HAIL TODAY - THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT - RECORD SNOW BREAKING RECORDS - WINTER STORM WALDA CONFUSING THE FORECASTERS...NORTH KOREA LIKELY TO LAUNCH A MISSILE TODAY & A SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST
The extremely cold air, bringing snow, ice and possible hail have been "cooling" down the tornado threats. The cold air is literally "over-running" the instability. So, major snow storms in the upper midwest and the threat of hail and thunderstorms along the south side of the line. Very strange weather indeed! Here's a link to the latest on what to expect today - WINTER STORM WALDA...PERPLEXING
Today, more threats loom along the Severe Weather Line, so keep an eye on the weather reports. We're praising God that the cold air calmed down the treats yesterday.
Meanwhile, North Korea is "fueling" a missile with a 2000 mile range today. The South Koreans are calling this a "Vital Threat". Here's a link to that story - SOUTH KOREA CALLS IT A "VITAL THREAT"
Wow, between unseasonable cold (going to get down to 4 degrees in South Dakota), to major hail, to thunderstorms and possible tornadoes to North Korea firing a missile in a very volatile atmosphere, things are certainly not going well today.
The thing that I have to remind myself of, is....Jesus is Lord! HE told us that, "there'd be days like this", but fear not, for I am with you. Thank you, Lord.
I have a special prayer request this morning. You may recall, last Friday, we had Dave and Pam Gillespie over for dinner, along with Stuart. These folks works for Congressman Bill Posey and are very dear friends.
Well, yesterday, got a call from Pam that Dave was in the E.R. at a local hospital and desperately needed prayer. I rushed to the hospital and joined in that circle of prayer. Dave has stabilized, but I urge you to join with us in prayer for Dave's full recovery. Thanks!!
Today, we'll be continuing on the Annual Inspection of our Little Donkey and gathering supplies for our "next mission". As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-9-13 Tuesday - 7:21 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - Report Submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SEVERE WEATHER COMING - BE ALERT! - FAREWELL, MARGARET THATCHER! - BACK TO THE "BOOKS" FOR AIR MOBILE JOE
The warm, moist air from the Gulf is feeding right into a line of Thunderstorms that could create a very wide area of extremely severe weather from Texas to Missouri and beyond. Again, we strongly urge you, if you're in the path, to be very ALERT!
This is a huge "Line" of Storms that covers millions of folks and the conditions are right for violent weather to occur including large hail. So...., again, stay ALERT, batten down the hatches and hang on! Here is a good Weather Channel description of what we can expect today and this evening - POSSIBLE TORNADO "OUTBREAK" TODAY AND THIS EVENING
I have mentioned this before, but I PRAISE GOD for our good weather forecasters. They truly do a good job of warning us of severe weather. They began "tracking" these conditions over the weekend and they are "spot-on" as far as predicting just how these storms are forming and where they're going.
You know, in many ways, we can go to Bible and see "Predictions" of things that are coming. Just look at all of the Prophesies about our Lord Jesus as He came to Earth 2000 years ago. Literally "hundreds" of prophesies came to pass with perfect accuracy.
He that has "Eyes to See". That is the reason I have referred to Matthew 24/25 and Mark 13 and Luke 21 and the Book of Revelation and Daniel so often in this blog. We are seeing things "come to pass" exactly as spoken of in Bible. As we study the Bible, we can see that the return of Jesus is drawing near.
Speaking of studying, I've resumed my study for preparation for the Certified Flight Instructor "Check-Ride". We had a lot of intense interest in the Air Mobile Rescuer and that took me away from my studies for this new Certification. Since, Ti Burik is down for its Annual Inspection, I thought it would be a good time to "Hit the Books" and get ready for that "Ride".
Well, it's that time to head out and continue on the Inspection of our Little Donkey. I'll be securing what parts I can for the Rescuer and this evening, after Bible Study (our Life Group from Church comes over), I'll be hitting the books and "burning the midnight oil" getting ready for the "Ride".
Remember to keep a close on the weather if you're in that "wide swath". As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Yesterday, our dear friend and incredible leader, Margaret Thatcher passed away. She will be missed. Here are the details - FAREWELL, MARGARET...
4-8-13 Monday - 7:43 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - Report Submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A WEEK OF TORNADOES - KEEP A VIGILANT EYE & EAR OPEN - SERIOUS THREATS (MISSILE LAUNCH & CYBER-WARS) STILL COMING FROM NORTH KOREA
The conditions are forming making the possibility of Tornado Outbreaks very possible all this week. Keep a very close eye on the weather in your area. These tornadoes could form from South Texas all the way up to the Great Lakes and everywhere in between. To learn more about this possible threat, go to: POSSIBLE SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK
Meanwhile, the threats coming from North Korea are continuing to intensify. It appears that there are very serious threats of both Medium Range Missile Launches to Cyber-War Threats. Read more by going to: MISSILE LAUNCH / CYBER-WARS
Looks like it could be a pretty "bumpy" week. All the more reason to simply PRAY and ask our Lord for His guidance and protection.
Back to those Tornado Threats, do you have a Weather Radio? We bought one several years ago and it sounds a very clear and loud alarm when severe weather threatens. I would suggest that you pick one up if you don't have one. You'll be glad you did. By the way, they're not very expensive. We bought ours from Radio Shack.
Today, we'll be continuing to work on Ti Burik to complete the Annual Inspection. All is going smoothly. Of course, any time one "opens" an aircraft up for inspection, surprises may be found. That's the reason for inspections. One wants to find anything that can cause a problem. It's not good to find them out at 21,000 feet. We're so thankful for good / experienced mechanics that know what to look for.
We're also securing as many extra components as we can for Air Mobile Rescuers. Our main limitation is simply funding. We're also continuing to purify our local city water after the E-Coli find. So glad we have a Rescuer!!
Well, it's time to go feed those chickens and get Peter to school and then head to the airport. Remember to keep an eye on the weather all throughout this week. The elements are definitely coming into place for violent weather with strong possibilities of tornadoes.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious and faithful love prayer and support. Be safe and vigilant. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-7-13 Sunday - 7:43 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - Report Submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A "TESTY" NOSE WHEEL & ECOLI IN COCOA WATER
While Paul, our aircraft mechanic, and I were wrestling with the nose wheel on our Little Donkey, Cindy called to inform me that e-coli (very nasty stuff) had been reported in our local water supply.
Peter & Ariana were home, so....Peter breaks out the Air Mobile Rescuer to the "Rescue". They dodged an "E-Coli" bullet. Thank God for the Rescuer!! He made enough clean water to keep our family safe. Thanks, Peter!!
Meanwhile, Paul and I kept working on getting that nose wheel hub to come apart. The tube had bonded to the hub making it very, very difficult to disassemble. Finally, after much effort and soapy water and patience, it came apart.
This is a good example of how a relatively simple task can get complicated and messy. Fortunately, Paul's been "turning wrenches" on airplanes for over 50 years and he just handled this little challenge with skill and patience. Again, so thankful for Paul!
Well, it's Sunday morning and time to get ready for Church and our Chaplain ministry at the Hospital for young people. Love this ministry. It's also an absolutely beautiful morning. We praise God for days like this.
The situation in North Korea is still quite "Volatile", but everyone seems to be taking a "Breath" and calming down the Rhetoric. We pray that we all dodge this nuclear "bullet".
May you have a blessed day and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-6-13 Saturday - 6:59 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - Report Submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A DELIGHTFUL VISIT WITH SOME DEAR FRIENDS
I first met Pam Guillespie when she worked for Congressman Dave Weldon. Dave was a great Congressman standing for life, truth and freedom. When Congressman Bill Posey won Dave's District (Dave retired), Pam went to work for Bill.
Of course our friendship only grew stronger. Then Bill brought on Stuart Burns as his Chief of Staff (Stuart had been Dave's Chief). So, having introduced the players, we had a beautiful evening and dinner last night.
Pam brought over the Subs and my Cindy made dessert (White Chocolate Macadamia Cupcakes) mmmmmm!
Our conversations ranged from the soon coming of Christ to the political situation in Washington and around the world, including what's happening with North Korea. Folks, the conditions are "volatile". All the more reason to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and pray for His will to be done in our lives daily!
There was much talk about the Air Mobile Rescuer and the great need for CLEAN WATER following any disaster. I'm so thankful to have been able to share this amazing, life-saving device with my dear friends.
Stuart asked me, to be sure, to get in touch with him on my next trip to Washington and to bring the Air Mobile Rescuer with me, as he has some folks that would be VERY interested in knowing more about such a device. Again, we're so thankful for this wonderful opportunity and pray for our Lord's Will to be done!
As you know, we've been conducting the Annual Inspection on Ti Burik and it's going quite well. Had some parts come in yesterday and will be bringing them to Paul, our great mechanic, this morning.
Our Little Donkey should be all "Airworthy" soon and we'll be likely heading back to Haiti with a plane-load of much needed supplies.
So, it's that time....for that 2nd cup of coffee, feeding the chickens and heading out the door to the airport. As always, we're so THANKFUL & APPRECIATIVE to you for your faithful love, prayer and support. May you be blessed today!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-5-13 Friday - 6:38 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - Report Submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
KEEPING A DONKEY ON THE "PATH" - KEEP PRAYING FOR "SANITY TO PREVAIL" REGARDING NORTH KOREA
Yesterday, our mechanic Paul, made good progress on the Annual Inspection for Ti Burik, our Little Donkey. We haven't found any serious issues and it should be going back together soon. We've ordered a few parts and they should be coming in this week. Here, Ariana is looking on the progress.
It does appear that the "Rhetoric" may be cooling down just a bit regarding North Korea. As I suspected, there is usually much more to the story than the Media tells. We will likely never know the true story, but....we know Who does! That is the reason why it is always a good idea to PRAY.
As a matter of fact we should....A.S.A.P. (Always Say A Prayer). I had to get that into the blog today as it is such good and sound advice. Whenever we encounter any difficulty or face a dilemma, or a scary global situation, i.e. the North Korean matter, our first and most important line of defense should be PRAYER! I write this as a reminder for you and me! Pass this on A.S.A.P.
So, today, in addition to Praying, we'll be gathering supplies for more Air Mobile Rescuers and getting Ti Burik back on the "Path". We pray that you have a blessed day today and THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-4-13 Thursday - 6:37 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - Report Submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
NORTH KOREA APPROVES MERCILESS NUKE STRIKE AGAINST U.S.A. -
To say that the situation with North Korea is "volatile" would be an understatement. Truly, this situation could escalate to a very, very dangerous level rapidly. There is obviously much more to this story than is being told. Here is a link to a related story - N. KOREA APPROVES NUKE STRIKE
Do the North Koreans hold some type of new weapon that could indeed inflict terrible damage and destruction? Some have spoken of a nuclear device being detonated at altitude causing massive damage to electrical grids. This would certainly inflict massive damage to any society.
This threat has been around for a long time and has proven to be quite feasible. Apparently, the N. Koreans feel as if they hold some pretty serious "cards" to be speaking so blatantly regarding the use of a Nuclear Attack on the U.S. or any other such enemy.
These threats are being taken very seriously and there is massive troop movement and military hardware being placed into position as I type this blog.
Again, these actions bring us to a place of PRAYER & PREPARATION. Simply put, what would we do without electricity for an extended period of time? It is not a bad idea to "think" these scenarios through. Above all, we should PRAY for the leaders around the world to exercise sound judgement (sanity) during these very tense times.
I am reminded of the scripture found in Matthew 24:6-8, There will be "Wars & Rumors of wars....there will also be famines and earthquakes in various places". There are plenty of earthquakes taking place and of course, there is famine throughout the globe. Jesus said that these are the "birth pangs" or "labor pains". We know that when "labor" begins, birth is not far away.
No one knows the day or the hour of the return of Jesus, but be assured of this, we are indeed, one day closer than we were yesterday!
So, with all of these things going on, what do we do? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Today, will be working on our Little Donkey, continuing that Annual Inspection and getting ready for our "next mission". Will likely go shopping and pick up some "extra" food (always looking for those good deals, you know, BOGO...buy one get one) and just praying throughout the day for our leaders.
Just another thought about Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13, Jesus lays out in clear detail the conditions around the world before His return. As we see these things coming to pass, there is comfort in knowing that our Lord has promised to never leave or forsake us and that He would be with us until the very end of the world. May I encourage you, this day, to place your full hope and confidence in Jesus. Fear not, for He is with us!
Well, after my little "Preachy" blog today, it's time to head out the door and check on a Little Donkey (after feeding the chickens and getting Peter to school). Pray that you have a blessed day and as always, THANK YOU for your standing with us with your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-3-13 Wednesday - 7:42 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile "Home" Camp - Report Submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ALL THE WAY "HOME" - THINGS "HEATING UP" IN NORTH KOREA
We bid farewell to the Tennessee Mountains and pushed that "Old Bounder" all the way home with just one 20 minute stop. The wheels just kept on rolling. So thankful for good highways and no delays along the way.
We were able to monitor the news while on the highway thanks to AT&T and a "wireless hot-spot" on my phone.
Things are not looking good with North Korea. This is a very serious matter and I urge you to PRAY that our Lord will have His way in the matter.
Since we got in at 2:15am this morning and have to get the kids to school, this will be a very short and brief blog. After dropping the kids, I'll be heading to the airport to see how the Annual Inspection on Ti Burik is going.
Time to run. As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
4-2-13 Tuesday - 7:30 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - In the Mountains of East Tennessee - Air Mobile "Retreat" Camp - Report Submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
KEEPING AN EYE ON NORTH KOREA
Even here in the mountains of East Tennessee, The "News" is trickling in regarding North Korea and that volatile situation. There is a lot of "saber rattling" and talks of Nuclear War. Now, China is positioning troops along the border and the U.S. is sending Guided Missile Destroyers. South Korea is on High Alert. We need to pray that sanity prevails!
Here is a pretty comprehensive picture of what is actually going on at this time regarding the very tense and volatile situation with North Korea - "ONE SPARK AWAY FROM NUCLEAR WAR"
Well, it's time for the Hurston Family to pack up and push the "Old Bounder" down toward Florida. Time for the kids to get back to school and Cindy and I need to get back to our jobs. We sense, as never before, the need to build as many Air Mobile Rescuers as possible.
As we have found out, through years and years of doing relief work, the #1 need following any disaster is clean water. This old world is just shaking and rattling from natural & "man-made" disasters. The best thing we can do is PRAY & PREPARE!
We have truly enjoyed our brief time here in the "Mountains" and our time of reflection and giving THANKS to our Lord for His amazing love for us. The sun has risen, it's a brisk 26 degrees on the early April morning and it's time to go light a fire and have that cup of coffee with my Sweetheart before we "hit the road".
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support.
4-1-13 Monday - 7:55 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - In the Mountains of East Tennessee - Air Mobile "Retreat" Camp - Report Submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
EASY, BLESSED DAY - CELEBRATING THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS
Oh, yesterday, Easter Sunday was a sweet day. Awoke early to an overcast, rainy morning, but knew that our Lord was ALIVE. Cindy, Peter, Araina and I headed to the local Community Baptist Church. There, we enjoyed a beautiful celebration with multiple skits telling the story of Jesus and His awesome love for us!
From there, it was back to our cabin where Cindy made a simple, delicious feast. It was just sweet. Then, with some borrowing from our "Old Bounder", we managed to set up a TV / DVD and we just watched "The Hobbit" movie.
The DVD was a gift that Cindy had gotten Peter for Easter (along with some candy). With the DVD came another DVD of Special Features.
So, after the Movie (can't wait for the next "installment), we just stayed put and watched hour after hour of how the movie was made. Wow, talk about a major production. Must say, we enjoyed the Special Features just as much as the Movie itself, though we really enjoyed the movie.
That is how we spent our Easter Sunday. Oh, last night, we got in touch with Juliet, who had come down from Boston to conduct our Easter Service at the Hospital for the young people in Orlando. We rejoiced as she told us how good the Service went. Juliet is doing great with her studies and ministry training up in Boston. Thanks, Juliet for covering for us!
Well, today, it's still gray and overcast and rainy and chilly (29 degrees) here in the mountains of East Tennessee. We're looking forward to another "lazy" day before heading back down to Florida. It's just good to allow your spirit to "re-create" for a bit. That's just what we're doing.
Pray you have a blessed day and we truly appreciate your precious prayer, love and support. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-31-13 Sunday - 7:08 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - In the Mountains of East Tennessee - Air Mobile "Retreat" Camp - Report Submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HE IS ALIVE!!
Awake before sunrise, it's overcast and rainy but... I KNOW that the Son is RISEN! PRAISE GOD, HE IS ALIVE!
We've "come apart" for a few days to simply seek and reflect on the goodness of our Lord. Some have said, "it's good to 'come apart' lest we 'come apart'. Hmmm, makes sense. So glad that we have this opportunity.
Yesterday was a wonderful day. I enjoyed watching Peter and Cindy take a cup of flour, a little olive oil and a couple eggs and make pasta.
Have you ever made home-made pasta? Wow, does it taste good. Within just a few minutes, after rolling and pressing and pressing again, feed it into the "Pasta Machine" and Voila, delicious pasta.
While Peter and Cindy were working on the pasta, Ariana, was busy arraning "Veggie" dinner with plastic food. I remember when we first had Ariana from Haiti, her very favorite of all toys was a little kitchen with lots and lots of play food. She'd play for hours just imagining so many food combinations.
After the pasta was pressed and came out, it was right into a boiling pot of water and out came the most delicious pasta. We had a lovely home-made dinner in the mountains of East Tennessee.
News is very sketchy up here, as our signal is very, very weak. It's kind of nice to not be bombarded with news from around the world. Sometimes, it's just good to get away and have some quality time to reflect and just read the Word of God.
Yesterday was such a day. Cindy and Peter put on their hiking boots and headed up the mountain to explore. Ariana was "busy" in her room concocting exotic meals and I simply sat on the porch and read the events that led up to the Crucifixion and then...the Resurrection.
Such a powerful story. Our Lord loves us so much, it's beyond our comprehension. I pray that you have some time today to simply reflect and let Him in more.
Today, we'll be attending a local Church. Our neighbors, Bill and Judy loaned us a truck to get to Church. Such kind folks. Well, it's that time. My Cindy is up and time for cup of coffee with my Sweetheart.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support and may you be Extremely Blessed on this Resurrection Day!
Air Mobile Joe
3-30-13 Saturday - 8:42am (Eastern U.S. Time) - In the Mountains of East Tennessee - Air Mobile "Retreat" Camp - Report Submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AHHHH - IN THE MOUNTAINS ON EASTER WEEKEND
Our wheels on the "Old Bounder" never stopped rolling from Florida to just before the North Carolina Border where we bought Diesel Fuel for a full $.50 per gallon cheaper than anywhere on the entire route. Love it!
We rolled onto the Air Mobile Retreat as the sun was setting. Made excellent time and just so thankful to be here for a few days.
Cindy, Peter, Ariana & I are looking forward to spending some quality time reflecting on the Lord and his Amazing Sacrifice for us.
This is also an excellent "Training Exercise" for getting to a secure location where we can literally be "nearly" self-sufficient (we're working on that).
So, for the next few days, depending upon the "microscopic" signal that we've "ferreted" out here in our little cabin, I'll be sending out a little report daily.
We have the fire going and Cindy and I have already had our first cup of coffee. May you have a blessed Easter. What an amazing Lord we serve!! As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-29-13 Friday - 5:53 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - I-95 Northbound in Florida - Air Mobile Bounder Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
ON THE ROAD AGAIN...
Cindy and I were up at 3:00am - packed the kids and the dogs and hit road for Tennessee. The "Old Bounder" is running like a top (that's real good). The old Coach is an "Oldie, but a Goodie". We just keep chipping away and fixing and replacing.
Cindy's driving while I'm whipping out a quick blog. We're on I-95 Northbound doing about 65mph.
I may do an update after the sun rises. We're hoping to arrive in Tennessee later this evening. So good to be heading to a quite place for a few days.
May you be blessed on this beautiful Good Friday. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-28-13 Thursday - 7:44 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
TAKING A FEW DAYS OFF...
Yesterday evening, we had dinner with Christian and Cherie and all their Kids. So much fun doing our Classic Annual Easter Egg Hunt with all those Grand-kids!
We're getting ready for a nice, long weekend and spending a few days in the mountains of Tennessee. We may even be able to catch a bit of snow, before this very, very long Winter comes to an end. Spent yesterday putting final touches on the Old Bounder getting it into shape for the trip.
I'm personally glad to take these few days off and spend some quality time simply reflecting on our Lord and His great love for us. I am still overwhelmed by His Amazing Grace.
Of course, I'll be writing this little blog everyday. My Cindy says that it's my "therapy". I believe she's right. Can't begin to tell you what a joy it is to get up and be able to share what's on my heart each day.
Often, I have absolutely no idea what I'll write. Just sit there with that delicious cup of coffee and just start writing. Wonder what would happen without the coffee?? Hmmm....let's not go there.
Yes, I'd probably still write the blog without or without the coffee, but the mood would likely be different. Just so glad to have an avenue with which to share my thoughts and prayers with you.
Oh, one last word on that Cup of Coffee, I think it's kind of cool, that in some circles it's called a "Cup of Joe". Just sayin....
Well, have some final errands to run today and final packing before we hit road in the "wee hours of the morning". Again, hope and pray that you have a Blessed Easter. May you find a bit of time to simply reflect on our Lord Jesus and all He has done for us. As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-27-13 Wednesday - 7:06 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
AN EARLY MORNING E-MAIL FROM ETHIOPIA - SOME THOUGHTS ON COMMUNICATIONS...
First thing thing this morning, received an e-mail from Ethiopia. A Rescuer bottom cap was leaking. The unit was still in operation, but, thank God, we have replacement bottom caps. So, we're waiting for the next Missionary going to Ethiopia to bring in the replacement piece. So THANKFUL for e-mail and clear and quick communications. It's easy to take this wonderful blessing for granted.
I remember, not too long ago (well, it's been a few years), when my main communication in Haiti was by "Ham" Radio. Even had to learn Morse Code. Then, we went to 2-Meter radios and could even find a "dial tone". Then....cell phones hit the world. What a difference it makes, being able to communicate quickly and clearly.
Even following catastrophic disasters, Cell phone service is often restored quite quickly. Communications is such a vital part to any operation, particularly when disaster strikes. This brings me to the thought of strengthening our own communications for our Preparedness.
We've begun the Annual Inspection on Ti Burik and will be doing that for the next few weeks. The little aircraft has been performing wonderfully and we're digging deep to be sure it keeps doing just that.
As we approach Easter Sunday, it is a good time to reflect on all that our Lord and Savior did to bring us Salvation. Often, I like to sit and simply reflect on the last few days in the life of Jesus before going to the Cross. Just meditating on His great love for us and the events that led to the Crucifixion and Resurrection brings me great peace, strength and joy.
Time to head out into this Day that our Lord has made. Pray you are blessed today and THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-26-13 Tuesday - 7:09 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
ANOTHER RESCUER - WHAT'S UP WITH APRIL 2ND? - ANNUAL INSPECTION ON "TI-BURIK" HAS BEGUN
Several years ago, while at the Samaritan's Purse Camp in TiTanyen, Haiti, I met Jim and Vicki. They were U.S. Volunteers. As we spoke, we discovered that we lived about 10 miles from each other in Florida. Thus began a warm and wonderful friendship.
After our initial visit, they were invited to our Haiti Base Camp (The "Village") and they were brought to us by Joel, a young Haitian Interpreter. Joel has an orphanage that was formed as a result of a terrible flood several years ago.
Now, a "long story short", Air Mobile donated a water purifier to Joel and yesterday, Jim and Vicky picked up their very own Air Mobile Rescuer. They are very excited about having the ability to bring CLEAN water to all of their neighbors in the event of disaster here in Florida. I love it!!
About a month ago, a close friend mentioned the date April 2nd and stated that, some think that a major earthquake is going to occur on or around that date. Hmmmm, how could they predict such an event with such precision? Well, knowing my friend and his credibility, I began to research that date.
Also, I would like to mention that my friend was very clear, that he did not necessarily think that this would occur, he simply passed it on for me to look into. Cindy and I did, and there does appear to be some "Astronomical" evidence that an event could occur due to the alignment of certain planets and the earth passing through some sort of planetary "wake".
Now, it would be easy to simply "roll one's eyes" and say, "I don't believe that", but....it is worth, at least, investigating. In our opinion, "The Verdict is still out" and something may or may not happen, however.....we are still gathering supplies and continuing to "Prepare" for disaster that could occur on any day at any time.
So, you may want to do a bit of a Google Search and see if you come up with anything that could be of interest.
If you find anything that you'd like to share, either give me a call at: 321-544-7757 or e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll compare your info with what we're finding. Our sincere hope and prayer is that April 2nd comes and goes without incident...Amen!
We began our Annual Inspection on Ti Burik yesterday. So glad to have Paul as our Chief Mechanic. He knows this aircraft so well. We're hoping and praying that the inspection proceeds with "no surprises". The Little Donkey is flying great. We're eager to get back down to Haiti and bring in more water purifiers and supplies.
As we share, it is better TO BE PREPARED than to NOT BE PREPARED. May we urge you, today, to lay up something for the future. It may be just picking up a couple of extra pounds of rice / beans / soup. We simply encourage you to do a little something everyday and believe me, you'll be glad you did. Also, as Jim and Vicky did yesterday, pick up something for OTHERS. This is very dear to the heart of our Lord. Remember that wonderful scripture in Matthew 25, "I was hungry / I was thirsty and you gave me to eat and drink".
Now, it's that time to go feed the chickens and head to the airport. May you be extremely blessed today and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support.
Air Mobile Joe
3-25-13 Monday - 6:53 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
TICO WARBIRD AIRSHOW ENDS WITH A FAST MOVING STORM - "TI-BURIK" IN THE BARN....JUST IN TIME - REMEMBERING PALM SUNDAY
We could see, from the Weather Satellite, that intense storms were on the way to the Great TICO Warbird Airshow. We watched and PRAYED. So thankful that we were able to meet so many more folks on this last, very windy day of the Airshow.
Then, the beloved Thunderbirds began their final "Swan Song" Show until Washington gets it's head screwed on right. This was the last Thunderbird Show....for a while.
And, the Thunderbird Flight Crew did a superb job under low visibility and very high winds. Thank you for a great show!!
Meanwhile, we were monitoring the weather and the storm was now barreling down on us at 55 MPH and Tornadoes were reported along with hail. I was joined by Joe Aronson, a very faithful "Water Mule in Training". He and his family have a way of "showing up" at times when Air Mobile is in great need. Such was the case on this very windy, stormy Sunday afternoon.
I requested help from the Valiant Air Command (the Host of the TICO Warbird Airshow) to help us to get our precious Little Donkey off of the flight-line. They quickly mobilized and within minutes, I was "fast taxiing" toward our 'Little Barn'.
As we arrived, we could see the dark, ominous storm racing toward us. Joe and I quickly pushed Ti Burik into the barn and 'BARELY' got the door shut when it hit. We do believe that a tornado did touch down right on the field. We were so relieved to have "saved" Ti Burik from damage. The Little Donkey will be ready for the next mission!
Today, we begin the Annual Inspection on "Ti Burik". This is a mandatory inspection and we are not expecting any surprises. So, for the next few weeks, we'll be "opening up" the Little Donkey and checking it all out.
