a GREAT DAY!


We had such a wonderful range of visitors at our Air Mobile Display ranging from young prospective pilots to Veterans from World War II.  In this shot, we were with a former B-17 Crew Chief and a Flight Instructor for the PBM (Anti Submarine Amphibian).  I promised to come and have a cup of coffee with these gentlemen at a later time and learn more of their service and adventures during "The War". 


It was joy to meet with Pastor Renado from Brazil.  He and Leandro brought over a nice supply of medications for Haiti. 

I'm going to do a quick post on this blog but plan to come back and add a bit more.  Have to get Peter to Church early as he plays in the Church Worship Band.  Check back in a bit for a little more rambling blog.

OK - I'm back (from dropping Peter) and the rambling continues.  Was particularly blessed to have my Flight Instructor, Glen, show up.  As the folks kept coming by, soon, Glen had already begun doing the work of a Genuine Water Mule!  He was explaining and demonstrating the Rescuer and telling all about how the Little Donkey can so strategically deliver these life-savers.  I just sat back and watched another "Water Mule" coming on board.  Welcome, Glen!!


Of course, one of our most faithful original "Water Mules", Dennis was there to do whatever needed to be done to help us to keep "Clean Water Flowing"!  We are so blessed to have such "troops"!!

Well, now here is a bit of sadness and a special prayer request.  Our Little Donkey flew just beautifully yesterday.  I even did a couple of demonstation Short-Field Take-Off and Landings.  However, when we were putting this precious Little Donkey up in the barn (our hangar), a vehicle was parked just a bit too close and DING.....our right aileron got crunched.  OUCH!  My heart is broken but....our Lord mends broken hearts!

I was on the phone with Paul, our mechanic, within minutes and we're scheduled to meet tomorrow morning to assess the damage and implement the repair.  So....PLEASE join together with us to get this precious Little Donkey back into the air A.S.A.P. (mmmm, that has several meanings).  

Well, it's time for us to head to Church.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support.  God bless!!  

Air Mobile Joe


10-20-12 - Saturday - 5:55am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

AIR MOBILE HEADING TO "AVIATION DAY" AT FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (F.I.T.) - "WATER MULES" IN ACTION - TROPICS STILL HAS A KICK


Up early this morning, getting ready to fly our Little Donkey, AKA Ti Burik, to Melbourne to participate in "Aviation Day".  This Annual Event is sponsored by F.I.T. to promote aviation progress and opportunity.  F.I.T. has a "World-Class" Flight Training operation and we count it a great joy and privilege to be invited in again this year.  Looking forward to the day!

We'll have Ti Burik on display and also will be able to demonstrate the Air Mobile Rescuer!  I love speaking with students and encouraging them to "invent to save lives!!"  We are also thankful to F.I.T. for their gracious gift of Scholarships for our children!  This is a wonderful school and again, we are blessed to be with them today!


Recruited a dear friend and local Pastor, Dave to come and become a genuine Air Mobile "Water Mule".  Needed to prepare our Little Donkey for the F.I.T. event today and Pastor Dave gladly pitched in with some "Elbow Grease" and polished & shined Ti Burik.  We spent the day together working and fellowshipping in the Word.  David is a dear friend and it was really great having him with me for the day.


While we were out and about running errands, got in touch with Roger Miller (not the singer).  Roger is a very accomplished Director / Producer and made a wonderful mini-documentary of Air Mobile recently.  We needed some extra copies and arranged to meet Brother Roger (also a Premier Water Mule) along the way.  Again, Air Mobile is so blessed to have men like Pastor Dave and Roger Miller!!

This morning, I'll be picking up Dennis West....another great Water Mule and he'll be joining Peter and I at the F.I.T. Aviation Day.  One never knows what one will be doing as a "Water Mule".

If you live in the Melbourne, FL area, consider coming out and joining us.  Would love to see you!  Simply go to the Melbourne Airport and follow the signs to the F.I.T. Aviation Day or give me a call at 321-544-7757 and I'll give you directions. 


Checked out the "Quiet Tropics" this morning and found out that there's still a bit of kick left in this season.  We're keeping an eye on a couple of areas that are "brewing".  We pray that they simply dissipate and "go away".  Would love to close this season out "quietly"!

Well, time to head out and go to the "Show".  Hope to see you!  As always, we're so appreciative to you for your love, prayer and support!!

Air Mobile Joe



10-19-12 - Friday - 7:23am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

THE RETURN OF A PREMIER "WATER MULE" - FUEL TANKS.... ALL READING WELL - VISIT FROM OTHER ADOPTIVE PARENTS - ALL CALM IN THE TROPICS


Dennis and Barbara West are "Snow Birds" and all I can say is, we are blessed to have them back in Florida!  

Dennis has traveled all over the world with Air Mobile and knows the Rescuer as well as anyone alive!  Barb does our Air Mobile books and helps in so many ways.  Again, where would we, be without folks like Dennis and Barb (both, Premier Water Mules!)?  Our Lord surely knows how to deploy His troops!!

Dennis and I spent the day going over plans to turn out an unlimited number of Air Mobile Rescuers.  We plan to set up multiple assembly locations, so as to assure rapid and reliable delivery of these life-saving devices.  


Do you want to be a "Water Mule" (if you're not one already)?  It's easy.  All you need is a willing heart to serve with whatever gift(s) you have and contact us at Air Mobile.  We'll find a place for you!  Here's my cell # - 321-544-7757.  Give me a call.


Our wonderful and gifted mechanic, Paul found that last "little gremlin" that was causing our fuel tanks to not read properly.  Between he and Larry (our very own "Mister Wizard"), he got ALL fuel tanks...and we have 14 in Ti Burik, to read correctly.  Great job Paul!! 


At the end of this long day, we had Kevin and Mandy over to see our Extreme Home.  They have adopted 3 children from Haiti.  Their oldest daughter is in school studying to be a Pediatrician.  Our little Ariana enjoyed making new friends with kids that also came from Haiti.  

We had a delightful time visiting and sharing stories.  Mandy, who is a nurse, was in Haiti during the earthquake.  We were so glad to have her there in those dark hours following that terrible quake.  Again, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops!


For the first time, in a long time, things are quiet in the Tropics.  No major storms working.  Just a few more weeks and this very active season will be closing.  All I can say is:  THANK THE LORD!

Today will be busy.  We're preparing for a Fly-In at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).  We've been invited to fly Ti Burik in and demonstrate the amazing Air Mobile Rescuer tomorrow.  FIT is very dear to the Hurston Family, as we have received "Full-Ride" Scholarships for a number of our children.  THANK YOU F.I.T.!!

Time to head out into this beautiful day that our Lord has made.  We have so much for which to be THANKFUL!  We are especially thankful to our Lord for you!  We truly appreciate your love, prayer and support!  May you blessed today!

Air Mobile Joe

10-18-12 - Thursday - 7:10am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

AHHH - LOVE THE STRONG SIGNAL - THERE'S A MESSAGE THERE


One can certainly take the "Internet" for granted.  But....what happens when we can't get "on-line".  Even though, while up in Tennessee, I managed to "scrounge" out the tiniest bit of signal.  I certainly began having a measure of "withdrawal" from not being able to freely "access the information highway".  Whoa, sure would hate to lose "the signal" all together!

Along with the lack of internet strength, up in the woods and mountains of Tennessee, there is also the lack of "cell phone" coverage.  Those mountains pose a rather serious challenge for squeezing those signals down into the valleys.  But folks, the views and the wonder of Tennessee are absolutely spectacular, even without easy access to the internet!  

While we were up there for a few days, I just had a feeling that there was the slightest bit of a signal around.  So, I searched high and low, even put the phone up in a tree and finally, found the tiniest bit of signal.  Oh, it was slow, but with great patience and care, managed to write a couple quick blogs and get them posted (though a bit later than usual).


Now, it is often the case, with us humans, that one does not APPRECIATE something until we lose it or have a real hard time getting it.  This morning, I still marvel when I look down and see all of those wonderful bars of strength and know that I can even post pictures and do a quick "Google" Search and check the news and the weather and on and on.  I AM THANKFUL for the signal.  Mmmmm, there is a message here.

The truth is, our Lord truly wants to communicate with us because....HE loves us!  Ahhh, there is the message for the day.  If we search for HIM, we will find HIM and HE has lots to say to us, again....because HE loves us more than we could ever imagine!

Now, having that second cup of coffee and being able to Communicate freely with the Lord (and with you), now, that is a good day.  

So, today, it's back to the routine of getting a little airplane ready for the next mission.  Securing supplies for folks that are thirsty and hungry and in need.  Time to get some more Rescuers up and going.  Folks, it's good to be home!

Oh, we are working on getting a solid internet connection up in Tennessee.  It just takes a while.  So, maybe, the next time we wander on up to that "neck of the woods", we'll be able to communicate a bit more freely.  In the meantime, I'm relishing the good connection. 

Time to head out into this day. As always, THANK YOU for you for your faithful love, prayer and support!!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

10-17-12 - Wednesday - 10:47am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

ALL NIGHT....ON THE ROAD - GOOD TO BE HOME & HAVE A STRONG SIGNAL!

We LOVE the mountains of Tennessee but.....the signals are not the best.  So missed being able to get up, have that great cup of coffee and "Ramble in the Blog".  Well, we're working on that.


Yesterday, we spent the day getting our brake lines all repaired and thanks to Roger, The Mechanic, we got her all done about 6:00 yesterday evening.  

Then, we dashed home....743 miles!  We drove all night and arrived just in time to drop Peter at his High School, Cindy to her job at the Juvenile Detention Center and Ariana at her school.

Now, I'm home and have about 10 minutes to shower and change and rush to my meeting at 11:30.  


But, had to share a shot with you of the the Hurston's with the Retreat House way in the background.  Oh, there's a lot of good news to share, but it will have to wait. Running out of time.  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe


9:36am – October 16, 2012 – Tuesday – Sneedville, TN – Air Mobile Retreat – Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe

IN THE MOUNTAINS – VERY LITTLE “SIGNAL”

Have hoisted my phone into trees, placed it all over the place here at our “Retreat House” and just managed to squeak out the tiniest signal to zip out a quick blog.  We plan to be on the road this afternoon, and I’ll try to send out a little report. 

Oh, folks, as our Lord created this beautiful earth, Cindy and I believe that he spent just a little extra time here in East Tennessee.  We’re located in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains and the view literally takes our breath away. 

There is so much more that I want to share, but the very, very limited signal forces me to simpy shoot out this very brief report.  All I can say is, “wish you were here with us!”

Air Mobile Joe



8:17am - October 15, 2012 – Monday – Sneedville, TN – Air Mobile Retreat House – Report Prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

BLOW OUT - HURSTON'S IN THE MOUNTAINS....."RETREAT" 

After driving 740 miles from Cocoa, FL to Sneedville TN, I only have one incident to report – a "Blow-Out".  Occurred on I-40 in the winding mountains of Tennessee.  Felt the front end begin to shake and then…POW – the right front tire simply blew.

We were just about 2 feet off of the road and the trucks really rocked the old Bounder as we awaited AAA....we prayed a lot!  Once the driver arrived and changed the tire, we noted that the brake line had been damaged by the disintegrating tire.  That was a good find.  We “pinched” the line off and I carefully wound our way to Sneedville with only 3 tires with brakes. 

Now, there is no signal at this “Retreat” house, so I’m writing the blog in “Word” and once going to town, will download it to Blogger.  So, this one will arrive a bit late this morning.

Notice, I referred to our Location as a Retreat.  The word, retreat, has many meanings and this property will likely fulfill many of them.  More to come later.  Time to head into some meetings.  As always, THANK YOU for your gracious prayer, love and support!

Air Mobile Joe


10-14-12 - Sunday - 8:48am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Somewhere in South Carolina on I-26 - Air Mobile Fleetwood Bounder - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

SWEET VICTORY! & ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Peter and I headed to Dogs-R-Us with a certain amount of trepidation.  The LSU Tigers took on the South Carolina Gamecocks and were the clear underdog.  Well, the evening played out and guess what...LSU won a real nail-biter, LSU 23 - SC 21.  Oh, Sweet Victory!


We then headed home and finished the loading of our old  Bounder.  At 2:00am we "Hit the Road".  Here, Cindy is driving and the wheels have not stopped turning since we departed.  We'll be in Tennessee this afternoon.  There is a pleasant "nip in the air".

We'll be up here for a few days.  Oh, it is just so beautiful.  I DO believe that when our Lord made the earth, He spent a little extra time on this "neck of the woods"!

Well, it's my time to drive so have to close out the "rambling blog".  May you have a blessed Sunday.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

10-13-12 - Saturday - 7:02am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

"PREPPING" THE BOUNDER - ENCOURAGING A STUDENT AIRCRAFT MECHANIC - NEW TROPICAL STORM NAMED, RAFAEL!


About 10 years ago, Cindy and I bought an old Fleetwood Bounder motorhome.  It is now 20 years old & still running & actually, in pretty good shape.  The reason:  we have excellent mechanics, such as Richard, another electrical genius! 

Richard has kept every electrical circuit working on this old coach since we got it.  Our latest glitch was the brake lights.  Now, when you're rumbling down the highway and hit the brakes, you really wants those lights to come on, to let the folks behind you know that you're slowing down!


