Air Mobile Ministries is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that does disaster relief all around the world. Since its inception in 1978, AMM has traveled around the world many times bringing medical supplies, food, clothing, and now the Vortex Voyager TM water purifier to those in need. Joe Hurston and his team of volunteers have worked to help disaster victims after hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and war.
Since 2004, AMM has been heavily involved with bringing relief in the form of water purification. The Vortex Voyager TM water purifier is an amazing, life saving tool. At a mere 20 pounds, it can produce up to 30 gallons of pure water every hour.
Air Mobile Ministries is a faith based evangelical group that provides disaster relief. Our mission is based upon the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35 and 40:
"I was thirsty and you gave me drink." "Assuredly, I say unto you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me."
So, it's time for another cup of coffee and keeping that "To Do" list moving ahead.
THANK YOU, as always, for your invaluable and truly appreciated prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-23-18 Sunday 7:57 AM (Eastern U.S.) - Titusville, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report submittedby: Air Mobile Joe -
HOME SWEET HOME....
Folks, I can't begin to tell you how good it is to be home!
And how good it is to sleep-in..... just a little bit.
Working together with Dave Walen, my dear friend, brother in the Lord and "Premier Water Mule" was a pleasure. THANK YOU, DAVE!!
A very special THANKS goes out to Southern Helicopter who sent their Bell Jet Ranger and excellent pilot, Jason Tugwell, to help us on this mission.
I can't say enough about Yahn Gray who not only builds our incredible Air Mobile Rescuer, but supports all of our efforts in the "back office". Yahn, you did a great job on this mission!!
My heart goes out to the people of North & South Carolina. On our mission there, we found so many people working together and helping one another.
For the most part, people DID evacuate the low-lying areas and are now coming home to clean up the mess....as the water levels drop.
The Air National Guard did an amazing job of moving people and supplies!!
We saw so many private organizations rushing to help, along with a strong local infrastructure that brought back electricity and clean water very rapidly to many of the stricken areas.
BTW, we saw Electrical Teams from around the nation bringing back the power.
So now that I'm home, we continue with our "Home Mission".
After church this morning, Cindy, Ari and our Air Mobile Team will be going to the Hospital in Orlando to bring the Good News of Jesus to those who are suffering.
THANK YOU for being with us with your precious prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-22-18 Saturday 7:47 AM (Eastern U.S.) - Titusville, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" "On-the-Move" - Report submittedby: Air Mobile Joe -
WRAPPING UP & COMING HOME
The Bell Jet Ranger provided to us by Southern Helicopter lifted off and headed back to Baton Rouge. Our "Mission to North / South Carolina" for now, has been accomplished.
We give a special THANKS to Southern Helicopter for sending the Jet Ranger and Pilot, Jacob Tugwell, to assist us in this mission! Jacob is an extraordinary pilot.
He helped us set up the LZ (Landing Zone) directly across the street from Dave Walen's office. We staged all of our sorties out of this strategic location.
I want to offer my deepest respect and appreciation for the folks in North & South Carolina. They know how to handle disaster. We saw amazing response and help during this very difficult and challenging time. Hurricane Florence dished out a tremendous amount of trouble and...it's not over yet.
We received reports of more severe flooding in South Carolina along the Little PeeDee River. So on our last day there, we flew hour after hour SEARCHING for those that may be in trouble. We found no one that needed to be RESCUED and for that we are THANKFUL!
Thanks again to the piloting skills demonstrated by Jacob, we were able to reach into isolated areas along the flooded rivers.
We're also extremely THANKFUL to Dave Walen (a Premier Water Mule) for opening up his home to our team and assisting us in this SEARCH & RESCUE MISSION. THANK YOU DAVE!!!
After Jacob took off for Baton Rouge, Yahn and I hit the road for Home. We're THANKFUL that we were able to assist in the massive effort to help the folks in North and South Carolina.
We're also EXTREMELY THANKFUL to you, who support us with your invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-21-18 Friday 6:57 AM (Eastern U.S.) - Wilmington, NC - Air Mobile "On-the-Move" - Report submittedby: Air Mobile Joe -
Thanks again to Southern Helicopters and the excellent piloting of Jacob, we flew multiple sorties SEARCHING for isolated areas that would need clean water.