I must tell you, while we were at the final day of the Airshow, my precious Cindy, Peter and Ariana were conducting a Palm Sunday Service at the Hospital for young people in Orlando. Every year, we make about 100 little Palm Crosses to give to the "members" of our little Church in the Hospital. This year was no exception. Cindy and crew had a beautiful service remembering when our Lord rode into Jerusalem on a "little donkey".
I found it interesting, while scanning the news this morning to find this shot from Nicaragua where, they too, were celebrating Palm Sunday with a Palm Cross (just a bit bigger than the ones we give out at the hospital). At any rate, may we remember the "Path that our Lord Jesus chose" to bring us Salvation!
Well, it's that time. Need to go feed the chickens and begin that Annual Inspection with Paul, our great mechanic. May you be extremely blessed today and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-24-13 Sunday - 6:27 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
DAY 3 OF THE TICO WARBIRD AIRSHOW - SAYING "SO LONG" TO A GREAT WATER MULE...FOR NOW
So, here we are, the last day of the Great TICO Warbird Airshow and possibly the last U.S. Air Force Thunderbird flights...for a while. We'll see how all of this plays out in Washington. Seems to be a lot political "intrique".
Yesterday was amazing. We had a steady stream of folks coming. The weather sure threatened to the north of us, but did not effect the airshow, except with some pretty "blustery" winds. Thank the Lord that the rain did not come.
Now, today, there is still a pretty good threat with the potential of "Baseball" size hail. Now, that would do serious damage to aircraft. We pray that the bad WX stays away!
Every year, Doug, a Premier Water Mule comes down from Wisconsin (yes, Doug is a classic Snow-Bird) and lends incredible help to Air Mobile. Doug does so many things and does them well.
Well, he was scheduled to head over to Alabama / Louisiana to build some Habitat For Humanity Homes, but delayed his departure to help Air Mobile with this AirShow.
Now, after several months and at least a dozen serious Projects, Doug will be hitting the road tomorrow. He'll help me with the last day of the TICO Warbird Airshow. Sure gonna miss Doug!
What a joy having Bill Duncklee (Airborne Ministries) as my "neighbor" at the airshow. I have known and worked with Bill for over 25 years. He has brought that beautiful Velocity up to "Speed" with so many improvements making it a great tool in the Hands of the Lord. Of course, Bill is very precious to Air Mobile for many reasons, among them, he donated "Ti Burik", our Little Donkey to the ministry. Thanks again, Bill!!
Meanwhile, Cindy, Peter and Ariana will be doing a wonderful Palm Sunday Service with the young people at the Hospital in Orlando. So, it's time for us to get out the door and tell folks about Jesus today. As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-23-13 Saturday - 7:03 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
DAY 2 OF THE TICO WARBIRD AIRSHOW
There is something wonderful about the Camaraderie among Aviators and those that love Aviation. We are so thankful to be set up at "Center-Field" of the TICO Warbird Airshow. If you come out, simply look for the TICO-BELLE C-47 and you will find the "Little Donkey".
We had hundreds of folks come by our set up. We had to occasionally hold things down as the Huey (Viet Name era) Helicopter would lift off giving rides. What a wonderful day.
We, of course, had the Air Mobile Rescuer set up pumping water out of a bucket of "dirty" water and folks just had to see what that Clean water tasted like. I love it!
The weather held up for day, but as we were shutting down for the evening, light, spattering rain began. The Forecast calls for "Scattered" thunderstorms today. We hope (and pray) that they don't visit us today.
All of the "Air Events" went off beautifully yesterday and there were no (reported) incidents. Always thankful when the airshow goes off without incidents (or worse). The Thunderbirds were SPECTACULAR. This is their last show until Washington can sort out the mess of the Sequestration (no comment).
Now, it's time to go feed those chickens in the dark again, slam down that second cup of coffee and head back to the airport for Day 2 of the Tico Warbird Airshow. God bless and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-22-13 Friday - 6:07 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
TODAY IS "WORLD WATER DAY" - TICO WARBIRD AIRSHOW STARTS TODAY - A BIT ABOUT ARIANA
We are thankful that, today, many will reflect on the need for CLEAN WATER. We, at Air Mobile, are reminded of the pure and simple words of our Lord Jesus when He said, "I was thirsty and you gave me to drink" (Matthew 25:35). Of all of our needs, CLEAN WATER is right at the top of the list and.... the sad thing is that so many are without it. We CAN do something about that....even though it may seem like a "drop in the bucket".
This morning, we sent out a letter to our e-mail list emphasizing this critical point and our precious Ariana helped us to make the point. Here is the link to our report - Air Mobile Report - World Water Day
You may recall, that Ariana came into our lives because she was very ill and needed a life-saving operation. It was around 4 years ago, that Cindy and I agreed to take care of this little one from Haiti. I recall, so vividly, the evening that Barbara (affectionately known as Rambo in the Blue Dress) landed from Haiti with her. She was so weak and frail. After much prayer and great doctors and generous folks, Ariana is fully recovered!
We are so pleased that our Lord has placed this precious one into lives. She is such a joy and she has such a tender heart toward those that are in need.
Today is the beginning of the TICO Warbird Airshow. We will be set up right a Center Field. Air Mobile will joined by Airborne Ministries headed by my good friend, Bill Duncklee. We're looking forward to this great opportunity to tell others about what Air Mobile does. We'll be demonstrating the Air Mobile Rescuer. Hope to see you there!
As the folks in the Midwest and Northeast are dealing with a lot of snow and rain, we, in the Southeast have the threat of Severe Thunderstorms. Please pray for those in the path of these storms.
We need to head out a bit early this morning. Feeding the chickens in the dark. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support! Be blessed today!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-21-13 Thursday - 6:42 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
NASA'S ADVICE ON, IF INCOMING METEOR....PRAY! - HMMMM...NOT BAD ADVICE!
Here is a quote from Mr. Bolden, NASA Director yesterday, "Mr Bolden told US lawmakers that prayer was all that the US or anyone could currently do about unknown asteroids and meteors that may be on a collision course with Earth." Here is the "Rest of the Story" - NASA'S ADVICE...PRAY!
The thing about PRAYER, is it works! Our Lord is an ever-present help in time of need. Prayer is a GOOD THING TO DO in the event of some incoming disaster.
As many of you know (who ramble along this blog path with me), I am constantly urging us all to pray. Believe me, when I write that, I am truly writing to remind myself to PRAY.
That is why I like the acronym A.S.A.P. (Always Say A Prayer). Prayer is our first-line of defense in any emergency. So glad that Mr. Bolden made the statement that he did.
The fact is, there are many things that we have NO control over and some things that we do. May our Lord grant us the wisdom to know the difference (borrowed from an old "Serenity" saying).
Today, we'll be putting the final touches on our Air Mobile Display that we will be setting up for the 2013 TICO Warbird Airshow. It would be great to see you, if you live in the area, or just want to come to a great Airshow featuring some incredible aircraft and great "Aviating". The Airshow begins tomorrow and goes through Sunday.
The Weather Forecasters are telling us that we may be getting some Rain and Thunderstorms over the weekend. Sure hope the weather holds off for the "Show".
I feel for the folks in the Midwest and Northeast. Old Man Winter is sure hanging on and busted right into Spring. Another Arctic Blast is dumping more snow and misery and cold on those folks. The bottom end of that Winter Storm is what is contributing to our rain and thunderstorms down here in the South.
Oh well, at least these storms have plenty of moisture making up for all that dry, hot weather we've had last year. Somehow, these things seem to balance out....to some degree.
Here we are, time to go feed the chickens and drop Peter at School and then to the airport. Hope to see you this weekend at the Airshow. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-20-13 Wednesday - 6:27 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
AMAZING (MIRACULOUS) EMERGENCY LANDING - THANKS TO UKKO, IT'S REALLY COLD AND LOTS OF SNOW - SNOW "DROUGHT" DEFINITELY OVER & MORE GOOD NEWS ON....COFFEE, ESPECIALLY GREEK COFFEE
WHEN WILL WINTER END??
Since Groundhog Day, the snow has really fallen all across the U.S. and it's not over yet. Winter Storm Ukko is still barreling eastward with lots & lots of snow left. When is this winter going to end??
Of course, there is always a good side to most any situation if....you look for it. All of this snow and rain is really reversing the "drought" situation that has plagued the U.S. for several years.
I came across this article on the amazing health benefits of Greek Coffee (have to find some of that) and how it adds to longevity. It seems that the residents of this Greek Island live dramatically longer and the reason is in part, due to that wonderful coffee grown there. Oh well, had to share it with you. Here's the link - "Anti Aging" Greek Coffee
I flew with a friend, Darrell, yesterday. Sometimes, it's just good to take the "Little Donkey" up for a check-out flight. Darrell knows the Avionics in our aircraft very well and showed me some things about it that absolutely blew my mind.
Now, I knew that this aircraft's avionics package was good, but I simply did not know how good! It was like opening a treasure box. Thanks Darrell, for sharing your good knowledge with me.
Well, it's time to head out into this day that our Lord has made. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support.
Air Mobile Joe
3-19-13 Tuesday - 6:50 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
WHEW - THE CME (CORONAL MASS EJECTION) HAS PASSED THE EARTH - DID WE JUST "DODGE A BULLET"??
Early Warning is a GOOD THING! It's nice to know when something is coming, even if it's just a few hours notice. At least we can do something to get ready. It's easy to say, "Well, at least we'd have time for a prayer". Actually, PRAYER is the most powerful thing that we can do because, often....things are simply out of our control. By the way, I am glad to know the One Who is in control!
I find it quite interesting that the "Main Stream Media" has said little or nothing about this recent Coronal Mass Ejection. Charged Particles zinging over us at 3,240,000 MPH is not your "everyday" event. At any rate, THANK GOD, that no serious damage occurred. Here is a link to a story stating that a mild "Solar Storm" did occur - FAST MOVING CME CAUSES SOLAR STORM
As many of you know, I am a pilot. Pilot's like good weather briefings so that we can know where to fly, at what altitude and weather to even cancel the flight. Quality information is paramount to a good flight. Now, I also know that some may say, "I'd rather not know". Well, remember, there are things that we can do, particularly IF we survive a natural disaster. We can do things that, should a natural (or man-made) disaster occur, we'd be very glad we did. We can do things, like simply having some extra water / food / medicine /etc.
I can assure you that I'll be keeping a close eye on these events, i.e., CME's. The thing for us to remember is that we, as a civilization, have grown so completely dependent upon technology that is so very vulnerable to CME's. So, the conclusion of all this "Crazy Talk" about CME's and such is that we should be prepared, to some extent, and A.S.A.P. (ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER)!!
Speaking of Weather, we've got a bit of bad weather coming our way today. We'll be keeping a close eye on this line of storms that is due to hit later this afternoon. See, it's nice to have a bit of warning and know when to, and when not to, fly. "Inquiring minds want to know" as the old saying goes.
Hey, remember that this weekend is the Famous TICO Warbird Airshow that takes place right here at Space Coast Regional Airport. We will have a Display set-up (Ti Burik & an Air Mobile Rescuer) and we'll be joined by my good friend, Bill Duncklee and the Velocity. Hope you can make it out. Here is my cell phone (321-544-7757), so that, if you come out, give me a call, and I'll tell you where we're located.
It's that time, Cindy and I will have that great second cup of coffee this morning before I head out to bring Peter to school. Have a full and exciting day that involves a little (early morning) flying and more work on the Rescuer and simply "getting ready" for turbulent days ahead. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-18-13 Monday - 7:11 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
AN EARLY RIDE TO DELRAY BEACH - BILLIONS OF PARTICLES ARRIVE FROM THE SUN AND GIVE A NICE "LIGHT SHOW" - NO REPORTED DAMAGE
Did you see any strange dancing lights in the night sky this weekend? Those billions of charged particles passed right over the earth at a whopping 3.2 million miles per hour! Northern Lights were reported in all 48 continental U.S. States. This is just an example of the power of the Sun and we don't have any control over it, whatsoever. Can't Tax or Penalize the Sun for being the Sun. Here's an update on the recent Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) - UPDATE ON RECENT CME
Peter and I were up very early yesterday morning and headed South. No, we did not see any Northern Lights down here in Florida. Our Mission: Share what Air Mobile does. I told the story of 2 little girls. One did not make it and one did. Our Air Mobile Rescuer helps many to "make it" by providing fresh, clean drinking water.
What a joy and privilege to be in 1st Presbyterian Delray Beach. We were received with warmth and love. By the way, we were invited to this wonderful Church because of the efforts of Jeannie Heavelin, a member of the Mission Committee. Thanks Jeannie!!
I actually spoke in both morning services and in between Peter and I set up a Rescuer and demonstrated it's operation to many folks. In this shot, I am speaking with a Chemist who works at the local Water Treatment Plant. He was very interested in the technology of the Rescuer. I shared that NASA has been looking at the Rescuer for some time and that it may even end up in Space!
After the Services, Peter and I joined the Pastor, Dr. Doug Wood and his wife, Grace for Lunch right on Delray Beach. This is a lovely community and again, we were received with great love and encouragement. This is a wonderful part of this ministry that I simply love. Sometimes, I can hardly grasp just how good our Lord is to allow us to do these things.
On the way home, Peter drove most of the way. He's 15, soon to be 16 and will be getting his license. He now has a Learner Permit. We stopped by my dear friends, Pat & Marlin Moudy who live in Stuart, FL. You may recall, it was Marlin who loaned me his beautiful Cessna 402 to fly into Haiti the day after the terrible Earthquake (1-12-10). It was good for them to see how Peter has grown (he is now 6'2" tall).
After that good visit, we rushed to drop Peter at Youth Group. We finally arrived at home around 9:00pm. It was a long and fruitful and rewarding day. And....today, is the Day that our Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. Have a full day ahead. As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-17-13 Sunday - 5:21 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
BILLIONS OF PARTICLES FROM THE SUN BEGINNING TO ARRIVE AS I TYPE - LOOK FOR THOSE "NORTHERN LIGHTS" - PREPPIN AN OLD MOTORHOME - SPEAKING AT 1ST PRESBYTERIAN DELRAY BEACH
If you're in the northern U.S., you may be getting a treat in the form of a light show. On Thursday, our Sun "Ejected" a Mass of particles. They've been "winging" our way at 900 miles per second or approximately 3,240,000 miles per hour. That's real fast. As I type this Rambling Blog, those first particles have already arrived. Now....they will likely not disrupt anything, such as our beloved electricity, but none the less, they are coming. See this link for more details - A Blast from the Sun is arriving
As I mentioned yesterday, there is not much we can do to "Control" this event. CME's (Coronal Mass Ejection), just like Solar Flares "just happen". We can, thankfully, monitor those events and I'm certainly thankful for those that do. This is a good "Early Warning" device. But, once that thing happens, we just have to "hold on for the ride". Of course, there is always PRAYER! This is, without a doubt, our best first line of defense.
We can just take this before our Lord and ask for His protection and wisdom. However, we can do some things to PREPARE for disasters. That is what I've been sharing for some time now in this little Blog.
Yesterday was a good day for us in the Hurston Home. Cindy was up early, and headed to the Jail to minister with the young people there. Cindy is the Head Nurse at the Brevard Detention Center. Peter, Ariana and I had a nice breakfast of rice, eggs and sausage. Then Ariana and I went to collect the eggs. Man, did we have a beautiful load. Love those chickens!
Then, it was off to the airport to get our old Bounder Motorhome. We've had this RV for nearly 11 years and it was 10 years old when we bought it. It has served us so well over the years. It has been our "Ground Emergency Deployment Vehicle". We have loaded many Air Mobile Rescuers in it and gone to multiple hurricanes.
We spent the day washing and waxing the old Coach and by the end of the day, it looked pretty good...for it's age.
This past week, our great friend and wonderful "Water Mule", Doug has been doing some much needed repairs on the Bounder. Folks, he did things that would have cost "thousands" of $$ if brought to an RV repair shop. And....his work actually exceeds what we would have gotten from most facilities.
I know that I say this a lot, but it bears repeating...."Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"! Surely, we have been blessed by Doug and so many others that help us in this noble mission of bringing clean water in behalf of our Lord Jesus!
You know, a motorhome is an excellent "Escape and Survival" device. It has back up "everything", kitchen, bathroom, bedroom / living room, extra water, heat, generator. I'm so thankful that we bought the old Bounder all those years ago and it's still serving us well.
We're up early this morning, getting ready to head down to Delray Beach to speak at 1st Presbyterian. Peter and I will be going to share what our Lord is doing in Air Mobile. Cindy and Ariana will go to our Church and then to the Hospital to share the Good News of Jesus with those young people.
So, it's that time (for the second cup of coffee) and hitting the road for Delray Beach. THANK YOU again for your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-16-13 Saturday - 6:02 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
CORONAL MASS EJECTION (CME) OCCURRED YESTERDAY MORNING AT 2:24AM / PARTICLES EXPECTED TO ARRIVE TODAY/SUNDAY - MILD TO MODERATE EFFECTS EXPECTED - ANOTHER "RESCUER" HEADING TO A REFUGEE CAMP IN JORDAN
Folks, our way of life is so vulnerable. Things happening on the surface of the sun, 98,000,000 miles away can dramatically change our lives suddenly. Yesterday morning, a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) occurred on the surface of the sun ejecting particles at 900 miles per second. The first wave is expected to strike our Earth today and tomorrow.
Fortunately and prayerfully, the effects may be mild to moderate, mainly firing up the Northern Lights and giving a nice Light Show. Here is a link explaining more details of the recent CME - 3-15-13 Coronal Mass Ejection..Earth directed
However......this event simply strengthens our need to be READY for such events. Now, a direct hit from a CME or Solar Flare would likely, dramatically, impact our ability to generate and receive electricity. In other words, massive Black-outs. No need to elaborate on what this would mean to us, particularly in America. EVERYTHING would be effected, including our ability to get water, food, communication, medical help, transportation, etc.., virtually every aspect of our lives would change suddenly and who knows...for how long.
So....what can we do? As I have been encouraging you for some time....do something! Even if it is picking up some extra beans and rice. Think through, about how you would cook those beans and rice with NO ELECTRICITY. These are not difficult problems to solve and NOW is a good time to ponder these things.....while we can.
Walmart sells camp stoves very inexpensively. You may even have a Gas Grill on your back porch. Consider getting a fresh tank of propane and "tuning" up the "old grill". Now, these are not complicated or expensive ideas. Just practical thoughts on a "What IF" Scenario.
Someone recently sent me a link for a VERY GOOD WATER IDEA. It is called the "WaterBob". What an ingenious product! It is a 100 gallon water bladder that fits right in the bathtub. When I saw it, I instantly loved it.
As a matter of fact, I'm going to order one TODAY. These guys have really thought this one through. One can quickly set it up and fill it in about 20 minutes BEFORE the disaster strikes. 100 gallons of water will give your family drinking water for quite a while (apportion about 1/2 gallon of drinking water per person per day). I am not selling this to you. I'm simply sharing a very good idea with you. For more information on this great device, here is the link - WaterBob - Welcome and Demonstration .
There, now that was not so bad. Today, we've looked at a way to cook some beans and rice & store up some clean water in a disaster, and..... it didn't cost an "arm and leg". If you come up with some good ideas, consider dropping me an E-Mail and I may put them up on this "Rambling Blog". My direct e-mail address is: email@example.com.
Yesterday, I received a phone call from a Gentleman that I met at FIT (Florida Institute of Technology) following a presentation on the Air Mobile Rescuer. He was VERY interested in a Rescuer for those suffering in Refugee Camps in Jordan. We agreed to meet later in the day.
Around 5:00pm, he and his wife and their 2 beautiful children showed up and I began demonstrating the Rescuer. He recorded the training on a small HD Video camera and translated it, as I spoke. Once the training was complete, he wrote a check and I'll be shipping a Rescuer to a Doctor in Tampa who will hand-deliver it to a Refugee Camp in Jordan where children are dying from drinking contaminated water. WOW! I love it when our Lord does things like this!!
Today, Peter, Ariana and I will be working on our Old Motorhome. We've had the Old Bounder for over 10 years and it has served us so well. We've taken it all over the U.S. including, bringing life-saving water to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita victims. We endeavor to keep all the systems working and in good order for both our own family and also to help others in time of need.
Keep an eye on that CME that's heading our way at 900 miles per second and pray that our Electrical Grid holds up. Remember, if at all possible, DO SOMETHING TODAY regarding PREPARING for rough times ahead. Even if it is just a quiet prayer, or a family planning meeting. You'll be glad you did.
As always, THANK YOU for standing so faithfully with us with your prayer, love and support. May you be extremely blessed today!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-15-13 Friday - 7:06 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
THE GIFT OF VISION....I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW
Air Mobile recently got a call from Bob Quinn. He had 500 brand new eye glasses for Haiti. Now, for many, this is the gift of vision and certainly gives the ability to read and do fine detail work. Bob told the story of how this precious gift simply "dropped" into his hands. I love to see our Lord do this!
I suppose, for some, it just goes with the "Territory" of getting older. As we age (and I can certainly relate), the ability to focus and read fine print simply diminishes. To have the ability to put on a pair of glasses and see clearly is a wonderful gift. So glad that we can help facilitate in that mission. Soon, our Little Donkey will be carrying these 500 brand new reading glasses to Haiti.
Yesterday evening, we traveled to Polk City where Peter was "Officially" given his newly earned "Black Belt". Again, we are so proud of Peter. He has learned a great deal about consistency and discipline through this wonderful program.
Happy Kierstead, Peter's Instructor, has done a superb job with her class. By the way, Juliet (our 19 year old) and Happy went to school together and we have known her for many years. Again, we are so thankful for Risen Son Tae Kwon Do.
Today, Doug and I will be working on our old Motorhome and gathering supplies for the next mission. We'll also be getting ready for the Annual Warbird Airshow held at our airport, Space Coast Regional. The Airshow will be March 22-24. Hope to see you!
We'll be joined by Bill Duncklee who will be flying the Velocity up for the show. We'll have a lot of fun together.
Well, it's that time. The chickens are calling me and it's time to get the kids to school. We truly appreciate your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-14-13 Thursday - 6:31 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
WHITE SMOKE - NEW POPE - POPE FRANCIS - DINNER WITH AN OLD FRIEND - PETER HONORED WITH "BLACK BELT" BANQUET
Yesterday marks another milestone in History, the selection of a new Pope, Pope Francis. We will certainly be praying for our Lord to use this humble man for His glory!
At the end of yesterday, I took a ride over to Orlando to meet with a dear and old friend, Joe Polozola. For those who have read my book, "Run to the Roar", you will surely recognize the name of Joe as the one who introduced me to Jesus 42 years ago.
Joe and I first met in High School, 10th Grade, Geometry Class. It was several years later that a Catholic Priest, who was on-fire for our Lord, introduced Joe to Jesus. Joe, then "went after me" with the Gospel. He kept telling me about Jesus until finally, I "surrendered to the Lord". Joe is my best friend. Kind of like the old saying, "Friends, don't let friends, go to Hell". Thanks Joe!!
By the way, Joe is pure Italian. Both Grand Parents came to America "on the boat" and neither spoke a word of English when they arrived. So...in choosing a Restaurant last night, Joe chose a little Italian one around the corner from his house. I actually ate "healthy", soup and salad. Cindy was pleased.
Over the years, Joe and I have remained the best of friends and have always been there for each other, particularly during difficult times. Last night was very precious as we remembered so many events in our lives highlighted by the Lord. Last night, we also added to our "connection" by agreeing to use our phones to communicate with one another by simply texting "HELP" when we need immediate prayer. Folks, it's good to have such a friend in Christ!
This evening, we will travel to Polk City, FL to attend a Banquet for the new "Black Belts. Peter will be among those honored. Cindy and I are so proud of Peter for "Sticking with it" and pushing through. Congratulations Peter!!
Well, it's that time. Time to go feed the chickens and get the kids to school. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-13-13 Wednesday - 7:15 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
SPEAKING AT THE "GREAT OUTDOORS CHURCH"....A LESSON FROM A "CLOSED DOOR"
One of the "jobs" I have as President of Air Mobile Ministries is to speak to groups about what we do. I love speaking to Church Groups. Yesterday, I had the distinct privilege to speak to a group of ladies from The Great Outdoors Church in Titusville, FL.
My good friend and fellow "Water Mule", Roger Miller was there to assist me in showing a wonderful video that he recently shot of the work of Air Mobile.
When it was time to show the Video, the house was full and we all sat in expectation of seeing the large screen TV come to life.....nothing happened. Roger kept pushing the remote and the screen was just blank. There was that uncomfortable moment as we sat in anticipation.
Suddenly, and with a bit of humor, Roger said, "Oh, I forgot to 'Open the Doors' for the DVD player to "see" the remote. He went and "Opened the Doors" and the remote then worked like a dream.
I, without thinking, said, "There's a Message there". Then we all watched the Video that Roger produced. Oh, did I mention that Roger was a major TV Director for nearly 40 years and has been awarded multiple "Emmies"? Roger is a true gift to our ministry and to many.
Well, back to the simple lesson. When I stood to speak, I shared my "Epiphany" with the Ladies (and Roger). You see, many times, in order for someone to "hear" what we have to say, their heart must be OPEN, just like opening the doors on that DVD player.
Our remarkable little water purifier, the Air Mobile Rescuer, is a wonderful tool to "Open the doors to people's hearts". For you see, when one is thirsty and someone comes (often, from afar) to bring clean water, one's heart has a tendency to open up to the love and care shown by the person bringing the clean water.
We have experienced this so many times around the world, particularly when we go to countries like Indonesia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, the Phillippines, India etc.
It is very exciting to show the love of Jesus to people of other faiths and cultures. I can't even begin to express the joy we have experienced over the years doing this. We have over 800 Rescuers operating in 40+ countries. Again, it is such a JOY to share the Love of God with so many! And, likewise, I so truly enjoyed spending the morning, sharing what Air Mobile does with the Great Outdoors Church.
Every Tuesday evening, our Home Group from Church comes, often meeting at our home. Peter has taken the responsibility of taking care of the children. Well, last night, for the first time, Peter led in Worship and shared a message with them.
Peter has shared short testimonies before, but I believe that this was Peter's first "Official" Preaching / Teaching. Way to go, Peter!
Well, it's that time. Still getting used to the "loss of that hour". Have to go feed the chickens and get Peter to school. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support. May you be extremely blessed today.
Air Mobile Joe
3-12-13 Tuesday - 6:48 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
LOS ANGELES SHAKES - COULD BE "FORESHOCK" FOR SOMETHING LARGER - OFFICIALS URGE RESIDENTS TO "PREP" FOR 2 WEEKS OWN YOUR OWN - "RAMBO IN BLUE" BACK IN HAITI
Yesterday, Southern California (So-Cal) was shaken by a 4.7 Earthquake and this could be the beginning of something larger. Here is a link to that story - SO-CAL 4.7 QUAKE
It was 2 years ago that Japan was struck by a massive 9.0 Earthquake that killed 18,000, left 300,000 homeless and severely damaged 3 Nuclear Reactors.
Yesterday, Officials urged So-Cal Residents to remember how quickly and devastating an earthquake can be and that they should "PREP for 2 Weeks on your own". Here is the link to the story - OFFICIALS URGE RESIDENTS TO "PREP" FOR 2 WEEKS ON YOUR OWN!
Many folks look at "Preppers" as "Wild-eyed Crazies", but the fact is, being PREPARED is a good thing. Don't be ashamed of laying up some extra provisions for "bad times". And yes, it does require a bit of sacrifice to do this, but our Lord will surely help, if you call upon Him.
