February 29, 2012 - Wednesday - 6:41am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile "Base Camp" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
MAF CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY IN HAITI - HAITI MOVES CLOSER TOWARD NEW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC) EQUIPMENT
Yesterday was a banner day in many ways. Headed out of the Village early to bring some soccer uniforms to our favorite Tent City, "Caanan II". My point of contact was all ready for me and the transfer went smoothly.
The colors were great, red and black and the name on the Uniforms (that were donated thanks to a good NASA friend) is "The Saints".
From there it was down to the airport to meet the Director General of Civil Aviation, Captain Flambert. We discussed the status of the proposal that we presented in December. The good news is: looks like the funding is coming through! Many of you have been praying for this situation, because the existing ATC equipment is on it's last leg. We should be getting confirmation very soon. THANK YOU for your prayers and please, don't let up until the equipment is in place. The replacement of this equipment will dramatically increase aviation safety in Haiti!
Next, it was to the grand Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) 25th Anniversary party. What a joy to celebrate with this fine organization. I had the wonderful privilege over 25 years ago to strongly encourage MAF to come to Haiti. What a blessing to work side by side with them in the "early days". We shared many memories and above all, we gave God the Glory for the many miracles He has done with and through this organization.
Dave Carwell, the Director of MAF, and a very close personal friend invited John Boyd, the President and CEO of MAF. It was great getting to meet John and sharing so many stories. John grew up in Zimbabwe and has a rich background in mission aviation.
Also present was Rick Dickson, Senior Director Regional Operations. Rick served many years in Africa and Costa Rica and now is at Headquarters doing an amazing job. MAF is, in my humble opinion, the finest Mission Aviation organization on the planet. Haiti is blessed to have them and we all look forward to the next 25 years of service to Haiti for the Glory of God!
Well, I'm running on limited batteries this morning. Our "Village" generator has died and we've been running on batteries and the local power, which went out yesterday and has yet to return. Today, we'll be exploring a new replacement generator for the village. Please pray that our Lord will lead us each step of the way.
Time to head out. We'll see what our Lord has for us today on this amazing adventure! As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 28, 2012 - Tuesday - 6:52am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile "Base Camp" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
AND YET ANOTHER RESCUER TO THE RESCUE.....POWERED BY THE SUN
Oh, it was a busy day yesterday. Started out by first, writing my little rambling blog. So good watching the sunrise over the mountains to the sound of many crowing roosters and other critter sounds. Had a nice couple of cups of coffee and just thanked our Lord to be alive and able to serve Him. Folks, this blog is truly therapy for me. For those you who are brave enough to read this rambling journey, THANKS for riding along with me. Here's a shot of the Solar unit before we presented it.
I checked the "road" report and there were no visible "hot spots" so I headed up first to Samaritan's Purse and delivered a load of toner cartridges. It's funny, I started our Cartridge company in Haiti 19 years ago in a mud hut village. And here I am, still providing toner cartridge service in Haiti.
Headed back to the Village and then dashed out on the motorcycle to bring some shock aborbers to my good friend Pastor Enock. Also confirmed an appointment with the Director General of Civil Aviation, Captain Flambert. We're still working on helping Haiti to get some much needed Air Traffic Control equipment. The existing system is on it's last leg. Please pray we are successful in this noble venture.
From there, I headed over to Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) who is about to celebrate 25 years of operation in Haiti. I know a little something about those early days. Believe me, the start of MAF in Haiti was "a wonderful act of God" and is still going on to this day.
Headed back to our Village to get ready to meet Joel, the Director of a small orphanage. Joel also works for Samaritan's Purse and we've checked out his operation very carefully. He's a fine young man and doing a superb job. Well, his orphanage is located right next to a river that, several years ago, flooded and many people were lost and many orphans were produced. Joel and his family had to do something.
So, they started a small orphanage. I've visited it and it's clean and well run. Of course, they need clean water. As a matter of fact, a number of the children are sick right now (probably due to dirty water).
So, yesterday we (and you) did something about that. We presented Joel an Air Mobile Rescuer and a Solar System to power the unit. We spent several hours going over the system and explaining the way to keep the unit in good operational shape. Joel is a sharp young man and I'm so glad that we could finally get this unit into his hands.
At the end of the session, I had the wonderful privilege to present the unit to him. This unit will provide all the water that his orphanage will need and....even be able to provide his neighbors with clean water. What a blessing!
I can't even begin to express in words what a blessing it is to be able to do this. There are so many people that I want to THANK for helping me to do this. I'd like to begin with my precious wife who truly understands what we are doing. My Cindy lived many years in Haiti, even before we were married, and she well knows the depth and need for clean water. She's my biggest supporter in this mission. Then, I'd like to thank my children (all 8 of them). They've all been with us on missions and fully understand what we are doing. They often come along. Then, I'd like to THANK YOU who stand so faithfully with us as we travel this road to bring clean water to the thirsty and desperate.
Well, it's time to get out and about today. We're checking the status of the roads and will determine the best routing to avoid problems. As always, THANK YOU again for your faithful love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - I just received an e-mail from Casa Blanca, Morocco. The Extreme Makeover program just aired there. A dear Brother in the Faith, has pledged to support Air Mobile on a monthly basis. I told him that Barbara just returned from there. It's a small world (in Christ)!! Joe
February 27, 2012 - Monday - 6:47am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile "Base Camp" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
TI BURIK BACK ON THE "PATH" TO HAITI - FLIES LIKE A DREAM - VITAL SUPPLIES ARRIVE - ANOTHER RESCUER TO THE "RESCUE"
EARLY yesterday morning, I arrived at Space Center Executive Airport and put the final load into our Little Donkey. Checked all the fuel thanks (have 14 of them!) and fired her up. Pushed the microphone button and activated the Runway Lights and eased the throttles forward for Haiti!
Ti Burik quickly climbed to 15,000 feet and I settled down to a beautiful ride. However, the new Auto-Pilot system is not yet installed so I had to work a bit more than usual this morning, having to "hand fly" the Little Donkey. I must tell you, this little airplane is sweet! The engines were smooth as silk and the electrical system performed absolutely flawlessly. Watching the beautiful Caribbean Sunrise never gets old!
Upon arrival, my faithful "ground crew" unloaded Ti Burik and marveled at how much this Little Donkey can carry over such a long distance. She is appropriately named, "Ti Burik".
My supplies included fresh food for our missionaries, dipers, thousands of pre-natal vitamins, little knit baby caps, soccer uniforms, new shoes, toner cartridges, electrical equipment for a hospital, wedding flowers for a dear friend of Cindy, replacement components for the Rescuer including new carbon filters, special tools and 2 new Rescuers for 2 orphanages.
I was soon met at the airport by our "Intrepid Barbara", better known as "Rambo in the Blue Dress". Barb had just landed from a trip to Africa where she was following up on some Rescuers in Morocco. We headed to the Village. The streets in Haiti are quite tense right now due to the sudden resignation of the recently elected Prime Minister, so we were on extra special guard.
This is another reason why we do not publish our exact travel itinerary. When leaving the airport with a full load, one is quite vulnerable. Our Lord gives His troops wisdom. We arrived without incident. Again, THANK the Lord! Among my suppies were "Bubba" Burgers, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and buns. We had a great lunch!
After checking in with many of the folks we'll be visiting and helping on this mission, we made a late evening run to a local orphanage nearby. We've known and worked with this orphanage for many years. Their specialty is taking the severe medical children that basically no one else wants. The orphanage went through a recent administration change.
It was time to get them a brand new Rescuer. It was with great joy to present this beautiful unit to them. They'll not have to buy "bottled water" again! The kids will receive pure, clean water, thereby giving them a much greater chance to survive. Folks, this is, without a doubt, one of the most satisfying things in ministry I have ever done. I simply cannot thank you enough for helping me to do this!
From there we headed back to our Village. The sun had already set. As a famous western writer, Louis L'Amour, so eloquently writes, "we'd worked from can see to can't see" (actually, our day had begun long before "can see and ended long after can't see). It was a long day. After getting back, Barb and I settled down to pleasant evening playing Yahtzee. Nice way to unwind.
We have plenty of stuff planned, but for right now, we're waiting for the "road report" from our friends spread all over Port-Au-Prince. We've been warned that things can get pretty dangerous very quickly. PLEASE pray that Haiti weathers this current storm. Much of this is not getting in the news and we pray that Haiti simply "calms down". There is so much work to be done. The last thing Haiti needs now is a fresh outbreak of political violence.
Well, time to get on with the day. As I always share, and mean so sincerely, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 26, 2012 - Sunday - 3:34am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT - MY LITTLE CO-PILOT
I was blessed to have Christian, my son and his kids, show up at the hangar yesterday. After selecting who would sit in the co-pilot seat, little Rythm won. We took up Ti Burik for beautiful Saturday afternoon flight. You can see in Rythm's eyes, a deep love for flying!
After years and years of "Restricted Airspace, we were cleared to fly right down the middle of the Space Shuttle Landing Strip. After the last Shuttle flight, the restriction has been lifted. Talk about a loooooong runway (15,000 feet). Christian and Little Christian and Selah were in the back seat as Rythm and I gave them a nice ride.
We're getting very near to making our next flight into Haiti. I spent yesterday inventorying and arranging our hangar.
This morning, I have a few more things to do and then will be heading to the hangar for some final preparations. Just a note regarding prayer: things are becoming very tense in the Middle East. Between the recent violence in Afghanistan, the tensions in the Strait of Hormuz and Syria, we should truly pray and ask our Lord to guide and lead our leaders.
Time to head to airport. As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 25, 2012 - Saturday - 7:05am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
NEW NASA CAPSULE?? - MORE SHOES FOR HAITI - LITTLE DONKEY FLIES BEAUTIFULLY
Yesterday morning, had a meeting with a dear friend with NASA to extend my badge privileges at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). All went well. When departing the NASA Headquarters building, I saw a Space Capsule just outside the O&C (Operations and Checkout) Building. Sure enough, a crew was just unloading, what may be our next "Manned Space Capsule". It was a rare privilege to catch this shot. Thought I'd share it with you.
From KSC met with Doug, one of our great Volunteer / Water Mules and we headed on down to Melbourne to meet with "Delta Rose". Rose had some wonderful Shelves / Cabinets to donate to the Air Mobile Hangar office. She also had some more new shoes. Rose's daughter, Katie has an amazing ministry of finding new shoes for Haiti. "Daughter like Mother". Rose has done a superb job of raising Katie. We're blessed by them both and so are many others.
Once back at the hangar, I met with another great Volunteer / Water Mule, George from New York. Now, George is the one who introduced us to Doug. I love the "Network" that our Lord has given us! George gave me a ride to Orlando to pick up a certain "Little Donkey" that's been all "Re-Programmed" and checked out.
Upon arrival, I thanked Orlando Aircraft Services (OAS) and fired up Ti Burik. The beautiful Garmin Instrument Panel came to life and all systems were communicating with one another. OAS had also checked out a number of other systems and all looks good to go.
Made the quick flight back to our home base (about 12 minutes). Landed, put Ti Burik in the "barn" and dashed to pick up my precious Cindy who was just getting off of work at the Juvenile Detention Center. Both Cindy and I are so thankful for this great job. Cindy gets to minister with young people in "distress". Of course, one of our U.S. outreaches is to "Chaplain" at a Psychiatric Hospital in Orlando. It is there that we are able to minister with young people in "distress". Here we go again, "Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops". Just glad to be named among them and so is my Cindy.
Today, will be doing some more inspections and tests on our "Little Donkey". It is such a blessing to have this great tool coming into service again. I've missed flying Ti Burik to Haiti. We should be heading down there pretty soon. Will advise.
Time to head to the airport. We pray that you have a blessed day. THANK YOU for standing with us with your prayer, love and support. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 24, 2012 - Friday - 7:19am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
THE LITTLE DONKEY GETTING "RE-PROGRAMMED"
All in "good time", I flew Ti Burik to Orlando yesterday to get all of the Avionics re-programmed and recognizing each other and working together. This is a major step toward getting the Little Donkey back on the "path" to Haiti. But before taking off, I brewed a delicious cup of coffee in my Kuerig Coffee Pot and took a moment to reflect on this memorable moment.
Meanwhile, Doug and Steve, 2 excellent Volunteer Water Mules, were bringing organization to our Air Mobile Hangar. Doug was able to snap this shot of our Little Donkey as it leaped into the air.
Upon landing at Orlando, I was met by John and Troy, the Owners of Orlando Aircraft Services (OAS). They'll be getting all of the Avionics to communicate with one another.
This is such a blessing, to finally get Ti Burik back on the "Mission" of bringing clean water and vital supplies and personnel where it is most needed. We hope to pick up Ti Burik later today.
Have early morning meetings at Kennedy Space Center regarding extending our Clearance on the Center. Please pray all goes well. Will also be picking up some much needed cabinets from "Delta Rose" down in Melbourne. These cabinets will help us to organize the little office inside our hangar. By the way, I love that little office. I can open the hangar doors, and sit in the office and watch airplanes take off and land. It's particularly pretty in the early morning and the afternoon around sunset. Ahhh, I love airports!
Well, have already had that second cup of coffee and getting ready to head over to the Space Center. I ask myself this question, "Where would we be without so many folks helping us and praying for us???" It leads me back to the conclusion that "Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"! I simply thank our Lord for you also. We're so appreciative for your prayer, love and support! Have a blessed day!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 23, 2012 - Thursday - 6:59am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A "LITTLE DONKEY" JUMPS A HURDLE - BAD WEATHER PREVENTS FLIGHT TRAINING
One does not usually see a donkey jumping a hurdle (visualize that!), but our trusty Ti Burik did yesterday. For the first time since the December 16th "Electrical meltdown", I conducted a high speed taxi and a quick flight around "the patch". The Little Donkey flew beautifully. Today, if the weather clears up, I'll take Ti Burik to Orlando to have some more tests conducted and get all of the new Garmin Avionics calibrated and programmed. Yea! We're getting closer to having Ti Burik back on the "Path to Haiti and beyond....".
This has been a long and arduous road to "recovery", but well worth every step. We have had the opportunity to go through so many systems and make improvements along the way. Ti Burik is a better Little Donkey now that we have been able to methodically analyze very single electrical circuit and also make some very cool additions. For example, we now have digital fuel flow and oil temperature. We're also getting a much more advanced Auto Pilot system and the list goes on and on.
So, here we are again, finding ourselves the beneficiary of God's Blessings in the midst of problems. Truly, our Lord can take any situation that we give to Him and make it better. We simply need to learn to trust Him in ALL situations! He's still working on me!!
I could see there was some weather moving in from the West yesterday afternoon. By the time I arrived at Merritt Island Airport to meet with my Flight Instructor, Glen, we both could see from the radar summary that some very bad weather was coming at us fast (40-50 mph). Right at our projected take-off time, the "stuff" arrived with howling winds and driving rains. Not a good night for flight training. So, we had a good "Ground School" session on flight profiles and maneuvers. We'll fly another time.
We'll see what the weather does this morning (visibility is very low.....touching minimums). As soon as we can, we'll move Ti Burik over to Orlando for more inspections / programming, etc. A bit later this morning, will be having lunch with a brother in the Faith and a manufacturing giant. We'll be discussing the actual manufacture of critical Rescuer components.
Folks, we've come a long with regard to gaining manufacturing control for the Air Mobile Rescuer. Many of you have been praying with me about this for several years now. I want you to know that our Lord is answering our prayers! We're so close to being able to manufacture every component on this life-saving water purifier. Thank God!!
Well, it's that time. Need to head to the airport and pray that the temperature and the dew point get a bit more of a spread (when they touch, we get fog). As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!! May you be mightily blessed by our Lord today!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Just another thought about our "flying donkey" - I've seen a horse-fly and a house-fly, even seen an elephant fly (remember Dumbo?) but have you ever seen a donkey-fly?? Joe
February 22, 2012 - Wednesday - 6:49am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
PARTS ARRIVE - MORE GROUND TESTING - FLIGHT TRAINING THIS EVENING
What a great country! To be able to pick up a phone, place an order for critical parts from California and they arrive the next day is simply amazing. Now, I know that we've grown accustomed to being able to do this (of course one does pay for this service), but it is still amazing. Remember, Air Mobile spends a lot of time in 3rd world countries that are pretty "busted up" and such service is rarely available. Sometimes, it's just good to "give thanks for the blessings"!
Our electronic components have arrived and Paul and I will be installing them on Ti Burik and doing some more testing today. We trust all will go well. We are very close on getting this pretty little bird (or should I say, "Little Donkey") back in the air. It should be soon!
Our plan is to fly to Orlando, where we'll be re-programming all of the new navigation gear and conducting some more inspections. This could happen very soon. We're also awaiting our new Auto-Pilot system. We are very excited about this, as Ti Burik will have the "latest, greatest" system available. She is already a dream to fly, but with the new Auto Pilot system, she will be even nicer. The Auto Pilot system is still being "built" for our specific aircraft. Wow, can hardly wait.
This evening, will be flight training again in the Seminole with Glen, my instructor. This training is a tremendous blessing. Speaking of blessing, our Lord led us to a "Grant" that has paid for the training! It is part of a "re-training" grant offered by the State of Florida for folks who have been "dis-placed" by the shut down of the Space Shuttle Program at Kennedy Space Center. So, not only does "Our Lord know how to deploy His troops", but he also "Knows how to deploy Funding"......because He owns it all!
You know, after sharing a bit of my frustration with you yesterday, regarding the "seeming set back" of finding a few more electrical components that needed attention on Ti Burik, I've pretty much gotten over that and replaced the frustration with THANKSGIVING! Even starting this blog today with the amazing ability to "overnight" parts. The truth is, "We have so much for which to be THANKFUL! All we have to do is look around and simply begin counting our blessing!
I'm not saying this to "Preach at you", but to remind myself to always give THANKS! Of course there is wonderful scripture (there are many) that encourages us to do this. It is found in I Thessalonians 5:18 "IN EVERYTHING....GIVE THANKS FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD CONCERNING YOU!" The verse before that one says "PRAY WITHOUT CEASING" and the verse the verse before that says, "REJOICE ALWAYS"!
So, we come back to JOY. If we seek His JOY (daily) and PRAY (always) and give THANKS (in everything), I can assure you, it will be a better day. Now, folks, I shared these little gems with you because.....I need to remind myself of this! I hope this word of encouragement will be a blessing to you today. And..... as always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 21, 2012 - Tuesday - 7:43am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
PATIENCE WITH THE DONKEY - MORE FLIGHT TRAINING
During some more ground testing, Paul, our mechanic, and I discovered a bit more electrical work that needs attention on our Little Donkey. At first, I was quite disappointed and then.... I thanked our Lord to have found the little glitch here on the ground and not at 19,000 feet. I must remind myself of Romans 8:28 "All things work together for the good to those that love God, those the called, according to His purpose".
We have some more parts ordered and as soon as we get them in, we'll install and test some more. When Ti Burik gets cleared to fly, we'll all rejoice, and in the meantime, we keep marching ahead. We're continuing to make excellent progress on getting all of the components made for the Rescuer and meeting more folks who want to help us on this "noble quest" of bringing clean water to the thirsty.
Of course, I'm very eager to get back to Haiti but must stay close to home for now to help get our aircraft back in the air. So, again, must exercise patience and faith that we're moving in His time and not ours. It seems our Lord is continually teaching me this lesson.
In addition to a frustrating, but productive day with the aircraft, had a most encouraging meeting with Pastor Dave, from the Great Outdoors Church and Barbara Walker (not Rambo in the Blue Dress), our Volunteer Coordinator. It was so good putting those two together. Dave has a true heart to help get many Rescuers out and has a great plan to do this. He and Barbara are working on it. You know, I can see how being here in the U.S. right now and not in Haiti (where I want to be) is "working for the good". I must remind myself that He is in control!
Last night, had a wonderful flight training with Glen, my instructor. We flew the Piper Seminole and did extensive slow flight, stall maneuvers and landings. Still working on those landing "from the right seat". For over 8000 hours, I've flown in the "Left Seat". Believe me, that makes a huge difference, particularly when you're going for a rating to teach other pilots how to fly. Glen is a good and patient instructor.
OK, even though I'm studying like crazy and it's been a while since I've had to study so hard and I'm being "humbled" by being "stretched", I'm really enjoying this flight training. I'm literally burning the "midnight oil" studying for my next written test, "The Fundamentals of Instruction".
Will be heading to the hangar this morning. Have some more meetings and Paul and I will be continuing on the getting Ti Burik back in the air. Please pray all goes well.
Again, as I reflect on Haiti, the truth is"Haiti will get along just fine" whether Air Mobile Joe is there or not. That doesn't mean that I'm not going there, it just means that I'm not going there right now. The reality is, "I'll go when He is good and ready for me to go". There, I've shared my heart with you this morning. May I ask you to please remember this missionary in your prayers today. THANKS and as always, I so appreciate your precious love, prayer, support and undertanding. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 20, 2012 - Monday - 7:57am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
CINDY GOT A REAL SURPRISE!!
Yesterday was a day of secrets and timing! Our daughters, Juliet and Angelica decided some time ago to throw a real surprise Birthday Party for their Mom.
Now, Cindy is pretty much in touch with everything that goes on in the "Hurston Household", so putting together a Surprise Party was tricky but......we did it. In this shot, some of the "surprise guests" are awaiting the moment Cindy walked into the kitchen.
Then came the moment, Cindy "rounded the corner" and was greeted by a huge "SURPRISE"! We did it. She really had no idea that we had a beautiful party arranged in her honor. So often, Cindy is "behind the scenes". She was just blown away that we would do this for her.
We had a lovely afternoon with friends and good food and music and simple JOY! Again, Happy Birthday, Honey!
Today is President's Day and many places are closed. We'll be at the hangar working on our Little Donkey. We've also got some good meetings lined up with some new Volunteers who have some very creative ideas on how to get more Rescuers out, particularly when disaster strikes. Looking forward to those meetings.
Time to head out to the airport. As always, I truly appreciate your love, prayer and support! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 19, 2012 - Sunday - 7:59am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
TODAY IS CINDY'S BIRTHDAY (THE REAL MISSIONARY)!
My precious Cindy celebrates her birthday today. Happy Birthday, Honey! In Air Mobile, many folks often see "Air Mobile Joe". Behind the scenes is a true missionary, Cindy. We met many years ago regarding flights to Haiti.
I fell in love with this amazing, courageous, beautiful lady of God. So often, it is Cindy that motivates and inspires Air Mobile to GO to help the down-trodden and suffering. I fell in love with Cindy and her beautiful and loving heart and above all, her deep love for Jesus. This shot was taken shortly after the terrible earthquake in Haiti. Cindy was right by my side bringing the love of God to so many!
Yesterday, had a wonderful time with over 100 men from "The Great Outdoors Church". It was indeed a great JOY to share on JOY! Afterwards, I met with so many dear and precious friends. These folks truly rallied to the side of Air Mobile immediately following the Haiti earthquake and.....they're still standing so strongly with us. We had a wonderful time with them yesterday.
It's Sunday morning and the Hurston's are getting ready for Church and then Chapel with the young folks in Orlando. We have done this ministry for over 14 years as a direct result of my precious Cindy's love and heart to help young people in trouble. Folks, I PRAISE GOD for my Cindy! Again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HONEY!
As always, I so appreciate you and your love, prayer and support. Be blessed today!
Air Mobile Joe
February 18, 2012 - Saturday - 6:25am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
HEADING TO "THE GREAT OUTDOORS"......with JOY!!
Up early this morning, getting ready to head out the door to "The Great Outdoors". Oh, that's the name of a wonderful Golfing / RV community in Titusville. It's a perfect picture of "Snowbirding" at it's best. Well, they have a church named, The Great Outdoors Church. The men in the church have a periodic breakfast and they've invited me to come speak this morning.
I love doing this. It's so good to share what our Lord is doing in our lives. As we all know, things don't always go "Good" or "Fine". You know, when someone asks you how you're doing and you say, "I'm good" or things are "Just fine". We know that there are times, things may not be that way, but it's easier to just say that.
Today, I'm going to share on one of my "all time favorite subjects" - JOY. We can have joy in the good times, but it's especially sweet to have His Joy coursing through our veins in the bad or hard times. It's been a little while since I've shared on this subject, so I'm really looking forward to it. Truth is.....I need a little (maybe a lot) of JOY right now. Remember, "The Joy of the Lord is our STRENGTH" (Nehemiah 8:10).
We've been patiently and systematically getting our Little Donkey back together following that "electrical meltdown" that occurred on 12-16-11. We're VERY CLOSE to getting Ti Burik back in the air. We're currently awaiting a new Auto Pilot system and a bit of paper work from the FAA. Hope to have it in the air this coming week.
It's time to get back to Haiti. Have critical supplies and a couple of Air Mobile Rescuers to deploy. These are the times that I must simply be patient and.....allow that JOY to flow. Again, we are reminded to "RE-JOICE always" in I Thessalonian 5:16. When we "RE" anything, it means that we do it again and again and again. We're to do this ALWAYS! Can't really have "too much joy". So, there you have it this morning.... a brief encouragement on JOY. So glad I'll be going to share it with others.
After sharing at "The Great Outdoors Church", will be heading to the airport to meet Paul, our mechanic. We're putting the finishing touches on Ti Burik. Will get the status on the FAA paperwork and we'll see where we stand. Well, it's time to head out the door.
As always, I really thank you for your faithful love, prayer and support. Ponder JOY today and allow our Lord to give you some of His joy. It's there for the asking! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 17, 2012 - Friday - 7:16am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
WATER MULE ENLARGES OPERATION - EXTREME INTERVIEW
Air Mobile opened an additional assembly / refurb facility at the home of one of our very best "Water Mules", Dennis. I've known Dennis and his wife, Barbara, for a number of years. This couple "Jumped on board" Air Mobile and has not looked back. They have stepped up on so many projects ranging from traveling to Myanmar to driving us up to Maine for the "Roar Tour". Now, they have opened their home (work shed) to building and repairing Air Mobile Rescuers.
Yesterday, I brought several Rescuers that needed attention to Dennis. He has, as I've mentioned traveled all over the world with us. Dennis and I went to work diagnosing and swapping components until we got several of the units back up and working beautifully. We're also laying out the work bench for Dennis to actually assemble the units right at his home. This will give Air Mobile an additional location to both build and repair this invaluable units.
To further add to this story, Barbara is helping Air Mobile tremendously by organizing and handling the financial book of Air Mobile. Again, "Where would we be without folks helping us??". I simply Praise God for wonderful friends and supporters like Dennis and Barbara.
Was up early this morning and "stumbled" across this interview that was done shortly after our Extreme Makeover. Frankly, I forgot even doing this interview. As I watched it again this morning, it brought me to tears. As I reflect on how good our Lord has been to us, I simply bow in humble thanksgiving! To see the interview, click here - INTERVIEW WITH JOE ON EXTREME BLESSINGS!
Was going to fly our "Little Donkey" to Orlando yesterday, but we're awaiting some paperwork "clearance". Should be ready next week. So, we continue our quest to get Ti Burik back in the air and moving vital supplies and personnel to Haiti. We just "keep on marching" toward the goal.
It's time to get the kids to school and head to the Hangar to keep the project moving ahead. As always, I, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 16, 2012 - Thursday - 5:55am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
AIR MOBILE AT SOLAR SHOW - GOOD CONTACTS
Had a marvelous opportunity to display our Air Mobile Rescuer yesterday. Spent the day talking with folks about our remarkable unit and how we can power it by solar. I absolutely love doing these kind of shows because I get to meet so many different kinds of people.
One of the true advantages to living here on the "Space Coast" is that we have many capable and innovative engineers that have been associated with the Space Program. I spent the day discussing what we do in regard to relief and creative ideas to do things better. It was a good day.
One of the underlying messages I received throughout the day was, "the need to be prepared". Of course, regardless of what happens, water will ALWAYS be an important factor and one that will have to be dealt with very quickly. We certainly have a remarkable device to do just that. I'm very thankful to our Lord for leading us in this direction!
Today, will be heading back to the airport and continuing our quest to get our "Little Donkey" back in the air. May be flying Ti Burik over to Orlando today to get all electronic / static systems checked out. We pray all works well and passes the inspections.
Time to head out the door. THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support. May you have a BLESSED DAY!
Air Mobile Joe
February 15, 2012 - Wednesday - 6:46am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
PULLED A LITTLE DONKEY OUT OF THE BARN - SHE RUNS GOOD - SEEING A DEAR FRIEND
We pulled Ti Burik out of the barn and ran her up. All electrical systems performed as designed. We have a few more adjustments to make, but this little airplane is getting closer and closer to getting ready.
We took good advantage of this repair time and performed the Annual Inspection on the Little Donkey. We were able to check many systems during this "run up". All I can say is "we've got one fine little airplane"! We've been able to make so many good improvements and inspections during this down time. Surely, our Lord "works all things together for the good...."
After the run up, I had to "dash" to the house to meet Ann and her Uncle Charles. Here's the quick story. About 4 years ago, I received a call in the middle of the night. The message was grim: A Haitian Pastor and his wife were severely burned and needed immediate medical attention.
At the time, Air Mobile did not have an aircraft but......had friends who did. A quick call to Doug Rodante who had a beautiful Cessna 401, the plane and Doug were good to go. Then an ER Nurse who miraculously "showed up". Within hours of the call, we were headed to Haiti.
Sadly, the Pastor passed away while enroute to the airport. We were able to transport his wife. She got to the U.S. and was met by Ann who lovingly cared for her mother. The Orlando Hospitals did "miracles" and Ann's mother was with us for another 3 precious years. Well, her Uncle Charles was in from France and just wanted to meet me. We had a delightful lunch and shared precious memories.
Headed back to the airport and continued my long and detailed report on parts and inspections and calls and e-mails, etc.
Today, I'll be the guest and sit on a Panel discussing Emergency Deployments and the need for clean water and energy during Disasters. Looking forward to that. Speaking of disasters, we've got some pretty severe storms in the Gulf that are heading our way. We pray that they don't "grow" into a disaster.
You know, as I reflect on that life & death flight we made a couple of years ago, the thought of "being ready" comes to mind. I am so glad "the pieces came together" to help save Ann's Mom's life. In many ways, our Lord is much more interested in "AVAIL-ABILITY" more than in our ABILITY. May we be ever ready to hear His voice and may we have the strength and GRACE to OBEY!
Time to head out the door. As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 14, 2012 - Tuesday - 6:34am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
The original story of Valentine's day comes from a Christian who was martyred for his faith and within the story is a picture of faithful, pure love. Today, we celebrate that day, but few know the story behind the day. I pray that you have a blessed Valentine Day today.