Yesterday, I watched Richard, like a good detective, just keep digging and digging until...voila, he found the gremlin.  Just like watching a "Master" at work!

As I watch (and admire) men like Richard, our Bounder mechanic and Paul our aircraft mechanic and Larry our other electrical guru who provides vital support for the Little Donkey and the Air Mobile Rescuer, my heart is overwhelmed with thanksgiving!  Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy his troops.

I also realize that the skills that these men have gained have taken years & years & years.  In other words, these giants of wisdom are senior citizens.  So....where does that leave us as they get older??

Yesterday, I met a young man named Hunter.  He is a student aircraft mechanic and wants to go on to become a pilot &.....use his skills for the Glory of God!  Thank you Lord for putting that into Hunter's heart!


I am so glad that Hunter called me recently just to get some advice and counsel as he navigates down this Aviation Career road.  After spending some quality time with this young man, my heart rejoiced at seeing his sincere desire to learn and serve.  

Of course, I encouraged him to find men like Richard, Paul and Larry to mentor him.  So much can be learned from our Senior Citizens who have seen and done so many things!  I gladly gave Hunter a copy of Run to the Roar to encourage him in his Aviation quest and ministry!

After meeting Hunter, picked up some "old" new transistors from an electronic store in Melbourne.  These guys can still find almost anything to keep "old" airplanes and motorhomes running.  Thank the Lord for such suppliers.  I pray they keep on providing us with the parts we need to keep the old stuff going!


As we look at the tropics, that system, Invest 98-L, that we've  been tracking has now become a named storm, Tropical Storm Rafael.  It is getting dangerously close to Haiti but...it is forecast to make a pretty significant turn to the north.  


Certainly pray this is the case!  Rafael is huge and producing a lot of thunder storms.  Let us join together and pray that Rafael just turns north away from people!  As we observe the Satellite Image, Haiti is just tucked right in the middle, somewhat surrounded.  A lot of people are VERY vulnerable and the last thing they need right now is a big storm!

Yesterday, "Patty" became a Tropical Storm, but has weakened to become a Tropical Depression.  Thank the Lord!  

Over on the Pacific side, Invest 97-E is still brewing and spewing.  We hope and pray it remains offshore, again, away from folks.

Well, today, we'll be preparing our Old Bounder for a quick road trip up to Tennessee.  We'll be spending a couple of days up there.  You know, just a thought for you.  When Cindy and I bought the Bounder, we paid an incredibly low price for the old coach (it was ridiculously cheap!).  Over the years, it has been a tremendous source of pleasure for our family.  


We have so many pleasant and often funny stories (Remember that movie: "RV" with Robin Williams?).  When watching that movie, I laughed until I cried.    

In addition to giving wonderful get-aways for our family (& lots of great memories), the Bounder is also an incredible Survival Tool.  It provides us with back-up everything, i.e. kitchen, bathroom, water, electricity, bedrooms, transportation etc.  

Over the years, we've used the Bounder to travel to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.  The Bounder has blessed  lot of people over the years!  

Here's a thought.  Look around, check Craig's List/E-Bay, and see if you can find a super deal on an old motorhome.  Now, I know that some reading this blog may be struggling with your finances and please, don't take offense at my mentioning this.  Others, however, just may have a little extra money and could pick up a sweet deal.  Of course, PRAY about it and ask our Lord to lead you!  

And, this evening, Peter and I will be heading over to Dogs-R-Us to watch another great shoot-out between our beloved LSU Tigers (ranked #9) and the South Carolina Gamecocks (ranked #3).  Now, these guys have a great coach, Steve Spurrier.  I have nothing but respect for the "Old Ball Coach".  The game will be played out in Tiger Stadium, better known as "Death Valley".  The Tigers have a lot to prove following the loss to Florida last week.  So....we're a bit nervous, but excited about the game this evening.

Wow, I've wandered all over the place today with this "rambling" blog.  Thanks for reading all the way to the end.  Also, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support.  May our Lord bless you richly today.

Air Mobile Joe       

10-12-12 - Friday - 7:56am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

"TESTY DEBATE" - ARIANA AND A BOX - TROPICS STILL PERCOLATING 


Yesterday evening we saw Democracy at work in a very spirited, even "testy" debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Vice President Candidate Paul Ryan.  I've been in many countries, where such an event, would simply not take place.  I am so glad that we have the opportunity to "Choose" (to some degree) our leaders.  

Again, Folks, Voting is a matter of extreme importance.  Remember, "Not Voting" is Voting.  Please PRAY earnestly for these upcoming elections and VOTE PRAYERFULLY!


Yesterday, had the opportunity to deliver another Air Mobile Rescuer to Allan.  Now, Allan is an engineer and inventor.  He is developing an amazing "Battery" that simply runs on "salt water".  

We are in the process of "pairing up" the Rescuer with Allan's amazing battery.  Stay tuned for more exciting developments on the "Journey of the Rescuer"!

On Thursday's after school, Peter has Tae Kwon Do practice and I have Ariana for the afternoon.  My "little office" in the hangar can possibly be a pretty boring place for a very imaginative 7 year old girl.  But then, there is the "box".  


Ariana has gained a new appreciation for the simple Box.  In this shot, she is "sitting" on the box.  It makes a nice chair.


It also makes a nice "Car", the Ariana Dream Car.


The humble Ducky Diaper Box also makes a nice "Dog House" and in this shot, Ariana is the Dog.


But best of all, the Little Box makes a nice bedroom, where Ariana can take a nap....and she did while I did some Air Mobile paper work. It's a real pleasure bringing Ariana to the "hangar office" with me.  I love watching her imagination at work.


Now, on to the tropics...."Season Ain't Over Yet"!!  Invest 97-L has become  Tropical Storm Patty, the 16th named storm of the 2012 Season.  Those same "upper level winds" are preventing TS Patty from extreme development, but none the less, this storm is showing very strong resiliency.

Meanwhile, Invest 98-L, in the southern Atlantic is continuing to brew and percolate.  There is a lot of convective activity going on and we're continuing to PRAY for those storms to not get "organized" and do damage!  PLEASE PRAY this is the case! Remember, our Lord hears our prayers!!

Well, today I'm expecting some "transistors" to get the Little Donkey's instrument panel lights back up and working.  Again, so THANKFUL for Larry, our very own "Mister Wizard" who works so closely with Paul, our aircraft mechanic to keep Ti Burik in tip top condition.

Also, going to be meeting another young man who has a deep interest in "Mission Aviation".  I love spending time with those who have such a desire.  We need Mission Aviators and I want to do all I can to encourage and help give some counsel and direction to those with such interests.

So, it's time to head into this new day that our Lord has made.  I pray that you are extremely blessed today.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

10-11-12 - Thursday - 7:38am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

MORE RESCUERS TO THE RESCUE - PILOT FROM SPAIN - TROPICS STILL ACTIVE


Had a delightful meeting with David from Spain.  Since David was a young boy, he has wanted to fly.  So....he took the "Leap of Faith", sold his home in Spain and came to America to get that long desired flight training.  I love hearing stories like that.  After spending some time and sharing a good cup of coffee with David, I could see the hand of our Lord on this young man.

David is continuing his flight training and currently going for his Multi-Engine / Instrument rating.  We'll stay in touch.  One thing is for sure, "Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops....& pilots"!


Had another good day, getting another Rescue ready for action.  Actually learning better how to "pluck" the cases.  This particular unit has the new valve that allows the easy access to clean out the pressure switch / venturi area.  I'm really looking forward to modifying every single Rescuer that we come across in the "field".


Do you recall that system that we've been tracking, Invest 97-L and how it seemed to diminish yesterday?  Well.....it's back.  Those upper level winds, though giving this storm system a very hard time, just haven't been strong enough to destroy this system and....Invest 97-L is back.  We'll keep a very close eye on this one!

You'll notice, that in the lower right of this Satellite Image, Invest 98-L is still rumbling along the south Atlantic Track.  This course can produce major problems for the Windward / Puerto Rico / Dominican Republic / Haiti / Jamaica / Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico.  Invest 98- has plenty of time to "Organize" and we are praying that is just does not "get it's act together" and simply goes away.  

Not a bad way to pray.  I love "tracking" these things and praying each day.  A lot of folks are in the path so our prayers are important....and remember, our Lord hears our prayers!  So....here is my usual reminder:  A.S.A.P.!

It's that time....need to head out into this day that our Lord has made.  Just a reminder, check out the VP Debates this evening.  I'm still "kind of chuckling" at the Big Bird story from yesterday.  Yet, we have some very serious issues facing our nation and the world and it behooves us all to PRAY as we go to Vote!  As always, truly love and appreciate your prayer, love and support!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

10-10-12 - Wednesday - 6:15am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

NAVIGATING THROUGH THE TIMES - SHARING THE RESCUER STORY...AN INCREDIBLE MACHINE! - TRACKING THE TROPICS


Interesting Headlines ranging from Big Bird to "It was not the video" that caused the Libya attack, according to the U.S. State Department (according to sources, they never believed it was the "Video").  Some pretty serious issues!  Ahhhh, U.S. Politics, an interesting study in human nature.  Big Bird??......, seriously now!

With just 27 days to go until Election Day, we'll likely see even more "interesting" Headlines.  May I encourage you to "wade through the muddle" and seek clear direction from the Lord regarding your pick for President.


Yesterday, Cindy and I spoke to the Cocoa Ladies Club.  The "Clubhouse" is being rebuilt, so we met in one of the members' home.  Folks, I love to share the story about this Treasure that our Lord has placed into our hands.  It yields the "Gift of Clean Water"!


Then headed into our Rescuer Manufacturing Facility and continued to build Rescuers.  I "Plucked" my first case.  I'm enjoying learning all of the aspects of the manufacture of the Air Mobile Rescuer.  Been doing "field repairs" for years, but never did all of the aspects of actually taking a Rescuer through the whole building process.  

What a beautiful machine!  I'm still amazed that such a small device can do so much, and is saving lives, everyday, all around the world!  Cindy and I count ourselves so fortunate to be part this remarkable ministry!


Still, the Tropics continue to spawn storms and we're watching one, Invest 98-L, that is rumbling across the Southern Atlantic.  We're continuing to pray that this storm just doesn't "get organized".  

Oh, the storm that we've been tracking off the Bahamas, Invest 97-L, has been "sheared" by those upper level winds.  The storms, as of today, are not threatening folks or property.  Thank the Lord!

Today, I'll be meeting a pilot from Spain who wants to serve the Lord with his flying skills.  Love meetings like that.  Paul and I will also be doing some engine run-ups to verify that both turbo's on Ti Burik are "turbo-ing" properly.  Larry, our electronics guru, is in the final phases of getting our fuel indication systems all up to speed.  So, it's going to be a full day.

As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support.  We pray that you are extremely blessed today!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

10-9-12 - Tuesday - 7:35am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

"HEAVEN IS REAL" - NEUROSURGEON DESCRIBES HIS OWN EXPERIENCE...  AN ENCOURAGING NOTE FROM A JUDGE - RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS / AIRPLANES - TROPICS HEATING UP


Came across this wonderful article yesterday about a Neurosurgeon who had his own "out-of-body" / near death experience.  Dr. Eben Alexander lay in a coma, with a condition that should have left him a complete vegetable or worse,  for 7 days and suddenly "woke up".  Did he have a story to tell!  Here is the article:  "Heaven is Real"! Neurosurgeon describes....his own experience

From time to time, I think about "Heaven". Oh, I believe with all my heart, that heaven is real.  But when a story, like Dr. Alexander's, comes along, it's nice to share and to encourage one another!  There is so much more to this old life than just what we see!!  One of the first things that Dr. Alexander experienced "on the other side" was God's awesome love and grace!  This is a message we all need to hear.

OK, along those lines, I'd like to tell you a story.  Recently, I was enroute to pick up the son of dear Missionary friend.  The son, too, had become a missionary following in his's father's footsteps.  I actually flew in "non-lactose" milk for this kid when he was an infant.

Well, recently, he and his wife and new baby had a terrible medical experience.  During the birth of their little daughter, complications set in and one thing led to another.  Mother and baby had to be flown to America for further treatment.  David had to return to the Dominican Republic to "close up" his mission.  I was enroute to pick him up.  


Now, my mind WAS NOT on my driving.  The speed limit changed from 70mph to 60mph.  I was doing a solid 80mph and got busted.  The trooper had no grace and there I had the ticket that I certainly deserved.  Sure didn't want those points on my record.

So, after gathering up the money for the fine, I called the Clerk of Court and asked if there was anything I could do to get those points off my record.  She suggested I simply write the Judge.  Got his name and address and did just that.

I clearly admitted that I was wrong and guilty.  Went on to describe the circumstances and told him a bit about the work we do.  I then, simply asked him for GRACE regarding those points!  Sent the letter and awaited the reply.

This weekend, got a letter back.  REQUEST - GRANTED!  ADJUDICATION WITH-HELD. I certainly did not DESERVE this grace.  I was clearly guilty.  I simply ASKED for GRACE and the Judge granted it.  There, my little story for the day.


