Friday, June 14, 2013

Get Ready, Get Set....Clean Up!

The hot tarmac at Ogle International Airport in Georgetown, the tall grass on the side of the Paruima village airstrip, the sandy floor in the “hangar” at Bethany, the equatorial sun beating down relentlessly all day. If only the airplanes didn’t need so much maintenance...

The scramble to order a part and ship it to the next person flying South, the stab of the shipping cost if no one is coming down soon, the countless trips to the customs office negotiating for the release of the parts. If only there were replacement parts on our shelves in Guyana…

If only we started with good airplanes…If only they were properly prepared before they were launched overseas…If only all the planes were alike…Then maybe...

…maybe  there would be less maintenance, a faster return to service after maintenance, more time to visit the medevac’d patients in the hospital, and more time to transport medical teams to the interior villages…

Yes, we think about Guyana. A lot. But we know how it is to be there and we're doing everything we can (and praying a lot for what we can't) to make it easier to operate airplanes once we get back there. That means starting with better airplanes. Which requires hangar space in Collegedale (to fix them before they go South) and money, neither of which we have enough of. So we're putting some planes up for sale that aren't being used in missions which, in turn, will bring money and create hangar space. Simple, right?

Well, not really.


Two airplanes needed some paint touch ups before being sold.

This Cessna 172 was going to go to Venezuela, but DJ spent a lot of time trying to convince others that it should be sold and upgraded to a 182 in an effort to standardize our fleet.
It still needs an annual inspection before it can be sold.





This plane (the 150 that GMI used for training) got a new rudder put on during its annual inspection. It only had white primer on it :/ God sent us a man who does what he loves and he's helped a great deal with his painting speciality. All for a couple of Subway lunches!



Jodi polished the plane... and she would rather never polish an aluminum airplane again!

DJ installed new tires and switched out the radios, installing a simple one in place of the previously over-equipped radio stack. Then he weighed it on nice new shop scales :).
 Here are the special side panels for the Cessna 182. They were made by a missionary that used to work in Niger, Africa. We picked them up in North Carolina at the JAARS base where they were made in a large, aluminum-sided, home-made oven.
  Front seats all ready to go!

Atlee folding jump seats ready to go: Side panels, cushions, seat rails and all: INSTALLED! (just missing the utility flooring that we're still waiting on)

* A SPECIAL THANKS to a friend and faithful blog-reader who noticed that our camera was broken and facilitated the means to get another one - your kindness is much appreciated :D

Sunday, June 2, 2013

On Persevering Prayer

I was very encouraged by reading a chapter in a little book expounding on the parables of  Jesus. I copied several paragraphs from the reading and hope they will be a blessing to you as they have been to me many times.

The selection begins with the story of the judge who granted the persistent woman her request, though he gave little thought to God or the well-being of man, because he was worried that he would quickly weary of her constant asking. (Luke 18:1-8)

This parable is drawn by contrast to Himself rather than by comparison. The following selection was taken from Christ’s Object Lessons, Shall Not God Avenge His Own? by Ellen White.

“When trials arise that seem unexplainable, we should not allow our peace to be spoiled. However unjustly we may be treated, let not passion arise. By indulging a spirit of retaliation we injure ourselves. We destroy our own confidence in God, and grieve the Holy Spirit. There is by our side a witness, a heavenly messenger, who will lift up for us a standard against the enemy. He will shut us in with the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness. Beyond this Satan cannot penetrate. He cannot pass this shield of holy light.

While the world is progressing in wickedness, none of us need flatter ourselves that we shall have no difficulties. But it is these very difficulties that bring us into the audience chamber of the Most High. We may seek counsel of One who is infinite in wisdom.

The Lord says, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble." Ps. 50:15. He invites us to present to Him our perplexities and necessities, and our need of divine help. He bids us be instant in prayer. As soon as difficulties arise, we are to offer to Him our sincere, earnest petitions. By our importunate prayers we give evidence of our strong confidence in God. The sense of our need leads us to pray earnestly, and our heavenly Father is moved by our supplications.