Will be heading up to the airport today to crank up our Little Donkey and check all the systems. We pray all goes well!
Will also be having lunch with the daughter of a precious lady that I had the privilege to fly in from Haiti several years ago. She was severely burned and we were able to help get her the medical care she desperately needed. Looking forward to the lunch.
Running a bit late this morning. Will try to send a bit more a report from the hangar. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 13, 2012 - Monday - 7:15am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
ANOTHER "CHILLY" DAY IN FLORIDA - 31 DEGREES
Well, it's the start of another week - plenty to do. We should be cranking up our "Little Donkey" either today or tomorrow. We're still awaiting certain components for the Auto-Pilot sytem, but other than that, we're very close to getting Ti Burik back in the air. Ahhhh!
Looks like this "mini" cold snap down here in Sunny Florida will be coming to an end today. Temps should be returning to the 60 - 70's in the next few days. So glad to be living in an area that has such a mild climate.
News from Haiti is that all is relatively calm. They don't seem to be working any major issues, i.e. cholera / violence/ etc. We have several water purifiers to be delivered upon our next mission to Haiti, along with supplies such as diapers / vitamins / tools, etc.
So, as we "launch" into this week, we'll be seeking our Lord and listening to His voice for guidance and direction. Have plenty of meetings lined up and things to do. Again, we're so thankful for the many "Volunteers" our Lord sends our way to help us along the journey. We're also very thankful for you, our faithful prayer partners! Pray you have a blessed day today! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 12, 2012 - Sunday - 7:39am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
WHITNEY HOUSTON PASSES (Sad Story) - BRRRRR: COCOA, FL 28 DEGREES....WIND CHILL 13 DEGREES!
As I write, this very chilly morning, my heart is saddened by the news of Whitney Houston passing away. Much is unknown about the cause of her death, criminal mischief has been ruled out. She began singing in Church and went on to become a Super Star and battled with drugs and alcohol. Without question, God gave her a beautiful and amazing voice. I find myself simply praying for her family and her daughter. I pray that Whitney is with the Lord.
Speaking of cold weather....Wow, is it cold, here in "Sunny Florida".....wind chill 13 degrees!!! Our whole country is gripped by cold weather. We've fired up the fireplaces and turned up the heat. So glad we can do that and maintain a level of comfort. We NEVER take that for granted. There are many around the world that are very cold and don't have the luxury to simply turn up a thermostat. May we remember those that are suffering.
Yesterday was another good day with Volunteers "Volunteerin"! Doug (from Wisconsin) and Steve, our newest Volunteer, worked diligently to clear out one of our storage areas at the airport. They're making room for more supplies coming our way. We took some of the older donated items and passed them on to one of our local charities. We need room for baby formula, diapers, food and vitamins.
I snapped a shot of the very helpful "Access Panel" located on the aft bulkhead of the cabin of our "Little Donkey". In the shot, you can see the Alternator. Just to the left and right of the alternator are the magnetos that we just repaired and re-installed.
Imagine how difficult those items would be to work on WITHOUT that newly installed Access Panel. I thank Owen Bell of Aviation Enterprises for "throwing that Access Panel installation" in (at no charge) with the fuel tanks he installed. My mechanic, Paul, thanks Owen also!
Well, here we are on Sunday morning in America. Time to get ready for Church and then we'll head over to Orlando to bring the "Good News" of Jesus to some young people who are "locked up". What a joy to be able to share our faith with them.
As always, Cindy and I praise God for your faithful love, prayer and support. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 11, 2012 - Saturday - 6:26am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
VOLUNTEER: A PERSON WHO PERFORMS A SERVICE WILLINGLY AND WITHOUT PAY!
How many times have I said, "Where would we be without "Volunteers"? That is a good question. I am simply THANKFUL for so many folks that stand with us in this noble quest of helping others less fortunate. Our Precious Lord just keeps on sending folks our way.
My daughter-in-law, Ann Marie, who is a gifted photographer, captured this beautiful shot of my daughter, Juliet, taken Thursday night. I had to share it with you. I marvel at the heart of Juliet to help others. As you may recall, on Thursday night, we had a "Pajama Party" to help raise donations of new pajamas and children story books for children "in transition". In other words, kids who are having a hard time. Our home was filled with "Volunteers" of folks, not only willing to give of themselves, but bringing gifts also.
One Volunteer, Peter, drove up from North Miami simply to bring some Pajamas, books and find out more about Air Mobile. He overnighted and we met yesterday at the "Hangar" to find out more about each other. Peter is a gifted photographer and knows a lot about marketing. He has offered to help Air Mobile. Again, we are so blessed by folks "willing" to Volunteer!
A bit later, Doug (from Wisconsin) showed up with some much needed roller carts and a work bench to help in the organization of our Air Mobile Hangars. He brought Steve, our newest recruited Volunteer. They've offered to help clear out another storage area that we have on the field here. WOW! Sometimes, it's overwhelming how people are willing to give of themselves, so freely. I just THANK the Lord for His strategic deployments.
Paul, our mechanic, spent the day "re-installing" the magnetos on the Little Donkey. This is very tedious work. We recently had an "access door" installed that makes the job a bit easier. Any aircraft mechanic who may be reading this "rambling blog", knows that installing mags on the rear engine of a Cessna 337 is quite difficult at best. We should be cranking up those engines again next week. Ti Burik will soon be back in the air, PRAISE GOD! I must admit, I'm quite ready to fly her again!
Well, I'm up bright and early this morning to go have breakfast with my son, Christian. I look forward to that. Afterwards, will head up to the airport. I pray you have a blessed day today. As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 10, 2012 - Friday - 6:59am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A LOT OF PAJAMAS & BOOKS! GREAT PARTY - VOLUNTEERS COMING - BEAUTIFUL MAGNETOS
Our home was filled with folks in Pajamas last night. My precious wife shared recently with our daughter, Juliet, the plight of tens of thousands of children, right here in America. Juliet's heart was touched and she did something about it. She had a party and invited everyone to bring a new pair of pajamas and a bed-time book to bring comfort to these children that are "in transition"....often to foster home or some other type of institution.
The party was a great success. We received nearly 100 pairs of beautiful new pajamas and over 100 children story books. We were overwhelmed with the kind and loving response we received and we were blessed by so many that came out to support this noble project. I'm so proud of our Juliet for putting this together and helping to bring some love and comfort to those that are suffering.
Earlier yesterday, I met with David, our latest Volunteer recruit. He checked out our hangars and came with good ideas and a willing heart. Praise God for folks with with a heart to help! We'll soon be putting a team together to bring more order and organization to our hangars. This will be so beneficial, particularly for "Rapid Deployments". If you want to be part of the team that does this, be sure to get in touch with me to find out more details.
Roger "Magneto" called and told me that mags were done. Wow, talk about fast service. Because Paul "pulled" those mags and inspected them, we pro-actively replaced certain worn components and saved hundreds of dollars and made our Little Donkey safer. A real "win-win" deal. Kind of like, "you can pay me now or.....you can pay me later".
Just as I was getting ready to leave, Keith, my Hanger Neighbor, with the "shiny little Mooney" showed up. I asked if he wanted to drive to New Smyrna with me to pick up the mags. He offered to fly me there in his sweet little airplane. Now, it could be a one hour drive or a 19 minute flight. We took the flight. You know, sometimes, our Lord just let's us have a little fun in the course of the day.
We met with "Roger Magneto" and he handed over 2 beautiful, excellent condition repaired mags for just a fraction of what "Rebuilt Mags" would have cost. Keith and I then went to a cool restaurant right on the field, McCharacters, and had a wonderful lunch.
Then we jumped in his little Mooney and had the 19 minute flight back to our airport. Paul, our mechanic was glad to get those mag and was surprised at the very reasonable price we paid to get them into top condition.
After all that and numerous letters and calls, headed home to the "Big Pajama Party". Nice day.
About to head out the door to drop the kids at school and meet Paul and....another "Prospective Volunteer", Peter. He drove up from Fort Lauderdale last night with some pajamas and books and just wanted to find out more about Air Mobile. Here we go again, with our "Lord deploying His troops"!
We pray you have a blessed day and THANK YOU again for your faithful love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 9, 2012 - Thursday - 6:46am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
GOOD MAGNETOS - STUDY & MORE STUDY - NIGHT FLIGHT TRAINING
Early yesterday, I drove to New Smyrna, FL and met Roger. Now, Roger's father began rebuilding Magnetos many years ago and passed the skill down to his son. Roger has been in the business for many years. Bottom line is: Roger knows mags!. After he received our mags, he called me a couple of hours later and gave a good report. A few simple tweaks here and there and they'll be brought to top serviceable condition. So glad Paul detected that small oil leak that led to pulling those mags and inspecting them.
We march on toward getting that Little Donkey back in the air. I may be picking up the magnetos later today. On the way home from New Smyrna yesterday, I saw a neat little Cafe, "Mom's Home Cooking". I needed to study and.....a nice home-cooked breakfast sounded pretty good. So, I pulled in and had an absolutely delicious breakfast (grits/eggs/sausage/home fries and a great big biscuit) at "Mom's".
I must tell you, when I first began "studying" for the Certified Flight Instructor / Instrument / Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (CFI/I/MEI), there was a little "rust" on my brain. You know, "the old dog - new tricks" saying. Well, the more I study, the more "limber" my brain is becoming. I'm actually beginning to really enjoy this!
From Mom's I headed back to "the barn" where the Little Donkey is. I continued my studying, learning about "Lesson Plans" and the latest studies on "Night Flying". Interesting stuff for sure.
The last serious FAA Test I took was for my Airline Transport Pilot Rating in 1987! Now, I've done Bi-Annual Flight Reviews and IFR Proficiency "rides" over the years. But as far as "Serious Study", it's been a long time. Of course, I recently took the CFI/I Written Exam and this has definitely helped to crank up that "Learning" thing.
While at the hangar, was able to research parts and keep the "Supply Chain" going for the Rescuer. I also spoke with Jamie with the Turbo C-206 and got the status of his bird in the event we need to make a run down to Haiti before our Little Donkey is cleared to fly. He has one component on order and when that arrives and installed, he'll be "ready" for another mission. Praise God for those great Volunteers!
I received another call from another "Prospective Volunteer", David. We're currently putting together a "Team" to help complete our Hangar "Build Out". This will help us to better organize and deploy. After explaining the "Scope" of the Mission to David, he's interested. We'll be meeting today at the hangar to inspect the job. By the way, if you live in Central Florida and would like to join our team, give me a call at: 321-544-7757 and I'll give you the details. We have some work-benches and shelving and just plain "organizin" to do.
I studied right up to "Flight Training Time" and headed over to Merritt Island Airport to meet Glen. We had a "lively" ground school discussing Lesson Plans and the effect "Night Flying" has on the brain and the eyes. Then, we boarded our trusty little Piper Seminole and headed to the practice area for some slow flying , steep turns, single-engine and night landings.
I'm getting more comfortable in the "right seat". Remember, I have around 8000+ hours sitting in the "left seat". Have you ever traveled to England and driven in the "right seat"? It is very strange "shifting" with the left hand instead of the right hand. It is a whole new sensation. It's somewhat the same in an airplane. Well, the transition is going a bit smoother than I expected. Still have a ways to go, but overall, we had a very productive flight training last night.
Up early this morning, dropped my Cindy at work and witnessed a beautiful sunrise here in Florida. We're having a very mild winter here in the U.S. However, the death toll in Europe from very harsh, brutal cold is rising. We need to pray for those that are suffering "across the pond".
Well, it's that time. Need to head to the airport, meet Paul and deliver a beautiful, brand new Volt-Meter that arrived yesterday. When I called the company that makes this valuable instrument, was told that there would be a six week wait. When I explained the "Mission of the Little Donkey", the young lady said she'd see what she could do. I received a call that they found "one" unit and would ship it immediately. Again, we're so THANKFUL to so many that help us in this noble mission of bringing clean water to thirsty people!
And.....THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support. Remember, if you want to join our "Hangar Team", give me a call. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 8, 2012 - Wednesday - 7:07am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A "BEHIND THE SCENES" VOLUNTEER - SEEING MY NEWEST GRANDSON
We first met Doug two years ago. A friend (George) told us about a "guy that wanted to volunteer". Did we hit the "Jackpot"! Doug's first mission: Drive the Air Mobile Team to Arkansas to pick up Ti Burik. Without knowing us at all, he loaded us into his beautiful "Jimmie" and drove over 3000 miles round trip to deliver Bill (the Donor of our Cessna 337) and I to bring the Little Donkey to Titusville.
Yesterday, as Doug was "drilling" in some chocks he looked at me and said, "I was here when the Little Donkey was born." I remembered how cold it was in early February 2010. When Bill and flew Ti Burik home, we left an airport that was covered in snow. That same cold Arctic air reached Florida and the hangar was freezing. Doug, who is from Wisconsin, jumped right in and volunteered to clean the "underbelly" of Ti Burik. That was the dirtiest job. Doug has been with us ever since....doing "whatever needs to be done". THANK GOD for men like Doug!
You know how often I say, "We would not be able to do what we do, without so many good volunteers". Folks like Doug are the reason. Here we go again, I also say, "God knows how to deploy His troops". Now you know better why I say that so often. We are so blessed and humbled by the number and quality of troops our Lord sends our way!
Yesterday, I received a phone call from Andy, a retired DHL pilot who winters down here in Florida. He has a Cessna 310 and wanted to know how he can assist Air Mobile. Again, all I can do is Praise the Lord for the troops being sent our way.
After a day of meetings and errands and gathering parts and supplies, I headed over to see my newest Grandson, Judah Bernard Hurston. What a fine young man. We had some precious bonding time. Ahhh, the heart of a Grandfather. Those, of the "older readers", know what I'm talking about.
About to head out the door to bring those Magnetos over to a shop in New Smyrna to get them worked. We'll see what this day holds for us. One thing is for sure, "This is the Day that the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be glad in it"! That's a FACT!
Again, I want to THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 7, 2012 - Tuesday - 7:43am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
GOOD INSPECTION REVEALS OIL LEAK - TIME TO REBUILD THOSE MAGNETOS
As Paul (our mechanic) was going through a routine inspection on the rear engine of our "Little Donkey", he noted a small oil leak by the magnetos. Magnetos are a wonderful invention, as they allow the engine run totally separate from the electrical system. In the event of an electrical failure, such as what happened to us on December 16th, the engines will continue to run just fine.
I'm sure glad that I didn't have to concern myself with keeping the engines running in addition to landing in the dark with no instrument lights or landing lights or runway lights or radios etc. on that dark and cloudy morning.
In order to repair the oil leak, Paul had to remove the magnetos. Normally, this is not done unless the magnetos indicate a problem or they have reached the end of the service life. During his removal, he of course, inspected them and found it would be a good time to overhaul them, as they were pretty worn, though they were still running just fine. Again, I'm thankful for good inspections and discoveries! Here's a shot of a magneto.
This needed service will take a few more days and delays our getting "Ti Burik" back in the air a bit, but we're still awaiting the new Auto-Pilot system, so all is good. Besides, I can call upon "my friends with airplanes" should an urgent trip to Haiti be required. It is good to know that our "scheduling" is in our Lord's hands. I simply pray that I am where He wants me, when He wants me there!
Had a great flight training last night with Glen. Am so thankful to be taking this additional flight training. Am looking forward to putting it to good use by training other pilots on the wonder of Mission Aviation.
My good friend, Dr. Sam, my eye doctor is coming by to have a cup of coffee with me this morning. We've got some errands to run and head to the airport to meet with Paul a bit later. Again, I'm just thankful for such good friends and support on our aircraft and I'm thankful for you! As always, appreciate your prayer, love and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 6, 2012 - Monday - 7:49am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A GIANT WIN - A LITTLE DONKEY...SOON TO FLY
Well, one thing is for sure, it was a VERY GOOD SUPERBOWL! Both teams played their hearts out and it was close, right to the very last play. The Giants came out on top. Not much more that I can say......Congratulations Eli Manning and the NY Giants.
We're very close to test flying our Little Donkey. I simply need to get our transponder calibrated and loaded with information so that I can fly over to Orlando to complete inspections and testing. Will likely do so tomorrow. Overall, we're so pleased and blessed with the way things turned out. We are definitely getting a better airplane, even though, the morning of December 16th when the "melt-down" occurred, things looked pretty grim.
This is a good case for Romans 8:28, "All things work together for the good.....". We are going to be getting a much better Auto-Pilot and the entire electrical system has been inspected as never before. We have not been hindered in making our regular trips to Haiti because.....our Lord has deployed His troops with airplanes!
Speaking of Haiti, I heard from Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress) yesterday evening. All is well in the "Village". We're gathering up supplies and preparing for our next mission. Today, is going to be full day. Have meetings scheduled throughout the day and flight training this evening.
Time to head out the door. Truly appreciate you and your prayer, love and support. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 5, 2012 - Sunday - 8:47am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY......WHO'S GOING TO WIN?? - A GREAT FLIGHT LESSON - LUNCH WITH AN "OLD FRIEND"
Regarding the Super Bowl....it's going to be a good game. I'm leaning toward New England because my Cindy is from MA. Both teams have great quarterbacks. It's sure to be good game. Looking forward to it.
Early yesterday, headed straight to Merritt Island Airport and met up my flight instructor, Glen. We did a thorough introduction to the Piper Seminole. This is a good little airplane for multi-engine training.
We had a good first flight. It was a bit awkward for me flying in the "right seat". Flight instructors put the student in the "Left Seat" for training. Most of my 8000+ hours have been as Pilot-in-Command (left seat). Glad I have Glen to give me this vital training.
We did fly over to Space Center Executive to meet Paul and Joe, who are working diligently on our "Little Donkey". We're getting very close to our first flight after the big "electrical melt-down". Our plan is to take it to Orlando to await the new Auto-Pilot System. We'll likely do that sometime next week.
After the flight lesson, I headed back over to Orlando to meet up with my "life-long" friend, Joe Polozola. We've known each other for 45 years! We have "History". Joe is the one who introduced me to Jesus 40 years ago. He's my best friend!! It's always good to get together with Joe!
Well, it's Sunday morning. Time to head to Church and then to the Hospital to minister with the young people. Hope you enjoy the game!! As always, THANKS for your prayer, love and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 4, 2012 - Saturday - 6:31am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
US MAN SHOT IN HAITI DIES OF GUNSHOT WOUNDS
10 days ago, David Bompart was shot in Haiti in a bungled robbery. Yesterday, he died in a Miami Hospital. Here is the story - GOOD SAMARITAN DIES OF GUNSHOT WOUND. In so many ways, David represents so many that did, indeed, drop everything and go to Haiti to help. Please remember David's family in prayer and pray a special prayer for all of those that are working so hard to help Haiti. I can tell you, from many personal experiences, Haiti can be very dangerous.
Speaking of Haiti, we are working diligently to get back there. We're making good progress on our Little Donkey, but it is still going to be Awhile before she is back in the air. We are currently awaiting the completion of our new Auto-Pilot system. Everything else is looking good. We're gathering some much needed supplies at this time and will likely "recruit" a friend with an airplane. As you know, we don't publish our actual flight dates.....for security reasons. Though we travel often to Haiti, we do all we can to assure safe and successful missions. That is why, I so often, call upon you to pray for us.
Yesterday, I was so blessed to be visited by my very dear friend and sister in the Lord, Jean Spee. Jean is the widow of George Spee. They were married for 55 years. George was one of the most amazing, capable missionaries I have ever worked with. George passed away in June of 2011. Jean is on her way back to the Bahamas today to continue the mission work that she and George have done for so many years. What a blessing spending some time with Jean and remembering so many wonderful stories of God's Amazing Grace! Please pray for Jean as she continues to serve our Lord so faithfully!
I'm right in the "thick" of intense flight training. Had a good lesson last night and as soon as I publish this blog, will head out the door to fly a Piper Seminole, our training aircraft. Looking forward to getting back in the cockpit. My instructor, Glen, is doing a superb and thorough job of training me.
Oh, THANK YOU for praying for me yesterday. The "symptoms" that I had been experiencing have subsided significantly. Definitely getting better. As always, and I know, I share it every day, THANK YOU again for your faithful love, prayer and support. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
February 3, 2012 - Friday - 8:52am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
JUDAH BERNARD SHROPSHIRE HAS ARRIVED - ALL 9 POUNDS 3 OUNCES & 23 INCHES LONG!
THANK YOU for praying for my daughter! After nearly 24 hours of hard labor, my daughter, Cherie, brought a fine little man into this world, Judah Bernard Shropshire. This little guy is huge - 9 pounds - 3 ounces - 23 inches long. I'm so proud of my daughter and I know that she and Kyle are just overwhelmed with joy at the arrival of their second son. Little Levi (their first son) now has a baby brother.
Judah came into this world while I was flying somewhere between San Diego, CA and Austin, TX. When I landed for the quick plane change, I received this text photo. What an arm full! In this shot, he's only a few minutes old. This is going to be BIG BOY!
My sweet Cherie had been texting me all throughout the exhaustive labor requesting my prayers. I'm so proud of Cherie!
I'm running a little slow this morning. Feeling just a bit "under the weather" and just needed to get some extra sleep this morning. You know, I calculated the distance that I flew in the last day and it was 6000 miles, or 1/4 of the way around the world and....it did not cost me a single penny (for the flight) thanks to Southwest Airlines.
Technology and GRACE are good things! Also, the fact that I can be up to the minute on news of arriving grand children, i.e. Judah is incredible. The only time I was out of communication was when we were in the air and....I could have made some kind of connection even then. It is simply amazing how technology has grown even in the last few years.
Will be heading to the airport this morning to put the final touches on our Little Donkey and then, hopefully, will be flying it to Orlando for the new Auto Pilot installation. We are making great progress on Ti Burik. For those of you who are new to this "rambling blog", Ti Burik is our mission aircraft, an incredible Cessna 337. You'll find out all about it as you read this wild journey for the Lord.
As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Please ask our Lord to send some healing my way, that I might "shake" this cold quickly. Thanks! Joe
February 2, 2012 - Thursday - 5:36am (U.S. Pacific Time) - San Diego, CA - Air Mobile "On-the-road" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
"TWEAKING" IN SAN DIEGO - PLEASE PRAY FOR MY DAUGHTER, CHERIE, WHO IS IN THE PROCESS OF DELIVERING A BABY IN ORLANDO - THANKS!!
Just received a text from my Daughter, Cherie, and she is very close to delivery of their second child. It has been long labor and my precious daughter is so ready to hold this little bundle of joy. Please join us in prayer as this is happening in "real time". THANKS!!
Meanwhile, our "Supply Chain" for the Air Mobile Rescuer has been strengthened. We were able to do some testing to qualify certain new components. I also found out that our supplier has amazing capabilities that I did not realize, before "jumping" on that free Southwest Flight yesterday.
You know, there are just sometimes where one must show up in person. I know that we can "tele-conference" and have "on-line" meetings, but "face to face" meetings can often accomplish so much more.
Such was the case yesterday. You and I have been PRAYING for a long time for these pieces to come together that we might bring clean water to thirsty people. Well, our Lord is surely answering our prayers!!
So, here I am, also saying THANK YOU to Southwest Airlines....again! In just a little while, I'll be heading to the airport here in beautiful San Diego to work my way home. Have a stop in Austin and should arrive back in Orlando in the late afternoon. Will be flying on a "Complimentary-Must-Ride" ticket, so it's likely I'll make it all the home on schedule. I have lost count of how many "Free Flights" Southwest has given us over this last year, but it's a BUNCH!
Time to pack and head out the door. Again, please remember to pray for my daughter Cherie as she's working hard (laboring) to bring another precious child into this world. I'm praying for you, Honey!! (Dad)
As I always share, and mean from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support.....together, we have, and are seeing so many miracles!
Air Mobile Joe
February 1, 2012 - Wednesday - 5:39am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Orlando International Airport - Air Mobile "On-the-road" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
ENROUTE TO SAN DIEGO (FREE) - TWEAKING SOME PARTS
Up bright and early this morning. Already at MCO (Orlando International Airport) about to board a flight to San Diego. Usually, I fly "Buddy Passes" which means I "Stand-by", but not today. I'm flying on a Southwest "Complimentary-Must-Ride" ticket. Now, let me tell you how that works.
Southwest has an amazing program. They encourage their employees to volunteer for non-profit organizations and every 40 hours of volunteer work, Southwest gives the organization a free ticket!! You heard me right....so we get incredible volunteer help and.....a free ticket! Now, folks, that is a true WIN - WIN DEAL!!
As I was waiting for my flight, Southwest Chuck came up from the Maintenance area to make sure all was a go for the flight. We are so thankful for Chuck and all of his help in getting us all over the place!
Heading to San Diego to do some critical "tweaks" on an Air Mobile Rescuer component. Will explain more later.
Well, I'm on-board and they've told us to turn off our devices. So, I have to close out now, but will write a bit more when I get to Houston. God Bless and THANKS for your prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
January 31, 2012 - Tuesday - 7:39am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
PUTTING PARTS TOGETHER - POSSIBLE "SCHOLARSHIP" FOR FLIGHT TRAINING
So often, life consists of simply "putting things together". Such was the case yesterday. Spent the day in meetings and on the phone working on putting people and pieces together. Began by meeting Paul, our mechanic, and going over the list of parts needed to get our Little Donkey back in the air. The list is getting shorter and shorter (yeah!!).
Then, headed to a meeting with a representative of our Local Work Force. Because our company (CSA) has been deeply impacted by the huge lay-offs at Kennedy Space Center, it appears that I may be eligible for funding for Flight Training! Wow, what a blessing that would be. I submitted all of the information and am working with a highly skilled and knowledgeable person who is helping to steer me through the process. We pray that we get a favorable review.
From there, headed into more meetings with our new Volunteer Coordinator, Barbara Walker (not our intrepid Haiti Barb, aka, Rambo in the Blue Dress). We are making strong efforts toward better organizing and coordinating the many folks who want to help us in our quest of bringing clean water to thirsty people. Toward the end of our meeting, my phone rang. It was a pilot from the Gainesville, FL area. He has been following our efforts and wants to volunteer.
Also, in our meeting, was Tommy. Tommy has been a great friend and supporter of Air Mobile, even traveling to Haiti with me last year. Tommy has now agreed to serve on our Air Mobile Board. It was good watching Barbara and Tommy plan and work together on good systems to help streamline Air Mobile to become more effective. I love it when our Lord puts His people together!
From that meeting, headed back to the hangar to order the parts that Paul has identified that we need to get Ti Burik back in the air. We are getting very near to flying to Orlando to install the new Auto-Pilot system (that is still being built by S-Tec). The overall picture is very good. Each step of this journey has resulted in our getting an amazing aircraft with remarkable capablities. At the same time, so many folks (with airplanes) are stepping up to help us during the time that Ti Burik is being repaired. We're so thankful!
Tomorrow, I'll be heading to Los Angeles (compliments of Southwest Airlines) to meet with a company that is making critical components for the Air Mobile Rescuer. We'll be making some adjustments to make the new components function to specification. So.... as I said earlier in this rambling blog today..... life is often about putting people and pieces together with a goal of helping others. And the most important element is our Lord who....."knows how to deploy His troops & equipment"!
Time to head out to the airport to continue the quest. As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 30, 2012 - Monday - 7:27am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
NEW REPORT INDICATES HAITI (& THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) IN FOR MORE QUAKES - NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE - JANUARY A WILD MONTH
A recent study indicates that Haiti may be in for more quakes in the near future and should plan for another "big one". Predicting earthquakes is a "tricky" business, but there is compelling evidence that a major fault (Enriquillo) is seismically active since the masssive 2010 quake that killed over 300,000. The Enriquillo Fault goes through Southern Haiti and into the Dominican Republic. If you'd like to read more about this, click on this link - "Haiti should brace for more Quakes" So......what do we do??
That is a question Cindy and I have asked ourselves many times. Usually, it is AFTER some disaster, however, it is always a good idea to PREPARE, particularly when we're dealing with things that can kill so many i.e., January 12, 2010 Quake. One thing is for sure.....following such dreadful events, CLEAN WATER is immediately needed and CLEAN WATER SAVES LIVES!
I have been sharing how, after much prayer, we are putting the "Pieces" together to make an UNLIMITED number of Air Mobile Rescuers. I truly believe the timing of all of this is right in our Lord's Hands. You know, I have often said, "Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops", well, He also "Knows how to deploy His equipment!!". We sincerely believe that our Lord has placed this incredible tool, the Air Mobile Rescuer, into our hands for His purposes!
So, as we go forth this week, we'll be working diligently to get our precious Little Donkey (Ti Burik) back into the air. We have only a few additional components to change and then we'll be putting in amazing, "State-of-the-Art" auto pilot. In the meantime, we have several aircraft that are available to us for flights to Haiti and beyond. Do you recall those 2 Rescuers that Dr. Paul helped us get from Cat Island? Those 2 units are headed into our refurbished inventory in Haiti. We could place about 10 units into service immediately if...... another disaster hits.
We're working on an idea to build an inventory of hundreds of Rescuers. As we gain the ability to produce those, our next challenge will be to fund those. Please pray with us as we formulate the plan to do this.
Wow, what a January (and it's not over). We've had a record number of tornadoes and violent weather. Alaska is experiencing bone chilling cold and the other parts of the U.S. are unseaonably warm, however, February is forecast to have some very cold weather.
As we close out this month, let's keep our eyes on the Lord and ask Him what we should do to PREPARE for the days ahead. We'll keep working on CLEAN WATER and with your help, we'll save some lives and bring GLORY to the Lord!
Time to head to the airport this morning. Have a number of critical meetings today. Also, studying for my first, official Certified Flight Instructor class with Glen, my CFI. You know, even that additional flight training is going to (hopefully) make me a better pilot. Could this be for the days ahead? Most likely. So, may I encourage you, this day, to ask the Lord what you can do to PREPARE for the days ahead. And..... as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 29, 2012 - Sunday - 8:45am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
FIRING UP THE LITTLE DONKEY - SUCCESSFUL BI-ANNUAL FLIGHT REVIEW (BFR)! NOW, ON TO SERIOUS FLIGHT TRAINING
Yesterday was a good day. The weather held, we fired up the engines on Ti Burik and monitored the electrical system. It was so good to hear those sweet engines run. We have done major repairs and inspections on the entire electrical system and we are moving in the right direction.
We have a few more components to replace and then we'll fly to Orlando and put in the new Auto-Pilot system. In the photo above, Paul and Joe (the other C-337 mechanic) are preparing Ti Burik for the run-up.
