12-15-14 Monday 7:09AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A RESCUER & 3 BRAVE AND ANOINTED YOUNG FILIPINOS HEADING HOME
As Cindy and I watched Aldrich, James and Sharla disappear into the crowd after clearing Security at Orlando International, we stood there and cried. They were about to board an American Airlines jet headed for JFK.
Now to back up a bit, this day began like a whirlwind. Aldrich and James sang for the Grove Church for their 9:30 AM service. Their music just lit up this already, "on-fire" church.
We then dashed back to our Home Church, Redeemer (10:00 AM Service), to see Ariana sing in the Christmas Presentation by the young people. Whew, we made it just in time!
After those breathless services, we headed to lunch where our young musicians enjoyed a few minutes of Video games before eating.
James conquered the old classic Pac Man.
Aldrich was trying his hand at racing. He's actually a pretty good driver.
Sharla and Ariana had fierce battles of Tic-Tac-Toe. Sharla was hard to beat!
We then returned home and I had the privilege to present these awesome young people with an Air Mobile Rescuer. This unit was funded by Christian Television Network (CTN).
They did not require much training as they had already helped us deploy a number of Rescuers after the terrible Typhoon Haiyan last year.
They will be placing this Rescuer in an isolated village that does not have clean water!
We then packed and squeezed the bags full...right up to the maximum weight...to the last ounce.
Before leaving our home, Peter bid them farewell. They really enjoyed "jamming" together.
You may recall, we brought Peter to the Philippines with us on our last mission there and he was able to minister with Aldrich and James.
We departed our home and built in just enough time to make a pass by Starbucks for a final, delicious cup of coffee with our young friends.
Then, it was on to the airport to bid our farewell to these awesome, brave, anointed sweet young people. And yes, we cried as they disappeared into the crowd.
We eagerly awaited word of their safe arrival to JFK. They made it just fine and over-nighted in New York City.
We've already been in touch with them this morning and they're about to board a Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo and then on to Manila and finally to General Santos Island and home.
Please pray that each leg goes smoothly and without incident.
As Cindy and I look back over these last 12 days with them, we simply rejoice at how our Lord put us together with these precious young people. Surely....."Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"!
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and vital prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-14-14 Sunday 7:13AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
TODAY...WE BID FAREWELL
Alrich, James and Charla will be flying half way around the world to their beloved Philippines. We have so enjoyed them! They have been a great blessing to us and so many others!
They'll have an Air Mobile Rescuer with them for an isolated village where clean water is very hard to find. Their amazing gift of worship has enabled Air Mobile to bring more clean water to "Hard to Reach" places. We are so thankful for these faithful young people!
We were all treated to some delicious Filipino food and sweet fellowship yesterday thanks to Boots, a Filipino business owner. A number of Filipinos came out to hear Aldrich and James sing.
The staff of the Ice Cream Junction all heard of and knew about Aldrich and James and were so thrilled to get to know them in person. And....the food was delicious!
After spending 11 days with them, we have been blessed by their humble and sincere love of God and their desire to serve Him with all of their heart.
We believe that this is not the last we will see of them. Cindy and I look forward to working with them in the future and together, we will help to save lives and spread the love of God!
So, this morning, we'll go to our Church, Redeemer, and then we'll bring Aldrich, James and Charla to the airport, and sadly, bid them farewell as they begin their long journey home.
THANK YOU for standing with us with your wonderful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-13-14 Saturday 7:21AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WEIRD WEATHER....WARM EVERYWHERE...EXCEPT FLORIDA...??
Woke up to a rather chilly temperature here in "Sunny Florida" and then saw this headline - DECEMBER THAW GONE WILD: RECORD HIGHS FOR NORTHWEST, MIDWEST WHILE FLORIDA SEES BELOW AVG. TEMPS - That's just plain weird!
Oh, well, after we told our Filipino Musicians (Aldrich & James) that Florida weather was very much like the Philippines, they just shivered. Had to "fire-up" the fireplace to chase that chill away.
BTW, they'll be heading back to the Philippines tomorrow and we'll truly miss them. What a blessing they've been to us and so many others!!
Chipolte's was one of their favorites. There is something so special about sharing meals together.
Even on a chilly Florida day, the tangerines were ripe and ready and they felt more at home picking them and enjoying a sweet, juicy delight.
Today, we've been invited back to the Ice Cream Junction on Cocoa Beach. "Boots" the Filipino owner has promised us a delicious Philippine Buffet, and all we have to do is have the boys sing for it. They gladly agreed.
We've invited many of our Filipino friends to join us for our final day together, for the return home tomorrow.
If you live in the area and would like to join us, I can assure you, the food will be delcious and the fellowship will be sweet and the music will be "out of this world". We'll get there around 1:00pm this afternoon. Here's the address:
Ice Cream Junction
214 West Cocoa Beach Causeway
Cocoa, Beach 329031
Hope you can make it! It's time to have breakfast with our young guests. Today, it'll be fresh farm eggs (thanks to our chickens), rice and ham. Oh, we're going to miss these precious kids!!
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-12-14 Friday 7:11AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
BROADCASTING THE LOVE OF GOD AROUND THE WORLD
Yesterday was a banner day for proclaiming the love of God through music and testimony. Through the power of Christian Television, Aldrich and James will be singing to millions around the world. We'll let you know when the program will air.
It was really good being with my good friend Bob D'Andrea. We were able to reminisce "on the air" about many "excellent Christian adventures" we've had together and experiencing first-hand, the miraculous power of God!
We're very pleased to announce that Christian Television Network (CTN) will be funding an Air Mobile Rescuer specifically for an isolated and desperate village on General Santos Island in the Philippines. Aldrich and James will be able to deliver them when they return!!
In addition, Bob and Jane purchased an Air Mobile Rescuer, so that they can be prepared should an emergency arise. Living in Florida, it's just a matter of time.
It was a pleasure training them on the simple operation of the Rescuer. We just added 2 more "Water Mules" to the Kingdom of God!
After the program, we went to The Red Lobster in Largo and CTN treated Aldrich, James and Sharla to an excellent seafood dinner. Oh, it was a good day!!
Today is a "rest" day. These young people have performed again and again and have brought such joy to many through their awesome, God-Given talents. We're so blessed to have them with us!!
Though many, many lives have been spared (we're so thankful for that), millions have been displaced and the slow and painful process of rebuilding has begun.
We stand ready to help and at this hour, we now have a total of 3 Air Mobile Rescuers funded for the Philippines. Here's more on the challenges that millions are facing - PHILIPPINES HAGUPIT UPDATE 2014: THOUSANDS STRANDED IN EVACUATION CENTERS
We're now planning our strategy as to how and where to place them (1 will be going to General Santos with Aldrich and James). Today will be full of research and planning. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and vital prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-11-14 Thursday 7:07AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AN AMAZING DAY OF MINISTRY TO YOUNG PEOPLE
It was a pure joy seeing our young musicians from the Philippines minister in music and testimony to young American students. Cindy and I just sat back and cried.
The entire student body (600+) of Park Avenue Christian Academy came out to hear Aldrich and James sing and worship God.
After they began to sing, one by one, scores of young people just came up to the platform to be closer and the sweet spirit of worship, again, just brought tears to me and Cindy.
We're so glad to have gotten these precious young musicians to come (half-way around the world) and share their wonderful God-Given gifts with us and others. We also brought forth the message that one is never too young to worship God and be used by Him.
Today, we'll be driving across the state to Clearwater, FL to be on "The Good Life", a program hosted by the founder of Christian Television Network (CTN), Bob D'Andrea.
Bob and I go way back, and have had so many "Christian Adventures" together, including getting into Cuba with the first full Jesus Film system (an extraordinary & miraculous & extremely dangerous feat at the time!!).
Looking forward to being with Bob again and I'm so glad that Cindy and I can introduce him to Aldrich and James! Oh, we're going to have a good time!!
So, it's time to gather up our young Musicians and hit the road. As always, we so appreciate your precious and sweet prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-10-14 Wednesday 6:53AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A TESTIMONY TO EVACUATION - MANY LIVES SAVED IN THE PHILIPPINES
In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Hagupit, there are thousands of homes destroyed, flooding and millions without electricity, but PRAISE GOD, there has been a minimal loss of life!
Of course a single life lost is terrible, and I believe that the death toll following this very powerful typhoon stands at 27. It could have been so much worse!
The Filipino people are some of the most resilient, hard-working, determined, courageous people Cindy and I have ever encountered!
Of course, clean water is always a huge challenge following a disaster such as Typhoon Hagupit. We hope to send at least 2 Air Mobile Rescuers back to the Philippines with Aldrich, James and Charla....thanks to our successful "Let It Go - Let It Flow" event!!
Speaking of Aldrich, James and Charla.... Cindy brought them to Disney World yesterday and yes, they did "Splash Mountain". A picture is worth more than a thousand words!
Today, our young Musicians will be at Park Avenue Christian Academy putting on a Concert and sharing their Testimony to the entire school. Our Lord is using these young people in such mighty ways!!
Tomorrow, we will be traveling to Clearwater, FL to be on the "Good Life" program on Christian Television Network (CTN). This show airs around the world on thousands of channels. We're so blessed to be able to "share" these young people, who so love the Lord, with so many!
Time to head out into this day. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-9-14 Tuesday 6:48AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"FORMER" TYPHOON HAGUPIT LEFT A LOT OF WATER AND DAMAGE IN THE PHILIPPINES - NOW MOVING TO VIET NAM
Today, thanks to some more Filipino friends, Cindy is taking our young musicians to Disney World. I can tell you, this trip for them is just great. They're really having a blast and they're blessing so many with their God-Given gift of music.
So, it's time for me to head to the airport to drop Cindy's Aunt Judith where she's leaving Sunny Florida and heading back up to much colder Massachusetts. Need to head out the door and yes, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-8-14 Monday 6:19AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ALDRICH & JAMES BLESS OUR CHURCH AND HOSPITAL PATIENTS WITH THEIR BEAUTIFUL MUSIC & TYPHOON HAGUPIT "SLUGS" THROUGH THE PHILIPPINES POSING MAJOR FLOODING THREAT
After the incredible party that we had at our home, Aldrich & James have just continued to sing and bless us and others!
Our first stop yesterday morning was to our home Church, Redeemer. There, these two young men, shared their awesome gift of music with our Church.
Then, Cindy presented Aldrich, James & Charla a Certificate of Appreciation for their service to bring clean water to a Thirsty World. These young people flew half way around the world to join hands with Air Mobile in this noble mission. Praise God!!
And....if you can get into this Facebook posting, you'll hear the entire song. Oh, it's beautiful!! - ALDRICH & JAMES SINGING IN REDEEMER CHURCH
From Church, we then headed to the Hospital in Orlando. Again, these young people sang for Glory of the Lord! We could not take any photos as there are Confidentiality Laws in place in the Psychiatric Hospital, but all were really blessed by their sweet music!!
Now, I need to cut this blog short even though I have more to say about Typhoon Hagupit. Have to get Peter to school in a hurry (scheduling glitch). Will write more later. Check back in, if you're able. As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
Just got back and here's the latest on what is happening in the Philippines. We're following this very closely and most importantly, we're PRAYING about how we can help!! - HAGUPIT MOVES SLOWLY THROUGH PHILIPPINES - THREAT OF MAJOR FLOODING
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES AND THOSE IN HARMS WAY!
Air Mobile Joe
12-7-14 Sunday 7:37AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WHAT A PARTY!! MASSIVE EVACUATION IN PHILIPPINES SAVES LIVES!!
Oh, did we have a party! Last night will be remembered for a long time, especially by my Cindy and I. So many precious folks came out to support our efforts to bring clean water to a thirsty world!
The evening was full of good food, great music and sweet fellowship. Aldrich and James blessed us with their awesome, God-Given gifts of music.
The crowd grew to between 200-250 and the atmosphere was just charged with joy.
A special THANKS for the Astronaut High Jazz Band, The WEEP Rock Band, Ann Marie Hurston and our own Peter Hurston for filling this glorious evening with incredible music and joy!!
Then, on the balmy, clear Florida evening something very strange and unusual happened......
It began to SNOW! Well, kind of....with the help of 4 tons of ice and a big snow blowing machine. Yes, we had SNOW in Florida and the kids (and a lot of adults) went crazy.
Snow balls were flying and little snow men began to appear and all we can say is....it was a HIT, to add to this already spectacular evening!!
So many helped Cindy and I to put this evening together. Can't even begin to list them all. We just say THANK YOU for helping us!!
The bottom line, at the end of this glorious evening is that more people will get clean water and we know that causes our Lord and Savior to smile!!
We've been following Super Typhoon Hagupit. The Filipino people evacuated (over 700,000) and lives have been saved! Here's more - MASSIVE EVACUATION SAVES LIVES
There has been great destruction and devastation, but....at this hour, the death toll is very low and for that we are THANKFUL! We continue to monitor that situation and stand ready to GO!
It's Sunday morning and time to get to Church and then to the Hospital to introduce the patients to Aldrich and James.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious and faithful and vital prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-6-14 Saturday 5:22AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW" TODAY - PHILIPPINES BRACES FOR SUPER TYPHOON HAGUPIT
Today is the day of our big event and we're so excited! LET THE CLEAN WATER FLOW!
So many folks have helped us to get here. The list just goes on and on for those who have given of themselves, their talents and their resources. All we can say is THANK YOU!
Together, we're helping others by bringing clean water when the "chips are down" and people are having a "bad day".
For example, as I type this blog, a Super Typhoon by the name of Hagupit (AKA: Ruby) is bearing down on the Philippines. Here's more - Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) Update: Philippines Landfall Ahead (FORECAST)
Hundreds of thousands have evacuated as this monster storm "wobbles" toward millions who are extremely vulnerable.
The winds are still peaking at 150+MPH and the exact location of landfall is yet to be determined. The forward speed of this killer storm has slowed making the possibility of massive flooding and mudslides all but a certainty. Again, WE PRAY!!
By the end of this evening, we will know where Super Typhoon Hagupit will have made landfall. We're preparing to help and the timing of our event could not be any better. We hope that you, who are in our area, will be able to attend this wonderful event. Here are the details - LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW EVENT DETAILS & INVITATION
At the end of another long and full day of preparation, Aldrich & James & Peter just sat jamming and working on their songs. We're so enjoying these young people who have given their lives and their talents to the Lord for His service! What a blessing!!
It's also good to know that the Orion Space Capsule had a very successful mission and successfully returned to earth with a picture perfect splash-down in the Pacific.
So glad that Aldrich, James and Charla could share this historic experience with us (even though they could not see the launch, they sure heard and felt it!).
So, it's time to get on with this day and do the final touch-ups in preparation for the grand event this evening. The more successful we are, the more people will get clean water. What a noble mission. Again, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-5-14 Friday 6:42AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ORION LAUNCHES!! SUPER TYPHOON HAGUPIT RACING TOWARD PHILIPPINES!
We all got up early and stood eagerly on the balcony and watched with great anticipation. The countdown went perfectly and exactly on time......the big rocket LAUNCHED! The ground began to shake and the roar filled the air but a cloud layer blocked the view.
Oh well, our young musicians from the Philippines heard and felt a launch, but didn't see it. Kind of like having faith in God....we can hear Him through His Word and feel His great love, but we can't necessarily see Him. I knew there would be a good lesson this morning.
Earlier, yesterday evening, we had our entire Bible Study group over and man, did they work! Guys were hanging lights and ladies were working on the inside. Aldrich, James and Charla were right there with us. Oh, it was great!
Our Pastor Gary took some precious time to find out more about our young Musicians and how our Lord called them to His service. It was sweet!
There was a very fun surprise. James and Katie (from Ohio) have been "Facebook Friends" with Aldrich and James for several years but....they had never met "Face to Face".
This couple got in their car and drove 21 hours from Ohio (secretly) and showed up in the middle of our work evening. You should have seen when they finally met!!
Today, is the last full day before the grand event! We'll be busy putting the final touches on. Again, we hope you can come. Here are the details - LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW INVITATION
We're keeping a very close eye on Super Typhoon Hagupit that is barreling toward the Philippines. Mass evacuations are occurring as I type. We PRAY!! Here's more - DIFFERING FORECAST WIDENS SCOPE & EVACUATIONS
The folks in the Philippines have yet to recover from the terrible Typhoon Haiyan that wreaked such horrifying destruction last year. Now, they're looking down the barrel of the gun once more. WE PRAY!!
As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable and precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-4-14 Thursday 6:54AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AWAITING ORION....HOLD DUE TO WINDS - ALDRICH & JAMES & SHARLA ARRIVED SAFE & SOUND - UPDATE!! - LAUNCH SCRUBBED & SUPER TYPHOON HAGUPIT BARRELING DOWN ON THE PHILIPPINES!!
Here's a quick early blog... we're awaiting the launch of the Delta IV Rocket with the "next generation" Space Capsule, Orion atop.
After Aldrich, James and Sharla flew half way around the world to be with us, they landed in Orlando right on time just before midnight. We brought them home, fed them some good old homemade chicken soup and they went to bed.
Since they've never seen a Rocket Launch, we got them up for a 7:17am launch but....it's been "delayed" due to some high altitude winds. This is so common here on the Space Coast.
Right now, there are thousands and thousands of folks standing on the beach, sitting in parking areas to view this historic launch of the Orion. Aldrich, James and Sharla are being introduced to an actual rocket launch.
We hope to get this new space ship in the air before I have to leave to get Ariana to school. We'll know in the next few minutes.
Will write more shortly.....please check back.
Air Mobile Joe
SCRUBBED.....FOR 24 HOURS & SUPER TYPHOON HAGUPIT AIMING TOWARD THE PHILIPPINES (Updated at 9:51am)
Just got this update a few moments ago. The Delta IV with the very promising Orion Capsule was just scrubbed for 24 hours. Aldrich, James and Sharla are getting "first-hand" experience of "waiting for" a launch.
We "Veterans" who have been through this so many times before, know what it's like. A lot of pieces have to all come together and function perfectly to have a successful launch.
So.....tomorrow, we'll do it all over again. We'll wait and hopefully see a beautiful and successful launch.
Meanwhile, we've been monitoring another "Monster Storm", Super Typhoon Hagupit! This is the most powerful storm of 2014 and it's heading for the Philippines. The residents of Leyte Island and specifically, Tacloban are evacuating....not taking any chances.
You may recall that Tacloban was wiped out by Super Typhoon Haiyan a little over a year ago. We are following this "Monster" very closely and prayerfully!!! We are PRAYING that this terrible typhoon turns to the north and threatens no one!! Here's more on the Typhoon - SUPER TYPHOON HAGUPIT AIMING FOR THE PHILIPPINES!!
Now, it's time to head out into this day. Will be bringing Aldrich, James and Sharla out for a tour of Cocoa Beach and a swing by Kennedy Space Center. Again, we're praying for all in the path of Super Typhoon Hagupit (the Filipinos call the storm Ruby). As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-3-14 Wednesday 7:11AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THE SPACE COAST IS ABOUT TO "RUMBLE" AGAIN & ALDRICH & JAMES JETTING OUR WAY
We, who live next to Kennedy Space Center are quite familiar with the growl and rumble of a launching rocket. Tomorrow, weather permitting, we'll hear another one should the Orion Space Capsule, atop a Delta IV rocket roars into space. We certainly hope all goes well.
The Orion will be on a test flight and unmanned. If all goes as planned, the Capsule will soar to 3600 miles above the earth, perform certain critical tests and then splash into the Pacific Ocean 4+ hours later.
We PRAY all goes well. It's time for America to get back into the "Manned Space Flight" game!!
As I type this "rambling blog", Aldrich & James along with Sharla (Aldrich's Sister) are on a jet winging our way.
Cindy and I will pick them up this evening. Yes, we're very excited to have these young people coming to share their God-given gifts with us! Together, we'll bring clean water and the living water to a thirsty world!
So, it's that time to head out and tackle the massive "To Do List"....just keeps growing! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-2-14 Tuesday 6:57AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
LOVE THE "CHEAP" GAS!!!
There is a bright spot of economic news....that is effecting nearly everyone on the planet...cheap gas. Look, I don't understand all of the reasons, but I'm sure glad. Cindy and I are saving about $10.00 on every fill up and we drive a lot!
The world is in the middle of one of largest transfers of wealth of all time. That's pretty amazing! Here's an interesting article about it - CHRISTMAS GIFT - CHEAP OIL
And of course, the cheap oil gives billions around the world a little economic break, but some, particularly the major oil producers, are not happy about it. Too bad....
We'll see how all of this plays out, but for now, Cindy and I are rejoicing in having some extra money at Christmas time.
Let us all be wise and prudent about how to handle these few "bonus bucks" and not just blow it (I'm speaking to myself here). At any rate, it is a bit of good news for this old world.
Speaking of driving, my good friend of many years, Tom Case was in town. I invited him to join me on a "round robin" series of errands. We spent the day going from thing to thing to thing. It was fun watching our Lord direct our path as the little gold Ford Escape dashed to and fro.
Here's one little incident that happened yesterday and it directly dealt with "oil". About a year ago, we contacted a local oil company and requested a 55 gallon drum to put our used oil in. Yesterday morning, our "excellent" aircraft mechanic, Paul, called me and told me the drum was full. Now, it usually takes a week or two to get the company to come pick up the used oil.
Before I could even call them, as we were leaving the airport, there was the used oil truck. He was just leaving the airport. I immediately flagged him down and sent him back to our hangar. The ministry will actually make a few bucks on that used oil.
Then, looking to the left, I saw a City employee testing a fire hydrant by draining it. This was a "Free Car Wash". I immediately drove slowly through the torrent of water and then turned around and got the other side. The little Gold Ford Escape was all clean and it didn't cost a dime! Tom and I just marveled at how the Lord was leading!
Oh, the rest of the day and over 100+ miles of driving was filled with similar stories. Again, it's just good to have the Lord lead the way.
Today, the ever present "To Do List" is just full. Cindy and I are working hard to get all of things on the list done. We just ask the Lord to lead each step of the way. As always, THANK YOU for your precious and invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - DON'T FORGET....Hope you can come to our upcoming - LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW INVITATION
12-1-14 Monday 7:07AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THE EXTRA PROVERB....
As you know, November has 30 days and there are 31 Proverbs. It just so happens that Proverb 31 is one of my favorites as it paints a picture of my Cindy. Some might say..."Joe, do you really mean that?". Anyone who know my Cindy knows it's so!
Cindy is awesome and I'm truly thankful to the Lord for bringing her into my life. She is a super mother, brave as a lioness, a hard worker, she loves the Lord and she' also quite beautiful. Yes, Proverbs 31 describes her so well!
So, today, I have an extra Proverb to read and at the same time give thanks to the Lord for giving me Cindy! Honey, I love you!!
It's easy, in America, to take our Religous Freedom for granted. Yesterday, for example, Peter went to Church early for Worship Band practice. Cindy, Ariana I and I followed about an hour later.
After Church, we went to the Hospital and conducted a Chaplain Service for both the Adolescents and the Adults. Afterward, Cindy and Peter went to Downtown Titusville and Peter played in the "Lights of Hope" Worship and Cindy "manned" a Prayer Tent.
All of this "Christian" activity was conducted and no one was shot or bombed or imprisoned or even criticized. Yes, we do still have "Religious Freedom" in America and for that, we should all be thankful. We should also be vigilant and prayerful to keep and maintain that freedom.
So, it's that time. Have a "hundred" things to do. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Ministries
11-30-14 Sunday 7:17AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
Cindy and I were just plain blessed yesterday to have so many friends show up to help us get ready. Some were hanging lights, others were weeding the garden and others just cleaning and decorating.
Cindy is recovering from her surgery and blood clots and my knee has been swollen and inflamed, so it's difficult to climb and haul. That's where our friends have come in. Oh, we're THANKFUL!!
We ordered Pizza and enjoyed a meal together and just plain old fellowship. For folks to take a day on this busy and "bargain-filled" weekend is just sweet and again, that's why Cindy and I are so THANKFUL!
We, of course, are getting ready for this coming weekend and the big event, LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW INVITATION
At the end of the day, we thanked each for coming and the response was often...."we're just glad to be part of bringing clean water to the thirsty".
We are so privileged to be able to help others in need and clean water is simply a "non-negotiable". During this season of THANKSGIVING, we truly have so much for which to be thankful.
We are THANKFUL for you, who stand together with us with your precious and greatly appreciated prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-29-14 Saturday 7:29AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
GETTING READY....FOR "LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW"
Again, where would we be without our friends?? Doug and Steve were here bright and early. They did a beautiful job of putting in pavers between our home and garage. Our old, loving cat, Beau enjoys the new walkway.
Barb West and Cindy worked on the inside decorating. They're extremely "crafty" (they can take an old stick and make it a beautiful, sparkly ornament).
Is that a 737 behind our Christmas tree? Well, part of one. We're so excited about opening up our "Extreme" home and having our friends over for a lovely evening, including real snow in Florida.
Hope you can come. We've been in close touch with Aldrich & James who are also very excited about coming to America to sing for the Glory of God!
Their God-Given gifts are saving lives. Here's a sample of their awesome singing as well as a good picture of our last mission to the Philippines - ALDRICH & JAMES - A STORY OF "LIFE SAVING" RELIEF TO THE PHILIPPINES
BTW, Aldrich & James are "YouTube Sensations" having had literally millions of hits on their singing. They truly love the Lord and we're so blessed to have them with us for this upcoming event.
Among the folks that we're helping with clean water is a small, low- key mission in Pakistan. Their water situation is desperate! These folks are risking their lives every day for the Gospel of Jesus.
As a matter of fact, John, from Pakistan called me on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) and I had just cranked up the engines on the Little Donkey and was just getting ready to taxi for take-off for the U.S.. I asked him to call me back. Well, he just did about 15 minutes ago. Clean water will be coming his way soon!!
BTW, the timing of John's earlier call (on Thursday morning) was perfect. He assured me that he and his team in Pakistan would be praying for me to have a safe flight home. As you know, from yesterday's blog, our Lord truly intervened and helped steer me through a pretty bad line of storms (just read on down for that storm-dodging story). So glad that we had Believers in Pakistan praying for us! Surely......"Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"!!
So, today, we have friends over again helping us to "transform" our home into Winter Wonder Land (kind of tough to do in Florida). However, it is rather brisk this morning, so we fired up the fireplace....a rarity in Florida.
It's time to get out and hang some lights. Here's more information on our upcoming event on December 6th - LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW INVITATION
We so appreciate you and your wonderful prayer, love and support!! Hope to see you on December 6th!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-28-14 Friday 7:19AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"STORM DANCER".....AGAIN - FLYING THROUGH THE "UNPREDICTABLE" BERMUDA TRIANGLE
Being a somewhat prudent pilot, I waited for that "wicked" line of thunderstorms to pass. Checked in with the Miami Flight Service Station (FSS) bright and early and it "looked" like the line had passed and all but dissipated. While still on the ground and with a strong cell signal, I pulled up the Satellite image of the route and things were just as forecast.
Had plenty of fuel to maneuver around in the Little Donkey. Did a thorough pre-flight, had a word of prayer and fired up the little 210 HP engines.
Taxied into position and raced down the 10,000' runway at Port-Au-Prince and leaped in the air in less than a thousand feet. Heading home to a delicious Thanksgiving turkey dinner with my Cindy and some of our kids.
The sky was crystal clear and I looked forward to a smooth 4+ hour flight home. Checked in with American Flight 377 that had just flown through the region where that "dissipating" cold front was, and found out that it may be coming back to life. Again, I prayed.
After about 2 hours into the flight, I saw the line "reforming". Discussed the situation with Miami Center and decided to get down low and fly the island chain. This would give me some immediate "alternate" landing sights if necessary.
Miami Center only has Secondary Radar in this region and can't see any Weather. The Little Donkey, though extremely well equipped, does not have conventional "on-board" radar.
Then, as I've seen and experienced many times over these 36 years of flying the "Bermuda Triangle", that line truly came alive! Within, what seemed to be minutes, those storms connected together and began climbing to 50,000'+. I spoke with a Lear Jet that just flown through them and he suggested a deviation to the east.
I pointed nose of the Little Donkey due east and began a "run-around" those towering CB's. It was a real race, as that front was really moving fast and growing rapidly in intensity. I heard airliner after airliner deviating around those growing monsters.
Finally, I found another "path" and yes, I was really having a "heart to heart" conversation with Jesus to help me to find that "way around". He did! As you can see from this "FlightAware" track of my route, I had to swing way to the right to dodge those bad boys.
After all these years, I never cease to marvel at how quickly storms can form and grow in the infamous Bermuda Triangle. Over the years, many ships and airplanes have "mysteriously" disappeared in this exact region. Yesterday was just another example of how quickly things can change.
Once the Little Donkey scooted around the eastern tip of that vicious line of storms, it was crystal clear, smooth, but very slow (34 Knot headwinds!) sailing home. So glad to have those 14 fuel tanks.
After landing and clearing Customs at West Palm Beach, it was a quick ride to our home base. Upon landing and putting the Little Donkey away, I jumped in the Ford Escape and drove to Cindy's Dad's home and there.....we celebrated THANKSGIVING together. Praise God for a safe, but rather challenging trip home!
So, this morning, Doug and Steve, faithful "Water Mules", will be coming to our home to help us get ready for the upcoming LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW CONCERT EVENT
We'll be hanging Christmas lights and pressure cleaning. Oh, we're so exciting about this event. Together, we'll bring clean water to "hard to reach & desperate" locations around the world. Yes, I love my job!!
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-27-14 Thursday 4:36AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SO MUCH FOR WHICH TO BE THANKFUL....CLEAN WATER!
Being in Haiti on Thanksgiving Day is a special treat. Yes, I'd like to be home with my Cindy and my family, but the weather had other plans. Slowly, the line of dangerous thunderstorms are working their way out to the Atlantic and eventually, I'll get home.
But looking around me and realizing that with a lot of prayer, faithful friends and diligent effort, thousands upon thousands of Haitians are waking up and finding clean water as a result of a little machine and brilliant UV lamp. Ahhh, I love my job!
Yesterday was a bonus day, because I had intended to fly home, but as just mentioned, the weather prevented that.
Well, I had one Air Mobile Rescuer that had been giving me a hard time and was yet to be "Refreshed". I must have been tired the first time I tried to repair it.
