Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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Prayer Circle

The person who prays...
...often has as much to do with the effectiveness and results of the missionaries' efforts as they themselves do.

"Prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven's storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence." (EW Steps to Christ p.94)

As a special part of our ministry, we will be sending out weekly emails to our Prayer Circle team. These emails will be composed of a short list of prayer requests and answered prayers.

Would you like to be a part of our prayer team? If so, we'd love it! Here are three ways you can sign up to be part of this important team:


2.) Facebook Page: AMA-Bolivia Highlands (Join the Prayer Circle tab or APP)

3.) Reply to this email requesting so, and we will sign you up :)

Also, if you would like a reminder prayer card mailed to you, please send us an email with your address and we will make sure you get one sent right to your mailbox! Thanks for being a part of our ministry to the people in the highlands of Bolivia!

- DJ & Jodi


This project is funded entirely by donations. If you’d like to be a part, we accept tax-deductible donations through Gospel Ministries International, Inc.

Donations can be given:
- Link on the “Donate” page of our website
- PayPal (
- Check: P.O. Box 506, Collegedale, TN 37315

Please include a note stating “Bolivia Highland Ministries - Knott.”

100% of your donations go directly to our project. Thanks for being the wind in our sails and the oxygen for our fire!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankful or Just Full?

November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

What a wonderful time it is to stop and think of what God has done this year.  Have you counted your blessings yet?

Six weeks in Tennessee now, and what a nice reprieve it's been after the harried travels of the previous few months. We’re anxious to get back to Bolivia, but we honestly have no answer to the question of when. Waiting on the Lord is something we get to keep practicing!

Here in Tennessee, driving between our little camper and the airport in various sets of borrowed wheels, we’ve kept ourselves busy. For a while now, God has placed a burden on our hearts to share more of what we are doing, more frequently and consistently. So we've taken the plunge into social media. We now have a facebook page (AMA - Bolivia Highlands) which we will be sharing with the Enos, a family joining us sometime next year. The convenience of Instagram has also been a plus, and you’re welcome to follow us there (jodi_dj_knott). Additionally, we are recommitting to sending out monthly updates monthly and prayer updates weekly. Thanks to the help of MailChimp, you’ll be able to decide which of these you’d like to receive and not receive.

Behind the scenes of social media, Jodi has been working on two fairly time-consuming projects: editing the next edition of the AMA newsletter and coordinating work on the AMA website. We’re hoping that these bear fruit before the end of 2014! DJ has been busy on the aviation front. He’s been selling old parts from around the shop in order to pay for the parts needed to convert the two Cessna 182s in Bolivia to heavy duty landing gear. He’s also worked on the paperwork to submit field approvals for those conversions and has written proposals in hopes that some of the parts might be donated. On the side, DJ has pursued several airplane donations [both a Cessna 182P for the Guyana project and several “flat-tire” (neglected) airplanes that could be parted out and sold, as happened with the non-repairable C172 that was donated to our project just over a year ago (bringing in over $10K!)].

We are so thankful for the ways that God leads us every day, teaching us to focus less on self and more on Christ. Our prayer for you this Thanksgiving is that you will see all the ways God has worked in your life and continue to walk daily in His will.

DJ & Jodi Knott

Contact Info:
US (423) 305-8638
Skype (423) 299-3441

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 506
Collegedale, TN 37315
Facebook: AMA Bolivia Highlands
Instagram: jodi_dj_knott
This project is funded entirely by donations. If you’d like to be a part, we accept tax-deductible donations through Gospel Ministries International, Inc.

Donations can be given:
     - Link on the “Donate” page of our website
     - PayPal (
     - Check: P.O. Box 506, Collegedale, TN 37315
Please include a note stating “Bolivia Highland Ministries - Knott.”

100% of your donations go directly to our project.
Thanks for being the wind in our sails and the oxygen for our fire!