Yesterday, had a very nice visit from a local Electrical Engineer and Inventor, Chris along with his friend Eric.  Chris and I share the same mechanic, Paul.  We are both very blessed to have Paul.  Chris flies a beautiful Cessna 337 Skymaster.  He and his wife want to bring in some supplies and toys for an orphanage in Haiti. We know the orphanage quite well and have provided clean water to them for years.

We discussed the routing and the procedures for flying to Haiti.  I believe that Chris and his wife, who is also a Doctor, will be joining us on future trips to Haiti.  Eric, who is in the Air Force has a heart and desire to serve the Lord and help where needed.  Yes, it was a good day of  "Recruiting"!


Remember, "The season ain't over"! Olivia, in the Pacific is diminishing but Invest 97-L and Invest 98-L are looming.  Invest 97-L is threatening the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands.  However, upper level winds are shearing the storm and it may not develop.  Keep on praying!  

Meanwhile, Invest 98-L is forming in a part of the Atlantic that can cause major problems to the Windward / Leewards, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.  We're watching that one and praying that is just does not organize and grow!  Stay tuned.

This morning, my Cindy and I will be speaking to a Ladies Group in Cocoa.  We love telling the Air Mobile story.  Then, later, will be test flying the Little Donkey.  Paul has done some adjustments to the front turbo.  Then, will be continuing to build Rescuers...and awaiting our builders to return.  Was at our shop late yesterday evening learning to "pluck" the cases.  

Time to feed the chickens and head out the door.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe  


10-8-12 - Monday - 6:45am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

 BRINGING GOOD NEWS "BEHIND BARS" - DAUGHTER, ANGELICA, CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY AT WORK - SPACE-X ROCKET LIGHTS UP NIGHT SKY WITH SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH - RUMBLING IN THE TROPICS

Had a wonderful Sunday.  First to Church and then to the Hospital to minister with the young people.  We're going through the Book of John and now we're on Chapter 13.  We rotate among ourselves who will share the Good News.  The rotation fell to me.  Can't begin to tell you how precious this ministry is to us.  

The program is completely voluntary and about 80% of all residents come.  This is sweet.  Many of these young people are "Court Ordered" for treatment. We are so thankful that for the last 15 years, we've been able to share the wonder and love of Jesus "behind these bars".

From the Hospital in Orlando we hit the road for Melbourne to surprise our Daughter, Angelica who was celebrating her Birthday at work.  We just showed up at the Cracker Barrel where she works with a bunch of balloons & flowers.  Yes, she was surprised.  We're so proud of Angelica who is studying Forensic Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology.


Later, yesterday evening, while heading home from Peter's Youth meeting, we saw the sky light up.  Another beautiful launch.  This time, the Space-X Dragon lifting a Capsule full of supplies for the International Space Station (ISS).


The Capsule will not only deliver supplies (about 1000 pounds) to the ISS, but it will be able to bring back "stuff".  This is a rather important function and I'm so glad that our Space Program is continuing with the Private Sector playing such an important role.

One of the major differences between the Government operation and the Private Sector operation is the dramatic decrease in jobs.  Well, this is good and bad, but in the end....more good than bad.  The reason being....more efficiency and less waste.  OK, there I said it!

There is one other thing I'd like to mention.  Of course, we're excited about the fact that the ISS is being supported by American technology and labor, but also, there is a chance, though a "long shot" that a certain little water purifier just might head into outer space.  But...again, this is a long, long, long, long shot.  But it is a shot.  Stay tuned!


Remember, the Hurricane Season IS NOT OVER!  There is some "Rumbling" down in the tropics & the Pacific.  Actually looking at a couple of systems.  Invest 97-L is kind of close to home.  We're praying for upper level winds to just "shear" that system apart and keep it away from the Bahamas, Florida and the East Coast.  

There's another Tropical Wave that has formed off the coast of Africa and we're keeping a close and "prayerful" eye on it.  Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Olivia is barreling ahead in the Pacific.

Now, I know that it kind of sounds "crazy" to PRAY that these storms to just not hurt folks and tear things up.  But I say, WHY NOT PRAY??  Our Lord simply urges us to ASK, SEEK, KNOCK (Matthew 7:7) and doesn't put any real limits on those prayers.  


We should always pray for HIS will to be done (The Our Father), but the most important thing to do is simply PRAY.  Speak to the Lord about things that are on your heart. I can assure you, your day will go better if you pray.  And here's my reminder:  A.S.A.P.

Time to head out into this day that our Lord has made.  Pray you are blessed today.  THANKS, as always for your faithful love, prayer and support.  

Air Mobile Joe    

10-7-12 - Sunday - 7:35am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

SUCCESS IN KENYA - CLEAN WATER FLOWING AGAIN!  - FUN AT THE MULLET FESTIVAL & LSU......LOST


Peter, Ariana & I loaded up and headed to the little town of Mims (just north of Titusville) to the Annual Mullet Festival.  

Mims United Methodist Church is raising money to put an Air Mobile Rescuer in Haiti and they invited us to this annual "get together" to tell folks about the wonderful Air Mobile Rescuer.  Peter was a big help in doing the set up.


Ariana is a joy to have during such events because folks just love this little one.

We had a steady stream of folks coming by and asking about this "Miracle Machine".  While there, I checked my e-mail and got the response that I was hoping for from Pastor Simon in Kenya.  

Here is the e-mail:


Dear Joe,

Blessed be the Name of God. You are a precious gift to us. After the jumping procedure the UV light came on. I will follow the process of clearing the debris which are highly pronounced. The membership of the church will get water tomorrow during service and also our friends living with HIV. May my God abundantly bless you. Yours was commitment beyond expectation, may God reward that. On Monday I will do a mail to you highlighting our activities and make a formal request for your consideration for partnership.

Have a blessed weekend.

Best regards,

Simon 

Simon's Ministry to the poor and sick is a true blessing and I'm so glad that we can participate in this outreach with him.  Today, CLEAN WATER will flow!

Now, on to some sad news....after the fun time at the Mims Annual Mullet Festival, we headed over to Dogs-R-Us and.....our LSU Tigers were simply out-played by some hungry Florida Gators.  Oh well, we win some and....we lose some.

Today is a new day.  Sunday in the Hurston home.  We're getting ready for Church and then will be heading Orlando to minister with the young people in the Hospital.  We pray you have a blessed day and know what a vital part of this ministry you are with your faithful prayer, love and support!  So glad the clean water is flowing again in that slum just outside of Nairobi.  You are part of that!  THANKS AGAIN!

Air Mobile Joe




10-6-12 - Saturday - 7:03am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

AN E-MAIL FROM KENYA - RESCUER "DOWN" - RECEIVE AN EPHIPHANY! - AIR MOBILE TO THE MIMS MULLET FESTIVAL


Got an e-mail from Kenya - Rescuer "Down".  The UV light was not working.  I immediately wrote some tests to conduct.  A quick response.  Still not working.  The next 2 tests were sent.  Still awaiting the results.  As I was sitting there pondering how we could get this unit back up I had an EPHIPHANY!


I dashed to our shop where we build the Rescuer and started right to work.  I cut the water line going from Ceramic filter to the "Heart" of the Rescuer and inserted a fitting that would allow easy access to "back-flush" any debris that might build up in the pressure switch area (and clear the venturi).


Then I inserted a small piece of piping and "blew" on it.  The pressure distributed exactly as I hoped and the passage way was instantly cleared.  Now, this little fitting that cost $1.50 and included the plug and the clips will "Revolutionize" clearing out debris that can "clog" the system.  (Within minutes, was on the phone with our fitting supplier and ordered 50 fitting sets!)  

It only takes about a minute to install and, our operators world-wide can easily keep their Rescuer's running and continue to bring clean water into desperate areas.

I would like to share with you the e-mail from Pastor Simon in Kenya.  This plea for help so clearly demonstrates how important these Rescuers are in the field.  Here you go:


Dear Joe,
I salute you in the matchless Name of Jesus Christ. God bless you for the prompt response to my enquiry on our purifier. I diligently followed your instructions and removed the Ceremic filter and connected the purifier to power without the filter but the UV light didn't light. Afterwards I cleaned the filter with the green scotch bright scrubby supplied together with the purifier and again the UV light did not light. Kindly advice further.
This purifier has been a critical pillar in supply of clean drinking water to a group of HIV infected women and children and church members in a slum where our church is located in Athi-river town, 25 kilometres south of Kenyas' capital city, Nairobi. Since we got  the purifier the health of our friends has significantly improved for previously they suffered from water borne diseases combined with other opportunistic infections due to their HIV status. The slum has no source of clean drinking water. Any advice towards having the purifier come back to required working condition will be highly appreciated and will be direct service to our gracious God. 
May our loving and merciful God richly bless you, your family and ministry. Looking forward to hearing from you soon and partnering with us for Gods' Work in this part of the world.
Best regards,
Simon.

Now, I suspect a small bit of debris is blocking the pressure switch and my response to Pastor Simon will help him to solve the problem.  But, without that little fitting, the repair is quite complicated.  We will work through it and get his Rescuer up and going and saving lives in that slum right outside of Nairobi.  Will also put a fitting together with instructions, send it to him, and he can "upgrade" his Rescuer!  

Wow, I'm still so blessed by that wonderful idea that our Lord dropped into my heart.  All future Air Mobile Rescuers will have that new fitting.  On our next flight into Haiti, will have a sack full of fittings and will upgrade every single Rescuer that I find. 

It also shows that really good ideas don't necessarily have to be expensive.  Again, this incredible upgrade will only take about 1 minute and cost about $1.50, but will revolutionize the long-term operation of the Air Mobile Rescuer!   Just love it when our Lord does things like this!!

Today, Peter, Ariana and I will be heading up to Mims (funny name), a small town just north of Titusville to set up an Air Mobile display and we'll be demonstrating the Air Mobile Rescuer.  It's always such a joy to share what our Lord is doing.  And, so glad that you're on-board with us with your love, prayer and support!!  May you blessed to today.

Time to feed the chickens, have that second cup of coffee and head on up to Mims to the Mullet Festival!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - Did you notice that the little fitting is sitting right next to my empty coffee cup.

PPS - After the Mullet Festival, we'll head to Dogs-R-Us and watch a classic slug match between our beloved LSU Tiger and the Florida Gators.  Going to good game!!  Certainly, either team could win, but we're hoping (and yes, praying) that the LSU Tigers come out on top! 

PPPS - If you're new to this "Rambling Blog" and feel as if you've jumped right into the middle of the story, you have.  Simply read on down to see how we've gotten to this "juncture of the journey".  Welcome aboard!  Joe


   

10-5-12 - Friday - 7:49am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

MORE "TWEAKING" ON TI BURIK - STUDYING (PREPPING) FOR THE "CHECK-RIDE" - TROPICS QUIET


I love to watch Paul, our intrepid mechanic, and Larry our "Mr. Wizard" get together and discuss schematics!  It is truly a thing of beauty.  Combined....these guys carry a lot of "smarts"!!  

Well, we're in the fine-tuning, tweaking stage of getting our fuel indicators all up and working as designed.  As these guys discussed ohms and milli-volts I simply stood amazed at just how good these guys are.  Again, I am THANKFUL for our Lord dispatching HIS best to keep our Little Donkey in top condition!

You know, one could say that these guys are "Old School" and THEY ARE & so is Ti Burik!  The aircraft is 42 (almost 43 years old) and the original design is 50 years old and those circuit boards and wiring are probably 43-44 years old.  So, having these guys around to run out the glitches, or better known as little gremlins, is simply a GIFT from our Lord!!


While Larry and Paul were tracing and tracking and measuring, I was in my little office studying for my upcoming "Check-Ride" for the Certified Flight Instructor... Instrument / Multi-Engine.  Been going over all of the material and it's pretty good stuff.  Now that I have the "Written" examinations behind me, now, it's just a matter of getting ready for the "Ride".

This evening, will be meeting my Instructor along with another Examiner who will be "prepping" me.  Looking forward to the Lesson. 

Must tell you, I am truly excited about training other pilots.  Believe me when I say, there is a huge difference between "just knowing how to fly" & "TEACHING someone how to fly"!  The material that I am studying is truly quite good and it's now becoming a pleasure studying...once those "writtens" are behind me.


So thankful that Tropics are quiet for the time being.  Was in touch with Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress) and likewise, things are pretty quiet in Haiti.  So glad we're not dealing with any "storms"....for the moment.  We continue to PRAY for peace!  

Well, time to head out the door and see what our Lord has for us today!  Pray that you have a blessed day and always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!

Air Mobile Joe

10-4-12 - Thursday - 7:58am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

ANOTHER DAY - CINDY SOAP - LIVELY DEBATE - DELTA IV ROCKET RATTLES THE HOUSE


After exposing a bit of "reasoning" for my daily, meandering blog yesterday, here I am reporting again on "Another Day".  Well, first off, this is the day our Lord has made....(that's a fact), let us rejoice and be glad in it.  

So, Cindy and I were up early, we get up quite early most mornings.  I sat down to my good cup of coffee and began scanning the news and the reports for the day.