As I sat at the little work bench yesterday and began testing, the problem was resolved very quickly and with joy, we had our 11th Air Mobile Rescuer in inventory....a good store! Now, when a Rescuer operator shows up at our Village with a unit that needs attention, they'll find one "ready to go" right on the spot. Praise God!!
So many of you help us in doing what we do. For example, Doug, one of our "Premier Water Mules", was concerned about the little wagons that move water all around our village.
The wheels would always be flat, making moving water a real challenge. He found some good wheels (solid rubber) and the Little Donkey flew them in. This has made a real difference in the Village. Thanks Doug!
BTW, Doug actually made that little wagon in our hangar several years ago and I flew it in, in the Little Donkey.
As I reflect on this Thanksgiving Day 2014, I'm glad to be in Haiti and serving our Lord. I read again last night the Words of Jesus...."I was thirsty and you gave me to drink" (Matthew 25:35) . What a joy and privilege to help bring clean water to a thirsty world. THANK YOU JESUS!
I'll be home soon and I know that my Cindy will put a nice Thanksgiving plate aside for me. So, the roosters are crowing and the sun is about to peak over the mountain and this beautiful Thanksgiving Day has begun. Where will our Lord lead me this day? My prayer is that I'm in His will and have His hand upon me!
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and incredible prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-26-14 Wednesday 5:24AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ONE BY ONE - DROP BY DROP
Spent the day working in the Air Mobile Refresh Center (AKA - "Joe's Depot") bringing Rescuers "back to life". Some of these units have been in service in Haiti for over 10 years! It is a remarkable machine that can run and run with just a bit of maintenance and loving care.
While performing this task, was visited by a group of High School Science students from Bartow, FL. Our good friend, Richard, brought them to Haiti for a "Thanksgiving Mission".
Oh, these are some very sharp young men. As I explained "Photo-Oxidation" and how the Rescuer captures the ozone and then injects it into the water with the Ultra Violet light, they really "got it". So encouraging to meet young people with a desire to help others!
One by one, Rescuers were refreshed and returned for service. I truly do love this machine that can be fully remanufactured again and again and again!
I'm especially THANKFUL to have met Rolf Engelhard (the Inventor of this "near-miraculous machine") over 20 years ago. He shared his "genius" with me and today, we've been able to place over 900 Rescuers in 44 countries. These machine are producing clean water every single day and saving lives. Drop by drop we fill buckets around the world with clean water! Praise God!!
After the sun set, I reached my target goal of 10 Rescuers "Ready for Action"! Throughout the day, Kevin, a young man in the "Village" would visit and check on my progress. He was there when the 10th unit was completed.
Remember that "wicked" weather that was "nipping at my heels" as I departed Florida for Haiti on Monday?
Well, it just got worse and worse in Florida. While "refreshing" Rescuers, I was listening to our Local Orlando News station via "I-Heart" radio and heard that a series of tornadoes were heading right for our home.
I quickly called Cindy and gave her a warning. Love this technology that allows one to do this. Thankfully, the tornadoes by-passed Cindy and wandered around in un-populated areas. No injuries were reported.
That same weather is hanging around today, and I'm keeping a very close eye on it. Would like to be home for Thanksgiving. If I can't make it home due to this weather, glad I brought Barb in a beautiful turkey. Just means I'll celebrate Thanksgiving in Haiti.
Cindy urged me not to take any chances with the weather. I assured her I wouldn't. So, here I am in Haiti with another beautiful day before me. Can probably find another Rescuer to Rescue.
As always, THANK YOU for your greatly appreciated prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-25-14 Tuesday 4:54AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SLIPPING OUT "UNDER" THE WEATHER - RAGE IN FERGUSON
The violent line of thunderstorms were nipping at my heels and just above my route. It was time to go back to Haiti and if I could slip out early Monday morning, I'd make it.
The Little Donkey was fueled and loaded. I bid my precious Cindy good bye and headed to the airport. After a final fuel "top-off" and a prayer for protection and guidance, I fired up the engines and taxied for take-off.
Just slightly to the north of my route, the line of thunderstorms raced eastward. Put on my Oxygen and climbed to 15,000 feet.
Once level, Miami Center asked how my "ride" was (wanting to know if I was encountering any turbulence). My reply...."smooth as silk".
As the Little Donkey scooted toward Haiti, we left the storms behind. Then, right on schedule, the sky began to illuminate with the stunning "dream-sickle" orange, red, blue, iridescent greens and other colors that I'm not sure have a name (the photo doesn't nearly capture the actual beauty).
It was only a matter of moments before the big orange ball would burst forth dispelling the darkness and ushering in the day.
I have so many of these glorious sunrises cataloged in my memory banks. Each one is unique and spectacular.
Was met at the airport by Barbara (AKA - "Rambo in the Blue Dress"). On board the Little Donkey was a good supply of baby food, formula, diapers, little wheels for the wagons that carry water throughout the village, a big, beautiful turkey and "fixins" and the list goes on and on. Barb was happy with the good load.
While Barb supervised the unloading, I dashed to the main terminal to meet Ken who had just landed on Jet Blue. We had a meeting with the Director General of Civil Aviation to discuss the next phase of the airport upgrade. The meeting went well.
Afterwards, I headed to the "Village" to assess how many Air Mobile Rescuers needed attention. As you might know, we have 336 units spread throughout Haiti. There were 5 that need some tender loving care. My work is cut out for me.
Just read the headlines from Ferguson, MO. The verdict is in: CASE CLOSED - NO CHARGES. Here's more on this tragic story - FERGUSON GRAND JURY: NO INDICTMENT
Apparently, once all of the evidence was in and carefully reviewed, it appears, according to the Grand Jury, as if Officer Wilson acted in self-defense.
I know that many are not happy with this decision. The streets of Ferguson are exploding with angry protesters.
Again, this is a sad and tragic story and the best thing we can do is to PRAY for the peace of God to rule and reign in Ferguson and across America.
The sun has risen here in Haiti. The "Haiti Desk" is set, the coffee is brewed and I hear some "Rescuers" calling to be refreshed. This is the day that our Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-24-14 Monday 1:39AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AN EARLY WORD
Up early this morning. Absolutely love the quiet, peaceful time of the early morning. It's just a glorious time to read God's Word and let it sink in. Oh, how we need Him to navigate through these days.
Just read Proverbs 24 and the wisdom of Solomon is timeless! Just thought I'd share this with you.....His wisdom is sweet to our soul. It is often in these early, quiet hours that we find hope.
This is the beginning of THANKSGIVING week. We have so much for which to be thankful. It's going to be a busy week for us.
I may write a bit more later. Truly, truly appreciate your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-23-14 Sunday 7:27AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
YES, IT SHOULD BE CALLED SOMETHING ELSE.....GLOBAL WARMING??
I am not a Meteorologist, or a scientist but.....I can see that we ARE NOT getting warmer. As a matter of fact, we are entering into one of the coldest periods I've ever known.
So, why do the "experts" call this Global Warming? And....why are we being "taxed" and "controlled" because we are allegedly making it warmer... when it's not getting warmer? I thought, according to one former "Politician", that our kids may never see snow again. Tell them that in Buffalo! It's hard to have confidence in such projections!
It appears as if we'd better prepare for more cold and not the earth-ending "Global Warming". Yes, this weather should be called something else. Here's an interesting article on what we can expect for a while (around the next 30 years) BTW, why didn't the "Experts" see this coming?? - CLIMATOLOGIST: GLOBAL DROP IN TEMPERATURES COMING
I don't want to dedicate of lot of this "meandering blog" to this "Global Warming" stuff, but I just had to say something this morning about it.
We were treated to a wonderful tour of the facility and learned more about this amazing University that was started by "Astronauts" and Aerospace Engineers in 1958. We are so thrilled that Peter will be attending F.I.T.!!
We hope you can make our upcoming Musical Concert on December 6th. Here are the details - LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW INVITE
My Cindy is slowly getting better and for that we are so THANKFUL! As always, thank you for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-22-14 Saturday 7:47AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
51 YEARS AGO TODAY & THE "BOAT LIFT" HAS BEGUN...
It seems that America has forgotten that 51 years ago, today, the 35th President of the United States was shot and killed.
There is still great controversy swirling about this tragic event in our history, the most recent being that a Mafia hit-man fired the fatal shot. Here's that story - MAFIA HIT-MAN CONFESSES TO KILLING KENNEDY
I scanned news source after news source and didn't find a single word about this terrible anniversary.
Well, I certainly remember exactly where I was when that tragic news hit the world. Where were you (again to the "old-timers")?
Already, Cubans are taking to the sea to seek "Refuge in America". This is part of the consequences of the "Amnesty". Many will die trying to get to America! When will the Haitians begin?? Here's the story - CUBAN MIGRANTS HEAD OFF TO CAYMANS THEN HONDURAS THEN U.S.
All we can do is PRAY that those desperate enough DON'T take to the sea and risk their lives for the dream of coming to America.
Meanwhile, we prepare for the "next mission" wherever that might be. We're gathering supplies and at the same time getting ready for the upcoming LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW EVENT (Click for details).
Aldrich and James, our beloved friends (and super Christian Pop Stars) from the Philippines, just sent this music video over. They speak about the Air Mobile Concert on the YouTube. Check it out - ALDRICH & JAMES SING "OCEANS"
This morning, Cindy, Peter and I are going to Florida Institue of Technology (FIT) where we'll be given a Tour. Peter has received a FULL SCHOLARSHIP to attend this great University. Oh, we're very excited.
It's that time. Need to rush out the door for F.I.T.. We so appreciate you and your invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-21-14 Friday 7:33AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
I had to "borrow" that headline because something very disturbing happened last night. The "floodgates" have been opened and.... with "very little control" our borders have been "officially" breached.
For nearly 40 years, Cindy and I have worked in Country's where "Immigration" is a big thing. As a matter of fact, we've personally dealt with this complex and often frustrating issue with 2 of our own children, Juliet and Ariana.
Every time we depart or arrive back into the U.S., we have to deal with Customs and Immigration. So again, we're not new or ignorant of the "Laws of the Land" or the process of departing and entering into the U.S. legally, safely and securely.
Last night, one man, just gave 5 Million people a "pass". Now, millions upon millions around the globe will want the same pass.
Look, we can't keep "Bin Laden" from crossing the Rio Grande (remember when O'Keefe came across as Bin Laden?). The stakes have just gotten so much higher and believe me folks, it's not just the innocent little "Dreamer" children who want to come into our country.
All I can say is, a terrible thing has happened to America. One man should not have this much power to do so much harm!! Here's more on the "Surge" that is expected - I.C.E. PREPARES FOR SURGE OF 100,000+!!
OK, now that I've gotten that out of my system.....life goes on! Yesterday, our good friend and premier "Water Mule", Doug and I were out buying little Christmas Trees for our Extreme home in preparation for the upcoming LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW INVITE
As we were driving, it dawned on me that we would pass within a quarter of a mile from Alternative Pregnancy Center. I quickly gave Vickie (the Director of APC) a call. All she said was "come on by....got a load".
That was like saying "sick-em to a dog". We pulled into the parking lot 5 minutes later and were blessed to get a lot of baby food and diapers and clothes and Christmas toys for our orphans in Haiti.
Doug and I continued on our journey and got some "special order" stuff foe Barbara (AKA - "Rambo in the Blue Dress) in Haiti.
In addition to getting ready for the "Big Event", we're always getting ready for the "next mission"....wherever that might be.
In reading Proverbs 21 this morning, I found peace for my "anxious heart". Must remember that God is in control and even when, in my humble opinion, foolish decisions are made, I must just keep my eyes on the Lord and keep marching to His tune!
This morning, my Cindy is getting the stitches out of her foot. Praise God, no more complications and she is recovering well, though in a quite a lot of pain (mainly from the blood clots). I ask you to PLEASE PRAY for her as she recovers.
Thousands upon thousands of Haitians have died on the seas by getting into rickety, over-crowded sail boats and trying to get to the U.S., only to be eaten by sharks. Thousand of young and old will die in the deserts of the southern U.S. Yes, I do have a lot of passion about this issue, and that's why I need the Lord to calm my heart.
So, I'll have that second cup of coffee and continue to read the Word of God and seek to be obedient to His voice today. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-20-14 Thursday 6:47AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
CINDY'S HOME! THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYER!!
Yesterday, my phone rang... It was such a relief to hear Cindy say...."Come get me". After many tests and deep analysis as to why Cindy's blood made clots, my Sweetheart was released from the Hospital. Oh, it' good to have my Cindy home!
The next 4 months will be crucial to see if the delicate combination of medication will do the job but....above all, we're praying for all to return to a good balance and flow. With God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
We are thankful for the good care provided by the medical staff at Cape Canaveral Hospital. We 're also extremely THANKFUL for your prayer during this challenging time!
Now, we're back to the job of getting ready for the upcoming Air Mobile Event, LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW INVITATION
If you live up north, you're dealing with a brutal winter storm. Wow! Buffalo could get a year's worth of snow in just 3 days. What a way to kick off the first snow of the season.....8 feet and still counting!! - EPIC SNOWSTORM TO SET RECORD IN BUFFALO!
Best brace yourselves, it's just a matter of time before all this snow and extreme energy requirements will cause the grid to be strained to the max.
Look, I know that we're getting some pretty strange and extreme weather....but to call it "Global Warming"? At least change the name.
So, here we are, ready for this chilly day that our Lord has made. As always, THANK YOU for your vital and greatly appreciated prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-19-14 Wednesday 6:09AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THANK GOD FOR GOOD HOSPITALS!! & WHOA...THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A "WICKED WINTER"!
Cindy is still in the hospital and the Doctors are working on the best strategy to "break-up" the blood clots and....keep them from forming again. We PRAY for the Docs to have great WISDOM & DIRECTION!
Again, we're thankful for the excellent care we're getting from this beautiful hospital located on a man-made peninsula in the middle of the Banana River right next to Cocoa Beach.
PLEASE continue to PRAY for Cindy as she recovers from her foot surgery and most importantly, from these blood clots.
We are standing and believing God for nothing less than COMPLETE HEALING!!
Already, 1360 Records have been shattered this week alone and....WINTER HAS NOT EVEN BEGUN YET... OFFICIALLY! - 1360 COLD RECORDS SHATTERED THIS WEEK!
Well, it's time to go visit my Cindy in the Hospital and see how she's doing this morning. Folks, can't even begin to tell you how much we appreciate your prayer, love and support! And especially for your prayer for my Cindy!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-18-14 Tuesday 6:09AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
PLEASE PRAY FOR CINDY!
Cindy is an amazing nurse (RN). I have witnessed her medical skill all over the world, beginning in Haiti. She just has a "God-Given" ability to understand medical things and she just knows what to do. I've seen her do this again and again in so many different situations.
Recently, Cindy had surgery on her foot. Since then, there have been several set-backs including a frightening "fainting" episode. Then came the increasing pain. Normally, following surgery, the pain would eventually subside. Instead, the pain got steadily worse. By yesterday, she knew something wasn't right.
That's when we went to the Emergency Room (ER) last night. The Hospital was great. Within an hour, she was getting tests that confirmed what Cindy suspected. Cindy had 2 blood clots (one quite large) in her leg. THANK GOD we found them!
Cindy was admitted to Cape Canaveral Hospital last night. More tests will be conducted today.
We immediately contacted our Pastor and a prayer chain was begun. We're so THANKFUL for so many that stand with us through these trials and challenges.
We're also THANKFUL for an excellent hospital and staff that helped us to quickly find out what was wrong.
Once I get Ariana to school, I'll head back to the Hospital to check on my Cindy. The discovery of these blood clots definitely helps "connect the dots". We certainly know much better how to pray and how to proceed, to bring full and complete healing to my sweet Cindy.
So, as I always say and mean from the depths of my heart, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-17-14 Monday 6:19AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HOW TO CARRY 1,600,000 POUNDS OF CLEAN WATER! & A PERSONAL INVITATION TO YOU!
Yesterday afternoon, I met Dr. Aaron and his friend Jasper (from the Philippines) and transferred the means to clean up a lot of dirty water....1,600,000 pounds of it!
We met at the Hospital where Cindy and I have been Chaplains for 17 years. Now, you might ask, "Wow, that's a lot of clean water"! Here's how we figure it. But first, here's a bit of background.
After Typhoon Haiyan (the largest Typhoon in recorded History to strike land), Air Mobile delivered 45 Rescuers there. Now, these units are in need of replacement filters to keep cleaning up dirty water.
The beauty of the Air Mobile Rescuer is the low maintenance, simplicity and efficiency. The Ceramic filter can clean approximately 10,000 gallons before replacement. Water weighs 8+ pounds per gallon. Yesterday,we delivered 20 Ceramic Filters...thus - 10,000 X 8 X 20= 1,600,000 pounds of clean water. I love it!!
But....there was price to pay for these replacement filters. An "adjustment" from Dr. Aaron. He's a great chiropractor. He adjusted me right in the parking lot of the Orlando Hospital.
On our trips to the Philippines, Dr. Aaron kept me going with frequent adjustments because I had a "bum leg" from a motorcycle accident.
I'm reminded of how we met. A local Talk-Show host, Bud Hediger mentioned ever so briefly that Air Mobile was going to the Philippines following the monstrous Typhoon.
Dr. Aaron was driving down the road and heard Bud mention Air Mobile. He quickly "googled" us in and left me a long message. Aaron had spent time in the Philippines and spoke the local language fluently. He was exactly who we needed on our team!!
Within 48 hours of that 10 second mention by Bud, Dr. Aaron was on the team and on the airplane headed to the Philippines. Yes, here it comes....."Surely, God knows how to deploy His troops"!
Well, back to yesterday. Jasper and his family are headed back to the Philippines this week and they'll carry those 20 Ceramic Filters (`1,600,000 pounds of clean water) back to Leyte Island, the hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
Can't even begin to tell you what a joy it is to bring clean water to thirsty and needy people. Our Lord is so good. And....you're part of this operation with your precious prayer, love and support!!
Thanks to our great friend, Josh (who made this great little video!!) It's YOUR INVITATION!
CLICK HERE LET IT FLOW - CHRISTMAS EVENT WITH ALDRICH & JAMES We so hope you can come!!
So, it's time to head out into this day that our Lord has made. Who will we contact? How will our Lord make provision for us to GO and bring clean water in His Name? What an adventure! God bless you and THANKS again for meandering down this winding path with us!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-16-14 Sunday 6:39AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
UP ON THE ROOF.....
To all the "Old-Timers"....remember the "Drifters" & Up On The Roof? We spent the day getting our Extreme Home ready for the upcoming Air Mobile Event and I crawled up on the roof to hang some lights.
My Son-In-Law, Kyle, who climbs towers for a living, loaned me his "Climbing Harness" and this definitely added a measure of "security" to the job at hand.
OK, since I mentioned the Drifters and "Up On The Roof", I'm sure some of you (you know who you are) are humming that Old Classic in your mind.
So, here you go, a good YouTube of that great old classic. It's nice to walk down memory lane from time to time - "UP ON THE ROOF" BY THE DRIFTERS
We also did a lot of "trimming" and sprucing up. It is so wonderful to have friends who come along and help. Thanks Yahn and Jim ( & also John, Josh, David & Cindy C. who are not in the picture)!!
BTW, notice how Jim and Yahn are in short-sleeves. It was pushing 80 degrees in Sunny Florida and up north....BRRRRR! Wind chill at or below "0" in many places and this is mid November. Going to be a very, very cold winter!!
I know, I know.....just more evidence of
"Global Warming"!! At any rate, just thankful to be in Florida right now. Here's some more on the current Polar Blast - RECORD BREAKING ARCTIC COLD OUTBREAK IN NOVEMBER
It's Sunday morning in America. Time to get ready for Church and then to the Orlando Hospital to bring the Good News to those who are "Shut-In".
Do you remember Dr. Aaron who accompanied Cindy and I to the Philippines? He has some friends going to the Philippines and we'll meet today at the hospital with some extra ceramic filters for those 45 Rescuers that we placed there earlier this year.
Love how our Lord puts things together!! And....we're so looking forward to getting back to the Philippines!!
Of course, that's one of the goals with the upcoming LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW (CLICK FOR THE INVITE) Air Mobile Event coming up on December 6th. We're on a "Mission" to save lives and bring the Love of Jesus to a Thirsty World!!
Time to go feed our chickens (that are giving us such beautiful eggs every day) and then head to Church. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and greatly appreciated prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
7.3 EARTHQUAKE HITS OFF INDONESIA COAST
It's been a while since we've had a strong earthquake. This one (7.3), which struck off the coast of Indonesia, occurred last night around 10:31pm Eastern Time.
No serious damage has been reported and the the Tsunami warning that was issued has been lifted. Could this quake "spawn" others? When the "Ring of Fire" rumbles, the earth feels it. One thing is for sure, following a powerful quake, folks need clean water!
My Cindy is a master planner. She is doing such a remarkable job of planning this upcoming event, LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW (Click for the Invite). There is no question about it, Cindy has a true "Organizational Gift".....I do not!!
We know how important clean water is and we're doing all we can to bring clean water to a thirsty world! This latest earthquake is just a reminder at how quickly things can change. We pray and ask our Lord to lead us and direct us into how we should prepare for what lies ahead.
In addition to needing clean water "following a disaster", there are so many regions where the "disaster" is on-going.
My mind and heart goes to so many regions of Haiti, India, Mexico and the list goes on and on, where there is no access to clean water and every sip brings pain, suffering and eventually death. Oh, Folks, we have so much work to do!!
Today, we've got some friends coming over to help get our "Extreme" Home ready for the December 6th Gala. We'll be hanging lights, weeding the garden and trimming palm trees. So appreciative for friends. And...truly appreciate your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-14-14 Friday 6:28AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
JUST HAD TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU
This advert has indeed gone viral and after viewing it myself, I certainly understand why. I recall hearing about this true story years ago, but the video in the article is a masterpiece. I hope you can take a moment to view it. Here it is: THERE'S A REASON THIS ADVERT HAS GONE "MEGA-VIRAL"
I suppose the real message is that Jesus brings peace and love in the midst of war. We simply need to open our hearts to Him.
This "blog" is quite short this morning, as I must bring Ariana to school along with a couple dozen scrambled eggs for a party her class is having. BTW, the eggs came from our very own chickens. Nothing better than "farm fresh eggs"!
Check back a bit later for the "rest of the story".
OK, I'm back from dropping Ariana and snapped this shot of her dressed up like a "Frontier Girl" with those fresh scrambled eggs.
Just wanted to give you a quick update on my Cindy. She is recovering beautifully from her foot surgery. No more "fainting spells", THANK GOD!
Also, remember that persistent cough that I've been having. It's getting better. THANK YOU for your faithful, vital and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-13-14 Thursday 7:03AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AM I MISSING SOMETHING....OR DOES IT SEEM LIKE THE U.S. IS BEING "SOLD DOWN THE RIVER??"
If I were a “Legal Immigrant” and paid the price and did the work to become “legal” and I saw “millions” being granted amnesty with the stroke of a pen, I’d be furious.
What type of “games” are being played with our borders and our economy and our security? The actions that are being considered right now by the President of the U.S. are contrary to what the great majority of Americans want! Where is our SANITY???
BTW, Cindy and I have adopted 2 Children from Haiti and went through all of the legal procedures to bring them to America and to ultimately become American Citizens. We also know so many “LEGAL IMMIGRANTS” who have paid a very dear price to become Americans. Folks, what is being “considered” is a slap in the face to millions of Americans!!
Then, while traveling to China, the U.S. President reaches a SECRET “Global Warming” Deal that will cost a staggering amount and yield very little, if any, benefits. All of this going on, when we’re entering, what could be the worst winter in a long, long time. Global Warming…..???????
Tell me, am I missing something???? I just don’t get the decisions that are being made.
So, with this anger and frustration, what can I do? Well, to begin with, THANK GOD, I’ve got the Word of God. So, with my cup of coffee, I just opened the Word to Proverbs and read Proverbs 13 (because today is the 13th) and some of that anger is assuaged by Words of Solomon. Ahhh, I feel a little better.
I sure do hope that this last election will “reign in” some of the insanity that I see going one. We have a great country with many wonderful people. We have a rich history of overcoming obstacles and pushing through to victory. I certainly PRAY that our nation will come back to good reason and wise actions.
As you know, I usually don’t get real “political” in this rambling blog, but sometimes, I just have to speak out. This morning is such a case. Just had to “vent” a bit. Bear with me.
Now, it’s time to head out and gather supplies and get ready for our next mission. Will be getting our “Little Donkey” ready for the “next flight”. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer, support (and patience with me when I “rant” a bit).
Air Mobile Joe
11-12-14 Wednesday 7:27AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
20 YEARS AGO TODAY....- UPDATE
Joe and Cindy "tied the knot" on November 12, 1994. I must tell you what a joy it is to be married to this "Lady of God" who is a more dedicated missionary than me.
Often, when disaster strikes, Cindy is the first one packing her bags and rallying the troops to bring clean water to a thirsty world. Truly, our Lord put us together!
I LOVE YOU, CINDY!
This morning, we have an appointment with the Doctor who did her foot surgery. BTW, we've had no other "complications" (Cindy's fainting spell) from the surgery and her recovery is going well. THANK YOU for your prayers!
So, this blog is quite short as we need to get out the door to make the appointment. Will write some more after the appointment. Stay tuned...
Well, we're back from the Doctor and all is well. The foot is healing beautifully and we traced that "fainting spell" back to a warm bath and low blood pressure. We're so glad that Cindy did not fall and hurt herself. Our Lord is good!!
My Sweetheart and I are spending our Anniversary close to home as the foot is still quite tender. But nice meals provided by our Church Family and a comfortable home and a lot of love creates a lovely Anniversary.
Air Mobile Joe
11-11-14 Tuesday 7:29AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
REMEMBERING OUR VETS & BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME
Veterans Day is more than just a good day to get a "deal" at the store. It seems like this 96th Veterans Day is almost non-existent. Some schools were off and others were not. Iconic photos of Veterans headlining news sources were missing and if one did not know it was Veterans Day, one could completely miss it.
Well, here on this little "rambling" blog, we wish to celebrate our Veterans and we thank God for the tremendous sacrifice that so many have made and are making today to protect our freedom around the globe.
Here's just a bit of the history of Veterans Day - Veterans Day traces its roots to the end of World War I. Fighting stopped between the Allied nations and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. One year later, American President Woodrow Wilson declared that day, Nov. 11, as Armistice Day. It became a legal holiday in 1938. Here's the "rest of the article" - VETERANS DAY DAWNS
And here are some choice and wise words spoken by President Reagan - REAGAN: WHAT WE STAND FOR
Our family has so many Veterans, my father, uncles, cousins and far distant relatives. All I can say is...THANK YOU!!!
Yesterday morning, I got quite a scare. As you may know, on Friday, my Cindy had foot surgery. It required her to go under anesthesia. Cindy does not take any medication, so the anesthesia and pain medication, had quite an effect on her. We've been keeping a very close eye on her during her recovery.
I was in the bedroom when I heard her "faintly call" from the next room, telling me that she was about to faint. I dashed in just as she was going down...and it would have been ugly, likely resulting in a pretty serious head injury. I caught her just as she was falling and just held her.
I noticed that she was not breathing and immediately began to call on Jesus. Then....she breathed and came back. Oh, what a relief. We have a digital blood pressure cuff and checked her BP. All was normal. What a relief and an answer to prayer. Praise God, that He put me in the right place at the right time!
She is just fine now and we're so thankful. This incident shows us so clearly how we're just a breath or a heartbeat away from....going to be with Jesus. Must also tell you that my appreciation and love for this amazing Lady of God whom our Lord has given to me, is off the charts. I LOVE YOU, CINDY!!
So, today, I'll be sticking close to home. And, as I so often tell you and mean from the depths of my heart, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-10-14 Monday 7:27AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AN EARLY MORNING CALL AND SOME VERY SAD NEWS
The phone rang as the sun was rising. It was Marlin Moudy, a dear and long-time friend. You may recall, Marlin "loaned" me his Cessna 402 to fly to Haiti the day after the terrible earthquake (1-12-10).
When I answered the call, Marlin told me that he had some bad news....Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth Ann along with their precious daughter, Charisa, died in a plane crash yesterday afternoon.
I've known Myles since he was a student at Oral Roberts University (ORU - 1977) and have so many great memories of our years of deep friendship.
This is a terrible blow to the Body of Christ, as Myles was an extraordinary, gifted leader, writer, speaker and pastor who met with Kings and Queens and Leaders of every caliber around the world. Oh, we're going to miss you, Myles!!
News is a bit "sketchy" about what happened, but I found this very comprehensive newscast telling more about what happened when the Lear 36, while making an approach in bad weather, into Grand Bahamas, struck a crane in a shipyard killing all 9 on-board. Here's the news cast - MYLES MUNROE AMONG THE VICTIMS IN PLANE CRASH IN BAHAMAS
I so well recall the day Myles called me and asked me to come spend some time with him. It was a very difficult time in my life and Myles knew it. Managed to get to Nassau and there, Myles and I literally spent the entire day together. He just loved me and listened as I poured out my heart to him.
Then, there was the time that Myles needed a ride back to the U.S.. I had been in Nassau and was flying our beloved Cessna 185 (magnificent bush plane), so I gladly offered him a ride back.
Now, the Cessna 185, to a non-pilot, is not a very pretty plane. I recall Myles and I laughing about the "homely appearance" of our sweet bird.
Upon landing at Fort Pierce, FL to clear customs, I demonstrated a very, very short landing to Myles. We landed and stopped in about 300 feet. Myles was impressed, but a bit startled at the quick landing.
As we taxied up to the the Customs Building, there was a beautiful Lear Jet sitting on the ramp. Myles commented..."Now, there's an airplane!". Suddenly, the 2 pilots who were standing by the sleek jet came running right up to our "humble" Bush Plane.
In a very excited voice, one of the Lear pilots blurted out...."Is that a Cessna 185?" I nodded and he quickly told us how, that was his all-time, most fun airplane, ever to fly. We sat there and chatted for a bit as pilots do. As they walked away, Myles just shook his head and said he didn't know that he had been flying in one of the best airplanes of all time. I just smiled.
Folks, as I write this sad blog today, tears are running down my cheeks. I can only imagine what the Munroe Family must be going through. Millions around the world will shed a tear today for the tragic and terrible loss of Myles and his beautiful wife and their precious daughter.
