Friday, May 16, 2014

In Bolivia once again!




The road on the TV Station/Aviation property.

A typical Bolivian clothes/meat line and yard.

The "urbanizacion" that is springing up on the other side
of the runway.

Our neighbors on the other side of the runway.

DJ watching a burrowing owl's nest, waiting for the chickies.

Sunset on the runway/wellhouse. Hangar is shiny roof in back.

Working on the turbo-charged C182.

Steve with his moto-truck, taking tools out to the airport
to work on the third airplane hangared there.

...hmmm, I guess it needs a bit of work...


DJ, Herman, Steve, and Baby Timothy tackle the organization
of the "aviation" tool/parts container.

After it's all done :) Nice and organized,
makes work more efficient!

Parts storage at the front of the container.

Dear friends,

A cool breeze drifts through the open window, making me thankful for my jacket. It’s the beginning of the cold season south of the equator. It was so nice to see the spring flowers and new leaves emerging and feel the reassuring warmth of sunshine in Tennessee before arriving all too quickly again in “winter.”

Two weeks ago, we arrived in Santa Cruz, Bolivia early Friday morning. We saw God’s hand clearly moving in our behalf during those final hours of packing and during the trip itself: being reminded to take important documents, finishing projects just in time, and receiving abundant traveling mercies.

The most exciting adventure from the trip happened Thursday night as we passed through the airport in Lima, Peru. In our luggage we had a few airplane parts, one of which was a new fuel pump. You can imagine how the airport security screening didn’t like the looks of it in their machine, only to pull it out and find out that it was a “bomba combustible” (bomba meaning both pump and bomb…). After much discussion and the threat of throwing this $900 part in their plexiglas showcase with the other pocket knives and scissors, the Lord mercifully prompted us to ask the right questions: Can you show me the list where it says that a never-been-used fuel pump is hazardous material? and, Can I speak with your boss? I finally spoke with a very nice airline agent who understood our situation, the value of the item, and how it had never had fuel in it. She spent a long time on the phone, convincing the person on the other end that it would be safe to take it on the plane. Shortly before midnight we boarded the plane with the part in hand, grateful that God worked everything out for good!

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We came to Bolivia with two goals in mind: to help work on the three mission airplanes in Santa Cruz and to take a survey trip to the highlands of Bolivia where we would like to extend the mission work. An advanced jungle flying course and a few prior commitments will have us back in the States for August/September. After that we look forward to God’s plans for us, be they in Bolivia, Guyana, the States, or elsewhere.

Our first goal of getting the airplanes to an airworthy condition is well on its way. All three planes need a good deal of work done to them after sitting for over three years in a customs/importation paperwork lock. I am excited to say that I’m sitting inside a house (that we helped build three years ago), looking out at a newly constructed hangar with two of the three mission planes under its roof. It’s nice that “work” is only 200 ft. from “home!” And, of course everything takes longer here – shopping for food, cooking food, doing laundry, taking public transportation… you know, the things that make up basic survival… but, besides those things we’ve been busy working with the other missionary pilot/mechanics to get the first airplane, a turbo-charged Cessna 182, through its annual inspection.

We have aspirations that this Cessna 182, with its special turbo-charged engine, will be an extension of our second goal: opening mission work again in the high country of Bolivia. It has been decades since an Adventist church missionary (or any other missionary) has worked in that part of the country and we are excited that God has put it on our hearts. So why use an airplane? you may ask. In a nutshell, an airplane is simply a means of reaching people in places that would be otherwise closed or inaccessible to the gospel through free emergency medical transport. We hope to see clinics, schools, and Bible workers continue the work begun with the medical evacuation services, a method that has worked very well in our sister projects around the world.

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Thank you for your interest in God’s mission work around the world. May God bless each of you as you seek to work for Him wherever He has planted you. May you grow in grace and may God’s peace fill you.

We are happy to include you on future email updates. Please send us an email: djandjodi@gmail.com, if you would like to receive e-copies of these updates.

Blessings,

DJ and Jodi Knott

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