Meanwhile, my Cindy, who is quite the "Proverbs 31 Woman", has been learning how to make hand / body soap.  She ordered some nice, re-useable, containers and bought the natural ingredients and stirred them all together, then "scented" each and made a big batch of soap.  Now, we can buy the ingredients and make our own.  Love it!  After she "bottled up" the soap, she headed into work at the "Jail".  My Cindy is quite a jewel!

Not only are we now able to create our own products, but we're saving a ton of money...and being environmentally sensitive to boot.  Now, that's a win-win-win deal.  Yes, it may seem that "it's no big deal", but it is.  The more we think along these lines, the less "dependent" we become on the system.  For example, what happens if the "system" breaks?

I also know that this kind of statement might seem a "bit extreme" but....remember, we've spent our lives going into areas that are "Extremely Broken"!....Indonesian Tsunami, Haiti earthquake, Japan Earthquake, Typhoon Nargis in Myanmar, New Orleans and the list goes on and on.  

Can it happen here?? You bet it can and it can some quite unexpectedly, i.e. a "Big Solar Flare" or....an earthquake or just a bad storm.  So, it is not a bad idea to....be a bit prepared.  So, even a little thing like making one's own soap can pay off in the future.  At least, now we know HOW to do it.  Just a thought for the day.

While sitting here writing this blog, the house began to shake.  I heard a familiar rumble.  I knew what was happening.  We just launched a rocket...a Delta IV, a heavy lifter.  It's bringing a GPS satellite into space.  Love living here on the Space Coast.  Just one of the cool perks...if you love Space!

I dropped everything and ran outside to see what remained of the trail.  By the time you hear it, the space craft is long gone, but the tail tell trail is still visible.  Oh well, back to the wandering blog.

  I love our Country and the ability to DEBATE.  Last night was a wonderful experience in Democracy.  A sitting President and a Presidential Contender "duking" it out like gentlemen.  Most polls indicate that the challenger won Round One.  I tend to agree.  We are coming into the home stretch of what is likely the most expensive and dramatic election of all time for us here in America.  We certainly are praying for our Lord to have HIS way!

Oh, a quick report on my son, Peter.  Brought him to the Doctor yesterday and they confirmed that he definitely has the flu.  Got him some good medicine and we're wrapping him up in a lot of prayer.  The symptoms are not too severe and the fever not too high.  Sure would appreciate you joining together with us in prayer for a full and rapid recovery.  Thanks.

Well, that about wraps up another wandering blog today...that took you to a cup of coffee, to home-made soap to a "rumbling" rocket launch to a Presidential Debate to my son's flu.  There you have it.  As always, I truly, with all my heart, THANK YOU for standing and believing with us in this ministry of reaching out to others less fortunate.  May our Lord bless you richly today!  God bless!

Air Mobile Joe



10-3-12 - Wednesday - 7:09am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

MEANDERING DOWN THIS ROAD TOGETHER - SOME THOUGHTS ON "JOURNALING"....ALSO, FIRST DEBATE TONIGHT


Seems I've always kept some kind of a "Journal".  Have found, that to determine where one is going, it helps to know where one has been.  It's also kind of cool to look back on the journey.      


In that way, one can also see what "trajectory" we're on, or what is our heading.  In that quick look back, one can see what "course" changes may be necessary.  A Journal is also a form of accountability, mainly to one's self.  Thus, my "meandering DAILY blog".

Every morning, I sit down with a good cup of coffee (very important) and just take in a deep breath and start typing.  Often, not sure where the blog will lead.  Just let it flow.  Seems like when the fingers hit the keys, some type of "message" begins to flow.  

In many ways, this has become a "Labor of Love".  Also, my precious wife, Cindy, says it's my "therapy".  Probably some truth to that statement.

As many of you know, I carry this "Journal" all over the world and basically "report" every day.  Sometimes, we go into some pretty intense situations ranging from tsunami devastation to cholera infested regions.  We also get some beautiful Caribbean sunrises at 19,000 feet.  Sometimes, I talk about grits and eggs...& sausage and even little baby chicks.  The Journey sure does meander along.


Well, this morning when I sat down and checked the news and the weather, nothing jumped out at me so... thought I'd share a bit about why I do this thing every morning.  I'm often surprised to get a note or an e-mail from places all over the world from folks who "kind of meander down this path with me".  It certainly has afforded us the opportunity to PRAY together about such a wide variety of things.  I'm thankful for our joint prayers!! 

OK, enough about my "Therapy".  Don't forget to watch the PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES this evening.  I believe that this Election will be very critical for the future of our country.  PLEASE PRAY for our nation and ask our Lord to direct you in how to vote. WE play a significant role in the direction of our nation.  Yes, voting is important but PRAYER is more important.  Remember, our Lord hears our prayers!

Yesterday was a good day for Air Mobile Rescuers.  Some of our critical components arrived so, we can continue to build these "Life-Saving" devices!  Will be continuing in our quest today. Time to head out the door.  Oh, have another prayer request.  Our son, Peter, has been running a fever the last few days.  Please pray for his complete healing.  THANKS!  Time to go.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe 

     
10-2-12 - Tuesday - 6:41am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

DEBATE "SHOWDOWN" COMING TOMORROW EVENING - PRAY FOR TRUTH TO RULE!

America is entering into the final 35 days before election day.  We pray for our great nation!  We pray that our Lord will guide us and lead us as we select our next President and many other leaders / Senate / Congress / Local Leaders.  We have a serious responsibility to go out and VOTE!  May I encourage you to take the time to prayerfully exercise your right as a Citizen and cast your vote as you feel lead by the Lord!


As a pilot, I know how important it is to operate an aircraft with a solid foundation of truth.  One does not want to be flying through the air believing that something is one way, but in reality, it is another way, i.e. thinking I have a half tank of fuel, but in reality, the tank is nearly empty.  This is not good.  TRUTH is important in our lives. 

I am reminded again of Matthew 24, when the Disciples asked Jesus about when He would return and what would be sign of the end.  His first words to us are, "Be not deceived".  In other words, seek out TRUTH!  There are many voices speaking many things in this world.  I am thankful that our Lord gave us this wonderful verse in Matthew 7:7 - ASK - SEEK - KNOCK.  We may SEEK the TRUTH & FIND IT!

Just felt that I had to add a bit to yesterday's blog regarding seeking and finding TRUTH!  Well, it's that time to head out into another day that our Lord has made.  Will be continuing our quest of getting clean water to thirsty folks and bringing hope and life where there is despair and death.  

Trust you have a blessed day and as always, THANK YOU for standing with us with your prayer, love and support!  God Bless!!

Air Mobile Joe  



10-1-12 - Monday - 7:19am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

TRUTH DRIVES THE TORPEDO THAT "SINKS THE SHIP" OF LIES


I awoke this morning with a simple prayer on my lips, "The truth shall set you free"! (John 1:9).  I sensed the presence of the Lord so strongly with me.  

I continued to pray.  We are about to hear the U.S. Presidential Candidates DEBATE.  The more I prayed, the more the prayer moved toward a simple prayer for the TRUTH to come out so clearly during these upcoming debates.  May I urge you join me in  this simple prayer?


Several days ago, I shared the scripture found in Philippians 4:6-7, "Be anxious for NO-THING, but in EVERY-THING with PRAYER & supplication, with THANKS-GIVING,let your request be made known unto God...& then the PEACE of God that passes all understanding will guard your heart & mind through Christ JESUS"!  

For any of you that may be confused, anxious, nervous, upset about the upcoming U.S. ELECTIONS, may I urge you to stand on this scripture & PRAY FOR TRUTH to come out in the upcoming debates.

There seems to be so many LIES floating around.  Or shall I say, SO MANY VERSIONS of the same STORY.  What do I BELIEVE?  Well, back to my simple and beautiful PRAYER this morning, PRAY FOR TRUTH!  

As I was pondering these things this morning, the thought came to me: TRUTH DRIVES THE TORPEDO THAT "SINKS THE SHIP" OF LIES, thus, the HEADLINE for today's blog.  Wow, I felt like I had to get this out this morning and share it with you!

So, today, I will continue in this simple, but powerful prayer.  May the upcoming DEBATES be telling, and may TRUTH come out between the Candidates.  You see, I believe that America and so many other nations are teetering on the edge of destruction in so many ways, but....THE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE!  

Well, it's time to head out today. Will be continuing the quest of gathering supplies for our next mission. Will also be building more Rescuers to bring clean water to desperate folks.  Sense that we need to build just as many units as our finances will allow.  


As always, I truly (TRUTH) THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support.  Remember A.S.A.P. (Always-Say-A-Prayer) today and ponder Philippians 4:6-7 and John 1:9 today.  You WILL be blessed with HIS Peace!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - JESUS is THE TRUTH, THE LIFE & THE WAY!  




9-30-12 - Sunday - 7:51am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

PETER PLACES FIRST (2X'S) - EVENING AT "DOGS"....DON'T ASSUME!


Well, the day was just as "advertised" quiet & home.  It was cool seeing Peter, who has been in Tae Kwon Do get 2 First Place Medals.  He's been with the same instructor for nearly 6 years.  She is not much older than Peter, & is very good and patient.  We're glad to see Peter advancing in this discipline.


Ariana spent the day at the event with me and simply had a wonderful time with other kids who were "stuck" there for the day.  It was fun watching them make up so many games.  The event was held to support Cancer Research, a noble cause.

We returned home and spent the afternoon working on chores.  Throughout the day, went to A.S.A.P. a number of times and simply prayed.  Folks, this old world is shaking.  So many things going on.  It is nice to just take the time to take care of things around the house.  Love spending time with the kids.


As the afternoon wore on, Peter and I headed out to "Dogs-R-Us".  We were joined by Christian (my son) and Dr. Sam Winn (my eye doctor).  Whoa, did LSU have to fight on this won.  Everyone "assumed" (and you know what happens when we "ass-u-me") that it would be an easy game.  Not so!  Towson came to play!  LSU finally prevailed, but it wasn't pretty. LSU 38 - Towson 22.  

Now, it's Sunday and time to head out to church and the Hospital to minister with those young folks who are "locked up".  Jesus smiles when we go behind "bars" and bring the Good News of Jesus!

THANKS for your faithful love, prayer and support.  We love you and appreciate you!!

Air Mobile Joe

9-29-12 - Saturday - 6:53am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

LITTLE DONKEY READY - POSTSCRIPT ON RAY HALL, PRISON BOOK PROJECT - HEADING TO "DOGS" & A.S.A.P.!!


Well, here we are, poised and ready and....standing by.  Things, for the moment, are quiet in the tropics.  We're gathering supplies for our "next mission".  We're continuing to get components for our Rescuers.  As a matter of fact, shipped a unit out yesterday to Washington State.  Our Little Donkey has been cleared to fly and looks like we'll have a quiet weekend at home.


Yesterday, I mentioned my good friend and brother in Christ, Ray Hall.  What I failed to mention is that Prison Book Project has provided Bibles for our kids in the Hospital in Orlando for the last 10 years!  Folks, it's got to be over 1000 Bibles and counting!  Thanks again, Ray!! 

Our son, Peter, who is very close to getting his Black-Belt in Tae Kwon Do will be in a Tournament this morning.  After that, we'll be doing yard chores around this beautiful home and then....it's off to "Dogs-R-Us" to watch our beloved LSU Tigers take on Towson.  

Been thinking (and PRAYING) a lot about about the world events.  The attack on our Consulate in Libya, all of  the "stories" about what happened, Nuclear Threats and the upcoming Elections.  Whoa, that is a plate full!

As I ponder these things, it's difficult not to become a bit "Anxious".  As I slip into "ASAP" (Always-Say-A-Prayer), I am reminded of an amazing scripture found in Philippians 4:6-7 - "Be ANXIOUS for NO-THING,  but in EVERY-THING, by PRAYER & Supplication, with THANKS-GIVING, let your request be known to God and then....the PEACE of God that passes ALL UNDERSTANDING will keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus".  There, now that is a POWERFUL Scripture.  


May I encourage you to ASAP and ponder Philippians 4:6-7 today.  I'm sure going to do it.  Must say, it is nice to have a weekend off and enjoying our Lord & resting in HIS Peace!  As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!  Be blessed today and ASAP!

Air Mobile Joe

9-28-12 - Friday - 6:49am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

CHASING A LITTLE GREMLIN(S) - VISITING A FRIEND WHO BEFRIENDS THOSE BEHIND "BARS" - TESTING A RESCUER


Our good mechanic, Paul, is determined to find out why the fuel gauges will give funny readings from time to time.  Of course, those old instruments are 42 years old and Cessna fuel gauges are known for acting "wobbly" on occasion.  Paul just kept digging until he began to move in on loose connectors and bits of corrosion.

We are so thankful to our Lord for sending us Paul.  He is a true gift to this ministry!  Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops!!


Seems, as is usually the case, the "Gremlins" were in multiple locations.  We'll keep searching and tightening and cleaning until we get those old gauges back up to speed.  The problem can get to the point that parts are simply not available and "upgrades" become necessary.  There is a very fine instrument, called a Fuel Totalizer that "digitally" tells one how much fuel is in the tanks.  We would like to upgrade at some time (finances permitting).