In this life, bad things happen. Many may ask, "Why did this happen?" Jesus reminded us that there would be trouble in this world, just before He went to the cross. John 16:33...."I have told you these things, that in Me, you might have peace. In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world"!
So, life goes on and we continue to march and serve our Lord. I suspect that Myles and his sweet Ruth Ann and Charisa are rejoicing with Jesus right now. "Oh death, where is thy sting, Oh grave, where is thy victory?"
Today, we'll be gathering supplies for our "next mission" and getting ready for our grand event - LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW (Click for details and the Invite) coming up on December 6th.
THANK YOU for your invaluable and precious prayer, love and support. Please remember to pray for the Munroe family and so many, whose hearts have been broken, today by the tragic passing of Myles, Ruth Ann and Charisa.
There were a total of 9 souls on-board. I do know that Richard Pinder, the life-long friend of Myles, was among them. I knew and loved Richard, who was a Prince among men. We do not have the other names, but our Lord does. PLEASE remember to pray for the families of all on-board.
Air Mobile Joe
11-9-14 Sunday 6:57AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
REFLECTIONS ON THIS PAST WEEK...ELECTIONS IN AMERICA
Leading up to November 4, 2014, I began sharing some "undercover" video footage taken by a young man, James O'Keefe of Project Veritas. He clearly demonstrated how easy it was to commit "Voter Fraud". Did those videos make a difference in the outcome of the elections?
Apparently so, and here's an article that reveals some pretty astounding facts - VOTE-FRAUD VIDEOS "MADE A DIFFERENCE" While reading this article, the Scripture John 8:32 came to me....."And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free".
The interesting thing is how much the "Local Media" played in the outcome. Often, we look at the Mainstream Media (MSM) as the determining factor in the outcome, but this story points out just how important our "Local Media" is.
I've never met this young man, but I'm very thankful for his courage and clarity of thought. His story demonstrates how powerful TRUTH is. It also demonstrates how a young man (with a lot of guts!), with a very limited budget, and a desire to "Tell the Truth", can make a huge difference.
May I urge you to pray for this young man, as it is evident that he has upset a lot of people i.e. Planned Parenthood, ACORN, the White House on Immigration (remember when I shared how O'Keefe crossed the Rio Grande as Osama Bin Laden??) etc. etc..
If you'd like to know a bit more about James O'keefe, here's what Wikipedia had to say about him - JAMES O'KEEFE - WIKIPEDIA . You may also go to his website at - PROJECT VERITAS HOME PAGE
It's Sunday morning in America. Many, across our great nations, are getting ready to go to Church. This is a great freedom and one that I hope and pray that we NEVER take for granted. In many nations around the world, this would be an act of Blasphemy, punishable by death. May we be willing to stand up for truth and freedom.
It's time to get ready for church and then we'll head over to the Hospital in Orlando to bring the Good News of Jesus to those who are "shut-in". We're so THANKFUL to be able to worship our Lord Jesus and tell others about His Amazing Grace! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-8-14 Saturday 6:34AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A STORY ABOUT PETER / CINDY'S SURGERY WENT VERY WELL & WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THE SPIGOT RAN DRY?
At the end of Peter's Junior year of High School, he told us that he'd like to try out for football. Now, Peter has never played organized football and Cindy and I discouraged him. But....he was determined.
After all, he had, after 7 years of hard training achieved his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, so we knew that he had a pretty good level of discipline & a certain degree of toughness.
Well, he made the team and for the most part, sat on the sidelines, but....he never quit and didn't miss a single practice and got up extra early for weight training every school day (no small deal for a growing boy that likes to sleep!).
Well, last night was the final game of the season. Peter played the most of any time this season. Can't even begin to tell you how proud we are of Peter for his dogged persistence, straight up discipline and excellent attitude. GO PETER!!
Also, THANK YOU for your PRAYER! Cindy's foot surgery went very well and she is recovering beautifully!
While I was in the waiting room following Cindy's foot surgery, I came across this article about how Sao Palo, Brazil's largest city, running out of water. This is a very serious situation. Here's the article - BRAZIL'S BIGGEST CITY DESPERATE FOR WATER
I thought of how valuable the Air Mobile Rescuer could be in such a case. This "near-miracle" machine could clean almost any available water.
You see, often, there is plenty of water....it's just not potable (clean for drinking). There are streams and ponds and even swimming pools that have plenty of water. It just needs to be purified.
I know that California is having major water shortages. This is all the more reason that Cindy and I are working so hard on developing and promoting the Air Mobile Rescuer. One never knows when the "water spigot will run dry"!
The Air Mobile Rescuer gives plenty of options and...gives us the opportunity to SHARE clean water with thirsty people. This is an awesome ministry. Cindy and I have had the opportunity to travel the world and bring clean water where it is desperately needed.
This is why we're having the LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW EVENT (CLICK FOR INVITE) on December 6th. Oh, we hope you can make it!
This morning, our Ariana will be playing Basketball (she's on an Upward Basketball Team) and it's time for us to head out the door.
Can't THANK YOU enough for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-7-14 Friday 6:09AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
IF SHE DOESN'T GET AN OPERATION....SHE'LL DIE & A SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST
I so clearly remember the day Barb (AKA: Rambo in the Blue Dress) showed Joe Prussel and me the photo of the little girl that desperately needed an operation. Barb just held it there and flatly said that the little girl will die without help. We just stood there trying to grasp the grim reality and the harshness of life in Haiti.
Well, that was 6 years ago and....the little girl got the operation, and today, she is a beautiful 9 year old who is making all "A's" in a wonderful Christian School and she has an absolute heart of gold and more compassion and love than anyone can imagine. Of course, I'm speaking of Ariana, our 8th child.
We're not sure, but we think that the number has now crossed 2000 children who have been "Rescued" by this tough, blunt, relentless, lady of God named Barbara Walker.
Yesterday, I took this "Combat Veteran of the Cross" out to lunch. Her favorite place....Arby's. She got the biggest roast beef sandwich I've ever seen. There's nothing fancy about Barb, just down to earth courage and fierce determination to obey the Lord and rescue children.
Earlier, Cindy had taken Barb to her other "favorite store", Walmart. There she scoured the sales and bought canned food for $.50 a can and got special "craft" supplies for her ladies and the kids in the "Village". Our "next mission load" for the Little Donkey is growing.
We ended the day with our weekly Bible Study at the Hurston's Extreme Home. Barb shared stories that brought us to tears with laughter. All I can say is....we're extremely blessed by Barb (& so are thousands of families around the world) and surely.....our Lord knows how to deploy His troops!
Today, Barb will be heading to Orlando to be with her daughter, Arlene, who will be working a Charity Run for Children. We're always THANKFUL to have Barb with us for a day or two.
Now, today, I have a special prayer request. My Cindy will be having foot surgery this morning and we ask you to pray with us that all goes well and that her recovery will go exceptionally well. Thank you!!
So, it's that time. We need to head to the Doctor for Cindy's surgery. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-6-14 Thursday 6:10AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A MORNING WITH THE O.W.L.S. & A SURPRISE VISIT FROM "RAMBO" IN THE BLUE DRESS
Another day with the O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Loving Saints). Oh Folks, can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoy spending time with these "Seasoned Saints"!
There is so much to learn from those "who have been there....done that". I always walk away richer and perhaps a bit wiser after spending time with them.
Afterwards, Cindy and I spent the day contacting and inviting people to our LET IT GO MUSICAL CONCERT (December 6th - click for the invite) . We're so excited about this Event and do hope that you can come!
Then the phone rang.....the voice simply said "Walker Alert". That is Barb's (AKA: "Rambo in the Blue Dress") way of letting us know that she's close and will probably stay with us for a day or two. Cindy made up the guest bedroom.
Barb flew out of Haiti yesterday morning with a couple of newly adopted kids and their new parents. It's always good seeing Barb. She'll be with us for a couple of days. I know that some of you reading this "Rambling Blog" know Barb, so if you'd like to speak with her, just give me a call at: 321-544-7757.
BTW, Haiti is having some very serious flooding and the death toll is rising. We're monitoring the situation closely. Here's more - HEAVY RAINS KILL 12 IN HAITI - THOUSANDS DISPLACED
We'll be gathering supplies for our "Next Mission" to Haiti.
So, it's that time. Need to head out into this day that our Lord has made. Sure do appreciate your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-5-14 Wednesday 6:36AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A CLEAR MANDATE - A SWEEPING TURN TO THE RIGHT & A PRAYER FOR UNITY! - SPEAKING TO THE O.W.L.S....AGAIN
Election day has come and the people of America have spoken. There is no question that a "change" in direction has been ordered. It appears as if there were no major "election glitches"....so glad we prayed. It is such a great privilege to vote.
America has many faults, but truly, we do have an amazing form of government that does allow the people to speak and last night was a good example of that. Now, we need to continue to PRAY that the new leaders will have God's wisdom and direction.
Let us also PRAY for UNITY. A "A House divided against itself will fall" and also....."How good & pleasant it is when the Brothers (& Sisters) dwell together in unity....".
This morning, I have the wonderful privilege to speak...again, to a group of "Seasoned Saints" AKA - The O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Loving Seniors).
I love this group that meet at Space Coast Assembly of God in Titusville, FL. These "Veterans of the Cross" know how to pray and it's always such a great joy to get together with them and share about Jesus.
You know, I just want to say, about the 2014 Mid-Term Elections last night, that our country has many deep challenges, and there are a lot of unhappy folks across our great nation. Oh, I pray that our Lord will bring healing and positive change into our country and into our hearts. May GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
Now, it's time to head out to go share the Good News of Jesus with the O.W.L.S. THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your precious and powerful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-4-14 Tuesday 6:24AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ELECTION DAY IN THE U.S.A. - IS AMERICA LEANING TO THE RIGHT?
Well, here it is....Election Day. After "Billions of $$" have been spent by the parties, the day has arrived. What will the outcome be? Many are predicting that America will be making a turn to the right and becoming more Conservative.
Now, yesterday, I mentioned our need to PRAY that this Election will not spoiled by Voter Fraud. I came across this video done by a young man who is interested in getting to the "bottom" of stories, James O'Keefe. BTW, I do admire this young man's courage!
Please take a moment and look at how easily he obtained 20 BALLOTS to vote!! - UNDERCOVER VIDEO SHOWS HOW EASY IT IS TO COMMIT VOTER FRAUD IN N.C.
Despite "assurances" that Voter Fraud is not a "big factor", the truth is, it is (as demonstrated by the O'Keefe video) and our prayers do make a HUGE difference. So, TODAY - PLEASE PRAY!
I bring this story to you today to urge you to PRAY that Voter Fraud will not be a factor in this election, but that Republican, Democrat and Independent votes will be properly cast and counted. Simply put...."In God we Trust"!!
About to head out and cast my ballot. Received an Absentee Ballot (requested it because of the way we travel, I didn't want to miss the opportunity and privilege of voting), have filled it out, and I'm about to go drop it off at our Voting Precinct.
Again, I urge you, to VOTE! This is a wonderful and blessed opportunity to have a say in our government.
So, as I always say, and mean from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-3-14 Monday 6:42AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
GET READY TO VOTE!!
Tomorrow is the day that America will Vote. There are so many critical issues on the line. PLEASE do what you have to do to review the candidates and the issues and VOTE with wisdom and JOY! This is still such an amazing privilege. And yes, YOUR VOTE DOES MATTER!
Many lives have been sacrificed and many have been wounded to allow Americans the grand opportunity and responsibility to VOTE. Please exercise your right.
We also realize that "Voter Fraud" is very real. May I encourage you to PRAY that those that are seeking to "cheat" and vote multiple times will be caught, stopped & CONVICTED. This is just not right & it is a FELONY. In America, the law is 1 Person (U.S. CITIZEN) = 1 Vote.
Yesterday, our small team met at the Orlando Hospital to bring the Good News of Jesus. We were FREE to share about Jesus. There are many countries around the world (about 60) where it is illegal and even punishable by death to share about Jesus. Praise God for America!
Of course, I'm FREE to read that verse on any day of the month...and I often do. The Word of God is so precious and gives us guidance and strength to do His will!
So, on this chilly Monday morning in Sunny Florida, it is time to head out the door and "gather" supplies and resources for our next mission. We're very excited about the upcoming Event - LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW
Folks, Cindy and I so appreciate you and we're THANKFUL for your faithful prayer, love and support!! Remember to PRAY & VOTE!!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-2-14 Sunday 6:42AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
GOT THAT EXTRA HOUR
Like many, awoke to the sun peeking into the window and behold, when checking the clock on my phone, the extra hour was automatically put in. Time for a little more "Word" and can savor that second cup of coffee. Life it good.
Enjoyed reading Proverbs 2 today....on Wisdom. A lot of wisdom is found in this precious Book. Of course, love adding in some Psalms along with the Old & New Testament in the "mix" of the Word.
Can't begin to tell you what a difference it makes in my heart, by spending a bit of time in the Word each day.
Sure is "chilly" this morning down in "Sunny Florida" and looks like early snow falling in the Southeast. Here comes winter, Folks! I know, I know, it's that blasted Global Warming! Here's more - ARCTIC BLAST BRINGS RECORD COLD TO EAST AND SOUTH
So, it's Sunday morning and soon, we'll be heading out to Church and then to the Hospital to bring the Good News, to those who are "shut-in".
I hope you enjoy the extra hour this morning. As always, THANK YOU for your sweet and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-1-14 Saturday 7:44AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
'PREACHIN' TO PILOTS....KIND OF LIKE 'PREACHIN' TO THE CHOIR & SGT. TAHMOORESSI COMES HOME! & SEE UPDATE BELOW
I've got to tell you, there are very few things that I enjoy as much as sharing with pilots. Yes, there is a clear and wonderful camaraderie among pilots. Last night was no exception and we just had a wonderful time together!
My theme last night was...David against Goliath or...how a small airplane with a willing pilot, can be mightily used by our Lord.
BTW, according to many historians, Goliath was around 9' 9" tall and and David was between 5' 3" and 5'6". Pretty "daunting" odds!!
BTW, according to many historians, Goliath was around 9' 9" tall and and David was between 5' 3" and 5'6". Pretty "daunting" odds!!
In the case of Air Mobile and Ti Burik, a little airplane can bring clean water to thousands and thousands of thirsty people.
Pilots for Christ International (PCI) is a great organization dedicated to bringing the Good News of Jesus to the world and working with pilots and those that love aviation to accomplish this glorious mission.
Tim Layne, the President of PCI is doing a great job and it was a true joy to meet him last night.
So many good connections were made and again, it was such a blessing to meet pilots who are dedicated to serving Jesus, thus serving others. Again, it was a marvelous opportunity & joy sharing with my fellow pilots last night.
Awakened to the NEWS that Sgt. Tahmooressi was released from the Mexican prison where he had been held for 8 months for making a wrong turn.
Oh, this has been agonizing, but PRAISE GOD, he has been set free!! This is an answer to prayer!! Here's that great story - SGT. TAHMOORESSI IS FINALLY FREE & BACK ON U.S. SOIL!!
This morning, November 1st, I started over on Proverbs. Proverbs 1 is titled "The beginning of Knowledge". What a rich Book! As I've shared in the past...I try to read at least one Proverb daily and it corresponds with the day of the month.
Again, I encourage you to "feast on the Word of God" daily. OK, I'll admit, there are some times that I "hit the ground running" and fail to spend that precious time in the Word but....I can always pick up on the daily Proverb to get the nourishment that I need.
Sure hope you're planning to VOTE! Remember, it's Tuesday, so be sure to let your voice be heard! This is such a powerful privilege that we have and I certainly PRAY that you're able to VOTE!
Time to head out today and work on some of that "Back Side" stuff to prepare for the "next mission". As always, THANK YOU, for your faithful and invaluable prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
Florida Today, our local paper did a super article on the upcoming LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW INVITE EVENT!
Here's the article - BREVARD'S EXTREME MAKE-OVER FAMILY, THE HURSTON'S, INVITING PUBLIC BACK
We are so THANKFUL to the Lord and to our loving community!!
Joe and Cindy
Florida Today, our local paper did a super article on the upcoming LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW INVITE EVENT!
Here's the article - BREVARD'S EXTREME MAKE-OVER FAMILY, THE HURSTON'S, INVITING PUBLIC BACK
We are so THANKFUL to the Lord and to our loving community!!
Joe and Cindy
10-31-14 Friday 7:04AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
TGIF - LOVE SPEAKING TO OTHER PILOTS
I'm so thankful to have been asked to speak to the Pilots for Christ International Annual meeting being hosted by Servant Air Ministries International (SAMI), founded by my good friend, Dr. Bob Lehton. There is a certain camaraderie among pilots that is just wonderful.
Pilots, of course, have their own language and when they get together, there will always be the "swapping" of flying "war stories". It just goes with the territory. I love these kind of meetings!
If you'd like to attend or...if you're considering becoming a member, here are the details to the Conference - PILOTS FOR CHRIST CONFERENCE DETAILS
Had the best time visiting friends who own businesses yesterday. Went to Travis Hardware in Cocoa. Travis was established in 1885. Mac, the owner is a good friend to Air Mobile and has offered to help with our December 6th Event.
Then, I headed to Ace Hardware in Titusville. Bill, the owner, was there right after the Haiti earthquake and sent over generators and so many other vital tools. Bill has offered to help.
We're so THANKFUL to friends who join together with us to bring clean water to the thirsty.
Today, will be putting the "polishing touches" on the message that I'll deliver this evening at the Pilots for Christ Convention.
Will be sharing how even a "small airplane" can be mightily used by our Lord to fight a huge problem (thirst and contaminated water)....kind of like David against Goliath. I'll share how a humble, little Cessna 337 can lift 3.2 million pounds of water! It's all in the math.
Please remember to PRAY for our upcoming Event on December 6th - as we endeavor to bring clean water to a thirsty world and above all, to bring the love of God along with that clean water! Here's the invitation - LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW
Well, it's time to get on with this day. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-30-14 Thursday 7:09AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A WOUNDED AZTEC - A SURPRISE AWARD & SPEAKING FOR PILOTS FOR CHRIST
After making my third trip to Williston, FL to inspect the Aztec, it appears as if the fire damage was more extensive than we realized. I was met by a Repair Team who specialize in Piper Aircraft.
Upon deeper inspection, there is a possibility that the Aztec damage may exceed the value of the aircraft. The fire burned quite hot and long causing significant damage.
Above all, we are seeking wisdom and direction from the Lord as to how to proceed.
On the way home from Williston, I stopped by to see Roger Miller. Roger, as you may recall, is a retired NBC Director and a made a video for us titled "Air Mobile Joe".
Well, the "Short Documentary" was submitted to the Melbourne Independent Film-makers Festival (MIFF) and....IT WON!
We are so blessed to have folks like Roger Miller who freely share their God-Given Gifts to help others!
Here's a close-up of this wonderful award. The beauty of this is that many more people are finding out about Air Mobile and the bottom line is....more lives will be saved!
I know I say this often, but it certainly bears repeating...."Surely, God know how to deploy His troops"!!
Where would Air Mobile be without so many great folks standing with us and helping us to bring clean water to thirsty people?
I so well recall when I loaded Roger into the Little Donkey and flew him to Haiti to "Capture" what Air Mobile does.
This was a tough mission (Roger was 80 years old at the time), flying 5 hours, at high altitude, in a non-pressurized aircraft to Haiti where there was no air-conditioning or running water and mosquitoes and disease everywhere.
Yet, Roger, pushed through with bravery and resilience, and made an award winning documentary. THANKS AGAIN, ROGER!
I'd like to invite you to an event tomorrow night where I will be speaking. It is the Annual Conference for "Pilots for Christ International". The meeting will be held at the Double Tree Inn in Cocoa Beach. Here is the link for details - PILOTS FOR CHRIST INTERNATIONAL MEETING DETAILS It would be wonderful to see you there.
So, today, will be doing some of that "Back- Side" stuff (as I spoke about yesterday). Will be contacting Businesses and Churches seeking "Sponsor-Ship" for our upcoming LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW (Click for details) Event.
As I always say, and mean so deeply from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-29-14 Wednesday 6:46AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
Every time I return home from a "Mission", I realize that it's all, still a "Mission". Either I'm on the "Front Side"...in the field, in the trenches, on the front-line, so to speak.
Or, I'm on the "Back Side", behind the scenes, getting the load, raising the money, working out the logistics, performing maintenance or repairs on the Little Donkey. We're all on the "Mission Field" wherever we are.
I recall an interview with Billy Graham many years ago. The interviewer asked Billy what it would be like when he finally goes to heaven. What type of greeting would he have?
He quietly thought about it, and said that he could visualize, a little old lady, from the back-woods being brought forth as a true champion for the Lord.
This little old lady was on the "back side" PRAYING! So often, we see only the "Front Side" to Missions and don't realize the extremely important "transactions" taking place "behind the scenes".
Often, when I come home from a "Foreign Mission" (that's a better way to put it, because, as I just said, we're all on a "Mission" everyday, everywhere we go), there is often a bit of a let-down as I deal with the "mundane" but....these are where true "battles" are waged.
Jesus' last Words (Acts 1:7-8) to His disciples before He ascended into heaven were...."And He said to them, "It is not for you know the times or the seasons which the Father has put in His own authority...But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth".
So often, in this "Rambling Blog", I urge you to join together with me in prayer. Oh, Folks, I can't begin to emphasize how important your prayers are! It is amazing, how by our praying together, we're on the "Mission" together.
Well, there I go again....preaching. Sometimes, I just can't help myself. Just want you to know how much we appreciate you and your precious prayers!!!
Yesterday, had a plan to go out and visit a number of my friends who own businesses, as we need "Sponsorship" for our upcoming LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW Event that we are having at our "Extreme" Home on December 6th.
My plans suddenly changed. Christian and I have done that show many times together in days gone by. Would be a joy to spend some time with Christian and meet some old friends again. Love it when our Lord changes our plans.
Of course, was able to invite a number of folks to the our December 6th Event. After the show, was still able to see a couple of businesses before picking up Ariana from School.
Today, have an appointment with an aircraft maintenance / repair team to inspect the Piper Aztec (you may recall it had an engine fire). This is going to be a long and somewhat complicated process to get this aircraft back up in the air and serving the Lord and we again, ask for your prayers in this matter.
I certainly did "Ramble On" this morning. As always, THANK YOU for your incredible and precious prayer, love and support! Be blessed today!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-28-14 Tuesday 7:37AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
DOING WHAT WE CAN DO
I awoke around 1:30am and just thought about ISIS. There are literally millions of people who are in hiding and are being threatened with torture and death (often by beheading) if they don't "convert" to Islam.
It seems so far away and almost surreal, but that is the reality for millions and.....the movement is gaining momentum. This is happening now. I simply laid in the comfort of my bed and my heart broke for so many. All I could do was lie there and pray.
In America, there is still freedom and relative peace and safety. What can we do to help so many around the world who are suffering?
Of course, Ebola is growing and there are so many different "stories" being told about the dangers of this dread disease. What is the truth about Ebola? The more I learn about Ebola, the more I realize that we need the Lord and His protection and guidance.
In light of these and so many other disturbing events taking place around the world, Cindy and I are just more determined than ever to do what we can can to help those in harms way. By bringing CLEAN WATER with the LOVE OF GOD, we can help many in need.
We are so thankful that we have the freedom to have the LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW EVENT at our home on December 6th. We hope you can come.
If you'd like to help us with this upcoming event, we'd be very thankful. We are working on getting Corporate Sponsor-ship this week. If you have any ideas, please e-mail me at: email@example.com or give me a call at: 321-544-7757 and share your ideas. Besides, we'd just love to hear from you!
Well, it's time to head out the door. I have some business friends who need to hear about the "Event". As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-27-14 Monday 7:56AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
GOOD TO BE HOME.....
It's the little things....like a comfortable bed, a warm shower (with lots of water pressure), very, very few mosquitoes, a strong and steady internet and most of all, my Cindy and all the kids and grand-kids. Ahhh, it's good to be home.
Enjoyed our home Church yesterday. Pastor Gary did a super job of capturing the awesome love of the Father for man. Mmmm, warmed my heart.
Then, it was off to the Hospital. Our team split up into 2 groups. The "Cindy and Lisa Team" took the young people and Alfred and I took the adults.
We agreed that I'd share the Good News. I hadn't prepared a message. Just looked down at my little tattered black Bible and decided to tell a story of God's awesome power, grace and protection.
The attendees are adults who are in this Psychiatric Hospital. Each has a hard story. As I shared about the time we were attacked in Haiti by 12-14 heavily armed gunmen and the "attempted" kidnapping and how our Lord made a way of "Escape", many in our audience could relate to the seemingly impossible situation.
By telling of the incredible way that our Lord delivered us, one could sense faith rising. With God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! BTW, that little black tattered Bible was stolen by the would-be kidnappers and I miraculously got it back!! After service we all prayed together.
Then our 2 teams went out to lunch and just a had a beautiful time of fellowship together. Again, it is just so good to be home. I'm so thankful for the freedom to preach the Gospel that we have in America. However......this must never be taken for granted.
So, this week, Cindy and I are working on inviting our whole community to our "Let It Go - Let It Flow" event that we will be having at our home on December 6th. Oh, we hope you can come. If you haven't received the Invite, here it is - LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW INVITE
We are VERY excited about getting Aldrich and James here for this event. We worked very closely with these young men in the Philippines.
You may recall this video that captures that mission and how these young men joined us in the fight to bring clean water to thirsty people. Oh, we're so excited about this event. Here's the You-Tube - ALDRICH & JAMES HELP SAVE LIVES WITH AIR MOBILE MINISTRIES
It's time to head out into this day. What adventure lies ahead? Only our Lord knows, but one thing is for sure....I'm holding tightly onto His Hand! As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-26-14 Sunday 8:29AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SQUEEZING BETWEEN 2 STORMS...TO GET HOME
This "Mission" to Haiti was complete. It was time to point the nose of the Little Donkey back to Florida. The problem was 2 separate storms lurking on each side of the route home. Could I "squeeze" between them?
I knew that I had plenty of fuel to "maneuver" around (thanks to the 14 fuel tanks in Ti Burik). And, I'd probably need the extra fuel to get home. Each of those 4 red switches represent 2 extra fuel tanks.
Did a thorough pre-flight and verified each tank was full. Presented my International Documentation, took a last "snap shot" of the weather on the I-Phone and headed back to Florida.
When I first looked at the weather, there was a very slight "path" between the 2 storms, but I knew that as the sun "heated" things up, that path would become narrower and narrower.
Leveled off at 12,500 feet and fought a modest headwind. Had no more access to the satellite image on my phone because of a communication black-out enroute. Now, I was just looking for a "hole" between the 2 storms.
I could hear airliner after airliner deviating hundreds of miles to avoid these massive build-ups. Fortunately, I had plenty of fuel and many Bahama Islands were available for a precautionary landing if needed.
Upon reaching the actual line of thunderstorms, I could see that there was a clearing due west of my course but.....that put me heading straight toward Cuba. I advised Miami Center that I was deviating to the West.
Soon, I crossed the Cuban Airspace line and Miami had cleared the way for me with Havana Center.
Mile after mile, I headed west and the line was solid, with no breaks. How far would I have to go? Miami called me back and said that Havana wanted to know how much further I'd need to go. Then.... I saw it. The most beautiful hole right between the two storms. It was just large enough to fly through. I made the turn and prayed that it was not a "sucker hole". It wasn't, Thank God!
The Lord made a way, where there seemed to be no way...again! He is so good! Once through the hole, it was clear sailing the rest of the way to Fort Pierce, where I cleared Customs. Then the quick flight back to Titusville, where my Cindy picked me up.
Oh, we had a full afternoon. Peter was taking Anna out to the Astronaut High School Homecoming Dance. They looked beautiful together! Anna is a very sweet girl. She and Peter have known each other since the 5th Grade.
Then, I headed over to Chrisitian's home where we watched an amazing game of football....LSU and Old Miss. Now, Ole Miss is ranked #3 in the Nation and LSU was the underdog. What a game! Both teams played their hearts out and in the end....LSU prevailed 10-7.
Oh, it's good to be home. And...it's time to head to Church and then the Hospital where we are Chaplains. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-25-14 Saturday 5:15AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MASSIVE SOLAR FLARES....A TRUE HERO EMERGES FROM THE WASHINGTON SCHOOL SHOOTING AND...A REAL "MCGYVER" WAY TO CHARGE YOUR CELL PHONE - PROGRESS ON MEDOR AIRSTRIP
While observing beautiful sunsets here in Haiti, there have been massive Solar Flares erupting. These are monsters (nearly the size of Jupiter or 14 times the size of earth!). Let's just pray that the earth "dodges" these massive bullets! Here's more - MASSIVE SUNSPOT SPEWING DESTRUCTIVE FLARES ALIGNING WITH EARTH
More flares are expected in the next 24-48 hours. We have no control over what the sun does.....but I know WHO does! That is why we PRAY!
The nation is shocked by another School shooting. A "True Hero" may have saved many lives. A witness states that a teacher rushed the shooter and in the struggle, the gun went off and the shooter was shot. This is a preliminary story, but if true, God bless this brave soul! Here's that story - WITNESS TELLS STORY OF "REAL HERO"!
Had a wonderful meeting with the Director General of Haitian Civil Aviation yesterday. We're moving toward our "next step" toward "Approval" of the airstrip into Medor.
The proposal is now in the hands of the Navigation / Communication office and we're confident (PRAYERFUL) that the next level of approval for the Airstrip will be granted. Then we can go in and clean it up and do our test landings. Please PRAY that all continues toward final approval!
Often, while on the "Mission Field", one must come up with ingenious ways to fix a problem....like a dead smart phone. As we all know, smart phones have become a vital part of many of our lives. If it dies....well you know the rest of that story.
Came across a very cool way to smack a quick charge into that dead or dying phone. All one needs is 9 Volt Battery, a key and piece of tape or even a rubber band and voila..a "quick charge". Now, I haven't tried it yet, but it sure looks like it'll work - Check out this video - CLEVER WAY TO CHARGE A CELL PHONE WITH A 9 VOLT BATTERY
Been checking the weather in the Caribbean and it's been heating up. This was the same weather system that was hitting Florida when I flew into Haiti on Tuesday. It's still hanging around. Doesn't look like "Hurricane Stuff", but still bringing a lot of wind and rain.