Often those who suffer reproach or persecution for their faith are tempted to think themselves forsaken by God. In the eyes of men they are in the minority. To all appearance their enemies triumph over them. But let them not violate their conscience. He who has suffered in their behalf, and has borne their sorrows and afflictions, has not forsaken them.

The children of God are not left alone and defenseless. Prayer moves the arm of Omnipotence. Prayer has "subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire"--we shall know what it means when we hear the reports of the martyrs who died for their faith--"turneth to flight the armies of the aliens." Heb. 11:33, 34.

If we surrender our lives to His service, we can never be placed in a position for which God has not made provision. Whatever may be our situation, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever our perplexities, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend. If in our ignorance we make missteps, Christ does not leave us. His voice, clear and distinct, is heard saying,"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." John 14:6. "He shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper." Ps. 72:12.

The Lord declares that He will be honored by those who draw nigh to Him, who faithfully do His service. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee." Isa. 26:3. The arm of Omnipotence is outstretched to lead us onward and still onward. Go forward, the Lord says; I will send you help. It is for My name's glory that you ask, and you shall receive. I will be honored before those who are watching for your failure. They shall see My word triumph gloriously. "All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." Matt. 21:22.

Let all who are afflicted or unjustly used, cry to God. Turn away from those whose hearts are as steel, and make your requests known to your Maker. Never is one repulsed who comes to Him with a contrite heart. Not one sincere prayer is lost. Amid the anthems of the celestial choir, God hears the cries of the weakest human being. We pour out our heart's desire in our closets, we breathe a prayer as we walk by the way, and our words reach the throne of the Monarch of the universe. They may be inaudible to any human ear, but they cannot die away into silence, nor can they be lost through the activities of business that are going on. Nothing can drown the soul's desire. It rises above the din of the street, above the confusion of the multitude, to the heavenly courts. It is God to whom we are speaking, and our prayer is heard.

You who feel the most unworthy, fear not to commit your case to God. When He gave Himself in Christ for the sin of the world, He undertook the case of every soul. "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Rom. 8:32. Will He not fulfill the gracious word given for our encouragement and strength?

Christ desires nothing so much as to redeem His heritage from the dominion of Satan. But before we are delivered from Satan's power without, we must delivered from his power within. The Lord permits trials in order that we may be cleansed from earthliness, from selfishness, from harsh, unchristlike traits of character. He suffers the deep waters of affliction to go over our souls in order that we may know Him and Jesus Christ whom He has sent, in order that we may have deep heart longings to be cleansed from defilement, and may come forth from the trial purer, holier, happier. Often we enter the furnace of trial with our souls darkened with selfishness; but if patient under the crucial test, we shall come forth reflecting the divine character. When His purpose in the affliction is accomplished, "He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday." Ps. 37:6.

There is no danger that the Lord will neglect the prayers of His people. The danger is that in temptation and trial they will become discouraged, and fail to persevere in prayer.

The Saviour manifested divine compassion toward the Syrophenician woman. His heart was touched as He saw her grief. He longed to give her an immediate assurance that her prayer was heard; but He desired to teach His disciples a lesson, and for a time He seemed to neglect the cry of her tortured heart. When her faith had been made manifest, He spoke to her words of commendation and sent her away with the precious boon she had asked. The disciples never forgot this lesson, and it is placed on record to show the result of persevering prayer.

It was Christ Himself who put into that mother's heart the persistence which would not be repulsed. It was Christ who gave the pleading widow courage and determination before the judge. It was Christ who, centuries before, in the mysterious conflict by the Jabbok, had inspired Jacob with the same persevering faith. And the confidence which He Himself had implanted, He did not fail to reward.

He who dwells in the heavenly sanctuary judges righteously. His pleasure is more in His people, struggling with temptation in a world of sin, than in the host of angels that surround His throne.

"Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily."

"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry." Heb. 10:35-37. "Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; establish your hearts; for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh." James 5:7, 8.