On the way back from a meeting, stopped in to see my dear friend, Ray Hall.  Years ago, our Lord put a very precious ministry on the heart of Ray.  Bring good reading material into the Prisons.  Ray, now sends books all over the world to inspire and encourage those behind bars.  He also sends books to our troops overseas.  Ray is a FAITHFUL Brother & I am blessed to call him my friend!


Well, we are building a Library in Haiti in our Village.  Can't carry very many books in at a time, because they are heavy.  But each flight, I carry in  a couple.  

There is a certain Author that I really like, Louis L'Amour, the famous Western Writer.  So....it is very important that I qualify the books before bringing them into Haiti.  In other words, I get to read the books and then deliver them...well don't read all the books, just certain ones....

Please remember to pray for Ray, as they are in need of a proper warehouse.  He can receive thousands and thousands more books, he simply does not have a place to process them.  This is a worthy prayer request!!


Air Mobile has a couple of trained "Water Mules" who build Rescuers.  As I mentioned yesterday, my usual "Mules" are out of town so....I get to build Rescuers.  Had a successful test of a unit just built and will be shipping it out today.  Again, can't tell you how much I enjoy building this remarkable machine!

Very pleased to announce that things are still quiet in the Tropics.  However, October / November have produced 20% of the named storms.  So, the Season is definitely not over.  Let's continue to pray that the Tropics remain calm!  Old Nadine is still spinning out there, making her one of the longest running storm in History.  She is just spinning and spewing in the open ocean away from Folks....the way we like it.

It's that time, need to head out and continue the quest of preparing for the "Next Mission".  As always, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe



9-27-12 - Thursday - 6:35am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

A REAL FUN "TEST FLIGHT" - A NEBRASKA MAN'S HEART "MIRACULOUSLY" HEALS ITSELF....AN ANSWER TO PRAYER!

You know, I love to fly!  But often, my flights are quite intense.  The plane is full to max payload, a demanding schedule is set, there is often weather to "work around", on a very precise IFR Flight Plan, flying through the Bermuda Triangle etc. etc.  Oh, it's fun, but as I said, quite intense.

From time to time, the opportunity avails itself for a "Fun Test Flight".  Oh, I really love those!  Paul and I have been calibrating our fuel tank instruments and the best way to validate and test is just to fly.  Yesterday was absolutely beautiful.


So, I rolled Ti Burik out of the barn, fueled it and took off.  Was not sure where I would go.  Decided to drop in on my good friends at Merritt Island (KCOI).  Rolled into a smooth landing & "passed a good time" with some old friends.

Then taxied into position and pushed the throttles forward and Ti Burik leaped into the air with a spring.  This airplane also loves to fly!

Flew right next to Kennedy Space Center and the Shuttle Landing Facility and rolled onto final for Runway 36.  Requested a long landing with the Tower.  

Now, this is really fun.  I get the airplane very slow, just a hair above a stall, and fly down the 7000 foot runway holding the aircraft in the air by adding just enough power to keep it aloft.  This is such an excellent way of "feeling" the airplane at very, very slow flying speeds.  As I approached the end of the runway (flying at just over 50mph), I touched down and turned off.  It is an exhilarating experience!

To those on the ground, such a maneuver, may well not be understood.  Some may think...."is that guy ever going to get that airplane down on the ground".  So....just to demonstrate that I can land the airplane, I took Ti Burik around the "patch" again. 

This time, requested a "tight" pattern and rolled onto final about 1/2 mile out.  Slowed her down to about 60 knots on short final and pulled the power off and touched down at about 50 knots right at the approach end of the runway.  Got on the brakes (but not too hard) and stopped the Little Donkey in about 500 feet.  Love it!

Brought Ti Burik to the barn, hooked up the little "Tug", donated to me by Captain Ed, and put her up.  Oh, the test flight told Paul and I what we need to know to continue to "tweak" the system today.


Read an interesting and inspiring story about a young man with, what appeared to be, a fatal infection affecting his heart and other organs when....suddenly, without any explanation (& a lot of prayer!), the heart "healed itself".  I love stories like that!  

Nebraska man - heart "Miracle" Have attached the link to the story.  Also like to read the comments after the story.  Quite a few "Belivers" and "Unbelievers".  Such is life.  Take a look at the story and "you decide".  Tell me what you think.


Well, time to head out to the Hangar and meet with Paul, our trusty mechanic, and calibrate those pesky, old fuel gauges.  

Will also continue to build Rescuers.  Our regular builders are out of town and I get the grand and wonderful privilege of building rescuers.  Folks, must tell you, I truly love doing that also.  The Lord does indeed allow us to "Have our cake....and eat it too!!" (Fun test flights & building "Miracle Water Machines"....ahhhh!)  

As always, THANK YOU for your faithful & precious prayer, love and support!  Be blessed today!!  

Air Mobile Joe

9-26-12 - Wednesday - 6:30am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

A MESSAGE FROM ETHIOPIA - A COMMUNICATION "FLASH-BACK" -  A VISIT FROM A LOCAL CHURCH MEMBER - THINGS "QUIET" IN THE TROPICS...AHHHH


Early yesterday morning, received an e-mail from Mark in Ethiopia.  He was having problems with his Air Mobile Rescuer.  My immediate response:  "We will get that machine working again".  That Rescuer is their "Life-line" to clean water!  

He described, via the e-mail, what was happening with the unit.  Apparently, the Rescuer had sat for a while and upon re-use, a bit of calcium had built up in the pressure switch area.


Then, my phone rang, and Mark was on the line via Skype (love the free connection!). We diagnosed & confirmed the problem and now, Mark is searching for some CLR (Calcium - Lime - Rust) to soak the area and clear the passages.  Wow!  The wonders of communication.  

I do remember a day....when I actually communicated via "Morse Code" on my Ham Radio.  How far we've come!!  BTW (By the Way), my call sign is KA5YXL.  I am a Tech-Plus (yes, I did learn a bit of code).  It's been a while since I've spoken on a Ham Radio.

We now have 800+ Rescuers spread throughout the world.  From time to time, a unit will malfunction.  So glad that we can now communicate so easily and inexpensively &....KEEP THAT CLEAN WATER FLOWING.  This is a GIFT!

However, we may want to keep those old "Ham Radios" around should we have problems via a solar flare or some such event.  Those satellites are nice, but the sun can sure knock them out.  Just a thought.

After getting that unit in Ethiopia up and running, had a visit from Pat from one of our local churches.  Pat spent many years out at the Space Center.  About 6 months ago, Pat "spear-headed" an initiative in her church to fund a Rescuer for Haiti.  They were successful and now that unit is providing clean water in an orphanage just north of Port-Au-Prince.  


Well, Pat called and said that the Church wanted to fund another unit.  Yea!  So she came out yesterday to get some books (Run To The Roar) and brochures and a video on Air Mobile to share during their next meetings.  What a blessing!  Thanks Pat and Church!!


For the moment, things are quiet in the Tropics.  Nadine and Miriam have calmed down.  Remember, the season is far from over but....for now, no major storms to report. Not even tracking anything of significance.  Nice to take a "breather".

So thankful for folks standing with us to help others!!  Today, it's back at it...building units, gathering supplies and getting ready for that next mission.

Time to head out.  Truly appreciate your love, prayer and support!!  May you be extremely blessed today!!

Air Mobile Joe  



9-25-12 - Tuesday - 7:32am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

A GIFT FROM MY NEIGHBOR - A BIT OF INSIGHT INTO "THE AVIATION COMMUNITY" - BABY CHICKS

We have a wonderful "Community" at our airport.  Such is common among Aviators.  There is a certain and strong camaraderie among Pilots!  We all, certainly, share that inexplicable love for flying.  Most of us were affected as young children and have carried the passion all of our lives and now.....we, in our community, have hangars and in some cases airplanes!

Directly behind the Air Mobile Hangar is Marvin's Hangar.  Marvin is restoring a WWII Observation Plane, A Stinson L-5.  He is literally rebuilding this classic by little piece of wood by little piece of wood.  It is truly a thing of beauty.  I can hardly wait for the L-5 to lift into the air again.    

As I eased through our security gate, saw Marvin's truck at this hangar.  I swung by and just got the latest on his work of art, re-building the right wing.  

Suddenly, he said, "Hey, do you need that old Pallet Jack"?  Whoa, we really did.  I quickly said, YES!.  Soon, we were dragging it over to my hangar.  Now, we can move our "growing" supplies around and prepare better for the next mission.  THANKS MARVIN!


Had good meetings and made more progress on building Rescuers.  For the moment, things are quiet in the Caribbean, though there is a Hurricane, Miriam in the Pacific & we're keeping an eye on it.  

Meanwhile, Nadine just won't go away.  Still spinning out there going in and out of Tropical Storm status.  There's a bit of thunderstorm activity spread throughout the rest of the Caribbean, but no significant threats at this time.  Thank the Lord!!

After a good day at the "Office" (my "Man-Cave" in the Hangar), picked up Peter from High School and we headed home.  Cindy had been doing yard work on her day off and Ariana & I headed out to buy some more baby chicks.  Our chickens are getting up in the years and not producing quite as many eggs as when they were younger.  NO......those sweet chickens will  NOT end up in our pot!


So, off to Amber Acres we went and we bought 6 new baby chicks, 3 Rhode Island Reds and 3 Brown Leg- Horns.  Oh, they are so cute!  You know, it's not a bad idea to have one's own source of fresh eggs.  I must tell you, there are very few things that taste as good as fresh eggs!


Now, our Ariana has a new project, loving and caring for the new baby chicks.

Well, it's that time.  Have a meeting at the Hangar this morning with a representative from a local Church that wants to fund ANOTHER Rescuer for Haiti.  Truly love meetings like that.  

As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!  Where would we be without so many folks standing with us?  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe  

9-24-12 - Monday - 7:37am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

BACK "IN THE SADDLE"  


This week is beginning with meetings, gathering supplies and building Rescuers.  Tropics are still quite peaceful....Nadine is still wandering around out there.  

Really enjoyed this weekend...actually got some rest, enjoyed the chores and sweated out a very close football game.  So, it's time to "get back to work...or back in the saddle".

Have an early morning meeting with an old friend regarding some "leading edge" technology.  Will be interesting to see what he has.

Paul and I will be "tweaking" our Little Donkey this week, getting it ready for the next mission.  Have more supplies coming our way for Haiti.  And....had an unexpected visit from our dear friends, The Menendez's.  They brought over a large amount of excess food for the poor.  We'll be seeking good homes to put this bread and fruit etc.  We have folks around us that are hurting.  We're seeking our Lord's direction about where to place these resources. 

So....time to get to work.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and precious love, prayer and support!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe 

9-23-12 - Sunday - 9:07am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

WEEDING A GARDEN - UNBUNDLING DOCS - TIGERS "DODGE A BULLET"

The day remained relatively calm....no storms / no new wars / nice quiet Saturday.  The kids and I began by tackling a VERY overgrown garden.  We actually had a blast and worked together quite well.  When we started the day, we approached our vegetable garden, that frankly, Cindy and I have just been too busy to keep up.  Sometimes, life is just that way.


We just "took it down".  Now, we can plant some great vegetables and fertilize it with chicken manure.  By the way, our chickens are doing great.  We actually "incubated" the original chicks on a Science Project almost 5 years ago.  We still have some of the originals.  Peter just keeps on growing....he's approaching 6'2".  


After a few more chores, I headed over to our office to meet Ron, a former employee and an old friend.  We call Ron "Mr. Wizard" because he just has a God-Given Gift to figure things out.  Needed to "untangle" come documents so that we could edit them. Ron, like the garden, "Just took it down" and laid them all out for me to work on.  It's nice to have a "Mr. Wizard"!


Returned home....Cindy got off work and Peter and I headed to our favorite "Saturday evening hang-out", Dogs-R-Us.  Our LSU Tigers had quite a fight with the Auburn War-Eagles, AKA The Auburn Tigers.  They sure came to play.  Looked like LSU would get upset but.....good defense saved the day.  We had just enough Offense to hold off those Auburn Tigers.  Dodged another bullet!!  Final score - LSU 12 - Auburn 10.  That was a close one.

Well, it's time to head to church and then to the Hospital to minister with those young people who are locked up. We sure had a lovely day of chores and a fun evening.  Just thankful to our Lord for his precious and amazing GRACE!  THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support.  May you be extremely blessed today!

Air Mobile Joe 

9-22-12 - Saturday - 7:31am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

TROPICS QUIET - NO "BREAKING" NEWS - AN EASY SATURDAY - WORKING WITH AN OLD FRIEND

In checking the weather in the tropics this morning, things are quiet....ahhhh.  No major breaking news this morning.  Looking forward to a quiet Saturday....pray it stays that way.

Peter, Ariana and I will be doing chores around the house this morning.  Cindy is already at work at the Detention Center.  She has quite an "outreach" there.  Yesterday, she admitted a young man charged with attempted murder.  Rarely does she have a "dull" day.  So many young people "hurting" and "lost".  Cindy shines for our Lord as she cares for the young people as their nurse.

Later this afternoon, will be meeting with Ron.  Now, Ron worked for Cartridge Source of America (CSA) for nearly 13 years.  The economy here in our part of Florida was rocked by the thousands upon thousands of lay-offs from Kennedy Space Center and the NASA cuts.  CSA had to lay-off all of our employees.  Ron was included (with great regret).  Ron knows computers and can fix about anything.  He is truly gifted!