It's bright and early and the sun has not yet risen. I'll go out, with that 2nd cup of coffee, and take a look at the sunrise, and yes, pray that our Lord protects us from those massive solar flares. Remember, PRAYER IS POWERFUL! We'll see what our Lord has in store today. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-24-14 Friday 7:12AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
FROM THE "HAITI DESK"
Sitting at the "Haiti Desk", sipping my second cup of coffee and pondering our "Mission" in Haiti. First came to Haiti in 1978....36 years ago(!) and have been coming back ever since.
Haiti, like many Third World Countries, has a host of problems and there are so many different avenues of ministry that we can do. I'm so thankful that our Lord has directed us to help clean up the water. Dirty water kills millions globally!
I'm also extremely thankful that He has given us the Air Mobile Rescuer, a machine that cleans up the most contaminated water and operates with great simplicity and efficiency. We now have 336 Rescuers in operation through-out Haiti and....we need many, many more. The need is so great.
On this last flight to Haiti, we brought in Air Mobile Rescuer #336 in behalf of Pastor Renato. We also brought in a dental chair, a centrifuge and a compressor. Soon, Pastor Renato will come to Haiti with a Dental Team and offer free care. I'm so thankful for folks with a heart to serve others.
Yesterday, another team came by our Village, for whom, we'd brought in 200 Jesus Books in Creole. So glad the Little Donkey was able to carry these precious books in for others.
We were also able to tell these missionaries all about the Air Mobile Rescuer. We pray that they will be able to fund a Rescuer for their mission.
Yes, as I sit here and "ponder" these things, my heart cries out to do more, as the needs are so great. All I can do is ask our Lord Jesus to give me strength and wisdom and above all, to be obedient to Him today!
So, having shared my heart with you this morning, I'm THANKFUL to have you standing with us with your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-23-14 Thursday 7:19AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
TERROR IN CANADA
I was recently in Ottawa, Canada receiving Air Traffic Control (ATC) equipment training. Stayed at the Best Western Hotel in Gatineau, just across the Ottawa River from the Parliament. I marveled at the beauty and tranquility of Ottawa and Gatineau. I took this shot capturing a beautiful Canadian sunrise.
Now....all of that has changed because of a person deranged, driven by hatred and murder. And yes, the Canadian Prime Minister has not hesitated to call it TERRORISM!
A whole nation has been rocked. Let us pray for Canada and pray the leaders of this great country to find wisdom in the midst of this terrible attack. Here's more - CANADA LOSES INNOCENCE
Spent the day in the "Village" yesterday. Looking just beyond the walls, one can see the daily struggle to get clean water. I'm thankful that those in our neighborhood know that they can come here for clean water! This is our mission. We've added another Air Mobile Rescuer to Haiti, bringing our total number to 336 Rescuers spread throughout Haiti.
Folks, the reality is....most disease is STOPPED by CLEAN WATER. It's just that simple. We must remain focused and diligent to continue to bring clean water to the thirsty. Cholera is still a major problem in Haiti and we must not let up in our battle against this and other dreadful diseases!
I'm thankful that our Haiti Rescuers have been functioning quite well. We still have a solid inventory of units in "Air Mobile Joe's Depot". Should any Rescuer in Haiti malfunction for any reason, we have a unit "Ready to Go" to help keep that clean water flowing! Praise God!
Today, will be in meetings regarding the new runway in Medor (extremely isolated community) and also will be doing a "Progress Report" on the new ATC Communication equipment at the Port-Au-Prince International Airport. Have I told you....I love my job!
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-22-14 Wednesday 6:58AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
JUST AHEAD OF THE STORM
All of the pieces had come together. The Little Donkey was ready to gallop. The final supplies were loaded. There was a line of storms moving in from the Gulf of Mexico, so.....
After some quiet prayer and a delicious cup of coffee, my Cindy brought me to the airport.
Did the final "top-off" of fuel and a thorough pre-flight. It was time to go to Haiti.
Just to the West and coming fast was a long line of storms. It was now...or much later. Prayed and asked for grace.
Fired up the two "sweet" engines, clicked on the airport lights with my mic and taxied into position. Pushed the throttles forward and roared down Runway 180 headed for Haiti.
Put on the Oxygen and climbed to 15,000 feet. Pulled out the blankets and pillows and settled down for the 5 hour flight. It's right at about freezing at 15,000 and gets quite chilly in the little, packed cabin.
Now, over the years, I've seen many a Caribbean sunrise. Each one is absolutely unique and spectacular. But....this one was even more AWESOME!
This shot does a "fair" job of capturing the beauty, but the thing that it did not capture was the actual "golden sunrise". It was as if the "Gold" was liquid and just poured onto the tapestry of the sky with divine artistry.
Oh, I am so glad to have witnessed His handiwork!
Had a strong westerly flow the entire flight and managed to squeeze out the tiniest little tail-wind. Glad to have left those storms behind. Got out just ahead of them. Landed in Port-Au-Prince in 4 hours 50 minutes.
Immediately after landing and "clearing", went to speak with my good friend of many years, Dave Carwell of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). We discussed the possibility of having an ambulance at the airport (you may recall, I wrote on Sunday about the possibility of our receiving an Ambulance for Haiti).
Dave, absolutely agreed, he went on to say...."one could call for an ambulance and an hour later, a "tap-tap" with Red Cross flag shows up."
Afterward, headed to the village and suddenly, the "data" portion of my I-Phone went dead. That meant that I couldn't get e-mails or the internet. This seems to happen almost every time I come to Haiti.
Spent literally the entire afternoon and well into the evening on the phone with AT&T International Support. Finally, at 10:15 last night, got my "Data Link" back. Just one of the many "trials" of traveling around the world.
Have a full plate this mission. Will be working on getting the Medor Airstrip to the "next level" toward final approval. Have Rescuers to "up-grade" to keep that CLEAN WATER FLOWING!
Above all, there are those who need Jesus as their Savior. Because of what He has done for me (saved me while I was in a deep, dark, lost hole), I must tell others about His Amazing Grace and Awesome Love!
So, what does this beautiful day have for me? I don't know, but.... I know Who does! Folks, I want you to know just how much I appreciate you. God bless you and THANKS again for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-21-14 Tuesday 2:58AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"Oh God, You are my God; early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for you:
My flesh longs for you;
In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.
So I look for You in the Sanctuary
To see Your power and Your Glory"
Have been reflecting on the importance of water and pondering just what it's like to be thirsty. Thirst is a terrible thing and it will drive us to find water. Our prayer is that we can provide Clean Water and the Living Water to those that thirst!
Oh, that's why I like early morning Prayer! It is so peaceful and the Psalmist David certainly learned the beauty of getting up early to seek God!
Seems like every time I find a need for baby formula / food and diapers, Alternative Pregnancy Center comes through.
Spoke with Vickie of APC and she said, "Come right on over, have a full load for you"! Love these Folks and above all, their sensitivity to the Lord when it comes to the orphans in Haiti. THANKS APC!!
From APC, I headed to the Air Mobile HQ to meet Craig. Now, Craig is one brave soul and ventures "where angels fear to tread". Craig works in China and sometimes, finds himself very, very close to North Korea ministering with Christians there. Can't say any more, except, God bless you, Craig!
Well, Craig's Air Mobile Rescuer hit some "bad power" in China blew the power supply. It was an easy fix.
We replaced it and I gave Craig the latest "Tools" that we now include in the Rescuer. Also, gave him and extra filter and a few other "goodies" to keep that Rescuer running well in "hard to reach places". What a joy!!
So, with this precious time this morning, I'll just pour that delicious cup of coffee and "Reflect" on the goodness of God and ponder the "Living Water".
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-20-14 Monday 6:38AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HOW IMPORTANT IS CLEAN WATER??
It is easy to take clean water for granted. Just go to the tap and turn it on. For billions, around the globe, there is no tap. Water is secured by bucket. The sources....you don't want to know.
Add to this daily tragedy a disaster, i.e. typhoon, hurricane, flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption, war, Ebola outbreak, etc. etc. and suddenly, millions are at extreme risk. If you're thirsty, you'll drink whatever you can.
For example, within 24 hours after the earthquake (1-12-10) that killed nearly 300,000 people(!) in the backyard of the U.S. (Haiti), Air Mobile was on the ground providing clean water to thousands daily.
In this shot, we have 9 Rescuers running continually and providing fresh, clean, safe drinking water to about 9000 people per day! Was it hard to get there and do this? Yes! But with your help and prayer, we were able to do it!
We simply want to be ready to go when the need arises. That is why we need you standing with us in this noble mission. Remember, the Lord Jesus WANTS us to do this. He said in Matthew 25:35...."I was thirsty and you gave Me to drink..." Jesus went on to say...."When you've done it unto the least of these, my Brethren, you've done it unto Me".
Right now, many in America and around the world are very concerned about Ebola and we should be! This is a dreadful and powerful disease that is currently "spreading like wildfire". Government officials around the world are perplexed, confused and afraid. The outbreak areas desperately need CLEAN WATER! Air Mobile wants to help.
In addition, we receive requests daily from areas around the world that are desperate for clean water. What do we lack? We lack funding to build and deploy these "Life Saving" devices. This is why I'm coming to you today and asking for your help. PLEASE PRAY about this with us. We are willing to GO, we simply need the means to do so.
And, as always, THANK YOU for taking the time to read this blog today. We so appreciate your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-19-14 Sunday 7:24AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AIR MOBILE - BRINGING CLEAN WATER AND MORE!
The "Mission" of Air Mobile is simple and clear. Bring the love of Jesus to a lost and dying world. We have been so blessed to have been given the gift of the Air Mobile Rescuer, a machine that many call the "The Near-Miracle Machine".
To date, Air Mobile has placed over 900 Rescuers in 44 Countries. Each Rescuer is capable of providing clean water to over 1000 people per day.
The Rescuer can take the most contaminated water, i.e. Choloera / Typhoid / Ebola / AIDS / E-Coli and many, many more viruses and bacteria, and make that water extremely clean. This is truly a gift from God and we are so THANKFUL to be able to GO & "Let the Clean Water Flow"!!
Many of you may have received an Invitation sent out to you by my Cindy last night. On December 6th between 4:00pm - 10:00pm, we will be having an amazing event at our home. Here's the link to Cindy's Facebook Page - INVITATION TO LET IT GO - LET IT FLOW!
We'll be providing more details as the date gets closer, but we are hoping and praying that you will be there (now, I know that some of you live in far-away places and won't be able to come). IF you did not receive the invitation, please write me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you an invitation immediately.
Yesterday, had an incredible meeting with Pastor Renato from Brazil. Pastor Renato is Pastor to the Brazilian Community at First Baptist Church, Orlando. He has a deep love for missions and particularly for the Haitian People.
He brought over some medical equipment (including an Air Mobile Rescuer) to go to Haiti on our next flight there.
During our meeting, he told me of an Ambulance that his church purchased for Haiti (the ambulance is in excellent, like-new condition!). He went on to ask if we could possibly utilize this wonderful tool. This is a "sample" photo of the same make, model and year Ambulance.
Well, it just so happens, after over 4 years of effort, Air Mobile, along with Remote Area Medical (R.A.M.), are very close to getting the desperately needed airstrip into Medor (an extremely isolated location in the mountains of Haiti) approved.
So, once, this airstrip is opened, and we are able to provide FREE Air Ambulance service, from isolated places, to Port-Au-Prince, could this beautiful ambulance, that Pastor Renato's Church bought, be used to transport the medical emergency patients to a local hospital? We are currently PRAYING about this and ask you to join together with us for our Lord's will to be done!
Yes, Air Mobile works very hard to provide clean water to a thirsty world, but we also provide other services as our Lord leads and directs. We're also wanting to provide clean water into India. Here's a clip of a mission that Air Mobile wants to help - NEW VISION MINISTRIES RESPONDS TO TERRIBLE FLOODING
THANK GOD, Bermuda was spared from heavy damage and fatalities. Hurricane Gonzalo weakened to Catagory II Hurricane just before landfall. There are no reported deaths and damage was less than anticipated. Again, we are THANKFUL for God's mercy on Bermuda! Here's more - BERMUDA SPARED!
Today, Cindy, Peter and Ariana will be going to the Hospital Orlando to minister with the patients there. I'll be sorting and arranging the medical equipment brought over by Pastor Renato. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-18-14 Saturday 8:13AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
The tiny island of Bermuda is staggering as Hurricane Gonzalo slowly ravaged the Island with hours of 100+ MPH winds.
Seas had risen to an incredible 30-40 feet delivering a 10+ foot storm surge! There is extensive damage, but...no reported deaths at this hour. Here's more - POWER OUT - TREES DOWN AS HURRICANE GONZALO SLAMS BERMUDA
Hurricane Gonzalo is moving to the North - North East (headed to Canada) with winds around 115 MPH. We are awaiting news of the condition on Bermuda as 100% of the power is out on the Island. We PRAY!
Meanwhile, the "BATTLE WITH EBOLA" continues and the news is not good. Most Americans, according to a recent CBS poll, have very little confidence in the CDC to "Handle" this deadly disease. Here's more - CBS - AMERICANS DON'T BELIEVE IN THE CDC
As many of you very well know, Cindy and I are "Preppers". Well, having been to so many disasters around the world, over the years, we know just how devastating disasters can be and it's always a good idea to do some "preparation". Just saw this interesting article - "PREPPERS" GO MAINSTREAM - GEARING UP FOR EBOLA
Believe me, it's always a good idea to have a "What If..." Plan. We're certainly PRAYING that Ebola will be "contained", but even the most optimistic projections have the disease spreading.
The big question is "how long and how far" will it go. At any rate, it's Saturday morning and if...you're going out shopping, you might want to "pick up a few extra things"...just in case.
Today, I'll be meeting a Pastor from Brazil who has a heart for Haiti. He'll be dropping some medical equipment that I hope to be able to "squeeze" in Ti Burik, our trusty Little Donkey for our next mission to Haiti.
Time to head out into this "day that our Lord has made". As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-17-14 Friday 6:58AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A VIEW FROM "INSIDE" LIBERIA - CHRISTIAN RELIEF WORKER & BERMUDA BEING HAMMERED BY HURRICANE GONZALO
I read this article yesterday and just had to share it with you. It is written by Greg Darg, an Operation Blessing Missionary. Here's a quote from the article -
“I talk to my wife and she reminds me of scriptures,” he said. “I read Psalm 91 and then fall asleep.”
10-16-14 Thursday 6:16AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
2ND HEALTH-CARE WORKER "CLEARED" TO FLY.... BY CDC!!!
At first, the story appeared that Ms. Vinson had done a very bad thing by boarding that Frontier Airline. And then.....the truth came out: Ms. Vinson was CLEARED to fly by the CDC!
Again, just as I wrote yesterday, the CDC had best "nail-down" their protocols QUICKLY! This is very serious business and it appears as if the CDC is dropping the ball again and again and again.
Now, I'm in no way, a Health Care Professional, but I am a thinking human being and can certainly see when situations are being handled terribly. And yes, I am concerned, as are most Americans about the potential threat of the Ebola Virus on the entire planet.
So, again, as I sit in my kitchen, at my little desk writing this blog, what can I do about this unfolding, dangerous situation that we are all facing? I CAN PRAY!
Also, PLEASE PRAY for our Lord to heal Ms. Amber Vinson and all of those who may have been infected while caring for Thomas Duncan!
As you know, I often read the Proverb that corresponds to the day, i.e. October 16th. Just read Proverbs 16:16 "How much better to get Wisdom than gold! And to get Understanding is to be chosen rather than silver"!
The "bottom line" is our leaders, and the world's leaders, need GOD'S WISDOM & UNDERSTANDING with these very dangerous and critical situations. They need God's direction (whether they want to admit it or not). And that is exactly how I am praying! I'm asking our Lord to lead and guide our leaders through these very dangerous waters!
Folks, forgive me for saying this, but it appears that SO MANY DECISIONS are made for Political & Financial reasons and the safety of mankind is sacrificed. That is why I PRAY for God's Wisdom & Understanding to prevail!!
Please join me in this PRAYER! It appears, that there is very little that an individual can do, but never forget, PRAYER IS POWERFUL & OUR PRAYERS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Cindy and I are more determined than every to join in this Ebola Battle and we believe that "Clean Water" is a vital tool in this fight. We are learning more and more how important "Clean Water" is and how water actually "kills" Ebola.
We are asking our Lord to give us the resources to GO FORTH and help save lives and help STOP the spread of Ebola, as well as so many other deadly viruses and diseases. We are constantly receiving requests for help from India, Pakistan, Haiti and the list goes on and on.
We know that our Lord has given us a "Near-Miracle" machine, The Air Mobile Rescuer. This machine can take very contaminated and deadly water, and make it extremely pure. Please join with us today that our Lord will provide all of the resources that we need to GO in His Precious Name and bring clean water to a lost and dying world!!
As always, THANK YOU for joining together with us in this noble battle with your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-15-14 Wednesday 7:28AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
BEST "NAIL-DOWN" PROTOCOLS QUICKLY!! EBOLA STRIKES SECOND DALLAS HEALTH CARE WORKER
There are so many mixed messages regarding "Protocols" that are "supposedly" in place to fight Ebola. According to the Director of CDC, Dr. Frieden, certain "mistakes" have been made. Let us PRAY that firm and sure "Protocols" are implemented solidly and quickly.
I watched this interview between Dr. Frieden and Megan Kelly of Fox this morning and realized just how vulnerable we are. Here's the interview - INTERVIEW: CDC - FOX NEWS - WHY ARE TRAVEL BANS NOT BEING PUT IN PLACE??
Meanwhile, EBOLA has struck again! This time another Dallas Health Care worker that was caring for Thomas Duncan has been positively diagnosed with Ebola!
Despite "assurances" from the CDC, this matter is far from under-control. Again, let us PRAY for God's wisdom and direction to prevail! Here's the story on the 2nd Dallas Hospital Worker - EBOLA STRIKES 2ND DALLAS HOSPITAL WORKER
Not only are there many "mixed-messages" about Protocol, there are such "mixed-messages" about just how Ebola is spread.
It is now being reported that Ebola can be spread through "droplets in the air". Here's that story - EBOLA SPREADS THROUGH "DROPLETS IN THE AIR"
The fact is, a dread disease is "knocking" on the world's door. We are witnessing, what could very well be, as the W.H.O. recently stated, "The most severe health emergency in modern times".
It is currently being projected by the W.H.O. that we could be seeing 10,000 cases per week in Africa by December 1st! Here's that story - W.H.O.: MAY SEE 10,000 CASES PER WEEK IN AFRICA BY DECEMBER 1ST!
Hundreds and hundreds of Professional Health Care Workers, including many doctors have contracted and died from Ebola. This is evidence that there are many things that we do not know about Ebola.
I again, simply ask you to join together with me to PRAY for our Lord to give us mercy, grace and wisdom in dealing with this "Plague" that is surely coming upon the world as I type this blog!
In the middle of this blog, this morning, I just had to stop writing and go out on our back porch and sit quietly and read God's Word.
Folks, our real protection comes from the Lord. I know that I've mentioned this Scripture to you many times, but please look again at Psalm 91 and particularly at Verse 7.
Well, this is my "rambling message" to share with you this morning. I don't want to come across as a "Prophet of Doom", but one thing I've learned from flying is....if something is going wrong in the aircraft..."DON'T GO INTO DENIAL"! Read the signs and deal with it. We are facing some very difficult challenges and I will say the best way to deal with it, is to.....BEGIN WITH PRAYER!
As always, and from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Have been doing a lot of research... & PRAYER, on the effect that good clean water has on Ebola. Guess what...it appears that water is our friend. Supposedly (the jury is still out), if a droplet of Ebola infected blood or some other infected body fluid drops into water, water will "kill it" within minutes.
Again, I'm still researching this, but it appears that "Water" and particularly "Clean Water" is a powerful ally in our fight against Ebola. Here's more about the need for clean water - AN OPEN MEMO ON EBOLA AND WATER More to come on this subject. Joe
10-14-14 Tuesday 6:56AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"MOST SEVERE HEALTH EMERGENCY IN MODERN TIMES" ACCORDING TO W.H.O.
Folks, there is no question, these are perilous times. The Globe is on the edge what could be a staggering disaster. Again, this is a very good time to PRAY! The Ebola "fire" has been lit and let us PRAY that the flames do not spread. Here's the story - W.H.O.: EBOLA IS MODERN ERA'S WORST HEALTH EMERGENCY
Many Third World countries are at extreme risk, thus creating great danger for the entire planet. We pray that Ebola does not strike South / Central America because....our weak, porous, border would allow a mass migration of staggering proportions. Here's more - U.S. GENERAL WARNS OF POTENTIAL "MASS MIGRATION" FROM SOUTH OF THE BORDER
Just to strengthen my point about our "porous, weak" Southern Border, you may recall that James O'Keefe of Veritas crossed the border completely undetected, disguised as Osama Bin Laden!! The fact is, our Southern Border IS NOT SECURE!!
As I have said so many times in this "rambling blog", PRAYER IS POWERFUL! Today, this "blog" is a rallying call for PRAYER! The world's leaders need God's Wisdom and Direction as never before. Let us pray for that!
Also, we should continually ask ourselves, "What should we be doing to protect our families and loved ones right now?". Our Lord WANTS to give us HIS wisdom and protection because...He loves us! This is the Good News! "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son...."
Just had to share the Good News with you. Also, want you to know that your prayers and the good steroids are definitely "chasing" that persistent cough away. So, as always. THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-13-14 Monday 6:51AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
2ND EBOLA VICTIM (HEALTH-CARE WORKER) WEARING PROTECTIVE GEAR
A health-care worker who cared for Thomas Duncan has contracted Ebola. She had full protective gear and yet, still got the disease. The CDC is stating that "Protocol" was breached.
The investigation continues. Perhaps....the "Protective Gear" needs to be beefed up. Here's the story - DALLAS NURSE WHO CONTRACTED EBOLA HAD PROTECTIVE GEAR
Let us take a moment together (as you read this blog) and PRAY! These are certainly disturbing developments, but remember, with God, ALL things are possible.
Let us pray together for the victims, the medical personnel and the leaders in government and organizations such as the CDC and WHO. We need wisdom, healing and grace!
I'm still laying low today and just taking it easy. Thank God for a computer and an internet connection. Still able to conduct business.
Been giving a lot of thought and prayer as to how the Air Mobile Rescuer can help fight Ebola. It is simple.
Ebola is a virus. The Rescuer destroys viruses and the Ebola virus can certainly find itself in water. Thus, the Air Mobile Rescuer fights Ebola.
Today, my goal is get more Air Mobile Rescuers into the field and help save lives. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-12-14 Sunday 7:47AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WHAT'S BETWEEN YOU (AND I) AND EBOLA?
Came across this article this morning and felt that I should share it with you. It is extremely insightful as to the true dangers of Ebola and how easily it can spread.
I urge you to, above all, PRAY about this matter. Good and accurate information is paramount in knowing how to handle a problem. IS PROTECTIVE GEAR INADEQUATE TO STOP EBOLA
As I have been sharing with you about my Daily Bible Reading, which includes the Book of Proverbs, came across this verse in Proverbs 12:25 - "Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a Good Word makes it glad"
Wow! I believe that it is important to know what is going on around you, but....just looking at the circumstances can certainly cause Anxiety and that will lead to Depression.
It is so important that we balance our lives with the Word of God! Instead of getting overwhelmed and depressed, we can Know what is going on, Grow in faith and GO forth and Show the Love of God!
It would be easy to "stick our head in the sand" and just not want to know what is going on around us. I believe that our Lord has us all here on this earth, at this time, for a purpose.
Believe me, the best place on this earth is to be in His Will! That is where Wisdom and the Word of God comes into our lives to help us to accomplish His will in our lives. Please don't think I'm "preaching to you", I'm actually preaching to myself!
You may recall, that several weeks ago, I was in Canada getting trained on the new Air Traffic Control System that we've recently installed in Haiti. I asked you to pray for me, as I seemed to be coming down with a cold or something.
Well, I got somewhat better, but there remained a cough that I could not shake. It's gotten worse. Went to the Doctor yesterday and he prescribed a steroid. I've stayed home from Church today and am just resting. Would like to ask you again, to please pray for me, that this cough will be healed!
So, in the midst of all the chaos in the world, and things are not getting better, the best place to be, is in His hands, seeking His wisdom and will for our lives. As always, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-11-14 Saturday 7:54AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SOMETIMES....THERE'S A BLANK
You, who follow this "rambling blog" know that there are times that I just don't know what to write. I just draw a "blank". That's when I head to a quiet place and spend a bit more time in the Word of God. Then, I sit down and just start typing. Such is the case this morning.
Oh, I sipped that first cup of coffee and read the headlines. The "Ebola Nightmare" seems to top the list of concerns for America (and many around the world) and with good reason. My Cindy just found a video of ISIS executing 1700 students and turned it right off. It was too awful. Folks, these are perilous and disturbing times and if we only look at the News, then our lives are pretty miserable.
In comes the Word of God. It is like an anchor to the soul. It is the great stabilizer. After spending that quiet time with my old tattered Bible, my heart is again encouraged. All throughout the Bible, we are told that there would many troubles on this earth. As Jesus tell us in John 16:33...
Must tell you about yesterday. Was picked up by Roger Miller, an amazing, accomplished, retired NBC Director. Roger traveled to Haiti with me and made a mini-documentary of our work.
We went to an early screening of "Air Mobile Joe", which tells the story of bringing clean water to a thirsty world. Roger's documentary is being considered for a top film critic award.
It was very cool to see Roger's work on the "big screen". I'm so thankful that Roger didn't just "retire" and sit around. He, instead, got into our little airplane and flew over 5 hours to Haiti and followed me around in the stifling heat and chaos, for a couple of days and made a story that is saving lives to this day. God bless you, Roger and THANK YOU again for sharing your gifts (and genius). Again, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops!
Oh, I saw a very neat verse in Proverbs 11 today. It is found in verse 25. Solomon wrote..."he who waters will also be watered himself". That verse was just another encouraging Word from the Lord. When we bring clean water to the thirsty, our Lord is pleased.
So, as you have so faithfully joined together with us with your love, prayer and support, you too will be "Refreshed by our Lord". God bless you!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-10-14 Friday 6:42AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WISDOM TO NAVIGATE TROUBLED WATERS
Last night, at our weekly Bible Study, the question of the Ebola outbreak was raised. Folks, the numbers and possible consequences of this dreaded "pestilence" are truly frightening. The question is, "what can we do"?
I was quickly reminded of the topic of the last few days found in my daily Proverbs reading. GET WISDOM!
God's wisdom is better than silver, gold, rubies....and all things that one desires cannot be compared to God's wisdom (Proverbs 8:10-11)!
So, as we watch the Stock Market swinging like a drunken sailor on a ship in a storm and we watch tens of thousands coming across the borders of the U.S. with no means of identifying deadly diseases and we see the horrifying numbers of what Ebola can do and we see ISIS rampaging and beheading....what can we do?
The beauty of the Lord is that He wants to give us His wisdom. All we have to do is ASK for it - James 1:5.
So, what am I going to do today? Well, to begin with, I'm asking our Lord to guide me and give me His wisdom.
I'm going to be picked up in just a little while by a friend of mine, Roger, who is 80 years old. Roger is a retired NBC Director. Recently, he traveled to Haiti with me in The Little Donkey, Ti Burik, and made a "Mini-Documentary" on Air Mobile. He has recently won an award for it. We're going to go see it on the "Big Screen" and the award ceremony will be in a few weeks. I'm so blessed to have such dear friends!!
It's time to have that second cup of coffee and then Cindy will cut my hair and then, it'll be off to the "Movies" with my good friend, Roger Miller (no, not the singer that sang "Trailer for sale or rent"...old timers will understand). As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!
Air Mobile Ministries
10-9-14 Thursday 6:59AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MILLIONS DAZZLED BY GORGEOUS SIGN IN THE HEAVENS
Yesterday morning, though, our Florida sky was covered with a solid overcast, millions (likely many more) gazed upward in the early morning and witnessed a spectacular event when the "Moon turned to blood".
Since I didn't see it first-hand, only a slight reddening of the early morning clouds, thought I'd share a shot with you. Here's more on the 10-8-14 Blood Moon - GORGEOUS HEAVENLY SIGN DAZZLES MILLIONS
Yesterday morning, my good friend of many years, Randy West and I met for a cup of Waffle House Coffee.
I met Randy at a little airport when I was a "rooky" missionary pilot and Randy was just beginning his flight training. Jesus made the connection! Over the years, we've stayed very close, and often, when Randy's coming to town he calls. He's reached me all around the globe, but sometimes, our paths cross.
Such was the case yesterday. We met at a local Waffle House just an exit away from where I'd have a noon meeting with a "Radar Expert". Our topic of conversation...."The imminent Second Coming of Jesus".
Now, Randy is solid "Pre-Tribulation Rapture Believer" and I'm of belief that the Church will have to go through some very, very hard times. Our conversation is always lively and always friendly. We respect one another's beliefs and the truth is... "No man knows the day or the hour of the Second Coming of Jesus". I love our lively dialogue and we generally walk away having learned something from one another.
Well, I'm going to have to cut this "Rambling Blog" short, as it's time to get Ariana to school. I may continue the blog upon return home. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support.
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Check back in, as I might write a little more. Joe
10-8-14 Wednesday 6:29AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SOLID OVERCAST & A STROLL DOWN NASA "MEMORY LANE"
Began peeking outside and looking up around 5:00am this morning. Solid overcast, obscured visibility. By 6:25am, all I could see was a reddish hue on the clouds in the western sky. Beyond those clouds was the 2nd of 4 Blood Moons.
I only saw "shades" of the natural phenomenon. But, because I couldn't see it with my own eyes, didn't mean it didn't happen! All I'll be able to tell my Grand-Children years from now is....."well, I saw the clouds turn reddish".
Did you see the Blood Moon this morning?
You know, this truly is a rarity of rarities. The next "Tetrad" of Blood Moons will occur in 2582-3! Well, we have 2 more to see on April 4, 2015 and September 28, 2015. Are these, indeed, signs from God? Are these the "Blood Moons" the references to...."The Moon turning to Blood?".