You know how I've been encouraging you to do a little "Prepping" in simple and economical ways, i.e. shopping carefully, using coupons and particularly taking advantage of the Buy One - Get One (BOGO) deals. On a recent shopping trip, I saved a total of $94.00 and got $1.65 off each gallon of gas. Now, with those kind of savings, "Prepping" can be fun. It is better to PREPARE BEFORE a disaster strikes when you can still buy food & supplies!
This "So-Cal" Earthquake could and should be a "Wake-Up" Call to many, to simply get ready in the event a disaster does strike. Again, I find it ironic that the 4.7 Quake occurred on the 2nd Anniversary of the terrible 9.0 Japan Earthquake. Cindy and I were there (we went to "Ground Zero) shortly thereafter and saw first-hand the devastation. Believe me, Earthquakes DO NOT DISCRIMINATE between 1st World & 3rd World Citizens. The utter destruction is all the same!
Yesterday, I brought Barb (AKA - Rambo in the Blue Dress) to Orlando International Airport where she caught a flight to Miami and then on to Haiti. Just spoke with her last night and she arrived safe and sound to the "Village". It was so good "Driving Ms. Barbara" around to see all of her friends and help her shop. Cindy and I always loving having Barb stay with us.
Today, I will be speaking to the Ladies of the Great Outdoors Church in Titusville. Love this community! They have been so helpful to Air Mobile following multiple disasters. I will, of course, be speaking to them about the importance of "Preparing" for the Days Ahead. Please pray that I effectively deliver the message.
As always, THANK YOU for "wandering" down this long and winding "Blog Road" with me. We so appreciate your precious prayer, love and support! May you be blessed today and REMEMBER to lay up something today in your Emergency provisions. If you don't have any Emergency Provisions, buy something today and start one! You'll be glad you did!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-11-13 Monday - 6:34 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
IF YOU FEEL A LITTLE "TIRED" THIS MORNING... & MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES
So, if you get up at 5:30, it's really 4:30 but, unfortunately.... it's 5:30. We just have to "deal with it". It will wear off in a week or so and then, Voila! Later this year, it will be "Fall Back" and we'll get that hour back. Who came up with this idea???
It's Monday morning and life goes on. We'll be driving Ms Barbara, AKA "Rambo in the Blue Dress" around today. Yesterday, Millie Badolato had Barb for the day. They were having dinner in a local restaurant. Millie asked Barb, "Do people recognize you on the street"? Barb said, "sometimes". As they were paying their bill, the Cashier said, "Hey, you're Barbara Walker, I was in your village last year". Barb is quite a legend.
My Momma used to tell me, "Baby, you gotta make hay while the sun shines". We hope the sun doesn't shine too much. At any rate, we believe that NOW is the time to get ready and prepare for turbulent days ahead.
There are many things that we can do and many directions that we can go, but....we believe that CLEAN WATER is, without a doubt, the very best thing that we can invest our time and resources into. Thus, our positive move toward making as many Rescuers as we have funds for.
We are getting more and more calls from folks who are banding together and investing in a Rescuer for their "Community". This is a wise investment. Clean water is simply one of those "Non-Negotiables". You have to have it. Remember, one Air Mobile Rescuer can provide fresh, clean drinking water to 500+ per day!
Here is a link to more information and even a demonstration of the Rescuer. Take a look if you haven't seen it - Air Mobile Rescuer - Info and Demo .
Well, enough about "Clean Water", time to get on with this day that our Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Time to feed those chickens, get the kids to school and see where Ms. Barb needs to go. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-10-13 Sunday - 7:44 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
DRIVING MS BARBARA - THANKING AT INDIA FEST - MEETING AN ADOPTEE 16 YEARS LATER
When Barbara, AKA "Rambo in the Blue Dress" comes to town, it seems like EVERYBODY wants to see her. She's quite a legend among many. For you see, Barb has arranged more than 1000 Adoptions over the last 25 years.
First Stop: Walmart, Barb's favorite store. I dropped her there yesterday morning and headed to the hangar to do some work. She filled up the cart with baby supplies for the orphange.
Next Stop: India Fest Melbourne. Immediately following the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, this community rallied to Barb's side and raised enough money to nearly completely rebuild Ruuska Village in Haiti. Barb's mission was to simply say THANK YOU!
While at India Fest, Joe & Lydia Prussel joined us along with Cynthia Rollins. We sat and remembered how we all met and marveled at the hand of God in those early meetings. It is amazing how our Lord puts us together for His purposes.
Joe recalled how a friend of a friend gave him my number. He actually called when Cindy, Barb and I had just landed from Indonesia (a 19 + hour flight) and asked me to speak to his Church group.
Cynthia Rollins joined Cindy and I on a mission trip many years ago in Haiti (her first). Now, Cynthia is a Missionary for Wycliffe Bible Translators in Solomon Islands. It is beautiful to "connect the dots" and see our Lord's handiwork in our lives.
At the end of the day, we were joined by Olivia and her mother Julie. 16 years ago, Barbara arranged the adoption of Olivia. Julie, the mother, actually came and stayed with Cindy and I in our home in Haiti. Now, Olivia is a beautiful young lady and seeking a career in Video Journalism / Film Making. We discussed her returning to Haiti to follow her "Roots". It was a beautiful evening.
And today, we'll be arranging for Barb to spend the afternoon with Millie and Dr. Steve Badolato. They adopted little Lensa, a lovely little girl who was severely burned in Haiti as an infant. She and our Ariana are very good friends.
So, it's time for Church and Chapel with the young people. We'll only have Barb with us for a few more days. I'm sure, we have more "Driving Ms. Barb" around to see some dear friends. Be blessed today and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-9-13 Saturday - 7:59 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
SATURN EXITS / HERE COMES TRITON - DOUG DOES STEPS -RAMBO IN THE BLUE DRESS (BARBARA WALKER) ARRIVES - UGH...."SPRING FORWARD"
The dance of storms continues. Winter Storm Saturn exited the East Coast yesterday leaving snow / rain & very high tides and some Coastal flooding behind. So long Saturn!
Meanwhile, just like on a Conveyor Belt, here comes Winter Storm Triton carrying a lot of moisture in the form of Snow, Ice, Sleet, Rain and Thunderstorms. This is going to be a "Miserable Storm" as it slugs eastward.
Again, these storms are at least replenishing the dry areas of our country.
I must tell you a "Water Mule" story. As many of you know, Doug is a "Snow Bird" who comes to Florida every winter. Can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate this guy. Seems like he can do about anything.
Well, our old motorhome had some rusted steps. I mean, they were unusable and quite dangerous. I was lamenting this to Doug when he said, "Why, I can fix em". I must admit I had my doubts. I was just trying to figure out how I'd pay for new steps and believe me...they're not cheap.
Doug assured me that he could do this. Now, I've seen Doug do everything from building trailers to building Rescuers. So, I just sat back and watched Doug do his "stuff". It took him a while and WOW, did he do it.
For you see, a new set of steps installed is between $700 - $900! For just a little over $100, Doug did it! Not only did Doug repair the steps, he made them beautiful.
But the question was, "Were they Strong"? Here, in this shot, Doug is "Dancing on the Steps" to demonstrate just how strong they are!
You know, I often speak about the incredible "Water Mules" whom our Lord directs our way. We're just thankful for folks like Doug! Thanks, Doug!! Again, I ask, where would we be without so many helping us along this journey!
Recently, I received the cryptic note...."Walker Alert". That means that the intrepid, Barbara Walker, aka "Rambo in the Blue Dress" is enroute. Her flight from Miami was delayed 3 times last night, and finally, around 1:00am, Barbara landed in Orlando.
I picked her up and we got home about 2:00am. Thus, this later than usual, Blog Post. Barb will be here this weekend celebrating "India-Fest" in Melbourne. You may recall, the Indian Community in our area rallied to help Haiti immediately following the terrible 1-12-10 Earthquake. With their generous hearts, they helped to raise the money to put our Village back together. Barb is here to just say "THANKS" to so many who helped in such a huge way.
Ugh....it's that time of the year....losing that hour. Not our favorite time. We just have to "squeeze" time a bit more. Really don't like "Spring Forward". Remember to reset you clocks late tonight.....so that you're not late for Sunday Church.
Time to go feed those chickens and have that wonderful second cup of coffee. If you live in the Central Florida area, consider coming out to India-Fest in Melbourne at Wickham Park. Would love to see you!!
As always, THANK YOU for your precious and faithful love, prayer and support. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-8-13 Friday - 6:45 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
SATURN LINGERING & .....HERE COMES TRITON - ALAN VISITS NASA LAB - ANOTHER RESCUER GOING TO HAITI
The Folks in the Northeast are getting more wet & windy snow as Winter Storm Saturn lingers due to a low circulation off the coast. It will likely be tomorrow before things clear up a bit.
And...on the West Coast, there is another Winter Storm, Triton. This storm is bringing lots rain / snow / wind / storms to the West Coast and will soon hit the Plains with more winter challenges.
Again, one good thing about these back to back to back to back storms is that, they are relieving the Drought that has plagued us for the last few years.
And...right along those lines (Drought relief), the sun has been quiet for the last few weeks. Whew, glad for that, however, Solar Forecasters are saying, it might not be for long. They are saying this may be calm before the storm. We certainly pray that is not the case. That old sun can do a lot of damage. Again, it's all the more reason for us to put our trust and confidence in the Lord and hear His direction for us today.
My good friend, Alan Riggs and I paid a visit to the SLSL (Space Life Science Lab) yesterday. Alan and I are teaming up on a self-contained power version of the Rescuer. He has invented a remarkable "Power Module" that works on Salt Water. This is very cool. Well, our combination has gotten the attention of NASA even more. Of course, NASA has been looking at the Rescuer for it's amazing qualities and now, with it's own power module, it becomes even more attractive.
We visited our Scientist, Griffin who has been testing the Rescuer for possible "Space Flight". I was so glad to introduce Alan to Griffin. It was cool hearing those Guys rattle off chemical combinations and formulas. What's even better has been all of the in-depth testing we've been getting on the Rescuer. The more NASA looks at it, the more they like it. One day...it just may fly in Outer Space!
After that good visit at the SLSL, I was driving and....the phone rang. It was a Farmer by the name of Daniel from South Dakota. He had recently been in Haiti and was deeply touched by the lack of clean drinking water and the terrible consequences that has on so many!
He had heard about the Air Mobile Rescuer and within minutes, had transferred funding to us to place another Rescuer in Haiti. Wow! Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops! Thanks Daniel!!
Well, it's another crisp winter day here in Sunny Florida. So thankful for the mild temps we have here in Florida, and our heart goes out to those in the path of these relentless winter storms that have been marching across the U.S.
Time to feed the chickens and head out the door into another "Adventure". We'll see what our Lord has for us today. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-7-13 Thursday - 6:41 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
SATURN'S WICKED PUNCH...FLOODING - ANOTHER RESCUER READY - A LAST MINUTE INVITE
These winter storms just keep on coming! As Saturn lashes the Northeast, there is flooding from Virginia to Boston mixed along with heavy, wet snow. What a brutal winter this has been and....it's not over.
One of our good neighbors in our Community, Micah, came and picked up an Air Mobile Rescuer. He is interested in protecting his family and being able to provide clean water to his community in the event of an emergency. Praise God for men like Micah!!
After meeting Micah, I dashed down to Melbourne to speak to a group of Businessmen in a meeting called "Fuel". My good friend, Brian Lightle, a local business man thought it would be good for men to have a good mid-week "Fueling" of God's Word. Thus, the Fuel Meetings. From time to time, Brian asks me to come and share with the men. I really enjoy sharing God's Word with them.
While driving there, the phone rang. It was Carol Henry. She and her husband Randy own several Christian Radio Stations in our area. She had a guest scheduled to be on the air with her (Annual Share-A-Thon) and an emergency came up requiring surgery. So...Carol asked if I could fill-in. It would require some real "jockying" and good old Doug came to the Rescue.
We arranged for Doug to pick up Peter from High School and I would dash up to New Smyrna. It all worked like "clock-work". After I shared with the Fuel Men, I hit the road and arrived at the Radio Station WTKO right on the minute and dashed right in "On the Air" with Carol.
We spent the next hour and a half "Live" encouraging others to support Christian Radio. Of course, Carol asked me all about Air Mobile and what we were doing. We spent a wonderful afternoon "On the Air" sharing the Good News with others.
You know, one never knows what the day may hold. We have to be ready "In Season & Out of Season". At the end of the long day, I headed home exhausted. It was a good day.
Who knows what the day may hold. I certainly have "plans" for the day, meetings etc., but our Lord may change all of that. It's best to be "Ready" and hopefully, will hear Him should He re-arrange our plans.
Let us remember to PRAY for those in the path and wake of Winter Storm Saturn. Flooding is just a terrible thing. Water can be relentless and destructive. Mixing that with heavy snow can certainly make for a long and difficult day.
As always, we are so thankful for you and your precious prayer, love and support. Be blessed today and....if you're in the path of Saturn, stay warm and dry.
Air Mobile Joe
3-6-13 Wednesday - 7:02 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
In checking the weather this morning, Folks from Washington DC to Boston are bracing for Winter Storm Saturn. The storm will produce very strong winds, heavy, wet snow, possible power outages and yes, Coastal flooding (shades of Sandy). It's going to be a tough day for those in the Nation's Capital right up to Boston.
This winter has brought Storm after Storm after Storm. Flooding is an awful thing. Water is relentless and does so much damage. The Low Pressure caused by this storm will likely go off-shore and just sit for a while causing those easterly winds to pile the water up along the East Coast. Again, we PRAY for those in the path of Saturn who are facing power outages an flooding!
Hugo Chavez died yesterday following his battle with Cancer. Venezuela is facing a terrible time, as the nation is tremendously divided between the rich and the poor. America is being blamed for Chavez's death. We know some Missionaries there, as we just provided them with 2 Rescuers. We pray for their safety and we pray that our Lord has mercy on Venezuela and helps them through this crisis. May many turn to Jesus during these dark hours.
Meanwhile, North Korea is threatening to end the Armistice that has been in place since 1953. These are reckless and dangerous actions and could lead to a Nuclear War in the region. Both the United States and China are in agreement to levy much stronger restrictions upon North Korea. This situation is extremely volatile.
At the same time, Iran is preparing for war in an accelerated way. As I write these things, I am reminded of a scripture in Matthew 24...."you will hear of Wars and Rumors of War". These are some of the signs spoken by Jesus concerning the conditions that will occur before His coming. Here is the Chapter, may I encourage you to take a moment and read it to see what I am talking about - Matthew 24 NKJV
Now, I know that we have always had "Wars" going on somewhere around the world. But again, when we stack up all of the things that are going on from Meteors / Comets, Earthquakes to Wars, etc., one can certainly make an argument that many of the signs spoken of by Jesus are evident. So....
It is a good time to keep our eyes and hearts on Jesus and seek His direction for us today... today. We at Air Mobile are steadily moving ahead and putting together as many Air Mobile Rescuers as we can. We know, that following most any disaster, CLEAN WATER becomes vital and desperately needed. We simply want to be in place to bring help to as many as possible.
Yesterday, I received two encouraging phone calls. One was from a Missionary going to Uganda. She wants us to send her an Air Mobile Rescuer immediately. She has seen how precious bringing CLEAN WATER is and how she can share the Love of God through this simple action. The second call was from Micah, the gentleman that we met on Monday. He wants 2 Rescuers and will be picking them up today. PRAISE GOD! It is such a joy to help equip folks to bring clean water.
Well, it's that time. Need to go feed the chickens and get the kids to school. Let us see what our Lord has for us to do today. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Cindy and I just sent out our Report Letter and there is a cool link titled "A Cool Drink of Water". Here's the link: A COOL DRINK OF WATER
3-5-13 Tuesday - 6:48 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
LOOK UP...HERE COMES ANOTHER COMET
Beginning this evening, you may get to see another comet named C/2011 L4. Don't worry, it's not going to pass very close to us (about 30 million miles away or the same distance as Mercury). You may be able to see it in the lower Western Sky, sometimes between this evening and March 10th.
Now, for the Star-Gazers out there, there will be another comet coming around November 28th that will be VERY BRIGHT. It is named ISON or C/2012 S1. It is projected to be as bright as the moon and may even be visible in daylight. ISON will be one for the books, for sure.
I am reminded of a Scripture, "The heavens declare the glory of God" ( Psalm 19 ). Again, as we read in the Bible about circumstances that will surround the Second Coming of Jesus, there are many references to events occurring in the heavens. That is one of the reasons why I keep looking up. Of course, it's also a good time to look up and.... smile.
Do you recall my recent blog on the Power of Smiling? (scroll on down to Feb 18th blog) Smiling really does work. Since writing that to you, I've been smiling more. It certainly helps soothe the soul when anxiety begins to kick in. Of course, the reason we can smile is because, "For God so loved the world...." John 3:16 . That wonderful scripture can bring a smile to your face even when things are not going well. Just knowing that He loves us and will make a way when there seems to be no way.
I just had to share some Scripture with you today. I awakened around 1:00am and just could not sleep. So, came downstairs and opened my Bible. Oh, folks, there is so much comfort found in God's Word. It is truly God's "Love Letter" to us. All of our answers are found there. I'll be speaking tomorrow afternoon to a group of business men in Melbourne and I found my "message" to them in the early hours of this morning.
Yesterday, had some encouraging meetings with the Folks at NASA. What a blessing to have NASA interested in the Air Mobile Rescuer. There is much more that I could say about this, but I'm not at liberty to disclose any details....yet. Stay tuned.
Following the NASA meetings, met with a couple of local business men who had heard about the Rescuer and wanted to learn more. We met at our Hangar / Office. Sure do love telling people about what the Rescuer does and how it can save lives. What a joy.
So, my encouragement to you today is to look up and smile. Remember, if anxiety comes, we can...."Cast our care (anxiety) upon Jesus, because He cares for us" (I Peter 5:7). As we do this, and believe me, I'm preaching to myself here, we can hear His voice and hopefully follow His direction for this day.
Pardon me for being a bit "Preachy" today. Sometimes, when I sit here to write this daily "Rambling" Blog, it just comes out this way. I certainly pray you have a blessed day and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-4-13 Monday - 6:28 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
WHOA - 31 DEGREES IN COCOA, FL...FEELS LIKE 27...."THAT'S NOT RIGHT" & REMEMBERING A CUBA STORY
We, here in the South, are getting a very small taste of what the folks in the Midwest & Northeast have been getting all winter. As Saturn barrels eastward, there will be a lot more snow & wind & ice & rain along the path. I must tell you, we here in Florida, are not used to freezing temperatures in March!
Had a wonderful day yesterday. We attended our Church and then headed to Orlando to conduct our service with the young people in the Hospital. It is such a blessing bringing the Good News of Jesus to these children (and staff).
After we returned home, our faithful "Water Mule", Doug, met me at the airport and we drove down to Vero Beach to bring the Little Donkey back to the "Barn". I met Bill Duncklee at the airport and we both just marveled at all that our Lord has done to "Ti Burik" since he donated the aircraft to Air Mobile back in January 2010.
I fired up the engines and the Little Donkey leaped into the chilly night air in just a few hundred feet. All of the instruments and navigation equipment are working beautifully. On the quick flight from Vero to Titusville, I recalled an event that happened in Cuba many years ago.
Through an extraordinary series of, down-right miracles, Air Mobile was given authorization to make multiple flights into Cuba. Now, this was NOT easy, as the Cuban door was closed very tightly immediately following the "Fall of the Wall" and the break-up of Communism world-wide. Cuba even more isolated. Yet, we were given permission to fly in. Now, that's a whole story in itself.
But, what I remembered, during my quick, beautiful flight yesterday evening, was a single incident and here it is.
After landing in Cuba from Miami, I rented a car and met members of the "Underground Church". I was driving in downtown Havana and several Church leaders were with me. I approached a traffic light and it turned red. We needed to turn right, so...I slowed down and simply made the "Right turn on Red".
With panic & fear, the Pastors told me NEVER do that again. The light was red and we must STOP. I remembered laughing and saying, "it's no big deal". For you see, I was used to amazing freedoms that these guys had likely NEVER experienced. I was able to fly a small aircraft to their country and rent a car and stay in a hotel (designated for Tourists only) and do things that they could hardly even grasp.
I still did not understand why they were so fearful, when I slowly rolled through that red light making that right turn. It was yesterday evening, during that quick, beautiful flight, that it dawned on me, as to why those Cuban Pastors were so afraid.
For you see, should we have been stopped by a Cuban Policeman, these men would have been in dire jeopardy for even being with me. I took my "freedom" for granted and did not even think about those that were with me.
On that little flight yesterday evening, I repented of being so insensitive, and for taking the remarkable freedoms that we have, for granted, for....we, in America, are losing our freedoms at an alarming rate. The Church, in America, is being "muzzled". Even going to an airport and getting into a little airplane and firing up the engines and being able to fly in almost any direction and basically go wherever we want is a "freedom" that is being threatened.
May we all, first of all, be thankful for the freedoms that we have. May we look to our Lord and ask Him to point us in the direction that He wants us to go and do the things that He wants us to do.
It is so cold outside....here in Sunny Florida. When is Spring coming?? I know, we'll likely be into the 80's before we know it, but I had to whine a bit. Also, it does give good empathy for those that are truly suffering through a bitter winter. May we remember those, particularly the homeless up north, who are exposed to terrible temperatures. May we be an instrument in God's hands to bring some help and relief to those in need.
Time to head out. Have some more meetings with NASA on our Air Mobile Rescuer. Will also be meeting with a gentleman, Micah, who called "out of the blue" on Friday and wants to know more about this "miracle clean water machine". May you be blessed today and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support and....remember to Thank our Lord for the freedoms that we do have.
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Some of you may not realize that I have written a book titled "Run to the Roar". It is available on-line all over the place. Many such stories are contained in the book. I hope you get a chance to pick up a copy. If you'd like a "signed" copy, simply go to our website and order it "on-line" and drop me a note with how you want it signed. Our website is: www.airmobile.org and our my e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Joe
3-3-13 Sunday - 6:50 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
DID PETER GET HIS BLACK BELT? - AVIATION DAY AT VERO BEACH...WATER MULES PRESENT - BRRRR... 34 DEGREES FEELS LIKE 28 IN MARCH IN FLORIDA!
After 6 years of study/training and then a grueling 5+ hour test & out of the mouth of 10, Tae Kwon Do high-level Black-Belt examiners, Peter Hurston got the "thumbs up" and achieved the level of Black Belt. Congratulations, Peter. Well done!
In this shot, Peter is with his Instructor, Happy Kiersted. Happy has been an awesome influence in Peter's life and so many others. Thank you, Happy!!
Meanwhile, as the Examination was going on, thanks to a couple of great "Water Mules", Air Mobile was beautifully represented at Aviation Day, at Vero Beach Airport. Doug and Rob set up and demonstrated what Air Mobile does.
They were joined by Bill Duncklee, the donor of our beloved "Ti Burik". He flew the Velocity in and demonstrated what Airborne Ministries does. Simply put, Airborne goes everywhere, telling the wonderful story of Jesus. Bill is a great friend and brother in the Lord. Our ministries have worked together for many years!
Yesterday, it was cold and windy and yet the Aviation Day had a great turn-out. Doug and Rob were able to demonstrate the remarkable Air Mobile Rescuer to many and tell our story; that of bringing clean water to the thirsty and desperate and sharing the love of the Lord at the same time.
And....while Peter was being tested and Doug, Rob and Bill were telling the stories of Air Mobile and Airborne, Ariana and I went to Fantasy of Flight, a world-class Aviation Museum. Our little Ariana is a pure joy and had a blast learning so much more about aircraft and aviation.
So, at the end of the day, we could all proclaim, "It was a good day". Thank the Lord.
Wow, what's going on down here in "Sunny Florida". This current Winter Storm, Saturn, has reached it's frigid fingers right down here into, what is usually warm, Florida. The temperature this morning - an icy 34 degrees and it feels like 28 degrees.
So, here it is, Sunday Morning in the Hurston Home. Time for that second cup of coffee with my Sweetheart Cindy and then we'll head to Church and the Hospital to minister with those young people. We'll dress warm to keep that cold wind out. If you're in the Midwest and the Northeast, hang on, here comes another winter storm.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-2-13 Saturday - 6:49 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
RESCUER BEING TESTED....by NASA - AVIATION DAY IN VERO BEACH - PETER GOES FOR HIS "BLACK BELT"
As you may know, for many years, I worked at Kennedy Space Center on various contracts. Over the years, I have had the privilege to meet many, extremely capable, engineers and scientists. It has been a joy to have some of these folks test and study our wonderful Air Mobile Rescuer. We have already seen this remarkable machine go to some of the most desperate places on the earth and it may even, one day, end up in Outer Space!
Yesterday, I had some encouraging meetings with several NASA Agencies that have great interest in the Rescuer. Among those Scientists, is Griffin. His responsibilities include the water purification system on the International Space Station. We have had many discussions about the strengths of the Rescuer and....you never know.
I was also invited to present the Air Mobile Rescuer at an upcoming "NASA Security Conference". We will demonstrate how well the Rescuer works following Disasters. Emergency Preparedness is a vital function of Security. I do look forward to that meeting!
Today, Doug & Rob (Premier "Water Mules"), will be representing Air Mobile Ministries at the Vero Beach Aviation Day. Yesterday evening, I flew our Little Donkey, Ti Burik, down to Vero. Doug & Rob will be heading up the "Show" today, as I will be with Peter for his "Big Day".
For you see, after 7 years of training, Peter is going for his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. This has been a great experience for Peter, bringing much discipline and focus into his life. Our Tae Kwon Do Association is Christian Based and is named Risen Son Tae Kwon Do.
Peter's instructor is Happy Kiersted, who has been an amazing instructor. Happy is not much older than Peter and now has her 3rd Degree Black Belt. She has demonstrated patience and diligence and above all, the love of Christ to all of her students. Please be praying that Peter does well today.
It's that time. Need to gather up Peter and Ariana and head over to Lakeland for the Testing. Again, please pray that Peter does well today. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
3-1-13 Friday - 5:59 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
SLOW FLIGHT BACK TO U.S. - HEARING AN AMAZING STORY OF A DRAMATIC RESCUE
We concluded our Haiti mission (for the moment) and headed back to the U.S.. You know, the "Mission" is never done, we just have to find a "disconnect" point. Barbara made a valiant effort to get the Medical Visa completed in time for little Markinson (the young man with Scoliosis), but the U.S. Consulate still needed some additional information regarding his U.S. Surgery. So....
We headed to the airport bright and early. We were joined by Chris, who had flown his Cessna 337 in on Wednesday. We were also joined by Jason, an M.A.F. Pilot (Mission Aviation Fellowship). Jason had requested a ride back to the U.S. to get his Annual Flight Medical. We fueled, filed and departed.
We knew that we would encounter some pretty strong head-winds as we passed Cuba. You may recall, on our flight TO Haiti, we had some pretty stiff "tail-winds". Well....those winds now became "head-winds" at times, reaching 50 knots!
Just gave us some more time to fellowship. We chose 12,500 feet as our initial cruising altitude, as the higher we went, the stronger the winds. We eventually went down to 10,500 looking for better winds. Most of our flight was between 135 - 145 knots (as compared to 180 - 194 knots coming down).
Back to the fellowship. Pilots, universally, have a certain Camaraderie. We absolutely love "swapping" flying stories. Jason had an amazing story to share.
Several weeks ago, an American Missionary Engineer was building a bridge on a very remote and dangerous mountain road. He fell, breaking his back. The situation was critical. A desperate search was made for a helicopter and none could be found for the rescue. Time was running out. M.A.F. was contacted. Jason was the selected pilot for the mission.