After the successful run up, I headed to another airport, Merritt Island, to meet with my new Instructor, Glen. He is an experienced pilot and Instructor and will be taking me all they way through my Certified Flight Instructor Ratings (CFI/I - MEI). But, before we can begin that training, had to the get the Bi-Annual Flight Review (BFR) out of the way. I never take the BFR for "granted". It is good to be analyzed and critiqued when it comes to flying.
So Glen put me through the paces in a sweet little Cessna 172. It's been a while since I've flown a C-172, so my landings were a little rusty, but after a couple, I began to smooth out a bit and at the end of the day, Glen Certified me to fly for another 2 years!
Now, it's on to some Serious Flight Training. I'm looking forward to working with Glen to get those ratings and begin training Missionary Pilots. By the way, I believe that Glen is the perfect flight instructor for me. Again, our Lord knows how to "deploy His troops!".
Well, it's Sunday morning in the Hurston Home. We're all getting ready for Church this morning. Time to get going. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 28, 2012 - Saturday - 6:40am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
BI-ANNUAL FLIGHT REVIEW TODAY - WX ACROSS THE U.S.......AHHH - A COUPLE OF RESCUERS COME HOME
It was a combination of weather and scheduling conflicts that have delayed my Bi-Annual Flight Review (BFR) until today. Weather looks good and the schedule is all clear so....I should "become legal again" to fly. My Bi-Annual just expired. It is a good thing for pilots to be "looked at and reviewed" every two years. According to the Weather Depiction today, things look real good for the U.S. for the whole weekend. It's been a stormy week. Ahhhh, it's nice to get a weather "breather".
But before my BFR (we're scheduled to fly this afternoon), I'll be heading to the airport to meet with Paul to continue the process of getting our Little Donkey out of the Barn to run up the engines and check all the new electrical systems that we've either replaced or repaired. When the replacement Auto-Pilot arrives, we'll take Ti Burik to Orlando to continue the final installation. I must admit, I am looking forward to the day of having our Little Donkey back in the air, however......
Our Lord surely knows how to deploy His troops. I am so THANKFUL for our many friends with airplanes. Yesterday was a perfect example of what I am speaking about. Several days ago, I received a call from Dr. Paul from South Carolina. He has a beautiful Cessna 182. You may recall, in mid November, he was going to give our intrepid Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress) a ride back to Haiti, but he developed a bit of an engine problem and we sent Barb back to Haiti on American Airlines.
Well, the engine problem got resolved and Dr. Paul made his Humanitarian flight down to the Bahamas (as he does regularly). He called me from Eleuthera Island and asked if we still needed to have those 2 Rescuers picked up on Cat Island. We did.
Now, in August of last year, a very strong Hurricane leveled Cat Island. We received a call that they were down to their last 5 gallons of clean drinking water. We rushed in and loaned several pastors a couple of Rescuers. We all agreed that when they got their water purification system back up in operation, they would return the Rescuers. In this shot, we are presenting the Rescuers to Pastor Newbold following the hurricane.
So....the plan worked. Dr. Paul passed by Cat Island yesterday afternoon, picked up the 2 Rescuers and landed right on time at Fort Pierce International Airport. I understand that the units performed beautifully and the water system on Cat has been restored.
These 2 Rescuers will go back to Haiti and be placed in the Refurbished Unit Inventory. Thank the Lord that we could help our Bahamian Brothers and Sisters in their time of need. Thank the Lord for Dr. Paul being willing to help us when our Little Donkey is down being repaired.
You know, the truth is, we are building a growing fleet of Volunteer Pilots and Airplanes to help us to accomplish "The Mission" of bringing clean water to thirsty people. Thank the Lord we don't have to try to do it all by ourselves. Our Precious Lord keeps sending good folks our way, like Dr. Paul and his son Blaine! Again, where would we be without so many folks helping us?!
My sweet Cindy has already headed out the door to work, I've had my second cup of coffee, so it's time to head to the airport to continue working on our Little Donkey and getting ready for the BFR. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 27, 2012 - Friday - 6:48am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
THE LITTLE DONKEY HAS TO WAIT - BI-ANNUAL FLIGHT REVIEW TODAY IF.....WEATHER COOPERATES
We almost pulled the Little Donkey out of the "barn" and cranked her up but....had a few more systems to inspect and check. As we are doing that, we're still awaiting the new Auto-Pilot system that is being provided by S-TEC. Though I'm eager to get Ti Burik back in the air, I know it will happen in His time. We have an excellent team working on it.
I'd like to tell you another story of grace that occurred yesterday. During the big Airshow at Oshkosh, the Whelen Engineering Company (they make aircraft lighting) donated all new "State-of-the-Art" lighting, i.e. landing lights, navigation lights and beacon. This new lighting is LED, much brighter and uses less current. We were going to install them at our next Annual inspection. Well, after the December 16 "melt-down", all of my old lighting got "blown" by the voltage surge. So.... it was the perfect time to install the new lighting.
During the course of our extensive inspection, we found that one of our "power-pack" systems was blown. So, I phoned Whelen yesterday to, first of all, thank the President for his extraordinary generosity of the Oshkosh donation. Then, in very clear language, I requested to PAY FOR a replacement power pack. He would not hear of it and simply donated a $400+ component to us. Again, I am simply overwhelmed by so many generous folks! Thank you again Whelen!!
This is just another example of how a "kind of crummy thing" (the meltdown) can turn out for the good. There is no doubt, that our Little Donkey is getting a full and complete "Extreme Makeover"! It is also another good example of Romans 8:28 "ALL things work together for the good......". So, as we "slug" through life and find the inevitable "Mountains to climb", it is good to know that we are not alone. Jesus promised to NEVER leave us or forsake us!
On to FLIGHT TRAINING. As I have shared, been working on getting my Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) / Instrument / Multi-Engine Instructor Rating. Have already passed the CFI/I Written Exam. Am in the process of preparing for another exam and then a check ride. Well, today, I'll be meeting with my instructor and we'll begin the process by my taking a "Bi-Annual" flight review. As the name implies, every 2 years, every pilot is required to demonstrate his or her ability to fly an airplane safely and properly with another CFI. So....today is my day to do so if......the weather permits.
Remember that line of thunderstorms that brought so much rain and flooding and even a few tornadoes through the gulf states? Well, it's approaching us here in Florida, but, thankfully, a lot of the energy has been dissipated. Thank the Lord. So, if we can squeeze an hour of good weather out today, we'll fly and I'll be reviewed by another examiner. That's a good thing.
Well, it's that time. Ready to head out to the airport. As always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support! God Bless!
Air Mobile Joe
January 26, 2012 - Thursday - 6:44am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
MAY CRANK UP THE LITTLE DONKEY TODAY....KEEPING AN EYE ON THE WEATHER - STORMS MOVING EAST THROUGH GULF STATES TODAY
After many inspections and component replacements, we may be taking Ti Burik (The Little Donkey) out of the hangar and cranking up the engines and doing a full electrical inspection today. It has been a long road since that early morning December 16th electrical melt-down. We still have a ways to go before we fly her, as we are awaiting certain components (specifically the new Auto-Pilot system), but we are getting close to completing the repairs.
Even though our aircraft has been down due to repairs, our missions to Haiti have continued right on schedule, THANKS to our "friends with airplanes". I know you hear me speak a lot about our Volunteers and how "Our Lord deploys His troops", but it is so true. We are extremely thankful for the precious folks who help us in this noble mission of bringing clean water to the thirsty and introducing so many to the Living Water!
Yesterday, had an extensive meeting with Barbara, a retired Air Force Pilot (also flew 747's for United Airlines). Barbara is bringing some much needed organization and structure to assist us in utilizing the many folks who have expressed a desire to help Air Mobile.
We have such a broad range of volunteer talent, from retired policemen to rocket scientist to doctors to maintenance men and teen-agers who can knit & of course pilots and mechanics & the list goes on and on. The bottom line is: we have so much talent and ability and "avail-ability" being offered to us. We simply want to utilize all of these gift in the best way.
We're also thankful that there were no fatalities due to the rapid flash floods that raced through Texas yesterday. I remember, just a few months ago, praying for that exact region to receive rain. They were in an extreme drought. Well, they certainly replenished a lot of wells in just a few hours yesterday. Some reported that the "Cows were dancing a jig". Sometimes life delivers famine to feast. Through it all, may we keep our eyes fixed on the Lord and remain faithful....for He is faithful.
Today, that line of storms is moving into the Gulf States. We are praying that the level of intensity decreases. However, we all do need rain. So, let's pray that we get just what we need.
If you live in the region, keep an eye on the weather. Here is a radar image of the line of thunderstorms that are moving eastward through the Gulf States and heading toward us here in Florida.
Cindy has already headed out the door, had my second cup of coffee and it's time to head to the airport to crank up our Little Donkey and move her closer to the airways between Florida and Haiti. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 25, 2012 - Wednesday - 8:23am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
FLASH FLOODING IN TEXAS (PRAYER REQUEST) - SOME THOUGHTS ON "THIS IS THE DAY...."
Here is an immediate prayer request from Texas - a severe line of thunderstorms is causing flash flooding in San Antonio, Austin and other Texas cities. Please join with us in prayer for these regions and that folks will not get caught in this dangerous situation that is unfolding as I type. You can see from this radar shot, the solid line of storms moving from west to east and headed now to Houston. Thanks for praying!
Had a remarkable day yesterday finding more parts and components for our Rescuer. Have known about a certain Hardware Store in our area that has been around since 1885, Travis Hardware. Well, yesterday, I met the owner (5th generation!) and discussed certain hard to find components. It was most encouraging to find help (right under our nose). Again, I'm just thankful to be able to put these units together and bring clean water to the thirsty!
Last night, I awakened with the song "This is the Day that the Lord has made" on my mind. Thought I'd do a little research on this wonderful Psalm (118:24) that has been sung by so many. Not sure if David or Moses wrote the original Psalm penned 2800 years ago. David may have been quoting Moses, but not sure. Well, it seems that Keith Green came up with the popular melody that we sign today.
But, did you know that many historians believe that Jesus and His disciples likely sang this Psalm at the end of the Last Supper and just before they headed into the Garden of Gethsemane? There is something so precious about the words of this Psalm, "This is the Day that the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be glad in it". Of course, the word RE-JOICE means so much to me, as our Lord has been dealing with me so strongly about HIS JOY being our strength.
Folks, JOY is a choice, not a circumstance. If you want JOY, you must ASK for it! The JOY of the Lord is truly and surely our strength. So, may I encourage you this day, to ask our Lord to fill your heart with HIS JOY! No matter what your day may look like, no matter what circumstances you may be facing, HIS JOY will make this day go better. Thus the wonderful Psalm, "let us RE-JOICE" and be glad in it.
So as we go through this day, let's remember those folks in Texas that are facing flash floods and may this day be filled with His JOY in your life. As always, I am so thankful for you and for your prayer, love and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 24, 2012 - Tuesday - 8:01am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A ROUGH NIGHT IN THE SOUTH
A line of violent storms raged through the South Sunday and Monday leaving over 100 injured, at least 2 deaths and hundreds of homes destroyed. Though this storm is highly unusual, it is not unheard of to have violent January storms of this magnitude. We are praying for those who have been devastated. Please join us with your prayer for them.
The forecast today is for more violent weather to come to Texas. Again, if you're in the path, "batten down the hatches" & PRAY!
Today, we move forward gathering supplies and getting Ti Burik ready for the next mission.
I must tell you about a phone call I received yesterday. It was from a brother with whom I had spoken with several years ago. He heard what had happened with the Little Donkey and the electrical melt-down. He felt compelled to call me and ask me a simple question. "Did I need a hand-held radio?" The answer was an astounding, "YES". For you see, during the course of all the work that has been done on our aircraft, at some time, the beautiful handheld radio that we had....went missing. I am so thankful for this brother's sensitivity to the Lord! Again, our Lord certainly knows how to deploy His troops!
Well, it's time to head to the airport. Please remember to pray for those whose lives have been devastated by the recent storms. As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 23, 2012 - Monday - 8:03am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
PIECES COMING TOGETHER - KEEPING AN EYE ON SOME STORMS
This is going to be a good week toward getting our beloved Little Donkey, Ti Burik, back in the air. Will be heading to the airport in a few minutes to continue that process.
We're also expecting certain critical components for the Air Mobile Rescuer to arrive this week. It's been a long road to get these components, and.....PRAYER PAID OFF! We still have a ways to go, but we are so encouraged by the good progress we're making toward building a strong "supply chain" for clean water!!
We've been following that line of violent, fast-moving thunderstorms and see that it is continuing through this morning. Please continue to pray for those in path of those storms.
It's time to head to the airport. May send a bit more of a report from the hangar. God Bless.... and if you're in the path of those storms, batten down the hatches. As always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - So, it's going to be the PATRIOTS & GIANTS in the Super-Bowl. Two great quarterbacks. Will be a great game, I'm sure. Joe
January 22, 2012 - Sunday - 8:35am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
SOUTH CAROLINA VOTES - A LITTLE DONKEY GETS CLOSER TO FLYING - ANOTHER RESCUER FOR HAITI & A VERY SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST
Up until this point, I've not said anything about the upcoming election. However, I do feel, that as American Citizens, we all have a serious responsibility to PRAY & VOTE! We certainly have an interesting and capable field. The big question that we should all ask ourselves is: who do we want to lead this great country? I know this is an old saying but...."What would Jesus Do".... if He lived in America and could vote?
The Candidates are coming to Florida and soon, Cindy and I will be given the opportunity to cast our votes. At this point, we're still undecided, though things are definitely becoming more clear. Still, we PRAY & then we'll vote. As the Primaries approach whatever State you are in, please be sure to Vote and of course PRAY before you do so.
We have begun re-installing the Garmin Communication / Navigation equipment in Ti Burik. We have been working diligently on completing the Annual Inspection at the same time. Once we get all the work done, our Aircraft will be ready for some serious service. In the meantime, we have several aircraft available to us for immediate flights as needed. We also received funding for another Rescuer for Haiti yesterday. So..... we may be heading back to Haiti before Ti Burik is completed..... stand-by.
So, here we are on Sunday Morning. The Hurston Family is getting ready for Church and then our Ministry at the Hospital with the young people. It is truly a beautiful day down here in Sunny Florida. The temperature will reach nearly 80 degrees here. However, there is a line of serious thunderstorms extending from Louisiana to Kentucky that will be building later today and into the night. Please pray for those in the path of those storms.
Oh, before I close, I have one other PRAYER request. Over the last 6 months, I have shared how Haiti needs new Air Traffic Control Radios. The existing ones are on the last leg and this situation is causing increased Air Traffic dangers. Anyone flying into Haiti knows exactly what I am talking about.
Well, we have had the opportunity to put together a very good radio package and made the offer to Haiti. Haiti likes our offer and is currently seeking the funding with the World Bank. Would you please join together with us in prayer that the funds will be secured and that the transaction goes through smoothly and QUICKLY? It would be so good, when flying into to Haiti, to be able to speak to the Air Traffic Controllers (many of whom are personal friends of mine) on quality, long range radios!
As I always share, and mean with all my heart, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - IF YOU'RE NEW TO THIS "RAMBLING BLOG", AND FEEL LIKE YOU'VE JUMPED RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE STORY..... YOU HAVE! IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW WE'VE GOTTEN TO THIS JUNCTURE OF THE JOURNEY, SIMPLY READ ON DOWN TO SEE HOW WE GOT HERE. BON VOYAGE!
Air Mobile Joe
January 21, 2012 - Saturday - 8:45am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
HIT THE GROUND RUNNING...
The wheels on my little Red Ford Escape hardly quit rolling yesterday. Began the day with a late blog then headed out the door to Melbourne to pick up a drafting table and some cute knitted baby caps from Delta Rose. Rose, like Southwest Chuck, has helped Air Mobile to fly all over the world on Delta Airlines.
From Rose's, headed to meet another great "water mule" and dear friend, Joe Prussel. Joe has agreed to help get those 2 damaged power Inverters repaired that we recently brought in from Haiti. Always good to see Joe and his wife Lydia. Joe and I have put in Air Mobile Rescuers all over the world.
From Joe's, headed to Orlando Aircraft Services to meet with the owner, John Webb. John and his son, Troy and the whole crew of OAS worked day and night to get a whole new instrument panel for our Little Donkey during the Extreme Makeover. John has also supported Air Mobile's Avionics needs for over 30 years. We go way back.
After our "melt-down" in mid December, John took the lead to get all of the Garmin Avionics equipment repaired. I came to pick up the Navigation and Communication equipment. Good to be getting all the components back. We're making good progress on the Annual Inspection on the Little Donkey and this equipment has arrived back right on time. Praise God!
From Orlando, I dashed straight back to Titusville to meet Peter and Juliet at the dentist office. Made it there just in time. The little wheels on the the Escape kept rolling all day long. From the Dentist office headed home, just in time to put on the coffee for our weekly Bible Study that was held at our home this evening.
Now, as I look back on this day, my heart is filled with THANKSGIVING for so many good friends and favor with Avionics Manufacturers and Dental care and the freedom to have a Bible Study in our home. I drove all day long on beautiful roads in a wonderful car provided to our family at NO CHARGE by the Ford company. You know, every now and then, it's just good to take inventory and give THANKS to the Lord! Remember, THANKSGIVING, just like JOY gives us great strength.
Today, will be heading back up to the airport to meet with Paul and another Joe. Joe has been working on Cessna 337's since 1968! He worked on them in Viet Nam when they were called the O-2, the military version of our Little Donkey. It's good to have such experienced and capable mechanics working on our aircraft. Again, we've much to be THANKFUL for.
May you have a blessed day and as always, I truly am THANKFUL for you for standing with us so faithfully with your prayer, love and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 20, 2012 - Friday - 8:58am (U.S. Easternl Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
FOUND THAT "EMPTY SEAT" HOME
THANK YOU for praying. Actually, needed to find 2 empty seats to get home last night (early this morning). My son Steve and his son Joshua gave me a ride to Love Field at Dallas after we went to a cool aviation museum. Arrived early enough to find 1 empty seat leaving for Houston (Hobby).
Backing up a bit, had a delicious breakfast yesterday morning with Steve and Nikki. Here is a shot of Nikki, Steve's beautiful wife. I am blessed to have such a sweet and lovely Daughter-In-Law as Nikki. She is a great mother. Had to squeeze in one more shot of little baby Lauren. I know.... Grandparents are just that way. Also, Steve is a blessed man!
Now, back to the airport. When one flies on a "Buddy Pass", one must do all to "stack the deck". Finding that one empty seat can be a bit of a challenge. So....when an earlier flight had that "one empty seat", Air Mobile Joe took it.
It worked out quite well because it put me into Houston about between 3 -5 hours early. Ahhh, time for a real Cajun Lunch. Now Folks, if you're ever at Hobby Field in Houston, check out Pappadeaux's. No.....this is not a Paid Advertisement. It's simply a true Cajun telling you about real good Cajun food.
Of course, I had to have the Seafood Gumbo. Again, this is the real deal. A lot of people "say" they have Gumbo, but very few actually deliver. Well, my liesurely afternoon in Houston began with a delicious, genuine bowl of Louisiana Seafood Gumbo.
I followed it up with a Catfish Po-Boy. This is as Cajun as it gets. Oh, I could have had Crawfish Etoufee, but that is more a dinner thing. It was still in the late lunch hour. Besides, I haven't had a Catfish Po-Boy in 25 years. Brought back a lot of memories.
As I was sitting there enjoying my Cajun Delights, a businessman sat next to me. We struck up a conversation. He has a Solar Power company. As I shared about the Air Mobile Rescuer, he showed tremendous interest. We exchanged cards. I firmly believe that there are no "Accidents" in this life. Things happen for a reason.
After the great lunch and good business meeting, headed to my gate. The next flight to Orlando was full, full, full. No empty seats. No problem. Had a "Plan B". The flight after the full, full flight had an empty seat. So, during the wait, caught up on e-mails and phone calls. Boarded the 8:40 flight and landed around midnight. Got home a bit after 1:00am. Thus, this late posted blog. Ahhh, it's good to be home.
Today, will be getting progress reports on our Little Donkey. I'll be heading to the airport in just a little while. So, in today's Rambling Blog, I described in a bit more detail what it's like to fly on a Buddy Pass and THANKS AGAIN to Southwest Airlines. Also, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
January 19, 2012 - Thursday - 7:47am (U.S. Central Time) - Dallas, Texas - Home of Steve & Nikki Hurston - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
EN-JOYING MY SON
Life can and is often quite busy. Oh, there's always something to do. Sometimes though, it's good to simply pull back a bit and simply enjoy those things around you....even if they're a bit far away.
Such has been the last few days. As I shared yesterday, after Cindy and I discussed the matter (usually a good idea), I "jumped" on a free flight. compliments of Southwest Airlines and came to spend a few days with my eldest son, Steve. Of course, seeing my new grand-daughter, Lauren has been a very special treat.
OK, I've grown up hearing Grand-Parents go on and on about their Grand-Children. Now....I understand it a bit better.
Just watching little Joshua (4 years old) figure out complex puzzles and say the cutest things....well, need I go on? I won't bore you with the details.
I will, say, however, that I feel that he is a SUPER Grand-Kid! So, what I don't say in words, I'll just drop in another shot.
You know what is so cool about all of this? During my time here in Dallas, simply "enjoying" my eldest son and his family, life goes on. Received another call yesterday from a dear brother that has a heart to help Haiti. By the end of the call, he had agreed to fund another Air Mobile Rescuer for Haiti.
Just received a very important communication from a company that is helping us to manufacture certain critical components for the Rescuer. Also, received a notice that more important parts that have already been manufactured are actually enroute to our office.
Been praying for those components to come for a LONG TIME. As a matter of fact, in this little "rambling" blog, have mentioned these components multiple times and asked you to pray with us for them. That, of course, leads me to THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!
A bit later today, will be heading to the airport to "try to find one empty seat". That's the way it works with "Buddy Passes". I fly stand-by and can't get on-board unless....there is one empty seat available. That's all I need to fly....one empty seat. So, please pray that I find that one today. Gotta go....Love you!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 18, 2012 - Wednesday - 6:47am (U.S. Central Time) - Dallas, Texas - Home of Steve & Nikki Hurston - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A GRANDFATHER'S HEART....
Sometimes, a grandfather (me) just wants to see his grandchildren. Such was the case yesterday. The problem was that the grandkids I wanted to see were over 1000 miles away. The solution: "cash" in a Southwest Buddy Pass. Called Southwest Chuck and he just happened to have an extra pass.
Prior to heading to the airport yesterday to fly to Dallas, arranged the meeting between Paul, our mechanic, and Jamie the owner of a beautiful Turbo Cessna 206. Paul is one of the best when it comes to setting up proper fuel flows. So, Jamie's C-206 got all calibrated and set up. Then, Cindy and I headed down to FIT (Florida Institute of Technology) to help arrange some things with Angelica's classes. All went well. Had lunch with 3 beautiful ladies, Cindy, Angelica and Juliet.
On the way back to the house to pack, swung by Southwest Chuck's home and Fern (Chuck's wife) handed me the "Ticket to Ride" to go see my grandchildren in Dallas. I love it when a plan comes together. Quickly packed my bags and dashed to the airport. Got there in time to jump on an earlier flight and yesterday evening, my eldest son, Steve picked me up at Love Field in Dallas.
You know, sometimes it's good to just move on the impulse. Steve and Nikki recently had a beautiful baby girl named Lauren and I had not seen her yet. It's been a while since I've seen little Joshua, Steve & Nikki's 4 year old. So.....I just did it.
Joshua is just like his Daddy. He's the "Little Engineer", has to figure everything out. Soon, he was methodically taking me through his many toys and explaining them to me. It's good to be here.
In reflection, just 4 weeks ago, I was piloting an airplane that developed very serious problems and by our Lord's Amazing Grace, managed to get back to our home field safe and sound. In the big scope of things, "life is short". Things can happen very quickly and unexpectedly. So....if a grand-paw wants to see his grandkids and can....by tapping into a few buddy passes....why not.
So, here I am in Dallas for a day or two simply enjoying some quality time with my eldest son, my beautiful daughter-in-law and some great grand-kids. Not sure when I'll head home.
Meanwhile, Jamie got his Cessna 206 fuel flow all balanced and checked out by the "Master". Our Little Donkey is getting put back together. A Rescuer is being built for Mexico and life is good. It's bright and early here in Dallas. Looking forward to wonderful day. As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 17, 2012 - Tuesday - 7:16am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A RESCUER FOR MEXICO - WORKING ON CLEAN WATER FOR THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Had a wonderful meeting with a dear brother with a heart to help those in the Dominican Republic (DR). Ted is the Pastor for the Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando. A recent trip to the DR so touched his heart that he had to do something to help the children in several districts that had very poor quality water. We spent such quality time discussing so many aspects of ministry. Ted has devised an extremely well thought-out strategy to solve the water problems in 3 districts. I truly look forward to working together with Ted to bring good solutions to these regions of the DR.
During our meeting, received a call from Utah with a request for a Rescuer for Mexico. Within a few minutes, all was settled and a Rescuer will be headed into service in Mexico. We are so thankful for the excellent press coverage that we have received. These newscasts / magazine articles, etc. tell others what we do and a bit about the incredible Air Mobile Rescuer.
Today, we'll be working on the "Little Donkey" and continuing the process of putting the Communication / Navigation / Electrical systems back together. We are making good progress. Also, I've invited Jamie over to our hangar. He'll be flying his Turbo Cessna 206 over. I've asked our Mechanic, Paul, to take a look at Jamie's bird and check out some systems. As you may recall, Jamie has helped us time after time when we've needed to "Dash" to Haiti. Again, where would we be without so many folks standing with us and helping us along the way?!
Time to head out this morning. Already had that great cup of coffee with Cindy. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 16, 2012 - Monday - 7:39am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A STEADY OUTREACH
Air Mobile just celebrated 14 years of outreach to some kids that are "locked up". One of the joys for the Hurston Family has been going to Orlando every Sunday afternoon and conducting a "Church Service" inside the cafeteria at a Psychiatric Hospital that caters to young people with "charges". The Hurston Kids have grown up doing this. It has been a great learning experience and full of ministry opportunities.
Over the years, we have been joined by so many friends. One such family is the Menendez Family. Here in this photo taken yesterday, we're celebrating a delicious meal. Alfred Menendez insisted on paying. Thanks Alfred! There are so many stories that I would like to share, but the Confidentiality Law prevents me from sharing details regarding our outreach. However, one thing is clear, we present the Good News of Jesus every Sunday to young people that are "behind bars".
As we look back on this marvelous experience, I recall that we began when Peter was an infant and Juliet was 4 years old. It has been a long and steady run and one that we feel blessed to have been part of. We look forward to every Sunday that we can do this. Of course, when I travel, Cindy and Team show up and share Jesus.
Well, today, we continue our pursuit of getting a "Little Donkey" back in the air. The pieces are truly coming together and.....Ti Burik will be better than before. Surely, "ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD....".
In just a little while, I'll be meeting with a Pastor from Orlando that is planning a wonderful outreach in the Dominican Republic and one of the main thrusts of the outreach is "Clean Water". We can do something about that. I look forward to our meeting.
Time for that delicious 2nd cup of coffee with my Sweetheart. God Bless and THANKS again for your prayer, love and support.
Air Mobile Joe
January 15, 2012 - Sunday - 6:46am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A "PARTS" STORY
During the course of getting our "Little Donkey" all put back together following the electrical "melt-down" (occured on December 16th - scroll down to December 17th for details), we have many wonderful & challening stories. Here is one.
Our airplane is 42 years old. That makes certain parts "challenging" to find. We we were working one such issue recently. It involved the part that gives us an indicator light when the voltage is high or low. We were searching diligently for certain replacement components for this important instrument.
Needless to say, we were having problems locating a replacement when.....Larry, our resident "Mr. Wizard" (Larry is an electronics genius), suggested we check the old "fuselage" to see if it still had the component. Thank God for that old fuselage. Bill Duncklee, the original donor of our Little Donkey included the fuselage with the donation. It has yielded "treasures" of valuable parts. Such was the case yesterday.
Lo & behold, the fuselage not only had the component, but it looked brand new. We took the unit with us to Dogs-R-Us and had a great lunch together and simply marveled at how our Lord provided the replacement part for us. It was right under our nose in that old fuselage. Again, it shows "one cannot judge a book by the cover". That "old fuselage" sure didn't look like it had any thing of value inside.
After careful testing of the unit, and a few minor adjustments, we found that it functioned perfectly. I have said this many times, but it bears repeating, "God knows how to deploy His troops". I am so glad our Lord sent Larry our way. Also that Bill had the insight and determination to drive to Arkansas and load that old fuselage on a trailer and bring it all the way to our hanger in Florida. I never cease to marvel at how our Lord works!
In this shot, you can see the light panel illuminated during our testing. This indicator tells the pilot when the voltage is either too high or too low...very important information!
Folks, believe me, in the aviation world, finding parts for old airplanes is a huge challenge. We take this, again, as a wonderful picture of our Lord's provision and care and love for us! As I look at how the pieces came together, I simply THANK THE LORD!
Well, it's Sunday morning. Time for Cindy and I to have that second cup of coffee in front of our fireplace. It's quite chilly this morning in Florida (36 degrees!). Today, we'll go to church and then to the hospital to minister with the young people there. We love you all and so appreciate your love, prayer and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 14, 2012 - Saturday - 6:44am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
LIFE GOES ON.....
"It's a day when we remember and then we make the decision to move on, which is very, very Haitian," Prime Minster Gary Conille told The Associated Press. "We bury the dead and go back to work immediately."
I have shared a bit of what it is like in Haiti, because many have asked if they can volunteer and help us. A number of you reading this blog have been with me in Haiti or have followed us over the years. You have an idea of what it is like. However, for those of you who are considering volunteering, I want you to have some idea of what it is like. Believe me, it's not easy. But....it is incredibly rewarding!
When we get out of our "comfort zone", we become extremely aware of what is going on around us. Everything gets our attention. Frankly, it is a very good time to reflect and yes, GIVE THANKS for what we have. Over the years, I have seen so many lives "changed" by just one trip to Haiti. I have friends who are so deeply involved in missions now because of Haiti. I also have those who made just one trip and said, "that's not for me". It's good to find that out also.