Before departing, Dave went over the routing that would bring us to the deep flooding areas.
We made a fuel stop in Marion, SC (where the major flooding was happening). Dave explains more on the mission.
Before departing Marion County Airport, I found this....Precision Bombing in a Hurricane.
We surveyed the PeeDee River in South Carolina and found that most all of the isolated areas along the river basin were completely evacuated.
We literally flew the Jet Ranger for hours flying down flooded rivers and THANK GOD, no one needed to be RESCUED.
When lunch time rolled around, we found a PILOT truckstop. We landed and had a Wendy's lunch.
We then flew back to Wilmington via another fuel stop in Myrtle Beach.
It was a long day of flying and SEARCHING.
Today, we'll likely wrap up the mission and begin working our way back home.
We came to help and had water purifiers ready to deploy and had a Jet Ranger to assist us.
We're THANKFUL that such powerful relief efforts are in place with the local authorities and National Guard and Volunteers from around the nation.
BTW, in between mission flights, we were able to help Dave lift out some wet rugs and put his home back together.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY for the folks in North / South Carolina who are dealing with flooding and long recovery.
I'll be honest folks, I'm ready to get home and be with my Cindy and Ari.
We recently began with a "Mission to Haiti" in the Cessna Caravan, then the "Mission to India" and now to the Carolina's. I'm beat!!
Your prayers and love and support have been VITAL to keep me going. THANK YOU!!!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-20-18 Thursday 6:57 AM (Eastern U.S.) - Wilmington, NC - Air Mobile "On-the-Move" - Report submittedby: Air Mobile Joe -
A BIRDS EYE VIEW of WILMINGTON & ....IN SOUTH CAROLINA EVACUATIONS ORDERED!
Thanks to our good friends at Southern Helicopter, was given a spectacular view of all of Wilmington, NC from 300' - 500'.
Right now, the internet is moving so slowly that I'm unable to post some great aerial footage.
(Will post videos when internet frees up)
Folks are returning to the Wilmington area as roads are slowly opening, but....THIS disaster is far from over.
I-95 was open and just closed as rivers in the South Carolina areas are RISING.
THIS DISASTER IS STILL UNFOLDING!
"In South Carolina's Marion County, emergency management officials ordered the immediate evacuation of residents living anywhere along the Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee rivers. National Guard troops drove house to house as water rose. Transportation officials closed a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 95."
38 Hours after heading to the airport in Southern India and landing in Orlando, Mark Polozola and I were home! What a long and fruitful journey!
By our Lord's help and grace, we were able to deliver to areas of vast flooding devastation, 4 Air Mobile Rescuers and train 20 Operators on this remarkable machine...that can take filthy, dangerous water and make it pure! PRAISE GOD!!
We've hit the ground running and we're looking into going to North Carolina.
Dave Walen has worked with Air Mobile around the world. He is a Premier Water Mule and 'On the Ground' in Wilmington, NC.
We're in close communication with Dave and getting vital information to determine if we should deploy.
The rain is still falling, water is rising and the situation is increasingly dangerous.
Please join us in prayer for wisdom and direction as we proceed forward.
After landing in Orlando yesterday, I was joined by Peter, Christian and kids to watch the incredible game between LSU & Auburn.
LSU won with 2 seconds left on the clock.
It's time to head to Church and then to the Hospital where we're Chaplains. THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-15-18 Saturday 12:09AM (Dubai Time) - Dubai International Airport, UAE - Air Mobile "On the Move" - Report submittedby: Air Mobile Joe -
SLEEPING IN A "POD"
Mark & I landed in Dubai. What MAGNIFICENT airport.
We have a 12 hour layover before boarding the Non-Stop 14 hour flight to Orlando.
I was beat from the busy deployments in South India (Back Waters of Kerala) and fighting off a cold-type thing.
So..., we found these cute, efficient little "Sleeping Pods".
Oh, just what the "doctor" ordered. I crawled in and slept like a baby for nearly 6 hours.
Mark spent the afternoon touring Dubai while I slept. What a stunning city!!!