Let's keep an eye (and our prayers) on Israel. For when we've seen these Blood Moons in the past, spectacular and cataclysmic things occur in and around Israel. Here's a very good piece on the Blood Moons - WHEN & WHERE TO SEE THE BLOOD MOONS &FASCINATING BACKGROUND
I spent most of yesterday at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) with my NASA friends. Had lunch with Steve, who is a prominent NASA Scientist.
Steve has been a true "Champion" for the Air Mobile Rescuer. NASA has been testing the unit and has great interest in the possibility of utilizing this "near miraculous" machine on the International Space Station (ISS) & beyond.
As some of you may know, I flew for NASA for over 7 years conducting flights to move critical information for the Space Shuttle. The person I worked with on these high-level flights was, Robbie Robinson. I knew that Robbie had retired, but wanted to see if he was still at KSC working on some other creative "Visual Imaging" contract. He was!
Found him just west of the old NASA Headquarters Building working with another friend of mine on the "next generation" of imaging hardware / software. Oh, it was so good to see Robbie again and talk about the "Good Old Shuttle Days". It was nice to "Stroll Down Memory Lane" with my good friend, Robbie.
And who knows, if NASA needs a pilot to fly critical information again, Air Mobile Joe is available....between relief missions.
Well, it looks like "American Manned Space Flight" may be returning...eventually. In December, NASA plans to launch the Orion on a Delta IV rocket. This will be an "Unmanned Mission" and the Orion will make a few orbits to test it out.
Yes, the Orion Space Capsule looks remarkably like the old Apollo Capsule, but there have been quite a few "improvements & innovations".
This will likely be our way "to and from" the International Space Station and...beyond. America won't have to depend upon the Russians for a ride.
Today, I plan to have lunch with a gentleman, Dan, who has "invented" a creative form of Radar for Airport Ground Security. We'll be discussing the need for this system at the Port-Au-Prince International Airport.
He is an FIT (Florida Institute of Technology) Grad. As you may recall, our daughter, Angelica just graduated FIT with a degree in Forensic Psychology. Looking forward to meeting Dan.
So, the "Whirlwind" between missions continues. It's so good to be home. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-7-14 Tuesday 6:49AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
LOOMING BLOOD MOON...A "RARITY AMONG RARITIES"!
Tomorrow morning, as I will likely be writing the "daily, rambling blog", the moon will be turning red and we will be able to witness something that is a "once in a lifetime" event.
Hope you'll set your alarm a bit earlier than usual (will begin around 6:25am ET...about 30 minutes before sunrise), put on the pot of coffee and take a gander at the sky. You'll be glad you did!!
Not only will you see a very, very rare blood moon, but you'll see a "Super Blood Moon", as it will be about 5% larger than usual. This is going to be a spectacular event! Now, this will be #2 of 4 Blood Moons that occur in perfect coordination with Jewish Feasts. Here's more on this wondroghus event - BLOOD MOON LOOMING....SUPERSIZED!
What does all of this mean? There is no question that the Bible refers to..."The Moon turning to Blood" multiple times. Historically, when this does occur, "things" happen in the world, often times with Israel. I believe that these are "Signs" and that it is a good time to "fix our eyes on Jesus"!
Having lunch today with a friend from NASA. We'll be discussing the very real possibility of the Air Mobile Rescuer "flying" into Space. The thing that is so amazing is that NASA is still testing and looking at the Rescuer. And, yes....we will be discussing the "Blood Moons".
So, this evening, will try to get to bed a bit earlier, so that when the "Moon turns to Blood", I'll be able to witness it first-hand and tell my grand-kids, years from now (if the Lord "tarries"), that I saw it with my own eyes.
Time to head out into this day that our Lord has made. Who knows what "adventure" lies ahead (of course, the Lord does). And, as always, THANK YOU for your precious and faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-6-14 Monday 7:11AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN AN 80 YEAR OLD WOMAN REFUSED TO "CONVERT" TO ISLAM
Just came across this story and wanted to share it with you. Here's an excerpt:
Folks, there is a time to take a stand for your faith and trust God! Here's the story - "WE ARE PREPARED TO DIE...HERE & NOW"
Yesterday was the last day of the "Beautiful Feet Missionary Conference" conducted at Calvary Chapel, Merritt Island. Air Mobile was there and was so blessed! We met other missionaries that are "laying their lives down for the faith" by going into extremely dangerous places. We are honored to have been among them.
We set up our display featuring the Air Mobile Rescuer and "recruited" many prayer partners. It is so simple...when we bring people clean water, it paves the way to bring them the living water found in Jesus!
While I attended the day service, Cindy, Peter and Ariana were at the Psychiatric Hospital in Orlando sharing Jesus with those who are "locked away".
Later in the afternoon, Cindy and Ariana joined me for the final "Banquet" of the Conference and then we had the final service together. We heard so many incredible testimonies of courage and faith. We are blessed and encouraged!!
So, today, we go forth into a new week and untold opportunities to share Jesus with a lost and suffering world. We simply pray for His guidance and the anointing of the Holy Spirit as we share the Good News! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-5-14 Sunday 7:37AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
PESTILENCE = PLAGUE
There are multiple references in the Bible to "Pestilence", or another word for plagues. Jesus tells us quite clearly, in the "End Times", there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes. Jesus also goes on to tell us that He will be with us until the very end. My simple word of encouragement is, "Fear Not".
As Jesus told His Disciples in John 14:1, "Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me". Jesus said these Words just before He went to the Cross. They were said during the Last Supper.
Then, again, in the same Chapter, Jesus tells us again...."Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid".
Jesus is our answer during times of trouble and distress!! The news about Ebola is very disturbing. I find myself pressing in closer to Jesus. If you haven't done this lately, may I encourage you to read John 14. Your heart will be blessed.
Had to good day yesterday. After meeting Paul, our mechanic and inspecting the Piper Aztec, I called my good friend, Bob Bostic of "Deliver the Difference". Met Bob immediately following the Haiti earthquake. Our Lord has blessed this man with an amazing gift to get food to hungry people.
Stopped in to his ministry office and picked up some food, baby formula and diapers for Haiti and beyond. Am just thankful to know and work with Folks who care about others. Thanks again, Bob!!
While I was out inspecting the aircraft and picking up food, Cindy, Peter, Ariana and Yahn were at Calvary Chapel, Merritt Island attending a great Missionary Conference.
Today, I'll be attending the second half of the Conference, while Cindy and company head over to Orlando to minister with the young people and adults in the Psychiatric Hospital. Just so thankful for these "Open Doors" to tell others about Jesus!
Time to run. As always, THANK YOU for standing with us with your vital prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-4-14 Saturday 6:29AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SECURITY FOUND....IN GOD'S WISDOM!
Security is NOT found in government! Just heard that the CDC (Center for Disease Control) washed the Dallas Ebola victim's vomit down the sewer drain.
And....someone (likely Russia) stole 83,000,000 JP Morgan bank customer's identities.
And....another victim was beheaded (and a U.S. Veteran will be next). No, our "Security" is not found in government! And Folks, that is the proverbial "Tip of the Iceberg"!!
So, where do we find Security?? We find it in God's Word and specifically in God's WISDOM, which is the subject for the day, October 4, 2014. Get Wisdom! Proverbs 4:7-9
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; she will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory, she will deliver you!
So, as I've been encouraging you, pick up that old Bible of yours and read a bit every day. You'll be much better if you do.
Yesterday, had a great meeting with Pete Deeks of AJT Engineering. Pete designs and builds Control Tower "Cabs" (that's what they call the cap of the tower where the Controllers do their work).
The amazing thing is that I've been looking all over the world for a good "Cab" maker and found him less than 10 miles from my home!! Again, you know what I'm going to say....."Surely, God knows how to deploy His troops"!!
Then, yesterday evening, went to Calvary Chapel in Merritt Island. They are having an awesome "Missionary Conference" titled "Beautiful Feet". We've been invited to set up a booth and attend the conference. Cindy, Peter, Ariana and Yahn will be representing Air Mobile today because....I'll be somewhere else.
Paul, our great aircraft mechanic and I will be going to Williston, FL to inspect the Piper Aztec that "may" be coming to Air Mobile. The Aztec did have some damage (engine fire) and Paul will be "assessing" the extent of that damage.
PLEASE PRAY that our Lord gives us great wisdom regarding this aircraft. The Piper Aztec is an amazing airplane and this could be a wonderful addition to our ministry. The Aztec is also a super twin-engine training aircraft.
Well, it's time for me to hit the road and head to Williston, FL to meet Paul. As always, THANK YOU for your precious and faithful prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-3-14 Friday 6:41AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART & LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING...."
Of course, we find His direction and wisdom in His Word. Today, being the 3rd, Proverbs 3 came up on the "screen" for this morning's reading. I will be honest with you.... I NEED HIM to direct me. My prayer today is that I "acknowledge" Him in my life more!!
Each day, as it unfolds, has many different paths that we can take. Often, just in the course of life, decisions need to be made sometimes on a minute by minute basis. Do I acknowledge HIM in all my ways? Not always. I'm working on that.
Yesterday, when I arrived at the airport, I found Brain and Mark in Brian's pretty Cessna 172. They were just about ready to take-off on a training flight.
Mark is the son of Joe Polozola, the man that lead me to Jesus 42 years ago. I was there when Mark was born. Mark is a GOOD SON and loves the Lord with all his heart.
When our Lord prompted both Brian and me to start a "Flight School" with the purpose of training Missionary Pilots, little did we know that Mark Polozola had been hearing promptings from the Lord to get his Pilot's License. And now, Mark is our very first student. Praise God!!
While Brian and Mark were doing "slow flight maneuvers and stalls", I was in a meeting with a local Pastor, Jim Powell and his friend from Nigeria, Mike. Mike came to America to get his pilots license. His father is a Pastor in Nigeria. Mike shared some of the miracles that our Lord has done to help him with his flight training.
We, of course, discussed his getting "Advanced" flight training with us. Again, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops....and pilots! Looking forward to the possibility of flying with and training Mike from Nigeria.
At the end of the day, headed home. On Thursday evenings, we have our Life Group Bible Study in our home. We've been doing this for years.
It is easy to take this for granted. In many countries, such meetings would be illegal and could even cost us our lives. All I can say is THANK GOD for this freedom!!
You know, in thinking and reflecting on the Lord leading us and directing our paths, I'm reminded how Brian and I could have deviated from the path of the "Flight School" so many times. Well, here we are with our first student and that being the son of the man that introduced me to Jesus many years ago. Glad we've stayed on the path!
Today holds many variables and paths. My simple prayer is that our Lord "directs" me where He wants me to go. I pray the same for you! And....you know how much I appreciate your sweet and wonderful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-2-14 Thursday 5:11AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WHERE IS OUR "SECURITY"?
After the startling revelations about the "U.S. Secret Service" and the incredible "break-downs" in protecting the President, and now, Ebola, has clearly landed on our shores, one may ask...."Where is our security?"
It was with those headlines that I went to the real "News" this morning, the "Good News" found in the Bible.
Just read in Psalm 61...."Lead me to the rock that is higher than I....for You have been a shelter for me...I will trust in the shelter of Your wings". Wow, that is 'SECURITY'! Our true security can only be found in the Lord!
Now, that doesn't mean that we don't take measures to protect ourselves. I went on, this morning, to read in Proverbs 2 (today being October 2nd), about the value of "Wisdom". It is a new day. What will I do? I am seeking the direction from the Lord today for today.
There is so much uncertainty in the world today. So many avenues for "fear" to grip our hearts. Oh, Folks, we need the Word of God to give us direction, strength, comfort and hope. This is the reason that I encourage you to take a bit of time and strengthen your heart with the Word of God everyday!
And yes, there are some days that I get up late and have an early appointment and don't read the Word. That's where that "Bible App" comes in handy on the phone.
I also carry that little Bible (that was stolen by kidnappers in Haiti and miraculously returned to me...but that's another story) with me everywhere I go.
Usually, there's a pause in the day. It may be a traffic jam or a wait in an office, or a lunch break. It's a good time to pull out the Word and just let some of God's love and strength come into our souls.
There I go again, "Preaching". Please forgive me, but I believe it is so important to share these "jewels" with you.
Yesterday, Brian and I flew the Little Donkey to an airstrip about 100 miles away to take a look at an Aztec that may.....become available to Air Mobile Ministries.
This a long story and it is developing as I type, but I urge you to join together with us in prayer for our Lord's wisdom and direction. We don't know what the future holds, but....we know Who does!!
This morning, I'm going to be meeting a local Pastor and a young man from Africa who has been in the U.S. Flight Training for the last year. Looking forward to meeting them and praying together.
Time for me to head out and.....as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support. Remember, if you have a few free moments, pour in God's Word and your day will go better!!
Air Mobile Joe
10-1-14 Wednesday 5:42AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
STARTING OVER....PROVERBS 1
As I have shared with you, along this "rambling path", I endeavor to read the Word of God daily. Some days, it just doesn't work out. Stuff happens. But, there is a simple technique to keep me in the Word.
Among the things I read is Proverbs. It's quite convenient that there are 31 of those "Jewels of Wisdom".
So.....just check which day it is and go find that particular Proverb. For example, today is October 1st, thus Proverbs 1.
Now, when I miss a day, I simply go to the day it is, and the corresponding Proverb, knowing that I'll likely catch the missed Proverbs the next month.
In addition to Proverbs, which BTW helps to keep me "sane", I throw in a Psalm and a chapter or two from the New Testament, usually from a Gospel and an Epistle. Now, none of this is chiseled in stone. I certainly leave room for the Holy Spirit to give me diretion but....the most important thing for me is to get a daily dosage of God's Word!
Listen, this world is crazy and getting crazier by the day. Just read the headlines. Late yesterday evening, the U.S. recorded the first (known) case of full blown Ebola that incubated here on our soil.
That can be pretty scary, however, going to Psalm 91, one can find peace and comfort and strength. So, getting that daily dosage of God's Word will help us all through very dark days!
Well, enough of Air Mobile Joe's "PREACHING" this morning. It's time to head to the airport. I'll be meeting our very own, resident Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Brian. He and I will be shooting our mandatory Instrument Approaches today that we might remain "current" and legal to fly IFR.
We'll also be going to inspect a pretty Aztec that may find it's way into the "Service of Air Mobile Ministries". It's a bit early to say much more, but Brian and I are going to go and check it out.
A final word on the "Word". Most all of us have "Smart Phones". If you don't have a good "Bible App" on your phone, get one. If you don't know how to do it, find a "kid", they'll show you.
Then, if you're in the doctor's waiting room, or stuck in traffic (and stopped!), whip out the Word and read a little bit. Believe me, you'll be glad you did.
As always, THANK YOU for meandering down this road of life with me. May you be blessed today and as always, THANK YOU for your faithful and precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
9-30-14 Tuesday 7:07AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
In just a few days, the Movie, "Left Behind" will come out starring Nicolas Cage. Oh, there is so much being said about this movie and the question is raging...."Is the Rapture real?"
OK, Folks, I'm going to bare my soul with you this morning. I grew up in "Pre-Tribulation" country. It seemed like almost every Christian I knew and nearly every church in Baton Rouge, LA taught "Pre-Tribulation Rapture". And yes, in my early Christian walk, I too embraced this very exciting doctrine.
But....the more I studied the Bible, without all of the "Doctrinal Interpretations" and studied the actual Words of Jesus, I began to come to a realization that "we just might not fly out of here when things begin to get real bad".
Then....I began to travel the world and bring relief into some of the most devastated parts of the earth. It was there that my own personal conclusions began to clarify. I saw Christians who were struggling with staggering obstacles and I saw levels of faith that I had never even imagined.
So....my conclusions (and they are unfolding daily) are that we are definitely living in the
"End Days" and that the Second coming of Jesus is close.
As I read the Bible & the news, daily , I see evidence everywhere. I also know that according to Jesus, "No man knows the day or the hour", but that we can definitely read the "Seasons".
I further believe that the "Church" is going to go through very, very hard times and if we "err" on any side, it is best to "err" on the side of, "being willing to lay our lives down for the cause of Christ".
IF, our Lord comes and takes us all away before the really hard times come, GLORY BE TO GOD!
But... IF we have to be here to the very end, then JESUS promises to NEVER leave us nor forsake us!
I just accidentally pushed the "Post" button and the blog was posted before my conclusion today. So, if you read the in-completed blog, I hope you hit the refresh button and get "The rest of the story".
I do hope this movie causes many to "Open the Bible" and see what the Bible says about the End Times and the Second Coming of Jesus.
If you want a "snapshot" of what Jesus says about the Second Coming, I urge to read Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. Jesus spells out quite clearly what the world will look like before He returns.
May the Holy Spirit lead us and show us the truth of what is happening in our world today and above all, may the Holy Spirit lead us each day to follow Jesus.
So, folks, that is where I stand on the Rapture and the Second Coming of Jesus. I hope it doesn't make some of you mad. But, if it does, then I urge you to pray for me. I must say also that I so appreciate your love, prayer and support!! Be blessed today and keep looking up!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - I came across this very detailed and comprehensive article about the Rapture. It does a pretty good job of describing the different sides to the story - IS THE RAPTURE BIBILICAL
9-29-14 Monday 6:29AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A WONDERFUL VISIT FROM "JJ" (JULIET JOY) AND HER FIANCE, SHAUN
On Saturday afternoon, Juliet and Shaun having driven down from Massachusetts, and attending a Church community development conference in North Carolina along the way, arrived here.
I must take a little time and tell you a bit more about this young man, Shaun L'Esperance, who has asked for our daughter's hand in marriage.
My Cindy has known Shaun's Mom since Junior High. We've stayed connected to the L'Esperance Family through the Church that was started by the man, Ernie White, that led Cindy to the Lord when she was just a teenager.
As Shaun was growing up, he had a heart to serve others and at the same time, he felt a clear call into the Medical field. With Cindy's encouragement along the way, he went on to become a Registered Nurse. BTW, he has gone on to get his Doctorate in Nursing!
When disaster struck in the Philippines in 2009 (the Philippines had 4 typhoons in 4 weeks), Shaun joined our Air Mobile Team to bring clean water to thirsty and desperate people.
Shaun again joined our Air Mobile Team in Haiti following the terrible 2010 Earthquake. Needless to say, we love Shaun and have grown to know his heart and love for Jesus.
So....when he called Cindy and I, and asked for Juliet's hand in marriage, we were ecstatic and yes, I cried and so did Cindy!
Yesterday, after we attended Church, we went to Orlando to minister in the Psychiatric Hospital. Cindy, Juliet, Peter and Ariana ministered with the young people. Shaun and I went on to the other unit to minister with the adults.
Together, we shared the love of Jesus and His awesome ability to forgive and give new life to "whosoever will call upon His Name". Yes, I love this young man and am so thrilled that he is becoming a member of our family.
Soon, the Hurston and L'Esperance families will be connected through the love Shaun and Juliet have for one another. BTW, L'Esperance means "Hope" in French. I love it!
The date has not been set but....we're looking at or around Mother's Day, 2015. The day will be...if this is selected, 5-10-15 (pretty easy to remember).
So, today will be going to the airport to do some "slow flying" in the Little Donkey in preparation for the opening of the airstrip in Medor, Haiti. Again, can't begin to tell you how thrilled I am with the progress that we are making toward getting that desperately needed airstrip open.
As always, THANK YOU for standing so faithfully with us with your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-28-14 Sunday 7:57AM (US Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AIR MOBILE JOE SLIPS HOME
With a fairly clear route through the Caribbean, and a successful mission completed in Haiti, it was time for the Little Donkey to gallop home.
So, quietly, yesterday morning, I slipped to the airport, Did a thorough pre-flight, fired up the engines and aimed for Florida.
Climbed to 12,500 feet and settled in for a nice, smooth flight home. The Little Donkey is flying beautifully. Had the tiniest little tail-wind of 1 mph for most of the flight and managed to cruise at 195 mph.
Somehow, I wish I could bring you along on one of these flights. The colors and the puffy clouds and the mystical islands along the route are just so beautiful.
Can't even begin to tell you how much I love flying alone. I feel as if I'm closer to the Lord. It such a tranquil and beautiful time as I gently work around the towering build-ups.
I fly this route so much, that when American flight 377 checks in, we often go to a back channel and chat.
And there's Missionary Flight International (MFI), who fly 70 year old DC-3's that are the most beautiful and well maintained in the world. We often "criss-cross" the skies together and catch up on a back channel.
It's a lovely community, along the route through the infamous "Bermuda Triangle".
Well, with all the turmoil going on in the world, it's nice to take a little break from it and fly home.
It's Sunday morning and we're getting ready to go to Church. Oh, it's so good to be home!!
So, my Sweetheart and I are enjoying a delicious cup of coffee and about to head out the door. As always, THANK YOU for wandering down this journey with us. Above all, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-27-14 Saturday 5:46AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
BEHEADING IN OKLAHOMA / MYSTERY VIRUS CAUSES PARALYSIS / ERUPTING VOLCANOES - DO THINGS SEEM TO BE SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL?
Just reading the headlines will make one "cringe". It's time to go to the Word of God and see what God says about all of this. Jesus tells us that these things will happen and that there would be days like this. I'm holding tightly onto Him!
It does appear as if "Boots on the Ground" will be necessary to fight the ISIS threat that is coming to America.
Folks, believe me, this threat is very real and this is a very good time to spend time in PRAYER. The word that comes to me is...."Fear not, for I am with you"!
These last few days in Haiti have been amazing! We are getting very close to having a "life-saving" airstrip for the Medor Community. This has been a long and difficult road, but again, our Lord has been with us each step of the way.
Yesterday, had another meeting with the Director General of Civil Aviation for Haiti and we are moving a step closer. After presenting the alternate approaches, the DG has requested a formal report be submitted and then we can begin cleaning up the strip and preparing for test flights. PRAISE GOD! Lives will be saved because of the love of God!
Have a busy day so must cut this "rambling" blog short and get to work. The sun has risen and that second cup of coffee awaits! As always, THANK YOU for your vital prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - IF YOU'RE NEW TO THIS RAMBLING BLOG AND FEEL AS IF YOU'VE JUMPED RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE STORY...YOU HAVE. SIMPLY READ ON DOWN TO SEE HOW WE'VE GOTTEN TO THIS JUNCTURE OF THE JOURNEY.
9-26-14 Friday 7:17AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE "VILLAGE"
The ebb and flow of life in Ruuska Village is a wonderful thing to observe. I spent the day mainly in my little workshop bringing Air Mobile Rescuers back to life for continued service of bringing clean water where often, it is a matter of life and death.
I love spending time in "Joe's Depot". Often, if I step away from my work bench, the stool is quickly occupied with a curious "helper".
Among Barb's many projects in the "Village", there is a sewing school, "Margaret's Sewing Spot". As a matter of fact, the Little Donkey has brought in all of the sewing machines and a lot of thread / needles / patterns / buttons / cloth, etc.
While working on Rescuers, Barbara asked if she could borrow my "vest" for a minute. As many of you know, I always travel with my "vest of many pockets". The ladies needed a "pattern".
I'll tell you now, the ladies love to sew and this "training facility" is a big blessing. Barb is all about helping all of the ladies to learn skills that will enable them to provide for their families. It's a beautiful thing!
I was visited by Pastor Philippe who is a friend of a friend. Let me explain. Elaine, who runs Priority One Shipping in Titusville, FL asked me if I could bring in some used uniforms for a friend of hers.
Clothes are pretty easy to "squeeze" into empty nooks and crannies as we do the final load on the little donkey.
I agreed and yesterday, Pastor Philippe showed up and I presented him with a big black bag full of very serviceable uniforms.
Then Pastor Joel showed up with an "ailing" Rescuer. Some of you may recall that Air Mobile donated a Rescuer to Joel several years ago. Joel worked for Samaritan's Purse.
Joel's community is right next to a river that flooded and scores of people were washed away during a storm. There were many orphans in his home community, so Joel started an orphanage. It's our joy to keep clean water flowing to those children. Within minutes, Joel was "in & out" with a fresh Rescuer.
I continued to bring Rescuer after Rescuer back to life and at the end of the evening there were 10 Rescuers "ready to go".
For 10 years, we've done this system and it has worked remarkably well. We simply keep an inventory of Rescuers and if any of the 335 units that we have in the "Haiti Field" fail to work for any reason, there's a replacement "ready to go".
So, the sun has risen and it's another day in the "Village". What lies ahead? Well, THANKS to your prayer, I'm feeling much better. As always, just want you to know how much I appreciate your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-25-14 Thursday 7:11AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
LAYING LOW IN BON REPOS
Yesterday, I asked you to pray for me. Must have eaten something that was bad, and was feeling pretty miserable. I believe that our Lord answered our prayers and am feeling much, much better today.
Usually, while I'm in Haiti, it's like a "whirlwind"....always on the move. It's rather strange to just rest and nap and....get better. THANKS!!
Even though I hardly left my little room here in the "Village", the internet was working just fine. Was able to work on the Medor airstrip project.
We're currently establishing the "Missed Approach" procedures. What that means is, if the approach is not set up right, the pilot has 3 alternates to break off the approach and fly out of the valley safely.
Again, we're so excited about the possibility of getting this airstrip established....it will save many lives and be an incredible blessing to those living in Medor and the surrounding area!
Will be staying at the "Village" today and working on a few "Rescuers" that need attention. Am also expecting some visitors to come and pick up some supplies (that we brought in the Little Donkey) and will also be doing some training on the operation of the Air Mobile Rescuer.
Am still a little weak from the 24 hour "Haitian Revenge", but definitely on the mend. Will continue to take it easy and allow the Lord's good healing to take full effect. Again, can't THANK YOU enough for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-24-14 Wednesday 8:18AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MEDOR AIRSTRIP...MOVES TO NEXT LEVEL! & MUST HAVE BEEN "SOMETHING THAT I ATE"
Early, yesterday morning, I pulled out the little Blue Motorcycle and made the "dash" to the airport. There, I met our helicopter pilot, Tyler. He flies a beautiful R-44 heli. Then, right on schedule, Dimitri, the OFNAC Designated Examiner arrived.
Now, I've known Dimitri for over 30 years. We "launched" our flying careers together here at Port-Au-Prince. We were truly "rookie pilots" when we began. We have many, many stories of God's Amazing grace upon us in those early days!
The Director General of OFNAC, Leopold Roumer, has great confidence in Dimitri's opinion, thus, his being assigned to the "Inspection &Approval Process" for the Medor airstrip.
We took off right on time and made the 28 nautical mile flight to the airstrip that is "nestled" between 2 mountain ridges north of Port-Au-Prince. We simulated how an aircraft would make the approach and we particularly paid attention to the means of performing a "Missed Approach".
After a few low passes and deep discussion of the necessary procedures, we landed the little blue heli right at the midway point of the 1500 foot strip.
We were immediately surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of kids and villagers. We had also carried several boxes of medical supplies (thanks to Dr. Sue Carlson) for the local clinic. We were met by Father Luckson, the local Catholic Priest.
We then took the short trek through the local market and went to the Rectory where Father Luckson showed us his cell phone that had a pretty good signal. He also has a Satellite Phone, a necessary part of the formula for communicating the condition of the field before an aircraft can land for a medical emergency. Dimitri was pleased with the good communication network.
We then headed back to the airstrip, bid our farewells and took off again. Just to our right, one could see the treacherous road leading into Medor. It is currently "unpassable" due to heavy rains. What that means is... if someone needed immediate medical attention, the only alternative would be to "walk out", a five hour, grueling trek. Most simply die. This airstrip is so important!!
On the way back, we made a low pass over Ruuska Village. You'll notice, it's quite "blue", which is Barbara's favorite color.
We arrived back around lunch time, so I invited Dimitri and Tyler to join me for lunch. Now, I have been eating at this place which is very close to the airport for over 4 years and have had no problem.....
After lunch, had a follow-up meeting with Dimitri and the Director General (DG) and gave a good first-hand report. The DG requested that we get some additional information that is readily available on Google Earth. Truly, we are moving closer to getting Medor an airstrip! Praise God!!
Headed back to the village on the little blue motorcycle and knew something was wrong. Yes, it must have been something that I ate!
Last night was miserable. Feel like a big Haitian truck, loaded with people, goats, chickens ran over me. That's the reason that this blog is a bit later getting out. Will "lay low' today and pray that whatever it was that I ate passes quickly. Could use your prayers!
As always, THANK YOU for your precious and faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-23-14 Tuesday 6:05AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"LIVE"...FROM THE HAITI DESK
Yes, I'm coming to you from Haiti. After the quiet, reflecting time yesterday morning, my Cindy gave me a ride to the airport and....you know the rest of the story.
Had been following a pattern of storms and there was a nice break yesterday morning.. so I seized the moment and made the dash down to Haiti where an "OPEN DOOR" awaited. I'll explain more later.
All I had to do was get around one "blossoming" cell between Cuba and Haiti.
The Little Donkey was all loaded with vital supplies, including an Oxygen Generator and was fueled and "ready for action". Made a final check of the weather, had a word of prayer, fired up the engines, turned on the runway lights and eased the throttles forward for Haiti.
Put on the Oxygen, climbed to my usual altitude of 15,000' and settled in awaiting the glorious Caribbean sunrise. Can't begin to tell you how beautiful they are.
Had a modest 10 knot headwind the whole way, but that was what kept the storms out of my path to Haiti.
Landed right on schedule and Barbara and Mirlande were there to meet me. We cleared all the cargo and headed to the village.
Now, to the "Open Door". Several years ago, during the peak of the "Cholera" outbreak in Haiti, I learned about an extremely isolated village, Medor. My good friend, Stan Brock (of Wild Kingdom fame) was moved to help and worked very hard to get medical personnel and supplies into Medor.
Over these last 40+ years of doing relief work all around the world, I've been on a lot of roads, some just downright treacherous. Getting to Medor by road is probably one of the most dangerous (at times terrifying) roads I've ever taken. Medor NEEDS an airstrip.
Stan and company (Stan's organization is Remote Area Medical or R.A.M.) has been working faithfully for the last 3 years to make this happen. After a lot of prayer and several miraculous meetings, we may have our "shot" at getting Medor open.
Sometime this week, I, along with a representative of OFNAC (Haiti's Civil Aviation) will board a helicopter and fly in to "officially" inspect the site. Now, there is no guarantee that this will "OPEN" the strip, but it is a major and necessary step toward that goal.
