You may remember that the village of Galena flooded last spring. Several Missionary Aviation groups here in Alaska responded to help evacuate the women and children long into the night and then flew supplies and workers to help with the rebuilding effort for many months. The Alaska Air Carriers Association recently recognized several of us that helped. In their letter announcing the award they stated:
This award recognizes an aviation individual who, through a particular rescue / transport or contributions over a period of time, has exemplified professionalism and expediency in the saving of lives.
You are being honored for selfless aviation service and your commitment to serving and protecting the people of Galena, Alaska during the devastating flood in 2013. We honor your generous, immediate and tireless service not only at the outset of the flood, but continuing through the long grueling months of recovery.
From the nominations received on your behalf, it is obvious you are respected and held in high esteem. The community of Galena and Alaska’s aviation community commends you.
Thank you for your outstanding example and professionalism. We are a better aviation community because of your participation and your example.
Through out all of the flying for the Galena recovery effort I have been able to explain to folks why the Christian community has do so much to help. It is because we love our neighbors and we have been given a gift we could never repay and a gift we certainly do not deserve and we what them to know how they can receive that same gift.
I can not adequately express our gratitude to those of you that make it possible for us to do this type thing full time! To God be the glory!
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?
Adam’s Grandfather passed away this week. He had been struggling for sometime with several health issues. As with any loss it is difficult to deal with the sorrow but thankfully as Christians we have a wonderful hope and assurance that this is not the end.
Although I wasn’t there in person, technology enabled me to talk to and see him before he passed. I was also able to visit with many family members, some I haven’t seen in many years. Video links really make a big world seem very small. I’m thankful that I had the chance to see everyone and I look forward to the day when I’ll see Pawpaw again.
I know I have talked a lot about attending the Shepherd’s Conference lately but it was a great time of encouragement and fellowship for me (Adam).
They have posted all of the sessions online. Here are links to the Video and Audio of the sessions. I’ve been going back and watching them and wow what a great week. Two of the better sessions in my opinion are Session 4 (Voddie Baucham) and Session 9 (John MacAuthur). I have embedded those two sessions here.
General Session 4 – Voddie Baucham from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.
General Session 9 – John MacArthur from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.
We just finished making all the reservations for Adam, Art and Bill (the Elder board of Nenana Community Church) to attend this year’s Shepherd’s Conference. Adam went with with a friend last year and really enjoyed it. He talked so much about it that he convinced the other guys that they should go with him this year.
Shepherds’ Conference 2012 from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.
The weather was not the best for the trip yesterday. I had planned to go visit friends in the bush, read about the reason for the trip in this post. Warm winds from the south and cold air on the surface caused a large area of fog to develop rather quickly and I had to keep changing plans.
Sometimes we wonder if we are just spinning our wheels or marking time then God reminds us why He has us here. Saturday night while I (Adam) was at the radio station I got word that the son of close friends in the bush was just diagnosed with MS and the mother of another friend in the bush was facing a heart valve replacement. I was able to pick music during “The Bluegrass Hour” that reminded them who God is and that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. I was also able to pray for them live on the air. Today I got a phone call from one of them thanking me for the music, the reminder and for making them feel not so isolated. Tomorrow I am flying out to visit with the them, along the way I will be picking up another friend in the bush and bringing them with me. Pray for the time of fellowship and encouragement.
Another family in the bush was medi-vaced today because the wife has had chest pains for several weeks. Thankfully the doctors say that she will be fine after placing a stint. I am waiting to hear back what I need to do to help finish closing up their place during tomorrow’s flight. They had to leave so soon that things were not completely shut down and their house is not prepared to freeze without major damage to their supplies. Here is a link to a story in the Fairbanks Newsminer telling the story.