We just met again at the "Shake Shack" and enjoyed a delicious, old fashioned American hamburger. We'll be boarding that 777 shortly for Orlando.
We've been following Hurricane Florence. Major flooding and the waters are rising as I'm typing. WE PRAY!!
We're already "gearing up" to lend help as needed. As I say every single day and mean with all of my heart, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-12-18 Wednesday 6:27AM (India Time) - Kottayam, India - Air Mobile "On the Move" - Report submittedby: Air Mobile Joe -
GOING DEEP INTO THE "BACK WATERS of KERALA" & HERE COMES "FLORENCE THE FURIOUS"
We hit the ground running yesterday and headed to the "Back Waters of Kerala", the absolute 'Ground Zero' of the worst flooding in over 100 years.
Meeting the local Pastor was a joy. He'll do a very good job of getting clean water where needed.
Our first location was an excellent distribution point for the community. They had a well with acceptable salt levels, though extremely contaminated by the flood waters.
We trained an excellent team and Pastor Thumby prayed for our Lord to bless and bring a lot of clean water and living water to the community!!!
It was then off to our next location, another isolated community in great need. We passed through a lot of flood waters and crossed some narrow bridges.
Mark Polozola did a superb job of training the local Pastors on the operation of the Air Mobile Rescuer. Mark is turning into an amazing "Water Mule"!
Sam also did an excellent job of training. He's truly turning into a great "Water Mule"!!
I love to take the "First Drink". This gives strong confidence in the quality of the Rescuer Water!
After a long day in the Kerala Back Waters, we stopped at Pastor Thampy's Birthplace. It is a little slice of tranquility and peace. You would never know that there was 4+ feet of water over the entire property.
Folks, there is so much suffering and loss, yet we witnessed such courage and tenacity to simply put their lives back together and move on.
After the long and fruitful day, we returned to the New India Church of God Headquarters and collapsed. Between jet lag and long hours, we were beat!
And...upon our return to the U.S. we may be heading to where Hurricane Florence strikes!
Well, it's time to get ready to hit road and go deeper into this area that has been devastated by the worst flooding in the last 100 years. THANK YOU again for your faithful prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-8-18 Saturday 7:42AM (India Time) - Thiruvalla, India - Air Mobile "On the Move" - Report submittedby: Air Mobile Joe -
After a good, sweet rest, our Team is heading directly toward "Ground Zero" where the epic flooding in Southern India struck.
We are extremely THANKFUL to be able to travel there and bring relief with CLEAN WATER!
Upon return to our Base of Operations this evening, I'll write more.
Meanwhile, we're keeping a close eye on Hurricane Florence. The Danger Zone is from Cape Cod to Daytona Beach.
I know that I tell you this everyday, but THANK YOU for your faithful and kind prayer, love and support!
Air Mobile Joe
9-7-18 Friday 6:19 PM (India Time) - Thiruvalla, India - Air Mobile "On the Move" - Report submittedby: Air Mobile Joe
GRACE...FAVOR & A SMOOTH JOURNEY
Mark & I arrived in Trivandrum, India right on time.
Our trek half way around the world began in Orlando, FL on Wednesday afternoon and ended in Southern India Friday morning (India Time).
All flights were right on time and without incident....I love those kind of flights!!
Our next phase through Immigration and Customs went "smooth as silk"....PRAISE GOD!!
The 4 Air Mobile Rescuers arrived in Southern, India and were immediately cleared. We never take that for granted! Our contact, Pastor Bliss, was there to greet us.
Our good friend and associate, Sam from Ongole landed an hour later.
Sam will be joining us on this outreach. We then hit the road toward our destination mission....where the worst flooding in over 100 years has devastated the region. The need for clean water is paramount!!!
We found a comfortable hotel in Thiruvalla, India where Mark & I could "collapse". We'd been up for nearly 2 days with very, very little sleep. I must admit, was staggering around a bit delirious from exhaustion.
So, here I am, with a good cup of coffee in hand and writing this rambling blog....after sleeping the afternoon away. Oh, good sleep is a gift from God!!
We'll continue our journey tomorrow morning with 4 Air Mobile Rescuers....ready for action...turning DIRTY WATER into CLEAN WATER!!