As Jason laid out the details, my eyes filled with tears. The landing strip was very short with a wicked slope. Even then, to get to the fallen Missionary required a grueling 4 wheel-drive trek and then a donkey ride. Finally, they arrived to the stricken missionary. It was getting late in the day.
Jason is also an EMT. They stabilized the Missionary who had numerous broken bones and paralysis had already set in. He was in tremendous pain. Thank God for morphine. Now, for the very, very slow trek back to the airplane. Jason explained the conflict between getting back while there was still light (for the flight) and caring for this fallen, suffering, critically injured missionary.
Finally, they arrived and carefully loaded the Missionary into the Cessna 206. Meanwhile, back at the M.A.F. base, an Air Ambulance Jet had been secured and was winging to Haiti. Jason fired up the engine and rolled down the steep slope, very short strip, barely clearing the trees and able to have just enough light to navigate out of the mountains before the darkness set in like thick blanket. By GPS Navigation, he made it back to Port-Au-Prince without incident.
Jason had requested an Ambulance, based at the Airport meet the plane. This would give the suffering missionary a comfortable place to await the incoming Lear 45 Air Ambulance. The transfer was made and the missionary was successfully transported to a U.S. Hospital.
A day that began at 6:00am for Jason, ended at 2:00am. Little did he know what the day would bring. This day had so many twists and turns. So many things could have gone so wrong but....our Lord was surely there and Jason had the wonderful privilege to be an instrument in God's hand to rescue this missionary.
I've asked Jason to send me some photos and his lovely wife has written the story up in their weekly blog. As soon as I get the info, I'll post it on my "Rambling Blog".
I am so thankful for Mission Aviation Fellowship and pilots like Jason! Many years ago, I had the opportunity to help MAF get off the ground in Haiti. Hearing Jason's story strengthens my hope and faith in our Lord. He knows exactly where we are and is an ever-present help in time of need.
It's so good to be home. Time to get Ariana to the Bus-Stop, then feed the chickens and get Peter to school. I trust you have a wonderful day and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-28-13 Thursday - 4:56 am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
A DAY IN THE TRENCHES - ANOTHER WATER MULES MOVES TOWARD CERTIFICATION
Of all the places in Haiti, I believe that our Air Mobile Rescuer Refurb facility is certainly, one of my favorites. Now, that may sound a bit strange, but it's true. For you see, in this little depot, we have to ability to create clean water, lots of it. This is where we take Rescuers that need some attention, and bring them back to life. Then, these little units go back out into the field and fight cholera and diarrhea and other dread diseases.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to train another "Water Mule" in the art of making clean water. Keith and I spent the morning going through units and making them 'almost' like new. What a rewarding feeling. First of all, knowing that the units that we are working on, have already been replaced by working units and that clean water is flowing and lives are being saved everyday. Wow, that's very cool.
Our good friend Chris, and fellow pilot, flew in yesterday in his Cessna 337 (same make & model as Ti Burik). He had a good load of food and supplies for several orphanages. Late yesterday evening, Pascal, the Director of Melissa's Hope Orphanage came by to get these wonderful gifts. I asked him how his Rescuer was working and he smiled and thanked me again for bringing clean water to his Orphanage. Praise God & the little Rescuer is running great!
Now, sitting in that little room can seem a bit anti-climatic and even boring to some, but to me, it's a place of wonder and great joy, just knowing that with our Lord's help, we're able to bring clean water to quite a few little orphanages, clinics, schools, etc. It is comforting to know just how Jesus feels about our bringing clean water to the thirsty and the needy. With your help, we're able to do this and again, I Praise God for you and am so thankful for your prayer, love and support.
Now, Keith is gaining knowledge that could help him to keep clean water flowing anywhere in the world. We have 800+ Rescuers in 40 Countries and the number is growing!
Well, it's still dark outside. The roosters are cranking into high gear and it's time for that second cup of coffee. I love the early morning, before folks wake up. It's the most peaceful time of the day. We'll see what our Lord has for us today. God bless!
Air Mobile Joe
2-27-13 Wednesday - 5:46 am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
VISITING OLD FRIENDS FROM CAANAN II (FORMER TENT CITY) - MAKI ISLAND CHURCH NEAR COMPLETION - IS THERE "PROGRESS" IN HAITI??
Immediately following the terrible earthquake of 1-12-10, huge tent cities set up all over the Port-Au-Prince area. One set up, Caanan II, very near our "Village". It was only natural to "adopt" this desperate community. The needs were great and we did what we could to help. The first need was CLEAN WATER! We donated a Rescuer and soon other organizations followed and Caanan II had wells, holding tanks and above all they had Clean Water.
We worked very closely with Pastor Volny. His own church sent him to Caanan II. You, who have followed this "Rambling Blog", will recall our many contacts with this precious man of God. Even when he got very ill, we all prayed together for Pastor Volny.
Well, yesterday, I received a call from "Afrikaan", one of the Leaders in this Community and he told me that Pastor Volny wanted to see me. I had already planned to pass by to check on things. So, it was with great joy, to see my old friend, Pastor Volny and the leaders of Caanan II again.
Oh Folks, I am often asked if there is progress in Haiti. My immediate answer is YES. I think of Caanan II. Almost all of those "tents" have been replaced with permanent structures. As you enter Caanan II, you will see many little "businesses" that have been set up. There is large Water Tank that is filled regularly and many small wells have been dug. There are schools and churches where once there were only desperate people covered by little tattered strips of tarp. There are many small gardens and there is quite a nice Soccer field. Yes, there has been progress.
Yesterday, we discussed a New School, that would be going in and Pastor Volny wanted my input and above all, PRAYER. We discussed many things about this new venture. Means to get food for the children and uniforms and cement etc. Can't even begin to tell you how good it felt to be talking with and helping these solid leaders in this once "desperate" area. Praise God!
After leaving Caanan II, headed back to the "Village". Barb wanted to show me the "Progress" on the new Church at Maki Island. One of our associate U.S. Churches, The CAV (Church at Viera) had the vision to "plant" this Church at Maki Island. Well, Barb and I drove up to a brand new Church that "grew out of the ashes of suffering". Yes, Folks, there is progress all over Haiti...if you look for it!
As many of you may know, Barb loves "Blue". She states that it must be God's favorite color, just look up at the sky. Blue is everywhere. When Barb was laying out the plans for the Maki Island Church, she had an idea of how to put "Blue Crosses" into the Glass Window. Voila, Barb's favorite color and the Cross. The Church is 90% complete. We only need to paint and do a few little touch ups. Services have already begun.
Yesterday evening, began the process of training Keith in the art of repairing Air Mobile Rescuers. He's a quick study. Will be continuing the training today. We'll bring our "Inventory Level" up so that when anyone in Haiti, who has a Rescuer, if they need a replacement unit, we'll have one ready to go......to keep that clean water flowing and keep "Cholera" and other dread diseases away!
Time for that wonderful second cup of coffee. The sun has risen, the roosters, who have been crowing for hours, are exhausted (anyone who has been to Haiti knows exactly what I am speakng of) and it's time to head out into this "Day that our Lord has made". We'll rejoice and be glad in it and give thanks for the Progress that we see!
Be blessed today, and look around for the things that our Lord is doing in your life. They are there....if we look for them. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and vital prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
2-26-13 Tuesday - 6:25 am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
A LITTLE "DONKEY" SLIPS INTO HAITI - SMALL QUAKE IN HAITI...WE FELT IT
We had been keeping a very close eye on a severe line of thunderstorms moving eastward along the Gulf Coast. Supplies for Haiti had been filled and the need was great so....at 3:20am yesterday morning, I met Keith, a true "Water Mule", and we did the final load, took a look at the weather, PRAYED and rolled down the runway bound for Haiti.
Can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoy the spectacular Caribbean sunrises.
Keith, who snapped this shot, first came on-board with Air Mobile shortly after the terrible Haiti earthquake. We needed someone to drive to Arkansas with us to pick up "Ti Burik". Keith and Doug drove the truck and Bill Dunklee and I flew the Little Donkey back. This is Keith's first ride in our little Mission plane. Glad he could join me.
Seems like the last 5 or 6 flights, it's been hard to find a tail wind. Yesterday, we were able to climb to 17,000 feet and find a nice one from a strong westerly flow. We were actually able to get up to 194 knots (223 mph). It was a quick trip to Haiti. Orlando Aircraft Services (OAS) put a good reminder just above our Garmin 430's, "May God Provide The Wind Beneath Your Wings". Amen!
Upon landing, we were met by our usual "Ground-Crew". I've known some of these guys since they were teenagers, now, they're gray-haired grand fathers. Time marches on. We had a wonderful load from diapers & baby food & shoes & parts and so much more to make life a bit better in Haiti. I like to pay our help with food.
Thanks to Bob Bostic and Kids Against Hunger, we're able to share with our ground crew, who, in-turn, gives to others less fortunate. This is part of our "distribution system". It begins right at the airport. Note the Kids Against Hunger box in the lower right of this shot.
Barb (AKA "Rambo in the Blue Dress") met us and we loaded the supplies. Barb dropped me at OFNAC (Office of Civil Aviation) where I had a meeting with Director General Flambert and we discussed the urgent need for new Air Traffic Control (ATC) Radios. The process is slow and need is urgent. At the end of the meeting, I prayed for a breakthrough on this issue.
We then went to the U.S. Consulate, where Barb has multiple kids in process for both Adoption and Medical Visas. Can't say too much yet, but there is one young man that may be getting a Medical Visa. He has a little friend, named "Sock Monkey". Go back to January 7th and 10th to learn more of this touching story (simply scroll down). Well, PLEASE pray Markinson is granted a Visa to go the U.S. and receive urgently needed surgery.
After returning to the "Village", Barb and I settled down to our traditional "Yahtzee". I felt a slight tremor. So many memories came back from the 1-12-10 earthquake. I hoped that it was only my imagination. It wasn't. Though it was a very small quake (3.5), it was a grim reminder of what can happen so quickly. I simply prayed. Checked the news and sure enough, Haiti had a quake and the center was less than 20 km (17 miles) from the "Village". More reason to PRAY!
Well, today is a new day, and quite a beautiful one. Already had my first cup of coffee and getting ready to head out. It is another opportunity to see our Lord move in the Grand Adventure. As always, THANK YOU for your standing with us with your prayer, love and support. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-25-13 Monday - 2:35 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
ROCKY'S PACKING A PUNCH - SEVERE WEATHER IN THE SOUTH - LOVE EARLY MORNING QUIET
As the Northeast deals with the tail end of "Q", here comes "Rocky". This storm is bringing in Blizzard Conditions. What a "wicked" winter (as they say in New England)!
Meanwhile, the Southeast has all the elements to produce some very dangerous storms and possible tornadoes. Hang on!
Those "Southeast" storms are knocking on our doors. We'll be keeping a very close watch on that WX!
We had a lovely day. Our Church, Redeemer Presbyterian, celebrated our 6th birthday yesterday. Cindy and I left Peter and Ariana with our Pastor for the after church dinner and we scooted over to Orlando to minister with the young folks in the Hospital.
Just couldn't sleep this morning, so I got up and thought I'd rattle out a little blog. Very nice to have a cup of coffee in the early hours and just reflect on the goodness of the Lord. I love the early mornings. Things are very peaceful and quiet and it seems it's a bit easier to hear our Lord. With all the clatter and noise in our world, it's good to get quiet and alone with Him.
Well, I may write a bit more later. Have a blessed day and THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-24-13 Sunday - 7:20 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
UH-OH, "Q" IS STILL HANGING AROUND & "ROCKY'S" COMING, LIKELY TO FOLLOW "Q" - WE'RE GATHERING SUPPLIES AND GETTING READY
If there is a "Bright Side" to all this snow, it's falling on once was drought-stricken areas. However, this storm, "Q" is just a persistent, powerful storm still packing snow, wind and ice. These storms are making some miserable travel.
The folks in Rocky's Path, are still recovering from "Q" and it looks like Rocky is going to be quite a powerful storm also. So....best get your business done while you can, because more snow & wind & ice is on it's way.
I'm sure many are wondering, just high will this snow go. Again, a blessing from all of this is, that once dry (drought) areas, are certainly getting a large amount of snow.
Not sure how all of this plays, but we here in Sunny Florida, have been in the 80's and last night was so warm, had to put the fans on and open the doors. Go figure.
Do you recall how certain areas of the country have been "hearing" loud, booming noises. Well, I'm not sure if these 2 events are related, but there have been "mysterious" earth slides occurring around the globe. In Arizona a road simply broke apart and slid down. Authorities are absolutely baffled.
A very similar event occurred in England causing great damage at this train switching station. Authorities have never seen anything like this and they can't begin to repair the station until they're sure that the earth has stopped sliding.
In Spain, a similar event occurred on a hill side severely damaging Power Towers.
Now, we know that the earth is constantly moving and events are happening globally all of the time. The fact that we do have 'internet' and instant communications and seems like nearly everyone has a phone that can "capture" events as they occur, we're seeing so much more of what is going on around the globe.
Of course, we want to know which of these events can cause us harm and may be much more widely spread. So...it's good to keep an eye on them and certainly take advantage of the amazing network that is available to us, i.e. the internet, cell phones and concerned folks. I'm thankful that we can so easily tap into this "information stream" and extract information out to share.
Yesterday, stopped in to see our great friend and "Mr. Wizard of Air Mobile", Larry. Can't even begin to tell you how much we appreciate Larry. He recently secured a replacement component for our Air Mobile Rescuer. It is more powerful, smaller and costs less. Now, we love those kind of upgrades. We'll be testing the units for strength and reliability.
Larry has been such an integral part of the development and manufacture of the Rescuer. We're so THANKFUL to our Lord for sending folks across our path like Larry!! Surely, "Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"!! We're also getting as many Rescuers "READY" for action as we can.
Well, it's Sunday morning and I'm about ready to drop Peter at Church for Band Practice. Later, after Church, we'll be ministering with those young folks at the Hospital. We simply love this outreach. Our own kids have grown up bringing the Good News of Jesus to these kids who are having such a hard time in life. It has been a blessing for us all.
If you live in the Central Florida area and would like to join us sometime on this incredible outreach, get in touch with me at: 321-544-7757. We'd love to bring you along and let you share in the joy!
As always, we're so THANKFUL to you for your precious prayer, love and support. Be blessed today, and if you're in the path of "Q" or "Rocky" stay safe and warm. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-23-13 Saturday - 8:20 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
EARLY MORNING "REFLECTIONS" - WINTER STORM "Q" SWIPING EAST COAST...HERE COMES "ROCKY" - SOUTHEAST LOOKING AT A WEEK OF THUNDERSTORMS...POSSIBLE TORNADOES
After thinking about all of the "Threats" facing our good Earth, I went to bed yesterday evening "exhausted". You see, we, at Air Mobile, need to stay on top of what is going on, in the event we need to "mobilize" quickly. This is what Air Mobile does.
Before going to bed, I tried to study for my Certified Flight Instructor "Check Ride", but just kept dozing off. I was just "spent". Cindy had already gone to bed, because she gets up early to go to "Jail" to minister with those young folks. So, I dozed off quite early.
About 1:15am, I woke up and was just wide awake. So many things were whirling through my brain. No use even trying to go back to sleep. So, I came downstairs and just sensed my need for some "Communion" with Jesus. So....I had Communion. What a Blessing to just spend some quality time with my Savior!
I simply shared my anxiety and deep concerns with Him. He heard my cry and after reading and simply resting "in His arms" for about an hour, I headed back upstairs and went right to sleep. Slept in a bit this morning and feel ready to face the day.
Now, as I share some of the things that are going on around the world with you, I can imagine that this puts a pretty good "load" onto you also. I don't mean to "drag" you down. I simply want to inform you of what is happening and bring awareness to conditions that might directly affect you.
It's the nature of a "Rescuer". And...above all, remember, Jesus is an ever present help in time of trouble. Don't attempt to lift the load alone! He said in Matthew 11:28, "Come unto Me all you who are heavy laden...and I will give you rest".
Yesterday morning, I headed back over to Sanford and had breakfast with Ed of "Survival & Beyond". What a pleasure spending time with Ed. I love it when our Lord puts folks across our path. This will not be last time Ed and I meet. After he gets his Passport, he'll join me in Haiti on a "mission". Looking forward to that.
Well, taking a look at the weather, things are still rocking and rolling. Winter Storm "Q" will be exiting by way of the East Coast leaving snow, wind and ice.
And...in the wake of Winter Storm Q, we now have Winter Storm "Rocky". This storm is packing a punch with more snow, wind and ice. I believe that our "Snow Levels" had been a bit low at the beginning of this winter. Well....they've certainly been replenished and....the season ain't over yet!
To the South....a lot of powerful Thunderstorms in the forecast through next week. The "Ingredients" are all there for some pretty violent and damaging storms. I like the fact that we can just take this "Care" and bring it to Jesus. Believe me, Folks, this is a good thing to do!
This morning, I'll be out picking up parts for our Air Mobile Rescuer and getting supplies for Haiti.
This is the day that our Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Remember, Jesus will never leave us or forsake us, but will be with us until the very end of the world. God bless and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
2-22-13 Friday - 5:36 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
TRAFFIC CHAOS IN MIDWEST....THANKS TO "Q" - HEAVY SNOW / ICE HEADING TO THE EAST - KEEPING AN EYE ON THE SUN - DID YOU KNOW THAT COFFEE HELPS YOU LIVE LONGER?....SERIOUSLY
Winter Storm "Q" has left traffic havoc in it's wake and now that bad boy is rapidly advancing eastward. The Midwest / Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley are all looking at more snow and ice and misery. Good advice is simply to "stay off the roads" if at all possible.
"Q" is headed to the East, likely bringing the same mayhem. Just what those folks need...more snow and ice and wind! Again, batten down the hatches and stay warm.
On the "Southside" of "Q" in the Southeast, Thunderstorms are expected with a slight chance of Tornadoes (we pray there are none!). Folks, these "Named Winter Storms", i.e. "Q" are causing quite a bit of trouble across our fair land.
Meanwhile, those Sunspots are still "brewing" on the Surface of the Sun and Scientists are keeping a very close eye on their rapid growth and activity. Again, this situation can easily become a massive Solar Flare / Coronal Mass Eruption (CME) that could cause tremendous problems here on Earth.
Here is a very insightful article about just how dependent we are on our "Fragile" Information Highway for virtually 100% of our Financial Transactions. YOUR MONEY COULD "DISAPPEAR" AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT!
So, you might wonder why I am interested in and following those Sunspots and other Solar activity. Literally, in a moment, in the "Twinkling of an eye", our money and resources could disappear....leaving us with only, the things that we have. That is one of the main reasons why I'm encouraging you to "lay up" some extra food, water, batteries etc.
Now, we PRAY that, none of these things happen....but some likely will. Remember, it is not IF a disaster hits, but WHEN disaster will strike. We do not know from where it will come, but we can certainly "track" the signs.
- Remember, in just the last few weeks, we've had very strong Earthquakes (8.0+) in the South Pacific and (7.0) in Columbia with lots and lots of very powerful aftershocks (7.1+).
- We've had dramatic weather in the form of severe Winter Storms.
- Oh yes, we had a very "Close Shave" by a large Asteroid (2012 DA14)
- Then a Large Meteor struck Russia causing injuries and considerable damage.
- Don't forget that the North Koreans ignited a Nuclear Bomb that caused a 4.9 Earthquake. These guys are pretty unstable.
- Headlines Today: "Watchdog Agency: Iran Ramping UP Nuclear Program"
- Now...we have large sunspots forming on the surface of the sun that could easily "grow" into a major Solar Flare that could, indeed, wipe out our entire economic system at the "Speed of Light".
So....am I a "Prophet of Doom" or simply reporting on the events that are happening right before our very eyes? Again, when we "stack" up the things that are happening, it certainly is not a bad idea to lay up a little extra food and supplies.
I hear some say, "What's the use, if everything collapses". Now, that is easy to say right now, but should such an event occur, one would certainly be glad they had some extra stuff on hand.
So....if you go shopping today, and you see a good deal or a B.O.G.O. (buy one-get one), pick it up and don't put it in your pantry, put it in your "Emergency Supply" if you have one. If you don't, why don't you start one TODAY. Believe me, you'll be glad you did. See, that's not so hard.
Now, on to some GOOD NEWS! Of course, the BEST GOOD NEWS is that Jesus loves us. But, I just found this wonderful article on....COFFEE! Here's the link: DRINK COFFEE - LIVE LONGER...SERIOUSLY .
I love stories like this. I wonder if "Juan Valdez" funded the study?? By the way, the study was conducted with 500,000+ U.S. Men & Women between the ages of 51-70 for 12 years! Wow, that's a pretty extensive study!!
At any rate, I've truly enjoyed my morning cup and look forward to the next one and it's good to know, that I am possibly "extending" my life a bit. Oh yes, if if you're "stocking up" a bit today, be sure to look for some good deals on coffee and buy a little extra.
Well, it is definitely time to head out the door. Have to go feed our chickens and get the kids to school. I truly do pray that you are blessed today and not "bummed out" by the way I've "stacked up" the events in this meandering blog. But, "stuff" is happening and "denial' can be deadly. So, again, BE BLESSED &....as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
2-21-13 Thursday - 5:29 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
MASSIVE SUNSPOTS FORMING "FAST" - SCIENTISTS FOLLOWING CLOSELY - SNOW / ICE COMING TO MIDWEST / THUNDERSTORMS (POSSIBLE TORNADOES) COMING TO SOUTHEAST
Several days ago, Sunspots began forming on the surface of the sun. They have been "rapidly" growing. This situation often leads to massive Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections (CME). Scientists are following this fast moving action, as they could ultimately strike earth causing major damage to our Electric Grid. Stay tuned on this one. Read more at: MASSIVE SUNSPOTS FORMING "FAST"
Winter Storm Q is raging through the Midwest bringing large amounts of snow and dangerous ice. These conditions are causing a massive traffic mess. Ice is expected and this too could cause significant power outages. Brace for this.
On the south-side of Winter Storm Q, a severe line of Thunderstorms is expected today with the possibility of Tornadoes forming from Houston to Mobile.
So, looks like a pretty bumpy ride today for much of North Central and Southeast U.S. Best keep an ear on the weather alerts as things can form rapidly and cause a lot of damage.
Had a wonderful time sharing the Good News of Jesus with a great group, the O.W.L.S. (Older-Wiser-Loving-Saints) at Space Coast Assembly of God. It is always a blessing to be with these folks. I was able to share on the "Signs of the Times", a subject very dear to me. Again, when we "stack" up the things that are happening around the world (and surrounding area), one can see that many "Signs" spoken of by Jesus are surely coming to pass.
My good friend, Bill Duncklee has been working very hard on the Velocity aircraft recently donated by Rich and Deb. He has just completed painting a great, simple, power message on the bottom of the wings of the Velocity. On one wing, "JESUS".
On the other wing, "SAVES". This aircraft is extremely unique and when it flies over, people have a tendency to look up. The Message is clear, "JESUS SAVES". Great idea, Bill. Bill has done many wonderful improvements on this remarkable tool, getting it ready for serious work ahead.
We were pleasantly surprised by a visit to the hangar from Rich and Deb, yesterday. I was able to give them a ride in Ti Burik and fly right down the middle of the Space Shuttle Landing Strip. Again, we are so THANKFUL for such valuable help, from such precious folks, in getting the message and clean water to a thirsty and hurting world!
Last night, the Radio Interview that Ed and I did on Survival & Beyond aired. You may hear this interview by going to: RADIO INTERVIEW - ED CORCORAN & JOE HURSTON When you click on the link, go to either MP3 or Zip. Our interview begins about 30 minutes into the Program. I truly enjoyed spending time with Ed and exchanging ideas and thoughts about....Survival & Beyond.
Well, here we are, ready to head out into another day that our Lord has made. Remember to "Smile" a bit more today (Scroll on down to Monday, 2-18, for some very interesting facts about "Smiling"). Your day will go better! As always, we are so THANKFUL for your precious prayer, love and support. Be blessed today!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-20-13 Wednesday - 7:30 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
SPENT THE DAY WITH A WISE "PREPPER" - ANOTHER WINTER STORM COMING NAMED "Q" / WILL BRING MUCH SNOW AND DANGEROUS ICE - SPEAKING TO THE "O.W.L.S." TODAY
Cindy and I picked up Ed, the Radio Talk Show Host for "Survival & Beyond" at the airport yesterday. Ended up spending the whole day with Ed. What a marvelous experience. For years, Ed has been telling folks about the importance of Preparing for some rough days ahead.
We ended the day with a two hour radio interview. I was able to share multiple stories about bringing folks clean water and help following major disasters. Here's the link to Ed's Site - "Survival & Beyond" I'll let you know when the program will air.
Meanwhile, here comes another major Winter Storm named "Q". "Q" is expected to bring a lot of snow to the midwest and dangerous ICE to the Mid South. Of course, ice can cause major damage to electric lines and bring widespread black-outs. Check your local weather and above all, PREPARE for some power outages!
This morning, I'll be back with one of my favorite groups, the O.W.L.S. (Older - Wiser - Loving - Saints). I have had the privilege to speak with these "Seasoned" Saints on a regular basis. Just glad that they invite me back to share with them. We always have a good time.
So, it's that time to head out. As always, so appreciate your faithful love, prayer and support. Be blessed today!
Air Mobile Joe
2-19-13 Tuesday - 7:18 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
RUSSIAN METEOR LARGER THAN FIRST THOUGHT - ARE THERE MORE TO COME? MOST LIKELY - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CINDY
NASA is now saying that they believe that the Meteor that struck in the Urals of Russia was quite a bit larger than they first thought. It may have been 55 feet across and weighed between 7000 & 10,000 tons. Over 1100 people were injured and 4000 buildings were damaged. Are there more to come?? Leading Scientists are saying "Most likely".
Right here in South Florida, thousands reported seeing a large, bright object flash through the skies. Of course, on any given night, we can gaze up and chances are, we'll see a shooting star, but when they explode and blow out windows and so forth, that's a pretty serious event.
So....since we may be looking up anyway into the evening sky, try, as I suggested yesterday, smiling and thinking about the Lord. Your evening will likely go better.
Had a wonderful day sharing the Air Mobile Mission with some new friends. Curtis & Jan simply found us on-line and wrote. Then, when Curtis had some training to do in Orlando, he & Jan called to see if they could meet and find out a bit more about Air Mobile.
Right at the same time, Audrey, the daughter of Fred and Joyce, old friends from Haiti called. So...we all met at the Air Mobile Hangar and we took the "Little Donkey" out of the barn and flew right down the Space Shuttle Landing Strip. It was really good getting to know these fine folks and sharing what Air Mobile does. Audrey had her 2 daughters with her and they really enjoyed flying in a "Genuine Mission Aircraft". It was a fun morning.
Well, today, we celebrate my dear Cindy's Birthday. Cindy is hard at work with her studies. She's working on her Master's Degree and also the Head Nurse at Brevard Detention Center. I have been blessed with a remarkable wife who is very smart and loves the Lord! Thank you, Jesus! Happy Birthday, Honey!
Today, Cindy and I will be picking up Ed, who has a very popular Radio Program that deals with Prepping. We're looking forward to spending some time with Ed and exchanging ideas.
Time to get out the door. Pray you have a blessed day and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-18-13 Monday - 7:58 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
LOOK UP & SMILE....IT'LL DO YOU GOOD & HERE COMES "PLATO"
I've been reading a book about Mother Teresa. She smiled a lot even though....things were not going well in her life. She often struggled inside with whether or not God really loved her. Her answer was often to "Smile" at Him. Hmmmm, that really made an impression on me.