All I can ask you to do is PRAY that all goes well and the approach, the length and width of the prospective strip will meet requirements and that we can proceed to put in a much needed and vital airstrip into this extremely isolated community of 40,000+.
Stan and R.A.M. are willing to do the work on the strip and place a pilot and aircraft in Haiti to provide FREE Air Ambulance service to all that need it.
So, as you can see, my work is cut out for me. Will also be working on some Rescuers as well as working with OFNAC on the Air Traffic Control project. The sun is just rising and there might be enough electricity in the batteries in our village inverter system, to power the Keurig for one more cup of coffee.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - To learn more about R.A.M. and Stan, just "Google" Stan Brock and or Remote Area Medical to learn more. Stan has been on 60 Minutes and Dateline as well as literally hundreds of other news outlets over the years. It's a privilege and blessing to work with Stan!
9-22-14 Monday 7:22AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
Up early and enjoying that first cup of coffee. So THANKFUL for the "calm" and quiet hurricane season we've been enjoying in the Caribbean. Over the years, we've seen so much destruction and suffering from fierce storms...again, just glad that we're having a peaceful season.
As I've often shared, love getting up early and spending some quiet time with the Lord. The Psalmist David often did this and I can certainly understand why. It is such a great time to simply "reflect" on the goodness of the Lord.
Been reading in the Book of Romans and today was Chapter 4 on Abraham. Now, this was certainly an interesting "Character" in the Bible. Many, around the world love Abraham and many religions have embraced him. He certainly knew a thing or two about faith.
Have come to believe that..."without faith, it is impossible to please God". Jesus came to this earth to bring us salvation and teach us about faith.
This is another reason I love getting up early. Don't have to look at my watch and "rush" along. Just take my time, sit and reflect on the goodness of the Lord and enjoy the coffee.
May write more later, but for now, will close out this brief blog and pray that you have a blessed day. THANK YOU again for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-21-14 Sunday 7:22AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HAS REVIVAL COME TO ISRAEL?? & STROLLING DOWN THE "ROMAN ROAD"
I came across this article and just had to share it with you this morning. I'd been hearing about this amazing "outpouring", but this article truly sheds some in-depth light upon how our Lord is reaching out, not only to Jews but to all peoples around the world.
Please take a few minutes and read this, I believe it will bless you! FIRES OF SALVATION SWEEP THROUGH ISRAEL
This morning, while reading the Word of God, my journey has taken me to the Book of Romans. Over the years, I have quoted certain Scriptures out of this Book to lay a foundation for a "Salvation Message". This is commonly referred to as the "Roman Road of Salvation".
Today, I settled on Romans Chapter 3. This Chapter begins the "Road" to Salvation by explaining that we are ALL a mess and desperately need Salvation. The Scripture says it so clearly and perfectly in verse 23...."All have sinned and come short of the glory of God".
When I got to that verse, just had to stop and ponder. There is NONE righteous, no, not one....except Jesus who is our only Salvation. Folks, this message is for the whole world and our Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Unfortunately, according to the Word of God, there will be many who do not come to Salvation. I do not know who they are, nor do you. We cannot assume, as the working of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of man, is often unseen by natural eyes. As for me, I will simply endeavor to share this awesome message with as many as I can and pray and ask our Lord to lead to me to those who need to hear this great message of Salvation.
I'm looking forward to continuing on this study of the "Roman Road" to Salvation and will share with you the things that I believe our Lord is showing me. Romans Chapter 4 tomorrow...going to be good.
So, it's time to get on with this day and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - Peter and I were sad last night, as the Mississippi State Bulldogs came into Tiger Stadium and gave us a sound "whipping".
However.....when all seemed lost and there was no hope (we were down by 24 points in the 4th quarter), the Tigers had an amazing rally and put 19 points on the score board in just minutes and had the ball on the last play of the game and threw a "Hail Mary" pass that was....intercepted by the Bulldogs. Final score: Mississippi State 34 - LSU Tigers 29.
Yes, the Tigers lost, but they did make it a game. The point is...never give up! The Tigers will be back next week. Joe
9-20-14 Saturday 7:08AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WHEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE....CONFESSIONS OF A "BLOGGER"
Some of you, who have followed this "rambling blog", know that for a number of years, each and every morning, I get up and post a blog. Haven't missed a day for years (approaching 5 years!!). You can well imagine, that some days, I simply don't know what to write. I just get up, pour a cup of coffee and sit in front of the computer and begin typing.
I don't claim to be an "Oracle" of God. I simply tell my story and what our Lord has been dealing with me about, or just chronicle the day. Yes, there are times, I simply don't know what to write.
Because I am somewhat of a "News Junkie", I check the headlines to be sure there hasn't been some cataclysmic earthquake, or perhaps someone has dropped a big bomb. I must admit, that often, the news is quite depressing.
I savor the taste of the coffee and that brings a certain "thankfulness" to my heart and I ask our Lord to give me something to write about. At some point, I usually break away and just go sit quietly and read the Word of God.
Have a simple "formula". I read a bit of the Old Testament, a Psalm, a Proverb and a chapter or two out of the New Testament. Nothing fancy or complicated. I just get a nice, broad picture of God's Word.
That is where most of my "inspiration" comes from. So, when I don't know what to write, I go to the Word and something always seems to come out. Just like today, my topic is... "When I don't know what to write" and here I am, bearing my soul with you.
Now, you can imagine, because of the nature of what we do at Air Mobile, this blog could come to you from most anywhere on the planet. As a matter of fact, it has, and this is the really cool part.
Among the things that Air Mobile does, we bring clean water to thirsty people, particularly after they've had a "bad day", i.e., typhoons, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes war, etc.
Often, we travel to areas that have been absolutely "flattened" by disaster. The thing that still amazes me is, how, each and every day, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, we've managed to find an "Internet Connection" that has allowed me to "Post a blog" every single day for years.
Folks, we've been to places where one would think that there is absolutely NO WAY can there be a "connection". Yet, year after year and day after day, this "rambling blog" has been Posted. Now, granted, due to certain time changes (sometimes, there's a 12 hour time difference), the "blog" may not post at the "usual" time....but it will post (you might have to check back a time or two).
Oh, there is so much more that I want to share with you about this, but....I'm running out of time and need to get to the airport. Our excellent, resident Certified Flight Instructor, Brian, is about to give me an accelerated lesson on putting Aeronautical Charts on my little "Tablet". I'm still "Old School" and like a "paper chart" but they're getting harder and harder to find.
So, just finished my second cup of coffee and now, it's time to head out into this day that our Lord has made and go learn something new. And....this evening, Peter and I will be at our favorite Saturday night 'hang-out', "Dogs-R-Us" and watch our favorite college football team, the LSU Tigers, take on Mississippi State. Should be a great game.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support and THANK YOU for "rambling" down this path of life with me. God bless!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-19-14 Friday 6:13AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
APPRECIATING A "GOOD OLD BIBLE STUDY" & SO MUCH MORE
It is often easy to take things for granted. Let me explain. Yesterday was a good day. Barbara, from Haiti suddenly showed up, due to a "glitch" in her Visa to Argentina and I picked her up in Orlando. Afterward, we had a full and adequate lunch and then picked up Ariana from our local Christian School. Headed back to the house, where Cindy had prepared an extra bed for Barb, and we awaited our guests to arrive for our Thursday night Bible Study.
Sounds like a typical day in America. Now....let's consider what is happening in other places around the world. Traveling 50 miles away to pick-up a friend could be hindered by check points or even land mines. Getting a lunch with an "All You Can Eat" option would be beyond comprehension. Having a child in a Christian School would be impossible and awaiting guests in your home to "Study the Bible" would be punishable by Death!
Folks, we have it so good here in America but....these simple and beautiful freedoms are under siege. Already, threats and "promises" have been made on America and other Western nations that such activities, as I just mentioned above, will be considered the acts of an infidel and be-headings would follow. These "threats" are not some "far-away" or distant memory from a history book. These "threats" have already been issued and enemies are penetrating as I type.
Often, it is easy to both take our freedoms for granted or to just go into "denial" and believe that things will always continue on as they are. Nothing remains the same and life is always changing. This is the reason that I come to you daily and most always urge you to PRAY! Do not "hide or close your eyes" to the dreadful things that are happening around the world. Be aware and as our Lord Jesus said, "Look for the signs" and above all, press in close to Him and put your trust in Him as your Lord and Savior!
Now, the GOOD NEWS is that Jesus is coming back to earth again. Whether the enemy likes it or not, it is a FACT, JESUS WILL COME BACK TO EARTH! These things that are happening have all been clearly described in the Bible. All one has to do is open the Book and read all about them. Just read Matthew 24/ Luke 21 / Mark 13 for many more details.
Jesus does tell us that things will get bad, very bad before He returns. We do not know the day or the hour that He will return, but we can certainly read the signs and know that His coming is near. All the more reason to press in close to the Lord and seek His wisdom and direction for our lives every day.
Well, last night we had a beautiful Bible Study. It was not illegal and we all grew in the Lord. We're thankful for these precious freedoms and I, for one, will not take them for granted. Please think about these things and above all, pray and give thanks to the Lord. Also, remember those who are being persecuted for their faith around the world.
Time to go take a Little Donkey up for a test flight today. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-18-14 Thursday 6:14AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SPENDING SOME TIME WITH THE FATHER /A SUCCESSFUL BFR & A BEAUTIFUL ESCAPE
After scanning the headlines, just had to go out on the back patio and spend some time in the Word of God this morning. It's good to take the time to do that, though, sometimes, it requires getting up a bit earlier than usual to do so.
You know, as I see the condition of the world and the seeming "confusion" of the world leaders, it's just good to spend some time with the Father and let His peace rule and reign in our hearts.
We certainly can't solve all the problems of the world, but there are some things that we can do. Thus, the importance getting our minds and hearts renewed helps us to hear His voice to know what to do and...just handle life in general.
Yesterday, Brian (a great CFI) put me to the "Test" for my Bi-Annual Flight Review (BFR). After a rather extensive series of questions, we got into the pretty little Cessna 172 and headed up to Lake City, about 160 miles north of Titusville.
It was slow flight, as we had some pretty strong headwinds, but that just gave us more time to go over flight rules and procedures.
Of course, we had a dual mission today, the BFR and....the replacement of our Ford Escape.
After landing, Brian headed back to the Titusville and I was met by retired cop / turned car salesman who showed me an absolutely beautiful 2011 Ford Escape.
Bought it on the spot and had the exact amount of money from our insurance company to make the deal!
This replacement vehicle was a year newer and had 90,000 LESS miles than my old Escape. Surely, our Lord worked this thing out beautifully! Cindy and Ariana love it too!!
And, we got this vehicle, just in time, as Barbara (AKA "Rambo in the Blue Dress") called at 5:55am this morning and told us that she was in Miami and headed up our way. We'll use the new little "Gold Escape" to go pick her up.
So, here we are, another day and another opportunity to follow Him where He leads. What lies ahead? Not sure, but I'm holding tightly onto His hand! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-17-14 Wednesday 5:26AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
(NOTE: There has been no update on the Samaritan's Purse Plea for Prayer - Please continue to PRAY for those in the path of ISIS)
KILLING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE
Some of you may recall that recently, I drove our beautiful red Ford Escape into a "black hole". Well, that's what the "mudders" call the short-cut through the woods that allows quick and easy access to I-95. My insurance company "totaled" the little Red Ford Escape due to water damage. We just finalized all the paper work and now, I need to go find a replacement vehicle.
Yesterday evening, I believe that we found just the one! It's one year newer and has 90,000 LESS miles than the intrepid Red Escape. But....it's 200 miles away. So, I thought, what an ideal time to get my Bi-Annual Flight Review (BFR). I called our good friend, Brian Tanis and asked if he'd be available bright and early this morning to give me a "ride" (BFR) up to Lake City where I could take a look at what might be our next Ford Escape. He gladly agreed to my request.
We'll be meeting at the airport in just a few minutes and making that flight & BFR check ride up to northern Florida. Love it when our Lord works out a sweet plan.
Wow, have you been reading the "Headlines" about Ebola? Dr. Kent Brantly, the Samaritian's Purse doctor who survived Ebola, appeared before Congress yesterday and described Ebola as "Fire Straight from the Pit of Hell". Here's what Dr. Brantly had to say - DR. KENT BRANTLY'S RESPONSE TO CONGRESS
Some Folks don't like to read the "News" because it's depressing and often discouraging. Again, our Lord Jesus NEVER said this life would be easy.
As a matter of fact He said in John 16:33 - "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me, you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world".
Jesus also said that He would never leave us or forsake us and that He would be with us until the end of the world. He is here for us and He loves us.
So, as we hear stories of Ebola and beheadings, this is a call to PRAYER and a time to put our trust and confidence in the Lord. You know, I have read the "end of the Book" and we, who are in Christ WIN!
Well, I'd better wrap up this rambling Blog this morning and go fly that little airplane and get all checked out, otherwise, I'll just sit here and keep "preaching". The bottom line is:
Jesus loves us more than we could ever imagine and He wants to save us. If you've never asked Him into your heart, there's no better time than now. He will give you peace and joy, He will forgive all of your sins and He has great plans for you.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support! May you be blessed today!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-16-14 Tuesday 6:19AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A CRY IN THE NIGHT...WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS!!
Yesterday evening, we received this message from our Pastor's wife, Lori. Thank God for the internet and this means of deploying "Prayer Warriors"!! Here's the message:
Folks, if there ever was a picture of pure evil, this is it. Truly, this scourge of ISIS (or whatever our government calls it) must be stopped and I am asking you to join together with me in PRAYER that this will happen!! If ever the world leaders needed wisdom and direction from the Lord, it is NOW!From Samaritan's purse:Prayer warriors pray urgently!
Dear Friends, Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts. "We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it's staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!" Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region. May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible. Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.
BTW, Air Mobile has worked with Samaritan's Purse and CRI around the world following devastating disasters. These are fine folks who do the work of our Lord with great strength, courage and humility. PLEASE, take a moment to PRAY for those in the path of this evil!!
Meanwhile, we had a wonderful day of preparation for our "next mission". The Little Donkey is in the competent hands of Paul, our mechanic and supplies are continuing to come in for Haiti and beyond. We are thankful!
Baja was clobbered by Hurricane Odile leaving thousands homeless. Miraculously, there are no reported deaths at this time, but hundreds have been injured.
Cabo took the full brunt of the Catagory 3 Hurricane with winds up to 125mph. Again, please pray for those who have been ravaged by this powerful storm. Here's more - HURRICANE ODILE "CLOBBERS" CABO, ST. LUCAS (BAJA)
Then, there was this sunset snapped in Virginia on the eve of 9-11. Some are calling it the most "Patriotic Sunset" ever. Truly, His eye is on the sparrow and I know He's watching us!
Today will be knocking things off of the "To Do List". PLEASE remember to pray for the folks in the murderous path of ISIS as well as those who have just been pounded by Hurricane Odile. Again, I can't THANK YOU enough for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-15-14 Monday 7:16AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
PRAYER RETURNS TO CAPITOL HILL & COALITION GROWING AGAINST ISIS
Just had to share this story with you this morning. There is so much dreadful news out there, it's encouraging to find some "Good News" that is happening. Thus this story....PRAYER RETURNS TO CAPITOL HILL
Americans, no matter how hard some might try, CAN'T deny their Christian roots. Some of our leaders are returning to them and....could this be the beginning of a Revival??
In this statue, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are praying over the Declaration of Independence.
I urge you to take the time to read the article above, as it's quite insightful and most encouraging!!
Meanwhile, the world seems to be mobilizing toward "War" with ISIS. You know, when one openly and flagrantly "executes" an innocent person, no matter how one tries to "spin" that, it is just plain EVIL!
This is what ISIS is doing and yes, there will be very serious consequences to these despicable acts. Here's the latest on the growing "Coalition" - WORLD COALITION BUILDING ON ISIS: "NO TIME TO LOSE"
On this Monday morning, my "To Do List" is growing. Will be at the airport today with our faithful & excellent mechanic, Paul, who will be conducting an inspection of the Little Donkey.
It's always good to have this great tool "ready for action". BTW, a good aircraft mechanic is a hard thing to find, and truly, our Lord has blessed us with Paul!!
So, as we launch into this day, we PRAY for our leaders as the world navigates these extremely dangerous and volatile waters. Our Lord encourages us to ask HIM for wisdom and He will surely guide us and lead us.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-14-14 Sunday 8:21AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
ANOTHER BEHEADING...EBOLA SPREADING LIKE CRAZY...WHAT CAN WE DO?
We are entering into a new phase of what Pope Francis called a "Piece-Meal World War III". Folks, there is NO question, we are at war. These provocations are pushing the West toward full fledged war against ISIS. And....these gruesome be-headings are driving UP recruiting for ISIS. The world is spinning out of control! Here's more - EXPERTS: BEHEADINGS DRIVING JIHADI RECRUITMENT TO ISIS
The latest victim, David Haines was a British Aid Worker, the father of two and truly, an innocent victim, a true "Hero".
The British people are outraged and the call for world-wide eradication, the complete destruction of ISIS, is growing. Believe me, this IS an extremely volatile global situation. Here's more - PEOPLE WILL BE SICKENED THAT THAT THIS MAN IS BRITISH: DAVID CAMERON VOWS TO BRING JIHADI JOHN AND HIS FELLOW KILLERS TO JUSTICE AFTER BEHEADING OF "HERO" BRITISH HOSTAGE
We are indeed witnessing the accelerated move toward what could be World War III and again, this is the call for us to PRAY. These are extremely dangerous times!
At the same time, Ebola is spreading like crazy and virologists are concerned that the dread disease could go "Airborne". This would be catastrophic. Yet, there is hope in the treatment of Ebola with blood transfusions from survivors. Here's an article explaining more - THE EBOLA POSSIBILITY THAT VIROLOGISTS ARE "AFRAID TO SAY"
So, on this Sunday morning, in the comfort of my home, as I sit at my computer and write this blog, my heart turns toward the Lord.
I've been reading a Proverb everyday (linked to the day, like today is the 14th, so I read Proverbs 14). I find great comfort and direction in the Word of God.
In Proverbs 14:26-27, it says, "In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death".
There is so much turmoil in this world and there are so many directions that we can go. I simply seek His direction daily.
This morning, Cindy, Peter and Ariana have already gone to church and I'm soon to follow. Then, this afternoon, we'll head to Orlando to minister with those young people who are in the Psychiatric Hospital and bring a message of hope through Jesus. Don't know where our next "international mission" will be, but we're standing by and listening for His voice.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!! Be blessed today and spend some time in the Word of God, you'll be glad you did!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-13-14 Saturday 7:29AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
FROM CANADA TO COCOA & THE EARTH "DODGES" ANOTHER BULLET
Yesterday, we wrapped up our final day of training on the Harris "Voice Control System" or better known as the VCS. This is the "heart" of any Air Traffic Control Tower System.
You can't believe how this system "captures" the voices of the Pilot and Controller and "securely" controls them. There is back-up on the back-up on the back-up. Wow, it truly is amazing.
Now, Air Mobile Joe knows so much more of what goes on, on the other end of that microphone when I contact Approach Control or the Tower. This knowledge will help me to help others that may be experiencing difficulty with ATC Communications. You may recall, that after the earthquake, Haiti's ATC System was all but destroyed. With your prayer, we helped to get Haiti a complete new and powerful Harris ATC System. All I can say is....PRAISE GOD!!
After the training, I took the beautiful ride through Gatineau and then crossed the Ottawa River to Ottawa (what a lovely city) and arrived at the airport for the flights home. The 2 Solar Flares that were racing toward earth did strike our planet but....deflected off the north edge of the earth....thus "We dodged another bullet!" Here's more - SOLAR STORM ARRIVES AT EARTH
Cindy picked me up and we arrived home just after midnight. Yes, it's GOOD to be home....for the moment.
Have you seen the numbers on Ebola? Some are saying between 100,000 & 200,000 may die by the end of the year. This terrible plague is spreading like "wild-fire". You know, as I flew home yesterday, knowing that there were solar storms coming our way, or that someone on the plane may have ebola, there was a "peace that passes all understanding" within my heart.
Oh, it's not because of anything good that I have done, it's simply knowing that God loves me and paid the price for my sins. I am sheltered in His arms, no matter what comes our way. That is why I say again and again, in this rambling blog....Put your trust and confidence in the Lord, He loves you and cares for you!
Just listen to these few verses from Psalm 91:4-6..."He shall cover you with is feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge. His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday" and the Psalm goes on with more. Again, that is why I encourage you to put your trust in Him!!
Now, that I'm home, have some serious chores. Our dryer is broken (that will disrupt things) and the chickens need to be fed. Have a few "squawks" to go over with Paul, our aircraft mechanic and the list goes on and on. But, again....it's so good to be home!!
Trust you have a blessed day and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-12-14 Friday 5:58AM (Eastern Canada Time) - Gatineau, Canada - Best Western Hotel – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
PRAISE GOD FOR ANOTHER DAY
As I sit in this hotel room on the Ottawa River overlooking the beautiful city of Ottawa from Gatineau, I am reminded of the goodness of our Lord. The sun is just rising and the sky is transforming from golden to deeper golden all wrapped in stunning hues of blue. Our Lord has given us another beautiful day to serve Him.
That same beautiful sun has emitted 2 large solar flares that are racing toward our planet as I type. The Scientist who track these things don't know what effect they will have on our power grid or our navigation / communication systems.
So, what can we do? We can pray that our Lord will be merciful and protect us again. Here's some information that you're unlikely to get on Main-Stream Media - TWO SOLAR STORMS FORECAST TO STRIKE THE EARTH TODAY
You know Folks, the older I get, the more I realize that we just NEED the Lord. When we become "over-confident" in our own abilities, we are treading on dangerous ground. There are just too many things that are heading our way that we just have NO control over.
I have heard some say..."You're crazy to pray...it's just mumbo-jumbo". However, I say..."You're crazy NOT to pray"! If we look at the big picture, here we are, a rather small being, sitting on a terrestrial ball, racing through space, and looking out at things coming our way.
The fact is we have a God, who created us and yes, loves us very much. Why wouldn't we cry out to Him and ask for His protection....and guidance and grace and wisdom and the list goes on and on. The Bible says..."Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved"! Please forgive me, just had to "preach" a little bit this morning.
Well, today is my last day in Canada. Just have one more training session and then later this afternoon, I'll board a United Airlines flight and head home. Yes, it will be good to be home!
Oh, THANK YOU for praying for me!! The cold-like symptoms that I was experiencing yesterday, have all but gone away! You're prayer and healthy dosages of Vitamin C have certainly had a positive effect on me. Really, PRAYER DOES WORK!!
Now, it's time to wrap it up and head over to my final day of training on the Harris Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-11-14 Thursday 5:38AM (Eastern Canada Time) - Gatineau, Canada - Best Western Hotel – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
13 YEARS AGO TODAY
Do you remember where you were 13 years ago today? How did you get the news? Did you witness the second aircraft strike the second tower? Those are images that are burned into my mind. It was witnessing that attack that made me realize just how vulnerable we are.
A powerful speech was given last night, but it did lack the substance of a true "Strategy" to destroy this evil force, called ISIS. We certainly PRAY that a solid strategy does evolve and that the world will be rid of this terrible organization.
PLEASE remember to PRAY for those who lost loved ones on this day, 13 years ago. This is a bitter anniversary for many.
This morning, as I scan the news from around the world, there are no reported "Attacks". For that, I am thankful and pray that this day passes without another brutal attack.
May I also ask you to pray for me today. Seem to be coming down with something. Have a sore throat and a bit of a fever and coughing. My Cindy urged me to go get some "Emergen-C" and I've been pumping that good old Vitamin C into my body.
We have another class today on the Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems and tomorrow, we'll wrap it up. This is fascinating stuff. It is amazing how many redundant systems there are to protect the communications between the Controller and the Pilot.
So, as you go through this day, keep an eye and ear out for anything out of the ordinary. Also, please continue to pray for safety. I pray that this day passes quietly.
Well, it's time for me to head out for another good day of training. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-10-14 Wednesday 5:56AM (Eastern Canada Time) - Gatineau, Canada - Best Western Hotel – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
AS 9-11 APPROACHES....PLEASE PRAY!
Tomorrow will mark the 13 Anniversary since 9-11. I recall so vividly where and I was and what was going through my mind as the terrible attacks unfolded before our very eyes. I urge each of you reading this rambling Blog to PRAY for protection as this day approaches.
Also, as I shared yesterday, be vigilant. Many, many attacks have been thwarted by vigilant citizens who see things that just don't seem right. Please, keep your eyes and ears open and again, above all, PRAY for our Lord's wisdom and protection.
There are evil and destructive forces in this world and prayer is a very powerful force that can literally STOP an attack. Please keep that in mind and realize that your PRAYERS ARE POWERFUL!
The ATC Training is going extremely well. The "Controllers" will be heading back to Haiti and the Engineers, along with yours truly, will remain for advanced training on the new Harris ATC System. Again, can't even begin to describe how thankful I am to be here and to be part of this vital upgraded system for Haiti!
Earlier, in this blog today, I mentioned the "Power of Prayer". Am reminded of an incident where I personally was attacked with overwhelming odds and called upon the Name of the Lord and was completely delivered.
We were delivering food to a starving village, when an angry and violent mob of more than 100 people attacked our small team and by the power of God, the brutal leaders were literally knocked unconscious. Folks, again I emphasize how powerful prayer is....even in seemingly impossible situations.
BTW, you can read all about that brutal attack and marvelous victory in my book, "Run To The Roar" which is available all over the place. The book truly tells about God's Amazing Grace and His great power!
So, again, today I urge you to PRAY & BE VIGILANT. It's time for me to get some more training. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and powerful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-9-14 Tuesday 6:13AM (Eastern Canada Time) - Gatineau, Canada - Best Western Hotel – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A TIME TO BE BRAVE AND VIGILANT
While here in Canada, training on the operation and maintenance of vital Air Traffic Control equipment, I can't help but see the repeated reports that America is potentially in the "cross-hairs" of another 9-11 Type Terrorist Attack.
These reports are coming from a broad range of news agencies and certainly seem to be "credible". So....what can we do? First and foremost, in my humble opinion, it would be wise to put our trust and faith in the Lord to guide, lead and protect us.
Next, it is a time to be brave and vigilant. If we see something "out of place" or potentially dangerous, we should NOT go into denial, but we should notify the authorities and take action to protect ourselves, our family and loved ones.
Of course, there is always the need and call to PREPARE. By that, I mean to have a stock of basic provisions on-hand, i.e., food, water, flashlights, radio, cash etc.
Now, folks, I am not saying any of this to needlessly alarm anyone but....the reality is, the world is becoming increasingly dangerous and believe me...it is far better to be prepared (even if it is "somewhat" prepared) than not to be.
There are so many distractions in this life, but as we approach the Anniversary of 9-11, it is a good thing to be prayerful and vigilant.
We certainly PRAY that 9-11 will come and go and that no attack(s) will occur, but again, this is a call to PRAY together for our Lord to keep His hand of protection upon us. I felt is was important to share these thoughts with you today.
Meanwhile, the ATC Training is excellent and I am thankful to have been given this opportunity. Looking forward to Day 2 of this great training.
The Team of Engineers and Controllers from OFNAC (Haiti's Civil Aviation) are all excellent students and I'm blessed to have this privilege to be training with them.
So, it's time for me to head out to the next training session this morning. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-8-14 Monday 6:27AM (Eastern Canada Time) - Gatineau, Canada - Best Western Hotel – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
IN CANADA....IN TRAINING
Had beautiful flights to Canada yesterday. Arrived right on time and had a quiet, peaceful evening before intense training begins. Looking forward to learning more how Air Traffic Contol Communications Systems actually work.
You know, "Good Communications" are vital in life. Just look at the consequences of "Poor Communications"...... It doesn't take a vivid imagination to paint that picture.
I am in Gatineau, an absolutely beautiful city on the Ottawa River. The view from my hotel room just takes ones breath away. Looking forward to doing a little "exploring" between classes. BTW, that is my thumb and Ottawa is just across the river.
The Harris Air Traffic Control Solutions Division is located in Gatineau. The world-wide Headquarters for Harris is located in Melbourne, FL.
I will be joined with OFNAC (Haiti's Office of Civil Aviation) Engineers and Air Traffic Controllers, many of whom I have known for years and years. What a grand opportunity this is and....AN ANSWER TO PRAYER!
You, who have rambled along this "Blog Road" with me over the years have joined and prayed us so often to get new and excellent ATC Communication equipment into Haiti. It is actually happening!! Can't even begin to tell you how THANKFUL I am.
I vividly recall, just 3 days ago, flying from Haiti to the U.S. in the Little Donkey and bidding "farewell" from the Haiti Controllers around 120 miles away. Before the new equipment was installed, that would have been IMPOSSIBLE!
It just reminds me that...."With God, ALL things are possible"!!
It's time to finish that second cup of coffee overlooking the River and Ottawa and go get some "training".
As always, THANK YOU for standing together with us with your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-7-14 Sunday 5:28AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A training opportunity has availed itself to me by The Harris Corporation, so I'm headed to Canada via Ottawa this morning. No, I'm not flying the Little Donkey up there, but will be a guest on United Airlines.
Will be learning the maintenance and operation of the Liberty Star ATC System that we've recently installed in Port-Au-Prince and soon will have another System in Cap Haitian. Again, can't begin tell you what a blessing it is to "Communicate" clearly and with long-range. Makes a huge difference in Aircraft Safety!!
Yesterday, we met with Tom Kelly who works in Zimbabwe, Africa and Kyle Dixon who works for NASA. Kyle was accompanied by his son, Nigel. Was able to go over the design and operation of the Air Mobile Rescuer.
Oh, I enjoy doing this so much, as this machine has evolved over the years with so many improvements and innovations. It is truly a "Near-Miracle Machine".
Tom shared heart-breaking stories of school children in Zimbabwe drinking filthy water and the dreadful consequences of that. The Air Mobile Rescuer is a true "Game-changer" and will save many lives. We're believing together for the funding to come in for several units for Zimbabwe.
Kyle, who works for NASA and has been a big supporter of getting the Rescuer on-board the International Space Station was very impressed with the simplicity, strength and performance of the Rescuer. It was a very good, in-depth meeting.