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Life on the Move

It is truly a privilege to share with you all the different ways that God has worked on our behalf these past few months. We’ve been on the road since June 26, and have spent the night in 34 different places since then. This comes with its blessings and challenges! We highlighted the first part of our survey trip to the Bolivia highlands in our last update, so we’ll continue from there.


Staying in La Paz with a Bolivian mission-minded engineer, we made several day trips to semi-remote airstrips. At one airstrip, we held an impromptu dedication service. The mayor, several other village officials, and many townspeople showed up to celebrate!

Puchuni Airstrip, not used (for planes ;) in over 30 years,
but recently cleaned for us!
Another airstrip at some long-named place!
Group of townspeople prior to the dedication of this airstrip.

Our State-side adventures began in northern New England. We always enjoy seeing family, hiking mountains, mowing the fields at the family “camp,” kayaking, and picking wild blueberries!
The Knott kids
Next, we spent about 10 days in Michigan doing the final preparation for and attending GMI’s first ever aviation conference. It was nice to spend time with the families who are working in the same direction all over the world.

AMA Missionary Families
A week of handing out literature and promoting missions was next on our agenda. The Apison, TN club was very kind to host our missionaries during the world-wide Pathfinder Camporee in OshKosh, WI.

The day after the camporee ended, we flew a small mission plane out to Idaho, where another family will soon take it to Alaska. A wonderful retired couple in Nampa, ID took us in as their “kids” for the next month. Why a month in Idaho, you ask? Well, someone approached us last year about sponsoring DJ to take a safety/flight operations class offered by one of the larger mission aviation organizations (MAF), and the time finally arrived! DJ learned how to safely land on sloped runways, fly in the mountains, and land accurately on short airstrips. Flying in and out of airstrips in other countries often requires greater skill and accuracy and demands more safety-conscious decision making, so this class was an excellent way to help develop those. Since we were so blessed to be sponsored for this class, we are praying and looking for the sponsorship cost to send another mission pilot there. If you’re interested in joining us in this project, please let us know.

Allison Ranch, ID

After the month in Idaho, we travelled a lot more around the NW US, visiting friends and family, and delivering the mission plane to Ceour d’Alene, ID. We were also blessed to spend the weekend with a missionary family who is planning to join us in Bolivia next spring!
Camping trip to Stehekin, WA
Hiking the South Sister, Bend OR
Sisters at Lake Chelan, WA

In all our travels, we’ve been so blessed by the hospitality of others. For example, on our highlands survey trip, we stopped for lunch at a vegetarian restaurant on a Friday and by the time we finished our meal, we had an invitation to stay for the weekend with the owners. They gave us their daughter’s bedroom and she slept in their room! In La Paz, we stayed for a week with an engineer who gave us his daughter’s bedroom because she was gone for the vacation. We hadn’t met either of these people before!

Church potluck near Tiquina with about 6 church groups
meeting together for the communion service.
Back in the States, we had so many people offer us their extra bedroom, some even their own bed! Mike and Francoise, the couple we stayed with in Idaho, let us use their whole downstairs and fed us all the food we could eat! Each time we went somewhere, we were always well fed and taken care of. So much traveling gives us a slightly homeless feeling, but we are so grateful for the many ways God has provided and for the generosity that we’ve been blessed by these past three months!

Potatoes, chuno, choclo (field corn), and a small salad
In conclusion, I want to highlight part of a conversation we had with a family we sat with at church potluck. As our new acquaintances were about to leave, the wife said that she would like to commit to pray for us. This, more than anything else, is the most encouraging thing to me. I know how much dedication it takes to commit to pray for someone in our busy lives, but as James 5:16 says, “…the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Thank you each one who is praying for us and our ministry! Your prayers make a difference every day! We will try to keep a running prayer list at the end of each update.


What’s our plan from here? Keep posted for our next update!