Above all, Haiti will likely bring one closer to the Lord. Mainly because, one must depend upon Him in so many ways. This is always a good thing. So....in my personal reflection on the 2nd Anniversary of the 1-12-10 Earthquake..... I simply Praise God for His Amazing Grace and Love. I do look forward to serving Him even more in this coming year. As always, I THANK GOD for YOU! So appreciate your prayer, love and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - IF YOU'RE NEW TO THIS "WANDERING" BLOG AND FEEL LIKE YOU'VE JUMPED "RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE STORY", YOU HAVE...... CONTINUE TO READ ON DOWN TO SEE HOW WE'VE GOTTEN TO THIS "CHAPTER". BON VOYAGE! Joe
PPS - SO MANY OF YOU ACKNOWLEDGED MY BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY VIA FACEBOOK - THANK YOU!! I AM HUMBLED BY YOUR LOVE AND PRAYERS!! Joe
January 13, 2012 - Friday - 6:40am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
REMEMBERING......2 YEARS AGO!
2 Years ago today, we "borrowed" a friends airplane (with permission) and flew to Haiti. As I was starting the left engine, I did not know if the runway was even "land-able" at Port-Au-Prince. News was very "sketchy" about the condition of the runway. Before starting the right engine, my phone rang. It was the American Airlines Captain who made the first take-off after the catastrophic earthquake had hit Haiti (at 4:52pm, January 12, 2010).
For you see, he was loading his aircraft when the quake hit. He quickly made the decision to fly out. He made a careful inspection of the runway by taxiing down the entire length looking for cracks or breaks in the runway. He assured me that the runway was in good condition. I then proceeded to start the right engine of the Cessna 402 and begin the flight to Haiti.
That was 2 years ago today. My heart is heavy with so many images, and sounds and smells. I will NEVER forget that day. I have several reminders of that day, but the biggest reminder of the day we flew into Haiti following the terrible earthquake is.....January 13th is my birthday. So, though there is a bit of celebration (that I am still alive and kicking), there is a sadness of remembering the day that over 300,000 people died in Haiti.
Yesterday came and went and I didn't even realize that it was the the 2 year anniversary of the earthquake. When I awakened this morning and recognized that it was my birthday....I remembered.
A lot has happened over these last 2 years. We have seen so many "Extreme" miracles and made so many new friends and had so many "old friends" step forward and help us to help others. We have learned so much about "JOY" and "PRAYER" and "THANKSGIVING". These 3 gifts from God help us to get up and keep going, even when things are bad, real bad. The promise of our Lord to NEVER LEAVE US OR FORSAKE US becomes so real as we walk through this broken and hurting world.
So, in the midst of sad and devastating memories, there is God's AMAZING GRACE! Today, we'll keep moving forward to bring hope and help to those less fortunate. We'll be working on our beloved Little Donkey, affectionately named "Ti Burik". We're making good and steady progress on getting the the little airplane back into the air. We're making some wonderful upgrades on the electrical system (that will prevent "over-voltage" damage) and putting in a new "state-of-the-art" autopilot, thanks to the love and generosity of our donors.
We have so much to be THANKFUL for and this dispels the sadness of remembering where we were 2 years ago today. Haiti has a long way to go, but we are seeing slow, but steady progress in a number of areas. So, we keep on "marching" forward into the battle....bringing in hope and joy one drop at a time. As always, I sincerely THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
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January 12, 2012 - Thursday - 6:11am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A GOOD FRIEND....IN THE FAA!
It's good to have a friend in the FAA. Many years ago, Air Mobile was blessed with a donation of a Cessna 185 Skywagon. This is, according to many (me included), one of the best bush planes ever built. The problem was, I didn't really know to fly it. Now, that may sound a bit strange, but it was the landing gear that made it so tricky. Oh, I could fly a "tricycle" gear plane with no problem, but a "tail-dragger" was a different story. To the Pilot's reading this blog, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Here is file photo of the Cessna 185.
Well, in comes Frank, who is now with the FAA and a great friend. Frank quickly saw my plight and offered to help me to learn how to fly a tail-dragger and specifically, the Cessna 185. Day after day, landing after landing, Frank worked with me until.....one day, I could land that airplane with ease. Frank was great. For you see, Frank had flown Cessna 185's in Africa and knew the airplane EXTREMELY well!
Frank and I have stayed in touch and he has "bailed me out" a number times. Yesterday I gave Frank a call and inquired about the best way to put in some additional protection for our electrical system in the Little Donkey. He was glad to help and gave us some excellent council about how to proceed. I'm so THANKFUL for so many good friends who really "know their stuff".
Earlier yesterday, had a house-full of Methodist Ladies. This wonderful group recently funded an Air Mobile Rescuer for Haiti. We offered for them to have their next Missions Meeting at our "Extreme" home. They gladly accepted the offer. It was wonderful getting to meet them and show them our home.
Again, where would we be without so many standing with us and helping us to help others?? Our Lord sends folks our way and we're just THANKFUL!
This morning, I'll be meeting a Haitian Pastor who has a Church in Orlando. He found out about Air Mobile and wants to know more. We'll be meeting at the hangar. Then, later this afternoon, we'll have an International Delegation from the Rotary Club meeting at our home. I'll be demonstrating the Air Mobile Rescuer to them. It's going to be a busy day.
And....where would we be without YOU! We're so THANKFUL for your prayer, love and support! We pray that you have a blessed day today!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - If you're new to this "rambling blog" and feel like you've jumped right into the "middle of the story"..... you have. If you want to know how we've gotten to this "juncture of the journey", simply read on down to see how we got here. Air Mobile Joe
January 11, 2012 - Wednesday - 5:26am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
GETTING A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS!!
Spent yesterday running all over town and meeting with some good folks. Began the day with Jay. Jay arranged for the 24 hour feed of the Extreme Make-Over on our home. By the way, we just celebrated the one year Anniversary of when Ty Pennington yelled at our family through a bullhorn and said "Good Morning Hurston Family". Wow! What a year it has been.
Well, Jay and I have been discussing how I can integrate video into our Blogs and also into our Monthly Reports We hope to begin doing that soon. It will certainly add a bit of "action" to our daily reports. Don't look for it immediately, as I have to take technology a bit slowly. However, it will be coming.
Received a call from the Alternative Pregnancy Center in Merritt Island. They had more Baby Formula and Pre-Natal Vitamins for Haiti. Thank the Lord for dear friends who help us along the way (to help others). This is such a beautiful picture of the Body of Christ.
I recall, several months ago, received a call from a Flight Attendant that helps bring formula around the world. An orphanage in Haiti was all out and they were having a difficult time getting some in. So, they called me. It just so happened, that within minutes, this same group at the Alternative Pregnancy Center called and asked if we needed formula. Again, a beautiful example of how our Lord "deploys His troops"! I love it when our Lord does things like that!
This morning, we will be hosting a group of ladies from a local Methodist Church. Recently, this group raised the funds for a water purifier for Haiti. I invited them to have their monthly missions meeting at our "Extreme" home. We so enjoy sharing this home with others. Cindy and I are still so blessed by the kindness and generosity that we have experienced from so many.
Paul, our aircraft mechanic, will be at the airport this morning continuing the long and detailed process of putting our "Little Donkey" back together. We are so THANKFUL as to how this is all working out. There is no question that our Ti Burik, will be much better than before. Well, time to have that second cup of coffee with my Sweetheart. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 10, 2012 - Tuesday - 6:39am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
YOU WIN SOME - YOU LOSE SOME.......
After a busy day yesterday, Peter and I headed to our all time, favorite football "hang out", Dogs-R-Us in Port St. John, FL right on U.S. 1. There, we watched, a bit stunned, as powerhouse and fellow Southeast Conference football giant, Alabama, stuffed our beloved LSU. Final score, Alabama 21 - LSU 0. Wow, what a disappointing night but.....LSU had a great season (going 13-0) but losing to a truly great team.
After arriving at Dog's, we were very hopeful and excited about watching our team play. Soon, we were joined by another one of my son's, Christian. We settled in for the evening with some hot-wings. As the evening wore on, it was evident that our Tigers needed a Tim Tebow moment (or two or three). They never came. Oh well, in everyone's life, a bit of rain must fall. We lost and......life goes on.
On the way home, Peter was really down and all I could say was, Alabama played a very good game. That didn't help him. Then, finally I said, "Peter, it's just a game". And it is. However, there are certainly life lessons here. I'm still working on getting some good illustrations but haven't articulated them yet.
Prior to the game, the day was spent in gathering parts and getting reports on our beloved "Little Donkey". So glad that things are indeed coming together. Got some very good news on our Autopilot. It appears that the company that makes our Autopilot is aware of the plight of "Ti Burik" and has agreed to "Upgrade" our existing unit. Don't know the final details, but the news was VERY encouraging.
Now, here is a good scripture, that I have often stood on. It is found in Romans 8:28 - "ALL things work together for the GOOD to those that love God, those the called according to His purpose". BEFORE our electrical meltdown (scroll down to December 17th to see what happened), I was perfectly happy with our existing autopilot. Now, as a result of a major problem, we are getting a much better autopilot. And there is more, we are installing an advanced protection system that will prevent this from happening again and the list goes on and on. So many have stepped forward to help us. We are simply overwhelmed by the love and care of so many!
So, there you have it. A developing lesson on sad and disappointing things turning out for the good. Now, here we are, another day is upon us and it is the "Day that our Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be glad in it." May you have a blessed day. As always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 9, 2012 - Monday - 6:07am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A RIDE HOME IN A SHINY LITTLE MOONEY
Yesterday morning, our small Air Mobile Team headed to the Port-Au-Prince Airport and fueled Keith's beautiful, shiny Mooney. We loaded up the 2 "ill" inverters and Peter's guitar and headed back to the U.S. We climbed to 10,500 feet and fought a small quartering headwind, but still managed to average 160mph.
We landed on Exuma Island in the Bahamas. This is a good "half-way" point between Haiti and the U.S. Now, I must tell you a bit about this beautiful little airplane that Keith (the owner) so graciously made available to us. First of all, it is a 1965 Mooney M-20E. It has been beautifully maintained and flies like a dream. It also has flown between 1,500,000 and 2,000,000 miles! And.....it doesn't look to bad for being 47 years old!!
It is incredibly economical. The sleek and efficient design of this airplane yields good speed (between 170 - 190 mph) on about 9 gallons of gas per hour. That is an amazing 20 MPG.
The cabin is quite snug, but once you get seated and strapped in, it's not a bad ride. But, there is no getting up and stretching your legs...not until you land.
Now, as I have shared in this last Haiti mission, we were able to bring in vital and much needed supplies and KEY PERSONNEL (Peter and I).
This last mission to Haiti was quite successful in that we were able to keep clean water flowing in several, very needy locations. We were able to bring in good supplies for our "Favorite Missionary", Barbara, or better known as "Rambo in the Blue Dress". We even brought in lovingly knitted baby caps for very needy infants. You see, even though our airplane was quite small, it carried in a "big load" of love and help. Again, I want to say THANK YOU to Keith who availed himself to Air Mobile to help us in our mission to help others.
Upon landing, we went straight to a famous local seafood restaurant in Cocoa, Corky Bell's. There we met Cindy, Juliet and Ariana along with the Menendez family. They had just come from ministering at the Hospital, in Orlando, where Cindy and I have been Chaplains for over 14 years. It was good to be home. Last night, had a long, hot shower (there is no running water in Barb's village) and a good night's sleep. Ahhhh, again, it's good to be home.
Today, will be meeting with Paul, our Aircraft Mechanic, to continue the process of getting our "Little Donkey" back in the air. It's good to know that we have so many "good friends" who stand by to help us along the way. And, as always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Oh, by the way, this evening, Peter and I will be headed to Dogs-R-Us, our favorite "football" hang-out to watch.......LSU & ALABAMA slug it out for the National Championship. What a season!! GEAUX TIGERS!!!! Joe
January 8, 2012 - Sunday - 6:16am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
ANOTHER RESCUER TO THE FIELD - SOME BABIES GET BEANIES
Early yesterday morning, I met Johnson from Port-de-Paix. While awaiting his arrival, went over and met with Dave, the Director of MAF. We pray regularly. What a solid brother in the Lord! Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has provided vital air service to thousands over the years, all in the Service of the Lord! I've known Dave for nearly 20 years.
Once Johnson arrived, we headed back to the "Village" and began the training on the Rescuer. Johnson is a quick study and grasped the simple, but powerful machine quickly. While we were finishing up, Keith, with the shiny Mooney called. He had just landed from St. Thomas.
So, I went through the final procedure that I love. The presentation of the Rescuer. All throughout the training, Johnson kept saying again and again "The machine is a miracle". He really got it!
So, again, our trusty little blue motorcycle delivered Johnson back to the airport, along with his Rescuer and I was able to pick up Keith and bring him back to the "Village".
I thought it good to introduce Keith to Barb's Village. Several months ago, I had recruited Keith to Barbara at the airport in Titusville. Now, he could see the wonder of Ruuska Village. Well, Keith being a very capable engineer with multiple disciplines was soon recruited diagnosing a couple of dead inverters. We depend upon these devices to turn battery power into AC power.
The units needed extra repair that we are unable to provide. So.....the Little Mooney will be carrying a couple of sick inverters back to the U.S.
While I was out delivering Johnson and getting Keith, Barbara began handing out the little baby caps that were knitted by Natalie and her friends. I wrote about Natalie several days ago. She and her friends make these precious little caps. Haitian mothers absolutely love them. This little girl was just brought to Barbara for care.
At the end of the day, we were tired, ate some delicious "Bubba Burgers" (brought in by the Little Mooney) and both Barbara and Peter and I slugged out a couple of good games of Yahtzee. Ahhh, what a good day.
Well, today, we have a lot of territory to cover and many things to do. The sun is up, the coffee has been drunk and it's time to head out for some more adventures in Jesus! As always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 7, 2012 - Saturday - 5:45am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
QUICK REPAIR - SHINY LITTLE MOTORCYCLE
We began yesterday with Peter playing his guitar. I'm glad that, among the "cargo" that we stuffed in Keith's pretty little Mooney, was Peter's guitar. It's been a pleasure hearing him play. In addition to playing the guitar, Peter has also been playing Yahtzee with his old Dad. Usually, this game is reserved for Barb and I, but Peter makes a pretty good opponent. Yahtzee is played for the end of the day.
Peter and I headed into town on our trusty little motorcycle. With the gridlock traffic in Port-Au-Prince, this means of transportation is extremely efficient. One can accomplish so many more things by scooting on a bike. Otherwise, we would spend literally hours simply sitting and waiting for the traffic to "creep along". Among the other things we stuffed in Keith's little Mooney was some good polish. We made the bike shine.
Our mission in town was to purchase a ticket for a new Rescuer Operator in Port-de-Paix located on the north coast of Haiti. We'll be flying him down to train and present the unit to him. The owner of the airline, who is a good friend, gave me a 50% discount on the ticket just because.......Praise God!
On our way home, we stopped by the motorcycle dealer where we bought the little bike over a year ago. We needed a new headlight bulb. Well, the owner thought it very important that Peter and I have extra protection. He simply gave us elbow and knee pads at NO CHARGE. You know, I sincerely believe that our Lord just gives us FAVOR. Favor is another word for GRACE.
When we arrived back at the mission, Jean from a Catholic Orphanage was waiting for us. His Rescuer was "inop". I quickly brought it into our refurb facility and analyzed the problem. It was very simple. The carbon filter was plugged up and the ceramic filter has seen better days. Remember, among the things we "stuffed" into Keith's little Mooney was carbon filters. We replaced both filters and the Rescuer ran like a "top". I still marvel at how reliable and well designed these machines are. This unit has been in operation for over 5 years!
Within 20 minutes of his arrival, Jean was leaving a "Happy Customer" with fully repaired Rescuer. I love days like this!! Barbara had fixed hamburgers with fresh lettuce and tomatoes on real hamburger buns. Guess where those came from? They too were stuffed in Keith's little Mooney. You see folks, one does not need a LARGE airplane to make a big difference in people's lives.
The sun has risen, ready for my second cup of coffee. Will be heading out for another day. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 6, 2012 - Friday - 7:49am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A FRIEND DROPS SOME "CARGO" IN HAITI
Recently, my good hangar neighbor, Keith offered to drop some "cargo" in Haiti as he was flying down to St. Thomas Virgin Islands. I took him up on his gracious offer. Early yesterday morning, Peter and I met Keith and loaded the "cargo". The "Cargo" was us, Peter and I and a few choice supplies.
We had a beautiful flight in his pretty little, shiny Mooney M20E. What an amazing airplane. Quite fast and extremely efficient. In all the hub-bub of getting the plane loaded and making the flight, as well as the quick turn around for Keith in Port-Au-Prince, we failed to get one shot of the exterior of his pretty little bird.
Keith went on to St. Thomas after he dropped us. He called last night to inform us that his flight went well. Barb (Rambo in the Blue Dress) is well and glad to see us. We were able to bring in a few "goodies", i.e. potato chips, hamburgers, lettuce, tomatoes etc. We also brought in some of those little knit baby caps made by Natalie (the young lady I wrote about several days ago) and some extra carbon filters for the Rescuers.
You know, as I write this blog this morning, there is such a sense of gratitude because of so many people who simply help us. We never, ever take this for granted. From a generous neighbor "who gives us a ride", a young teenager that cares more about others than herself and to so many who pray and give to this ministry. Folks, there are times it's just overwhelming. I ask again and again, where would we be without so many folks helping us?
I simply praise our Lord for putting it on so many hearts to help others. This is just more evidence of the Gospel in Action. Well, here we are, Peter and I, in Haiti with a whole host of stuff to do. First thing is getting Barb's internet back up and functioning properly. Then we'll be working on our motorcycle and then....we'll be arranging to get a school director from Port-de-Paix (on the north coast of Haiti) down to Port-Au-Prince to both train him and present an Air Mobile Rescuer to him.
So, even though our precious Ti Burik (The Little Donkey) is down getting repaired, "The Mission goes on" THANKS to so many like you! As always, thank you for your faithful prayer, love and support! Gotta go get to work. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - I'm not even going to begin to explain the "bizarre" things that have been happening to the internet as I've been trying to post this blog. Suffice it to say, been working for the last 2 hours trying to post this little blog. Ahhh, so glad it finally posted.
January 5, 2012 - Thursday - 5:02am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
30 YEARS AGO....
We explained to Christian, our son, that this was likely the last birthday cake that would contain the actual number of candles of years he's been with us. He understands. Here, Ann Marie and Cherie are strategically placing 30 candles on a small cake.
For 30 years ago yesterday, Christian was born in this world. His birthplace was Haiti. Now, I have 8 children and they are ALL SPECIAL. However, each is quite unique. Christian has many redeeming qualities, but the greatest of all is his love for the Lord. Happy Birthday Christian!
Earlier yesterday, I met with Chris "The Adjuster". We went over all of the details of the electrical "meltdown" of our Little Donkey. We went over all of the details of our policy and now, Chris, will simply "crunch" the numbers and we'll see what he comes up with. We pray that there will be some funding to help us put Ti Burik back together.
In the meantime, some of you have been wonderful in sending us in funds for this noble project. We sincerely believe that our Lord will provide every single penny necessary to put our beloved Little Donkey back into the air BETTER than before!
Well, it's time to head to the airport and get the cargo ready for our next flight to Haiti. Our good neighbor, Keith, has agreed to drop some much needed supplies into Haiti on his way to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. THANK GOD for good neighbors!!
As always, we truly appreciate you and all of your precious and faithful prayer, love and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 4, 2012 - Wednesday - 7:27am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
ANOTHER RESCUER FOR HAITI!
While gathering up repaired components for our Little Donkey yesterday, the phone rang. The caller was from California. We've been communicating about the possibility of placing an Air Mobile Rescuer in Port-De-Paix, Haiti (on the north coast). After careful consideration, the decision has been made to make this happen. Soon, the school and mission will be able to make their water clean, very clean. Praise God!
Today, I'll be meeting with the Insurance Adjuster to evaluate the electrical damage and determine just what the insurance will do and won't do toward the repair of Ti Burik. We know that our Lord will help us to get this airplane back in the air.
In the meantime, Keith, my Hangar Neighbor, will be helping with us our next flight to Haiti as he'll be flying to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and will be able to "drop some cargo" in Haiti. Been in touch with Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress) in Haiti and getting her "shopping list". So....even when things aren't going the way we want them to, our Lord makes a way.
Time for second cup of coffee with my Cindy. It's very, very chilly, by Florida standards this morning. Have the fireplace going working on staying warm. Thanks, as always, for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
January 3, 2012 - Tuesday - 8:29am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
BRRRRRR! FREEZING IN FLORIDA!!
A winter blast has swept over the U.S. and has come all the way down to Florida. We touched the freezing mark last night and....it's supposed to be even colder tonight. If you look closely into the fireplace shot, you'll see the 737 fuselage in our living room.
Spent several hours at our hangar yesterday. All of our suppliers were closed (for the day after New Years). I heard my neighbor taxi up in his beautiful little Mooney (a very cool, slick, 4 place single). I asked Keith how his little bird was flying.
Then, I simply asked if he'd mind "taking me around the patch" once. He smiled. As he pushed the throttle forward, the pretty, shiny silver bird lifted off in less than 500 feet (maybe less). Keith handled her beautifully.
Upon landing, Keith asked if we had any cargo for Haiti. He's got a business trip planned down to St. Thomas (just east of Puerto Rico) later in the week. It would be no problem for him to stop in Port-Au-Prince along the way. Mmmmm, not a bad idea. We'll pursue that idea.
After returning home yesterday, Peter and I worked on a great project "that will make Momma happy". We put in a nice little walkway between our garage and the house. In this shot, you see Beau, our cat, testing out the new walkway. We worked hard and fast so as to finish in time for the kick-off of the Rose Bowl. Talk about some good football! We, of course, are counting the hours to the kick-off of the National Championship game between our beloved LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Now....that's going to be a football game! We patiently wait.
Now, it's time to bundle up and head out into the cold wind and work on a certain Little Donkey preparing it for "the next mission". We pray that 2012 be a great year for you and yours! We sense it is the year of PREPARATION! We'll talk more about that later. As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
January 2, 2012 - Monday - 8:59am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
MARCHING INTO THE NEW YEAR
We've taken the Christmas tree down and begun pulling off the Christmas lights from around our home. May the warmth and love of Christmas remain in our hearts. May we have hope and joy as we move into this New Year.
We'll be working on the Little Donkey today to get it back into the air as quickly as possible. Many of our suppliers are closed today to celebrate the New Year. We're still awaiting components that have been rebuilt. We'll also be meeting with the Insurance Adjuster this week to determine just how much of the repair will be covered. We know that certain things are definitely not covered and that is where your donations will be applied. We're hopeful that all will work out.
Well, it's that time. Cindy and I have had our 2nd cup of coffee. Time to head to the airport. THANKS, as always for your love, prayer and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
January 1, 2012 - Sunday - 9:41am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
MAY 2012 BRING GRACE & HOPE!
Well, here we are, the first day of the NEW YEAR! Our prayer is that 2012 will be filled with God's Amazing Grace & Hope. As we walk into each new day, may we walk with Jesus each step of the way!
Yesterday, I had the wonderful blessing to meet again with Natalie and her parents. Natalie is a local high school student who has a heart to serve others. Our Lord put something very special into Natalie's heart several years ago. Little did she know what a blessing she has been to so many Haitian mothers and babies.
Let me go back a bit. Last year, I received a call from Natalie. She told me that she had felt impressed by the Lord to knit little, new born, baby caps for children and she wanted to know if I could bring them to Haiti. I immediately responded, "YES". For you see, Haitian mothers love to cover their new-born babies heads. Even though, the temperature is often stifling hot and mud hut houses have no air-conditioning, they still love those little caps for their babies.
So, "last year" (it's now 2012), Natalie's parents drove her to meet Peter and I on a Saturday afternoon, to Dog's-R-Us, where we were watching LSU play somebody. I was immediately impressed with Natalie's heart to serve. Even though she was too young to drive and could not necessarily go to Haiti as a Missionary, she found a beautiful and loving way to share her gifts and talents with others less fortunate.
Now, she has formed a Knitting Club and has recruited others to help in this precious ministry. As a result of her most recent donation, Air Mobile has over 100 little baby caps to bring to Haiti to bring hope and joy to many. All of this is "Powered by the Love of God". Oh, folks, there is hope for our future and for our young people.
When Natalie and her parents arrived at our hangar, I was about to make a delicious cup of coffee for TBM Jim. I named him that, because Jim flew the TBM Avenger ( a torpedo dive bomber) in World War II. Talking with Jim was like talking with the "History Channel". Jim IS HISTORY! As he shared his story about joining the NAVY at 17 to fly, I was taken back to a different day and got a glimpse again into "The Greatest Generation".
It was wonderful watching Jim meet Natalie and her parents. By the way, Jim's grand-daughters are Knitting National Champions. I stood back and watched them talk about knitting and special yarn and such.
Now, as I reflect on what happened yesterday, I realized that Jim was not much older than Natalie when he went into the U.S. Navy and quickly learned how to fly a 10,000 pound dive bomber off of an Aircraft Carrier. I looked at Natalie who has given up hundreds of hours of her personal time to serve others. In many ways, Jim and Natalie are very much alike. Do you see why I say there is HOPE & GRACE in 2012!
There is more that I would like to write but....this blog is a little late getting posted because.....Cindy and I were up late last night bringing in the NEW YEAR! I'm running late for church and have to go!
We pray that 2012 be the best year of your lives. As always, and I say this from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for standing so faithfully with us with your prayer, love and support! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 31, 2011 - Saturday - 7:03am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
NEW YEAR'S EVE - A SALT WATER BATTERY THAT COULD HELP US BRING CLEAN WATER
Well, here we are on the eve of a New Year. Much has been said about 2012 and we stand ready to walk into it hand in hand with Jesus. There have been thoughts about resolutions and I'm sure that I'll embrace one or two new ones (at least for a while). I can tell you, they have to do with being more organized and effective and losing a bit off of my belly.
Recently, Peter and I had the privilege to speak at First Baptist of Cocoa. There in the congregation was a scientist who is developing a battery system that runs on salt water. After service, we had to "dash" to Orlando to do the Chaplain service at the Hospital, so we did not have the opportunity to speak.
|Air Mobile Joe & Allen Riggs - Infra-Tech with the "Salt Water Battery"|
Well, Allen contacted me recently asked if we could meet to discuss his remarkable "battery" and see how it could assist us in powering the Air Mobile Rescuer. Yesterday, we met. I must say, Allen's technology is fascinating. He further explained that during the process of generating electricity, the unit also "desalinates" the water. Now, that is interesting, for sure. We'll stay in touch and seek ways to combine the technologies. Again, I am so thankful for how our Lord has brought so many smart and capable folks across our path.
We're making steady progress on our "Little Donkey". Paul is methodically going through every single electrical circuit on the aircraft and we're "chipping" away at it. We're still awaiting components that have been sent out for repair. We are researching ways to improve our existing system to protect it against such failures in the future. Again, Ti Burik, will be better than before!
As we approach this New Year, may I encourage you to seek out the "JOY OF THE LORD". It is there for the asking. So many times, we can become overwhelmed by circumstances that we simply forget to ASK our Lord for His JOY. Remember, "The Joy of the Lord is our strength". Simply put, the more Joy we have, the more Strength we will have. His Joy will surely sustain us through difficult times.
Now, we are believing that 2012 is going to be so full of amazing opportunities to serve our Lord. We truly look forward to going into this New Year with you standing with us with your precious prayer, love and support! So, from the Hurston Family, God bless you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - If you did not see or have the opportunity to read the recent article in AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association), here is the link again. I encourage to take a moment and read it. CLICK ON JANUARY AOPA FEATURING AIR MOBILE MINISTRIES - Joe
December 30, 2011 - Friday - 6:39am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
MR. WIZARD TO THE RESCUE - A LONG AWAITED RESCUER COMPONENT....DELIVERED!
|Our very own "Mr. Wizard" named....Larry|
Now, I'm really dating myself here. How many of you remember "Mr. Wizard"? It was a very cool (for the time) TV program that ran from 1951 to 1971. A neighborhood scientist would explain very complex science in his home lab. Well.....we have an electronic "Mr. Wizard" named Larry. So far.....everything I've brought to Larry, from broken water purifiers to broken airplanes to broken amplifiers....Larry's fixed. He just that kind of guy.
We have a component on the aircraft that needed immediate attention. Larry quickly analyzed exactly what was wrong and kept us on "the road to recovery" by directing us to the exact fix. I never cease to marvel at the folks that our Lord has sent our way. THANKS Larry for being avail-able & able!
As many of you know, who have been on this journey with me for a while, we have been working very hard on making all of our own "replacement" components for the Air Mobile Rescuers. Well, yesterday was a "Banner Day" in that quest!
A good friend and supporter of our efforts to bring clean water to thirsty people is Lester Gray. Lester has been supplying us with certain key components to keep the Air Mobile Rescuers pumping clean water. Well, our supply is nearly exhausted. Our answer: Make more parts. In order to do this certain "Molds" are required. Making a mold is a VERY EXPENSIVE proposition. Lester has provided Air Mobile with the molds necessary to make certain critical components.
|Joe & Lester with the long-awaited molds!|
Not only has Lester provided the components, but Lester delivered the molds to us yesterday. He drove them himself from Ohio / Tennessee. These molds weigh over 3000 pounds. After the delivery, I bought Lester and his brother-in-law lunch. I tried to give Lester some money for gas for all that driving and he wouldn't even take a dime. Said he just wanted to help us keep clean water flowing. WOW! Again, here it comes, the saying my old Pastor many, many years ago said to me....."God knows how to deploy His troops"!
As a result of this gift, Air Mobile will be able to keep Rescuers in good operation world-wide. Only our Lord knows the good that will come out of this. All I can say is, "PRAISE GOD"!! Many of you have been praying about the "Parts" situation for some time. Well, yesterday was a major victory in that arena!!
When I got home yesterday evening, had more components for our "Little Donkey" on our front porch delivered by UPS. Today, we'll be "piecing" our electronic system back together...bit by bit. We're making good progress.
Well, it's time to get to the airport and assist Paul and crew. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
|DAVID AGAINST GOLIATH...KIND OF|
December 29, 2011 - Thursday - 8:44am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
AOPA (Aircraft Owners Pilot Association) PUT AIR MOBILE JOE IN THE JANUARY ISSUE - CHECK IT OUT! & DAVID AGAINST GOLIATH.....
I have been a member of AOPA since 1983. It is truly the finest Pilot's Association in the world (In my humble opinion). AOPA has been a true advocate for flying and freedom. Air Mobile has been blessed to be one of the feature stories in the January issue. Here is the link, check it out - JANUARY AOPA FEATURING AIR MOBILE MINISTRIES . AOPA is the "Voice of General Aviation" and I simply PRAISE GOD for AOPA!
As a result of this good story, we have been receiving calls and e-mails from folks interested in helping us with our mission. Most of the inquiries are from pilots and aircraft owners. This is so encouraging. So many are interested in helping others. It is amazing how such a small airplane, as Ti Burik, has been able to bring so much clean water to so many.