After the Rescuer presentation, Peter and I had a delightful time at "Dogs R Us", our favorite Saturday night hang-out. There, we enjoyed a great game of football between our beloved LSU Tigers and the Sam Houston Bear-kats (yes, that's the way they spell it). LSU really shined and showed tremendous depth. Going to be a good year of football in the SEC (Southeast Conference)....and yes, the Tigers won 56-0.
So, this morning, my Cindy is bringing me to the airport to catch that early morning flight to Canada. Really looking forward to this training, as it will help me to be able to further support these systems that we place throughout the Caribbean.
As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-6-14 Saturday 8:17AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
DANCING WITH STORMS TO A FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME
After doing a careful analysis of the "Route", I saw a safe way to work between those bad boys back to the U.S.
Was met at the airport by my dear friend and brother, Dave Carwell (Director of MAF-Haiti), who prayed together with me for a safe and quick journey home.
I climbed into the Little Donkey, fired up the engines and left Haiti. Climbed to 12,500 feet, the optimal altitude to take advantage of a tiny little tail-wind (love those).
BTW (By The Way), had crystal clear, long-range communications with Port-Au-Prince all the way to the north border, thanks to the new Harris equipment.
Cindy would be awaiting my arrival, as we had another funeral to attend immediately after landing.
My dear friend, brother and neighbor for many years, Tom Spina lost his mother. If everything worked perfectly, we could arrive at the funeral exactly as it was beginning.
Another prayer for "quick" traveling mercies was offered and our Lord certainly came through. Held 200+mph the entire trip as I danced between those "wicked" Caribbean storms.
Landed Fort Pierce on the exact minute that was projected the evening before. Cleared Customs in less than 5 minutes and made the final dash to Titusville bobbing and weaving between the growing rain showers.
Met Cindy and we made it to the funeral at 2:05pm, it began at 2:00pm. It was good to be with the Spina Family during their time of grief. We all rejoiced, however, at knowing where Tom's Mother, Shirley Ann Spina, was now, permanently residing...with Jesus.
After the Funeral, Cindy and Ariana had free tickets to "Frozen on Ice" in Orlando and Peter had a football game. I headed to the football game.
As the afternoon worked on, and the storms blew up, I realized that I had made it home at exactly the right time! THANK GOD for traveling mercy and good timing.
Peter's Team, The Astronaut High War Eagles, played a brilliant Defensive Game and the score was 0 to 0 with 4 minutes left and then the St. Cloud Bulldogs scored to win the game. It was a disappointing loss, but our team showed some real promise.
Peter and I got home after midnight. It was a long day. Made it home with some tricky navigation through clustering thunderstorms...and a lot of God's Grace. Good to be home....for the moment.
This morning, we have visitors coming to the house who have missions in Africa and Columbia and they both desperately need clean water. We'll be demonstrating the "Near-Miracle" Air Mobile Rescuer and how it can help solve this terrible problem.
As always, THANK YOU for amazing and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-5-14 Friday 6:09AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
RESCUERS REFRESHED & RESTOCKED WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
Spent the entire day in the Air Mobile Refresh Depot "refreshing" Rescuers. What I truly love about this remarkable machine is that it is completely "repairable". In other words, every single component can be removed and either rebuilt or replaced. What a great design!
Rolf, the original inventor of the Rescuer stays in touch and often gives me tips to help keep these little "soldiers" bringing clean water to the thirsty, where often, water-borne disease is rampant. Here's a Rescuer and a letter from Rolf. God bless you, Rolf!!
Folks, I am so thankful for those whom our Lord sends our way to help us in this mission. It brings me to that quote that I have said so many times...."God knows how to deploy His troops"!
For just over 10 years we have been bringing clean water into Haiti with the Air Mobile Rescuer. Only our Lord knows how many lives have been saved. Each of these "Near Miracle Machines" comes with a life-time warranty.
What that means is, should the machine malfunction in any way and the operator cannot get it going, then, all they have to do is get to our "Village" and we, on the spot, swap it out with a fully "Refreshed" Rescuer.....all at NO CHARGE!
That is why it is so important for me to get here and keep the "Inventory" level up so that there will be a machine available for the "Swap". In all of the 10 years that we have been doing this, we haven't run out of Rescuers. Thank God!!
I just wanted to share a bit more of how the system works with you. We currently have 335 Air Mobile Rescuers spread all throughout Haiti (over 900 worldwide). This is reason that I am so THANKFUL to you for your precious prayer, love and support! Together, we are on this "mission"!
This is truly a noble mission and one near the heart of Jesus.
So, late yesterday evening, I finished up the last Rescuer to go into Inventory. These units will provide the replacements until our next mission here.
As I look out over the Caribbean this morning, I see that there are some "rumblings" going on. This has been an extremely quiet Hurricane Season thus far...we pray it stays that way!
Time for me head out and see what our Lord has for me to do today. Again, as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-4-14 Thursday 6:59AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
STRENGTH IN UNITY
Dashed into town yesterday on the little blue motorcycle to attend a meeting among Believers and Christian Businessmen. The invitation was extended to me by my good friend of many years, Dave Carwell, Director of MAF Haiti. It was worth the trip!
The meeting is the "brainchild" of Haiti Broilers, SA, a Jamaican company that specializes in eggs and chickens. The leaders of this company are all Christians and have a strong desire to see Christian organizations work together....a very good plan!!
For the next few hours, we prayed together, had a message from the Word of God and above all, just got to learn more about other ministries and the challenges that they are facing and the strengths that they have. It was a wonderful meeting!!
From that meeting, went to check on the new Harris equipment that we recently installed in the Port-Au-Prince Area Control Center (ACC).
So pleased that all is working well and the installation is proceeding as planned. The Controllers are very happy to be able to do their job with this first-class equipment!!
After the good meetings in Port-Au-Prince, got back on the little blue motorcycle and came back to the "Village" where some Air Mobile Rescuers were awaiting to be refreshed.
So, here we are with another day to serve Him. What will the day hold? We'll likely make efforts to keep clean water flowing in His Name. A good plan for the day. As always, THANK YOU for meandering down this road with me and above all, THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-3-14 Wednesday 6:43AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HAVE YOU NOTICED??? THE WORLD SEEMS TO BE SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL
When I heard the report of 11 Airliners "missing" from the Tripoli airport, alarms started going off in my head. Then the news of Ebola spreading more rapidly and then the horrific beheading of another journalist and the list goes on and on.
Here's just one of the headlines....11 AIRLINERS MISSING..PRIOR TO 9-11 ANNIVERSARY, AFTER ISLAMIST OVERRUN TRIPOLI AIRPORT
Can't take too much news as it makes my head spin and my heart ache! I find going to Psalm 91 stops the spinning and eases the ache in my heart. Our Lord has promised to never leave us or forsake us. Thank God!
As you know, I'm here on "assignment" in Haiti and have my own "mountains" to climb. Just want you to know that I had some wonderful meetings yesterday with the OFNAC officials (Haiti's Civil Aviation).
We are making excellent progress on the continuing installation of new, first-class Air Traffic Control (ATC) equipment here in Port-Au-Prince. The safety of every flight coming into and departing Haiti is now safer because of this equipment. Praise God!!
After those meetings, while en-route back to the "Village", I sensed that our Lord had another "mission" for me. Reached a major intersection and instead of turning south to the "Village" I turned north. Sensed that I needed to go pray with some dear missionary friends of mine.
I was greeted with a cool glass of water and we sat down together to catch up. Love these folks! When the time for prayer came, I knew why I had come. This veteran, faithful couple are going through a heartbreaking situation. They have been deeply wounded and so needed to just pray. I love it when our Lord sends me on "missions" like this!
Upon return to the Village, I checked the Air Mobile Rescuer "Refresh" Depot and found some "Rescuers" that need attention. You my recall that Air Mobile has 335 Rescuers spread throughout Haiti (and over 900 world-wide). These Rescuers stop dreaded disease dead in their tracks!!
From time to time, some of these Rescuers need some tender, loving care. Many of them have been in service for nearly 9 years and they just keep right on providing clean water. But....just like your vehicle, sometime they need to be "Refreshed".
May I tell you, I love this part of my job. By working on these units personally, I find what parts need to be strengthened and we are in a "continual" update mode. Having units in continual operation for 9 years teaches us so much.
Recently, my dear friend Rolf, who invented the module, made a suggestion. By placing an additional, tiny o-ring on the pressure switch, many leaks could be completely stopped! WOW!!! I never cease to marvel at how our Lord gives us wisdom. Yes, I love my job!!
So, the sun has risen and I believe that the "inverter" system will yield enough electricity to power my mini Keurig to give me one more cup of coffee before I launch into this day. What adventure lies ahead? Only our Lord knows! As always, THANK YOU for your vital and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-2-14 Tuesday 6:57AM (Haiti Time) - Bon Repos, Haiti - Air Mobile Base Camp – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
FROM THE "HAITI DESK" - IN & OUT OF CUBAN AIRSPACE & "CRYSTAL CLEAR" COMMUNICATIONS
Good morning from the "Haiti Desk". It's good to be back in Haiti. Took me a while to settle in yesterday, as there was no electricity in the little room that I call home while on assignment here. Don't need much electricity...just enough to run the computer and the coffee pot & charge the phones!
The day began with a serious look at the weather. Saw some "build-ups" along the way and would need to "avoid" them.
The Little Donkey was all loaded and fueled and ready to go. After prayer for safety and wisdom, fired up the engines, taxied and took off for Haiti. Climbed to 15,000 feet and settled in for the 5 hour flight.
Can't begin to tell you how beautiful a Caribbean sunrise is. You'll notice in this sunrise shot, there's quite a large "cell" to the east of my course.
There were a few more "cells" to avoid and one in particular that required a deviation to the west. With permission, from Miami Center and approval from the Cuban Authorities, the Little Donkey was allowed to cross over into Cuban airspace to avoid the large "cell".
In this shot, you'll see the little airplane and how it's path crossed over the blue line. Glad that didn't end me up in a Cuban "Cell".
As I approached Haiti, called to report my position. Now, here's the good part! Up until now, this would not have been possible, as Haiti had been operating on "Emergency - Last Resort" radios.
When I called in, the Controller responded back with a crystal, clear voice while I was 124 miles out! Normally, contact would not have been made until I was much, much closer! Praise God for the new Harris ATC (Air Traffic Control) equipment!!
The rest of the flight was uneventful. Landed right on time and was met at the airport by Barbara (AKA - "Rambo in the Blue Dress"). Upon arrival at the "Village", after unloading the baby food and diapers and clothes and other vital supplies, I went on my search for enough electricity to power the "Haiti Desk".
So, here I am in Haiti already on the "next mission". Have a full schedule... my work is cut out for me. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-1-14 Monday 2:37AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
Cindy and I were brought to tears (of joy) when we received the call from Shaun L'Esperance. We've known Shaun all of his life. Shaun asked for our Juliet's hand in marriage! A date has not been set, but a ring has been given.
Shaun has a missionary heart and recently received his Doctorate Degree in Nursing and is a Nurse Practitioner. I know this young man's heart for the Lord, as I have brought him on missions to the Philippines and Haiti. Can't even begin to tell you how thankful, excited and just plain overjoyed we are that Shaun and Juliet are to be married!!
Well, today is Labor Day in America and we're not taking the day off. Have to get ready for that "next mission"....wherever that might be. The most important thing is "availing" ourselves to the Lord and going where He tells us to go.
Things have been really quiet in the Caribbean with a "record" number of days (3,233!) since a Hurricane has struck America. All I can say is...THANK GOD!
Up early this morning. Love that quiet time with the Lord. The coffee seems to taste better in the early morning, though coffee tastes good anytime. As always, THANK YOU for your precious love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-31-14 Sunday 8:23AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SUNDAY MORNING IN AMERICA
Across America, millions of Americans are getting ready for church, our family included. This is a simple and beautiful freedom and I pray that we continue to enjoy it but...it is being threatened by dark forces.
It is difficult for many Americans to grasp that being a Christian could cost ones life. I know that many churches in America "preach" that all God is interested in is our "happiness", but this is a difficult message to grasp for those who are being tortured and killed for their faith.
Folks, hundreds of millions around the world face "Extermination" just for calling on the "Name of Jesus".
As I look at the "Borders" of America, it is evident that there are many "breaches" in the wall and that, even as I type this blog, terrorists are streaming into America with the goal of "extinguishing" Christianity.
Oh, there is so much more that I want to write this morning, but it's time for the Hurston Family to get to church. We certainly do appreciate the freedom that we enjoy, but we're also aware that this freedom is being threatened. May we encourage you to PRAY for those who are being tortured for their faith and PRAY for the leaders in this country to protect the freedoms that we do have.
Gotta run....as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-30-14 Saturday 7:27AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
This morning, Cindy and I sat on our back porch and read the Word of God together and had such a wonderful time just talking about our outreach and the Air Mobile Rescuer that our Lord has given to us. It is such an awesome, life-saving gift and we're so thankful.
We know that there will always be dangers in this world and clean water often is the difference between life and death. We avail ourselves to these needs as they arise.
As is the case with Haiti, we continually go there and seek to keep the units that we have in place there (335 Rescuers), operating properly and above all keeping that clean water flowing where it is so desperately needed.
We also know, that in most any disaster, no matter what the cause, that clean water will be desperately needed. So....we want to be where our Lord wants us to be and we desire to be right on time as the call and need arises.
Over a delicious cup of coffee we prayed together for his clear and precise direction. Please join together with us as we seek to hear and follow Him wherever He leads!
Today, will be doing a few chores around the house (a necessary part of life) and then this afternoon, will be going to the airport to meet a new, prospective "Missionary Student Pilot". We're slowly building up our Flight School and offering our experience and abilities to those who want to "Fly for the Lord".
BTW, if you've ever had a desire to fly and are looking for a good Flight School, be sure to contact us. We're building up a first-class, well-run Flight Training School that will properly equip pilots to reach out to a dying, suffering world and bring life and hope. Also, if you know anyone that is interested or just has questions, give them my number: 321-544-7757 or e-mail me at: email@example.com.
So, we come to you again and THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-29-14 Friday 6:07AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
NASA WARNING - MASSIVE SOLAR FLARES MAY BE COMING OUR WAY
A massive sunspot, AR 2151 (first observed Sunday) is aligning with earth and the threat could last for weeks. The sun has been relatively quiet for the last few months, but it's just a "matter of time" before the threat becomes real. All the more reason to be AWARE & PREPARE!
A direct hit would be devastating....here's a quote from the NASA warning - "NASA and the National Science Foundation has estimated that if the U.S. sustained a direct hit from an X-class flare, it would cost the nation upward of $2 trillion in the first year and kill up to 90 percent of the U.S. population due to the lack of services, starvation and disease." Here's the story - NASA - DANGEROUS SUNSPOT ALIGNING WITH EARTH
Folks, I don't share this story with you to alarm you, I simply want you to be aware of what is looming out there. We certainly PRAY that a massive X-Class flare doesn't come our way, but if we don't know it's there, we wouldn't even know how to pray and certainly not prepare.
Being prepared is usually in the back of my mind. For example, I just rotated some diesel fuel from storage cans into the fuel tank of our old Bounder motorhome. In that way, I can get "fresh" diesel into those storage cans.
This is an example of a relatively simple thing that can be greatly appreciated in the event of some "natural" or "man-made" disaster. If I don't think about it, I probably wouldn't do anything about it.
If you're like me, you're probably already pretty "overwhelmed" with just the natural course of life and don't want to "think about these things", but may I encourage you to do something today toward preparation.
For example, if you go shopping, check out that BOGO (Buy One Get One) sales flyer and see if there isn't something you could get for free that would move you toward being just a bit more prepared. Just an idea.
Also, if you plan to do something today, even if it's a small thing like picking up an extra can of pork & beans, you'll likely PRAY a bit more. It's ALWAYS a good thing to PRAY and the truth is, we can't pray too much! The Bible urges us to PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. I'm sure our Lord knows that we're not likely to "overdose" on prayer....
So, had an excellent flight back from New Orleans yesterday. Landed in Orlando right on schedule. So good to be home and spend the afternoon with my Sweetheart. Sure have missed my Cindy and the Kids.
Peter will be playing in his second High School Football Game this evening. He's worked very hard to make the team. At 6'2" and a pretty tough kid, he makes a good wide-receiver.
Time to head out to the airport and meet with Brian and see how the loading of the Little Donkey is coming along. Oh, it's good to be home!! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-28-14 Thursday 5:55AM (U.S. Central Time) - New Orleans, LA - A Hotel near the airport – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HOMEWARD BOUND FROM THE "BIG EASY"
Funerals, as a rule, are difficult, but...a funeral where a clear call to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior yields wonderful opportunities. Such was the case yesterday. Ben's Pastor laid the groundwork and the Lord gave me the privilege to complete the call. I believe that, that is exactly what Ben would have wanted us to do.
After the funeral, the family and many friends gathered at Dutchtown Baptist Church for some amazing food (Cajuns really know how to cook) and sweet fellowship. Many memories and stories were shared. Surely, The Comforter, was present.
Now, I know that there will be painful and difficult days ahead for the family, but our Lord will be there each step of the way...."Oh death, where is thy sting, Oh grave, where is thy victory?".
I'll be flying out of New Orleans (AKA, the "Big Easy") for Orlando this morning, again, thanks to Southwest Airlines. A 1 hour, 20 minute flight is so much better than a 12 hour drive.
This "Mission" to bury my friend, and reach out to his family is coming to a close. Upon arrival in Florida, I'll likely "hit the ground running" and roll right into the next mission...wherever that might be.
Well, it's time to head to the airport to catch that flight home. As always, THANK YOU for wandering down this path with me. So appreciate your prayers, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
8-27-14 Wednesday 5:45AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
The Seal Family asked me to minister at Ben's Funeral today in Baton Rouge. Just couldn't do that 750 mile drive again, so....Southwest Airlines to the rescue. Will be leaving for the airport in a few minutes....after that first cup of coffee.
After the funeral, will fly right back home to continue prep for the "next mission". Met with Brian, our Chief Flight Instructor yesterday and he rolled up his sleeves and began weighing the cargo for the next flight in the "Little Donkey". Am so THANKFUL for excellent "Water Mules"!
Once settled in at the airport, I may extend this blog a bit. Appreciate your prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
UPDATE FROM ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - 8-27-14 7:55AM
Just a quick update - made excellent time to Orlando International Airport and about to board the 1 hour (!) flight. So much better than the 10-12 hour drive. So THANKFUL for Southwest Airlines. BTW, that's the bird I'll be taking in the background.
PLEASE PRAY that our Lord uses me to share his Amazing Grace at Ben's Funeral today. THANKS!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-26-14 Tuesday 7:57AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HOME AT LAST
It was another loooooong driving day. Pulled into our driveway at 2:00am, concluding the 750 mile journey. Oh, it good to be home!!
The thing about long road trips is, there's plenty of time to think and pray. All one has to do is turn off the radio and put the phone on "silent" to have some wonderful "alone" time with the Lord. I had plenty to think & pray about, having just lost my dear friend and mentor, Ben Seal. Here's Ben's Obituary - BEN SEAL - OBITUARY
And as Ben would say to me...."Joe, get back to work...life goes on". Ben always had a very firm grasp on reality and just seemed to know what needed to be done. Sure going to miss my Brother but....I know he's with Jesus.
Just after passing Mobile, AL, saw the USS Alabama and decided to just wander around a bit. Have always loved this display of the massive and powerful Battleship that helped win the War.
Also knew that it was perfect time to have some "Southern Comfort Food", fried catfish, collard greens, a cool bean medley and cornbread. Good food is always good for the soul.
They've recently added an SR-71, a once super secret, high flying, very fast spy plane. This has always been a fascinating aircraft.
Once back on the road, gave our son, Ben (yes, he was named after Ben Seal) a call. Ben lives in Tallahassee. We met at his home and had a delicious cup of "French Press" Sumatran coffee. Ben appreciates a good cup of coffee. I was able to share with Ben some Ben Seal Stories.
Once back on the road, the sheer exhaustion of back to back to back "750 mile trips" began take their toll. I finally just had to pull into a rest area and close my eyes for a bit. Then, at last, rolled into our driveway at 2:00am. Yes, it's good to be home.
Looks like Hurricane Cristobol will miss the U.S. East Coast, but will certainly bring some big waves and rip currents. Overall this has been a relatively "quiet" Hurricane Season. Am certainly thankful for that!
So, this is day that our Lord has made and though I'm a bit exhausted and road weary, I'll rejoice and be glad in it. Time to, as Ben would say, "get back to work and get ready for the 'next mission'". That's what I'll do.
As always, THANK YOU for joining together with us on this journey. Your precious prayer, love and and support are vital to the success of the "Mission". Be blessed!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-25-14 Monday 7:49AM (U.S. Central Time) - Baton Rouge, LA - Hotel near Hospital – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A TIME TO BE BORN & A TIME TO DIE.....
Yesterday afternoon, my life-long friend and Brother in Christ, peacefully slipped out of this world and met Jesus face to face.
I was holding his hand when the "meeting" took place. It was a precious moment that I will never forget. Ben Seal, we will miss you terribly, but we are rejoicing that you are in heaven!
There is so much more that I want to say....I've known Ben for over 55 years and truly, Ben taught me lessons in courage and persistence and calm logical thought...oh, I could go on and on, but this is not the "time" to do so.
After bidding the Seal family farewell yesterday afternoon, I "hit the road" for the 750 miles journey home. You may recall, that once I had gotten the news of Ben's "condition" (late Friday evening) I drove that 750 miles in 10 hours!
Believe me....I was not doing the speed limit (and I don't encourage anyone to break the law), but I knew that "Time" was of the essence. Ben did not have long to live and I wanted to spend some time with my brother before....
The Lord gave us hours together where we laughed and cried and reminisced and rejoiced. Then came his "exit" to glory....I'm just a bit jealous. Now, with the same 750 miles ahead of me, it only took about an hour and half before my eyes actually closed at 75 mph and the little bumps on the side of the road quickly awakened me and....it was off at the next hotel and a bed! There's a "Time" to sleep!
So, this morning, having consumed 2 delicious cups of coffee, I'll soon be back on the road to my Cindy. I've sure missed her and the kids and the grand-kids. Sometimes, there's a "Time" to be apart and a "Time" to be together. Glad to be "Homeward Bound"!
While I was in Baton Rouge on a "Mission", the Caribbean has had it's hands full with Tropical Storm Cristobol. There's been a lot of rain and wind throughout the islands. In "Time" that will clear out, as it appears that TS Cristobol is taking a northerly track to the open Atlantic.
It's time to wrap it up and hit the road. PLEASE remember to pray for the Seal family as they deal with the loss of their beloved Ben. As always, THANK YOU for meandering down this road with me. Your prayer, love and support are more precious to me than simple words can express. THANK YOU!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-24-14 Sunday 5:55AM (U.S. Central Time) - Baton Rouge, LA - Hotel near Hospital – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MADE IT...JUST IN TIME & THE WORLD IS SHAKING...POWERFUL QUAKE HITS SAN FRANCISCO
Truly, our Lord gave me great traveling mercy, having driven 750 miles in just over 10 hours (a lot of Grace along the way). Arrived at the New Baton Rouge General Hospital yesterday afternoon, to spend precious hours with my dear, life-long friend (over 55 years), Ben Seal. Could write a book about all the things Ben taught me, but that's another story.
Ben is surrounded by his loving family and friends and I am blessed to be named among them. This may be Ben's last day alive on this earth, but....we know that Ben will be with the Lord. Please PRAY for the Seal family at they walk through this difficult time.
Just moments ago, a powerful earthquake (6.0) shook the San Francisco area. Reports of damage, injuries or death have not yet come in. We are following this breaking story. Here's a preliminary report - LARGE EARTHQUAKE RATTLES SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
In related news, thousands of quakes have been reported in Iceland, where a Volcano has shown signs of a possible eruption...here's more - EARTHQUAKES OVER 5 MAGNITUDE SHAKE ICELAND VOLCANO
Will be spending this morning at the Hospital here in Baton Rouge. We know that with God, all things are possible and above all, we are praying for our Lord's will to be done with my dear friend, Ben.
Time for me to head over and just sit with my friend, Ben. As always, THANK YOU for your precious and invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-23-14 Saturday 4:59AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
A CALL IN THE NIGHT
Ben may not make it through the night. The text message came through that it looked bad for my friend and mentor in "courage". I knew that I had to go and be with him for, either his final hours, or to witness another miracle. Either way, Ben's life is in the hands of the Lord.
So, this blog is very short, as it's time for me to "hit the road" again and go spend some time with Ben Seal.
PLEASE pray for..."God's will to be done" and also pray for traveling mercy. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
8-22-14 Friday 7:19AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
DR. BRANTLY / NANCY WRITEBOL WIN WAR AGAINST EBOLA - PRAISE GOD!! & MASSIVE EVACUATION BEING PLANNED FOR TRAPPED CHRISTIANS
With God, "ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE"! It is with joy, to report that both Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol walked out an Atlanta Hospital completely healed from the dreaded disease, Ebola! Truly, God answers prayer! Here's more on this wonderful story - DOC WHO BEAT EBOLA - "GOD SAVED MY LIFE"!
Now, I have to run our daughter Ariana to school. PLEASE check back in an hour for the "Rest of the Blog".
Well, I am back, having just dropped Ariana. Now, on with the "Rest of the Blog".
Been following the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Christians that are staring at death and torture in path of ISIS Storm Troopers.
The deranged, savage mindset of these "Warriors" is beyond comprehension. The brutal beheading of Journalist Jim Foley clearly and graphically demonstrates just where ISIS stands. Folks, these monsters must be stopped!
I'm just finding out about efforts to help to RESCUE these Christians and will do some more research. Here's some more information - MASSIVE RESCUE PROPOSED FOR TRAPPED CHRISTIANS
Even during WWII when millions of Jews were brutally executed, many, many around the world were completely unaware. With what is happening right now, we can KNOW what is happening and we can join in the "Rescue" with our PRAYERS & RESOURCES. This is the reason that I share these stories with you.
BTW, don't think that this is a problem "over there"! ISIS has serious plans to come to America. This is a "Clear and Present Danger". Here's a recent interview explaining that - ISIS PLANNING TO BLOW UP AMERICAN CITY
Yesterday, I spent some wonderufl time Brian Tanis. Brian is a great friend and an extraordinary Flight Instructor. Recently, Brian stepped out and purchased a beautiful Cessna 172 aircraft. This aircraft is ideal for primary flight training.
He then handed me the keys and asked...."Want to take her up?". That's like saying "Sick-em to a dog". Within minutes we were up and headed to the NASA Space Shuttle Landing Strip. The pretty little airplane flies beautifully.
Have a question for you. Have you ever wanted to learn to fly? If you live in the Central Florida area, there's no better Flight Instructor, nor better training aircraft than Brian and his pretty C-172!
Perhaps you know someone who has always wanted to fly. Pass this blog onto them. Also, feel free to give me a call at: 321-544-7757 or e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know that the "Rest of the Blog" is posting a bit late this morning. Trust you have a blessed day and....as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-21-14 Thursday 6:36AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THE LITTLE DONKEY IS STILL "KICKING"
Began yesterday with picking up a rental car, as our trusty little red Ford Escape is recovering from a bout with a deep black hole....and lost. It'll be a while before we get the Escape back.
Headed to the airport and there met with Paul, our excellent mechanic. It was time to do a test flight with the Little Donkey and I'm very pleased to say that the front engine turbo is turbo-charging at full strength. That's a good thing.
I never cease to marvel at how the Alternative Pregnancy Center (APC) is so "tuned" into the Lord as to call us just when we need more baby food / formula & supplies for Haiti. It's uncanny!
Picked up a full trunk load of baby food (the baby food is put into those diaper boxes). We're so thankful to First Baptist Merritt Island and Vickie, the APC Director, for being so generous and sensitive to the Lord!
You know, during the time that I spent up on the mountain, was able to keep up pretty well with things "remotely" but....there's nothing like being "on the ground at the home base" to get things done. So, have a pretty high "to do list" and am just chipping away at it.
I have to "practice what I preach" so....half way through this blog today, I realized that I had not read the Word yet. I remembered the "Book-Ends" from yesterday's blog. Reading the Word in the morning and the evening.
So, I just put the blog on hold and went out spent some great time with the Lord. I just happened to be in Exodus 32 when Moses was up on the mountain, Aaron made the golden calf. I was reminded at how easily it is for us to make "idols" in our lives. Oh Lord, help us!
At any rate, I so encourage you to just pick up the Bible and spend a little time before plunging into the day. And yes, I am definitely preaching to myself here. It's so easy to just "hit the ground running".
And....at the end of the day, before going to sleep, spending a bit of time with Him in the Word. Not only will you sleep better it just might become "Habit Forming" and that would be a good thing.
Now, it's time for me to head out and hit the road and knock down that "To Do List". Thanks, as always for meandering down this path of life with me and above all, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-20-14 Wednesday 6:56AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SOME THOUGHTS ON "BLACK-HOLES"
Yesterday, managed to limp through the day on 2 hours of sleep. Having been "delivered" from the "Black Hole" (read yesterday's Blog for more on that), I can't help but believe that there is a "message" here.
There are "Black Holes" along all of our routes home.... and sometimes, we either fall into them, slip into them, or in my case...just drive into them. It's good to know that Jesus is right there with us and will never leave us or forsake us!
So, my friends, if you find yourself, in over your head, or just overwhelmed by the challenges of life, always remember that Jesus is just a call away...and you don't need to have a strong cell or internet signal to reach Him. "Whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved!"
I must also share with you a simple lesson that our Lord has been teaching me....begin the day with the Word of God and end the day with the Word of God. Just like "Book-ends" keep the books from falling down, the Word of God will bring us through the day...still standing.
I hear a "Little Donkey" calling me. Time for a test flight to be be sure that the front Turbo is turbo-charging.
A good load of supplies, baby formula / food / medicines is awaiting pick up. "The next mission" is coming together.
So, having had a good nights sleep, it's time to "hit the road" and see what the Lord has in store today. As always, THANK YOU for your wonderful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-19-14 Tuesday 7:38AM (U.S. Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Air Mobile Home Base – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
TAKING THE "SHORT CUT" IS NOT ALWAYS THE SHORTEST DISTANCE HOME
Yesterday morning, I hit the road for the 12+ hour journey home. Had been working the mileage on the little red Ford Escape and had it all the up to 32.7 mpg.