PRAYER – Please pray for…
- A suitable location to base operations in the Bolivia highlands.
- Obtaining permission to fly into non-towered runways to continue the aviation medical work in Bolivia.
- The many ‘seeds’ we planted in the last few months, that they will produce missionary fruit all around the world.
- Each of us to become more like Christ so that we may better represent His character.

MAF Training, Nampa ID

Here are just a few photos from DJ's last few days in class :). He took a week of ground school (classroom training) which was excellent, followed by two and a half weeks of flight lessons. First, DJ and his instructor worked the airstrips close by learning the skills needed to be safe in the backcountry. I was really excited to be able to sit in the back seat for the last three days DJ flew with the instructor...thus the photos :)

We counted about a dozen wild horses out here!
Taking off downhill at Mustang
Landing uphill at Mustang
Mustang, again
Ouwahee Bend; Sunday Trip
Ouwahee Bend from the air
Taking off at Ouwahee Bend
Practicing techniques with Paul Jones, MAG Nicaragua,
a classmate of DJ's
Runway Evaluation
Taking off at Deadwood
Taking off at Deadwood
Briefing airstrip emergency and abort options
Early morning at Wilson Bar
Turn out or approach down the river
Wilson Bar
Taking off at Wilson Bar
Approach at Whitewater, looks high eh?
Looks are deceiving with sloped runways!
Allison Ranch
Allison Ranch
Taking off at Allison Ranch
Yellow Jacket Ranch
Taking off at YJR
And that concludes my back seat adventures in the Idaho backcountry! Thanks for tuning in :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Happy Independence Day! 2-in-1 update

Happy Fourth of July! …albeit a few days late! We hope that you enjoyed your fireworks and parades. We made a potato salad and boiled field corn to celebrate!

Isn’t it true that God has his people in all parts of the world? We are very thankful for each of you and your sincere prayers for and faithful support of us and the overseas mission work that we are but a small part of. Here are mission updates, part 1 and 2. Enjoy the pictures!


Neither DJ nor I like deadlines, since they tend to push us into overwork mode. Our short time in Bolivia and the long fix-it lists for the three mission planes kept us hopping during May and June.

The first airplane we worked on was the four-seat, Turbo-charged Cessna 182 which we hope to put to work in the highlands of Bolivia. DJ, along with the help of the other pilot, Herman and pilot/mechanic, Steve, got the plane 95% finished. It lacks only a couple more parts to be brought from the States and final pass over the paperwork.

The second plane, a low-wing, four-seat Mooney, has been kept in a crowded, dusty hangar at the national airport in Santa Cruz. The push to get this plane done resulted in a 4:30 am alarm on weekdays and a 6:30-7 am departure in order to miss the morning traffic. We were both glad when the three weeks of work on the Mooney came to a close. Although the repairs were not quite finished, we knew we must leave in order to make our trip to the highlands.

The days in Santa Cruz were very busy with Sundays spent working on the house or helping build Sabbath school classrooms onto the back of the church. I stayed home most days, taking care of the puppy dog that “came with the house,” working more on house fix-its and improvements, and the regulars: cooking, cleaning, laundry, and a 5-10am market trip every Tuesday.

One highlight for me was a Thursday when I went to a Feria (a huge market, the vendors at this one sold used clothing). DJ needed shop rags, so I was going to see what ripped, stained sheets I could find. I met a lady who loaded me up with rag-worthy cloth for a very low price. The next week I returned to give her and her daughter some of my favorite religious books. I left with an invitation to visit them at their house! I hope to go some day.

Although we didn’t finish all the work on the airplanes, it was a blessing to be able to do what we could. We trust that God will finish them in His perfect timing; meanwhile we are excited to be taking a wonderful trip to the highlands of Bolivia (see part 2).