Well, Ron found a job working for a young man that used to work for CSA.  He is a computer technician.  Today, Ron will be helping me to "unbundle" some documents so that we can do some needed editing.  He'll also be teaching me some of the manufacturing tips he helped develop on the Air Mobile Rescuer.  Looking forward to spending some time with Ron.  Ron was not only a great employee, but is a dear friend.

Time to get those kids up to do some weeding in the garden and taking care of those sweet chickens.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe



9-21-12 - Friday - 6:49am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

MAKING "DROPS" OF CLEAN WATER - EVERY DROP COUNTS!

I am often asked, "Can you make the Rescuer bigger"?  My answer is, "yes, of course but....it would not be as easy to get into 'tight and hard to reach places'".  I often respond, "I can double the output or even quadruple the output".  This is always met with smiles and positive nods.  I smile and say, get 2 units or even 4 units!


Even though the Rescuer is quite small, a single unit can provide fresh clean drinking water to about 500 people per day (and the unit doesn't even "strain" to do that).  

Every-time I work on or build Rescuers, I'm amazed at what a remarkable machine our Lord placed into our hands!  Even in this shot, those 3 Rescuers that are being built, can provide fresh, clean drinking water for 1500+ people per day!  Wow!!

We continue our quest to get precious drops of water into the "bucket", thus "just a drop in the bucket....and every drop counts!"


Spent a little time with my daughter, Cherie and her 2 precious sons, Levi and Judah.  We had to pick up a birthday card for my other grandson, Joshua.  While in Target, who comes in but Ann Marie (another Daughter in Law - Christian's wife) and her sweet daughter, Selah.  Ahhh, the joy of being a grand-parent!  OK....couldn't resist putting this precious shot in the blog today.  

After a full day of putting Rescuers together, met with the Scarborough family.  I've known Jason (the Dad), since he was a teenager and volunteer with Air Mobile.  Now, Jason, who is a Major in the Air Force, has 6 beautiful children.  I even brought his eldest, Garrett (the tallest Scarborough) to Haiti with me last year.  


Well, they are doing a research paper for their Home-School Project and Cindy (the Mom) invited me to come and share more about Haiti.  They had wonderful questions and I just rambled on about our many experiences in Haiti over the years.  I love sharing the joy & challenges of serving the Lord with young people.

Today, we'll be back at....working on bringing the Love of God through clean water to thirsty and hurting people.

Oh yes, have resumed my flight training for the Certified Flight Instructor Rating.  Will be meeting with my Instructor this evening. This training is very good and I look forward to helping other aspiring pilots to become excellent pilots.  Another noble quest.

So, it's that time....pray you have a blessed day.  So appreciate your precious love, prayer and support.  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - IF YOU'RE NEW TO THIS "RAMBLING BLOG" AND FEEL AS IF YOU'VE JUMPED RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE STORY....YOU HAVE.  SIMPLY READ ON DOWN TO SEE HOW WE'VE GOTTEN TO WHERE WE ARE ON THIS "EXCELLENT ADVENTURE"!  Joe

9-20-12 - Thursday - 6:52am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

SUCCESSFUL TEST FLIGHT! A BIT MORE ON "BAFFLING" FACTS  

I met Joe Cadiz, one of our highly skilled mechanics, yesterday morning.  We boarded the Little Donkey and climbed quickly to 17,500'.  The cylinder that had been heating up quite a bit stayed "cool as cucumber" (whatever that means).  The "Baffling" mystery was indeed solved.  


You know, when one looks into an engine compartment, the "baffling" may appear to be rather humble and even insignificant.  It's just strips of rubber, often "pop-riveted" into place.  Sometimes, you'll see it in strange places.  It almost always "rubs" on the cowling, thus giving it a worn look.....almost like it doesn't belong there.  But, OH, is it IMPORTANT!


You see, if that baffling does not sit just right and direct the air flow properly, catastrophic results can occur, i.e. an overheating cylinder and that can certainly lead to major problems.  Also so glad that we have those 6 Cylinder EGT / CHT probes on each engine.  These wonderful instruments give an incredible amount of information (24+ pieces of critical data) at just a glance.   (Hey pilots - see anything strange about what the instruments are saying here??)


After Joe and I landed, we opened up the engine compartment and confirmed that all was good.  Nice to get Joe's "thumbs up" and thus, the "Baffling Mystery" was indeed solved.

Now, there is a good illustration in this "Baffling Ramble".  Here it is:  "One can't judge a book by it's cover".  Most aircraft engine baffling doesn't look very nice and often is placed in seemingly random positions & often rubs and chafes on the cowling, but.....the baffling is extremely important to the operation of the engine.  

Sometimes, you may feel like "baffling"....not very pretty, placed in strange, tight places and being chaffed by the cowling & you may even be "baffling" to others around you.  But....be of good cheer.  Our Lord has probably got you right where He wants you!  You are precious and important to our Lord and to others!

Oh well, had to get a Spiritual Application in on this one.  Am so thankful that we found the problem and repaired it so easily....by simply repositioning and securing some little strips of rubber.  Wish all problems solved so easily.  

Well, it's another day and another opportunity to serve the Lord and see what HE does in our lives!  Something to rejoice in!!  Will be building some Rescuers today.  Love doing that!  It means clean water and saving lives.  Pray you have a blessed day!  As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe    

9-19-12 - Wednesday - 7:23am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

AU REVOIR... SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOR & A "BAFFLING" MYSTERY: SOLVED!


This morning, as I type this blog, the Space Shuttle Endeavor, perched on the back of the NASA 747 is scheduled to lift off of the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) for it's new home in California.  

Because of multiple contracts that CSA held with NASA, I have have been on-board this magnificent flying machine multiple times.  Also flew for NASA for 7 years and carried literally "tens of thousands" images of the space craft......but that's another story.  Au Revoir Endeavor!

We had a very successful day yesterday of diagnosing a "heating up" cylinder on Ti Burik.  Paul and I called in Joe to help us figure out this mystery.  Joe has been working on C-337's (AKA the O-2 from Viet-Nam days) since 1967.  We believe we found the "gremlin".  Remember, recently we changed the motor mounts on the Little Donkey.  Since then, the engine began to run hotter.  Hmmmmm...what could cause that?? We were "baffled".....


After careful analysis, we concluded that the new motor mounts lifted the engine approximately 1".  That, in turn caused, a strip of engine baffling to "re-position" ever so slightly allowing the inlet air to "spill" over the side and not circulate properly.  Whew!  When we put the baffling back into place, all ground run-up tests proved completely successful!  Yea!!

Today, we'll take the Little Donkey up to 17,500' and conduct multiple tests on cooling and turbo operation.  Again, so THANKFUL to have such a top-notch maintenance crew keeping an eye on our Little Donkey!

Spoke with Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress) yesterday.  She's in New York for a bit getting some needed medical work done.  All is well in the Village.  We continue to build up supplies for our "Next Mission".

Well, it's that time of day.  Need to head out to take a Little Donkey up and see if we did indeed find the culprit causing the "overheating" cylinder.  Oh, so thankful for all those wonderful instruments that tell us exactly what is going on "inside the engine".  Pray you have a blessed day today and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe
  

9-18-12 - Tuesday - 7:12am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH - WHAT IS A "PREPPER"?

Well, here we are, right in the middle of September.  From a historical stand-point, October & November have produced a lot of hurricanes down in our "neck of the woods".  Thank the Lord, the tropics are relatively calm....today.  However, the "Season ain't over yet".  We still have a ways to go and it's a good time to PREPARE!


So, when we PREPARE, does that make us a "PREPPER"....& is a "PREPPER" a bad thing or a good thing?  After traveling around the world and bringing in relief for over 40 years, I can tell you, it is a GOOD THING to prepare!

The best time to PREPARE is BEFORE the disaster hits.  Down here in Florida, the time to go buy plywood to cover your windows is NOT when the Hurricane is "barreling your way".  There probably won't be any plywood, or batteries or bottled water and most shelves will be empty and the escape routes are all jammed up.  So, PREPARING in advance is by far the best way to go and....in a sense, I guess that could make you a PREPPER!

Knowing that you have some extra food, batteries, WATER, etc. gives one PEACE & also puts one in a position to help others around.  Believe me, this is a good thing!  Also, just as I shared in yesterday's blog (simply read on down to "Join the Adventure"), seek our Lord's Guidance and Protection through turbulent waters.  Remember, Jesus promises to NEVER leave us or forsake us, even unto the end of the world!

Of course, the NUMBER ONE item needed following any disaster is CLEAN WATER!  That is why we do what we do at Air Mobile.  After seeing so many disasters over the years, we're thankful that Lord has led us to focus in on that critical need and....given us an incredible tool to bring relief, hope and love in the midst of the worst situations imaginable - the beautiful gift of CLEAN WATER!  The Air Mobile Rescuer is a "Miracle Machine" that can take the most contaminated water and make it clean.

So, today, consider and pray about securing one of these "Miracle Machines" to help your family and your community.  A single Air Mobile Rescuer can provide clean drinking water to over 500 people per day if you only run it for 10 hours.  It can certainly run longer and will produce tens of thousands of gallons of clean water before you will need to replace the ceramic pre-filter (the replacment ceramic filter cost $35).

Consider becoming a PREPPER, your family and neighbors and friends will be glad you did!  To learn more about the Rescuer and what Air Mobile is doing to better PREPARE, continue reading this "rambling blog" and above all, PRAY & ask our Lord to guide you and lead you along the way.  HE WILL!  

Time to head out and continue to get ready for the "next mission"!  As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - If you're new to the Blog, simply read on down to see how we've gotten to this "juncture of the journey".  Joe

9-17-12 - Monday - 7:41am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

CONFLICTING REPORTS ON "WHO KNEW WHAT...WHEN" ON AMERICAN AMBASSADOR WHO WAS BRUTALLY SLAIN - RETURN FROM BATON ROUGE

While on our return trip yesterday from Baton Rouge to Cocoa, FL, Peter and I heard a lot of news regarding the conditions and circumstances surrounding the tragic deaths of the American Ambassador and 3 other brave Americans.  It appears that the U.S. was clearly warned 3 days before that the conditions were extremely volatile and that little or no action was taken to strengthen the compound(s).

I know that even when we travel to Haiti, we take certain security precautions to not "transmit" our movements because it is a known fact that certain areas are highly prone to theft and violence.  It certainly makes one wonder about our "Intelligence" Community to have missed such a "Clear & Present Danger".

My heart is broken as I view the video of Ambassador Stevens being drug out and "paraded" as a war trophy.  The big question is, "Who knew what...when"??  To further verify my point earlier of "Americans in great danger abroad"....if our U.S. Government cannot protect a United States Ambassador with such information, we certainly are not safe.  So....

What does this mean?  It means that we, who travel abroad, and often go into countries that are "not having a good day", had best put our full trust and confidence in the Lord to both guide us and protect us as we go forth to bring His grace and mercy to a hurting world!

Well, it's good to be home.  Peter did a great job of relieving me on the road.  He has his driving permit and we took advantage of the long road trip to get in some good training.  He's going to be a good driver!  

Have a full schedule today getting ready for our "next mission".  You know, when I say, again & again, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support, I truly mean it and we are extremely thankful for you standing with us as we go forth to help save lives and bring hope to a suffering world.  May God bless you richly!!

Air Mobile Joe  

9-16-12 - Sunday - 7:34am (Central U.S. Time) - Baton Rouge, LA - Days Inn - Denham Springs, LA - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

PERILOUS TIMES - ARMADA AMASSING IN STRATEGIC STRAIT OF HORMUZ - TYPHOON SANBA STRIKES JAPAN...HEADING FOR SOUTH KOREA - A WONDERFUL DAY & EVENING IN BATON ROUGE


In addition to turbulence at U.S. Embassy's in 65 countries, an armada of warships (battleships, aircraft carriers, mine-sweepers & submarines) from 25 Nations are heading to the Strait of Hormuz region...in the event Israel strikes Iran.  Wow, what headlines and potential for global calamity.  Folks, it is a good time to PRAY & ask our Lord to calm these stormy waters!


Many experts believe that a strike is quite likely before the U.S. Elections.  All one has to do is read Matthew 24 to see many of these events spoken of very clearly by Jesus when He was asked by His disciples, "When will these things be & what will be the sign of your coming & what will be the sign of the end?".  

Good questions to ask.  Jesus responds clearly.  If you have a moment, simply Read Matthew 24 and see what it says (also read Luke 21 and Mark 13).  We are certainly entering into such times.


Typhoon Sanba struck Okinawa in the night with 120mph winds.  There are no reports of severe damage or loss of life at this hour.  Sanba is weakening (around 100mph) and headed to South Korea.  We continue to watch and pray for those who have been impacted and those in the path of this powerful typhoon.

In the tropics, closer to "home", Hurricane Nadine is spinning away to the North-East (away from Folks).  There is another wave of activity off the coast of Africa (Invest 92-L) that is under "investigation".  The westward path could impact the Windwards, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and the Florida & the Gulf of Mexico.  We'll continue to monitor....and PRAY!


