How many of us have been comforted by God’s Word, with the words of the psalmist King David? These passed two months, God has used Psalms 139: 14 in new and powerful ways. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” I’d like to share with you how this truth was reinforced in our lives and ministry.
Days after our last update, Lynn started having new pains. One of the dilemmas of constant, chronic, migrating pain, is you are tempted to ignore your body’s warning signs. After a few days of increasing pain, I took her to the emergency room. After some x-rays, a surgeon came out and said Lynn’s appendix had burst, and she was next in line for surgery. That was over 9 weeks ago, and to say it’s been a rollercoaster ride, would be an understatement! The good news is she is getting a little better each day now. Many have sent notes, texts, and have prayed for her. Thank you! It seems the infection is finally gone, and it’s just a matter of mending now.
Before Lynn’s surgery, discussions and plans had been made for me to do a survey trip down to the West Indies, to gain information regarding a church planting campaign and assist in the re-start of a Bible college on St. Vincent Island. Bro. Nate Holmes and I flew down for a week to meet several national pastors, along with Bro. Johnny Daniels, from Porto Rico. The meetings were very informative, and it’s exciting to see how God is working in the hearts of these National pastors. Nate and I came away with a renewed burden for the need to assist churches in remote, hard to reach places. Please pray our Lord gives us wisdom as we pray our way through this decision. The cost of relocating the twin-engine airplane, landing fees, and the return flight, will be a challenge. Brother Chris Holaday has just returned from the West Coast, and together, we’ll pray, do some more research and try to discern God’s will on this trip. Please pray God will lead us clearly.
Brother Nathan Smoot traveled down here from Alaska the last week of March, to work on the project we are working on for him. It was 17 years ago I invited him to go with me to try and start a Bible study in the village of Circle. Now there’s a church there. We are rebuilding a Cessna 206 for him to use in church planting in that area of Alaska. It was time for us to determine which “Alaska mods” he wanted to put onto the plane. We also spent a fair amount of time discussing the repair of the plane he currently has and making plans on me traveling back to Fairbanks this summer to get that plane back in service.
Brother Dave Chrispell’s Cessna 172 has been inspected and discrepancies worked off. Unfortunately, the logbooks were never found after Bro. Dave went to heaven. So, I’ll have to recreate the books, the best I can, so it can finally be sold for his dear wife, Pat. I’m currently in the middle of inspecting and repairing the Piper Lance we used in Alaska, and I also have Dave’s twin engine plane in Florida I need to travel down to repair so it can be sold for Pat too. Please pray for the expenses of these repairs to be met. Somewhere in these last several weeks, I helped Bro. Jack Hunt perform an inspection on another Cessna a ministry lets him use for flight training.
Spring is always a busy time for aircraft maintenance. This spring has been particularly busy, and Lynn’s surgery, hospital stay, and follow-up visits have kept me busy. Throw in there a 6-day survey trip to the West Indies, helping with a few local flying events, and it’s easy to lose track of time. Many ask about Jeremiah. He’s still in suffers with the nerve pains and insomnia. He’s going through a strict diet protocol currently, in an effort to rule out any kind of diet allergies. We all certainly would appreciate your continued prayer for him. You can imagine how it affects an active young man to get hit suddenly with something like this. As I mentioned, the Holaday family traveled out west on deputation for a couple months but are back now. Please continue to pray for them, as they work on housing for their family.
Thank each of you who pray for our walk and service for our Lord. You are on my mind constantly, as I work and witness to those God puts in our path. You are a blessing to our family. Thank you!