It reminds me of the "David against Goliath" story in the Bible. This picture "kind of" portrays the proportions and size of the battle. Though our airplane is quite small, it can carry a HUGE LOAD of clean water. Let me give you an example.
The "Big Guy" represents "Dirty Water" all over the world. The "Little Guy" represents Ti Burik and the Rescuer. The "Little Guy" is winning every day all over the world. Air Mobile currently has nearly 800 Rescuers operating in 40 countries around the world. "We've only just begun to bring clean water to thirsty people!"
Let's do "some math". Each Rescuer weighs just over 20 pounds. We could easily put 20 Rescuers in Ti Burik. Now, watch this. The Rescuer can purify between 20-25 gallons of water per hour. Water weighs just over 8 pounds per gallon. The means that each Rescuer can purify between 160 and 200 pounds of water per hour. If we operate each unit just 10 hours per day = 1600 - 2000 pounds of clean water will be produced each day for each unit.
Remember, in our example, we brought in 20 water purifiers. Those 20 Rescuers will purify between 16,000 and 20,000 pounds of water EVERY DAY! We have Rescuers that have been in continual operation in Haiti for nearly 8 years! Again, do the math! By the way, we currently have 316 Rescuers in operation in Haiti.
Now, that's how a little airplane can make a huge difference in many, many lives all around the world. That is why we do what we do!! And you have stood with us with your prayer, love and support! God Bless You and THANKS AGAIN!
Well, it's time to head to the airport and get that precious "Little Donkey" back in the air.
Air Mobile Joe
December 28, 2011 - Wednesday - 9:04am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A NEW COFFEE POT & A SLOW COMPUTER
The week between Christmas and New Years is usually a pretty slow time for business, as many locations are closed. Speaking of slow, my computer is running real slow this morning. Been trying to get going for the blog and I'm posting a bit late due to fact that my old computer is just dragging along at a snail's pace.
The amazing thing is that we've been able to post a blog every single morning for nearly 2 years. The only break in this "blog chain" was when Ty Pennington from Extreme Make-Over Home edition yelled at our family through a bull horn and then sent us away for a few days while 3000+ people built a new home for my family. Oh folks, the other amazing thing is some of the locations around the world, that we've managed to make a connection to write and post a blog. That's a whole other story.
Well, yesterday, managed to get more parts ordered to get our Little Donkey up and going. Still have more parts to order today. Also, heard from our Aircraft Insurance company. We'll be getting an Adjuster down here to look at things. They may be helping to put Ti Burik back into the air. We must look carefully at the policy and see what is covered and what is not covered. Please pray all works out.
Now, one of my favorite Christmas Gifts was a beautiful new coffee pot specifically for our airport office. It is a Keurig, the latest and greatest in single cup, hot, fresh coffee. I have admired these coffee pots since they first came out. You can imagine my extreme surprise and joy to get one and have excellent coffee right from our hangar / office at the airport. Ahhh, now, that is a blessing!!
I just hung up the phone with Paul, our aircraft mechanic, and he gave a good report of steady progress on finding and tracing all of the systems that were affected by December 16th "melt-down". I truly believe that our Little Donkey is going to be "better than before". This is a good example of one of my favorite scriptures found in Romans 8:28, "ALL things work together for the good for those that love God, those the called according to His purpose".
May you be blessed this day. Time to head to the airport. My computer finally woke up and is working a bit better now. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, support and prayer!! God Bless!
Air Mobile Joe
December 27, 2011 - Tuesday - 8:38am (US Eastern Time) - Sebastian, FL - Undisclosed location - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
IN EVERY LIFE....A LITTLE RAIN MUST FALL
My Sweetheart and I slipped out of town yesterday for a little ride and get-away. The sky was overcast as we left and there was a "slight" chance of showers. We headed south along the ocean on our beautiful, classic old Goldwing (haven't had a proper chance to name it yet).
The further south we rode, the cooler it got. Then, up ahead, as we approached the Sebastain Inlet, the rain drops began to fall. Soon, it was a steady downpour. The amazing design of the old Goldwing kept us fairly dry. So, even though a little rain fell....we did just fine.
We eased into our get-away location and the owner allowed us to park the Goldwing in the garage. Right next to our place, along the river was a seafood restaurant (that the locals love!). Wow, what a meal. We had cable in the room and the ONLY channel that worked was "Hallmark". We watched "sappy" movie after movie. What a lovely evening.
Up this morning to a beautiful sunrise and good coffee. Wish our little get-away could be longer, but we have a sick Donkey in "Intensive Care". Will make a few calls this morning to order the parts to put Ti Burik back together. Tried to order a few things yesterday, but every place I called was closed. Some will be closed all the way to after the New Year.
We'll order what we can, and then Cindy and I will "meander" back up the Ocean road to our home and "back to work". Over dinner last night, we had the most wonderful conversation about our Lord and how He is working in our lives. We are simply THANKFUL for all He has & is doing. We have so much to do ahead of us and we're so glad He is with us each step of the way!
Well, it's that time. Already had the second cup. As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 26, 2011 - Monday - 6:48am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A SIMPLE "GET AWAY"
A little later this morning, Cindy and I are going to get on our old, classic Honda Goldwing and take a little ride along the ocean to an "undisclosed" Bed & Breakfast. We'll only be away for a day. Sometimes, it's nice to just "get away for a day" to clear one's head and open one's heart to the Lord.
We, as a family, are so thankful for all that has happened to us this year. Beginning with the Extreme Make-Over on our home and so many opportunities to travel all around the world and bring clean water to thirsty and desperate folks.
As we approach 2012, we hope & pray that our Lord will continue to guide and lead us in the way that He would have us to go. We can see so many things happening in the world, with faltering economies and changing weather and collapsing governments. It is a good time to seek His will and purpose, as never before. May we all be in the position that He would have to be.
In spite of the many challenges that we see all around us, the message of Hope burns brighter than ever. The simple and beautiful message of Jesus rings ever true. As we have just celebrated the coming of our Lord Jesus to this world, to bring Salvation to "whosoever will call upon His Name", my heart is encouraged to carry this message far and wide. I must say, carrying a bit of clean water, along with this message of hope and joy, certainly opens many doors & many hearts.
Well, it's time for that wonderful second cup of coffee. Have a few chores to do before heading on down the highway with my Sweetheart. As always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support. God Bless!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - THANK YOU for your donations toward the repair of the "Little Donkey". We have not yet received all we need, but we're also not sure just what the bottom line will be. Please continue to pray with us that all that we need to get Ti Burik back in the air will come in just in time. Joe
December 25, 2011 - Sunday - 8:44am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE HURSTON FAMILY
We wish you a very Merry Christmas! PRAISE GOD for sending us Jesus! He is truly the reason for the season! May you blessed this day!
In this photo, taken last night at our Extreme Home (notice the 737 Fuselage in the background), we had 7 of our 8 children with us. We're so thankful. We also had 5 of our 7 grandchildren. The Lord is so good! Again, may you blessed this day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
The Hurston Family
(From Left to Right - Cherie & Kyle and Levi - Juliet, Rythm (Christian & Ann Marie's son), Air Mobile Joe & Cindy, Angelica, Ariana & Peter, Christian, Little Christian, Anne Marie & Selah & Benjamin (the only Hurston's not there were Steve, Nikki and Joshua and Lauren who currently live in Dallas).
December 24, 2011 - Saturday - 7:53am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS - THANK GOD HE (JESUS) CAME INTO THIS WORLD!
"For God so loved that world, that He gave His only begotten Son.....". What wonderful and beautiful Words! Christmas is a Love Story of Awesome proportions. All I can say is: "Thank you, Father, for sending us Your Son"! This is a time to celebrate and reflect on the love and grace of God.
It is so easy for this time to become hectic and pressured. May we all simply take a deep breath and THANK God for His great love toward us.
I love the song, "Joy to the World". Jesus is our source of Joy. Again, I am so thankful, that in spite of all of the efforts to diffuse the actual meaning of Christmas or whether or not Jesus was born on December 25th, still, Billions across this globe acknowledge that the Savior came into this world. The truth is, we so need a Savior. Our prayer is that many will accept Him as their Lord and Savior. May our Lord use us to carry that message far and wide.
May you and your family have a blessed and Merry Christmas.
The Hurston Family
December 23, 2011 - Friday - 7:52am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
I am so glad that the world takes a day and acknowledges that Jesus did indeed come into this world. We all know that Jesus' birthday is probably not December 25th, but it is good that there is a recognition that He did indeed come into this world. Thank the Lord!
Have you gotten your Christmas shopping done? OK, I'm still working on it. I'm supposed to go pick up a few things that I ordered today. I am famous for "last minute" shopping. Truly, not one of my gifts.
We just sent out 1124 Christmas E-Newsletters. Did you get yours? IF you did not, and would like to be put on our Air Mobile E-Mail list, simply drop me an e-mail at: email@example.com and request to be put on the list.
I PROMISE YOU, you will not be inundated with a bunch of appeal e-mails from us. We simply don't have time to do it, plus it's kind of aggravating to be get those "appeals" continually. So....if you truly want to be on the list let us know. We generally send out a monthly report (if we have time).
In the meantime, you know that you can always come here to, Air Mobile Joe's Rambling Blog to get a DAILY update. It's kind of funny, my precious Cindy, who is a Psych Nurse, tells me that there is "medication for people like me". In other words, there has to be some obsessive side of me that is able to write a DAILY REPORT.
I believe I do it as a means of therapy or something. At any rate, I rather enjoy getting up every morning, no matter where we are and finding a "connection" and "whipping out" a quick report about our activities. I suppose it takes a "special" kind of person to do that. You see, even today, I'm kind of "baring my soul" with you.
There is another side to all of this. YOU! I truly believe that we are able to do many of the things that we do, because we have folks like you praying for us! That's a fact.
Even, the flight that we made on December 16th demonstrates that (simply scroll down to the December 17th report for full details). I have had several folks, including my daughter, Cherie, that were awakened out of a sound sleep and prayed for us at the very moment that the electrical system in Ti Burik was "melting down". Truly, our Lord does know how to deploy His troops, especially the ones that PRAY!
Prayer is so important. The fact is, we can't pray enough. Remember that scripture that says, "Pray without ceasing". In other words, we should pray about everything. That's a good thing to do. Things in our lives will go better if we pray about them.
As we go through this day, may we pray a bit more. We'll never go wrong doing that. It's time for me to get going to the airport and work on a certain Little "ailing" Donkey. God bless you and as always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Hey, if you're new to this "rambling" blog, and feel like 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 this glorious journey. Enjoy the ride. God Bless!! Air Mobile Joe
December 22, 2011 - Thursday - 6:50am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A SICK LITTLE DONKEY....IN INTENSIVE CARE
We spent yesterday getting all of the damaged electronic components identified and sent off for repair for our precious "Little Donkey". The "Bad News" is: there was a lot of damage. The "Good News" is: A lot of folks and companies are willing to help us get this sweet little airplane back in the air. THANK THE LORD for generous friends.
In this photo, you can see all of beautiful Avionics provided by Garmin have been removed and sent back to Garmin for immediate repair and return. I had a most encouraging conversation with the Garmin Representative, Dave, that first introduced Ti Burik (The Little Donkey) to the President of Garmin and thus the original donation. Dave assured me that Garmin will do all they can to get the components back to us ASAP. Thanks Dave and Garmin!
Paul, our mechanic, is going through every single system and circuit to both identify damage and weak points. By the time we go through all the systems, our "Little Donkey" will be better than ever. This is another example of "All things working together for the good".
As I replay the flight on Friday morning, I am so thankful that the "electrical melt-down" occurred with it did. We had just taken off. We had adequate time to make a rapid course reversal and safe descent and land at our home field. This provided a tremendous advantage on beginning the repair immediately. Even though we are approaching Christmas, all critical components are in good hands for quick repair and return.
I sincerely believe that AFTER this unfortunate event (the melt down), our aircraft will be BETTER. Now, this is where we need PRAYER & SUPPORT. As we go through the systems, please pray that we identify and repair all areas that need attention. Also, pray that the funds come in to pay for these repairs. Even though we are getting some of the work done under Warranty & Grace, we will still need funds to pay for certain parts and labor.
Please consider making this a "Late Christmas Project". So many depend upon this "Little Donkey" to carry the Good News of Jesus & Clean Water & critical personnel & medicine & diapers & baby formula & & & the list goes on and on. I can assure you, your gift be will be good seed in good soil. Do not hesitate to phone me if you'd like a report, update or just want to chat about what is going on. My cell phone is: 321-544-7757. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support! God bless and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - If you're moved to make a donation toward this critical project "Helping a Sick Little Donkey", you may use the "DONATE" button in the upper left hand of this blog. If you're local and would like to drop your gift off, simply give me a call and we can coordinate to meet. THANKS AGAIN for your consideration. Joe
December 21, 2011 - Wednesday - 8:15am (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A "LAID BACK" TRIP HOME - PAUL GETS SOME GOOD CESSNA 206 TIME
As is our usual style, we don't "broadcast" our travel times (for security reasons). So, our little Air Mobile Team of Water Mules, headed to the Port-Au-Prince International airport, bright and early yesterday morning and flew Jamie's beautiful Turbo 206 back to the U.S. We flew back at 12,500 feet and averaged 150 knots (had a slight quartering tail-wind the entire way home. Love flights like this!
Paul and his wife Jo have a beautiful sheep farm in Wales (Great Britain). Paul has had a strong desire to be a missionary pilot for as long as I have known him. We first flew to Haiti together in our mission Aero Commander 500 in 1996). Paul has made significant and clear strides toward achieving the goal of becoming a "Missonary Pilot". When he bought the sheep farm in Wales, he could visualize just how to put in a runway. He did. He went on to buy a classic missionary flight training aircraft, a Piper Cub J-4. He's been working very hard on honing his bush, missionary, flying skills.
However, there was one thing that Paul lacked. Cessna 206 flight time. Well, our Lord certainly arranged things well for Paul. You may recall, several days ago (Friday) we had a very challenging incident with our Little Donkey. Our entire electrical system "melted down" when Paul and I and Mark were enroute to Haiti. It was a "dicey" moment and we managed to land safely "in a black hole". Our Lord was certainly with us!
I called upon Jamie, who owns the Cessna 206 and "recruited" him for a critical mission. Within a few hours, Jamie and Paul were loading our vital supplies and we were off to Haiti. THANK GOD for willling volunteers! THANKS AGAIN JAMIE!!
Paul gained invaluable flight time and experience by flying Jamie's Cessna 206 both to and from Haiti. Paul and Jo will be heading back to Wales tomorrow. We'll miss them and we hope and pray that our Lord works things out for them to join us on this "glorious mission" of bringing the GOOD NEWS of JESUS around the world.
We had an excellent flight back and Paul did a superb job of giving Jamie and I a relaxing and "LAID BACK" flight home. I love it when our Lord takes things and "works them together for the good"!
Well, today, we face the daunting task of putting a "Sick Little Donkey" back together. Will be at the hangar working with Paul (the Mechanic) on solving the electrical problem and getting many components repaired and replaced. We truly need your prayer and support on this. We must get that precious Little Donkey back in the air. So many depend upon Ti Burik for clean water and hope!
I'll also be working on a Christmas Newsletter (I know it's a bit late, but we've been "burning the candle" at both ends as of late). As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 20, 2011 - Tuesday - 5:33am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A STEP CLOSER TOWARD GOOD COMMUNICATIONS - A QUEUE FULL OF RESCUERS
Yesterday morning, I delivered the final and full presentation for an all new Air Traffic Control Communication system to OFNAC Director General Flambert. We had a very encouraging meeting. My simple prayer is: "May the will of the Lord be done". I do know this, the current system is in desperate need of replacement. Please join together with us for this much needed change to be made quickly! THANKS!!
By the way, Captain Flambert is an excellent pilot and working together with him has been a real pleasure. We are encouraged by this new relationship.
While I was in town, Jamie and Paul were hard at work. Jamie was finishing refurbishing the 10th Rescuer. Folks, he and Paul helped so much on this mission. They both dug in deep and we uncovered some very good methods of keeping these remarkable machines in operation. Some of the units that were refurbished have been in operation in Haiti since 2005.
We maintain a "Queue" of refurbished units as shown in this photo. When a Rescuer Operator, such as the many clinics, schools, orphanages, etc. encounter a difficulty of any sort with their unit, they are instructed to bring the unit back to our Refurb Center here in Ruuska Village and we simply "swap it out" with a refurbished unit. This system has worked quite well to keep "Clean water flowing"! Here, Jamie has completed the 10th unit. This is a great number to have on hand. THANKS AGAIN, Jamie and Paul for sharing your knowledge and ingenuity with so many.
By the way, Paul was out hanging Christmas lights for Barb when this shot was taken. It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas...here in the Village.
We so appreciate all that Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress) does for so many. Over 1000 children in extreme risk have found homes in America and around the world as a result of Barbara's amazing heart and deep determination. We love and appreciate Barb and all she does!
We're up bright and early this morning. Have a full day. Time for that second cup of coffee. We'll see what our Lord has for us today. And...as always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 19, 2011 - Monday - 6:48am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
RESURRECTING A LITTLE MOTORCYCLE - WORKING ON GETTING NEW ATC RADIOS - PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES
Our team had a laid back Sunday in Haiti. Jamie and Paul, with a little help from some of the Village Kids, managed to get a motorcycle up and running. The problem with the little bike is that the key was lost. Well, Jamie quickly found a way around that but the fact that it sat for nearly a year really "gunked" up the carburetor.
It was cool watching Paul and Jamie, first get it running and then methodically "tune" it. But then we had another problem. The key also fit the fuel tank. The makers of the motorcycle made the cap like "Fort Knox". So, we had to find a way to get fuel into the tank.
Here came so more Mac Gyver stuff (read yesterdays blog below about Mac Gyver). We used elevation and gravity and an ingenious series of hoses to "force" the fuel into the tank. Soon, we had the little bike purring "almost like a kitten". There is more than one way to "skin a cat". I suppose I have to be careful about what I say, because cats are frequently eaten here in Haiti.
I worked on getting ready for my presentation to the Civil Aviation Department regarding putting in all new Air Traffic Control Radios. This is such an important project, as it will increase Aircraft safety coming in and out of Port-Au-Prince for years to come.
Please join me in prayer, that as I meet with Director General Flambert and his team of Engineers, that we will flow in the direction that our Lord would have us to go.
Well, it's that time. The sun has risen and we're heading into another day. Another thing, please remember to pray for the Philippines. A late season storm struck the Southern Philippines on Friday. The death toll is over 430 and rising. Tens of thousands have been displaced. This part of the Philippines usually does not get such storms and especially one this late in the season. We are following this situation very closely.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 18, 2011 - Sunday - 6:47am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
WATER MULES "ON THE MARCH" - REMEMBER MAC-GYVER?
Yesterday was spent "resurrecting" Air Mobile Rescuers. There are currently 316 Air Mobile Rescuers in operation throughout Haiti (nearly 800 in operation globally). Our goal: KEEP THE CLEAN WATER FLOWING!
Haiti has been the perfect "test bed" for developing means of "field repairing" the unit. By that I mean, "what would an operator do in Southern Sudan when supply routes are cut off and there is NO way to get spare parts in?" How could one keep the Rescuer in operation with "MacGyver" techniques? To the younger readers of this blog, MacGyver was a guy that could fix anything with a paper clip, duct tape and a Swiss Army Knife.
Now, I know that you may be getting tired of my old quote, "God knows how to deploy His troops", but I must say it again!
The combination of Paul, from Wales, and Jamie with the 206, could not have been any better for this "Old, Original Water Mule". We walked into our Air Mobile Rescuer depot with water purifiers, some of which have been in operation since 2004 in this country, in desperate need of repair. The amazing design of this unit allows one to just keep rebuilding it over and over and over again.
Yesterday, we reached "New Heights" in innovation! Paul has a sheep farm in Wales and like most farmers, has to depend upon creativity and ingenuity to keep things in operation. Jamie's family raises many, many different kinds of plants in an old and well established nursery. Both of these guys are simply amazing when it comes to figuring things out!
We "dug" deeper into the Rescuer yesterday and began coming up with remarkable techniques to "keep em running" when "new replacement parts" are not available. For you see, that is our situation for several of the major components on the Rescuer. We are getting very close to manufacturing certain replacement components, but we have not begun "punching them out yet". By the way, please remember us in prayer in this regard....we are very close!
However, a favorite scripture of mine comes to mind: "ALL THINGS work together for the good, to those that love God, those the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). This situation, of not being able to get certain replacement parts, is "driving us to be creative". Truly, "Necessity is the Mother of Invention". The bottom line is: We are keeping these units running after 7 years of operation!
Now, I must admit, it will be wonderful when we're producing all of the replacement parts in unlimited quantities, and this hour is soon approaching. But in the meantime, we're not only making do, but creating great ways to "field repair" Rescuers even in the most extreme circumstances with a few simple things found "at hand".
I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am at our latest discoveries. See, this is what it's like to be a "Water Mule". If you're reading this rambling blog and have some of those "MacGyver" talents, CONTACT ME! Air Mobile needs you!!
Well, the sun has risen. About to get that second cup of coffee and launch into this beautiful day that Lord has made. Really love and appreciate your faithful prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - After reading yesterday's blog about the sudden and wonderful addition of Jamie to our team. I love it when the Lord works things out!! Joe
December 17, 2011 - Saturday - 7:08am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A SUDDEN CHANGE IN PLANS - LANDING IN A "BLACK HOLE" - A FAITHFUL FRIEND DROPS EVERYTHING....TO THE RESCUE
Yesterday was memorable...for sure! Our small team of Paul (from Wales) and Mark, the son of John, a long-time water mule, met at 3:20am, long before the sun rose, to load our Little Donkey to make another mission flight to Haiti. All went well. We had a good load, we were all fueled and we cranked up the engines right on time.
My departures for Haiti are typically IFR (Instrument Flight Rules). We would initially climb to 15,000' and eventually go to 19,000. As we rolled down the long runway at Space Center Executive, both engines ran beautifully and our Little Donkey jumped right into the dark, cool air. We were climbing through some clouds when Paul and I both noticed a small "wisp" of smoke. Suddenly everything changed! Our full attention was on the beautiful instrument panel. We knew something was wrong.
Within minutes, instrument after instrument failed...first the autopilot, then the lights began to flicker. I quickly reported that we were returning to our home field. System after system simply stopped working. We were now flying with a flashlight and one separate, battery powered GPS. We lost radios and could not advise Air Traffic Control of our plight and....we could not turn the airport lighting system on. For you see, a pilot can "click" his microphone and actually turn on the runway lights of an airport.
An unlit airport is difficult to identify. As our GPS told us we were approaching our field, I strained to recognize anything. Remember, it was pitch black. There, among many flashing lights was the rotating beacon and with just small bit of help from the cloud covered moon, I could just make out the runway. Our landing gear came down with no problem (the system is Hydraulic), but we could not lower the flaps.
A quick bank onto final and a smooth landing. Ahhhh, THANK YOU, JESUS! As we taxied our Little Donkey back to our hangar, the smell of burning wiring was very strong. What could have caused this? Immediately upon landing, I phoned Flight Service and advised we were down safe. Soon, we had the cowlings off and began our inspection. I called our mechanic, Paul and he started heading our way.
As we began to analyze the situation, it appears that our battery (less than 2 months old) had simply "shorted" out and caused an excessive amount of voltage to race through our system. We all prayed together and THANKED OUR LORD for getting us down safely. As Paul began to methodically work through the systems, I was on the phone. We had to get Haiti!
At 7:25am, I phoned Jamie. Now, this guy is incredible. This is not the first time I've called Jamie with an urgent request. Several months ago, I had to make a flight into Haiti on a moments notice and Jamie and his wife, Amy, dropped everything and flew us to Haiti. Well, when I phoned Jamie, I asked him 2 things. First, was his airplane flying good and second, could he make an IMMEDIATE flight to Haiti. But....I told him NOT to answer question 2 until he spoke with Amy about it. He agreed. I quickly told him about our "black hole" landing and we hung up.
I stood on the ramp and simply prayed. About 3 -5 minutes later the phone rang. Jamie said he was packing his clothes and he wanted to know how long we'd be there. WOW! What could I say but...THANKS! Meanwhile, Paul, the mechanic, was digging down to find out what happened. We told Mark that he'd have to wait to become a water mule. He handled the whole incident with courage and faith. Nice young man. Paul from Wales unloaded our Little Donkey and put our vital cargo on the ramp as we awaited Jamie.
As soon as Jamie landed, we got him fueled and loaded. His beautiful Cessna Turbo 206 is a remarkable airplane. It's not as quite as fast as our Little Donkey, nor can it fly as far non-stop, but it sure can carry a load. We quickly had our full cargo load and a few more diapers loaded.
For as long as I've known Paul (from Wales), he has wanted to be a "Missionary Pilot". Now, this guy is DETERMINED, and the kind of person that when he makes up his mind to do something, HE DOES IT!
So, a number of years ago, Paul and Jo (his wife) bought a Sheep Farm in Wales. I remember visiting him a number of years ago and Paul told me where he was going to put his runway. He did it and built a hangar and even bought a beautiful classic Piper J-4 (very rare). Paul has been steadily honing his missionary flying skills. Well, Jamie graciously gave up the "left" seat of his 206 to Paul.
We made a short roll down the runway and climbed to 11,500 feet and headed to Exuma Island in the Bahamas. The distance is just under 400 nautical miles. We had a beautiful flight to this fuel oasis, right at the half way point to Haiti. Junior Strahan's son fueled us. His Dad, Junior has been fueling our mission aircraft for over 30 years. I've watched his son grow up. It's just like family. Junior also gives a very good price on fuel.
As the sun was setting, we descended down and made a low pass over Barb's Village to let them know we were here. Barb was already at the airport when we taxied up. The Port-Au-Prince traffic is like a nightmare. As the plane was being unloaded, I took some critical documents for the new Air Traffic Control Radios and brought them to the Director General of Civil Aviation. We had a great meeting. He had already heard about our "Black Hole" landing. Captain Flambert is a highly trained, very capable pilot, and we had a good time analyzing the flight and our actions. Pilots love to do that sort of thing.
After our good meeting, we "crawled" back to the village averaging about 3/4 mph. Quite a change from zipping through the "Bermuda Triange" at 160 mph. Now, this was a long day. Paul and Jamie hit the sack and Barb and I played Yahtzee until midnight. Just had to unwind. So glad we made it....with a little (a lot!) of help from a friend. THANK AGAIN, JAMIE & AMY!!
The sun's been up for a while. Jamie and Paul are already fixing things in the village and I'm wrapping up this winding, rambling blog. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - I had phoned my daughter, Cherie, to ask her to relay the information to Barb in Haiti. She asked me, "What time did you take off?". I told her. She was silent for a moment. She said, "I knew it!" As our Little Donkey was climbing out this morning, we flew over her home. She awakened and began praying for me. She "knew" something was wrong. Again, here it comes, "God knows how to deploy His troops". When I say, I truly appreciate your prayer, love and support, I MEAN IT! Thanks again! Love you Cherie!! Dad
December 16, 2011 - Friday - 4:17am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Titusville, FL - Air Mobile Hangar -Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
SOLAR EXPERT DEPLOYED! GETTING READY FOR THE NEXT MISSION
I first met Carl about 5 years ago. He spent many years at NASA and is a true genius. Carl is one of those guys that can fix anything. Little did I know when we first met that he spent years working in Solar development! I called Carl yesterday and explained to him what we were endeavoring to do with the solar panels that we recently acquired. Needless to say, Carl jumped right in.
I never cease to marvel at how our Lord sends and deploys His troops! Soon, I had a list of items to get and we met at the hangar yesterday afternoon and began the Solar set up for the Rescuer. We have portable, rollable solar panels, but some applications require a more permanent set up. This is what we're putting together. Soon, we had the beginning of a system that will include an inverter, battery and lighting system. It will be a very "economical" system that will provide enough power to run the Rescuer, charge cell phones and give Security lighting at night.
On our last trip into Haiti, we visited an orphanage run by a young man who works with Samaritan's Purse (Joel). We're currently raising the money for a Rescuer and Solar set up for him. Carl and I have a bit more "tweaking" and testing to do on the system, so it won't be going to Haiti for a bit. We hope to have it all worked out soon. This will be a tremendous blessing for many!
We're at the hangar bright and early this morning prepping for our next mission (which will be very soon). Our Little Donkey is all back together and we had a successful test flight. Well, have to get to work. As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 15, 2011 - Thursday - 5:59am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
POWER FROM THE SUN - A LITTLE DONKEY GETTING READY TO FLY
Solar companies have been in the news lately (some pretty negative stories) but..... the fact is, solar panels DO work and we can get energy from the sun to power things. Our Air Mobile Rescuer only requires 54 watts. In this photo, Lee and I are holding the tri-fold solar panel that can generate up to 75 watts. That is enough energy to power the unit and bring clean water with a small buffer to spare. This will cover us when a cloud blocks the sun.
I'm looking forward to taking this unit to Haiti and testing it. We've got multiple locations that just don't have any electricity. When we tie these panels into a battery....Voila! POWER to take dirty, contaminated water and make it very pure with FREE energy provided by the sun!
From the Solar company, I headed to the Aircraft Engine company that repaired the 2 cylinders on a certain "Little Donkey". Don George did a great job, but anytime one repairs anything on an airplane it is rather pricey. Please pray a little extra money comes in to Air Mobile to cover the expenses of keeping the little donkey flying.
Have to scoot for a few minutes to drop Cindy at work. Will write more a bit later - OK, I'm back. It only took 24 minutes to take Cindy to the Juvenile Detention Center and get back to the blog. We talked a bit about the young people that she is caring for as the Nurse. The stories will break your heart. We're glad that our Lord has put Cindy in a position to demonstrate the love of God in an area of such pain and turmoil. A number of these young people will end up at the hospital where we are chaplains. Please remember to pray for Cindy as she stands on the "front line" of this battlefield.
After I bring our kids to school, it'll be back to the airport to continue the process of getting that precious Ti Burik back in the air. There is something wonderful about working on an aircraft and getting it back together. The thought of bringing in critical supplies and clean water and the Good News of Jesus certainly drives us forward. Please pray that we don't have any "glitches" as we prepare to "button her up" today.
Well, it's that time of the morning. As always, we THANK YOU so much for your prayer, love and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 14, 2011 - Wednesday - 6:43am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
BUILDING A TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS - GETTING SOME SOLAR PANELS TO TEST
I received a call from Barbara Walker, same name different person (not Rambo in the Blue Dress in Haiti, Barbara). This Barbara Walker flew large aircraft for the U.S. Airforce and then went to work for United Airlines and worked her way up to Captain. Now, due to a medical situation, Barbara is not flying. Several months ago she met with Cindy and I and offered to volunteer with Air Mobile.