Now, Peter and I had an absolute blast yesterday in Baton Rouge!  We began with a delicious country breakfast at my Sister, Gail's.  She served us grits and eggs and sausage......mmmmm!  Then we just meandered around town, still wandering down "memory lane" and....finally ended up at Tiger Stadium!


Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night is the very epitome of College Football....at it's very best!  The atmosphere, the color, the sounds, ahhhh - College Football.  Even though times are very turbulent and we are, in many ways standing on the "brink", it is good to enjoy the good things from time to time. 

That is just what Peter and I did last night.  It certainly did not hurt that our team won.  Might not be writing such a glowing report should our beloved LSU Tigers had lost (LSU 63 - Idaho 14).

Oh well, that's what we did yesterday and Peter and I have some wonderful memories that will not soon be forgotten.  Time for us to hit the road and drive that 750 miles home.  

Thank you for wandering down this meandering blog of life with us.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe  

9-15-12 - Saturday - 7:09am (Central U.S. Time) - Baton Rouge, LA - Days Inn - Denham Springs, LA - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

"FULL BLOWN CRISIS" - AMERICANS AT RISK ABROAD - TYPHOON SANBA THREATENING - JOE & PETER IN BATON ROUGE


Events are unfolding at a rapid rate putting Americans around the globe in great danger.  Embassy after Embassy around the Middle East and Europe and even Australia are being over-run by protesters.  The U.S. has deployed Marine F.A.S.T. Teams (Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Teams) into these hot-spots to protect Americans.  

The situation is very dangerous for many and we should continue to pray for our Lord to both protect and guide through these turbulent waters!


Over the years, I have known many Coptic Christians from Egypt.  They are wonderful folks and many are facing terrible persecution and extreme danger as I type this blog.  Again, please take a moment and pray for them.  

The emotions that are running right now are deadly and insane.  We need our Lord to intervene and calm this madness.  Let's pray for our Lord to deploy Angels to protect those Christians facing possible death and unspeakable suffering!


I am glad to report that Hurricane Nadine took a northerly course away from folks.  However, Typhoon Sanba is headed toward Japan (Okinawa) as the Level 3 Typhoon and will likely cause significant damage and the possible loss of life.  Sanba is a very dangerous storm!  We pray for those in the path of Sanba!

Early yesterday morning, Peter and I hit the road for Baton Rouge (750 miles away).  Peter is learning to drive and was a true blessing as he drove (beautifully) about 200 of those miles.  

We came to Baton Rouge for a Memorial Service for my dear Cousin Mike, who passed away recently.  It was a sad / joyous celebration of Mike's life.  So many loved Mike.  It was good to be with family again, though we all wanted it to be under different circumstances.  May Mike Rest in Peace!


Could not come to my home-town and not get some GOOD FOOD!  We went to Don's Seafood, a Baton Rouge Legend.  I have missed good old Louisiana Gumbo. Got a "Bowl" and it was huge and DELICIOUS!  Peter was introduced to Crayfish Etouffe!  He'll never be the same!  Love those little "miniature lobsters"! 


After the great dinner and the Memorial Service, I took Peter down "Memory Lane".  So many places, so many memories.  Of course, we ended up in one of the most famous of all places in Baton Rouge.....Tiger Stadium.  Well, since, we're in town, we'll hang around for a bit and....go see LSU play Idaho! 

About to head out to my Sister Gail's where she's fixing Peter and I Grits and Eggs and Louisiana Sausage...... mmmmm!

Even though Peter and I will be having a very good time in my home-town surrounded by so many memories, good food and football, we'll be PRAYER for so many that are in harm's way today.  

I am reminded of that wonderful scripture spoken by Jesus in John 16:33, "...in this world, you will have Tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world"!  Please remember to pray with us today!! 

As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!  God Bless You this day!!

Air Mobile Joe & Peter



  

9-14-12 - Friday - 4:07am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

AMERICA ON "HIGH ALERT" FOLLOWING ATTACKS ON EMBASSY'S - PRAY FOR OUR LAND

U.S. Embassy's around the world are on "High Alert" following the senseless & tragic attacks in Libya, Egypt and other Middle Eastern Capitals.  We don't know "who knew what", but what we do know is, that lives have been lost and America is increasingly coming under attack.  Folks, again, I urge you to PRAY for our Leaders to proceed with wisdom and clear direction. 

Peter and I will be heading to Baton Rouge early this morning to attend a Memorial for my Cousin, Mike who passed away recently.  Time for us get "rolling".  May even give an update once we're "on the road".  Gotta go.....

As always, truly, appreciate your prayer, love and support.  We pray you have a blessed day and....PLEASE remember to pray for our country during these dangerous and difficult days.  So many Americans are abroad and truly entering into "harms way".  Another reminder for us to....A.S.A.P. (Always-Say-A-Prayer)!  Missionaries world-wide are particularly vulnerable.  Please take a moment and lift them up in prayer, even as you read this blog!!  THANK YOU!!

Air Mobile Joe  


9-13-12 - Thursday - 6:07am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

PRAY FOR OUR NATION AS WE DEAL WITH THE TERRIBLE DEATH OF OUR AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO LIBYA & OTHER ATTACKS ON EMBASSIES WORLDWIDE


We have all been shaken by the terrible news of the brutal attacks & tragic deaths of Ambassador Stevens and 3 other American Embassy Staff members in Libya.  Similar attacks occurred at the American Embassy in Cairo, but thankfully, there were no American deaths.  PLEASE pray for the families of those that lost loved ones.  We are surely living in turbulent times!

PLEASE pray that our leaders have great wisdom and direction regarding these tragic and dangerous events! The last time an American Ambassador was killed was 1979 in Afghanistan.  Folks, our prayers are powerful because we serve a mighty God who hears our prayers.  As you are reading this blog, please take a moment and pray!  Thanks!!


Yesterday, it was a joy to pick up the son, David, of our very dear friends, Wayne and Sandy DeYoung.  First met Wayne & Sandy in the Dominican Republic in 1984.  David was only a year old.  It is such a blessing to see David walking in his parents' footsteps by serving the Lord in foreign ministry.  

David & his family, however, had to return to the U.S. due to severe medical complications with his wife, Kristin, while giving birth to their daughter, Kenya.  We are pleased to say that both mother and baby are recovering from this ordeal.

David returned to Santiago, Dominican Republic, to close out his mission.  He then flew in from Santiago, on Missionary Flights International on Tuesday evening.  I picked him up yesterday morning and we began searching for a car that he could buy and drive up to Michigan to join Kristin and Kenya.  So glad that we found a great little car at a super price.  David will be heading up to Michigan this morning.  Thank God for answered prayer.  Again, such a joy to see this fine young man, who is serving our Lord so faithfully!  May I ask you to also pray for Kristin and Kenya as they recover.

This evening, Peter and I will be driving to Louisiana to attend the Memorial Service for my Cousin Mike who passed away recently. Please pray that we have a safe journey.  Sure do ask you to pray with us a lot.  Again, our prayers are so powerful.  If we really knew what happened when we prayed, we'd probably pray a lot more.  OK, I must put it down again.....A.S.A.P. (Always-Say-A-Prayer).  Just a simple reminder.

Well, it's that time.  Need to head out into this wonderful day.  Pray you are blessed and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe


9-12-12 - Wednesday - 7:45am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe


A JOY TO SHARE  THE JOY OF THE LORD!



Last night, was a blessing to share about the JOY of our Lord at Aloma United Methodist Church in Winter Park, FL.  Before service, had the opportunity to meet Rev. Yvon Pierre, who was born in Haiti.  

Again, my dear brother, Pastor Jim, the "Unifer" put us together.  We had many good stories to share and I look forward to working together with him in the future.  Yvon also liked the Air Mobile Rescuer water purifier. 


Pastor Jim has been doing a 5 part series on Personal Revival and I was the concluding speaker.  Just telling the stories of  the goodness of God is such a JOY.  My prayer is that the words I spoke last night will bring folks closer to Jesus.


Looks like that system we've been tracking has become a named storm, Tropical Storm Nadine.  Forecasters are hoping that Nadine will spin out away from people.  We certainly pray that happens!

This morning, I'll be picking up the son of a Missionary that I have known for many years, Wayne Deyoung.  David, Wayne's son was just a little boy when Wayne and I first ministered together.  Now, David is a full grown missionary.  David is flying home to be with his wife who had a very complicated delivery and was evacuated out of the Dominican Republic.  We'll be helping David to find a car and get up to Michigan to join his wife.  Please pray we're successful.

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

Air Mobile Joe

9-11-12 - Tuesday - 7:13am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

A REVIVAL OF "ONE" - TONIGHT AT ALOMA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN WINTER PARK, FL - REMEMBERING 9-11


My good friend, Pastor Jim Govatos, has asked me to speak at his Church, Aloma United Methodist in Winter Park, FL tonight.  I am truly honored!  My subject will be, "Let the Revival begin in us".  This study has brought me to some wonderful places in the Word of God.  The Service will begin at 7:00pm.  

Would truly appreciate your prayer that our Lord will use me to deliver His message.  Also, if you're in the area, would be blessed to have you join us.  The address is:

Aloma United Methodist Church
3045 Aloma Avenue
Winter Park, FL   32792

By the way, Jim is a remarkable Pastor.  He pastored in Titusville for many years and is known as a great Unifier of ministries.  Jim was there for me and my family, when we were going through great struggles with the City of Titusville over critical zoning issues.  Am truly humbled that he would have me speak to his church.  Hope to see you there.


Got some good news yesterday, regarding the testing of certain components on our Turbo System for our Little Donkey.  The Turbo Controller(s) tested just fine.  That is always good news.  Also, good to know that we have such a fine shop within easy driving.  ATC (Approved Turbo Components) has always done a good job of keeping our Turbos in top operating condition.

Also good news regarding Bill Duncklee's Mom.  Went and saw her in the Hospital in Vero Beach yesterday and she is recovering, slowly but surely!  Thank you for your prayers for Mom Duncklee!!


From Vero, gave my good friend and excellent, Water Mule, Joe Prussel a ring to see if he could join me for lunch.  The plan worked and Joe and I broke bread together.  Joe has been all over the world with us bringing clean water to the thirsty.  

Joe is a good example of how "Our Lord deploys His troops".  Joe has helped to coordinate so many teams from Church at Viera (CAV) to come to Haiti.  As a matter of fact, just last week a CAV Team was in Haiti helping our intrepid Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress).  Really appreciate Joe Prussel!! 


Heard an encouraging report regarding the Tropics this morning.  Conditions, for the moment, are Unfavorable for major tropical development.  Let's keep on praying that system, Invest 91-L does not "organized"!  Sure don't like the path of that one!

Finally, today is 11 years since that terrible, brutal attack on our country & so many innocent victims.  May we remember those that lost so much on this day 11 years ago.

Well, it's that time.....to head out into this beautiful day that our Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!!  Your prayers are so precious to us.  THANK YOU again!!

Air Mobile Joe




9-10-12 - Monday - 8:15am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

WE'RE AT THE PEAK OF HURRICANE SEASON - KEEP PRAYING!


Folks, this is the most intense time for hurricanes.  Thankfully, Leslie and Michael are heading to the northeast Atlantic and away from people, though Newfoundland may get some of Leslie's wrath.


That system, Invest 91L is still trying to organize and we just keep praying that it doesn't gain strength.  As we have pointed out, that path will bring a lot of destruction and possibly deaths.  We pray!!

Had an amazing time of ministry at the Hospital with the young people.  The Worship was so sweet.  It is always such a joy to share the Lord with these kids that have had such difficult times in their lives.

Today, will be heading down to Vero Beach to get some turbo components for Ti Burik bench checked.  Also, would appreciate your prayer for Bill Duncklee's Mom who is recovering from a serious infection.  As you may recall, Bill is a dear friend and great supporter of Air Mobile.  I know he would appreciate your prayers.  Thanks!

Time to hit the road.  As always, so appreciate your prayer, love and support.  God Bless!!

Air Mobile Joe


9-9-12 - Sunday - 7:58am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

WORKING ON TI BURIK - WATCHING A GAME - NICE SATURDAY - KEEPING AN EYE ON THE TROPICS

Met our good mechanic Paul and went right to work on finding that "warm cylinder".  Think we found the problem.  Recently changed the starter to a much smaller one.  That left a gap in the "baffling".  So....we'll plug the hole and take it for a test flight.  Hope that solves the problem.

Then....Peter and I went to our favorite hang-out, Dogs-R-Us and watched some "football".  Yes, it was LSU against Washington and....LSU won.  Now, that's a cool Saturday for sure.  Sometimes, it's the little things in life that bring such joy.


In checking the weather, looks like Isaac will not "re-appear"...he's done enough damage already!  Bermuda is being spared a direct hit by, now, Tropical Storm Leslie.  

Michael is just spinning out there and.....there is that development (Invest 91-L) off of the African Coast.  We're watching that one carefully...and prayerfully.  Should it develop, the path will do a lot of damage and may end up in Gulf.  Sure don't need that. So, let's pray together that 91-L just DOES NOT GET ORGANIZED!  By the way, we are now entering into the PEAK of the Hurricane Season.