THANK YOU for joining on this journey. Your prayer, love and support is invaluable!!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-6-18 Thursday 1:49 PM (Dubai, UAE Time) - Dubai International Airport - Air Mobile "On the Move" - Report submittedby: Air Mobile Joe -
14 HOURS LATER....THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
Mark Polozola and I arrived at Orlando International with 4 Air Mobile Rescuers....bound for Southern India.
These 4 machines will provide thousands with CLEAN WATER every day for years! PRAISE GOD!
The first leg of our long journey was to Dubai, UAE. The 14 hour flight was flawless and now we have an 8 hour layover.
We'll go find a place to stretch out and nap until our evening flight to India.
There are times that I get overwhelmed by the Grace of God! HE is so good to give us the privilege to go and bring thirsty people CLEAN WATER.
Our Lord Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:35...."I was thirsty and you gave ME to drink...."
Jesus goes on to tell us...."...When you've done it unto the least of these, My brethren, you've done it unto Me".
Southern India has had the worst flooding in over 100 years. The need for CLEAN WATER is paramount. The need is so great. We're THANKFUL that we can help!
And, I'm grateful to you, for your faithful prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-5-18 Wednesday 5:57 AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Titusville, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report submittedby: Air Mobile Joe -
This morning, Mark Polozola and I will board an aircraft that will....eventually, take us to Southern India.
BTW, Mark's Dad, Joe, introduced me to Jesus 47 years ago, for which I'm eternally grateful!I've known Mark since the day he came into this world. It'll be a pure joy to travel with Mark on this mission of mercy.
We're bringing in CLEAN WATER where the worst flooding in over 100 years has left hundreds of thousands homeless and thirsty.
The lack of clean drinking water is a major problem causing disease to spread rapidly.
Meanwhile, Gordon has made landfall on the Mississippi / Alabama border and is bringing heavy rain, flooding and winds. Gordon is weakening on it's northwest track.
We're PRAYING for all in the path and trail of Gordon.
And, as Mark and I travel half way around the world, PLEASE remember to PRAY for us to have a safe and uneventful journey to Southern India. It will take us nearly 2 days to get there.
The "rambling, daily blog" may be posted at odd times as we deal with a 12 hour time difference and very long flight legs. So, it's time to head to the airport for the long journey to Southern India.
As I say every single day and mean with all of my heart, THANK YOU for your precious and invaluable prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-4-18 Tuesday 5:47 AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Titusville, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report submittedby: Air Mobile Joe
HERE COMES HURRICANE GORDON....
Tropical Storm Gordon is soon to become HURRICANE GORDON. This FAST moving storm is aiming for the Mississippi / Alabama Coast.
Dangerous Storm Surge and Flooding are the main dangers with this storm.
Gordon is RAPIDLY growing in strength and should be watched very closely.
Time to head to church and then to the Hospital. THANK YOU, as always, for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
9-1-18 Saturday 7:07 AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Titusville, FL - Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report submittedby: Air Mobile Joe
MISSION (TO HAITI) ACCOMPLISHED...
With our Lord's help and grace, Ron Adams and I were able to deliver critical medical supplies and equipment to Haiti....in advance of a Remote Area Medical (RAM) Team.
The RAM Cessna Caravan flew beautifully and Ron did a great job of teaching me the systems on this great bird.
Yesterday morning, we fueled the Caravan and flew back to the U.S.
The flight (and training) went beautifully. After flying nearly 16 hours and making multiple take-off & landings, I realize just what a wonderful aircraft the Cessna Caravan is.
Had some weather to work around, with the usual afternoon build-ups, but again, our Lord made a beautiful way for us back to Florida.
Ron dropped me in Titusville and flew the Caravan back to the RAM home base in Knoxville.
Regarding this phase of the RAM Medical Outreach to Haiti, we can say....MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!
Now that I'm back in the U.S., it's time to continue the planning for our "Next Mission....to India".
THANK YOU, as always, for your precious prayer, love and support!!!!
Air Mobile Joe
PS - If you're new to this "rambling blog" and want to see how we've gotten to this "juncture of the journey", just click on "Older Posts" (below) and you'll see how we've gotten here. God bless and WELCOME ABOARD! Joe