After the meeting, we agreed to pray about how we could work together. Well, Barbara called yesterday. You may recall how Bank of America had funded some high quality consulting for Air Mobile. One of the items that was brought forth was our need to better equip and organize our Volunteers.
We have already been talking to Lisa and Alfred, who are wonderful volunteers (see Monday's blog below for the Christmas Party) about helping us to better organize and manage our many volunteers. Now, we're beginning to put our heads and hearts together and look at the "Manual" that has been provided through the great consulting by Emily and Rollins College.
Why even yesterday, heard from Larry up in Illinois, who is about to retire from the medical field and has an airplane and wants to fly for Air Mobile. A couple of hours later, heard from Mike, an Aerospace Engineer in Kansas who wants to know more about what we do and how he can help. The list goes on and on. The truth is, we need help to help organize all of these wonderful folks who want to get involved with what we do.
Our mission is simple: Bring clean water to thirsty people and share the love of God! I must tell you, yesterday was a good day. Even though, there are times that I feel absolutely "overwhelmed" and "need a little (really, a lot!) of help from my friends".
We still have a long way to go in the "Volunteer organization department", but we are working on it. I would like to say, that if you want to help us in any way, and contact us, we'll do our best to help you to help us but....be patient with us, our Lord is definitely not through with us. However, there is good news. Help is on the way.
Speaking of volunteers - Several months ago, another volunteer, who works with a global defense contractor, contacted me and gave me information on a company that makes Solar Panels right here in Florida. Our cartridge company, CSA, began providing cartridges for them. During the course of our business, I visited this company. Wow, what an operation!
One thing led to another and now, my contact is making some highly specialized solar panels specifically designed for the Air Mobile Rescuer. This morning, I'll drive up to Lake Mary and pick them up. I can hardly wait to test the system. We'll do the actual "field testing" in Haiti.
Hope to have that precious "Little Donkey" back in air pretty soon. Getting that next load of supplies ready. Have another volunteer, Dennis (Premier Water Mule), putting some Rescuers together and getting vital parts for the units down in Haiti. See, where would we be without all these volunteers!? Well, this leads me to another quote that you've like heard many times (for those who follow this "rambling blog") - "GOD KNOWS HOW TO DEPLOY HIS TROOPS!"
It's time to head out the door. As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 13, 2011 - Tuesday - 7:04am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
PILOTS & FLIGHT PHYSICALS - STUDYING END TIMES
When a pilot reaches a certain age (such as yours truly), the said pilot, NEVER takes a flight physical lightly. Trust me, this is true. Well, yesterday, Air Mobile Joe went to his favorite Flight Surgeon for the Bi-Annual Flight Physical. Now, before I tell you how it went, I'll describe my actions yesterday morning.
The bottom line is: I feel good, actually quite good. Lost a little weight (as designed), been watching my diet (to some degree) and don't have any real complaints (Thank God!). So, I should not be worried about a flight physical. However, this examination can "make or break" a pilot. In other words, can something be uncovered that could cause the loss of the "license to fly"? Believe me when I say this: pilots take this sort of thing very seriously and I'm no exception.
I got up early yesterday morning. One of the items looked at very closely is our vision. I have legal and approved "Corrected Vision" (I wear glasses). The test includes a Vision test without glasses and with glasses. I wanted my test "without glasses" to go well. So, beginning at 4:00am, I began reading whole articles "without glassses". Oh, it takes a bit longer and one must truly concentrate on each letter. There is a deep focus that needs to be done. I managed to get through several lengthy articles. My eyes hurt from all the extra work, but it was like a very in-depth "eye workout".
Did my usual blog, with and without my glasses. Then spent the morning lining up maintenance and supplies for our next mission. Cindy and I also spent high quality time with Paul and Jo (from Wales) studying what the Bible says about the "Second Coming of Jesus". Oh, what a good morning. The "Signs of the times" certainly point to the fact that "time is running out for this old world". Paul and I certainly can see how important "flying" is becoming as things become more unstable in this world.
Armed with that sense of urgency, I headed out the door to meet my Flight Surgeon (who, by the way is a Navy Pilot). While waiting, I read everything that I could to keep those "eye muscles" exercised. Then my name was called. The Nurse who handles the first part of the exam was quite nice. I got to the eye testing device and......did better than I did last exam 2 years ago. All those eye exercises paid off. I could read down to line 4 and some of line 5 WITHOUT my glasses. Now, WITH the glasses, I read line 7 with ease. I breathed a huge sigh.
By the time the Flight Surgeon came in, the rest of the exam was very easy. We had a good conversation about our recent flying "experiences". I invited him to join me on a future "Water Mule" mission. He sounded very interested and then....he signed my Flight Physical Certificate. Praise God, I'm good to go for another 2 years! To any young pilots reading this, this may not sound like a big deal, however, to the "seasoned" pilots reading this....you know exactly what I went through.
Speaking of flying, Paul (from Wales) and I will join Paul (the Master Mechanic) to continue the installation of those 2 repaired Cylinders on our Little Donkey this morning. Been in touch with Barb (Rambo in the Blue Dress) and she needs lots of supplies. The big Village Generator is hanging on by a thread (radiator stop-leak) is holding only....if she runs the generator just a few hours a day to keep the inverter batteries charged.
On our next mission to Haiti, we'll go into town and begin the process of negotiating either the repair or the replacement of the Village Generator. I want to thank some of you for helping with this project. A dear friend of our mission just lost their father. They have asked, that in lieu of flowers, to send a donation to Reach Out To Haiti (Barb's mission). These funds will go toward the generator. If anyone reading this wants to help, simply push on the donate button on this blog and designate the gift for Barb's Generator. Or, you may give me a call at: 321-544-7757.
Time to head to the airport. God bless and as always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 12, 2011 - Monday - 6:29am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS PARTY!
14 years ago, this Christmas, the Hurston Family began a weekly service at a Psychiatric Hospital, located in Orlando, that caters to young people in "trouble". Peter was only 6 months old and we carried him into that first service in a removable car seat that I affectionately dubbed, "the bucket". Now Peter is over 6 feet tall, plays multiple musical instruments and loves the Lord.
Peter, along with Juliet, Angelica and now Ariana, have been part of this ministry for most of their lives. Our adult children, Cherie and Christian have been with us many times over this long and priceless road. We have stopped counting long ago, the number of decisions that have been made for Christ or the number of Bibles that we have handed out. We simply show up each week with love for these young people (and staff) and share the Good News found in Jesus. Our Lord does the rest.
Now, due to strict "Confidentiality Laws", we cannot photo any of the clients or any portion of our services. However, yesterday, I took a few shots of our great Air Mobile Team transforming the Hospital Cafeteria into a beautiful Christmas Party room.
Alfred, Lisa and Alfred Jr., FAITHFUL Volunteers to Air Mobile, along with Paul and Jo & Baby Holly from Wales and of course, the Hurston Family did the wonder transformation. As the children streamed into the cafeteria, that they had just eaten in less than an hour before, they could hardly believe it was the same room. This very act spoke volumes of the love that we have for these young people. The place was packed!
I must tell you, my Cindy, is not only the "Brains" behind this ministry, but the heart. Here in this photo, she is going over the "Order of Service". She had just assigned the corny Christmas "jokes" to Alfred, Lisa and Alfred Jr. Earlier, Juliet spent many hours laying out the music and wonderful Christmas videos that told the "True Meaning of Christmas". We all had our parts to play and my Cindy "Directed" the whole presentation. I am very proud of Cindy.
Alfred and Lisa also bought (and wrapped!) all of the 100 presents and so many other things for this grand party. Our little princess, Ariana and Lisa had a ball laying out all the goodies for the kids.
I can't even begin to tell you how thankful Cindy and I are for this precious "Open Door" to share the Love of God with those that are "locked up and hurting". Over the years, our own children have learned so much about ministry through this outreach. The Hospital Administration has been simply wonderful over these last 14 years to allow us this amazing opportunity. We are indeed blessed!
At the end of our service, Cindy gave a very simple, beautiful invitation for "whosover" wanted to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Over 30 hands went up. The actual number is recorded in Heaven and we will leave that there. We are simply thankful to be used by Him!
Afterwards, we headed to a wonderful restaurant. Air Mobile traditionally pays for the meal for our Volunteers. Again, Alfred would not hear of it and insisted that he pay for this celebration meal. Wow, where would we be without volunteers who love the Lord so deeply? Again, Cindy and I are so thankful!
Well, it's that time of the morning. Time to get the kids going and get on with this day. We'll be working diligently on getting a certain "Little Donkey" back in the air to carry hope and help to those in deep need. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, support and prayer!
Air Mobile Joe
December 11, 2011 - Sunday - 8:13am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A BEAUTIFUL POND & A FISH NAMED JULIAN - A LITTLE DONKEY ALMOST READY TO FLY
Slowly, but surely, we have been meeting the folks that made our "EXTREME HOME". Yesterday, I had the privilege to meet Michael, the guy who put in the spectacular pond. I also found out some more details of the cold night that he worked in the icy water to produce the masterpiece that we all enjoy.
It was the coldest night of the year. As the water splashed out, it became ice crystals and after 20 straight hours of grueling work, Michael began to hallucinate thinking that the ice was broken glass. Wow, as we look at the pond now, we have a greater appreciation of the love and dedication that so many came forward with and blessed our family. THANK YOU MICHAEL!
The story does not end there. I found out that Michael took his own prized Koi (a spectacular Japanese fish) out of his own aquarium and gave it, along with other beautiful fish to the Hurston Family. We chuckled about how "fish are not supposed to have personalities". Well, this one surely does. As a matter of fact, our little Ariana named him "Julian" shortly after the "Make-Over".
I can stand on our balcony and quietly look over the rail at the pond and "Julian" will come to the surface and look me right in the eye. We all love Julian and we're even more thankful to Michael for giving us his prize fish. Just another "Extreme Story" on our Extreme Make-Over! Michael, along with 3000 other volunteers built our Family the most incredible home in 106 hours!! Complete with pet fish and all!
After Michael and I went over good "pond maintenance practices" and checked the PH and fixed a small leak, I headed to the airport to help Paul (our mechanic) with the Cylinder Installation. We are getting close. Frankly, I love working on the airplane and helping a master mechanic like Paul. Over the years, I've learned so much from men like Paul. It sure helps to understand how and why an aircraft flies should one develop a problem at 21,000 feet somewhere in the "Bermuda Triangle".
After working on our precious "Little Donkey", I dashed home just in time to throw the football with Peter a bit. We also taught the other Paul, our dear friend from Wales, how to throw an "American Football". Then, I picked up my dear Cindy from work. We then all went out for a nice meal at Beef O'Brady's (kind of like an Irish Pub). Overall, we had a beautiful, productive day. Thank the Lord!
Well, it's that time to get ready for Church and then to the Hospital, where we, as Chaplains, will throw our Annual CHRISTMAS Party. Yes, notice, I called it exactly what it is: A CHRISTMAS PARTY! We are celebrating the birth of our SAVIOR! Time to wrap our little "rambling blog" today and get ready for this beautiful day that our Lord has made! As always, thank you for your love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 10, 2011 - Saturday - 7:03am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A RESCUER HEADED TO UGANDA / ANOTHER RESCUER FOR HAITI TODAY
Drop by drop, clean water is flowing through the remarkable Air Mobile Rescuer all over the world. Yesterday, we overnighted a Rescuer to Reverend Ben from Uganda. Today, a new friend from Florida Institute of Technology, Roland will be picking up a Rescuer at our Village in Haiti. Thank the Lord!
Here is a photo of the unit that is headed to Uganda. Several weeks ago, I met Hal, a businessman from Daytona. He brought Reverend Ben from Uganda with him. I simply demonstrated the Rescuer. After they thought about it for a few weeks, I received a call from Hal. He was full of good questions. At the end of the conversation, he said, "OK, we'll do it". As a result of that encounter, clean water will be flowing into an orphanage in a very isolated place in Uganda.
A week and a half ago, I spoke at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) at the invitation of Winston Scott (Former Astronaut & Dean of the School of Aeronautics). There I met another Professor, Roland. We discussed how the Rescuer could be of benefit to an orphanage in Bon Repos, Haiti. Well......it just so happens that is where Ruuska Village and the Famous, Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress) and the Air Mobile Rescuer Refurbishment Center are located.
Of course, we could do something and we did! Today, Roland will be in Haiti and will travel to Barb's Village and pick up a Rescuer and get training from the "best Rescuer Trainer" on the planet. Yes, Barb does a better job than yours truly (better known as Air Mobile Joe).
So, in just a few hours, another Rescuer will be purifying very contaminated water and blessing another orphanage in Haiti. Folks, I LOVE MY JOB!
Our faithful mechanic, Paul, worked on those freshly repaired Cylinders and will be working on them today. Meanwhile, the other Paul, from Wales, and I will be heading up to the hangar to see if we can be of assistance. We hope to have a certain "Little Donkey" back in the air very soon.
My dear Cindy has already headed to work at the Juvenile Detention Center this morning. She'll be working with troubled teenagers. It's time to get on with this day (that our Lord has made). Let's see what HE does! Sure do appreciate you and your prayer, love and support!! God Bless!
Air Mobile Joe
December 9, 2011 - Friday - 6:35am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
2 BEAUTIFUL CYLINDERS (RESCUED) - VERY GOOD COUNSEL - OLD FRIENDS FROM WALES (GREAT BRITAIN)
Yesterday morning, retrieved our 2 cylinders from Don George. So glad Don was able to repair them. Again, this is such a blessing because of the good instrumentation that we have on-board our Little Donkey. Both the front and rear engine have instruments that tell you just what each cylinder is doing. So.....it's kind of like "early detection screening".
Also, we have such good maintenance support. We "caught" a problem before it became a serious problem and repaired it quite economically and safely, thus rescuing those cylinders from the "scrap heap". I love it!
We'll continue the installation process today. After delivering the cylinders to the hangar, I dashed back to our home base to meet with Emily of Rollins. Now, some of you may recall, one of the many "Extreme Blessings" that the Hurston Family received included very quality and in-depth consulting for Air Mobile Ministries.
For the last 6 month, Emily has brought incredibly good counsel to this ministry. Rollins College is one of the highest quality Business Colleges in Florida and Tax-Exempt Organizations are their specialty. Surely, our Lord gave us the best! This last session concluded the consulting. Oh, I must tell you, this Blessing was funded by Bank of America. THANK YOU Bank of America, Rollins and Emily!!
At the end of final session, Emily presented an Operational Handbook that is chocked full of nuggets of good counsel and excellent strategies. As the Bible says, "In the multitude of Counsel, there is wisdom". Again, we are so blessed. Air Mobile has been given a great gift. We are so thankful!!
At the end of our session, it was time for me to head to Orlando International and pick up some very dear friends from Wales, Paul & Jo and their newest baby, little Holly. I first met this wonderful couple about 18 years ago. I ended up bringing Paul and his sweet daughter to Haiti and our lives were forever connected in Christ. We have visited this precious family in Wales and have stayed in close touch.
Paul is an avid aviator. He actually built a runway & hangar on his sheep farm in Wales. He also has a beautifully restored Piper J-4 (a true classic). He'll be doing a bit of additional flight training while here. I may even get him down to Haiti. Meanwhile, Jo & Holly will simply enjoy Florida and staying at the Hurston's Extreme Home. We're looking forward to our days together.
Time to get those cylinders on that Little Donkey. As always, I so appreciate your faithful love, prayer and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 8, 2011 - Thursday - 6:44am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
STEADY PREPARATIONS - GOOD MONITORING
Yesterday, visited the facility repairing our rear engine cylinders. So appreciate Don George and the quality of his work. Some time ago, I mentioned that we had installed a 6 cylinder EGT (Exhaust Gas Temp) / CHT (Cylinder Head Temp) monitoring system on our Little Donkey. In essence, we "caught" a problem before it became a costly (or serious) problem. We're so thankful that we have been able to repair and not replace these cylinders.
We should be re-installing the cylinders today and get that Little Donkey back into the air. I always feel a bit "unprepared" when maintenance has Ti Burik "grounded". That feeling will soon pass. However....I would like to mention that we have a number of friends who own aircraft and we know, if the need arises, we can usually launch a plane or two in very quick fashion. Again, thank God for good friends!
Received a call from Martha yesterday. Several months ago, she had called and offered to help in any way. Well, during her call yesterday, she mentioned that she had some beautiful, new clothes that she wanted to donate to Haiti. The timing was perfect. In just a few hours after her call, she and her husband, Carl, and their grandson, Nicholas, met me at the hangar. She had clothes that will make some Haitian women and girls certainly smile. She also had new shoes. Well, their grandson, Nicholas, was fascinated by "Ti Burik". He shows signs of possibly becoming a pilot someday. He truly enjoyed sitting in the cockpit of our Little Donkey.
Cindy has already headed out the door to work (she is working with young people in trouble). Again, we are so blessed that our Lord put her into this position. A number of the young people that go through the Juvenile Detention Center (where Cindy is the nurse), end up at the hospital where we are chaplains. Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops!
Time for me to get the kids up and to school. Will be "hanging" those Cylinders back on the Ti Burik today. Thank the Lord for this beautiful (but chilly - down to 42 this morning here in sunny Florida) day. This is the "day that the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be glad in it"! As always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support!
Air Mobile Joe
December 7, 2011 - Wednesday - 6:43am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
REMEMBER: PEARL HARBOR
70 Years ago, today, the world was shaken by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The number of Veterans who were there is shrinking every day. May we simply take a moment and remember the event that led the U.S. into a war that took so many lives.
My father, Roger Hurston, was in World War II and fought in both Europe and the Pacific. It took a terrible toll upon him and our whole family. However.....many years later, I had the wonderful privilege to introduce my father to Jesus, as his personal Savior. Our Lord can take even the most terrible situations and turn them for good. In this photograph, my father (the man in the middle), is on-board a ship headed from Europe to the Pacific. My father is now with Jesus.
We're making good progress on getting our Little Donkey back in the air. The cylinders should be repaired today. Please remember to pray about Barb getting the main generator repaired (or replaced) in the village. This is so important for so many reasons. If you would like to help with this vital project, give me a call and I'll tell you how you can help. My cell is: 321-544-7757.
It's time to head out and face the day's challenges and seize the opportunities. May our Lord use us for His glory today. Oh yes, and please take a moment and remember to pray for all of our troops worldwide. As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 6, 2011 - Tuesday - 6:49am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS...
Headed to the airport yesterday morning after dropping my kids at school. Met Paul and continued on the methodical process of putting the rear engine on our Little Donkey back together. We're now simply awaiting parts to arrive.
We're making solid headway on the Proposal to Haiti for all new Air Traffic Control Communications equipment. We sent the Executive Summary to the Director General and we're now awaiting a few more details. We are really praying that this transaction goes through, as Haiti desperately needs new radios to speak to the "Incoming and Outgoing aircraft" clearly. From a pilot's perspective, "this is a good thing to be able to do"! Please join us in prayer for "clear & strong communications"!
Our good (great) "Water Mule", Dennis is still down in Haiti. Dennis is a true blessing wherever he goes and Barb (Rambo in the Blue Dress) is glad to have Dennis in the village. He's been busy on many different projects. I heard that the main generator in the village has a "broken block". This is very serious damage. They have been running on some small, back-up generators. The Village needs the main generator repaired for many reasons. The main one being "SECURITY". When the electricity goes out, so do the lights and this puts the whole community in jeopardy. I will keep you up to date on this much needed project.
Yesterday evening, at the end of the day, Cindy, Juliet and I went down to Tractor Supply Company in Melbourne. The manager, Kelsey had been at our Hurston Christmas Open House this past Saturday and extended an invitation and....a bunch of great coupons to us. So, we took him up on his gracious offer and went on down to do some Christmas shopping. I hope the grand-kids don't read the blog today and see a couple of presents. Again, Cindy and I are simply humbled and blessed by so many, like Kelsey, who opened up their hearts to us during the Extreme Make-Over (and are continuing to do so, long after the program)! The Lord is so good!!
As we approach the Christmas season, may we all reflect on the Amazing Gift, our Heavenly Father bestowed upon us by sending His Son, Jesus to Redeem us! Well, it's that time of morning, time for my second cup of coffee with my sweetheart. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
December 5, 2011 - Monday - 6:46am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A PLEASANT SUNDAY IN FLORIDA
What a lovely day of sharing the Good News of Jesus. Yesterday, Cindy, Juliet (& Morgan, Juliet's friend) and Ariana headed to our home church, Redeemer. Peter and I went to First Baptist of Cocoa. There, I had the wonderful opportunity to share a bit about the "Mission of Air Mobile". Pastor Horton had the young people come up and learn more about how important clean water is and how, by bringing clean water, we can share the goodness of Jesus.
After service, the paths of Joe and Cindy merged and we went to the Hospital where we've been Chaplains for nearly 15 years. We love this aspect of our ministry. We were joined by Lisa and Alfred and Alfred Jr. These folks are such an amazing blessing. They have helped us so many times and are simply there when we need them. Thank the Lord for such friends.
Well, this Sunday was my Sunday to bring the message to the young people (and staff) in the hospital. I had the privilege to share out of Matthew 27, on the events leading up to the Crucifixion. These passages contain all of the essence of the miraculous love of the Lord towards us. What a JOY to share the Good News of Jesus!
Today, I'll be heading to the airport to meet with Paul (our great Aircraft Mechanic) and work on getting those rebuilt cylinders back on our Little Donkey. We always like to have Ti Burik "ready to go" on a moments notice. One never knows when disaster might strike. So, it's time for that next cup of coffee with my sweetheart. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
December 4, 2011 - Sunday - 7:41am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
WHAT AN "EXTREME" PARTY!
My Cindy had an idea. Now, when Cindy sets her mind and heart to something, I guarantee you, something will happen! Well, she and our good neighbor Paula began coming up with this idea of a party to say THANK YOU to all our neighbors' whose lives were "Extremely" disrupted back in January (when Extreme Makeover chose the Hurston's to bless).
For a "crazy" week, our neighborhood was dramatically changed. You would have to experience it to understand how the "Extreme" folks do it. Well, as we approached Christmas time, Cindy had the idea of the party just to say THANKS!
Cindy and Juliet have done this sort of thing many times in our little Cafe', Elevations. So, they just took off along with the help of so many. I dare not begin listing names, because I will certainly leave someone out.
We easily had 80+ people come and visit us and we simply had a blast. It was so good getting to meet so many neighbors!
Well, here we are on Sunday morning. Getting ready for church and then to the hospital, where we are Chaplains. Oh, Cindy and Juliet and Ariana will be going to our home Church, Redeemer. Peter and I will be going to First Baptist of Cocoa. They want to know more about our ministry. Time for that delicious cup of coffee with my sweetheart. For any reading this blog, who helped us to have a beautiful party last night, THANK YOU! And as always, for those of you who "wander" down this daily blog with me, THANK YOU for your prayer and love!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - LSU started out real slow last night and Georgia played a great first half. Then, something happened with a "honey badger" and LSU took the lead and never looked back. We're on our way to the BCS Championship. It will be interesting to see who we will be playing. Joe
December 3, 2011 - Saturday - 6:27am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
BIG CHRISTMAS NEIGHBORHOOD PARTY AT THE "EXTREME" HURSTON HOME TONIGHT
Cindy and I thought it would be nice to have all of our neighbors over for a Christmas Party. Our neighborhood truly rallied behind us during the Extreme Make-Over "Extreme Disruption" of their lives. All I can say is, "Our Neighbors are Great!!" For over a week...our entire neighborhood was a "Secure - Madhouse".
Over 3000 Volunteers worked on our home 24 hours a day and in an amazing 106 hours (just under 5 days), our beautiful home was built. One can only imagine what it must have been like. Of course, as per the routine of Extreme Make-Over, we, the Hurston Family, was away on a Dream Vacation during this whole time.
This Christmas, we simply want to say THANK YOU to all of our neighbors and those that worked so hard to give us this incredibly, beautiful home. So, we've been hanging lights and baking cookies for all who worked so hard to give us this beautiful gift!
Christmas is a time to reflect on the GREATEST GIFT OF ALL....JESUS! Our Father made a way for us to come back to Him. I am reminded of a classic Christmas Hymn, "JOY TO THE WORLD....THE LORD HAS COME". May your heart be filled with HIS JOY and may you have a most blessed Christmas!
Time to head out the door and go get that big crock pot and cleaning supplies to get ready for the "Big Party" tonight. Peter and I are working very hard and smart so as to be finished with all our preparations so that we can watch a little football this afternoon (LSU play Georgia for the Southeastern Conference Championship - GEAUX TIGERS!).
As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support. Oh, if you're reading this and you live in our area, come on by this evening. Would love to see you! Just give me a call (my cell is: 321-544-7757) and I'll give you the directions if you don't know where we live. God Bless and again, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Air Mobile Joe
December 2, 2011 - Friday - 6:31am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES.....WITH JOY & GRACE
Yesterday I wrote a bit about JOY. Love the subject. Sometimes, in life, we face obstacles. Oh, we all face them everyday. But how are we going to handle them? That is the question. I am reminded of another favorite verse in John 16:33. Listen to this: Jesus said, "In this world you will have tribulation (problems), but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world". Simply put, if we place the problem, no matter what it is, in His hands, He will be there with us to help us through it. He is ever at our side and ready to walk with us through anything we may face.
Well, yesterday, during our "Post Mission Inspection", we found a cylinder on the rear engine that just would not come up on a compression test. We had been keeping an eye on that cylinder during the last few inspections and Paul and I decided that it was just time to go ahead and "pull it" and see what was going on. This was the right and good thing to do.
As Paul was pulling the cylinder, my phone rang. It was First Baptist Church of Merritt Island asking me where I was. Oh no, while in Haiti last week, they had invited me to speak to their "Mission Prayer Team". I was in the middle of another mission and failed to put into my "Smart Phone" to remind me. My response - "will be there in 25 minutes". I quickly told Paul and "dashed" through Cocoa to Merritt Island (yes, I did speed just a bit). Made it there in exactly 25 minutes.
As I breathlessly opened my Bible, the message on "JOY" just flowed out of me. So, here we are facing a bit of a challenge with the rear engine and I forgot about a speaking engagement and now, here I stood before nearly 100 prayer warriors for Christ and guess what happened? The JOY of the Lord hit me and before I knew it, I was full blown into the wonderful message on JOY!
I concluded the message on "The Connection between JOY & GRACE" (see yesterday's blog for more on Joy & Grace). I simply love it when our Lord does things like this. He turned the situation completely around. At the end of the message these precious folks offered me a beautiful meal. Well, I knew Paul was back at the hangar, probably about ready to pull the cylinder(s). So, I had them prepare 2 delicious plates "to go" and I dashed (didn't speed) back to the hangar.
Paul was just ready for me to help him. I also got on the phone with Don George in Orlando. Don has an incredible gift of building super engines and overhauling Aircraft Cylinders. We pulled the #2 and the #4 Cylinder and could see just a bit of wear on the valves. We'll have Don overhaul them. Now, under normal circumstances, this kind of news would be....not good news. But, the JOY of the Lord came over me and I began to Praise Him for showing us the problem and now fixing it. One does not want a Cylinder to begin to "deteriorate" at 21,000 feet "somewhere" over the Caribbean Sea.
So, again our Lord came through and encouraged my heart with HIS JOY! There is no question that our rear engine will be much better. Here, we had the beginning of a problem and was able to repair it before any serious damage could be one. Was able to deliver a message on JOY to a group of prayer warriors that will certainly think a bit more about JOY after I delivered the message to them. Paul and I got an incredible lunch out of the deal and....the group made a nice donation to the ministry that will help to cover the costs of the cylinder repair.
Folks, I can't encourage you enough to "Tap into HIS JOY". It is there for the asking. It will help you to have a better day....particularly through the obstacles that we all inevitably face. Remember, "THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH".
Oh, I must tell you something else that happened yesterday that gives "this old Grand Pa" JOY! The birth of my newest granddaughter, Lauren. My eldest son, Steve and his beautiful wife now have a beautiful daughter. Thank the Lord that all went well!! Nikki, my beautiful daughter-in-law, you did well! Bravo!!
Well, it time to head out the door to drop the kids at school. Cindy has already headed out to work and then I'll be going to the airport to work on the "Little Donkey", getting it ready for "the next mission". As always, I truly appreciate your love, prayer and support. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - IF YOU'RE NEW TO THIS RAMBLING BLOG AND FEEL LIKE YOU'VE JUMPED RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE STORY....YOU HAVE. SIMPLY READ ON DOWN TO SEE HOW WE'VE GOTTEN TO THIS INTERSECTION OF THE JOURNEY. HOPE YOU ENJOY THE RIDE. Joe
December 1, 2011 - Thursday - 6:21am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN JOY AND GRACE!
After returning from another "whirlwind" journey to Haiti, I've had a little time to reflect on one of my favorite subjects: JOY! As those who have followed this "meandering" blog know, I write about "The Joy of the Lord" from time to time. In a nutshell, a little over a year ago, long before the Extreme Make-Over and while the Hurston Family was living in some pretty difficult conditions, our Lord simply "Overwhelmed me with Joy". It was "Joy Unspeakable".
I've shared thoughts and epiphanies and numerous messages on this amazing and wonderful subject numerous times. Well, the night I returned from Haiti (this past Tuesday evening), after a beautiful flight home and a wonderful evening with a fine group of pilots, engineers, students and an Astronaut, I collapsed, exhausted to sleep. After several hours of deep sleep, I awakened with "Joy on my mind". Went downstairs and discovered another beautiful "facet" to this glorious gem.
First of all, I looked up the "Greek Connection" between JOY & REJOICE. JOY is a Noun and REJOICE is a Verb. But the main connection between the two is a wonderful Greek word - "chairo". This word is quite familiar to me as it is the root word for another AMAZING word, GRACE. So, here it is: JOY IS RECOGNIZING GOD'S AMAZING GRACE!
Well, needless to say, this has added more to my JOY. Can we have JOY in this crazy world? The answer is YES! The way to get JOY is to begin by ASKING for it. It's as simple as that. We don't need to wait for circumstances to be right. We don't need to have all of our "ducks in a row", we simply need to ASK for it. I am reminded of another favorite scripture of mine. It is found in Matthew 7:7, "Ask and you shall receive". So, may I encourage you to ASK for JOY today. You'll not regret it and our Lord may give you more JOY than you can imagine.
