Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Life-Saver



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Saving Lives!

 
"So, how many hours does it take to get here from town?" we ask a village elder after arriving at the community of Ingavi, a thirty minute flight from town. "About 5 days by boat," comes the reply in indigenously accented Spanish. "You mean 5 hours?"… "No 5 days," the villager insists. As the man's words sank in, the thought left me stunned. Just imagine malaria, a snakebite, dengue fever, pregnancy complications… living days from help. And this is only one of dozens of villages along just one of many rivers. A common thread ran through our thoughts and conversation that afternoon. This is a place where an airplane could really save lives. So began my experience with mission aviation in 2008.

Fast-forward to 2015. Replace oppressive jungle heat with snowcapped peaks, cold winds, and thin mountain air. This time, starting without an airplane, it has been harder to find the communities that are extremely remote. A 4x4 vehicle will take you to the end of the road, but we had heard rumors of places beyond the end of the road. We had to find them. Recently some church members in a small town related how they had received requests for help from villages with foot access only, some 2-3 days walk from the nearest road. In a flurry of Providence, I was airborne in a borrowed plane over that region scarcely a week later taking GPS coordinates of those very communities.

How many people will suffer and even die in these places before we can we reach them with an airplane? On foot we will certainly find needs beyond the scope of what medical help we can bring in a backpack. Anyone who walks those miles will doubtless come to the same conclusion we came to in Ingavi seven years ago…
This is a place where an airplane could save lives!

So here's the plan!


While these road-less communities would be inaccessible to 4-6 seat Cessna type aircraft without significant efforts to build runways, nearly all of the ones we have seen have sufficient open space to land a Piper Super Cub.

Since its introduction in the 1950s, nothing has replaced the Super Cub as the benchmark for off-airport operations. With three seats, balloon tires, and the ability to land in small spaces, it fills the gap between helicopters and runway-dependent aircraft.

We are currently exploring two options:
  1. Buying a flying Cub
  2. Assembling a kit made by Javron, Inc.

Would you like to be a part in making this life-saving Super Cub a reality?


Check or Money Order:
Gospel Mission Aviation, Inc.
PO BOX 2358
Collegedale TN, 37315

Please specify: "Airplane Fund"

OR

Donate via Credit Card or PayPal:
donate2gma@gmail.com
(or the link below)
Purpose: "Airplane Fund"

All donations are tax-deductible.
Thanks so very much for your support!
DJ & Jodi Knott, Chris & Crystal Eno

A big thank you to the Lunt family for sharing Shaun's pictures!
This project is funded entirely by donations from nice people like you. If God places it on your heart, we accept tax-deductible donations through Gospel Mission Aviation, Inc.

Donate via:
     - Link on the "Donate" page of our website
     - PayPal (donate2gma@gmail.com)
     - Check: P.O. Box 2358, Collegedale, TN 37315

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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Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Pilgrims' Progress



DJ & Jodi's August/September Update
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The Pilgrims' Progress

 

The work here is going forward! Thanks to the donation for Samson's new rims, we've been able to make several, less stressful trips into the Altiplano and the high mountains.