The journey home had been good. Had been listening to the latest on the Ferguson riots and continued to PRAY for REVIVAL & RECONCILIATION.
At about 1:30AM, I turned off of I-95 at Port St. John, just minutes from home. Now, we have a "short cut" that knocks off 7 miles. Should I take it?
I didn't want to awaken Cindy and ask of the condition of the "short cut", as I knew that FL had been having a lot of rain and this could make the "short cut" almost impassable. I should have called.....
Well, I eased off the main road and entered into "short-cut". Soon, I faced the biggest obstacle, a huge, black mud, hole. I hesitated and...all I could think of is, I'm 3 minutes from home. It was very dark and the moon was not yet risen. And....I didn't pray.
I hit the big mud hole and quickly sank up to where the engine was nearly covered in the black, thick mud. The engine never died, but the little red Ford Escape was totally stuck. Water soon filled the floor, over my shoes. There.... I called Cindy and asked her to come drag me out. I should have called her earlier....
Soon, she approached in our All-Wheel Drive Rendezvous. I connected 2 cargo straps and with much, much prayer, slowly extracted the the Escape from the clutches of the famous "black hole" (that is what the "short-cut" is called).
But....the Escape, having been under water must have "scrambled some computer", and the transmission would not engage into gear. I had truly made a bad choice.
So, we transferred all the stuff into the Rendezvous and I called AAA to have them come tow the Escape to Robbie's Shop, our favorite mechanic for over 25 years. I went home and showered washing that black mud off of me and dashed back to meet the tow truck.
Two Sheriff Deputies were already on the scene when I arrived. We had a good laugh at how, this evening, the "Short-Cut" was definitely not the shortest route home. They both knew of the infamous "Black Hole".
Now, it's nearly 4:30AM. One of the Deputy's, Chris, stayed back and we just talked. Chris is a Believer in Jesus. We talked about life and challenges and churches and kids. Chris, also has a heart for missions.
Then, right there at the intersection of I-95 and Port St. John, we prayed together for God to direct our paths. I believe that our Lord has plans here, and our paths did not cross by accident.
Afterwards, I called our Insurance Company and began the "Claims Process". Finally, just after 5:00AM, I finally collapsed in bed. Slept about 2 hours and got up to tell you the story of my "Journey Home".
Oh, there were several points along the way that I could prevented this "calamity", but I just didn't take the time to follow my instinct to call Cindy. I should have just taken a moment to pray when I approached the famous "black hole". Instead, I just plunged right through and you know what happened.
I am reminded again, how our Lord will take our mistakes and turn them for the good. I likely would have never met Deputy Chris had I not made those mistakes. At any rate, this whole story brings me again to Romans 8:28....all things work together for the good...even our mistakes!
Have a full day of meetings and will go and pick up some formula for the babies in Haiti. Barbara, AKA - "Rambo in the Blue Dress" will be glad to hear of the formula and baby food. They're always running short of it.
Just glad to be home!! As always, THANK YOU for your faithful and invaluable prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
8-18-14 Monday 7:22AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
DEPARTURE DAY.... & SOME THOUGHTS ON FERGUSON
Got the little lawn tractor back together and it runs great. No leaks and it certainly runs a lot smoother. 2 engine mounting bolts had vibrated out. If left un-repaired, the whole engine could have been thrown off. So glad for that leak that alerted me to the situation.
Spent yesterday "winterizing" the cabin and preparing it for the next "Pilgrim" that comes to "Retreat" from the "Roar of Life".
Ahhh, the cabin, a wonderful place of "Retreat & Reflection". Sure going to miss it! But....as the song goes, "All good things must end some day...." except heaven!! Now, there's a thought. We often just get little hors d'oeurves (first course) of what heaven will be like. And....heaven will be forever!!
I'll be loading the little red Ford Escape and hitting the road for the 12 hour trip back to Florida. I just spoke to my Cindy and she just dropped the kids for their first day of school. Oh, it's time to get home. Sure have missed them!!
Been following the "explosion" in Ferguson, MO. Now, that situation needs our PRAYER!!! You know, I am somewhat at a loss for words to describe what is going on. There is certainly a lot of "pent up anger". It is a sad and tragic and telling story. Again, what can I say except, "Let us PRAY"!!
Hey, here's an idea. Let's pray that REVIVAL breaks out in Ferguson! I know that the local churches have to be in "overtime" prayer as their community is burning and rage is breaking out everywhere. The Bible says...."ASK & you shall receive". Let's pray for REVIVAL & RECONCILIATION!!
Well, it's time to go do the "final load and hit the road". Have a 12+ hour ride ahead of me. Please pray for "traveling mercies" as I aim the nose of the little read Escape away from this blessed "Retreat". As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-17-14 Sunday 7:17AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THE BEST LAID PLANS.....
We plan our day and our "schedule" and then...."stuff happens". Yesterday, after posting the blog on "Drawing Near", I headed out to finish mowing two small fields by the cabin. Then, according to "plan", I'd do the final cleaning, pack up and depart early the next day (today). That was the plan.
When I walked up to the lawn tractor, I saw a large spot of what appeared to be either oil or fuel all around the machine.
I knew that suddenly my plans changed. I immediately called Cindy and advised her of what was going on. We prayed together that I would have wisdom to repair it.
I began by pressure washing it thoroughly so as to identify where the leak was coming from. It had been quite awhile since it was cleaned, and this was very "revealing".
After opening it up and upon close inspection, I found several critical bolts had vibrated out and the little machine needed immediate attention. In a sense, I was thankful for the "leak" because it alerted me to other issues that could have done serious damage.
After identifying the parts that I needed, I headed into neighboring Tazewell, TN (about a 2 hour round-trip) to pick up the parts.
The simple task of mowing the two fields would have taken about an hour. Now, this repair has turned into an all day situation and maybe more.
Cindy certainly understood and knew that I couldn't leave without repairing it because it will be used by others who "retreat" to the little cabin. So, my departure has been delayed until....
Made good progress working into the night yesterday. Today, I'll do some testing and put it all back together and then...go mow those 2 little fields and hopefully, get on the road tomorrow morning.
It's time to get back to Florida....but my time is in His Hands! And...."All things work together for the good..."
Even when our plans suddenly change, our Lord is surely working in our behalf. In retrospect, that "leak" has brought about much needed repair and has saved us a lot of grief and money. I can truly THANK the Lord for that.
Besides, spending another day here is not so bad. Well, it's time to head out to, hopefully have successful tests and mow those two little fields and yes, head home. We'll see what the day holds. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-16-14 Saturday 7:04AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
The best thing, is getting close to the Lord! No matter where we are...He is there! Of course, we know that God is "Omnipresent" (everywhere!), but....knowing He is near and that He loves us and cares about us, is interested in our lives and knows what we need....now. that is another thing.
These last few weeks of solitude and quiet and peace have been truly "life-changing" for me. All I can say is the that I am THANKFUL to have had this time with Him!
So, my dear ones who "ramble down this winding blog" with me everyday, I pray that you are blessed by His presence, not matter what is going on in your life. I know some of you have had bitter disappointments and even shocking news. Know that Jesus is with you and will carry you through it.
Well, it's time for me to get on the lawn tractor and mow around the cabin and do the final clean-up for the next pilgrim who will come to this "Retreat Cabin". As always, THANK YOU for your faithful love, prayer and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-15-14 Friday 6:57AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
As I gaze out over the valley and see the low hanging clouds rolling through and the breath-taking beauty, my heart is warmed by this remarkable time that I've had at the "Retreat Cabin". So many lessons learned and so many lessons "still in process".
One of the main lessons is....Indeed, "They that Wait upon the Lord shall shall renew their strength".
When I first arrived up here in the mountains of East Tennessee, I carried several heavy burdens, most related to business debt. In some cases, there appeared to be no way out.
But....with quiet prayer and spending quality time in His Word, the Lord is showing me the way! We are far from out of the woods, but I see His light and the path before me, Praise God!
Now, I know that there is nothing new about these Truths, but "knowing" them and "doing" them are two different things.
Again, I'm so THANKFUL to my precious Cindy for encouraging me to take this time for solitude, prayer and study. THANK YOU, Honey!!
Another wonderful lesson is not letting the "evil" in the world devastate me. Reading the news can just absolutely take your Joy away. There is so much suffering and injustice and just plain evil in this world. IF we do not balance it with the Word of God, it can be overwhelming.
Often, I would have to just shut the computer and go out and read His Word. What does the Lord have to say about it?
Well, in the end, WE WIN! Jesus is coming back to this earth, and before He returns, the world will be a mess. Just read Matthew 24.
I believe that we are there, and yes, things will get worse before they get better. But....He will never leave us or forsake us, He will be with us to the very end!
So, as I wrap up my time here at the "Retreat Cabin" and get ready to head back to Florida, I realize that I am being "changed" by the Lord day by day. I realize just how much I need Him and that often, my efforts without Him, are fruitless.
I've missed my Cindy and the kids and the grand-kids and it's time for me to head home. There's a stirring in my heart and I know that the "next mission" is near. This "Retreat Mission" has been good. Thank you, Jesus!
And THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-14-14 Thursday 7:16AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
SHOULD THE U.S. TAKE MILITARY ACTION AGAINST ISIS??
Several days ago, I said, "Sometimes, you just have to stand up against evil". Yesterday, the Vatican stated...."Military action against ISIS is probably necessary" and this morning, Mike Huckabee "nailed" the situation with this article - SOMETIMES IT TAKES MILITARY ACTION TO MAKE PEACE Please take a moment and read this article.
The photos of the atrocities against children are appalling and I will not show them. They are readily available on-line. Now Folks, I must tell you that the images make my blood boil and I have to kick into "High-Gear Prayer" just to function. What is going on here??
Yes, we must begin with PRAYER. PRAY for those in the "jaws" of these ravenous wolves and PRAY for the leaders around the world, especially for the U.S. leaders who have the ability to both RESCUE the innocent sheep & STOP this wicked madness!! Remember, ISIS will not stop "over there"!!
Again, I just could not be silent this morning on what is going on right before our eyes. Much of the world was silent when the Nazi's were slaughtering the Jews. Let us not be silent!
It's time for me to go out on the porch and spend some time in the Word of God! Jesus told us that these things would happen. This is the reason that I am seeking his clear and precise direction.
(About 1 hour later) OK, I just read the Word of God and some rage in me has subsided but my personal determination is to do the Will of God. I am clearly reminded that in this world, we will have tribulation, but Jesus has overcome the world. My plan is to hold on tightly to His hand and walk daily with Him.
So, today, I'll be doing a little painting and fixing a leaking gutter and getting ready to leave this little spot of peace and beauty and head back to my Cindy and the kids. There's a Little Donkey that's all ready for test flight. Just got a call from the Alternative Pregnancy Center and they have some baby food and formula for Haiti.
Let us join together and pray for the millions of souls who are being persecuted for their faith in God. As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-13-14 Wednesday 6:37AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HUMMING BIRD...ENGINEERING MARVEL
As I was taking the "Journey" in the Word this morning, the humming birds were darting and dancing all around my head. They sound like little "fighter planes" with that low, guttural "hum".
It was a bit difficult to focus on Exodus with the little creatures defying gravity with such maneuverability. God's creation is amazing!!
Here's a little clip of the "Dancing Hummers"
My time here in the mountains, this Mini-Sabbatical, is drawing to a close. Just have a few more little projects to do around the "Retreat Cabin" and then, it'll be back to Florida and beyond....have a sense that another "Mission" is developing. Too early to tell exactly where, but have that "gut feeling".
Of course, the "Mission Field" is all around us. We don't have to travel around the world to go on a "Mission". It can be...and often is, "right in our back-yard".
We just need to be sensitive to His voice and urging. That's the main reason I've taken this time (and my sweet Cindy has graciously helped me to do this). This time here at the cabin has been precious beyond words!
OK, here's a bit of a stretch between the humming bird and us. That little creature gets it's fuel from the sweet nectar and is extremely maneuverable (engineers are astounded at the aeronautical stunts that the little bird can perform).
Now, if we drink in the Word of God, as the sweet nectar, we too can perform amazing feats of maneuverability. Yes, we need His Word in our hearts (as our fuel) to perform His will!
And yes, as nice and tranquil and inspiring as this "Retreat Cabin" is, I guess I miss flying the Little Donkey. It's time for me to get back in the air.
Paul, our mechanic likely has that front engine Turbo back together and upon return to Florida, I'll be doing some test flights to be sure Ti Burik is ready for the "next mission".
So, it's time to head into town and get some paint to do some touch-up work. Also need get the cabin "winterized", as we're likely to have a pretty cold winter....thanks to Global Warming. Already had that 2nd cup of coffee and now it's time to "Post". As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
8-12-14 Tuesday 6:59AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
MEETING A HERO
(Note: This blog is posting late today, due to a faulty internet connection)
An old WWII Veteran Marine, Al West, who served our country with great gallantry in the Pacific, asked me to go and see one of his "War Buddies", Jerry, next time I'm up at the "Cabin". Al is the father of Dennis West, a great Air Mobile "Water Mule". Dennis has traveled all over the world with me bringing clean water to dying people.
Yesterday, I picked up the phone and called Jerry, Al's "war buddy". We agreed to meet and just spend some time together. Jerry lives about 45 minutes from our cabin. Folks, there are not very many WWII Veterans still around. I knew it was important for me to reach out to Jerry.
We met for a cup of coffee. I was shocked to find a man with crystal clear, blue eyes, as sharp as a tack and still had a full head of hair. I believe that Jerry is the "youngest" 88 year old I've ever met.
During the course of our spending the day together, I asked how he was wounded. He told me that he carried out a wounded Marine and was going back for another one when he was hit. He still carries that bullet in his gut. Then....he started to cry and could not tell me anymore. I left it there.
Now, Jerry, is one tough cookie. He lives in a single room cabin on the top of a ridge. He cooks outside over an open fire. He grows his own vegetables, captures rain water and can live very easily with no electricity. He even has a bunker. Jerry is ready for whatever life may throw at him.
We spent hours talking about the Lord. Jerry has read the Bible through many times and has a deep faith and love for Jesus. Must tell you, when I bid farewell and left his cabin, I knew that I had just spent the day with a true American Hero.
Got up early this morning and was "swept away" in the Word of God. I know that my time here at the cabin is drawing to a close. Soon, the little red Ford Escape will be heading back to Florida. I've missed Cindy and the kids. It's getting time to get back to Haiti.
Again, I'm sorry that this blog has posted late today. The internet has just been very weak and I finally got enough of a signal to "loft" this post up.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support.
Air Mobile Joe
PS - I was very sad to hear the news that Robin Williams took his life. He certainly made me laugh many times. Depression is a terrible thing. This was the last photo taken of Robin. Let us pray for his family. This is a sad loss.
8-11-14 Monday 6:39AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
WHEN THE CLOUDS KISS THE EARTH
Awakened before the sun rose. There's a gentle rain and the clouds are slowly rolling in our valley, as if they are sweetly kissing the earth. Ahhh, what a lovely moment in time.
Before spending any time on the "News", I opened the Word of God and spent some "quality" time with the Father. It is as if His Word washes my soul and prepares me for this day... just as the clouds kiss the earth.
I must tell you a story. Several weeks ago, I drove to Limestone, TN to visit a couple of great brothers in Christ and dear friends, Bob and Tom. Remember, Limestone was the birthplace of Davy Crockett. Still humming that song (Davy....Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier).
Tom shared how he'd been spending time with the Lord every morning reading at least 10 Chapters out of the Bible. Hmmmm, I thought, that's a lot of the Word to absorb early in the morning.
As I was returning to the cabin, a plan began to unfold. I recalled how the Psalmist David would worship the Lord in the Morning and... the Evening.
We need His Word before we start the day for His direction and at the end of the day to "patch up" our weary hearts.
So, how about dividing the Word and reading 5 Chapters in the Morning and 5 Chapters in the Evening. Read a couple of chapters out of the Old Testament, then a Psalm, a Proverb, one out of the Gospels and then an Epistle.
Been doing that since that day I drove to Limestone and all I can say is "Wow"! Oh, there are times that I can't stop reading and just knock out all 10 in the morning and then just read as many as I want in the evening.
The bottom line is, I'm spending more time in the Word than almost any time in my life. Oh, why didn't I do this sooner? It is so simple....Draw near to God, and He will draw near to us. At any rate, THANKS Tom for sharing this treasure with me!
I just couldn't resist sharing this with you. Look, I know that we're all busy, but...taking this time to be with Him is SO WORTH IT!
I'm finding that I'm going to bed a little earlier and BTW, reading His Word before going to sleep causes me to sleep much better. Then, I naturally get up earlier and look forward to that...yes, delicious cup of coffee, and spending that precious time with Him in His Word. And...the day goes much better.
So, that's why, when I got up this morning and saw those clouds kissing the earth, I thought about how the Word of God waters, our dry, parched hearts and brings us life and strength.
I pray that those of you who wander down this path me will consider spending more time with Him in His Word. You'll not regret it!! As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-10-14 Sunday 7:04AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
THE HORROR OF ISIS....
The truth is coming out as to what ISIS is doing and what their "faith" is really all about. I will not give all of the details, but here is a story telling some of the horror of what is going on in Iraq among Christians and others who do no believe as ISIS - REPORT: 'ISLAMIC STATE' TERRORIST KILLED 500 YAZIDIS - BURIED SOME VICTIMS ALIVE
Yes, there comes a time to stand up to evil. Believe me, this wave of violent, insanity will not stop "over in that part of the world". It will surely come to our shores. Now, again, what can we do? The first thing is to just become aware. There are so many "distractions" in this life, that many do not even know what is going on, not only in Iraq, but all throughout the world. There is a WAR being waged between good and evil!
Above all, we must PRAY and seek direction from our Lord. Remember the scripture in Matthew 7:7....SEEK and you shall find. Some, reading this, may say, "what can I do about all this evil that is going on around the world?".
Remember, your PRAYER is POWERFUL and our Lord does listen to our prayers! So, I urge you to take a moment, right now, as you read this blog and just bow your head and PRAY for those who are being murdered and tortured for their faith in God!
It is Sunday morning here in the U.S. and I suspect that a number of you are getting ready for Church. Since you will be gathering with other Believers, simply remember those, that do not have the privilege and blessing to gather freely, without danger of being slaughtered, to worship God.
Believe me, that is something for which to be THANKFUL! Use that freedom and privilege and blessing to help others who desperately need your PRAYER!!
So, I too, will be getting ready to head to Church this morning. When prayer requests are asked for, I will ask our Church to pray for the Believers in Iraq and those around the world that are under horrifying persecution for their faith. May I urge you to do the same.
On this rather serious note, I close out this blog this morning. I want you to know just how much I appreciate you taking the time to read this blog and for joining together with us with your faithful and precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-9-14 Saturday 6:02AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
HUGE MOON THIS WEEKEND - ISIS BEING "SLOWED DOWN" - AN ENCOURAGING REPORT FROM DR. BRANTLY
Well, yesterday, an ISIS armored column met with a couple of 500 pound bombs delivered by several American F-18's. When I heard that these guys were beheading children....well, THANK GOD, that they've been met with some "resistance"!
There is a time to just stand up to evil in this world. I know that hundreds of thousands of Christians in Iraq are being brutally persecuted and murdered at the hands of ISIS.
Actually, anyone who does not believe as they do, is the enemy. Again, THANK GOD that help is coming. We certainly pray that this help will be directed by the Lord. Here's the latest - US FIGHTER JETS TARGET ISIS CONVOY IN IRAQ
It is with joy that I bring you this good report on the condition of Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol. They are steadily improving and gaining strength. This is most encouraging in the midst of the horror of this dreadful disease. With God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! Here's Dr. Brantly's first interview since he was stricken with Ebola - DR. BRANTLY INTERVIEW
My Cindy and I speak everyday. Sometimes, multiple times per day. We both agree that this precious time at the cabin is the best place for me to be right now.
We need "strategic direction" on a number of fronts and just being quiet and alone helps me to hear the voice of God.
But, let me be honest, I miss my Cindy and the kids and the grand-kids and will be glad when the little red Ford Escape is heading back to Florida. In the meantime, I'm in "Wait Training".....a good place to be!
Today, I have some chores and projects around the cabin like preparing it for winter and getting all secure. As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-8-14 Friday 6:27AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
IS EBOLA THE "PERFECT STORM" HEALTH EMERGENCY?? - TRUCE OVER.... & FINALLY...SOME HELP COMING FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS - TWO HURRICANES HEADING TO HAWAII
As world health organizations, including the W.H.O. are gearing up for major Ebola outbreaks, the head of the CDC Director, Thomas Frieden, is asking, could this be the "Perfect Storm"? Here's more on this developing world crisis - EBOLA: "PERFECT STORM" HEALTH CRISIS?
"It is inevitable that someone will fly to the U.S. from West Africa with Ebola symptoms" Frieden acknowledged, in a rare Congressional August Recess Hearing yesterday.
Folks, this is a serious threat to the globe and one that I urge you to seriously PRAY about. Remember, our Lord hears our prayers!!
Meanwhile, reports are limited, but it appears that Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are continuing their slow, steady improvements from the dread disease.
Our PRAYER is that not only will they be HEALED, but great knowledge and benefit will come out of their return to the U.S. to receive treatment.
I realize that some are extremely upset about their return, but I fully agree with the Head Nurse at Emory Hospital...."It was the right thing to do". (More on that in yesterday's Blog, just scroll on down). PLEASE continue to pray for Dr. Kent and Nancy and all of those suffering and those fighting on the "Front Lines" of this horrifying disease.
Well, the Egyptian brokered 72 Hour Truce ended as expected with Hamas launching 18 rockets into Israel and Israel responding. No telling where all of this will lead...only our Lord knows. Here's more on the battle - TRUCE ENDS - HAMAS LAUNCHES 18 ROCKETS AND ISRAEL RESPONDS
But, in the shadow of this Israeli - Hamas war, Iraqi Christians are being decimated by ISIS.
FINALLY, the U.S. is helping their cause by dropping in food and may even conduct some limited Airstrikes. Here's the latest - AIRDROPS BEGIN...BUT NO AIRSTRIKES YET
Again, I urge you to PRAY for those Believers in Christ as they literally flee for their lives!!
At this hour, it appears as if Hawaii may be dodging TWO BULLETS! Now, Tropical Storm Iselle is weakening and Hurricane Julio may swing to the north saving Hawaii a lot of grief. Thank God for the weakening and the deflection! Here's more - TROPICAL STORM ISELLE WEAKENS ON HAWAII APPROACH
It is a rainy, chilly day here in the Mountains of East Tennessee. So THANKFUL for this "retreat" and this time alone with the Lord. Must tell you... while I've been up here "Waiting on the Lord", He has been working out some very complex and difficult financial situations related to our business, CSA.
Often, I am guilty of "plunging" into the middle of the battle, when our Lord wants me to "WAIT on Him" and let Him fight the battle! We are far from being "out of the woods", but there is no doubt, He is working on our behalf!
Also, back in Florida, our faithful mechanic, Paul, has been doing some good work on the Ti Burik, AKA, The Little Donkey. He found a "leaking" turbo on the front engine and has sent it out for repair. It should be all back together and ready of "action" upon my return to Florida.
So, what will I do on this rainy, chilly day?? Not sure. There's a good cup of coffee waiting and a welcoming front porch and a Bible that will be read. With that, I close out this truly "rambling" Blog today and wish to THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-7-14 Thursday 6:58AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"BECAUSE....IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO"
The Head Nurse at Emory Hospital explained her position on the return of 2 Ebola Infected Americans.
There has been an uproar among some, for the U.S. "deliberately" bringing these 2 Americans for treatment. Her answer is telling and worth repeating. Here it is - I'M THE HEAD NURSE AT EMORY - THIS IS WHY WE WANTED TO BRING THE EBOLA PATIENTS TO THE U.S.
Meanwhile, both Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol are making steady progress and we certainly continue to pray for them.
Here is some more information on the Ebola Outbreak - SEVEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE EBOLA OUTBREAK TODAY
Speaking of "The Right Thing To Do"..... Here is the plea of 2 children for their father who is in prison for loving Jesus - Please take a moment to watch this - HEART-WRENCHING PLEA - WHY DOES OUR FATHER HAVE TO BE IN PRISON FOR LOVING JESUS??
American Pastor, Saeed Abedini, has been in prison in Iran for 2 years and suffered terrible things for his faith. Please PRAY for our Lord to set him free and also pray that our government will hear this plea!!
Well, I got the oil changed on the little red Ford Escape and am wrapping up things here at the cabin. Am so thankful to my precious wife Cindy for encouraging me to just take this time at the cabin to "Wait on the Lord". Can't even begin to tell you how sweet this time has been.
As you probably know, if you've "rambled" awhile with me on this daily blog, I (and Cindy) love coffee. Well, just came across more evidence to the fact that coffee is indeed a gift from God. The truth is...for many years the medical & scientific community didn't know "beans" about coffee.
This article may take some of the "guilt" away from enjoying a cup of coffee. Here's the story - COFFEE REALLY IS GOOD FOR YOU
So, on that encouraging news....about coffee, time to wrap up this truly rambling blog and get on with this day beautiful, but "misty" day that our Lord has made. What adventure lies ahead? Only our Lord know. As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-6-14 Wednesday 6:39AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
"HAND OF GOD SENT MISSILE INTO THE SEA"
And speaking of "Miracles", here's the latest report on Dr. Kent Brantly, as submitted by his wife Amber - AMBER BRANTLY ISSUES STATEMENT ON CONDITION
Also, it should be noted that the 2nd American Missionary, Nancy Writebol is reported as weak but making steady progress. PRAISE GOD! Please continue to pray!
So, according to Jesus in John 16:33, there will be "Tribulation" (Trouble) in this world, but be of good cheer, I (Jesus) have overcome the world.
In the midst of this old, turbulent world, that is shaking with Wars & rumors of War, and famine and pestilence etc.... we can have peace, His peace! Now, that is GOOD NEWS!
May I encourage you to simply reach out to Jesus today and fully place your faith and trust in Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you!
It's time for me to head into town and get the little red Ford Escape serviced. Couldn't do it yesterday, as the oil-changing place in town was all booked up. Hope to find a slot this morning.
As always, it is such a blessing and joy to have you on-board this rambling blog. We so appreciate your prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
8-5-14 Tuesday 6:56AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
CRYSTAL CLARITY ON THE ISRAELI - HAMAS WAR
Came across this 5 minute video yesterday evening and I encourage you to take a few minutes and view it. It truly clarifies the situation and has helped me to understand the problem . Here it is: SOME ARE CALLING IT THE MOST IMPORTANT VIDEO ABOUT ISRAEL EVER MADE...TAKING THE INTERNET BY STORM
A 72 Hour Cease-Fire brokered by the Egyptians has gone into effect and at this hour, it is still holding. Israeli troops have withdrawn from Gaza and many "hold their breath". We PRAY for peace, but know, that it will likely not hold. Again, that Video above explains a lot. Again, let us PRAY!
I understand that the other Missionary, Nancy Writebol, is winging the U.S. from Liberia in the specially modified Gulfstream GIII. She is expected to land in Georgia today.
Let us continue to PRAY for both she and Dr. Brantly. They have both been given some experiemental drugs that may....be helping them to recover from Ebola. We PRAY for a break-through with this dread disease.
Now, I know that some are extremely upset that these two have been brought back to the U.S. and that now, Ebola has come to our shores.
Listen, this is a big country and 60,000,000+ people visit the U.S. annually.... Legally!
No telling how many come in illegally!! Do you really believe that the disease is not here already?? Chances are, it's already here.
I am THANKFUL that these 2 brave souls are getting the best treatment and....that we may actually gain incredible knowledge and skill with how to deal with this awful PESTILENCE (as mentioned in Matthew 24:7).
Oh well, enough said about Ebola...for now.
Yesterday, I had an amazing time with my dear friend, Stan Brock. Some of you may recall Stan from Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins. Stan was the "original" Steve Erwin. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Stan. - WIKIPEDIA - STAN BROCK - PHILANTHROPIST
Stan founded R.A.M. (Remote Area Medical) many years ago and our paths have crossed on more than one occasion around the world. We're currently working on getting an extremely remote airport opened in Haiti. Here's more on R.A.M., an amazing organization - R.A.M. USA
Since Stan and R.A.M. are headquartered in close-by Knoxville, I decided to just go see my good friend. We had a great time and it was good to see their new Headquarters. Again, and I must say it here....."Surely, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops"! I am so THANKFUL that our Lord brought Stan across my path!!
So, it's that time. Need to head out and get the oil changed in the little Red Ford Escape and get ready for the "next mission"....wherever that might be. As always, THANK YOU for your precious and invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
8-4-14 Monday 5:57AM (US Eastern Time) - Mtns of East TN - Air Mobile Retreat Cabin – Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe
EBOLA VICTIM, DR. KENT BRANTLY, SAID TO BE IMPROVING
I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Kent Brantly, who arrived yesterday from Liberia is showing signs of improvement.
We're very THANKFUL to the Lord for this report. Dr. Brantly was able to walk into the hospital under his own strength. We continue to pray for his improvement and healing! Here's more - U.S. DOCTOR STRICKEN WITH EBOLA SAID TO BE IMPROVING
Meanwhile, the other American Missionary, Nancy Writebol is expected to arrive in the U.S. tomorrow. PLEASE remember to pray for these brave souls who are laying down their lives that others might live. Already, 60 medics have died on the "front-lines" of this raging battle!
I came across this story about a British Aid Worker, Cokie Van der Velde, who documented what it is like fighting this dread disease.
She witnessed the tragic loss of 6 nurses whom she had worked with. She is quoted as saying, "It is hearbreaking to see such brave people perishing at the hands of this awful disease". Here's her story - EBOLA VIRUS: BRITISH AID WORKER'S DIARY REVEALS HORROR AS SIX NURSES DIE FROM KILLER BUG
Now, as I sit here typing this blog, I think, "What can I do?". Folks, the thing that we can all do is PRAY! Just as I shared in yesterday's blog, about the POWER in the Name of Jesus, let us call upon HIS Name for those that are suffering and dying and those that are so valiantly fighting this dread disease.
Let us also pray that our "porous" Southern Border does not allow Ebola and other dread diseases to enter in.
Here's a "leaked" report that just came in moments ago from CBP (Customs & Border Patrol) regardin