Remember, the JOY OF THE LORD is our strength. So the more JOY you get, the stronger you get. Yes, this world is CRAZY and getting CRAZIER by the day. Just read the news. We see so many standards eroding. So many challenges with the economy....that is on a very wild and frightening ride. Governments collapsing. Europe is on the brink. Strange explosions in Iran. China may have 3000 miles of underground "Nuclear Railroads" and the list goes on and on. All these things can STEAL your JOY, but remember....."THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH".
So, chances are, you need MORE JOY today. Again, may I encourage you to simply take a moment, right here, right now and simply breathe a quiet prayer to the Lord to give you MORE JOY today. I can guarantee you, your day will go better.
There, now that I have delivered the "Mail" this morning, I do sincerely pray that you have a JOY-filled, productive day in the Lord. I'll be heading out the door in a minute to drop the kids at school and meet Paul, our faithful and excellent mechanic. We'll be doing our usual "Post Mission Inspection on a certain "Little Donkey" to be sure it's ready for the "Next Mission". And....as always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 30, 2011 - Wednesday - 7:05am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
DASH HOME - SPEAK AT FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY - MEET AN ASTRONAUT!
Headed to the Port-Au-Prince International Airport early yesterday morning and prepared our "Little Donkey" for the flight home. I love to pay the Airport Personnel with FOOD! Again, thanks to my good friend, Bob Bostic and Kids Against Hunger, we are able to pay our "help" with food. I have known these men for many, many years. They are hard working and faithful. I've been encouraging these guys to find "hungry people" and share the gift that I give to them with others less fortunate. This is the "Gospel in Action".
Took off right on schedule and immediately climbed to 16,500. The air was cool and clear. In this shot from the Garmin G-500, you can see, just to left of the little airplane, Guantanamo, Cuba. The line just under my left wing is Cuban Airspace. You may recall, several years ago, the Cuban Government shot down 2 Cessna 337's (the same kind of aircraft we fly) as pilots were attempting to rescue Cubans on the open sea. Well, we keep a very close eye on where the "Line" is along this route.
The reason I needed to get home "on time" is because I was scheduled to speak at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). A rather famous American and former Astronaut, Winston Scott who is the Dean of Aeronautics, had arranged for me to speak to a group of Aviators, Engineers and Students. What a pleasure and joy to share on the wonderful things our Lord has enabled us to do.
Several months ago, Glenn Vera (to my right) had invited me to the FIT Open House. Thus this opportunity to speak again and meet Winston Scott. What a joy to meet such an accomplished pilot and brave American!
After my presentation, we were able to demonstrate the Air Mobile Rescuer and discuss aviation and how such a little airplane (Ti Burik) can make such a difference and save so many lives.
I suspect this will not be the last time I speak at this great University! Again, it is such a blessing to be able to share about the grace and goodness of the Lord!
Of course, our great friend and "Water Mule", Southwest Chuck and his wife, Fern, handled the full Air Mobile set up. This is another great blessing. Chuck has taken on this project, the Air Mobile Display, like so many others, and done it with excellence!
Again, where would we be without so many volunteers? Not nearly as far as where we are! Praise God for so many that stand and pray and support our efforts!!
Meanwhile, back in the "Village" in Haiti, we left Dennis, another great "Water Mule". He'll be working on refurbishing Air Mobile Rescuers and building things for Barb (Rambo in the Blue Dress). I am simply thankful for folks who help us!
Well, after a real shower and a good nights sleep, am ready for another day. Been studying a bit more about "The Joy of the Lord" and have uncovered some very cool things. Will share more in the next blog. As I always say, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!! God Bless!
Air Mobile Joe
November 29, 2011 - Tuesday - 6:04am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
MOVING FAST THIS DAY - POSITIVE STEPS TOWARD "BETTER COMMUNICATION"!
Set my alarm this morning and never heard it. Must have been in deep sleep. Running a bit behind and must make this a very brief "report".
Yesterday, had some amazing and detailed meetings with the Civil Aviation Authorities. We discussed again the deep and urgent need to replace the Air Traffic Control Radios immediately. In order to complete our proposal, we simply needed one set of coordinates. The wonder of "Smart Phone" - after confirming the set of numbers, I simply texted them to the U.S. I love it!
Well, should be hearing something very soon. We're praying all goes through and that we can once again, communicate from the air to the Port-Au-Prince Air Traffic Controllers clearly and from a longer distance (than is the current situation). Please join us in prayer that all goes through for this much needed improvement! Many pilots and controllers will REJOICE when it happens!
Today is full and have a lot of places to go and people to see. Must gulp down that wonderful coffee and get on the road. While I'll be scooting about, Dennis, the Premier Water Mule, will be back in the "Village" refurbishing water purifiers and building shelves for Barb (Rambo in the Blue Dress). Going to be a GOOD DAY! As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!
Air Mobile Joe
November 28, 2011 - Monday - 7:46am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
CHECKING OUT ANOTHER ORPHANAGE & CHECKING IN WITH CAANAN II
Sunday morning in the "Village" began with a devotion, our very own church service. I began by sharing on the Words of Jesus as the He and the disciples sat around the "Last Supper". The book of John goes into great detail and many, many lessons can be gained by going there. Soon, we were all sharing around our table. It was a sweet time....a nice way to begin a Sunday morning in Haiti.
Soon, I had a call from my dear friend, La Paix. LaPaix was my aircraft mechanic for many years. He had some good news regarding the development of an airport for Petit Goave. This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful spots in all of Haiti. An airport in the region would be an incredible blessing in so many ways. The pure Humanitarian aspects would be profound. Well, I jumped on the little blue motorcycle and dashed to the airport to meet with LaPaix to get "the latest news".
Upon returning the "The Village", we shared a nice lunch and then headed out the door to check on Caanan II, the Tent City that we "adopted" immediately following the 1-12-10 earthquake. It has been a blessing to deal with the same, basic core leadership. This group has been faithful. One of the wives of the leaders had a beautiful baby girl. She was born in the Tent City. Over the last year and a half, we've seen many newborns. This little one is so delicate and beautiful.
As we departed Caanan II for our next destination, one could see that many of the tents have been slowly, built into permanent structures. Little stores are popping up and we noted a very fine school being built right in the middle of Caanan II. This will soon be an established "Suburb" on the side of beautiful hill. It has been very cool watching this community come together and develop. Oh, they still have many problems, but...because of Godly leadership, these folks have been given a chance to rebuild their lives out of the "rubble". There is so much more that I want to say, but will reserve that for another blog.
We headed north on the main road in Haiti, Route National 1, to meet with a fine young man that I recently met at Samaritan's Purse. His name is Joel. During our meeting, he told me about an orphanage that he had begun.
Several years ago, a terrible flash flood came through his region and killed many, leaving orphans. Joel's heart would not let him sit idly by. Bit by bit, he and his brother and his uncle began making a tiny, little home for the orphans. We had the privilege to visit "Rescue of God for the Children in Haiti". It was a simple structure with Sheet metal roofing making up the walls and the roof. It was positioned under a canopy of trees very close to the same river that swept so many away years ago.
The children were well-mannered and cared for. Joel is a musician, so he is teaching music to the "residents". The children are all in school. Debbie was in our visiting team with her daughter and mother. Debbie's husband, pastors a church in Ohio. We discussed the situation and determined that an Air Mobile Rescuer would be a wonderful gift for Joel's orphanage. Not only could he provide clean drinking water for the orphans, he could share the clean water with his neighbors. What a wonderful way to show the Love of Jesus.
Well, we have a ways to go on this project, but Dennis who took the photo pledged $400 to the project. Now, that is a serious "Water Mule". Between us all and you, if you'd like to help, we hope to have clean water flowing in this community very soon. We're also going to add a small inverter with batteries and solar panels to the package. This will give the orphans light at night. Following our tour, Debbie gave some shoes to the orphanage.
We then headed back to the "Village" and simply had a liesurely rest of the day. A nice way to spend a Sunday in Haiti. Well, it's that time of the day. Had my coffee and time to head out to a whole series of meetings. Dennis will be working in the Rescuer Refurb room and doing some painting and making shelves for Barbara. As always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support!
Air Mobile Joe
November 27, 2011 - Sunday - 8:21am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
MORE CLEAN WATER FLOWING IN HAITI! - 315 UNITS PRESENTED IN HAITI TO DATE!! - WORKING THE "WATER MULE"
Last week, I received a call from Pastor David in Colorado. We had been communicating regarding getting clean water into a school in Port-Au-Prince (Delmas area) for several months. The pieces came together.
The plan: Meet Pastor Fleury (the Haitian Pastor and School Director) in front of the Bon Repos Police Station at 10:00am. All was a good go. I love it when our Lord puts things together. I headed out early yesterday morning for a meeting with Samaritan's Purse. As I was wrapping up that meeting, Pastor Fleury called from our meeting point. He was early. I love that. It is very uncommon, in Haiti, for folks to be early.
I dashed back to pick up Pastor Fleury and bring him to our Village and the Refurb Facility for the Air Mobile Rescuer. We immediately went into a thorough training on the unit.
Dennis, though very adept at repairing the Rescuer, gained good training on how to train an operator on the unit.
I love the beauty and simplicity of the unit. Now, not only does Pastor Fleury understand how to operate and maintain the unit, he knows exactly where our Refurb facility is. He can bring the unit back here in the event it does not function properly. This is such a vital part of this outreach. Any "machine" can break. It is a matter of knowing where to bring it when it does. Of course, our pledge is to do all of this at NO CHARGE. We have been able to do that for the last 7+ years....thanks to your love and support!
Now, here is the part that I truly love - Presenting the Air Mobile Rescuer! After explaining the operation and maintenance and encouraging Pastor Fleury to quickly bring the unit to our facility should it fail to function properly, I presented the unit to him. This makes the 315th Air Mobile Rescuer in Haiti! Wow, the program has certainly grown over the years. We are so thankful to be part of brining life-saving, clean water to Haiti IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
By the way, I just hung up the phone with Pastor David of Grace Christian Center in Colorado (it was just after 5:45am his time) and told him that I would be "posting" the presentation to Pastor Fleury on the Blog. He'll be sharing this with his church this morning. I love the wonder of the internet and this "wandering blog".
After the presentation, our faithful "Water Mule", Dennis worked all afternoon on refurbishing Rescuers. Want to be a "Water Mule"? Drop me a note at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll discuss it. There's no pay, but big rewards!!
Well, time to have a Devotion here at the Village. Time also for that second cup of coffee. As always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - IF YOU'RE NEW TO THIS "WANDERING BLOG" AND FEEL LIKE YOU'VE JUMPED RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE "ADVENTURE"....YOU HAVE. SIMPLY READ ON DOWN TO SEE HOW WE'VE GOTTEN TO THIS JUNCTURE IN THE JOURNEY. Joe
November 26, 2011 - Saturday - 6:14am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE SOMEWHERE IN THE "BERMUDA TRIANGE"
As you may have gathered, Dennis (Premier "Water Mule") and I met at the Space Center Executive Airport in Titusville yesterday morning, loaded Ti Burik and headed to Haiti. We climbed to 15,000 feet, found a nice little quartering tail-wind and made record time to Haiti (4 hours 19 minutes). Oh, by the way, our route to Haiti takes us right through the "Bermuda Triangle". Have some interesting tales to tell, but we can do that some other time.
We managed to get up to 191 knots (219 mph) and just eased over a pretty solid cloud layer caused by a stationary cold front over Cuba. The air was smooth as silk, except when we penetrated one small build up and IMMEDIATELY started picking up ice. We quickly exited and the warm sun melted away the infamous ice.
Of course at 15,000 feet, it's a bit chilly and the air is pretty thin. So Dennis and I donned our Oxygen masks and settled down to a smooth quick flight to Haiti.
Dennis has joined me all of the world bringing clean water to thirsty people. Exotic places like Myanmar (Burma) and of course Haiti many times. Dennis is always "ready to go" on a "Mission for God". Dennis also knows the Air Mobile Rescuer like nobody else. He can repair them "anytime, anywere". He just has the amazing ability to "fix things". Thank God for good "Water Mules"!
Upon landing, we quickly unloaded our supplies, that included, a huge load of "Pre-Natal Vitamins, diapers, baby formula, letters and documents for Barbara and.....a full proposal from the Harris Corporation to the Haiti for all new Air Traffic Control (ATC) Radios.
I've been working on and seeking help for new ATC radios for Haiti for many, many years. You see, though the Haitians have some of the best controllers in the world (in my humble opinion), if they can't communicate clearly, then the Air Traffic situation can become pretty "dicey" pretty quickly. Thus, this latest Air Mobile Mission: Get Haiti some good radios!
Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress) and Dennis took the supplies to mission and I dashed down to a meeting with the Director General of Civil Aviation to present the Proposal. As I have mentioned, Director Flambert is a very experienced pilot and fully understands the deep need to get good communications going ASAP. We had a great meeting. I'm very encouraged that something may happen quickly. We certainly pray for that!
Well, the sun has risen and it's off to another full and exciting day in Haiti. We'll see what our Lord does! Oh, while I was awaiting my meeting with the Director General, Peter (my son) and I were texting messages back and forth as LSU and Arkansas fought it out. I could only get bits and pieces of the game, but Peter and Juliet, who were at "Dogs-R-Us" filled in the blanks for me via texting. We won! Even after falling behind 14 - 0 in the first quarter, the Tigers maintained their composure and went on to win 41 - 17. No question, LSU is the best team in the country.
Now, I really have to run. Have people to meet and water to clean up. God bless and as always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support.
Air Mobile Joe
November 25, 2011 - Friday - 3:07am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile HQ - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
PREPPING FOR THE NEXT MISSION
Wow, what a beautiful day yesterday. Truly, a day of THANKS-GIVING! Cindy and I and our kids (the ones living at home), headed over to GrandPaws home (Cindy's Dad). He made a traditional, delicious feast for us. What a joy just being with family and REJOICING in the goodness of God!
Well, this morning, it's "back to work". Have to get ready for our next mission to Haiti. Dennis and I decided to start bright and early this morning. It's going to be a full day. We have some final inspections to do and finalize our load for Haiti. I love getting up early. The coffee tastes a bit better and things are so peaceful and quiet. The Psalmist, David, loved to rise early and simply praise the Lord. We have so much to praise Him for.
Well, better head on down the road and get to the airport. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Today, at 2:30pm Eastern Time, there is going to one great football game. Let's see if LSU can "Run the Table". Going to be football at it's best! Sure hope LSU can pull it off! Joe
November 24, 2011 - Thursday - 7:52am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile HQ - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
THANKS - GIVING!
Oh, we have so much for which to GIVE THANKS! I remember reading a book many years ago titled, "From Prison to Praise". It was about a young man, who was running from God, who found himself in the "brig" (Navy Jail). During his time of "reflection", he had an epiphany of the Lord. The main message he received was being THANKFUL. I've never forgotten that book and above all, that message.
We are encouraged again and again in the Bible to be GIVE THANKS. In I Thessalonians 5:18, Paul simply tells us - "In everything GIVE THANKS, for this is will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you". We never go wrong by GIVING THANKS. I have found that giving thanks "chases away" discouragement, fear, depression etc.
So, today, we pause, take a break, give ample place to GIVE THANKS! This is a good thing. I am so THANKFUL for this day. May you have a blessed THANKS-GIVING! As always, I am truly THANKFUL for you and your faithful prayer, love and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - After doing our "Pre-Mission" inspection on our Little Donkey (Ti Burik), we've begun laying out our next load of supplies for our next mission to Haiti. It will be soon.
Air Mobile Joe
November 23, 2011 - Wednesday - 6:17am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile HQ - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
1300+ MILES IN 24 HOURS - WELCOME HOME JULIET
Juliet's little Volkswagon Golf's little wheels just kept rolling south! We pressed through from Worcester, MA to Cocoa, FL - 1300+ miles in just under 24 hours. So glad to have our girl home. We all truly missed her but....we know that our Lord used her for His glory up in Massachusetts. Juliet spent nearly 6 months in Worcester, MA working with a church called "The Woo". It is an amazing Church and we were so glad to lend them our Juliet for a season. Welcome home "Jules".
Today, will be doing our "Pre-Mission" Inspection on our Little Donkey. Paul and I will be doing a compression check and a full, final inspection before our next mission flight to Haiti. We'll also be sorting through the critical supplies for Haiti.
We also have another new "Water Mule" in the making. Recently, we presented an Air Mobile Rescuer to Marshall. Marshall and his wife have worked very closely with Campus Crusade for Christ for over 40 years. They see the Rescuer as being an integral part of "Outreach", particularly during disasters. Well, Marshall told his son all about the Rescuer and now, he too wants to become a "Water Mule". Love it when our Lord puts the pieces together.
This morning, I've invited our old and faithful "Water Mule", Dennis West over. We've got some Rescuers to get built and get ready to bring clean water to the thirsty. Have to run. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 22, 2011 - Tuesday - 9:07am (Eastern U.S. Time) - I-95 Southbound - Somewhere in South Carolina doing 74mph - prepared by Air Mobile Joe
THE "LAST SEAT".....again! ON THE ROAD WITH OUR JJ
Patience paid off, thanks to Southwest Airline, was able to fly up to Providence, RI and begin the journey home with Juliet. I never cease to marvel at how there is "just one" seat left. It adds to the challenge and wonder of it all.
Upon arrival we drove to Worcester, MA and picked up "Charlie", Juliet's Volkswagon Golf. It needed some serious transmission work. The owner of the shop, Joe, came highly recommended and he did a super job. Thanks Joe! As I write this blog, we've driven over 800 miles and the tranny's doing great. I wrote that for Joe if he's reading the "journey".
We then headed back to Lindsey and Diderot's home. Lindsey is the daughter of John and Diane, life-long friends of my Cindy. They have been 'the best' for our Juliet. We bid our farewells and "hit the road" at 6:00pm yesterday evening. A BIG THANKS to the Vilma's! God Bless!!
We've been making very good time, having already driven over 800 miles in about 15 hours. We plan to arrive home this evening. We've all missed Juliet and we're so glad to have her back with us. Her mission up here WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL! Not only did Juliet help so many in her church, she has grown greatly in the Lord. I love it when our Lord does that!
Well, it's my turn to drive to relieve Juliet. She's been a trooper. As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 21, 2011 - Monday - 4:16am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
HURRY UP AND.....WAIT - THE JOURNEY OF THE "NON-REV"
As I've been sharing, been working on getting up to Massachusetts to pick up our daughter, Juliet. The mode of transportation: Southwest Airlines....on a "buddy pass" during Thanksgiving Week. A challenging situation....planes are very full.
So, I arrived early enough to try a couple of flights and they both were full-full. It's a good time to study for my next CFI/I MEI (Certified Flight Instructor / Instrument - Mulit-Engine) test. Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI). Wow, what a mouth-full.
So, up early this morning and heading back to Orlando International Airport to try to catch that "Free Ride" (known in the industry as a 'Non-Rev') up to Providence, RI. A small price to pay for being "somewhat 'free' to move about the country". As always, THANK YOU Southwest for being so generous with us. Not sure, but I believe this makes the 14th or 15th Free flight this year. Wow, that sure adds up.
Have plenty to study along the "route". Sure would appreciate your prayers this morning that we find "one" empty seat between here and Providence. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 20, 2011 - Sunday - 6:19am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
BRINGING GOOD NEWS TO THE 'PRISONERS' - STANDING BY TO FLY NORTH
Early this morning, Cindy and I had our good cup of coffee. She headed out the door to the Juvenile Detention Center here in Brevard County, FL. We are so thankful for this job that our Lord provided. As many of you know, Cindy and I have a ministry to young people who are "locked up". They are not in the position they are in because "things are going good". We have been Chaplains at a Psychiatric Hospital for over 14 years. Cindy is a Registered Nurse and specializes in Psychiatric Nursing. We, simply, have a heart to help young people in trouble.
A bit later on today, I will be going to Orlando to minister in the Hospital where we are Chaplains. Now, here is the wonderful thing about all of this. Many of the young people who end up in the Hospital where we minister, began their "legal journey" at the Juvenile Detention Center where Cindy now works. I love it when our Lord puts "things" together. We'll be able to minister to many of these children on both sides within the "system". Do you recall that saying that I often quote, "Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops". We are so thankful to be in the "Service of the Lord"!
After finishing at the Hospital in Orlando this afternoon, I'll go to Orlando International Airport and "hang out" waiting for an open seat. It's time for us to get our precious Juliet back home. She has been serving our Lord up in Massachusetts in an inner-city Church. We are so proud of Juliet and for her heart and desire to serve the Lord. But, oh, have we missed her. Glad to be heading up to get her. We'll be driving home in her VW Golf. Please pray that I find an "empty" seat on Southwest. Praise God for this airline that has helped us to "move freely about the country".
Well, it's time to head out for another adventure. Pray I end up in Massachusetts today. As always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support.
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Yes, Peter and I did make it to "Dogs-R-Us" yesterday evening. Wow, what a day in College Football. So many upsets. However....one team did remain #1! Those LSU Tigers sure do have a great team this year. I've been a fan all my life, and this is the best LSU Team I've ever seen. Peter and I are sure enjoying this season. Well, have to run. God Bless!! Joe
November 19, 2011 - Saturday - 7:28am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
TAKE IT EASY....
As I look at the schedule this morning, there is a sense of "take it easy". Ahhh, every now and then, that is nice. Well, it seems like our Lord did a little "engineering" to slow this Saturday down. Was originally scheduled to speak at a Men's Breakfast in Apopka, FL (just north of Orlando). When I called to confirm, seems like there was a mis-communication and....I'll be "rescheduled". My first reaction to this news was....."ahhhhhh". Nice to have the Saturday morning off.
Next, beginning later this evening, I am supposed to go to Orlando International Airport and "Stand-By" for a flight up to Massachusetts to help Juliet drive her little Volkswagon Golf back to Florida. Well, seems like all the flights are "jammed packed" full. Mmmmmm, also this evening there is a certain football game between my favorite team, LSU and Ole Miss. Looks like Peter and I will be headed to our favorite hang-out on Saturday evening, "Dogs-R-Us". In between this liberated morning and the great football match, will likely do some chores around the house.
I love it when our Lord puts things together. Well, it's time for a good cup of coffee with my sweetheart. God bless and THANKS for your love, prayer and support.
Air Mobile Joe
November 18, 2011 - Friday - 6:55am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
MOVING AHEAD...."ONE STEP AT AT TIME"
Our daughter, Juliet has been doing volunteer work up in Massachusetts for the last few months. It's time for our precious one to come home. This weekend, I'll be heading up that way to bring our "JJ" (Juliet Joy) home. We've really missed that girl. She has been actively involved in an inner city church. She got a job (in less than a week) and has been staying in our very dear missionaries friends' (The Vrooman's) home. We're very proud of our Juliet and her heart to serve the Lord! By the way, this photo of JJ with Cindy and I was taken in Haiti last year in front of our past "Haiti" home. This is where JJ grew up.
We're gathering more supplies for Haiti. After taking the CFI/I (Certified Flight Instructor / Instrument) written exam, I walked next door to the Servant Air Hangar. There, Steve, one of the pilots loaded me down with more supplies for Haiti. What a blessing.
Been studying for that next Exam on the road to the CFI/I, the Fundamentals of Instruction. Whew, the old brain is still working. Must remember a lot of stuff to pass that one.
This afternoon, I'll be meeting a missionary from Uganda. He is very interested in the Air Mobile Rescuer. Just like sharing the Good News of Jesus, I so enjoy sharing the wonder of turning dirty, contaminated water into clean, sparkling, life-giving water. I LOVE MY JOB!
Time to get out the door and get the kids to school. Today is Cindy's first day on the Job as nurse at the Juvenile Detention Center here in Cocoa. We're so thankful that she found this job. Our Lord is providing for us, "ONE STEP AT A TIME". As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support. God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 17, 2011 - Thursday - 7:16am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY.....
There are many parts of this ministry that I truly love....but there are some, more than others. Yesterday morning, at the invitation of Barbara West, wife of Dennis West, who has joined Air Mobile on missions all over the world, I spoke to a group of "Seniors". The location: Space Coast Assembly of God in Titusville, FL.
Now, I must tell you, these folks know how to worship God. As person after person got up to sing and lead us, the presence of God was so strong. By the time it came for me to speak (this is one of the parts of this ministry that I truly love) it was as if we had sung our way closer to heaven.
I simply shared about a "close encounter" that I had had with the Lord this past weekend. I shared how "this old dog" was stretching by working to become a Certified Flight Instructor. It was during the time, this past weekend, that I spent in Jacksonville, FL, on the "cram" Training Course, that the Lord truly touched my heart.
I was in the hotel room following day 1 of the training course. I was to spend the evening pouring over the flight training material. As soon as I entered the room, there was such a strong sense of the Lord's presence. I simply sat there and reflected and listened. A specific scripture came to me. It was, "Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me". My mind and heart soared on this beautiful passage. It was just an incredible moment.
Then......it happened. Oh, what I am going to share may not sound very spectacular to some, but to me, it was a glorious confirmation of the presence of God. I picked up my tattered, old Bible. This same Bible had been in the hands of "kidnappers from Haiti" several years ago and providentially came back to me, but that's another story. This old Bible is very, very special to me.
I simply held it in my hands and opened it up (I had asked our Lord to give me some guidance, instruction). Out of 1206 pages in that old Bible, I opened up to Psalm 51 and began reading. My heart was warmed, and tears began to form. I read on until I came to "Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me". This was the EXACT same scripture that was on my heart when I first entered into the room. It was a divine moment. Our Lord simply let me know that He knew exactly where I was and He wrapped His loving arms around me.
Well, I shared this encounter with the Seniors, who are named "The Owls". That stands for - OLDER - WISER - LOVING - SAINTS. From sharing about the encounter, I eased right into the JOY OF THE LORD! Folks, we had a PRAYER MEETING!
Just thought I'd share this with you this morning. Believe me, our Lord knows EXACTLY where you are and He knows EXACTLY what you need. May I encourage you to open up your heart and HEAR what HE will say to YOU!
Today, will be working on a number of projects....all leading back to Haiti. It's time for me to get out the door and on with this day, which is, "The day that our Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be glad in it". I pray that this be a great day for you! As always, I THANK YOU so much for your faithful prayer, love and support! God Bless!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - If you ever want me to come and share with your group, or class, or church, simply call me at: 321-544-7757. I would love to come and share about the goodness and grace and love of our Lord. Joe
November 16, 2011 - Wednesday - 6:49am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
I PASSED!! - ON THE ROAD TO BECOMING A CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR (CFI)
For many, many years, I've wanted to, "one day", get my CFI. Well, yesterday, I took a significant step toward making that a reality. After 4 days of "intense cramming", I took the Certified Flight Instructor / Instrument written examination and PASSED!
The last time I took an FAA Examination was 24 years ago for the Airline Transport Pilot License. Yes....I was a bit "rusty" on the regs and procedures, but with the help of Aviation Seminars and Voyager Aviation, we took some "sandpaper" and "knocked off" some of that rust and "this old dog" made a leap toward the CFI/I - MEI. All of those letters stand for Certified Flight Instructor / Instrument - Multi-Engine Instructor. That's a mouth full. There is no question about it, this studying, training and testing is helping me to become a better pilot. This is a good thing!
The next step in this journey will be another written Examination called "Fundamentals of Instruction" or FOI. There is a lot psychology and memorization in that test. I've already begun studying for that one. Then, there will be an Oral Examination. An FAA Examiner will sit down with me and ask a bunch of questions. Then, finally, a "Check Ride", where I will demonstrate the ability to teach someone how to fly an airplane. There, you have the road before me. We have a ways to go on this journey, but yesterday, we made a major stride. I say "we" because you're on this road with me with your prayers! THANKS!!
I'm very pleased to tell you that, the intrepid Barbara, or better known as "Rambo in the Blue Dress" is back in Haiti. You may recall that Dr. Paul was going to fly Barbara back in his Cessna 182, but, due to engine problems, had to postpone. My daughter Cherie quickly found an inexpensive airline ticket and Barb made it back to Haiti. I also heard from Dr. Paul and he made it back to South Carolina in the "ailing bird" and it is now in the hands of his mechanic. Such is the life of "Mission Aviation". We're thankful for good decisions and good mechanics!
This morning, I have the wonderful privilege to be speaking at Space Coast Assembly of God in Titusville, FL. Will be sharing on the wonder and grace of our Lord and the mission of Air Mobile to bring clean water to the thirsty. Have to get ready. Again, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support!! God Bless!!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 14, 2011 - Tuesday - 6:45am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
TODAY IS THE DAY.....THAT I TAKE THE EXAM - TEACHING AN 'OLD DOG' NEW TRICKS
Yesterday evening around 11:30pm I laid the book down having gone through hundreds and hundreds of test questions. Yes, it's been good and it proves that one can teach 'an old dog' new tricks. The old brain is not as nimble as it was when I first took the Airline Transport Pilot test (like the 'Doctorate' of aviation) 24 years ago.
You know, as I look at the preparation material, there are aspects of this test that will rarely, if ever, apply to the 'real world' cockpit, i.e. laborious regulations / training on outdated / antiquated equipment etc. However, to PASS the FAA Examination, one must master them. There are many aspects of this training that have been enlightening and just good to review, revisit and polish. Overall, I'm so glad to be doing this training and seeking this Certified Flight Instructor / Instrument Rating.
So, in just about an hour and a half, I'll sit down at a Test Computer and take the test. Now, even with all this preparation, there is no guarantee I'll pass the test. As of late, the FAA has made the tests quite a bit harder to assure a higher "fail rate". This helps them to feel as if they're really doing their job (my own editorial comment). At any rate, I'm hoping to pass the test and if I don't it's easy to re-take it. So.....here I go.
Yesterday, we got the good Doctor Paul and his son, Blaine, on their way back to South Carolina to get their "ailing bird", the beautiful Cessna 182, looked at. He had a cylinder that was heating up a bit and didn't want to launch out over 800 miles of ocean with a questionable engine. It was a good choice. We're so thankful though, for Volunteers such as Dr. Paul, who are willing to serve the Lord with their talents and gifts. We know that we'll see Dr. Paul in Haiti soon. Thanks again for your valiant efforts to assist us.
Well, it's that time. Need to head out the door to go take that test and YES, I would really appreciate your prayers that my "old brain" won't freeze up this morning. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!! God Bless!!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 14, 2011 - Monday - 7:23am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
GETTING READY FOR A TEST - ATTEMPTED LAUNCH "POSTPONED"
Well, after over 16 hours of intensive training, I'm about to take the CFI/I (Certified Flight Instructor/ Instrument) Written examination. I may take it today, but....may take a bit more time to prepare. These tests are serious challenges with a lot of regulations and a lot items that one must prepare for in an examination, but....rarely takes place in the cockpit. So, it just takes a lot training and study to prepare.