Our first trip was south into the central Altiplano. We traveled through the area between Oruro, the northern edge of the salt lake, and the border with Chile. It is a cold, windy, and barren part of the country. Many villages dot the area, and the extensive fields of quinoa and large herds of llamas/alpacas make it easy to guess what they do for a living. Some of the houses are even built with salt cakes instead of adobe! There is little to no Adventist presence here. In one village, Jarinilla, we met people who were excited about the possibly of receiving medical help as they share one nurse with the entire region. They said that in dry season it takes about 8 hours to get from here to Oruro, with that time increasing to 3 days in wet season. Yikes!
The houses made from salt cakes, with their distinctive round roofs.
Next up came an adventure taking DJ and two of our Bolivian friends into the mountains toward the East. The warmer temperatures between 7,000 – 8,000 ft. were very welcome as they drove through quite a few towns in this region (8-10 hrs. from the city). There were several Adventist churches along the way, most with members over 40 yrs. old and numbers decreasing. The most exciting piece of this trip for DJ was that he learned about the existence of villages without road access that are 2-3 days walk from that area.
In the high elevation mountains East of the highland plateau.
After learning about those villages and finding many other similar communities on Google Earth, DJ collaborated with Steve Wilson, and the two were able to fly GMI's turbo C182 over these mountainous regions. Sure enough, they do exist! While inaccessible to larger 4-6 seat aircraft, most had enough open space for something like a Super Cub. We are very excited and look forward to reaching these communities, albeit on foot to start.
DJ spent about a week with the GMI guys down in Santa Cruz, helping them put bigger tires on their Cessna 182J. DJ received permission for this modification from the U.S. FAA about a year ago and had to be the one to check the install and sign off on the papers. So, as we believe in helping others in the missionary work, he was glad to help Steve and Herman get one step closer to operating in the jungles again.
(Below: pc Herman Gonzalez)
For the past two months, I (Jodi) have been helping out in a second grade classroom at an Adventist school here in La Paz. The teacher has been recently diagnosed with Grave's disease (not serious, just results in low energy levels, etc.) so having extra hands is helpful to work with the 27 energetic second-graders. It's been good for me to learn more about the Bolivian educational system and of course I really enjoy working with the kids. I'm praying and hoping that by next school year (which starts in February), we'll be in a stationary place where I can teach school. It's been a long, humbling wait, but I continue to trust God's good and perfect timing. 
Three of the second graders during their Exposition on Vegetarian Food.
The second graders on their field trip to Pipiripi, the La Paz Children's Discovery Museum.
To All The World -

Imagine if you lived in one of those little communities in the middle of the mountains and didn't know about the beautiful plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. The time to work is getting shorter every day and the need to share the Good News with them soon has confirmed the need for an airplane in the highlands. We are currently looking at our options and will launch a campaign soon. Keep an eye out for that!
We hope to encourage each of you in the work the Lord has given you. Thank you for your prayers and support for us and the mission work in the highlands of Bolivia.

Jodi & DJ
PLEASE NOTE:

We are no longer accepting donations through Gospel Ministries Intl.

Please see the bottom of this update for our current donation information.

Thanks for your continued support!
It's Time to Grow!
 

We look forward to welcoming several new volunteers to the project. The Eno family and Manny Romero will be arriving in October, tripling the workforce! The Enos are planning to stay long-term to help with the medical aviation project. Manny is an outdoors-loving, Spanish-fluent, RN with mission experience. He will be big help this fall/winter in our efforts to reach remote hike-in communities for the first time.

During the first several weeks of December we will be coordinating a mission trip group from a mission academy down in the Bolivian jungle. Please pray that God will guide us in the planning of this trip.

Praise the Lord of the harvest!
A House or a Home?

Though we've been in La Paz for quite a while, we are still in the process of making our little apartment homier. We praise God for a washing machine and a few more pieces of furniture. Those things, along with new paint on the walls certainly help us feel less like we're camping out!
Top Project Needs:
1. Tire Chains ($250)

2. Heavy Duty Suspension for Samson
($1,250)

3.  Additional help with website set-up

4.  Children's books in Spanish (we plan to ship down a pallet in a few months and would like to collect more new/used books. Please email us if you are interested in helping!)
 Thank You:
It is such a blessing to see God's hand working through so many generous people:
1. Printer/Copier/Scanner (Need Met - thanks to the East Ridge Young Adult SS class!!)

2. Rims (Need Met)

3. Off-Road Jack (Need Met)

4. Brighter Headlights (Need Met)
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This project is funded entirely by donations. If you'd like to be a part, we accept tax-deductible donations through Gospel Mission Aviation, Inc.

Donations can be given:
     - Link on the "Donate" page of our website
     - PayPal (donate2gma@gmail.com)
     - Check: P.O. Box 2358, Collegedale, TN 37315
Please include a note stating "Bolivia Highlands - 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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This project is funded entirely by donations. If you'd like to be a part, we accept tax-deductible donations through Gospel Mission Aviation, Inc.

Donations can be given:
     - Link on the "Donate" page of our website
     - PayPal (donate2gma@gmail.com)
     - Check: P.O. Box 2358, Collegedale, TN 37315
Please include a note stating "Bolivia Highlands - 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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