Well, long story short, lately, I've been smiling more. It actually feels good to smile, even when we don't "feel" like it. Here's an interesting article on the "Power of the Smile" - The "Untapped" Power of Smiling
Cindy and I went to bed early last night. I woke up around 3:00 this morning and went downstairs. Cindy was up studying. I decided to go out and look at the stars. It was quite cold outside (around 33 degrees). I looked up and smiled. As soon as I did, a shooting star blazed across the sky. I remembered a quote from a Russian lady, following that dramatic Meteor Impact in Russia (2-15-13). She said, "Maybe people will look up and think about God". I continued to look up and simply smiled as I thought about our Lord.
Yesterday was a wonderful day. After going to Church, Cindy and I went to the Hospital to minister with those young people. We were joined by the Menendez Family and another sweet couple, Davidson and Katie and their new baby, Esme.
Davidson is a Worship Leader and did so in our Church for a season. Now, he's leading worship for my dear friend, Pastor Jim at Aloma United Methodist Church in Orlando. Davidson is from Haiti and Cindy and I love this sweet couple and their new baby so much! We asked Davidson to share the Good News of Jesus with the young people. He blessed us all.
This morning, I'll be meeting with a couple who heard about what we do and just wanted to learn more. We'll be joined by the daughter of a Master Photographer, whom I met many years ago in Haiti. Will be showing them our "Little Donkey" and explaining how the Air Mobile Rescuer works. I love doing that!
It's quite chilly down here in Sunny Florida. We've got quite a dramatic storm forming up north named "Plato". The pressure dropped so quickly in this storm, Forecasters are calling it a Mega Storm. We're keeping a close eye on that one.
Plato will bring quite a bit of snow and wind to the Northeast and potentially violent thunderstorms to the South. It's been a rough winter thus far.
So....what do we do? Well, A.S.A.P. (Always-Say-A-Prayer) and.....Smile & Prepare. It will do you good! Time to head out into this beautiful, chilly day. As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-17-13 Sunday - 8:01 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
METEORS SEEN IN SAN FRANCISCO & CUBA - NO INJURIES / DAMAGE - TOO SMALL TO DETECT
Earlier this week, Cuba was visited by a Meteor. Thankfully, there were no injuries or damage. Those that witnessed this event saw a bright flash of light and heard a huge "explosion". These things travel at 40,000 MPH making them nearly impossible to detect. Sometimes, things just happen.
Then yesterday, San Franciscans cited a significant Meteor. So many folks have phones that can capture these Astronomical events. I read that many in Russia have dash-mounted cameras because of a high-level of corruption among the police and they can "document" things that happen. Those little cameras sure come in handy when a Meteor or Comet strikes. There sure was a lot excellent Documentation on that Russian Meteor Strike!
There is no question, that our Earth is passing through an area of meteors and possible larger objects and....we really can't detect many of these. So, what do we do? We trust our Lord to keep His hand upon us.
Did you know that a young man in Germany was actually "struck" by a Meteorite? It was estimated to be traveling between 35,000 - 40,000 MPH. He felt a "sting" on his hand and then a large impact that knocked him back, leaving a sizeable hole in the ground. Yes, he got hit by a meteorite! Thankfully it was "pea" size and merely grazed his hand, but it certainly could have been much worse.
Now, we have another significant Comet up ahead on November 28th (at 3:28pm). Now that's some serious "forecasting". This Comet, named ISON, will really "light up" the sky! It is projected to be brighter than our Moon when it passes through. It will be interesting to see how accurate the Scientists will be on Ison. Ison may be "The Comet of the Century". The image to the left is simply an artist rendition of what the ISON passage may look like.
A lot of folks are looking up at the night Sky right now. I read a quote from a Russian Lady. "Perhaps, we will look up at the sky and think about God". Not a bad idea... I am reminded of the Scripture, "Looking unto Jesus, the Author & Finisher of our Faith".
I must admit, last night, in the wee hours of the morning, I got up and simply went outside and looked Heavenward....didn't see any comets or meteors, but did have some good Fellowship with the Creator of the Universe.
Had a good "Water Mule" Recruiting day. Re-connected with John, whom I had met several years ago. He was listening to WPIO Radio when Carol Henry and I were on "The Air" and he called in. We agreed to meet yesterday and we did.
Now, I've written about Doug, a Premier "Water Mule" numerous times. Well, Doug is a "Snow Bird". That means he comes down to sunny Florida in the Winter and heads back to Wisconsin in the Summer. We need a Spring, Summer & Fall "Water Mule(s)".
John is uniquely qualified for the "Mission". His company does "major" clean-up after Hurricanes / Tornadoes. He knows how to handle "Disaster Situations". As he looks at retirement, he could be available to Air Mobile on an "as needed" basis. I'm putting he and Doug together to discuss the mission.
If you're interested in serving as a "Water Mule" with Air Mobile, simply let me know. Jot an e-mail to: email@example.com or phone me at: 321-544-7757. I can assure you, that the mission will be filled with excellent adventures!
Well, it's Sunday morning. Time to head to Church and then the Hospital to minister with the young folks who are "locked up". Love to bring the Good News of Jesus. As always, we are so THANKFUL for your faithful prayer, love and support. May you be blessed to today and continue to look "Heavenward".
Air Mobile Joe
2-16-13 Saturday - 6:54 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
WHEW, ASTEROID 2012 DA14 BLEW BY AND DIDN'T STRIKE ANYTHING, A CLOSE CALL -
The world watched and waited as the massive Asteroid 2012 DA14 passed dangerously close to earth and our satellites. Fortunately, no one was hit. This was an historic event. We're VERY thankful that it missed us and our "stuff" (satellites).
Meanwhile, Russia is still shaken from the unexpected impact of a 10 ton Meteor that injured over 1100 and blew out thousands of windows. Much discussion is taking place as to whether the two events are related. The verdict is still out.
This is the largest Meteor to strike earth in nearly 100 years. The last being the 1908 Impact, also in Russia. This meteor was traveling at just over 40,000 mph when it entered the atmosphere and the explosion was the equivalent of approximately 300 kilotons tons of TNT.
This link to several clips of the impact demonstrates the power of this Meteor - Russian Meteor Blasts (clip comes after 30 second commercial) Remarkably, there are no "reported" deaths at this time.
Of course, our sensors are limited and simply cannot detect "smaller" meteors and this Russian Meteor came in completely unexpectedly at 40,000 MPH!
All the more reason for us to.....A.S.A.P. (Always Say A Prayer). One never knows when disaster may strike. Another good reason to place our trust in the Lord!
Had a great time on the Radio yesterday evening. Carol & Randy Henry, the Station's owners are long-time and dear friends. Every year they raise the operating funds to keep Christian Radio "On the Air". We had a good evening and I'm blessed to be part of this wonderful outreach.
Today, will be at the hangar meeting another old friend, John, who happened to be listening yesterday evening and had been wandering how I was doing. When he heard Carol and I on the "Air", he called in. So, today, we'll be catching up at the airport. I love how our Lord puts us together.
Well, it's time to "Post" this "Wandering Blog" and go feed the chickens and head on out into this wonderful day that our Lord has made. May you be blessed today and...as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-15-13 Friday - 6:18 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
METEORITE STRIKES RUSSIA - 500+ INJURED - MEANWHILE ANOTHER LARGE ASTEROID IS "SCHEDULED" TO MAKE A VERY, VERY "CLOSE SHAVE" TO EARTH - NASA WILL FOLLOW LIVE
We awakened to the news that a 10 ton meteorite was intercepted (according to some, unconfirmed reports) and blown up into at least 3 pieces and struck multiple locations in the Urals of Russia. Here is a YouTube series showing the impacts. Over 1000 have been injured and thousands of windows have been blown out - Meteorite Striking Russia
We are following this story very closely. Here is the Headline Story that we found this morning on this dramatic event that is unfolding before our very eyes Meteorite Crashes into the Urals in Russia
Meanwhile, Asteroid 2012 DA14 is speeding toward earth at 17,000 mph (5 times the speed of a bullet) and is significantly larger than the meteorite that struck Russia. The question is...what will happen if it passes closer??
Here is the link that will allow you to "track" this Asteroid via NASA - NASA Link to Track Asteroid 2012 DA14
I must tell you something that happened yesterday. About mid morning, I suddenly had this strong urge to get a Rescuer repaired for return to service in RUSSIA! Doug, one of our "Premier Water Mules" was at our facility working on Rescuers. I urged him to get that particular unit out and test it.
We quickly packaged the replacement unit, I phoned the Church in Orlando, that had originally funded & deployed it, and I "rushed" it over to them for re-deployment. Thought to snap a shot and title it - "To Russia with Love"!
Wow, little did we know, that Russia would be struck by a Meteorite. It only shows that our Lord knows what is coming. So glad that I responded to His urging yesterday. Now, I know that one little Rescuer is just a tiny "drop in the bucket", but again, it behooves us to be "listening" to our Lord! Thank you, Jesus for urging me so strongly!!
Folks, you know how Cindy and I have been urging you to PREPARE for rocky and turbulent days ahead. Well, our old earth is being shaken as I type this blog. Whatever your plans today, may we encourage you to do something toward putting aside EMERGENCY SUPPLIES. Even buying a case of extra water, or some rice and beans. Just do something and be watching and listening for announcements. If possible, follow the NASA Link as that "Football Field" Size Asteroid zips very, very close to our Earth!!
Well, it's that time, to head out into this day that our Lord has made. Oh, I'll be on a "Live" Radio Program this afternoon with our local Christian Radio Station, WPIO FM 89.3 in Titusville. Will be on from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Always a joy to share what our Lord is doing in our lives.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and precious prayer, love and support. May you be extremely blessed today!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-14-13 Thursday - 6:42 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY - GIFTS FOR HAITI - NASA TO CHRONICLE "CLOSE SHAVE" BY ASTEROID 2012 DA14
Happy Valentine's Day, what a nice way to say, "I Love You"! Little did we know, when this wonderful tradition was first boxed up in a "Heart Box" in 1861, just how good Chocolate is for us. Who says, "You can't have your cake and eat it too"?
I love the scientific studies that have shown the wonderful anti-oxidant and other properties that Chocolate holds for us. Of course, the problem is, Chocolate tastes so good, we often "over-dose" on it. At any rate, enjoy this "Sweet Day"!
Received a call yesterday from the Alternative Pregnancy Center, an outreach of First Baptist of Merritt Island, FL. They have been "abundantly blessed" with baby food and wanted to know if we knew of a place that could use some?? Of course, we do. I rushed right over and picked up the load of baby food, little baby blankets and bottles. So thankful for generous hearts! Soon, little orphan children in Haiti will be enjoying these precious gifts.
We've been tracking that "football size" Asteroid, 2012 DA14. It's racing toward earth (5 times faster than a bullet) and will pass VERY CLOSE to Planet Earth.
It will, as illustrated, pass between the earth and our Geosynchronous Ring of Satellites. This is the closet "Near Earth Object" (NEO) in recorded history. Of course, we've been struck a couple of times (Arizona / Siberia...etc) but we haven't recorded a pass-by this close. So...hang on, Tomorrow afternoon, around 2:00pm Eastern Time, the Asteroid will zip by. It'll be moving very fast and will be quite difficult to see by telescope.
NASA will be covering this event "Live". Here is the link to the article that gives the way to connect to the "Live" Fly-By. This is one for the "History Books"! Go to: CLOSE FLY-BY BY ASTEROID 2012 DA14
We dodged those strong Thunderstorms yesterday here in Florida. Looks like the Northeast will be getting some more snow as another "Clipper" comes from their way. It's time for that 2nd cup of coffee and feeding the chickens. We'll see what this day, that our Lord has made, has for us.
We truly do THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support. Enjoy some chocolate today! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-13-13 Wednesday - 7:36 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
WHY FILTERING WATER CAN KILL YOU....MICROBIOLOGY - THEY GOT HIM....MAYBE - KEEPING AN EYE ON THUNDERSTORMS / TORNADOES
This morning, we sent out our Monthly E-Mail Newsletter and the title is: "Why Filtering Water Can Kill You" - If you'd like to see it, click here - http://t.co/RcS4A7lL . If you're not on our list and want to be, jot me a note at - firstname.lastname@example.org Oh, by the way, Happy Valentines Day (tomorrow). Men, time is running out if you haven't already gotten her something.
Looks like "they got him" (Christopher Dorner). Charred human remains have been identified in the burned out cabin. The identity has not been confirmed. What a gut-wrenching story.
Looks like the last of those violent storms may be heading right here to Florida. We'll be keeping a close eye on the weather. Can see storm clouds brewing already this morning.
Also, the Northeast is getting more snow, but the weather will not be as severe and "violent" as was Nemo. Stay warm and be safe. You guys in the Northeast know how to do that!
We're staying "On-Track" and getting ready for what lies ahead by building as many Air Mobile Rescuers as we can. If you're considering the "need for clean water", the Rescuer is a great machine for your family and....your neighbors.
Just received a new book to study on Multi-Engine aircraft so....I'll be hunkered down for the next few days and getting ready for that upcoming Certified Flight Instructor "Check-Ride".
Time to head out into this potentially "stormy" day. As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-12-13 Tuesday - 7:43 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
POPE BENEDICT XVI RESIGNS - FIRST POPE IN 600 YEARS TO DO SO - NORTH KOREA GOES "NUCLEAR"
The world, including the Vatican was shocked at the announcement from Pope Benedict XVI to resign yesterday. He simply felt that he could not perform as the head of the Catholic Church due to health issues. Shortly after his announcement, a storm came through Rome and lightening struck St. Peter's. The resignation was certainly historical, as the last to do so was Pope Gregory 600 years ago.
In other news, yesterday, a 4.9 "Earthquake" was recorded in North Korea. It is suspected to be a Nuclear Test. The North Koreans have now increased their Nuclear capability significantly. This was N. Korea's third Nuclear Test and has been condemned around the world, including China, N. Korea's only ally. Let us PRAY that sanity prevails!
Cindy and I have been working hard to get the word out about the Air Mobile Rescuer. Be looking for our new ads that will soon be appearing on certain Preppers Blogs. Again, after years and years of doing relief work in 40+ countries of the world, following some of the most devastating disasters, WATER is the #1 Need following any disaster.
Time to head out into this new day that our Lord has made. No telling what "Adventure" we'll find today. Oh, we sent a plane-load of vital supplies into Haiti yesterday, thanks to Pat and his beautiful Piper Navajo. THANKS, Pat!! We Praise God for willing and able "Flying Water Mules"!!
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support. May you be blessed today!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-11-13 Monday - 7:09 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
BLIZZARDS TO THE NORTH / TORNADOES TO THE SOUTH &....HERE COMES AN ASTEROID - HANG ON FOR A ROUGH RIDE / UNEXPECTED SHIPPING BLESSING
Winter Storm, Orko is paralyzing the Upper Midwest with 12-18" of snow and winds in excess of 30 MPH with multiple Interstate Highways shut down. Orko is "plowing to the East".
Meanwhile, on the south side of Orko, the Gulf States have already had a rash of Tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama. Today is expected to yield more Tornadoes and violent Thunderstorms. Hang on for a "rough ride" over the next 24 hours and if you live in the "Red Region", keep a very close eye on Weather Alerts!
I recently received a call from Kyle, my Son-In-Law. He's been working on sending a couple of Containers of Supplies to Haiti. He found some "unexpected" space in one of the Containers and asked if we had anything to send to Barbara and the Village. What a blessing!
Recently, we received a donation of almost new Baby Beds and have been waiting for just such a situation. We quickly mobilized yesterday afternoon with a team of Volunteers and literally, within minutes, had that old Container packed full, full!
PLEASE PRAY that those Containers make it to Haiti and....that they get through Customs smoothly and economically! This is typically a HUGE Challenge. Thanks for your prayer!
Well, as Folks dig out of Nemo and Folks in the Northern Plains States deal with Orko and Folks in the South "dodge" Tornadoes, we PRAY & PREPARE!!
I saw an interesting article on the Asteroid, 2012 D14, that is coming our way on Friday. This is the closest an asteroid has passed by our good Earth in recorded in history.
There is a remote possibility that our Cell Phones may be disrupted, as this "football field" size Asteroid will zip through our ring of Satellites in the Geosynchronous Orbit at 17,000 MPH and hopefully miss the 100+ Satellites that we have up there. So....be prepared for some Communication Challenges this weekend.
Time to go take care of those chickens and head into this day that "Our Lord has made". You know, as we "stack up" the events that are occurring all around the world, we can see that "this old world is groaning".
The thing that Cindy and I constantly remind ourselves of is, "Our Lord is in Control" and if we read His Book, we find that these things are happening right on schedule. Jesus clearly told His Disciples, multiple times, that these things would happen (Matthew 24, Luke 21, Mark 13). The Prophets of Old right to the Book of Revelation tells of these events and times.
This morning, Cindy is "pumping the air out of mylar" bags of food that we are laying up for "rough days" ahead. Remember, it is not IF, but WHEN disaster will strike. Above all, seek the Lord and His direction for this day...and every day.
Be blessed today and THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
2-10-13 Sunday - 7:36 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
NEMO IS GONE...HERE COMES ORKO PACKING DANGEROUS THUNDERSTORMS /POSSIBLE TORNADOES - STRONG QUAKE SHAKES COLUMBIA - GATHERING OF EAGLES...AKA "WATER MULES"
Thank God, Nemo is gone, having left massive amounts of snow in his wake. Folks, by and large, simply "hunkered down" and let "cold winds blow". Power is being restored in many affected areas and "hats off" to the City Workers who are working around the clock to clear the roads throughout the Northeast. Camden, CT had 40" of snow! Nemo has entered into the top 5 Blizzards in History. So long, Nemo!!
On the Southside of Orko will be potentially violent Thunderstroms with the possibility of dangerous Tornadoes. East Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are in this storm's sights today. Folks in those regions should monitor the weather very carefully and prepare for power outages. The best attitude is to "Count on" blackouts and in that way, we're not taken completely "off guard".
In addition to the Pacific Region (Solomon Islands) being rocked by very strong earthquakes, now Columbia was shocked by a 7.0 Earthquake yesterday. There are no immediate reports of injuries / death or damage.
As we look at the Hurricane type Snowstorms in the Northeast, the Earthquakes occurring from the Pacific to South America and now this line of violent Thunderstorms, one can see that it behooves us to Prepare for a rough ride.
Again, may I simply urge you to do something today...even though it is Sunday. Even if it is simply having a family meeting and discussing evacuation plans or looking around your home for resources that can be put into an Emergency Supply.
I must tell you about a couple of fellow Aviators who have recently contacted us and asked...."What can we do to help". On Friday, I met with Robert, his Pastor, Scott. Robert flew his beautiful Cessna Crusader over. We discussed flying to Haiti together in the near future. I am so thankful for folks who are willing to lend a hand.
Then yesterday, Doug and I brought some supplies over to Pat who flies a beautiful Piper Navajo. Pat has offered to help us to get vital supplies to Barbara and the Village. Again, where would we be without so many standing with us!! Thanks Pat!!
It is like the "Gathering of Eagles" or should I say, the Gathering of "Flying" Water Mules! Again, all I can say is "Thank you, Lord" for deploying your troops...to assist us!
Well, it's Sunday morning. Time to get Peter to Band Practice. Speaking of Peter, yesterday, he spent the day in Pre-Black Belt Testing.
It was a tough day for Peter, but he is definitely "toughening up" and getting ready for the big test. His Instructors feel that Peter will do well on the upcoming Test if...he practices a lot! We're very proud of Peter and his determination to push this through!
As always, THANK YOU for standing with us with your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-9-13 Saturday - 6:50 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS - 3+ FEET OF SNOW - "NO TRAVEL" ZONES - HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WITHOUT ELECTRICITY - HUNKER DOWN....STAY WARM!! SANTA CRUZ (SOLOMON ISLANDS) ROCKED AGAIN BY A 7.2 EARTHQUAKE
Winter Storm Nemo is brutal and deadly and the snow is still falling and the winds are howling throughout New England. The Weather Forecasters saw this one coming and called it with startling accuracy. The only thing is, the storm was probably a bit worse than projected.
We're praying that this "Bad Boy" just ends soon! By mid afternoon, it will, hopefully, be over for New England. Note, on the tail end of Nemo, the forecasters are projecting a last huge snowfall, maybe up to a foot.
We're getting reports of 500,000+ without electricity. Those brutal, high winds are knocking out the power. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to stay warm in the urban areas. Again, let us PRAY for those in the bulls-eye of this intense and dangerous Storm!
ALL Flights have been cancelled in the region and the Governor of Connecticut has banned ALL DRIVING with a penalty of fine and jail! Folks, this is a very serious and dangerous storm!
I noted that yesterday morning, The Santa Cruz Islands (Solomon Islands) had a 7.1 Earthquake. We're getting reports that several hours later a 7.2 Earthquake occurred in the same region. You may recall that an 8.0 (!!) Earthquake struck the region on Wednesday.
Shortly after that Santa Cruz Earthquake occurred, I received a call from Kurt in Japan, a Missionary whom Cindy and I met following the massive Earthquake in Japan (March 11, 2011). He was making inquiry about the Air Mobile Rescuer. We certainly know how critical clean water is following any disaster!
He explained that Japanese Authorities and Seismologists are expecting another massive Earthquake to hit Japan....in the near future. We pray that these massive rumblings in the Santa Cruz area will not trigger "The Big One"! At any rate, Kurt will likely secure an Air Mobile Rescuer in Preparation! Can't emphasize enough how important it is to "Get Ready", for we have some rough days ahead!
I must admit that I feel a bit "guilty" about the 80 degree weather that we'll have today, knowing how the Folks in New England are suffering right now. Again, PLEASE take a moment and PRAY for those up there dealing with Nemo!
Peter will be doing a Black Belt Pre-Test this morning. We're very proud of Peter and how he's "stuck with" this for over 6 years. He's about to enter a New Level. "Way to go, Peter"!
Time to go feed those chickens and head out the door. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-8-13 Friday - 6:04 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
WINTER STORM NEMO....WORST THAN EXPECTED - BRRRRR....STAY WARM! UPDATE - 7.1 QUAKE HITS SANTA CRUZ (SOLOMON ISLANDS)
The low pressure system off the coast, the clipper and warm air all are "meeting" today in New England and the result is a very, very serious Winter Storm named Nemo!
Snowfall can exceed 3 feet (!) in places in New England. Boston will likely break numerous records.
Add to this, blizzard winds (60+ mph), and coastal areas will have flooding and ice. EXPECT POWER OUTAGES! This is going to be a very, very rough weekend for many. Not a good weekend to travel. Thousands and thousands of flights have been cancelled in and out of the Northeast.
If at all possible, stay in and stay warm. Folks, we'll be praying for you over this cold, snowy, icy, record-setting weekend!
We were able to get some good "shopping" done for Barbara and Village in Haiti thanks to Burlene, our newest Water Mule. We love to assist folks to flow in their gifts and Burlene has a gift for shopping! What a blessing. Thank God for Sam's and items that are reasonably priced and available!
This morning, I'll be meeting with a Pastor and a good friend who will be considering the Air Mobile Rescuer for Haiti and beyond...
Needless to say, in any disaster, either immediate or on-going, clean water is a "Non-Negotiable" and the Air Mobile Rescuer delivers! Love to share the story and present this amazing device, a true gift from our Lord! The good thing about the Rescuer is that it not only provides water for a family, but can give everyone in the neighborhood clean water!
Well, it's that time. Need to go feed the chickens and get the kids to school and head to the airport to meet Robert and Pastor Scott.
As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!! Be blessed to today and...if you're in the Northeast, STAY WARM!!
Air Mobile Joe
UPDATE - I just saw that Santa Cruz, in the Solomon Islands had a 7.1 Earthquake about 50 minutes ago. Add that to the 8.0 massive quake a few days ago and we can see that whole region of the Pacific is SHAKING! We'll keep an eye on that. Joe
2-7-13 Thursday - 5:24 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
NORTHEAST EXPECTING UP TO 2 FEET OF SNOW THIS WEEKEND!! MUST READ ARTICLE ON DANGEROUS SOLAR SUPER-STORM "COMING"
If you live in the Northeast, particularly in the Burlington, Boston, Portland areas, try to avoid traveling this weekend. A convergence of low pressure and bad boy named "Nemo" will be colliding and up to 2 feet of snow is expected.
This Storm could be a record-breaker for snow fall (particularly in Boston). It will be very treacherous to be on the road when this Storm hits. Also, be "Prepared" for power outages. There will be a lot high winds and ice in this Storm. Nemo is being described as a "Crippling Blizzard"!
Speaking of Power Outages, I just came across this article this morning about what would happen IF a Solar Super-Storm were to occur. PLEASE take a moment and read it. It is information like this that helps us all to keep on track regarding PREPARING for possible rough days ahead. Here is the link: SOLAR SUPER-STORM MAY YIELD ONLY A 30 MINUTE WARNING!
Here is a quote from the Solar Super-Storm article that I wanted to share with you. This is very sound advice - ""Our message is, 'Don't panic, but do prepare'. A solar superstorm will happen one day and we need to be ready for it."
I know that I may sound like a "Broken Record" always encouraging you to "Prepare", but folks, Cindy and I have traveled the world and seen so many disasters over the years. "Stuff Happens"!
Sometimes, like the article above (On Solar Super-Storms) so clearly points out, we may have VERY LITTLE time to Prepare! So, I urge you, to consider laying up some extra provisions when you can, as it is not a matter of IF Disaster will strike, but...WHEN!
Yesterday, we received this encouraging e-mail from a long-time "Rambling Blog" reader, Monica. Thought I'd share it with you.
I just have to thank you for your blog. I have been reading it since before the Haiti earthquake when you just updated it on occasion. I really appreciate your daily posts with encouragement, messages from GOD's word, weather reports and so much more.
Today's blog brought to mind a story I just had to share. My daughter and I are extreme couponers up here in Canada. We get laundry soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, dish soap, cleaning products, lotion, tooth paste, Zantac, Tylenol, rice, VH Steamers, juice, cereal bars, health bars, crackers, BBQ Sauce, pop, chips, to name just a few of the items for mostly the cost of the taxes. We had started to put together an emergency stock pile before you shared on your blog. It was encouraging for me to see just how important it really is. We rescue coupons that delivery persons don't need and buy so much stuff for free or almost free. On one trip to the recycle bins we found cases of unopened napkins and Tasimo and Tim Horton's coffee cups. I could not believe someone would not donate them to an organization in need instead they threw them out. We only had the car with us but we were able to rescue 4 cases of cups and 3 or 4 cases of napkins. It was a Sunday evening and I thought that one of the missions for the homeless would be opened but they were not. God lead me to a small black church in the inner city were the pastor and some of the choir were practicing and I was able to donate the items to them. It was great to be able to rescue what someone felt was junk and put it to good use.
Keep up the great blog, I really enjoy and look forward to reading what you have to share.
and....thank you, Monica, for sharing your heart!
Today, I'm planning to meet with Burlene. Recently met her when she delivered some medical supplies from First Baptist Merritt Island. I asked her if she "liked to shop". She did, so.....she's been "Recruited" as an Air Mobile Water Mule Shopper. She'll be out buying supplies for Barbara (AKA - Rambo in the Blue Dress) and the Village in Haiti.
By the way, it's going to get into the 80's here in Sunny Florida. Crazy weather. Sure am enjoying the spring-like temperatures. Sorry the folks in the Northeast are going to get hammered by Nemo. Will be praying folks can stay safe and warm.
