Wednesday, August 9, 2017

June 2017 Medical Evangelism





The Knott's June Update

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June Medical Outreach


Join us on a medical outreach trip into the remote Inquisivi Province as we work alongside the regional pastor to bring hope and healing to these people.

Click play on the video to watch the June update via YouTube.

Thanks for your patience in waiting for this update!  We've been really busy between immigration paperwork, medical trips, and airplane negotiations.  We've got some great footage from the July medical trip too, so stay tuned for the next video :D.

- DJ, Jodi & Hadassah
Super Cub

Phase 1

Purchase N118AK

Funding Complete!

Thank You!
Super Cub

Phase 2

Equip, Ferry & Import
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Top Project Needs:

1. Airplane - Equip N118AK (~$7,500)

2. Travel to US - $1,200

 
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1. Super Cub - Funding Complete for Purchase!

2. Medical Trip Expenses

3. Dual Citizenship Expenses


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This project is funded by donations.


If you'd like to be a part, you can send tax-deductible donations to our 501(c)3:

Gospel Mission Aviation, Inc.


Donate via:

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     - Check: P.O. Box 2358, Collegedale, TN 37315

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Under Budget and Ahead of Schedule





Super Cub Special

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Under Budget and Ahead of Schedule

 

Have you ever looked at a field of sunflowers and had the thought that for every brilliant face, God has an answer-option for your current dilemma?  Once I tried to imagine all the "answer-options" that God might have.  Not surprisingly, I only arrived at about a dozen.


The last few weeks/months have been full of little ways that God has been preparing us for something big – the "behind the scenes" of the mission airplane.

On the last few medical trips, DJ and the team heard about several people who had died recently due to lack of emergency medical help.  Often DJ and I move too slowly, and hearing about these losses made us worried that we were once again doing just that.  Was there a less-than-ideal and cheaper option that we could get sooner?

DJ began to go in search of other "answer-options."  After all, people are dying out in the mountains, paralyzed by their devil-instilled fears and without the knowledge of a God who can save them.  But DJ hadn't gotten very far into the sunflower field when God stepped in.

Last Tuesday, the only existing Super Cub with a built-in stretcher door, ideal for our project, came up for sale.  When DJ saw the ad, he had a feeling it was more than coincidence; this was the very airplane we had tried to buy two years ago.  God opened one door after another and by the end of the week our offer on the plane was accepted (at $26,000 LESS than they were asking two years ago)!

Bottom line?  GMA is buying an airplane!

Here's the deal:

Step 1 - Buy the Super Cub

Step 2 - Get it flying in Bolivia.

Because God has been working behind the scenes, we are only $4,263 from Step One!!!  Step 2 is only another estimated $27,500 (some additional equipment, the ferry flight, and importation/registration in Bolivia).

You know what makes us laugh in wonder?  The whole deal will be about $45,000 less than our budget for a super cub kit and take much less time (It's a flying airplane!). We hope to have this plane saving lives in six months!

Next time you feel like doubting whether God can do something for you, remember the sunflower field and know that He is working even today for your very good

"How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand…" (Psalm 139:17-18a)
Facebook: GMA Bolivia Highlands
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$4,263 more buys the airplane!
Help us reach this goal!


(Please specify "super cub" in your donation)
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This project is funded by donations.


If you'd like to be a part, you can send tax-deductible donations to our 501(c)3:

Gospel Mission Aviation, Inc.


Donate via:

     - PayPal: (donate2gma@gmail.com)

     - Check: P.O. Box 2358, Collegedale, TN 37315

Please include a note stating "Bolivia Highlands - Knott" or your project of choice.






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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Do You Have The Time?




The Knott's May Update

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Do You Have The Time?


…continued from Felipe

"Ahorrraaaaa"... Felipe's Grandmother exclaimed softly. She had just finished telling how the monthly village meeting was being held in Sikimirani, a 6-8 hour walk over the mountains from her house. This word "Ahora," said with a particular rising and falling inflection is best translated, "Now what?!"


She was worried that on finding Felipe's parents, Guillermo and Alicia, away, I would turn and leave. "They should be back tomorrow at noon," she offered hopefully.

"I'll wait," I said. I really had no other option. My plans for the month of May were built around this trip. It was a cold, foggy Wednesday evening with a light drizzle falling. There was nothing to do but sit down on Grandma's porch and wait. 

Thursday dawned bright and clear. We were sure that, getting an early start like the country folk do, Guillermo and Alicia would show up by 2pm at the latest. That would still leave us time, traveling non-stop, to get Felipe checked in for surgery before the deadline.