Running a bit late this morning.  Have to get Peter to Church early because he's in the Church Worship Band, so have to run.  As always, REALLY APPRECIATE your love, prayer and support!  God Bless!!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - Dropped Peter at Church and had a few extra minutes, so came to my "man-cave", the office in the hangar, and added a bit to my rambling blog.  


Sure love my "man-cave".  

Will head back to Church in a few and then Cindy, Ariana, Peter and I will go to the Hospital for young people in Orlando.  We truly love this ministry of reaching out to young lives that are in trouble.  That is where Jesus loves to go!  Joe

9-8-12 - Saturday - 7:05am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

SMOOTH RIDE HOME - STUDYING EN-ROUTE - ANOTHER STORM ROLLING OFF OF AFRICA - LESLIE WEAKENING

On every "Mission", we reach a time to come home.  Yesterday was my day.  Headed to Port-Au-Prince bright and early, prepped, loaded, inspected, presented documentation and pushed the throttles forward at 7:50am.  The Little Donkey jumped into the morning air and climbed to 16,500 feet.  The Autopilot is working like a dream so....


Took the time to pull out the Aviation Instructors Handbook and continued my study for the Certified Flight Instructor's Check Ride.  What a beautiful place to study!!

My Flight Instructor, Glen, had been working through some health issues, thus the "pause" in my flight training.  So glad to report that Glen is doing just fine and we've re-engaged in the training that will bring me to the goal of being a Certified Flight Instructor / Instrument / Mulit-Engine (CFI/I/MEI).


Sometimes, I just stand amazed at how good our Lord is...to allow us to enjoy ourselves so.  Studying at 16,500 over the spectacular Caribbean with Cuba to the side of me and Florida ahead with a beautiful, well equipped aircraft, Ti Burik. Ahhh, it's moments like these that I simply Praise God!

Could see the Thunderstorms ahead brewing as I approached Florida.  My on-board Nexrad "radar" showed me exactly where they were and what was needed to avoid them.  Slipped into Fort Pierce at the exact projected time....to the minute.  Love flights like this!

Rushed home to pick up my little Ariana who was just getting off the bus.  Then headed up to Titusville to Pick up Peter from his High School.  Got home, was joined by Cindy, who had just gotten off of work.  Together we prepared for our home Bible Study group.  We had a full house.  Ahhh, it's good to be home!

Today, will be with Paul, our faithful aircraft mechanic, and we'll be conducting our "Post-Mission Inspection" on Ti Burik.  One of cylinders on the rear engine was running a bit warmer, so we'll go take a look and see what's going on.  


You may recall, we installed an instrument that tells us exactly what each of the 6 cylinders is doing.  This helps us to fix something before it becomes a serious issue.  Thank God for such good instruments on this wonderful tool called Ti Burik!


Bermuda is getting a break as Hurricane Leslie has been downgraded to Tropical Storm Leslie.  The storm is becoming disorganized, thank the Lord!  

We're still "tracking" the remains of Isaac and....another tropical storm just rolled off the coast of Africa.  This one may be tracking in the lower Atlantic.  This could be very bad for us.  We'll continue to monitor it's movement and development and....PRAY that it not become "Organized"!!

Well, it's that time.  Had that second cup of coffee, time to go feed the chickens and head on over to the airport to meet Paul and see what's up with "heating up" cylinder.  As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe


9-7-12 - Friday - 5:32am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

WATCHING THE TROPICS & THE GULF - KEEPING THOSE "DROPS OF WATER" FLOWING - FOOD IN THE DEPOT


Wow!  We're still tracking Isaac after all this time!  We began tracking that storm in mid August and after traveling all the way from Africa to the Caribbean to Louisiana / Mississippi and then bringing much needed rain to the Mid West, now...that same storm has looped around and come back down to the Gulf.  

That's a "long-lived" storm!  Isaac has brought a lot of suffering and destruction and he's still hanging around.  We'll keep watching that storm!  Hurricane Leslie has stalled but still heading to Bermuda and Hurricane Michael is far from land and people, thank the Lord.


Spent yesterday in the Air Mobile Rescuer Refurb facility resurrecting Rescuers!  This is so rewarding.  Unit by unit came to life with the newly installed "Heart" (critical component) that we had manufactured.  

I brought in the tiny, O-Rings that had stopped the operation on our last mission to Haiti.  Something so small can stop the flow of clean water.  Well, we solved the problem and brought our inventory level up to keep clean water flowing...even though it seems like a drop in the bucket, it is now many little drops all over this country...thanks to your prayer, love and support!! 


It was nice to see the Food Depot in Ruuska Village full again, thanks to the effort of a certain Little Donkey.  It is amazing just how much stuff we can get into Ti Burik.  What is not shown in this shot are the tires, the water cooler, the hamburgers / hot dogs, bug spray, toner cartridges, Rescuer parts etc. that we carried in on this last load.  Again, I never cease to marvel at what a difference a little airplane can make!


While fueling the Little Donkey, brought Tim and a couple of his Disciples in Recovery up for a quick spin over Russka Village.  Tim is comes to Haiti regularly with young people who are "Overcoming".  This ministry has been an incredible blessing to Barb and all in the Village as well as to the young people gaining victories in their lives.  This is a true Win-Win-Win deal, orchestrated by our Lord! 


We made a low pass over Ruuska Village.  It is amazing what Barb (affectionately known as "Rambo in the Blue Dress" has built.  This community touches so many lives!  We are privileged to work together with this great Lady of God!

Well, it's that time.....time to head out into another Adventure for the Lord.  Where would we be without so many helping us along this journey?  Where would we be without the Lord??  So glad He reached down and saved me!  Time to head out.  Love you and appreciate you!!

Air Mobile Joe  



9-6-12 - Thursday - 7:21am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

TROPICS IGNITING - IS ISAAC COMING BACK??


Hurricane Leslie is barreling down on Bermuda....a powerful storm.  Hurricane Michael is spinning away from people, thank God and.....is Isaac re-forming in the Gulf of Mexico (see Invest 90L)??  All of this activity certainly indicates some very "unstable conditions" that can bring a lot of grief and suffering to many.  We'd best keep PRAYING...and YES, we do want God on our side!!


I was studying a trend that may be developing in the Atlantic between Africa and the U.S..  For the next few weeks, the track for possible hurricanes will be dropping to a lower path.  This can mean some more terrible storms coming to the Windward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Cuba and eventually end up in the Gulf of Mexico.  Folks, "THE SEASON AIN'T OVER YET"!  One can see from this "Scorecard" we're in a very active season.  

Our best course is to be "sober and vigilant" and keep an eye on the tropics, prepare and yes, PRAY!  I recall an old quote that we recently shared...."PRAISE THE LORD & PASS THE AMMUNITION".  It is good to put our faith in God and certainly PRAY &....do our part by preparing.  

If you live in a coastal region of the U.S., you basically are vulnerable for we've seen storms hit from South Texas to Maine. The truth is, we don't know what is going to come our way.  But, we do know Who does!  So, it is a good time to pray and prepare.


Let us remember and pray for those in Bermuda as Hurricane Leslie is bearing down on that island as I write this blog.  

Today, will be resurrecting some Air Mobile Rescuers that have long needed certain parts.  Well, with a lot of prayer and generosity from our great supporters, I have some much needed replacement parts that WILL bring those units to life.  

Along those same lines, received a very welcome call yesterday.  An organization that had some critical parts for the Rescuer recently found them and offered them to Air Mobile....PRAISE GOD!!  I sense that our Lord is doing some extraordinary things to help us to get ready for some "Stormy Days Ahead".

The sun has risen and I've downed that delicious second cup of coffee and it's that time to get some Rescuers able to Rescue.  Your prayers are so precious to us and with all my heart, I thank you!  Pray you have a blessed day and think about picking up some extra water, batteries and food.  You never know when you'll need them.  God bless!!

Air Mobile Joe  

9-5-12 - Wednesday - 6:19am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

TROPICAL STORM LESLIE (SOON TO BE HURRICANE LESLIE) TRACKS NORTH!  WATCH OUT BERMUDA!  ANOTHER DAY IN HAITI - PRAYING WITH FRIENDS!!


Tropical Storm Leslie is lumbering north, fighting those upper level wind shears but slowly gaining strength.  Likely path over Bermuda and hitting the Canadian Maritimes.  The U.S. East Coast will likely experience rip tides and big waves.  


Tropical Storm Leslie is quite large and definitely gaining in strength.  We'll be keeping a close eye on her.  So glad that Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti have been spared the wrath of this storm.  However, those in Bermuda had best "batten down the hatches" and prepare (and pray!) as it appears as if they are right in Leslie's Bullseye.

Had a number of meetings scheduled yesterday.  Once departing the village, instead of heading right to Port-Au-Prince, thought it wise to gain PRAYER SUPPORT!  


So, I headed north and stopped at my dear friend's place, David Heady (David & Judy are the founders of Global Outreach).  Found him "in the field" on his beautiful, 1970 John Deere Tractor.  Rode out and we had a time of prayer!  Folks, can't say enough about the importance, significance and privilege of PRAYER!

Often, we get "swept up" into our day and simply forget to take the time to PRAY!  That is why I often refer to the wonderful acronym - A.S.A.P. (Always-Say-A-Prayer).

After praying with David, headed into Port-Au-Prince and stopped in to see another great friend, Dave Carwell, Director of Mission Aviation Fellowship.  He too had a meeting at the same place at the same time, so....we PRAYED together and headed into our meetings.

Now, with all that PRAYER, one would think that the meetings would naturally go well.  They didn't.  They didn't go particularly bad, we just did not get what we came for.  So...what do we do?  

We stood in the hallway and both came up with the scripture found in I Peter 5:7, "Casting all your care upon HIM for HE cares for you".  With that good word, Dave and I went to lunch.  We kept "digging" into the treasure cove of God's Word and found more and more jewels.  

By the end of our lunch, our hearts were encouraged as our Lord was telling us to remain faithful and resolute.  For you see, both our meetings had to do with extending the Kingdom of God and increasing safey.  In essence, saving lives for the Glory of God!  We are truly on a Noble Mission!

After finishing lunch with David Carwell, headed back to our village.  Upon reaching the intersection where a south turn would bring me "home", instead, headed north a couple of kilometers and went to have a bit more fellowship with David Heady.  Soon, we had a pot of coffee on and spent time in fellowship and the Word!  Now, folks, that is a good way to spend an afternoon.  

Checked on David's Pastor's printer on the way out.  Found out all is working well and the Pastor was actually at the press, printing another book when I called on him.  What a joy it is to support these ministries.  

Arrived back at the village, exhausted, but refreshed in the Lord.  After dinner (hamburgers that Ti Burik brought in), we sat on the roof and gazed at the stars and continued our "Treasure Hunt" in the Word and exploring "Casting our cares upon the Lord" and His peace that passes all understanding.  

So, here we are, beginning another day, bright and early with good coffee.  We'll embark on another adventure.  You see why I so appreciate your prayer, love and support!  It is vital to our mission!  Pray that you have a blessed day and THANKS AGAIN for standing with us!!

Air Mobile Joe


9-4-12 - Tuesday - 7:11am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by:  Air Mobile Joe

SLIPPING INTO HAITI....AHEAD OF TROPICAL STORM LESLIE....SURE HOPE...& PRAY LESLIE TURNS NORTH!

The time was right.  The load was loaded and at 5:37am, I pushed the throttles forward on Ti Burik.  It was still dark and the air was....kind of cool and clear.  The Little Donkey jumped into the air and we headed for Haiti with a plane load of vital supplies.


Climbed to 17,000 feet and settled down a nice flight.  Ran into a bit of weather near Freeport and Nassau, but easily worked around the build-ups.  Picked up some ice around Andros Island, but it didn't "stick".  Just another day in Paradise.  Love those Caribbean sunrises!

So glad to have gotten into the air bright and early.  Could hear the weather really "heating up" behind me as the sun began the percolation of storms.  Miami was getting real crowded with airliners from all over the world "jockying" into position to work around those rapidly growing thunderstorms.  We "slipped" out just in time.


Now, Tropical Storm Leslie is gaining size and strength is due east of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola (The Dominican Republic and Haiti).  One thing is for sure, Haiti does not need another storm!  Leslie has slowed down and is just hanging around.  We PRAY that Leslie makes that "forecasted" turn to the North and just head out into the open Atlantic and just "chill out" and fade away.  WE PRAY!

Had a beautiful flight of 4 hours 52 minutes.  The Little Donkey was really packed.  Had a lot of baby food, formula, diapers, blankets, a new, very cool water cooler, tools, supplies, bug spray, hamburgers, hot-dogs and the list goes on and on.  It is such a joy to be able to bring in these supplies for folks who work so hard to save lives!

Also had those "o-rings" that will help us to "resurrect" some Air Mobile Rescuers.  Sure love working on those life-saving machines!


Well, the sun has risen, the second cup of coffee has been consumed.  Here is a shot of Air Mobile Joe's little corner.  Notice the Keurig coffee maker.  Ahhh, life is good!

Time to head out into this grand adventure.  Am very excited about what our Lord will do today!  Your prayer, love and support is so precious to me.  Can't THANK YOU enough! Pray that you have a very blessed day!

Air Mobile Joe

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