The aviation house and hangar in Santa Cruz
A panorama of the aviation property, runway off to the left
Herman cleans birds nests out of the wings
Yay, a finally clean engine!
All for a workbench!
Transition to working on the Mooney
Hmm, Glad Steve finally "broke down" and
bought a new chain and sprocket...
Braving the rain on the way to the airport
Working in the crowded hangar
House fixits....
So we bought these stools for the house...
but they were too tall so we cut legs off!
"Planning" for our trip to the highlands

The strong sun quickly warms the air and melts the icicles dangling from the leaky faucet outside. Off in the distance, a range of 20K ft. snow-capped mountains lines the eastern horizon. A dry, yet fresh breeze blows gently through our open door. Outside the gate, a large group of villagers have gathered on the dusty road for some kind of town meeting. I understand nothing they’re saying except the occasional “waleke,” which means ‘good’ in their native Aymaran tongue.

We are in Collana, a small village at 13,500 ft. above sea level, nestled at the base of some rather large hills across the high plateau from the eastern range of the Andes. Life is completely different here from in the lowlands. The dry climate results in bright, sunny days and little snow, but the absence of heat in the houses is very noticeable with lows of 10-25 deg. F at night.

I’m very grateful to be here, however cold and dry it may be. Expanding the mission work into the highlands of Bolivia has been one of our dreams for several years now. Ever since we came to Bolivia in January 2011, we’ve hoped for the opportunity to come and work here. God had a slight detour that we needed to take first (to Guyana, 1yr., and then to the US, 2 yrs.) in order to prepare our lives and characters for the work He has for us in the highlands. What a joy to finally visit!

We left Santa Cruz about a week ago on the bus. We spent the weekend at 8,500 ft. near the Adventist University in Cochabamba. We were blessed to see old missionary friends, make new friends, and hike up to a national park where we could see most of the city. This week began with a day in Oruro (unfortunately famous for Carnaval – Mardi Gras equivalent) and continued with travel on busses and minivans, allowing us to familiarize ourselves with certain parts of the big city of La Paz and finally arrive at some more rural areas. God has given us the opportunities to visit and pray for families with sick members, share lunches of new potatoes and fresh cheese, and learn how the people make “chuño,” a naturally made, freeze-dried potato that lasts up to twenty years! Honestly, I really like the highlands of Bolivia!

Our main purpose for this trip was to find out what kind of help the people here need. If they could benefit from an emergency medical aviation program, we would also need to find a place to set up our base of operations. Although we have yet to visit the remote villages, three and four day’s walk from any main road, we plan to meet with some people next week that will be able to give us more information. On a side note, we learned that the Adventist pastor for this area of the country has about 50 congregations under his care. The church members say that they can’t remember when the pastor last came to their church. There are definitely spiritual needs here; please pray that God will show us the best way to reach these special people.

There is a great need for more short-term and long-term missionaries to help the churches grow, to staff Adventist elementary and high-schools (the few that exist), and to exemplify missionary-mindedness and a Christ-like character to the people here (especially the young people). We look forward to the day when God will bring us back here to work with these people full time. Meanwhile, we are praying that others will feel God’s call and join us in the missionary work here in the highlands.

May God bless each one in the work He has given you to do!
Jodi and DJ

Beautiful Cochabamba
Our dear missionary friend, Villisa
Hike up the mountains behind the school in Coach
It's all on a wheelbarrow!
The Colorado-like views on the way up
We visited and prayed for "Grandma Felisa"
who is sick with cancer.
Where life revolves around potatoes

Potatoes drying in the sun

Stomping the soaked potatoes
to remove the skins.

Removing skins from the well-dried chuño
The white potatoes are called "tunta."
They come from the same potatoes, but are dried by a different
process which includes soaking in the river for several weeks. 

The local source of cheese and firewood
with quinoa bundles drying behind
The "campesinos" cook on cow dung fires with clay pots
Cow feed, aka field barley
The new barley harvest stored for the coming year
The Village of Collana
Collana town square
Centro Educativo Adventista San Marcos in Collana
Admin. bldg. at San Marcos Adventist School
The best-looking classroom..
Some run-down "staff" housing with beautiful
Illimani in the background
Early Sunrise
Sunrise over Illimani