Throughout the morning I noticed that we were all casting anxious glances at the pass, studying the thin thread of a trail for any sign of life. By afternoon, fog rolled into the valley cutting off our view. Supper that evening was somber. Even with the fog clearing to reveal a full moon, it was doubtful that Felipe's parents would choose to walk over the pass at night. We needed a new plan. I decided that if they didn't arrive during the night, I would hike out to the jeep Friday morning to call the doctors.

…...
Its pitch black when I awake to the sound of hurried footsteps approaching my hut. "Boof-aaaaarrrhhh," the door bellows as someone ducks through the 4 foot opening. I poke my head out from the heavy woolen blankets, squinting in the blinding glare of a flashlight. "Have they arrived?" I ask, trying to collect my wits.  Good news must be the reason for this sudden entrance.

"Noooo…." Comes the worried response from behind the flashlight. "I've been up since 3:30….ahorrraaaaa?" Apparently this should explain everything. Before I can respond Grandma is gone, doubtless to peel potatoes for breakfast.

When the dawn starts to show through the single window opening in my hut, I climb out of bed and slip my feet into wet shoes. Grabbing my pack, I swing by the kitchen hut for tea. A plate of ground wheat and brimming bowls of potato soup are waiting for me. Before I'm allowed to leave, Grandma fills my pack with several pounds of sweet oca root, "for your wife." Grandpa, thinking that seems stingy, adds another generous quantity, despite my mild protest.

The sun is just starting to gild the highest ridges as I hike back toward where I parked Samson. Climbing the far ridge past scattered thatch-roof huts, I meet other villagers shearing sheep and digging potatoes. They tell me that Alicia and Guillermo knew I was coming on Wednesday and will certainly show up today.

The news from the doctors is good too. We have until Monday to arrive in Santa Cruz. With hopes high, I hike the 3 miles back to the Grandparents house. After a brief huddle, the consensus is that I should cross the pass toward Sikimirani in an attempt to find the long overdue pair. 

...
"The answer is negative," Guillermo states calmly.  The words cut deeper than the cold wind blowing across the ridgetop. Alicia's eyes are big but she says nothing. How I wish I could read her mind right now. I don't know what has gone wrong. Finding myself staring blankly at the thatched huts far below, I look over at Guillermo; he too has a fixed expression. He picks up pebbles one by one, tossing them down the path.

On the trail down from the pass I lag behind hoping the couple will talk things over. I can't believe what is happening. After months of planning and the pre-op visit to Cochabamba, are they really saying no? No to a free surgery which they could never hope to pay for themselves?

When I join the family on the grass by their house everyone is chattering in Aymara. The sun slips lower and a heavy fog rolls over the mountainside wrapping us in its damp embrace. Hoping that Grandma's influence will have changed things, I broach the topic again. 

Guillermo explains about his 150 sheep that need pasturing, how he needs to dig potatoes and how there is an important hut raising in two weeks.

"I'll wait another day so you can dig potatoes," I offer, "and the doctors have promised to have you home in two weeks." I remind them that this trip could have a large impact on Felipe's future.

"I don't think Felipe really needs palate surgery," Guillermo counters. "He's eating well and I'm sure he'll learn to talk." After a long pause he continues, "We just don't have time to go with you…the answer is negative." 

……..

During the long trip home, I was struck with the spiritual parallels this experience could have in my own life. Am I like the guests in Jesus' Luke 14 parable? They were too occupied with everyday business to accept the Master's invitation. Am I letting the temporary, fleeting things of this world keep me from the greatest Gift this Universe has ever seen?

Like the trip we had planned for Felipe's family, but on an infinite scale, everything is paid for and ready. Will we lay claim to our eternal inheritance as children of God? Will we accept the invitation? Do I……do you, dear reader, "have" the time?

DJ, Jodi & Hadassah
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Super Cub
1st Phase:
Airframe Kit from Javron Aviation

$35,000 raised!
Sponsor Part of the Rescue Cub

Top Project Needs:

1. Airplane - Super Cub
We have streamlined our Super Cub Campaign and prioritized the most essential pieces to get this airplane in the air!  Help us reach our first phase goal.
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 Thank You!

1. Super Cub Total up to $35,000!

2. Visa Paperwork $1,850


Join our Prayer Team and see how God is answering your prayers on a weekly basis!

Sign up by clicking the link below:
Join the Prayer Circle


This project is funded by donations.


If you'd like to be a part, you can send tax-deductible donations to our 501(c)3:

Gospel Mission Aviation, Inc.


Donate via:

     - PayPal: (donate2gma@gmail.com)

     - Check: P.O. Box 2358, Collegedale, TN 37315

Please include a note stating "Bolivia Highlands - Knott" or your project of choice.



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