We try to explain it. It is hard to describe, harder to believe and difficult to accept. We tell folks that the only way to truly understand it is to be here and see it for yourself. Life in Alaska is hard, ministry is a lifelong process and sin has terrible consequences. Sophia Lee has accomplished what Lyndy and I haven’t been able to do, her article published by World Magazine does an excellent job explaining these things clearly.
We are friends with the Roger and Carole, folks featured in the story, and are ministry partners with Kokrine Hills Bible Camp. We know the other folks in the article as well, they are all good people.
I encourage you to read this story and get a glimpse of what ministry in Alaska entails. Thank you for partnering with us as we have lived and ministered in Alaska for over 20 years.
The Maule is back in Missionary Aviation Repair Center‘s hangar for it’s annual inspection. It has gone well which is a by product of taking good care of the bird and doing preventative maintenance along the way. We of have a couple of big ticket items on the horizon though. The engine has an AD (recall in automotive terms) that requires that I replace the crankshaft in 13 months, we are getting estimates now. I also need to replace a servo on the autopilot next year and replace the outdated Emergency Locator Transmitter to the current standard. Keep an eye on the Ongoing Project page for more updates on the Maule’s maintenance.
It seems that it is always a balancing act, short-term benefits verses long-term cost. Do you spend a little more now to save big down the road or do save a little now only to pay big-time later? These are the things that rattle around my brain especially after coming out of a major annual inspection of the Maule a couple of months ago.
After nine years of being kept outside and operated in the harsh Alaska environment the Maule was in need of a very through going over. The fuel system was weeping at various places, the carburetor needed overhaul, several instruments needed calibration and there were a lot of things that need re-torqued or adjusted. We also had to repair the results of the airplane being a corner post for the airport fox. The right main wheel was starting to corrode from where he would “mark” his territory every spring. Most of these were things I had decided could wait till later during other inspections but now was the time to make it right.
A special thank-you to the folks at Missionary Aviation Repair Center for their help and expertise. Without their involvement a lot of these things would have been put off even longer which would only increase the cost and difficulty to fix. This is what got me thinking about so many other things in life that are the same way as an airplane. So many times the cost is not monetary, it could be time, relationships or any number of other resources. Are you counting the cost of putting something off till later when you know it should be done now?