While in the classroom yesterday, there was a lot coordination going on "behind the scenes". We have had a gracious offer by a South Carolina Doctor (Dr. Paul) to fly his own personal plane into Haiti. Well, our very own Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress) needed a ride back to Haiti and....we have plenty of supplies, i.e. baby formula, cereal, medicines, vitamins, etc.
Often, the best laid plans, "go astray". Dr. Paul texted me in class that one of the 6 cylinders on the Cessna 182 was running a bit hot. So glad that he has a 6 Cylinder analyzer on his aircraft. Well, it was an "iffy" situation. He flew on into our airport yesterday evening. We met, discussed the cylinder and still proceeded forward, as it was a judgement call. We loaded the aircraft. Fueled it, flight planned and.....brought it before the Lord. After careful consideration, the choice was made to postpone the flight. Good call!
So this morning, I'll be heading out to the airport to meet Dr. Paul and his son, Blaine, and they'll fly the bird back to South Carolina for some deep inspections. There is a huge difference in flying the bird over land with plenty of airports and launching out over 800 miles of ocean.
Please remember Dr. Paul in your prayer this morning as he brings his "ailing" bird back to his home base. We'll get Barb back to Haiti in some other way. Once all of this is taken care of, I'll lock myself away for several good hours and pour over the material to prepare to take that Examination.
So, here we are, about to have another cup of coffee and then head out the door to the airport. As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 13, 2011 - Sunday - 7:44am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Jacksonville, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
DAY ONE OF INTENSE FLIGHT TRAINING
Yesterday morning, I drove up to Jacksonville, FL to receive intense flight training that will enable me to gain my Certified Flight Instructor rating. My brain is tired this morning at nearly 10 hours of study.
Today, I'll continue this study. Obtaining this rating will enable me to "pass on" some of my flight experience to other prospective 'Mission Aviators'.
While I was in the class room "learning new stuff", Peter was in Lakeland in a Tae Kwon Do competition and won the sparring contest. We're very proud of Peter.
Oh, while I was up here in Jacksonville watching the LSU game last night, my dear Cindy brought Peter and Ariana to our favorite Saturday night Hang-Out and they watched the game. Love it when the tradition continues on. Thanks Cindy, it was a noble thing for you to do. By the way, LSU won last night.
Well, time to dash to the class. Will write more later. God Bless and THANKS for your love, prayer and support.
Air Mobile Joe
November 12, 2011 - Saturday - 7:24am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTION "IMMERSION"
This weekend, I'll be in a "Weekend Wonder Course" to help me to prepare and pass (hopefully) my FAA written examination to become a Certified Flight Instructor / Instrument (CFI/I). Even though I have logged over 8000 flight hours and hold the Airline Transport Pilot License, now, it's time to start "giving back" in the form of flight instruction.
This has long been a dream of mine. I have wanted to be able officially give flight instruction, particularly on the "long and wonderful flights to and from Haiti". This rating is a positive move toward bringing that dream to a reality.
Yesterday, a good friend, Ryan, who is also an Airline Pilot and CFI/I took me up in "Ti Burik" to begin some excellent actual flight training. Ryan helped me to "unlock" some "treasures" in the incredible avionics package bestowed upon us by Extreme Make-Over and Garmin. Wow! I knew this equipment was good, but learning more about the capabilities was incredible.
It's time for me to "hit the road" and drive to Jacksonville, where the course will be held. I'll be in class all day today and all day tomorrow. Will write more from Jacksonville. God Bless and as always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - If you're a pilot and want to gain more, meaningful, "real world" flight hours, consider joining me on a mission to Haiti. Soon, you'll be able to log the time and significantly increase your flight experience. Stay tuned for more details! Joe
November 11, 2011 - Friday - 6:55am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
AN EVENING HONORING HUMANITARIANS - WE WERE BLESSED TO BE NAMED ONE OF THE MANY!
The ballroom of the Crowne Plaza was filled with folks who reach out to others. Cindy, Barbara and I were honored to be among them. Our community put together a lovely evening and a delicious banquet to recognize those in our community who help others in need. What an inspiring evening. We heard story after story about how folks are reaching out to help one another.
The entire program was brilliantly put together by the Space Coast Medical Community. During each presentation, a short video was shown depicting the work that the person or organization is engaged in. Here is our short video. Hope you enjoy it. CLICK HERE - JOE HURSTON - HUMANITARIAN 2011
We had such a delightful time meeting so many friends and we made a number of new ones as the evening progressed. Again, we are simply blessed and humbled to be named among so many good folks.
This weekend, I'll be engaged in a VERY intense Flight Training course. I'll be preparing to take my Certified Flight Instructors examination. For many years, I've wanted to get this certification, but have simply been too busy to do it. Well, I'm still just as busy as ever, but have the strong internal sense that NOW is the time to do it. So, here we go. I love flight training, as it helps me to become a better pilot. This is always a good thing.
I have some sad news. Do you recall the "saga of the little wounded chick"? Recently, our son Peter found a little new-born chick that had gotten out of our chicken coop. When he put the little one back in, an aggressive hen pecked it. Peter rescued it a second time. We cared for it for 5 days. It did succumb to it's injuries and went on to "Little Chick Heaven". We know that we did all we could to keep that little "speck of life" alive.
Sometimes, after having done all you can, it seems that we lose the battle of life. Life can be that way. However, I do believe that we have all learned a thing or two from this seemingly, small and insignificant event in life. I saw a side of deep compassion and care in my son. We all worked hard to save the little chick and we all know that we certainly gave it a "shot at life". Our family was also reminded very clearly that "our Lord's eye is on the sparrow and we know that He is watching us". May we all have more compassion for the weak and helpless around us and may we all seek to do His will by reaching out in love.
Time to get on with this day. As always, THANK YOU for helping us to help others. Your prayer, love and support are such a blessing!! God Bless!
Air Mobile Joe
November 10, 2011 - Thursday - 6:50am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
27 KNOTS RIGHT ON THE NOSE - A SLOW FLIGHT HOME - ANOTHER MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - THANK THE LORD!
Early yesterday morning, we headed to the airport, loaded up our Little Donkey and headed home. We had a wonderful but.....very slow flight home. The aircraft is just flying beautifully.
You'll notice who my co-pilot is - "Rambo in the Blue Dress". Things worked out for us to give Barb a quick flight back to the U.S. to take care of some business. So glad for this ability.
The reason for the headwinds is a large tropical system to the east of our route. It does not appear as if this system will effect the U.S. or the Islands. Thank the Lord!
In reflecting on this mission to Haiti - from formula delivered to telling the simple, beautiful story of the Jesus, to helping get "better communications" for Port-Au-Prince, I have the sense that "mission accomplished".
Well, I have to cut this report short, as a couple of our team members have to get to the airport to catch a flight. Stay tuned....and, as always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 9, 2011 - Wednesday - 5:57am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
GOOD "OLD FASHIONED" MAINTENANCE - A STEP CLOSER TO CLEAR COMMUNICATIONS
After checking our inventory of refurbished Air Mobile Rescuer units (we had an adequate supply in-stock), I determined it would be a good morning to do some good old fashioned motorcycle maintenance. I love turning wrenches. I've spoken about this little blue motorcycle a number of times. It has been a true "time-saver". Often, when I have meetings or places to go in Port-Au-Prince, "dashing" about on this little machine saves so much time. It's important to take good care of it to keep those little wheels rolling.
After the morning maintenance, we headed into Caanan II, our favorite "Tent City". We brought them some medical supplies and a bit of soccer equipment. We have a NASA Engineer (Steve) who collects used equipment and "feeds" it to me and I "stuff it into every empty space" of the Little Donkey. I can't begin to tell you how much the kids love to play soccer.
From Caanan II, I was in afternoon meetings with the Director General (Captain Flambert) of Civil Aviation for Haiti. We have been discussing the need for replacement Communications equipment for some time. We are moving closer and closer to getting that much needed equipment. I am so thankful for Captain Flambert being in this position, as he truly understands aviation. He has flown Boeing 707's and DC-8's all over the world. We pray that soon, "Clear Communication" will be a reality in Haiti! Please join us in prayer for this to happen!
We have full day today and it's time to get moving. So, with the last sip of delicious Haitian coffee, I sign off my little "rambling" blog. THANK YOU for your faithful pray, love and support. We pray that this be an amazing day for you! Always remember, "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be glad in it! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 8, 2011 - Tuesday - 8:07am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
CLEAN WATER.....DELIVERED! - MOVING CLOSER TO NEW COMMUNICATIONS - OKLAHOMA STILL SHAKING
A small Air Mobile Team headed to the Port-Au-Prince Airport and made the quick but "tricky" flight to Jacmel on the southern Peninsula of Haiti. It is only 24.7 nautical miles, but there is a 5700 foot mountain between P-A-P and Jacmel. So, one must maneuver through a bit of a valley and keep an eye on the clouds to maintain good visual separation from those mountains that 'shoot almost straight up'. This is a flight I've made many times and it went just like clockwork. It only took us about 13 minutes to fly there.....by road, it would have been about 3 hours and is quite dangerous. So, flying is the best way to get to Jacmel.
Upon landing, we were greeted by a couple of my official friends who oversee Security and Immigration. We worked very closely together immediately following the earthquake and they all know "Ti Burik" (The Little Donkey). By the way, they marveled at all the "Extreme" improvements on our little bird.
You may recall, on Sunday morning, we had 2 others who were going to join us on the flight to Haiti, Mike and Jay. They had to postpone the flight due a sudden illness. Well, the purpose of our flight to Jacmel, yesterday morning was to bring "Clean Water" to a very isolated community near Jacmel. After our "clearning" formalities, we met with Saurel, a good friend of Mike and Jay. He was joined by his brother. We immediately went into "Training Mode".
Saurel was a good student and grasped the simple operation procedures of the Air Mobile Rescuer. We were also thankful to the airport officials for allowing us to set up our "Training Class" in the new airport terminal.
In every training session, there reaches a point (that I love!) where we demonstrate just how good the little machine is. I drink the water! This always brings about enthusiastic reactions. For you see, the bucket of water that they brought me to demonstrate the unit, was FILTHY! They really wanted to see what the unit can do. Again, the Rescuer thoroughly impressed all!
Then, the next moment of truth. Will the recipients trust the machine. This is the next moment I love. When they drink and taste the water. They all marvel at just how good the water tastes!
Now, the location where this purifier will be operated is extremely isolated and has little or no electricity. Mike, the donor, wanted us to arrange the unit to operate with Solar Panels. Our next training and demonstration was to show how the "rollable" solar panels hook and can provide all the electricity needed to operate the unit. The 2 - 28 watt panels will "keep up" with the purifiers requirements.
Now comes the final phase of the "Delivery" ....that is the presentation of the Air Mobile Rescuer and the Solar System. Ahhhh, mission is about to be completed.
Afterwards, we loaded up in the Little Donkey and dashed down the "rather short" Jacmel runway. As soon as we lifted off, our climb rate seemed to unusually slow. The reason.....the terrain rises at the end of the runway. We carefully worked our way over the valley and threaded between the towering mountains back to Port-Au-Prince.
The airways in the area were quite busy. We had a taxiing American Airlines 767 and another American Airlines setting up for a landing and a couple of other airlines all converging on P-A-P. We had to extend our "downwind" and find a safe place to Circle and wait. Again, the controllers (many of whom I have known for years) did a superb job of keeping us all safely separated and coordinated. Their challenge is their "ancient & decrepit" radio equipment.
As soon as we were cleared to land, I made a short approach and turned off the main runway at the first intersection and a Spirit Airlines landed right behind me. The pilot thanked me for landing short so that he could get in quickly. Such is the situation in P-A-P. They're very busy and desperately need new Communication equipment.
After securing the little donkey, I headed right over the ATC (Air Traffic Control) HQ and met with my good friend of nearly 30 years, Enock. We discussed the current situation and progress on our quest of getting some new and much needed equipment. It is encouraging. We're still moving right along but have some obstacles to overcome. We prayed together.
I headed back to the mission and again, collapsed. Another long, but very productive day. It's good to know that we were able to do something to "fight cholera" and so many other diseases. We were able to simply share the Love of God by bringing a cup of clean water in His Name. Thanks Mike and Jay for your having the same desire and finding the funding for another Rescuer. So glad we could be part of it. Also, please join together with us for that new Communication equipment. The placement of the new radios will make flying in and out of P-A-P much safer!
Well, the suns been up for a while. I've already had a couple of cups of coffee and now, it's time to work on some water purifiers. Going to be a good day. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - I saw in the news this morning that Oklahoma is still shaking. They had a 4.6 earthquake yesterday. We pray for mercy and grace. Joe
November 7, 2011 - Monday - 5:51am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
MR. GARMIN SAYS 186 KNOTS (214MPH) - HEADED TO HAITI - BRINGING HOPE AND RELIEF - EARTHQUAKES IN OKLAHOMA - WE FOCUS ON JESUS!
Early yesterday morning, our intrepid team gathered to fly to Haiti. Two of our team members (Mike and Jay) had to opt out, due to a recurring illness with Jay. We prayed for him and packed the "Little Donkey", Ti Burik, and climbed to 13,000. Had a fairly quick flight to Haiti with a bit of tail-wind. Love those tailwinds! Most of our trip was between 175 - 180 knots, but by the photo, you can see, according to "Mr. Garmin", we pushed it up to 186 knots (214 mph). The overall flight took 4 hours, 40 minutes. Pretty quick journey to Haiti.
Our team included Terri (who has adopted 2 Haitian children from Barbara) and Shelly and her daughter Amanda (my copilot). These ladies simply wanted to help Barbara (Rambo in the Blue Dress). Barb can always use willing hearts to help!
As I mentioned earlier, we had 2 other "Water Mules" (Mike and Jay) scheduled to join us, but one, had some physical issues and had to postpone to another time. As you can see from the load behind Terri and Shelly, we quickly filled in those 2 "empty" seats with Diapers and formula.
Upon landing, we were greeted by Barb. You may recall, several days ago, I got a call from a flight attendant who is part of a group who brings formula to needy areas. There was an orphanage in Haiti in desperate need of baby formula. Shortly (within minutes!) after her call, another call came in from an Alternative Pregnancy Group that had extra formula. I love it when our Lord does that! Not only are we able to bring in much needed formula, but....we know the orphanage. We've actually donated Air Mobile Resucers to them. Barb will see to it that they get the formula. Again, "Our Lord TRULY knows how to deploy His troops!"
While we were enroute, I heard Jamie, the pilot and owner of the beautiful Cessna 206 that we have used a couple of times. Jamie and Bob (Kids Against Hunger) were flying back from Haiti having just dropped a load of supplies. We passed within a few miles of each other by Great Inagua, right next to Cuba. Jamie had left Tim to work with another team coming in. Well, they wanted to show the Jesus Film and we agreed to loan them our Jesus film equipment. So, shortly after landing, I met with Tim and went over the system that includes the sound system, the screen, generator and the projector system. So glad these guys will be able to show the film and tell others the wonderful news of Jesus!
It was another long day. After a nice spaghetti dinner and a few games of Yahtzee with Barb (she won), I collapsed, exhausted. Up early this morning, about to get that wonderful cup of Haitian coffee. The sun is just rising and we'll be headed out to another "Adventure". As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Yesterday morning, as we were preparing to fly to Haiti, got the news of the 5.6 earthquake in Oklahoma. No loss of life, but folks are pretty shaken up. The region is still shaking. It's just the time to keep focused on Jesus and walk close with Him! Joe
PPS - This just in from my Cindy in Cocoa. The little chick is still with us and doing quite well. I've been informed that the little one has been officially named - "Song". Cindy tells me that, though quite small, seems to be recovering from the wounds and doing rather well. There, for those of you who have been following the "Saga of the little wounded chick". Joe
November 6, 2011 - Sunday - 4:08am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
'LIL' SMOKEY REPORT - WATER MULES ARRIVE -AN AMAZING FOOTBALL GAME!
Just a quick update on the "The Little Chick". It appears as if the 'Lil Smokey' is going to make it! After a daring rescue by our son, Peter and much loving care, the little wounded chick seems to have turned the corner and is doing quite well as of 4:00am this morning.
Meanwhile, we had several "Water Mules" arrive for some volunteer work. Our team has come from as far as Alaska and Missouri and Virginia. Will write more about them later. However, we did have a wonderful meal and....enjoyed some great football last night.
WOW! What a game. It was truly "The Clash of the Titans"! 2 great teams, LSU & Alabama slugged it out in an incredible defensive battle. In the end, our beloved LSU Tigers prevailed in Overtime. I must admit that Peter and I did some serious praying. That gets a bit complicated theologically. Somehow, our Lord understands and sorts it all out.
Passed by our good friend, Larry's yesterday and picked up our sound system that we use for our outreach at the Psychiatric Hospital for young people. It's all up and going. THANKS Larry!
Again, where would we be without so many folks helping us? We are so thankful for you all! THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support. Well, it's time to get to the airport to begin this day that our Lord has made!! God Bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 5, 2011 - Saturday - 8:37am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
PETER TO THE RESCUE - "LIL SMOKEY" LIVES ANOTHER DAY! AMAZING GRACE - MORE CLEAN WATER FOR HAITI - AN INCREDIBLE FOOTBALL GAME TONIGHT!!
This little daily, rambling blog has taken us on many a journey all over the world and dealing with a wide range of crisis'....some life and death. I began telling the story of little wounded chick yesterday. My son Peter found this tiny little speck of life, truly on it's last lap of it's very young life, outside of our Extreme Chicken Coop. That was rescue 1. When he put the tiny little gray puff back into the Coop, a hen began mercilessly pecking it. Peter quickly rescued the little chick again. Rescue 2. The little one was wounded and in shock. Then began our Intensive Care to keep "Lil Smokey" alive!
I am very pleased to tell you that "Lil Smokey" is still with us this morning. The little one has been steadily gaining strength. We've all fed it and held it. We even get up in the middle of the night to be sure. The little spark of life in this one just cried out to us...."I want to live"! So, against incredible odds, this little chick lives. Mmmmm.....sounds like so many places Air Mobile goes...so many wounded and seemingly on their "last lap". But, in comes God's AMAZING GRACE!! I'm so glad that Peter found that little wounded chick.
Yesterday, we made good progress on our Little Donkey, Ti Burik. We're getting ready for our next mission. Yesterday, we received a Solar Panel System that we'll be testing out in Haiti when we next travel there. The Solar Company has made us a very good price on 2 - 28 Watt Panels. We have wanted to have a good integrated Solar System added to the amazing Air Mobile Rescuer. Will keep you updated on this exciting project. Oh, the group that funded this Solar Panel System has also funded another Rescuer for Haiti! More clean water to thirsty people. This causes our Lord Jesus to smile!!
So glad that the weather in the Tropics is still quiet. We simply Praise God for each calm day in the Tropics.
This evening, Peter and I will be headed off to our favorite Saturday evening "Hang-Out", Dogs-R-Us. This is going to be the "Game of the Year" (so far). #1 LSU against #2 Alabama. These 2 teams are so close in their strengths. We can hardly wait. In just over 10 hours, the football will be kicked off and an amazing game will be played.
Well, it's time to head out the door for the airport. Will be stopping by our great friend and "electronic genius", Larry. He's testing and "tweaking" our sound system that we use in our Chaplain outreach. In addition to Larry's many talents, he is a sound system expert. Again, I praise God for so many friends who help us on this journey. I praise God for you for joining us on this winding, amazing journey of reaching out to those in need with the Love of God. As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 4, 2011 - Friday - 5:38am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
HIS EYE IS ON ONE LITTLE (Wounded) CHICK - PRODUCTIVE MEETING WITH HARRIS ROSEN - TI BURIK GETTING "INSPECTED" - TROPICS QUIET (for the moment)
Yesterday afternoon, while I was returning from a very productive meeting, Peter phoned me. He was checking out our new baby chicks that had recently hatched in our Extreme "Chicken Coop". Apparently, one of the new born chicks had somehow, managed to get out of the coop. It was tiny and far away from the mother hen. Peter gently picked it up and placed it back. One of the hens began pecking at it. Peter quickly retrieved it from harms way. Now, in a matter of moments, Peter had saved this little chicks life twice! The phone lines were burning between he and I in the quest to save this little wounded chick.
I even phoned a top NASA guy, Jim, who has helped us countless times with "Chicken advice". Peter secured a new home for the little chick and by the time I got home, the little guy was "hanging on by a thread. By the time Cindy got home, she inspected the wounds and determined that this little chick "wanted to live". Though very weak, there appeared to be a spark of life in the little creature that "shouted", I want to live! I kept thinking about a wonderful song about the love of God, "His eye is on the sparrow....and I know He's watching me".
Well, we determined that we needed a heat lamp. So, late yesterday evening, while Peter and Cindy took turns holding the little wounded chick, I was at Home Depot buying a "heat lamp" to keep the little one warm. It seems to be working. As of early this morning, the little chick is still alive. You know, we don't know if the little fellow is going to make it. But what we do know is....we've given it a chance to live. I'll keep you up-to-date on the "Plight of the Little Chick".
On to other news.....Yesterday morning, I met with our faithful and excellent aircraft mechanic, Paul. We went through a routine list of inspections and "little squawks" on Ti Burik. Thank God, we have "no show-stoppers". So we unbuttoned the little donkey and began our systematic inspections and minor repairs. This will continue on today, as we're getting ready for our "next mission". Seems like we're always in the process of the "next mission". This is a good position to be in and one that we are blessed to be in. Thank the Lord for the strength, the desire and the will to keep on marching ahead into His Kingdom!
Just before noon, I headed home, changed into "meeting" clothes and met our new and dear friend, Doctor Ludner Confident (nice name). Dr. Confident was born in Haiti, studied medicine and has become a very successful doctor in the St. Petersburg, FL area. Dr. Confident has a "Vision" for Haiti. As he shared it with me about 6 months ago, I "saw" it with him. Since then, we've been working (and praying) together to see this "Vision" come to pass. Dr. Confident wants to develop the area where he was born, Petit Goave.
Our meeting yesterday was with a representative of Harris Rosen. Harris owns and operates multiple "Five Star" hotels in the Orlando area. Harris has funded hundreds of Rescuer Water purifiers for Haiti. Harris is a friend of Haiti and thank God, a friend of mine. I thought it was time to get Dr. Confident and Harris Rosen together.
After our meeting with the Representative, as we were walking through the palatial lobby of the Rosen Centre Hotel, who did we see standing in the lobby??? Yes, Harris Rosen. So, we accomplished phase II of the plan, actually getting Dr. Confident and Harris Rosen to meet face to face. May the "Will of God" be done in this new "connection". By the way, after the "chance" meeting in the lobby, Dr. Confident and I rejoiced in our Lord's way of "deploying His troops"...with perfect positioning and timing!!
It was on the way home from the very successful meeting between Dr. Confident and Harris Rosen that my phone rang from Peter. Well, got up early this morning, checked the little chick and am now writing this daily, wandering blog that has taken us so many places, from little wounded baby chicks to the earthquakes in Japan and tent cities in Haiti and hundreds of places between. As always, THANK YOU for wandering down these paths together with me and above all for standing together with us with your love, prayer and support!
In just a bit, I'll be heading back to the airport to see how Paul is doing on our "squawk" list. I'll also be visiting our local Unemployment Office to check out my benefits. I've paid Unemployment taxes for years. Though, I'm a bit hesitant to tap into this system that I've paid so much money into, I must take care of my family.
As many of you know, I recently "laid myself off" from CSA to lighten the overhead load on our "struggling" company (kind of like the little baby chick). We're doing all we can to keep the company alive. So far, our plan is working. The formula is simple. CUT SPENDING (Lower overhead) - INCREASE SALES (and profitability). REDUCE DEBT (by paying down the debt). There, the formula for "Saving" a business (or a Country). Enough of my political illustration, but a real life saga being played out in my own life. Gotta get ready for the day. God bless and THANKS again!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Just checking the Tropics....things are pretty quiet, "No Significant Tropical Systems". Thank God, certainly pray this Hurricane Season simply ends quietly and peacefully!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 3, 2011 - Thursday - 7:29am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
SPENT THE DAY WITH AOPA! - MORE "CONNECTIONS"
Yesterday was spent with Al and Mike from AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association). We are blessed to be covered by this fine Organization. I have personally been a member since 1982 and have long admired and appreciated AOPA's Advocacy for Pilots and Aviation. We're not sure what Issue our story will appear, I'll advise.
Of course, I spent the day "Recruiting" Al to be a "Water Mule". Eventually, we'll get Al on a clean water rescue mission. I was blown away by Al's knowledge and experience in Aviation. Al's affection for our Little Donkey, Ti Burik grew rapidly as he learned more of our story and what this amazing little airplane does.
When these folks do a story, they do a story. Our interviews ranged from our hangar, to our Extreme Home and back to the airport for a sunset shots. They didn't miss a thing. Again, we're thankful for the exposure that our ministry will receive, thanks to AOPA!
Remember, I shared the story yesterday about the need for Baby Formula in Haiti? I received another communication yesterday from a doctor in South Carolina who has an airplane & is willing to fly to Haiti. Well, we're scheduling him to stop in Titusville, pick up Baby Formula, diapers, medicine and vitamins and fly them to Haiti and.....go check out a bunch of kids! Now, that's another good example of our Lord "Connecting the dots"! I love it. You know my favorite line, "Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops!!"
Well, it's time to head to the airport. Going to be doing an inspection / routine maintenance on our beloved Ti Burik. We're getting ready for that next mission. God Bless and as always, THANKS for your love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
November 2, 2011 - Wednesday - 7:32am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
WELL TIMED BABY FORMULA - A VISIT BY AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilot Association)
The timing of the Lord - WOW!! I recently received a call from an Airline Flight Attendant who is part of a group that flies needed supplies into areas of distress. This Jet Blue Attendant wanted to get some baby formula into another Haitian orphanage. I agreed to help. Then the phone rang. It was local Alternative Pregnancy Center that had some extra baby formula. I connected the dots.
Yesterday, picked up a nice load of formula and will work on getting it right into the needy orphanage. I love it when our Lord puts things together! By the way, the Flight Attendant was referred to me by "Delta Rose", another great flight attendant and "Water Mule"!
This morning, I'll be meeting a writer and photographer for AOPA. This great organization, of which I've been a member since 1982, is doing a story on our "Little Donkey", Ti Burik and the work that Air Mobile does. We're so thankful for the opportunity to tell our story.
There is much more that I would like to write this morning, but time will not allow it. Have to get those kids to school and meet the AOPA guys. As always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support.
Air Mobile Joe
November 1, 2011 - Tuesday - 7:39am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Base - Report prepared by Air Mobile Joe
A GIFT OF AN "OLD CESSNA BOOK" - MAINTAINING CLEARANCE - SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT BY BOEING - PROGRESS ON RESCUER PARTS - QUIET TROPICS - NORTHEAST "DIGGING OUT"
About 6 months ago, I received a call from Mike. Mike was in the U.S Airforce as a young man and for a short period after getting out of the military worked as an aircraft mechanic. As a result, he a had a few "old Cessna Manuals". He called and asked if I were interested. My immediate response was "Yes" - these books are often hard to find.
Well, time went on and we could not coordinate our times to meet until yesterday. When Mike unwrapped the two old and perfect condition manuals I instantly thought of my good neighbor and friend, Tom. I called him right on the spot and verified what I suspected. Tom, with my help and encouragement bought a beautiful 1962 Cessna 210. He's been slowly and carefully restoring it.
He and his mechanic, Paul (who is also my mechanic) have been using a copy of a copy of a copy of the original Service Manual. The Manual that Mike graciously presented to me is in pristine condition. We particularly marveled at the hydraulic section where the system was beautifully color-coded. All I can say is "What a blessing". Again, I love it when our Lord not only deploys his troops, but also deploys "Service Manuals"!
I carefully loaded the precious manual in my car and at the end of the day, stepped across the street and presented the beautiful "Original, Pristine" 1962 Cessna 210 Service Manual to my great friend and neighbor and fellow pilot, Tom!
Now, folks, this may seem like a little thing, maybe just a "coincidence", but I sincerely believe it was an act of Loving God who knows where we are and what we need!
Well, shortly after the meeting with Mike and the "Old Manual", I headed out to Kennedy Space Center. It was a bit of a sad day. It was the official end of the ODIN (Outsource Desktop Initiative NASA) contract. Our company, CSA, has been the sole source provider of toner cartridges and printer support on this contract for nearly 13 years. Yesterday, it ended. I met with many of the good folks that we've worked with since the very beginning of this contract. Overall, it was a good run. 12+ years is long time to hold a contract. We were all sad, but thankful.
Normally, I would turn in my Security Badge. However, my good friend Mark, in Security, has agreed to "Sponser" me for a period of time. This will enable me to maintain a number of small accounts that we still have out at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). I was also very pleased to hear the announcement by the Boeing Corporation. Boeing will be designing and building a 7 Man Space-Taxi to service the International Space Station (ISS). Having the Badge will enable us to continue to seek out and secure new business at KSC. Thank the Lord for good friends in "high & strategic" places!
More good news on Air Mobile Rescuer Parts - one of our prospective suppliers of components for this "life-saving" water purifier verified that they would be able to get much, much needed components to us in about 4 weeks! Whew, we've been sweating out those parts. PLEASE join together with us and PRAY that this supplier comes through and does not run into any "snags". We really need these components!!
As we look at the tropics, ALL IS QUIET! We're thankful. Don't want any more "Late season storms". On the other hand, the Northeast U.S. had a record shattering "Early Season Snow Storm". Literally millions were without electricity. Slowly, the power is being restored. As I shared, our dear Juliet, was up there right in the middle of it all. She shares that she much prefers warm weather. We're looking forward to getting our Juliet back down here to "mild Florida" just after Thanksgiving. She has been serving the Lord up in the frigid Northeast in a wonderful "Inner City" Church. We're very proud of our Juliet!
This morning, I'll be picking up a load of Baby Formula from a local Crisis Pregnancy Center. They wanted to share some of their "blessings" with us. Talk about perfect timing. I just heard from a group Flight Attendants (yesterday) that want to get some formula into a particular orphanage in Haiti. Again, looks like our Lord not only deploys His troops and Service Manuals, but includes Baby Formula. I love to be part of His plan!
There is a wonderful scripture that states that "His eye is on the sparrow....and I know He's watching me". No matter where you are, or what you are going through....know this - He knows were you are and He's an ever present help in time of need. May you be blessed this day! As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!! God Bless!!!
Air Mobile Joe