As always, we so appreciate your precious prayer, love and support. May you be blessed today!
As always, we so appreciate your precious prayer, love and support. May you be blessed today!
Air Mobile Joe
BRACE YOURSELVES - HUGE SNOW STORM COMING TO U.S. NORTHEAST AND MONSTER EARTHQUAKE (8.0!) ROCKS THE PACIFIC (SOLOMON ISLANDS AREA)
A lot of snow is headed to the Northeast U.S. due to a deep low in the Atlantic. Great Britain will also be getting a lot of snow and Gale Force winds.
I saw that Moscow has had the largest snow fall in a CENTURY and.....more is expected! Already, Moscow has had 216 CM and that's 1 and a half times the norm and again, more is coming!! What a wild winter! It was 80 degrees here in Florida yesterday.
Another serious Winter Storm is expected this weekend throughout the Northeast and will bring a lot of snow and snarl traffic. Work hard to stay warm!
Yesterday evening I saw a MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE (8.0) in the Pacific near Australia (red dot marks the Quake). Then a rapid fire series of very strong aftershocks (6-7 range). Woa....things are surely shaking in the Pacific. No major Tsunami's but, California, best keep an eye on those big Quakes!
This is very interesting, because several days ago, I read that a group of Seismologists have been "projecting" a major "Mega-Thrust" would occur in that region. Again, I'm thankful for Scientist that are getting better and better at "Predicting" such occurrences.
In many ways, these are warnings that can give us just the amount of information that we need to "Get Ready" for whatever may be coming. It behooves us to be "Listening". This is one of the reasons I watch the "Weather Channel" so closely. One can extract quite a bit of good information by just "keeping an eye on things" and of course PRAYING and asking our Lord to guide us and lead us each day.
I would like to shift gears a bit and tell you about our little Rosie. We have had this precious little Chihuahua for nearly 9 years. On a recent routine exam, our Vet suggested surgery. Cindy and I began saving for this and yesterday was the day (all went well). In this shot, our Sam is checking on Rosie following her surgery.
This surgery ran us a bit short, about $100.00. I remember praying and asking our Lord to help me find that money. Well, the phone rang. It was from Alex at Blue Trading, a Toner/Inkjet Cartridge Core Buyer/Seller that I've known for years. It was actually an "accidental" call. But it was no "Accident" at all that they called.
I recalled that another friend, Mark, had given me a couple of boxes of spent ink-jet cartridges. I've been bringing them to Staples and getting a credit for them, but we are limited to 20 per month.
Mmmmm, what would those inkjets be worth? Well, my good friend & Water Mule, Doug and I counted and tallied and packaged up just over $100 worth of inkjets and sent them to Alex. I love it when our Lord does things like that!!
Oh, I must tell you, when Cindy picked up Rosie after her Surgery, we found out that the Surgery actually cost $100 less than expected. So, we ended up getting a little bonus and realized that often, things that are thrown away, or seemingly have little or no value may be worth more than we think.
Earlier yesterday, I met Dr. Herman. He's a Hangar Neighbor and has a beautiful Turbo Cessna 210. Dr. Herman needed a good mechanic so we suggested our Paul. Dr. Herman's Wife is also a Doctor and a Pilot.
Mmmmm, sounds like excellent prospective "Water Mules". We, of course discussed the possibility of his flying his Cessna 210 down to Haiti and checking out what Air Mobile does. He fully knows how important it is to clean up the water. When we do that....most disease simply goes away!
Overall, yesterday was a good day. It's time to head out into this beautiful day and see what our Lord has for us. Remember to keep an eye on that weather and try to put something away in your "Emergency Provisions". As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-5-13 Tuesday - 6:23 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
A STUDY IN THE "WORD"
Had a good visit from a friend, Keith Pecot. First met Keith right after we received the gift of the Little Donkey, our mission aircraft, aka "Ti Burik". He joined our team when we drove to Arkansas to pick up the aircraft. Bill Duncklee, the donor, and I flew Ti Burik to Florida and he and Doug Augustine drove back.
Keith had come over to tell me about some special coffee that was "chocked" full of good stuff that makes one healthy. Mmmm, like that. As you, who read this "rambling blog, very well know, I really like coffee a lot!
But we ended up spending some quality time in the Word of God going over scriptures regarding the Second Coming of Jesus and comparing those prophesies with the events that are "unfolding" in the world. When one "stacks them up", it is quite amazing at the number of things that point to the Second Coming.
We took a "journey" through Matthew 24/25. These are great scriptures because the Disciples asked Jesus three questions (24:3). When would Jerusalem be destroyed, when would Jesus come back and when would the end come? Jesus answers those great questions with lots of good information and many signs. I love studying the Word of God!
Today will be spent gathering supplies for our next mission. Going to be a beautiful day. It's in the 40's right now, but expected to get into the 80's later today. Love Florida! Remember to keep an eye out today for stuff that you can put into your "Emergency Provisions". Even if you put a can of beans in, or a bit of rice, you'll likely be glad you did! Have a blessed day and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-4-13 Monday - 6:08 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
WHAT A GAME! STRANGE WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT....THANKFUL THAT THOSE LIGHTS CAME BACK ON - MORE THOUGHTS ON "PREPARATION"
What an amazing game. Super Bowl XLVII will go down in the history books for many reasons. When the lights went out, we all held our breath and prayed. It was indeed a relief when the lights came back on. We may or may not know what happened, but the bottom line is, the game went on and there was no apparent "foul play".
The Brothers, Jim & John Harbough, along with 2 great teams, put on quite a show and delivered one of the greatest Super Bowls in History.
By the way, about the only way for "Brothers" to coach against one another in a Super Bowl, will be for a "Re-Match" between these two great teams!
The San Francisco 49er's staged a phenomenal "Come Back" (down 22 points in the 3rd) and almost defeated the Baltimore Ravens. It boiled down to the last play and the Ravens held on to win this incredible game 34 to 31.
After Church and Chapel at the Hospital with the young people, Peter and I slipped into "Dogs-R-Us" to watch some of the incredible game. We really love that little "Hot Dog" joint!
Today begins a new week and and a new day to serve the Lord! We're gathering supplies and parts for more water purifiers for what may be "turbulent" days ahead. Such is the nature of "Preparation"!
I know, that some who read this "Rambling Blog" struggle from day to day, simply keeping food on the table and paying the bills. So, how can we put food and supplies away for something that may or may not happen. Well, the truth is, it is not IF disaster will happen, but WHEN.
I'm reflecting on those coupons and "buy one - get one" (B.O.G.O.) from my blog yesterday (read on down to see yesterday's blog). May I encourage you, next time you shop, to look for those "deals" and "stock up & put away" some extra food and supplies. Put one in your pantry and the other one in your Emergency Supply. There, that's not so bad. You can build that reserve very economically.
I am hearing and reading so many reports on "Economic Collapse" as well as Natural & Man-Made events that would dramatically disrupt the "Food Supply-Chain". You'll be glad to have some extra food & water when the Grocery Store shelves are empty or when one cannot access money in the bank.
It's quite chilly here in Sunny Florida this morning. Time to get going, feed the chickens and get Peter to school. Going to be a good day in the Lord! Pray you're blessed today and ....THANKS for your precious love, prayer and support!
Air Mobile Joe
2-3-13 Sunday - 7:18 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY - BACK TO BASICS & A PASTA MACHINE
So, this evening, it will be the "Battle of the Brothers". Wow, what are the odds of that? It should be a very good game between the San Francisco 49er's and the Baltimore Ravens. I'm sure those brothers have spoken and yet, they're likely keeping their strategies and "trick plays" to themselves. Without question, "this is a first". Kick-off is at 6:30pm ET.
Now Folks, on a serious matter regarding this game.....PLEASE join together with me that all will go well and that there are no serious events, such as a Terrorist Attack. There has been a lot of talk and threats from Al Qaeda recently. May we call upon the Name of Jesus and ask for His protection.
Do you shop with coupons? Yesterday, I went to our local Winn Dixie and really racked up the savings. Bought $137 worth of groceries and saved $54.48! Bought things that we really needed and then....went to fuel our car and saved an additional $24.00 (got $1.20 off per gallon and bought 20 gallons...yes, I brought a can to get the full 20 gallons).
In addition to those savings, the Bakery at our Winn Dixie now saves the buckets that they usually throw away. I simply asked them one day what they did with them and then asked if they'd save them for us. They agreed, and nearly every time we shop there, I pick up a couple of buckets. If bought, those buckets cost between $3.00 & $4.00 each. So....added to the $78.48 we add $17.50 = Total savings - $95.98! And....we're stocking up on extra food and storing it away.
Now, my message here is stocking up and putting extra food away can be done economically. Many of the items that we saved money on were, "buy one get one free". We store the "free" ones away for "a rainy day" so to speak. Of course, buy those things that you really need.
In addition to the nearly $100's that we saved, Cindy had ordered a Pasta Machine. She searched the internet for nearly a month before making her decision. When she got home from work, she took it out and mixed some flour, olive oil and eggs (from our chickens) and she rolled and pressed and then out came the most beautiful pasta.
She put it right in the pot of boiling water and within minutes, we had a pot of beautiful pasta. But, how would it taste?
Well, Folks, I'll tell you, I HAVE NEVER HAD PASTA SO DELICIOUS! To those Italians who are reading this, you probably already know what we experienced. But again, can't even begin to tell you how good that Pasta was! And the cost of the Pasta, a little labor and some flour, olive oil and eggs.
That pasta machine will save us a lot of money in the days ahead and....allow us to make our own pasta....should the store shelves be empty.
So, getting back to basics, clipping coupons and shopping wisely can be fun, delicious and save money at the same time. Just thought I'd share these "nuggets" with you today.
It's that time. Need to get Peter to Band Rehearsal before our Sunday morning service. Then, we'll head to the Hospital for Young People and share the wonder, love and grace of our Lord Jesus.
May you be blessed today and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful and precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
2-2-13 Saturday - 7:06 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
SOME MORE INFORMATION ON THE UPCOMING "CLOSE SHAVE" BY ASTEROID 2012-DA14 & REMEMBERING SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA
Yesterday, I shared information with you regarding an upcoming, startling event, a very, very close encounter with an asteroid. Just found this NASA Video that tells quite a bit more about this upcoming "close fly-by". According to Scientists, our good earth will "Dodge the Bullet", but it sure will be a close one! Here's the link - A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH AN ASTEROID
Of course, Earth has been struck by Asteroids before as seen by this Arizona landscape. Siberia was also struck by an Asteroid in 1908 destroying hundreds of square miles. So, Asteroid 2012 DA14 is certainly worth "keeping an eye on". You might even be able to see it, on February 15, but it will be moving very fast and quite difficult to "capture" with your telescope.
As pointed out, Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass between the earth and the Geosynchronous Ring (where most of our satellites hang out). It is highly unlikely (we pray) that this 150 foot rock will strike any of our satellites or disrupt their orbits.
This is just a good example of how things happen, and it isn't "man-made". "Stuff happens". Again, I'm glad that we can find these things out before they arrive and prepare as necessary. Again, according to the track and projection of this asteroid, it likely will not cause us any grief.
But, just like anything, it's not a bad idea to have some back-up food and water, etc. in the event our communication / navigation / internet systems get damaged by this "very close encounter". It's NEVER a bad idea to have an emergency plan in place....just in case!
10 years ago yesterday.....the world was shocked as the Space Shuttle Columbia broke-up over Texas. We lost 7 brave and capable Astronauts. I remember the terrible event very clearly. I flew for NASA at the time, and my missions were directly related to the Space Shuttle. Many lessons have been learned from this tragedy and the main one is: NEVER GIVE UP!
Well, it's Saturday morning in the Hurston Home and looks like I'll be making our favorite breakfast....grits, eggs (fresh from our chickens), sausage (hot & spicy Andouille) & gravy.....true "comfort food" (if you're from the South). Hope and pray you have a blessed day and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful pray, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
2-1-13 Friday - 6:54 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
ON-TIME DELIVERY - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS....OF AN ASTEROID (2012 DA14) KIND
While working at the hangar yesterday, the phone rang. It was First Baptist Church of Merritt Island. They had a "load" for us. We arranged for an afternoon delivery. So good seeing them pull in. We are so blessed to have folks who stand together with us to help the needy "at home & abroad".
Often, when we receive such "gifts", we divide the goods between the needy here and those in Haiti.
At the end of yesterday, Peter, Ariana and I passed by the Menendez home (they help us every Sunday with our outreach to young people in the Orlando Hospital). They had a beautiful load of bread for us. We have folks, right here, that are having a hard time and need food. So glad we can help, even in this small way! Our Lord told us that our "Mission Field" begins right at home and extends to the ends of the world.
Asteroid 2012 DA14 is going to pass a mere 22,000 Kilometer (about 17,000) miles from earth. Now, the problem is, many of our satellites are in a "geosynchronous" orbit 22,000 miles from earth. That means that the asteroid is going to pass between the earth and our satellites.
I love those satellites, as they give us such amazing information ranging from weather to navigation to communications and so much more. Again, the Scientists who are tracking this Asteroid are not expecting it to do any damage to earth or to our satellites, but....it sure makes one stop and think about how vulnerable we truly are. And, this is not the last of the Asteroid "Close Encounters" this year.
Of course, I take a special interest in such occurrences because of the nature of the work that we do. We depend so heavily on the information received from satellites for our weather and navigation and of course, communications. So, if I point these things out to you, it's only because they play such a large role in our day to day lives.
Truth is, we are all effected by these events and I'm just thankful that we do have the ability to track these "rocks" slinging through space! Let's give a special THANKS to NASA & Space Agencies and Astronomers around the world - God bless you!!
Well, it's that time...for that second cup of coffee and will be heading to the airport to see what our Lord has for us today! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
1-31-13 Thursday - 6:38 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
TORNADOES / VIOLENT WEATHER WREAK HAVOC - HIGH WIND EXPECTED TODAY &....THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!
That long line of violent weather raced across the Eastern U.S. leaving death and destruction in it's path. Multiple tornadoes were spawned by this violent winter storm. The storms ranged from the Gulf Mexico to Washington DC.
These storms grew very rapidly and moved relentlessly. Fortunately, we had warnings, but often, one simply does not know what to do. Tornadoes simply evolve in minutes and bring such utter destruction.
Today, high winds are expected for much of the Eastern U.S. Best brace yourselves if you're in the scope. Click here for the latest on what we can expect today - WINTER STORM FORECAST TODAY
Meanwhile, dramatic temperature drops have occurred in the Midwest and many are dealing with heavy snowfall, making travel difficult and dangerous. Here's the link to the Midwest Storm, Magnus - Winter Storm Magnus
Dealing with difficult weather is not something new and we must all deal with it. Again, so glad that we do have alerts and warnings to help us to get into position to deal with it. Above all, we should pray and ask our Lord to lead us and guide us.
Let us also pray for those who have been so devastated by yesterday's storms . Just imagine what it would be like to see your home and all that you own suddenly and violently taken away from you. Some have lost their lives and many are grieving.
Now, here's a story that ended well. A masked gunman burst into a home while a Jewelry Party was going on and.....the women began saying the Name of Jesus and the gunman fled in a panic. Mmmmm, have had the same thing happen to me multiple times. There is POWER in the Name of Jesus! Here is the link to the story: "In the Name of Jesus, get out of my house"!
This is a good reason to always have a prayer "handy". Remember to: A.S.A.P. (Always Say A Prayer). When things come upon you "suddenly", A.S.A.P. - When you think of someone and feel they may need help, A.S.A.P. - When good things happen....A.S.A.P. & When bad things happen...A.S.A.P. If we err on any side, may we err on the PRAYER SIDE!
You know, I share these things with you, because I need to constantly remind myself to PRAY & PRAY OFTEN!
May you be blessed today and...as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
1-30-13 Wednesday - 6:49 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
BRACING FOR STORMS...SEVERE INGREDIENTS - TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
That line of Thunderstorms ranging from the Gulf of Mexico to Virginia is steadily moving eastward. In advance of the storm are very "warm" temperatures. I awakened last night in a sweat....had to turn the fan on. It's going to get to the mid 80's today right in the thick of winter here in Florida and this is creating the SEVERE INGREDIENTS for violent weather.
Click here for the latest on that fast moving line of thunderstorms - SEVERE INGREDIENTS FOR VIOLENT STORMS . We certainly pray that that those storms diminish and those in the path prepare.
Had a productive day yesterday. You know, I often speak about securing and maintaining the "Supply Chain" for the Air Mobile Rescuer. This is a "full-time" job. Let me give you an example. Just prior to our last mission to Haiti, I picked up the phone to order more components for the Rescuer.
The supplier, with whom we've done business for nearly 10 years, simply could not find me in the system. Was running out of time to place the order before departure. They insisted that we simply were not there. It was bizarre. Headed to Haiti without placing the order.....knowing full well that we were in their system, they just couldn't find me.
Yesterday, picked up the phone, called, spoke with the same Customer Service Rep and "Voila" there we were. Placed the order and breathed a sigh of relief. Believe me, things like this happens all the time. So, when I write, "been ordering stuff and keeping the 'Supply Chain' in tact", you have a better idea of what we're doing.
Also, knew that bad weather was on it's way and needed to make another test flight to be sure our "tweaking" was working. The winds were beginning to pick up, but not to a severe level.
So, had the opportunity to take the "Little Donkey" around the "patch" and shoot a couple of short-field landing. Love doing that. This aircraft has been equipped to land in a very, very short distance. Love the "Little Donkey". It was simply fun "having to do the test flight".
Will be securing more components & supplies today (finances permitting). Of course, that is a big factor in the equation of gathering supplies and components for the Rescuer and Missionaries whom we assist.
Be sure to check your local weather today, if you're in the "Corridor of Thunderstorms" and remember that Tornadoes are very possible. Also, remember to pray for those in the path. Truly do appreciate your faithful love, prayer and support. Be blessed...& safe today!
Air Mobile Joe
1-29-13 Tuesday - 5:46 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
REAL BLUSTERY DAY!
Going to be a very, very windy as a result of this powerful dipping jet stream. Winds will be 150 mph at altitude and between 90-105 mph at 5000 and 50-70 mph on the surface. This is not a good day to fly and if you have an airplane on the ground, best be sure it's tied down well. To see more on this fast moving storm go to: SEVERE WEATHER TRACKER
This weather system could produce significant and violent thunderstorms with a good chance of tornadoes. Best keep an eye and ear out for Tornado alerts. Meanwhile, up in the Northeast, this latest Winter Storm is producing a real mess with a lot of snow and ice.
Had a good day in working our "supply chain" to keep critical components coming our way so that we can continue to build this amazing machine. Folks, can't emphasize enough the need to have a source of clean water following any disaster.
Remember, this "little machine" can easily be transported anywhere, sets up in 1 minute, makes the most contaminated water very clean and can provide clean drinking water for 500+ people per day. All on the same amount of electricity as a simple light bulb (54 watts). Note: The Rescuer runs beautifully on Solar!!
I still marvel at what this remarkable machine can do! We've had the privilege and blessing to place 800+ Rescuers in 40 Countries! If you'd like more information on the Air Mobile Rescuer, simply pick up the phone and give me a ring (321-544-7757) or jot me an email at: email@example.com or go to our Wesbsite at: www.airmobile.org
Well, Folks, if you live in the Midwest & Southeast U.S., best "batten down the hatches" as some fast moving powerful storms will be racing through your area! Tie down anything that can blow away.
Time for that second cup of coffee with my Cindy. May you be blessed today and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Cindy put together a wonderful montage of shots of our son, Peter while he's playing "Philosopy" by Ben Folds. Hope you enjoy it. Here it is: PETER HURSTON PLAYING "PHILOSOPHY"
1-28-13 Monday - 5:29 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
REACHING THE "HARD TO REACH" - THOUGHTS ON A.S.K.
In reflection, on our outreach to the young people in the Psychiatric Hospital in Orlando, we rejoice in the OPEN DOOR that we have had over the last 15 years. I am reminded of a simple, but very powerful scripture found in Matthew 7:7. I have gone to this scripture so many times for so many reasons!
I posted these 2 images because the one on the upper left gives us the acronym - A.S.K. and the one on the right is readable.
We rejoice because many years ago, Cindy and I "Knocked" on the door of that hospital and asked the administrator if we could conduct a service for the young people each Sunday. Permission was granted and now, after 15 years, we have enjoyed an OPEN DOOR to share the love of Christ behind some doors that are rather "secure". Our Lord has made a way for us share His love.
Yesterday was no exception to the Sunday after Sunday that we've had the privilege to GO & Teach about the love of God to these precious young people...who are having a hard time in life. We recently finished the Book of John and now, we've begun teaching out of the Book of Acts. Our children have grown up ministering to the young people in the Hospital. We are so blessed to have this open door before us!
So....I have another acronym to share with you. It is above - A.S.K. ( Ask - Seek - Knock). It can be added to A.S.A.P. (Always - Say - A - Prayer).
Well, here is a prayer request. In the A.S.K. acronym, the middle letter is S. for Seek...and you shall find. Recently, I lost an envelope that contained fuel money for our next flight to Haiti. I can remember putting it into a safe location, and now, it's simply not there. I've torn the house apart looking for it. It simply "vanished". Now, I know our Lord knows exactly where that money is. I have repeatedly asked Him to show me where it is. I have yet to find the envelope. Would you join me in prayer?? This is His money, for His mission and we can't afford to lose it.
Here we are, another Day that our Lord has made. Time to head out and get parts and supplies ready for our next mission. As always, truly appreciate your precious love, prayer and support. May you be blessed today.
Air Mobile Joe
1-27-13 Sunday - 6:26 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
SAYING GOODBYE TO POLLY & TRACKING A "MONSTER" IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC
Saturday was an "easy going" day. Fixed Peter and Ariana (and myself) a delicious "Country Breakfast" made with fresh eggs from our chickens.
Had grits, fresh eggs, Andouille Hot Sausage & gravy, mmmmmm. Now, we don't eat this kind of a breakfast everyday but....is it a treat when we do. It was nice to hang around and visit and not "dash" out the door the way we usually do.
We did head over to the Campground to conduct the Memorial for Polly. Most of the Campground came to bid Polly Farewell. This is a wonderful community, mainly comprised of "Snow Birds" and they've been camping down here together for years. So, when one of their own passes on, it's like losing a member of your family.
I had the privilege to deliver a message of hope and farewell to our dear Sister Polly. Cindy was able to join us for the service. Please remember George in your prayers, as he certainly misses his precious Polly. Our hope is in the Lord! My scripture was found in John 14, "Let not your heart be troubled.....I go to prepare a place for you..."
After the service, we headed over to the hangar for a while. I had to do some research for Paul, our mechanic. Then, we headed home. Put on a movie for Ariana and I fell right to sleep. It's been a long and difficult week. I had to conduct 2 Memorials for dear loved ones. So glad for "easy going" days like this. Glad to have a warm, comfortable bed to lie in.
Been keeping an eye on that "Monster Storm" in the North Atlantic. The pressure is continuing to drop to near record lows. Now, that storm will likely not hit land and take lives and damage property, but it is noteworthy how such a storm can grow to such "Monstrous" proportions so quickly.
Those waves are what bring the greatest concern. Certainly, coastal areas are so vulnerable, as we saw with Hurricane Sandy. Also, so glad that we do have the means to track those bad storms. That does give us the ability to respond and "get out of the way"!
Well, it's that time. My Cindy and I will be sharing a cup of coffee and then we'll head out the door to Church and then the Hospital to minister with those young people who are "Locked up". As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!
Air Mobile Joe
1-26-13 Saturday - 6:13 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
2 RESCUERS SHIPPED....HEADING TO THE JUNGLES OF VENEZUELA - ATLANTIC STORM BREWING THAT COULD ECLIPSE SUPERSTORM-SANDY....WAVES COULD TOP 50 FEET! - TODAY, WE WILL BE REMEMBERING POLLY
When Pastor Copeland phoned me from Tennessee several months ago, he told me about a Missionary, James H., that was working with Indians in remote jungles of Venezuela. Of course, the need for clean water is paramount. It was a blessing to receive a call from the Pastor telling me that his Church was funding 2 Air Mobile Rescuers. I shipped them to James yesterday!
I spoke with James and asked what the attitude was like toward Americans in Venezuela. He simply said, "Challenging". These Rescuers will save lives and help a lot of people. Let's remember to pray for James and his family as they travel back to Venezuela and face many challenges!
I saw this story this morning on a "Super Storm" that is brewing in the Atlantic. The elements are lining up for this thing to be a "Monster". We pray that the storm dies before it hits land, but the waves produced could be huge....50+ Feet!
NOAA is keeping a very close eye on this monster and are calling it, " "Incredible, explosive cyclogenesis will during the next 24 hours"
Here is a link to the story that we are following. Take a look. These storms are unusual and rare, but here it is, forming right in the middle of the Northern Atlantic - ATLANTIC "SUPER-STORM" FORMING
Again, I can't begin to tell you how thankful I am for the Satellites and excellent reporting and projections of these storms. Because of this information, we can both keep an eye on these monsters, prepare as necessary and above all PRAY!
Yesterday, it was a joy to have Tommy Blair and his brother, Walton, at the hangar. Needed to take our Little Donkey up for a test flight to check the trim.
So, we took advantage of the beautiful day and also flew down the Shuttle Landing Strip which is conveniently located about 7 miles to the east of our airport. It is "Open" for Low Passes at this time. It is just a thrill to fly down that great big, looooong runway (15,000 feet) and realize that Space Shuttles once landed here.
Today, we remember Polly. George and Polly were together for over 37 years. She quietly & peacefully passed away last Sunday morning. George called me as I was about to board a flight to New Orleans where I would be speaking at my Cousin Harry's Memorial, and told me the sad news of Polly.
I am blessed and honored that George has asked me to say a few words at her Memorial today in the Campground that he and Polly so love. Please pray that our Lord gives me the words of comfort to speak. George truly loved Polly and misses her very much.
By the way, George has been an Amazing "Water-Mule" over the years. He is always willing to help and he has connected us with others who have become "Water-Mules", like Doug Augustine. THANKS, George!
Time to get the kids up. Cindy's already at work and will be joining us for the Memorial for Polly. I'll be fixing the kids a big country breakfast (grits/eggs/sausage/gravy). Then we'll head over to the campground for the 11:00am Memorial. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support.
Oh, be sure to keep an eye on that "Monster Storm" in the Atlantic. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
1-25-13 Friday - 6:46 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
2 RESCUERS HEADING TO MISSIONARY WORKING IN VENEZUELA & PARTS GOING TO HONDURAS - CLEAN WATER KEEPS FLOWING....A DROP AT A TIME!
Will be shipping 2 Rescuers to Tennessee to a missionary who is working with Indian Tribes deep in the jungles of Venezuela. We need to lift this missionary up in prayer, as Venezuela can be a very difficult field to work in.
Will also be sending extra filters and parts to an orphanage in Honduras. Meanwhile, this morning, another "newly" recruited "Water Mule" will be flying to our airport to pick up a Rescuer Module to conduct some testing.
Chris is a gifted Electrical Engineer and he'll be assisting us in securing our supply chain for the pressure switches. Where would we be without folks like Chris?? I simply Praise God for the "Troops our Lord sends our way"! You may recall, that Chris traveled to Haiti with me several weeks ago and flies a Cessna 337 (same make & model as Ti Burik).
Spoke with Barb (Rambo in the Blue Dress) yesterday and she's giving me "orders" (baby formula, diapers, spaghetti sauce, etc, etc.) for our next mission. Things are going well in the "Village" and she was also very glad about another Air Mobile Rescuer. We are now supporting 326 units in the field in Haiti, and this additional unit will relieve some of the pressure of keeping those units running well. Thanks again, Bob (read yesterday's Blog for the story).
I also have a special Prayer Request, for one of our great "Water Mules", George. George recently lost his beloved Polly. He has asked me to conduct the Memorial Service tomorrow morning. Please remember to pray for George as he goes through this difficult time. He misses Polly a lot. Thanks!
Well, time to head out the door to meet Chris. Will also be doing another test flight on Ti Burik and will be bringing another one of our "Water Mules" with me, Tommy Blair and his brother. Paul and I made some adjustments on the Little Mule and the test flight will verify the corrections.
Going to be a busy day. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Another dear friend, Nate, has a son, Josh, who will be going through extensive brain surgery today. PLEASE lift Josh up in prayer!! Thanks!!! Joe
1-24-13 Thursday - 6:12 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
SPANISH PILOT DISCUSSES BECOMING "WATER MULE" - BILL & THE VELOCITY & MORE CLEAN WATER FOR HAITI &...NORBERT IS IN FRANCE!
Several months ago, I met David Jimenez from Spain. He has come to America for flight training and heard about our ministry. He has been making good progress on getting his "ratings". We've been discussing his making a flight to Haiti with me and receiving added flight training in the Little Donkey. It was good to see David again.
While we were meeting, our good friend (and donor of our Cessna 337), Bill Duncklee called and said he'd be landing at our airport in about 20 minutes. You may recall that Bill now has the Velocity Aircraft and has been doing extensive work on this unique aircraft getting it ready for service to our Lord. Bill is an incredible mechanic and pilot!
After landing, Bill took a "look" at Ti Burik and gave some good advice about how to keep the engines cooler. Heat is always a huge challenge with any aircraft and Bill knows this aircraft extremely well. Bill and I go back 25 years and have flown many aircraft in many countries together. Can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate Bill!!
One of the major challenges that Bill had with the Velocity was engine cooling. Because of the unique design of this aircraft and the larger engine, Bill has done major, innovative engineering to get the engine temperatures down. In this shot, we are joined by another Great Water Mule, Doug Augustine.
When Bill donated The Little Donkey to Air Mobile, Doug, whom we had just met, drove our team to Arkansas to pick up the sweet bird. Doug does so many things for Air Mobile!
As an example, because we fly at such high altitudes to Haiti (between 15,000 - 21,000 feet) we need lots of Oxygen. Well, we needed a new Oxygen Cart and Doug came to the rescue, building us this beautiful cart!
Meanwhile, Bill asked David if he'd like to take a spin in the Velocity. David eagerly accepted the offer and they were off in a flash. The Velocity is a very fast airplane and with Bill's systematic and innovative changes, it is becoming an amazing tool for our Lord!
After the good meeting with David, Bill and Doug, I headed home to pick up Ariana from the bus stop. My phone rang. It was Bob, from Maryland. He wants to fund 2 Air Mobile Rescuers for Haiti! Glory be to God.
One will be going to the Croatian Orphanage. You may recall, that they have little Markinson, the recipient of Sock Monkey. Read back to January 3rd to find out more about Sock Monkey and January 12th to learn more about little Markinson. Now, that great Orphanage will be receiving an Air Mobile Rescuer. The other unit will stay in Barb's Village. THANK YOU, BOB!
How good and pleasant it is when we work together in the Lord. Yesterday was such a good example of folks simply coming together for the Glory of God to reach and help others. Can't even begin to tell you how blessed we are to have such good support and help!
Well, the clock has notified me that I have time for a second cup of coffee and soon will be getting the chickens fed, Ariana to the bus stop, Peter to school and then meeting our good mechanic, Paul, to continue to get The Little Donkey ready for our next mission. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Heard from Norbert's son that his Dad made the flight to Paris and is now in Southern France with his wife. Ahhhh, "Mission Accomplished"!! Joe
1-23-13 Wednesday - 5:31 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
NORBERT'S HEADED TO FRANCE & AIR MOBILE JOE MAKES IT HOME
Yesterday, I shared a story with you about an 86 year old, blind gentleman who was in distress. What a divine meeting. I am certainly blessed for having met and helped Norbert Slama. For the full story, simply read on down to see how we met.
We arrived at New Orleans International Airport early and found 2 seats on-board the 6:00am departure to Atlanta. Norbert was very happy to be soon meeting with his wife in France. I am so blessed for having had the privilege to meet this incredible man and learn some things about his amazing life.
Upon arrival at Atlanta, we were met by a very helpful and courteous Delta Staff. I must also say, the Delta Staff in New Orleans did an outstanding job of helping Norbert through a very difficult day. It was a true pleasure working with them.
We found the same professional courtesy in Atlanta. Norbert's Paris flight was not scheduled to depart until 3:20pm. So, we found a comfortable place to wait in the Delta Sky Club. Norbert was just so happy to be "moving" on his journey home.
Meanwhile, the flights between Atlanta and Orlando were jammed. With the help of our dear "Delta Rose" and the Atlanta Delta staff, after only being bumped several times, I found myself on an afternoon flight home. What an adventure this one had been!
I have the distinct feeling that this will in no way be the last time I will meet Norbert. Next time, I hope to have my Cindy with me. She's eager to meet this remarkable man, as is our son, Peter, who too is a gifted Pianist. Truly, "All things work together for the good....to those that love God, those the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).
One never knows what the day may bring, but....we know Who does! Our Lord is an ever-present help in time of need and sometimes, He uses us to help others in distress. Sometimes, we may be the one who desperately needs help. Either way, our Lord is always there, because He has promised to never leave us or forsake us.
On the way home from the airport, I met Cindy and she had Peter's Tae Kwon Do uniform. I then picked up Peter and told him all about Norbert. He's very eager to meet this legendary Musician.
After dropping Peter for his lesson, I dashed to our office and packaged some vital Air Mobile Rescuer supplies for a missionary who will be flying to Myanmar (Burma) this weekend. You may recall, Air Mobile was in Myanmar following the dreadful Cyclone, Nargis, that killed hundreds of thousands. The Rescuers are still purifying water there!
Picked up Peter and headed home to a house full of folks. It is our weekly Church Life Group that meets in our home. Ahhhh, it's good to be home from "Another Adventure".
Up early this morning and getting ready for another day! As always, thank you for your precious love, prayer and support. May you be blessed today and....keep an eye out for someone whom you may be able to help. Our Lord will give you the strength you need for this day!
Air Mobile Joe
1-22-13 Tuesday - 3:44 am (U.S. Central Time) - New Orleans Comfort Inn - Enroute to Orlando, FL - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
BUMPED OFF OF 7 FLIGHTS BUT....OUR LORD ARRANGED A "RESCUE" OF SORTS
When Delta Rose, our remarkable "Water Mule" that has arranged so many "Buddy Pass" Flights for Air Mobile and I made these reservations, we knew that Monday would be tough. There were many reasons, but the main one was the Martin Luther King Holiday. So, I knew that this was going to be a challenge.
Over the years, I've approached flying "Stand-By" as an "Adventure" and yesterday proved to be just that and....so much more! I arrived at New Orleans International Airport bright & early (4:30am) to "stake my claim on a seat". It did not look good. As the folks began to show up, the Ticket Agents were courteous, but sadly, the door closed and we were "bumped" to the next flight.
I noticed an older gentleman, in a wheel chair and could see that he was also blind. It was his first "Buddy-Pass" experience. He explained that he had a flight to Paris and must get to Atlanta to make the connection. I kept an eye on him, because I knew that he did not fully understand how the "system" worked. Thus began the "Rescue" of Norbert.
As the long day went on, we were bumped off of flight after flight. His frustration grew, but he had an amazing sense of purpose and quickly grasped the situation. Norbert was French and soon, I was speaking Creole, a "wicked" variation of French.
I was learning more and more about Norbert. Found out that he was a remarkable and famous musician who has played before royalty and even proposed to Elizabeth Taylor.
As the day went on, there was a deep determination, that we were going to do all we could, along with the good Delta Staff to get Norbert to Paris to be with his wife.
Well, by the end of the day and being bumped off of 7 flights, we knew that we were not going to Atlanta on Monday. Surely, our Lord had other purposes! I, then, arranged with the Comfort Inn, that had given me a great rate the evening before, to provide a Handicap room with 2 beds at the same rate. They did.
So, after a grueling, but extremely interesting day, Norbert and I headed over to the Hotel. He instantly took a quick snooze and then we headed to an award winning Restaurant with classic Louisiana Cajun food. I learned so much about this remarkable gentleman.
I can assure you, that this will not be the last time I meet Norbert. Surely, there are no accidents in the Kingdom of God! Here's a link, telling just a bit about Norbert - NORBERT SLAMA
Often, in our lives, things don't go as planned...often. What do we do with those things?? Yesterday was a prime example. It could have been a very, very frustrating day. Instead, with the help and grace of our Lord, it was turned into one of the most amazing days I can remember.
Well, we're up at 3:30 this morning. Already had a Hotel cup of coffee and about to head over the airport because....the Adventure is not over yet. According to the records, we should be able to get a seat this morning but....we'll see what our Lord has for us.
Time to head out. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support. May you have an extremely blessed day and keep an eye out for the hand of God in your life!!
Air Mobile Joe
1-21-13 Monday - 4:03 am (U.S. Central Time) - New Orleans International Airport - Enroute to Orlando, FL - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF HARRY - SNOW "TSUNAMI" STRIKES RUSSIA / SYDNEY TEMPS REACH SCORCHING 114.5 DEGREES...TALK ABOUT "EXTREME" & CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING
Our family gathered to remember our dear Harry Hurston. It was amazing to see how many lives Harry touched. Harry was nearly a "Brother" to me by the fact that he was my "Double First-Cousin" (Harry's mother was my mothers sister and his father my father's brother). I spent many summers with "The Hurston Boys". It was very good to all come together and remember. In this shot, I am with Cousins Morty, August and David.
I'm up early again and will be heading to the airport in just a few minutes. Will be flying "Stand-By" on a Delta Rose Buddy Pass and the flights look real full. Will be hoping and praying that just "one seat" opens up for me to work my way back home to Orlando. Please pray that happens.
I noticed that a massive snow storm hit Russia / Moscow over the weekend and the city is nearly paralyzed. It has been described as "Snowpocalypse" as building, cars and streets are being "swallowed" by unprecedented snow fall. We pray those folks will be able to stay warm and safe!
Note, that Sydney, Australia broke recorded temperature records (150 years) with a scorching 114.5 degrees! Talk about extremes.
We're expecting the temperatures here in America to plunge over the next few days. Best stock up on firewood....if you have a fireplace and it's legal to burn logs!
On another sad note, one of our dear and faithful "Water Mules", George, lost his beloved Polly yesterday. Please lift up George as he deals with this loss.
Today, we celebrate the life and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King. Thank God for his courage and clarity of vision to see people set free. I am reminded of the scripture, "He whom the Son sets free is free indeed"!
Well, it's time to dash to the airport and hope and pray that I find a seat to get home. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
"Stand-by" update....bumped on the 6:00am flite. Waiting for the 7:15 flight to see if there is just 1 extra seat....would be nice to get home today. The "trials and tribulations" of flying on a Buddy-Pass. Over the years, have always gotten to my destination via the Buddy Pass, but sometimes have to do it the round-about way. We'll see how it plays out today.
1-20-13 Sunday - 5:19 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Orlando International Airport - Enroute to Baton Rouge - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
HEADING TO A MEMORIAL / LIFE CHANGES - GET READY EXPO
Have just a moment before boarding flight to New Orleans / Baton Rouge, LA to be in a Memorial Service for my beloved double-first Cousin, Harry. Will be there for the day only and back to home base. Pray there are seats on this non-rev flight thanks to Delta Rose.
The Expo went great and the crowds were tremendous. Had the opportunity to present on our water purifier and Disaster Experience. So glad to be able to share what we do.
Hundreds of folks came by our Display and saw first-hand what the Air Mobile Rescuer does.
Well, it's that time to board, have to run. Will try to write more later. God bless and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
1-19-13 Saturday - 6:06 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
TODAY BEGINS EXPO - "LIFE CHANGES - BE READY" & THANKS FOR PRAYING - HAD A BETTER DAY AND SOME GOOD ADVICE
Hey, received several encouraging messages yesterday from Folks who certainly understand "wrestling" with Procrastination....THANKS! My Little Sister, Mary, wrote me and gave 2 beautiful scriptures - Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" & Proverbs 3:4-7....He will direct your path efficiently (Mary's translation). Thanks, Little Sister!
My good friend, Doug (Premier Water Mule), encouraged me, not to be too hard on myself, as most of us humans deal with "waiting til the last minute". Though, that may be true, I certainly need to make some changes, so that....at the end of my task, there are at least a few extra minutes to sit and reflect and just breathe a sigh of relief. Often, there's just way too much stress related to "waiting til the last minute".
Let me give you a perfect example. Doug has helped me load our Little Donkey for missions to Haiti. If.... I would only begin the process a few hours earlier, then, I could end the job and go home and get a good night's sleep.
Well, often, I end the job way later than planned and it cuts into my sleep time. This last mission, I finally just delayed the departure by 24 hours because I finished too late to safely fly the next day.
The "Process" goes on and our good Lord is gracious and helps us with our weaknesses. Had a remarkably good day yesterday (thanks to your prayers) and actually got the job of "Preppin" for the big Prep Show ON TIME!
After loading the little Ford Escape with all of the stuff to bring to the Expo, joined my son Christian for Dinner. Had a delicious meal and spent some quality time with my son. Thanks for dinner & a beautiful evening, Christian!
So, today is the day of the 2 Day Expo - "LIFE CHANGES - BE READY" EXPO - Click here for the directions. Really hope to see you there. I've been invited to speak and I believe that the schedule has me on at 1:30pm.
It's time to get the kids up and go feed the chickens and drive to Deland FL for the Expo. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
1-18-13 Friday - 6:20 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
"GETTING READY" FOR "LIFE CHANGES - BE READY" EXPO - SOME THOUGHTS ON.....PROCRASTINATION
I have a problem with "procrastination"! The Bible says to confess your faults one to another that you might be healed. "Oh, Lord, please help me to to stop waiting till the last minute".... Folks, I really am guilty of that! But....I do manage to get out the door "reasonably" on-time. However, often, there is a great deal of stress related with my "breathless" departures. Does that happen to some of you also?
Well, in looking at long-term preparation for events that may or may not occur, we often go through the same process and often "procrastination" sets in. Believe me, I understand that. I believe that is one of the reasons that our Lord has put it so clearly into my heart to prepare for disaster and why He uses us to get out the door very "quickly" to respond to disasters around the world.
Because of my very "procrastination tendencies", I do know how to gather up supplies and equipment quite quickly and get out the door rapidly. Mmmmm, however, I still need help on that procrastination thing. I am so glad that our Lord loves us and is ever working on us and pouring out His amazing grace in our lives and using us....along with our weaknesses, to help others in distress! Following disasters, "time is of the essence", particularly when we are speaking about clean water!
Yesterday was a good day (though I went to sleep realizing that I had a lot of stuff to do today to get ready for tomorrow). Was I guilty of procrastination yesterday?? Yes, I was. Our Lord is still working on me.
Had Ariana with me at the Hangar yesterday afternoon while Peter was at Tae Kwon Do. She just has such a good time with her "Grand Palace" (made up of old boxes, tape, bubble wrap, old Christmas tree lights, rocks and so many other things that would normally be thrown away). She can sit and play for hours and hours while I do my work. It's fun watching her "create" whole communities out of discarded things.
Earlier yesterday, Paul, our excellent Aircraft Mechanic, and I "opened" up the engine compartments on Ti Burik to do a thorough inspection getting our little mission aircraft ready for the "next mission".
Now, because of the seriousness of the operation of an aircraft, this is one thing that I DO NOT PROCRASTINATE on! We take flying very seriously and know the consequences of not getting things repaired in a timely manner.
So, here we are, just one day away from the "Life Changes - Be Ready" Expo and I'll be running around like crazy today getting the "last minute" things ready for the show.
Just read on down to yesterday's rambling blog to get the link and address for the Show. Hope you can make it! There will be so much good information and great techniques on how to "Get Ready" for the future. Life comes at us fast and is often filled with "unexpected" surprises.
Oh my, is it chilly this morning. The temperature took a significant "plunge" yesterday right here in "Sunny Florida" (went from the 80's to the high 30's in the snap of a finger!). Areas all throughout the south and Mid Atlantic States are experiencing a brutal & dangerous Winter Storm (from Mississippi to New York). Stay warm & safe today.
THANK YOU for standing with us with your prayer, love and support and...I'm quite serious, please pray for me to stop "waiting till the last minute" to get things done. I really need help with that. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
1-17-13 Thursday - 6:44 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
"LIFE CHANGES....BE READY" EXPO COMING UP - AIR MOBILE JOE & CINDY WILL BE SPEAKING - DON'T MISS IT!
Cindy and I first met Jim & Cindy Thompson a number of years ago when we had a "Prepare Conference" hosted by Air Mobile. They have certainly taken this matter seriously and have created a wonderful organization to help folks to "Get Ready" for the things that lie ahead.
We were honored and blessed to accept their invitation to speak at the upcoming Expo. Click here for the details - LIFE CHANGES - BE READY EXPO . The Expo will be this Saturday & Sunday, January 19-20. Sure hope you can make it. We'll be demonstrating the remarkable Air Mobile Rescuer. The Schedule calls for me to speak on Saturday at 1:30pm and Cindy will be speaking on Sunday at 1:30pm (schedule subject to change).
Click here for a list of some of the speakers at this timely and valuable event - SPEAKER BIOS FOR "LIFE CHANGES - BE READY" EXPO
The Expo is located at:
Fair and Expo Center
3150 E. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32724
(exit 118A off of Interstae 4)
Now, Folks, you know how we've been sharing with you the need to Prepare and Be Ready for whatever "life might throw at you". This gathering of speakers will truly bless you and show practical ways to prepare and protect your family in the event of natural or man-made disaster. Do try to make this event if you're in the area. I know you won't regret it!
Time to get ready for this beautiful, but chilly day. Wow, the South and Mid Atlantic states are in for some very cold and snowy weather. Best batten down the hatches and light the fire!
We'll be continuing our aircraft inspection today and getting ready for this weekend and the Expo. Again, hope you can make it.
As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
1-16-13 Wednesday - 7:25 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
STUDYING, BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL....KEEPING A LITTLE DONKEY "READY"
Had a busy day, ordering supplies and lining up things to work toward....staying ready. This is not an easy thing to do, because it seems like there's always so much to do. This is where we simply need guidance and direction.
Sounds like a need for A.S.A.P. (Always Say A Prayer) to help order the day and do the things that need to be done when they need to be done. Things that we often take for granted may not be available when we truly need them.
Will be meeting with Paul, our Aircraft Mechanic to "open up and inspect" our Little Donkey after our last mission. She is flying great, but it's good to go and take a look to be sure all is good. It's a good thing to have this wonderful tool "ready to go on a moment's notice".
At the end of the day, came home to a house full of folks for our weekly Church Life Group that meets in our home. It's good to have fellowship one with another.
Then, it was time to "hit the books" and continue the study toward getting ready for the Certified Flight Instructor Check-ride. I truly am enjoying this study. Even though been flying most all of my life (nearly 50 years), it is good to "Study and Learn" new things.
Rolled right on into the early hours and literally "burned the midnight oil". When one takes years and years of experience and begins to put them into an orderly sequence with which to "teach" someone else to do the things that you do....it's a cool thing. I really am enjoying this experience (just hope I pass my Check-ride).
Well, it's high time to get out the door. Need to go feed the chickens and get Peter to school and continue on this day. Have a couple of Rescuers to ship to a missionary that is working with Indian Tribes in Venezuela.
As always, God bless and THANKS for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
1-15-13 Tuesday - 6:44 am (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
2 SKYMASTERS FLY BACK TO THE U.S.
With Chris Hall's help, we accomplished our primary mission of having enough Air Mobile Rescuers in position for IMMEDIATE DEPLOYMENT as needed. Chris helped me to figure out a problem that was beginning to occur in Rescuers that had reached a certain age (kind of like us as we get older).
The amazing thing is that we're able to keep even the oldest Air Mobile Rescuers going. Some have been in operation for nearly 9 years! I love it when our Lord sends folks along the way to help us just when we need it. Thanks again, Chris!
In this shot above, you can see Ti Burik (our Skymaster) and Chris' Skymaster being fueled on the Port-Au-Prince Ramp. I took off first and climbed to 16,500' for a smooth ride. Chris was about an hour behind me. We both had great flights home and actually had a small tail-wind..... ahhh, those are nice.
If you're new to this rambling blog and feel like you've jumped right into the middle of the story... you have. However, simply read on down to see how we've gotten here.
In addition to getting Rescuers ready for any of our 326 units in the field (in Haiti), should any require service, we brought in much needed supplies for some orphanages that are taking care of children with very serious needs. It is such a blessing to be the "carrier" of these supplies and to see the joy on the faces of the recipients.
You, too, are part of this operation with your prayer, love and support and I truly THANK YOU with all of my heart. We could not do what we do without a lot of support!
Yesterday, upon arrival, Cindy, Peter and Ariana met me and took me out for a belated Birthday meal and they showered me with some neat gifts. It's good to be home!
Well, it's that time of the day. Have a whole list of things to do today. Will be studying diligently for the upcoming Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Check Ride and gathering supplies for our "next mission". Be blessed today!
Air Mobile Joe
1-14-13 Monday - 5:13 am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
"SPARK & CLEAN" - KEEPING CLEAN WATER FLOWING - ANOTHER EMERGING "WATER MULE"
I never cease to marvel at how our Lord sends "His Troops" our way! When Paul, our Aircraft Mechanic, began telling me about Chris, I knew one day we would meet. Little did I know that this guy would come to Haiti and help Air Mobile Joe figure out a way to keep clean water flowing in very difficult and hard to reach places.
Well, it happened. Chris has a Cessna 337 Super Skymaster, the same aircraft type as Ti Burik. Through another series of connections, Chris and his wife, Jeannine (who is a Doctor) have wanted to help some orphanages in Haiti. So, our paths began to merge and we finally got together in Haiti.
After assisting Chris through Customs and Immigrations and delivering his cargo, we settled down in one of my favorite rooms, The Air Mobile Rescuer Refurb Facility. I explained that there was one unit that I just could not figure out what was going on. We carefully went through thing after thing (OH, did I mention that Chris is a Top Electrical Engineer??), the "culprit" began to emerge.
A tiny bit of corrosion was forming deep inside of our pressure switch. How could we get to it, as the construction did not allow "dis-assembly"? Chris, like "Mr. Wizard" of by-gone days, and a touch of "McGyver" gathered up batteries, and wires and alligator clips and light bulbs and tape and constructed a "SPARK & CLEAN" Machine!
VOILA! After repeated surges of current over those deeply imbedded contacts, they got clean and began to function again. Our "Problem Child" worked like a dream!
During the process of "Discovery" my phone rang and it was Pascal, the Director of a Local Orphanage, whom Chris & Jeannine have helped in the past. He came right over to pick up some much needed supplies. About a year ago. Air Mobile, through generous friends, had provided Pascal with a Rescuer.
The unit needed some service, so, Chris and I presented the fully refurbed "Problem Child" (no longer a problem) to Pascal. We went back over the operation procedures and loaded him up with some food and sent him on his way with a big smile on his face! He could now provide clean water and food to the orphans put into his care.
Chris and I continued to go through the units that needed service and several benefited from our new "Spark & Clean" technique. I love it when our Lord "deploys His troops" our way!!
At the end of the day, our Rescuer Inventory Level was right up to the top. We now have enough units "In Stock" to keep units in the field in operation until "our next mission" here. Thank the Lord and thank Chris for sharing his "genius" with me and a whole lot of other folks who desperately need clean water! Chris is, without a doubt, becoming a genuine "Water Mule"!
Well, it's bright and early and we have another day, that our Lord has made, before us. The roosters are crowing and sun is just about ready to peak over the mountain. Time to get ready and see what our Lord has for us today.
As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support. You are a serious part of this outreach and I am so thankful that you take the time to "ramble" on down this path with me. I pray you are extremely blessed today. God bless!
Air Mobile Joe
1-13-13 Sunday - 6:42 am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
4 AMERICAN MISSIONARIES LOSE THEIR LIVES ON TREACHEROUS HAITI ROAD
Yesterday, I picked up fellow pilot, Chris Hall after he flew his Cessna 337 (same type as Ti Burik) in from Melbourne, FL. Chris's little airplane was jam packed with relief supplies for several orphanages. We cleared quickly and then headed up to the Matthew 25 Guest-House. Chris had a component to get their refrigerator working again. As we arrived to fix the "frig", there was a somber mood among the staff.
At first I thought it was the 3rd Anniversary of the Earthquake, then, I found out the tragic news. 4 Americans died on Friday afternoon on an extremely dangerous mountain road. They were from Grand Rapids, MI and were enroute to a village to bring medical help and clean water. Oh, that hurts so much.
These 4 gave their lives in the service of our Lord. I urge you to please lift up their families and all who have been devastated by this tragic accident. I have attached a link to the story - 4 AMERICANS DIE IN HAITI
Folks, all I can say is, this is not the first time this has happened, and....it probably won't be the last. Some of the roads in Haiti are dangerous "beyond belief". I am familiar with the region that these brave missionaries were headed and have driven the road myself.
There are things that we don't understand. When we go into areas where people are suffering and desperately need help, the way is often difficult, dangerous and painful. As a matter of fact, Our Lord tells that some would lose their lives in His service. Such is the case with these precious souls who suddenly and tragically lost their lives.
Well, it's time for me to finish my second cup of coffee and head into one of my favorite places in Haiti, the Air Mobile Rescuer Refurb facility (Air Mobile Joe's little Lab) and work on bringing water purifiers back to life.
As I ponder the region where the 4 missionaries were headed, I'm not sure, but I think that we might have placed some Rescuers right in that same region. I'll check our records (we have 326 units spread through-out this country). Again, my heart is so heavy as I think about what a big loss this to their families, their church and all who knew them.
As always, I truly am so THANKFUL for your prayers, love and support. Oh, by the way, I have a vivid reminder of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. For as I shared yesterday, on January 13, 2010, the next day after the earthquake, I had the privilege to pilot a small airplane to Haiti to lend a hand. January 13th is also my birthday. So, it's unlikely I'll ever forget the tragic day but.....there is hope, there is New Life in Christ even in the worst tragedies.
May you be blessed today!
Air Mobile Joe
1-12-13 Saturday - 6:32 am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
3 YEARS AGO TODAY....HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HAITIANS DIED!
I, so vividly, remember the call from Barb. It was just minutes before 5:00pm, January 12, 2010. There was panic and fear in Barb's voice (never heard that before). She was shouting a question to me...."What's happening, it's either a huge bomb or an earthquake...what's happening, Joe??".
Barb was under a table and debris was falling and people were screaming in the back ground. For you see, the moment the deadly quake hit, Barb lunged under a table, grabbed her cell phone (and her Coca Cola) and called me.
My simple response was, "Barb, I don't know what it is, but we'll be there.... I promise you, we'll be there". Through an amazing series of miracles and extraordinary generosity, we were there the next day....the first private plane to land following the dreadful January 12, 2010 Earthquake...a day many will never forget.
Over these last 3 years we have seen progress. Not as much as people expected, but bit by bit and block by block Haiti is slowly and painfully rebuilding. I can tell you that building standards have improved dramatically. The question in many minds is, "will this concrete roof come down and kill me". There is a lot more steel and structural integrity added to most buildings. Here, Barb is overseeing the construction of a new Church that the Church at Viera has planted recently.
Oh, so many memories flood my mind and touch my heart as I ponder these last few years. Often, our work is small and seemingly insignificant. Often, we're able to bring in just a few precious drops of clean water, but we just keep plugging away and doing what we can. Again, I am just overwhelmed by our Lord's goodness, and your generosity, as I think about the 326 Air Mobile Rescuers that are in operation in virtually every corner of this country.
So, after some early morning reflection and prayer, I am simply thankful to be part of this process of helping so many to slowly put their lives back together. I can hear several Church services going on this morning. The mood is somber, sad and.....there is hope. Haitians have lived with so much pain and suffering over the years. So many are simply glad to be alive and they're just going about their day with a stalwart courage and determination.
PLEASE, PLEASE, take a moment and PRAY FOR HAITI as you read this! They have been through so much suffering and yet, many turn to our Lord for strength and courage to make it through another day.
I must tell you how little Sock Monkey is doing. I introduced him to Barb and told her the story of Bruce the donor. She smiled and said... "I know who needs Sock Monkey". She then began to tell me about Markinson.
Markinson is 9 years old, but the size of a 3 year old. He has severe scoliosis and has suffered all of his life. Now, because of heroic efforts and many generous folks, Markinson is in the process of getting a Medical Visa and will soon be going to America for life-changing surgery.
So, we loaded Sock Monkey up in the Jeep and headed to the Croatian Orphanage, where Markinson resides. You may recall, that we recently flew Sandra, the Orphanage Director to the U.S. for some much needed R&R. Well, Sandra came back and got Dengue Fever. Please remember to pray for Sandra's recovery.
Well, back to Markinson. When we told Sandra the story, she was thrilled that Markinson was going to receive this blessing from Bruce, the Donor, who too, has experienced so much pain. Sandra described Markinson as a beautiful child with a serious and quiet demeanor. So, we met Markinson and introduced him to Sock Monkey.
I briefly told Markinson about Bruce and introduced him to Sock Monkey. It was "Love at first sight". Markinson gently held him very close and listened carefully as I told him more about Bruce and the things that, he too, has gone through.
Barb has been arranging the Medical Visa, and Folks, you would not believe what this Lady of God does to rescue children like little Markinson. We affectionately call Barb "Rambo in the Blue Dress" because of her amazing strength and determination to get these kids the love and care they need. SHE IS RELENTLESS in this mission and now has over 1000 kids that have been rescued to her credit!
I count myself blessed beyond measure to be part of this mission. So thankful for co-workers like Barb. Cindy and I have worked together with Barb for over 20 years and we've seen so many miracles over these years.
Now, I know that Sock Monkey is just one little stuffed animal, but the story of love and generosity behind this little gift just touches my heart so.
It was on this day, three years ago, that this very blog series began. With our Lord's help, been able to write a "rambling blog" every single day, with only one exception.
We took 4 days off the day that Ty Pennington yelled at my family through a bull-horn saying, "Good morning Hurston Family" and they built our family an "Extreme" home. We were sent to a beautiful resort and were "incommunicado" while our new home was being built. So, now you know a bit more about why I write this rambling blog every single day. My Cindy says it's "my therapy". She's probably right.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support. Together, we've seen a lot over these last three years. And...I intend to just keep on writing this "Rambling Blog" every day as long as our Lord gives me something to write about. So far, He hasn't let me down. So, with our Lord's help and grace, see you tomorrow on the blog.
Air Mobile Joe
1-11-13 Friday - 7:59 am (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
SOCK MONKEY GOES TO HAITI
You may recall, the young man, who graciously donated his beloved "Sock Monkey" to the children in Haiti (read back down the blog to find the story - 1-3-13). Well, yesterday morning, quite early, Air Mobile Joe and Sock Monkey flew to Haiti.
It was an absolutely gorgeous flight and Ti Burik flew beautifully. I still marvel at just how spectacular the Caribbean sunrises are and the overall view just takes ones breath away.
We had some pretty strong headwinds, but this just gave Sock and I a bit more time to simply enjoy the flight.
Upon arrival, Barb met me on the ramp and she's seen a lot of loads in our Little Donkey, but we both agree, that this one will likely take the prize for the most packed. I mean, every nook and cranny was stuffed with diapers and baby clothes and food, and a hundred other little things that the "Village" desperately needs. So glad to be part of this operation.
After unloading Ti Burik, we headed out to deliver the supplies to a couple of other mission agencies then to the Village. We unloaded all of the supplies and then I assessed the work for the next few days. Brought in vital parts to get some Air Mobile Rescuers back into service. Love this part of the job.
Soon, I'll be introducing "Sock Monkey" to his new friends in Haiti. It was quite a journey for the little Guy and I know that his donor, Bruce, will be glad to share him with other kids that need some comfort. Thanks again, Bruce for your kindness and generous heart to share something so beloved and special with those less fortunate. May we all learn from your caring heart.
Well, it's time for that great second cup of coffee and plunge into this day that our Lord has made.
Pray that you are blessed today and as always, THANK YOU for your love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
1-10-13 Thursday - 2:49 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
WHAT DOES A FULLY LOADED LITTLE DONKEY LOOK LIKE?
Now, here's a picture of what a little twin-engine airplane looks like when fully loaded. As one can see from the load, pretty much every inch is taken up. The cargo is carefully weighed and distributed to give a balanced load. I never cease to marvel at just how much this Little Donkey can carry!
Just to put things into perspective, in this shot stands our very own Ariana. I am ever reminded of the joy of this mission....bringing hope and healing to those less fortunate. I, so vividly, recall when Cindy and I brought Ariana into our home to receive life-saving surgery and how our Lord led us to adopt this little angel.
On the other end of where Ti Burik flies is an orphanage run by an extraordinary lady, Barbara (AKA Rambo in the Blue Dress). Barb works so hard to rescue children like Ariana. We're blessed to have work with Barb.
Well, it's bright and early this morning. Just got up, put on that coffee and checked the world news. Saw the trailer to an episode from the Weather Channel titled, "What would happen if a meteor hit". It was rather gripping. Seems like more and more folks are urging us to take a look around and think about what we would do if..... Here is the link: WHAT IF DEADLY METEOR HITS EARTH... (Note, a commercial will come first and then the story)
Again, Folks, it's never a bad idea to think about "Emergency Procedures". In my flight training, this is a vital part of what we teach our students. Then, when an emergency does hit, we are simply better prepared.
Of course, our first and foremost procedure should always be.....A.S.A.P. (Always-Say-A-Prayer). This is a vital part of our training and it keeps us ever going to our Father who loves and cares for us.
Just thought I'd share this tid-bit of critical information with you this morning. Perhaps, I'll lay down and rest a bit more this morning. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support.
Air Mobile Joe
1-9-13 Wednesday - 7:07 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
WHAT DOES THE "WEATHER CHANNEL" SAY ABOUT THE FORECAST??
Sometimes, when I "stack" up the facts, as in yesterday's blog, things can look pretty grim. Of course, we keep the faith and keep marching hand in hand with our Lord. So glad He's an ever present help in time of need. Take a look at this link from the Weather Channel regarding things that are going on around the world. - Weather Channel - Global Risks 2013
Of course, all of these, are simply "forecasts" and "predictions", however, when the facts are objectively analyzed, one can certainly see that the weather and other events are certainly stacking up against us. Again, our first and best course is to pray and trust our Lord to lead us each day.
Now, I must admit, that I have good days and bad days. Sometimes, I just don't follow the leading of our Lord as closely as I should. Sometimes, just get caught up in the day and chase some "rabbits" in the woods. I guess we're all guilty of that. Thank God for His Amazing Grace in our lives.
Meantime, Air Mobile has a very serious commitment to bring clean water to a "Thirsty World" and right in our own back yard is Haiti. We have worked diligently to do what we can with the resources we have to do just that. Did you know, that we now have 326 Air Mobile Rescuers in operation spread all throughout the country.
It has been a "Labor of Love" keeping these units going. Nearly every month, we fly Ti Burik, our Little Donkey to Haiti to bring in invaluable supplies and parts to keep those units running. We have learned so much from doing this. "Real Life" is often the best "Test Lab" to see just how well your machine works. Haiti has absolutely afforded us this grand test.
For now, we prepare for our "Next Mission". Was able to get some Baby Formula, thanks to the Alternative Pregnancy Center in Merritt Island. A local doctor and his wife, dear friends, Dr. Steve & Millie Badolato dropped a nice load of baby beds and other baby supplies on our doorstep yesterday. Again, where would we be without so many standing with us!!
Well, today is another day that our Lord has made. Time to head out and see what He has for us today. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
1-8-13 Tuesday - 7:32 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
KING TIDES....CLOSE PASS BY ASTEROID....SOLAR
Perhaps we just have better coverage of events taking place (very likely), but folks, there is a lot of shaking & "stuff" going on all around us.
California is seeing record tides and thankfully, there are no big storms on the immediate horizon, so this is producing "seeping" rises. We're thankful. The reason for these very, very high tides is the alignment and proximity between the earth, the moon and the sun.
Meanwhile, an asteroid, Apophis, about the size of 3 football fields and named after the Egyptian evil god of darkness is passing relatively close to our beloved planet. Should this big rock hit the earth (not likely) about 10,000,000 would die and things would change very dramatically on earth. Apophis is scheduled to pass by "The Good Ship Earth" tomorrow (1-9-13).
Now, next month, we'll have another asteroid, (named 2012 D-14) a bit smaller than Apophis, but passing much closer to earth, a mere 21,000 miles from us. Whew, that's getting pretty close. And hang on, 2013 is also being named "The Year of the Comet" as other such objects are scheduled to visit our proximity.
Have you noticed that the U.S. & Russia (and others) are making plans for possibly flying to these asteroids and being able to possibly "shoot them off course" from earth? There is very real concern about these big objects hurtling through space.
We do know, from reading the book of Revelation, that there is coming a time when large "celestial" objects will crash into the earth and into our oceans causing massive loss of life. It is interesting when we hear scientists talking about the exact same things. Remember, Folks, no man knows the day or the hour that such things will occur, but they WILL HAPPEN!
Oh, by the way, another massive Solar Flare occurred on December 31, 2012. It was about 20 times bigger than the earth. Thankfully, that "bad boy" was pointed the other way. Whew!
We have absolutely NO CONTROL over those events (other than Prayer). They just happen. Scientists are predicting 2013 to be the year of the Solar Flare! Of course, a direct (or even "glancing") hit would knock out much of our Electrical Grid. Being without electricity is a bad thing and would significantly disrupt all of our lives. So....
What should we do? First of all, seek His face and His purpose every day in our lives. In Christ, there is peace and joy and direction. Next, as Cindy and I have been encouraging you to do, lay up some extra "supplies" for hard times coming. This action will bring some peace and joy into your lives, KNOWING, that you are doing something to prepare. Also, making emergency plans is always a good idea.
This morning, we sent out an E-Letter titled "5 Top Reasons we are Prepping". If you have not received this in your Inbox this morning and would be interested in being on our E-Mail List, simply jot me a note at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be sure that you're on "The List". I promise you, we will not inundate you with a bunch of junk mail.
Ok, it's time to head out this morning. Have an important appointment down in West Palm Beach. Will tell you more about it later. For now, time to go feed those chickens, swig down that second cup of coffee and head out the door. As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support. Be blessed today!!
Air Mobile Joe
1-7-13 Monday - 7:58 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
OLD DOG...NEW TRICKS - AIR MOBILE JOE STUDYING LIKE CRAZY
At the end of our wonderful Sunday of Ministry, headed home to study for that upcoming Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) check ride.
Began the day with Church, our first Sunday of the New Year. Our Pastor Gary did a superb job of encouraging us and simply pointing us to Jesus for this New Year.
Then, it was off to the Hospital to minister with a bunch of young people who are "locked up". We have officially begun our 16th year of coming to this Hospital for young people every Sunday and bringing the Good News of Jesus. Cindy shared her story of how our Lord "made all things new in her life" when she was a 14 year old girl. There is so much power in simply sharing the story of our encounter with the Savior!
Because of strict Confidentiality Rules, we cannot show any photos or give any names of the young people, but our Lord surely knows each one. Out of all of the ministry that Air Mobile does, this one is one of the sweetest that we do.
Well, it is back to the books and yes, after all these years of flying...I AM LEARNING SO MUCH. I can certainly fly an airplane and do so with safety..... however, learning how to train someone else on how to fly an airplane is a whole new dimension of study.
I have gone through the usual obstacles to learning....the sense of being overwhelmed by the "upcoming test", but by just sticking with it and pushing through the "fears of failure", I am now at the point of simply enjoying the study. Much of the material is familiar to me because of the years and years of aviation experience, but....again, teaching these principles to someone else forces one to really look carefully at the theory and explain it. Now, that is a different story for sure.
Well, I will continue on this quest of obtaining a new rating. Not quite ready for the "Check Ride" but definitely moving in the right direction. The fact is....one can teach "An Old Dog New Tricks"!
Time to head out into this day that our Lord has made. Will be going in a bunch of different directions today getting ready for that "next mission". Then, this evening, will be hitting the books again...getting ready for "Ride".
Pray you have blessed day today. So appreciate your love, prayer and support. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
1-6-13 Sunday - 8:08 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
TEST FLIGHT & A BIT OF TRAINING TOO - ARIANA MEETS "SOCK MONKEY" & BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL STUDYING
Began yesterday with a nice Test Flight of Ti Burik. Brought Christian with me (as kind of an added Birthday Gift) & a good "Student". You see, been working very hard toward final preparation for the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) "Check Ride".
Paul, our mechanic, had done a bit more tweaking on the fuel system and the aileron trim. So, we just had a good time. Actually flew down the "Old Shuttle Landing Strip" at 100 feet. Now, that was a ride down "Memory Lane". No more Space Shuttles (as we've known them).
Our Little Donkey flew beautifully, was able to verify that all is "trimmed & rigged" properly, Christian got a little flight training and I got a some flight instructing practice. A nice way to spend the morning.
After we put Ti Burik back in the Barn, headed home to check on the kids. Had promised Ariana that she could come back up to the Hangar with me while I continued my studying. You've never seen a little girl so happy to go to a hangar and play with her "Grand Palace", a combination of old boxes, bubble wrap, tape and rocks. She has created a marvelous little world with a vivid imagination.
Well, I had a Little Friend that I wanted her to meet, "Sock Monkey" (just read on down a few days to find out who this new little friend is). He won't be here very long, as some Haitian Children will get to meet him pretty soon.
I must tell you about one little incident that I happened to hear. Ariana was just playing away, with all of her little friends. We put in a new "Music Store", made out of the box that her new Alarm Clock Radio came in and I heard Ariana sigh...."I must go out and pinch myself, I'm finally back at the Hangar with my Grand Palace". She stepped out of the little office and let out a deep sigh and came back in. I just smiled and continued to study.
Meanwhile, Sock Monkey just looked on with that sublime smile. This too was a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon at the Hangar.
Earlier, I had put on a crock pot of 15 Bean Soup. I called Peter a couple of times and asked him to "Stir the Beans". He did. Ariana and I dashed home to finish supper. Cindy was working her last shift of the week and we wanted to have a delicious supper for her. Cooked some Collard Greens with that delicious bean soup. Now, this is the kind of meal that we'd cook up in the mountains of Tennessee. Kind of a "Live off the land" type of meal. Good training.
After dinner, headed back to the books and studied for the rest of the evening. It is definitely time for me to go ahead and take that CFI Check Ride. Hope to wrap that up before the end of the month.
Must admit, I'm a bit intimidated by all of the material that I have to "Master". Teaching someone to fly isn't like teaching someone how to plant tulip bulbs. It's serious business. So, will continue to study like crazy and get ready for the test.
As always, so appreciate your patience and grace to wander all the way down this meandering "stream of consciousness" blog with Air Mobile Joe. God bless you and THANKS again for your love, prayer and support!
Air Mobile Joe
1-5-13 Saturday - 6:29 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
MAJOR EARTHQUAKE STRIKES OFF ALASKA COAST - TSUNAMI WARNINGS JUST LIFTED....THANK GOD!..... DID YOU KNOW THAT A 1700 FOOT TSUNAMI STRUCK ALASKA ON JULY 7, 1958?? THE HIGHEST TSUNAMI IN RECORDED HISTORY!
About 4:00am (Eastern Time) this morning, a 7.5 Earthquake struck in the Pacific off the Alaska Coast. Immediately, Tsunami Warnings were issued. Because of the direction and other factors, several hours later, the Tsunami Warning was lifted. Thank the Lord!
Did you know, that another earthquake off the Alaska coast caused an unbelievable 1700 foot Tsunami? Yes, you heard me right. Folks, IT CAN HAPPEN & HAS IN RECENT HISTORY (1958). Here is a link to the details - ALASKA EARTHQUAKE CAUSES LARGEST TSUNAMI IN RECORDED HISTORY .
Miraculously, only 2 lives were lost because the area was virtually uninhabited. There were 3 fishing boats in the bay at the time of the massive earthquake and tsunami. Two of the fishing boats "surfed" the Tsunami. Here is a quote from a recent interview of one of the survivors - The Science Channel and Dr George PC quoted one of the survivors Howard G. Ulrich in a recent article about the tsnumami. Ulrich heard the sound of the enormous wave ripping through the land and obscuring the sky, he reportedly said to his 8-year-old child “Son…it’s time to pray.”
You know one of my all time favorite sayings.....A.S.A.P. (Always Say A Prayer). One thing is for sure, "Life is uncertain" and things can happen fast. But, one thing that is absolutely certain is that our Lord is an ever present help in time of need. Keep that wonderful little saying close by and always be ready to Say A Prayer!
As you read and wander down this meandering path of Air Mobile Joe's Blog, I will often encourage you to PREPARE & BE READY. One of the reasons that I am so emphatic about this is the nature of the work that Cindy and I have done over the years. We have traveled to Indonesia immediately following the December 26, 2004 Earthquake / Tsunami. We have seen with our very own eyes (and all of our senses) the effect of a terrible Tsunami. The destruction is unbelievable!
We have experienced literally HUNDREDS of earthquakes personally. The reason is that following major earthquakes, many, many after shocks occur. That is usually the time we arrive at the disaster. Of course, we most recently traveled to Japan following the massive earthquake. Did you know that a 60 Foot Tsunami wiped out parts of the Japanese Coast. The destruction was so massive.
Now, with Haiti's January 12, 2010 Earthquake, there was no Tsunami but....nearly 300,000 perished. That will take your breath away. So, please bear with me if I get a little emotional and emphatic when I speak about being PREPARED!
Wow, sure didn't expect to go into all of this, this morning. But when I saw the headlines about the Alaska quake, just had to go into a bit of research and brought back all of those images and memories.
So, how do we prepare for such events? Well, no one can ever be fully prepared, as each disaster has it's own challenges. But, there are certain basic things that we can do. Like, have some extra food, water, flashlights, batteries, warm clothes (if in winter), means to start a fire etc. Now, the MOST important thing to have ready and at hand is a PRAYER!
Hope you had a chance to read the article above about the 1700 Tsunami. It is quite eye-opening as to what can happen and what has happened. It is all the more reason to put our trust in the Lord and do what we can do to prepare for uncertain days ahead. Even if we just do a little bit every day, they add up.
Well, today, will be heading to the airport to try to do that test flight. The weather prevented the flight yesterday. Also, we're working diligently on getting ready for our next mission to Haiti.
THANK YOU again for wandering down this path with me and above all, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support! God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
1-4-13 Friday - 6:43 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
A DAY IN THE TRENCHES - SOCK MONKEY LENDS SOME COMPANIONSHIP
It was a good day. Just going from thing to thing. Had to put the Bounder (our old motorhome) into the shop to find the reason for the soft brakes and why we had to add fluid. Had to get the oil changed on Cindy's car and worked on getting supplies for our next mission.
Heard from Samaritan's Purse and they needed some more supplies in Haiti. Global Outreach, another Haiti mission, is having some problems with their printer. We'll try to help with that.
While working in the Air Mobile Hangar Office, Sock Monkey (read yesterday's blog to learn more about how we will have Sock Monkey for a little while) lent a bit of companionship to me as I "slugged" through the details of the day.
Then I fitted Sock Monkey with his own set of headphones for his up-coming flight to Haiti. I'm getting rather attached to the little fella. I can understand how Bruce became so attached to him.
I'm still touched by the story of how Bruce and his sister, Katie, bundled up their beloved "little friends" and brought them to us to bring to the children in Haiti. What a blessing!
Today, 31 years ago, my son Christian came into this world. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTIAN!
After our latest round of inspections and maintenance on Ti Burik, we should take the faithful little mission plane up again to be sure the fuel tanks are properly calibrated and the trim is all adjusted. So....I'll bring Christian along for the ride.
Will also be searching for baby formula and other supplies for Barbara and the kids in the Village.
Have a couple of Air Mobile Rescuers to send to a Tennessee Church for a Mission in Africa. Always love doing that. Means more clean water, lives saved and the opportunity to share the "Living Water of Christ"!
So, it's that time....finish that good cup of coffee, feed the chickens and head on out into this rainy, cool day here in normally, sunny Florida. Hope things clear up for our test flight later this morning.
As always, so appreciate you and your precious prayer, love and support. May you be extremely blessed today!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - IF YOU'RE NEW TO THIS "RAMBLING" BLOG AND FEEL AS IF YOU'VE JUMPED RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE STORY....YOU HAVE. SIMPLY READ ON DOWN TO SEE HOW WE'VE GOTTEN TO THIS JUNCTURE OF THE JOURNEY. WELCOME ABOARD!! Air Mobile Joe
1-3-13 Thursday - 6:20 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
VERY PRECIOUS GIFTS....SOCK MONKEY & FRIENDS
Recently, received a call from Beth. She began telling me about her kids, Katie and Bruce. She explained that they had some gifts for the children in Haiti. I listened as she told me about the very painful disease that her son, Bruce, has and how important these "gifts" are to him. * A plan evolved for the Transfer.
As Bruce would go through long periods of tremendous pain, he became very, very attached to a number of "stuffed animals". His sister Katie, followed suit. They had some very beautiful and most importantly, greatly loved "little friends".
One day, on their own, both Katie and Bruce decided that it was time to give these precious little friends to some children who too were suffering. They thought of the children in Haiti, thus the recent call.
After meeting this wonderful family and hearing the heart of these children who were thinking beyond themselves, but showing love for others much less fortunate, my heart was warmed and encouraged. I asked Bruce who is very favorite one was. It was "Sock Monkey". Guess who will be my co-pilot on the next flight to Haiti??
Oh, I must tell you about someone else who showed up during this important "transfer" - TBM Jim. Now Jim has an amazing story (History Channel stuff). At 17 Jim joined the Navy and by the time he was 18 years old, he was piloting a TBM Avenger (Torpedo Bomber) and flying off of aircraft carriers in the Pacific fighting the Japanese in World War II.
The last time I saw Jim (about a year ago), he had met Natalie, a young lady (15 years old), at our hangar, who felt impressed by the Lord to knit little baby caps for the children in Haiti. Jim was moved to tears as he saw these young people "thinking and caring" for others less fortunate.
Jim looked at me and said, "there is hope for our young people". I'm so glad that Jim showed up when he did to meet Bruce & Katie. A good example of God's Amazing Timing!
Yesterday was a full day that included a successful test flight of our Little Donkey and getting supplies ready for our next mission and also receiving some very precious gifts for the Children in Haiti. Barbara will be glad for these precious gifts and above all, for the selfless love shown by a couple of young people.
So today, we continue to "March in the Service of our Lord" bringing hope and joy and clean water to those less fortunate. Even though things in our Country are, in my humble opinion, far "off course", we continue to serve our Lord each day and pray for His wisdom, favor and grace. I am so thankful when He brings to our attention, young people, such as Bruce and Katie who care more about others than themselves and show that love with their sharing hearts.
May you be blessed today and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support.
Air Mobile Joe
1-2-13 Wednesday - 7:03 am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
TIME TO "GET BACK TO WORK".....
Well, here we are. I guess some kind of deal has been passed in Washington that will keep us from plunging over....seems like taxes will go up on a bunch of folks, some say 77% of the American Households will have tax increases. So, what does all of this mean??
I can tell you, as a Small Business Man, taxes are like "heat seeking missiles" and do terrible damage to the growth and health of a company. IF our tax dollars were used wisely and judiciously, then, I, like many would have absolutely no problem paying taxes for the good of all. However.....tax dollars are often grossly "mis-spent".
Please note: I am not advocating not paying your taxes! Even Jesus encouraged us to "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's".
Having run multiple Small Businesses and employing, at times as many of 26 people, I know how difficult it is to make a profit. Often, in our case, any profits made would be "plowed" back into the company to bring about growth. When those profits are taxed, growth and development are dramatically hindered and often stopped. Thus, resulting in lay-offs and "down-sizing". There you have my thoughts on taxes.
Also, today, we Americans are being strapped with hundreds and hundreds of NEW regulations. Folks, you don't even want to know what's coming to America. Brace yourselves! Just read that fires in fireplaces are being banned in San Francisco (for New Years Day). Hope that doesn't "catch on". We'd have a real problem in the Tennessee Cabin and the beloved "Wood Stove"!
A few folks are standing up (example of Hobby Lobby), but the reality is, we are in for quite a few Changes, and they are not all good. So, what do we do? I do believe that it is extremely important to follow our conscience and be true to our core beliefs.
When those beliefs conflict with man-made laws, we certainly need to bring this matter to our Lord and PRAY and ask Him for guidance and direction.
So, it's Wednesday morning, January 2nd 2013 and it's time to head out into this day....that our Lord has made, and rejoice and be glad in it. Today, there will be opportunities for us all to shine for Him and bring Glory to Him. May we look for, identify and seize those opportunities as they avail themselves to us.
THANK YOU for standing with us with your prayer, love and support. We truly appreciate you! May you be blessed today in all you set your hand to do. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
1-1-13 Tuesday - 8:16am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base - Report prepared by: Air Mobile Joe
HAPPY NEW YEAR! SOME REFLECTIONS ON "CHANGE"
2012 has come to an end....what a year. We have seen some significant changes around the world and here at home in America. Not all change is good but...not all change is bad either. The One Who does not change is our Lord Jesus! He is the same yesterday, today and forever! When He, our Lord, brings changes in our lives, those changes are good!
So, at midnight last night, the year changed from 2012 to 2013. Our hope and prayer for all of us is that 2013 will be a remarkable year of positive changes in our lives that will bring glory to God and peace & joy into our lives.
Peter, Ariana and I headed home to Cindy yesterday. We drove that old motor-home through the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Saw quite a bit of snow left by Winter Storms Euclid & Freyr, but had no delays or complications. The old coach delivered us home safe and sound.
Peter and I then headed to an alternate location (our regular place closed early) to watch a very good, hard fought game, between LSU and Clemson. Oh, it was a heart-break for us, but the folks in Clemson are certainly celebrating. They won in the last second, final score 23 - 22. Well, one thing is for sure. We win some and we lose some but....Jesus is still Lord!
So, here we are, standing on the thresh-hold of a brand new year. What will we do? We will march forth with hope and confidence in our Lord, knowing that His love for us is beyond comprehension, and seek to do His will each and every day. Sounds like a good plan.
From Cindy and I and our whole family, we pray that you will be extremely blessed, in the Lord, in this New Year of 2013. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe