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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

42Q is heading to service

After a 21/2 year rebuild the Suriname 206 is heading to service. It is easy for us to get attached to such an extensive project. We know that the work we do here at MMS is to fix these planes for their intended purpose so that they can be used to bring the good news of the gospel to places that are remote and would be very difficult to access with out them.

42Q was ferry piloted by Sarah Morris yesterday to Florida where it will be handed over to MAF Suriname to be brought into country for service. Suriname is the only dutch speaking country in south America. Sarah is one of only four female missionary pilots. Following is a couple pictures of the departure.

Bathing the Suriname 206 with prayer and praise. It is finished.
A wave of the wings as Sarah bids farewell with 42Q and heads south toward Florida.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Oshkosh EAA 2015

Every year MMS goes to Oshkosh, WI where we set up a table in the IAMA missions tent representing one of a myriad of Christian Missionary flight organizations and representing missionary aviation as part of the whole of aviation. We are glad to be a part of this big event and grateful for the opportunity to showcase who we are.

each year about 500,000 people come to Oshkosh to watch and see airplanes doing everything from aerobatics to military past and present showing off their skills. There seems to be miles of parked airplanes to walk through and a seaplane base located south just a few miles. It is accessible by bus from the grounds doing hourly shuttles.

Here are some pictures of the event that shows some of the vastness of aviation.
Samaritan Ministries new 206 Cessna will be heading for Papua New Guinea soon.

Icon makes planes in the light sport division. This plane will fold up and fit on a trailer.

Airbus A350 is the largest jetliner in the world. At 6'2" I can stand inside the engine and not touch.

This Junkers 13 was the first metal bodied plane from 1934

This formation of war birds is a complete volunteer effort for the airshow. They pay all of their own expenses and on their own time for the show.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

PT6 turbo training

This week kicks off a new chapter for the MMS apprenticeship program. The development of the training for the PT6 Pratt-Whitney Canada turbo prop engine. We have been blessed with a PT6 training aid but needed some curriculum to go with that for the apprentices to learn about these growing popular power sources for missionary aviation.

After much hard work from many different people we have started our first training class. Apprentices Aaron Hammitt and Glen Evert along with our Director of training Bob Schwartz  are being introduced to the basics of PT6 engines this week and will be working on the training aid by the end of this week. Our own Mike Dunkley is leading this training. This represents a big milestone in MMS history. This will allow us to better "prepare people and planes for worldwide missionary service".

Mike is beginning his class with student familiarization      
Here they are learning the basic theory of operation       

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Prayer partners

Prayer Partners
This particular story features Melanie Moore.
By Laurie McClary

As with any ministry, prayer is critical to MMS. There are numerous people throughout the world that pray for MMS, for both the people and the organization, every day. Here is an interview with one of those people, Melanie Moore.

How did you hear about MMS?

My sister and brother-in-law were called to serve with MMS six years ago. It has been through them I learned of MMS, its mission and its impact on the world.

How did you become a prayer partner?

My sister asked me. Once she asked the decision was easy. I knew that it was something I not only wanted to do but needed to do.

How has praying for your sister and your brother-in-law affected your relationship with them?

It has taken our relationship to a deeper level and I feel more connected to them. Praying for them makes me feel a part of their ministry. In addition, prayer provides a way that I can be 100% supportive everyday. I am thrilled when my husband and I can give financially to the ministry, however there are months when we are not able to do that. But prayer provides a way I can contribute regardless of our finances.

Do your prayers cause you to feel more connected to MMS?

Yes, but in a round about way. My connection to MMS starts with my sister and her family. Out of that relationship come my prayers for MMS. The prayer letter my sister sends out each month, the newsletters MMS provides and the stories my brother-in-law tells are examples of different means that pull me into my prayers for MMS. I find myself rooting for the planes and I see the value of what they do. But, this all starts first with me praying personally for my sister and brother-on-law.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes, I would like to tell you how my prayer life has grown the past five years that I have been praying for MMS. After receiving the prayer requests, I would make mental notes and then diligently take my “to do” list to God. On days I forgot or schedules got busy, I felt guilty and responsible for not being accountable for the commitment I made to my sister, brother-in-law and MMS. I felt connected to it all but there wasn’t much joy in it and if felt more like a weight. Then, about a year ago, I sat in on a lecture* about prayer. God spoke to my heart and my prayer life has been forever changed. Now I see my prayers as expanding God’s kingdom where He is in charge. My prayers are similar to those written in the Psalms praising God for His faithfulness instead of handing him a list of things I want done. My prayers are where God’s grace and the people or situation I am praying for meet up. Through my prayers, He invites me into the journey of both my family and MMS. This way of praying helps me stay connected but also brings a sense of joy and deepens my spiritual relationship with my sister and brother-in-law. The weight has been lifted. Even if I miss a day or two of prayer for MMS, I rest assured and trust that God has continued the work that He has already ordained.

In closing:

God tells us to pray in the Bible. It is one of the avenues God uses for a closer walk with Him. Melanie has been a prayer warrior for her sister, brother-in-law and MMS for 6 years. God has used her and those prayers to serve His purposes. Thank you, Melanie. And, thank you to the many others who pray faithfully for MMS and it’s mission.

*The lecture that Melanie is referring took place at “The Chaplain of the Week” series at Lakeside Chautauqua 2014.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

IAMA......The International Association of Mission Aviation

This past week we had the privilege of hosting the annual conference for IAMA. Once a year they have their conference to bring together the international community of mission aviation and share what is going on and what we can do to help each other out.

There are many different seminars and devotionals that go on during the conference. there is a lot of stories and connecting with each other and great camaraderie. Being at MMS this year provided many opportunities to give tours of the facility and see how we "Prepare people and airplanes for worldwide missionary service". Here are some pictures of the occasion.

The new IAMA President Glen Ferguson Kicks off the event

Our own Bob Schwartz with a morning devotional

Great conversations between sessions

The main session room also known as hangar A

A little flying between main sessions

Monday, May 4, 2015

An intrigal part of MMS...The CEO's wife

This is a Face-to-Face profile highlighting a clever and interesting individual who is part of MMS.  This particular story features Rena Jarboe.

Rena Jarboe is an integral part of MMS. She and her husband Dwight have been serving with MMS for 33 years. A lot of what MMS is today is because of the hard work, dedication and time Rena has given to the organization.

When did you first feel called to missions?

I am a missionary kid (MK) and spent the better part of my first 17 years in India. I often resented that people would assume that I would become a missionary since my parents were. However, once I finished college, God started growing a desire in me for mission work. There was not one specific moment; just this slow occurring desire.  Also, in my more reflective moments, I would look back on my life and see how God had been preparing me for mission work since the time I was young.    

After I graduated from Columbia International University, I taught kindergarten in South Carolina for three years. During that time I started exploring the option of teaching missionary kids overseas. However, that didn’t get far because a mutual friend introduced me to Dwight who then introduced me to missionary aviation. He was in orientation with Wycliffe Bible Translators’ technical support arm JAARS in Waxhaw, North Carolina (a short distance away) at the time. Our engagement was kept secret until I was in the application process with Wycliffe (the mission policy), and after my acceptance we married in August 1974 and committed to serve with JAARS/Wycliffe.

Tell me about your first years of marriage.

Our first two years of marriage were spent preparing to serve in Bolivia. We went to what Wycliffe called Jungle Camp in Southern Mexico for 12 weeks to learn how one would survive when in an extremely remote area, jungle survival, first aid, living without electricity and language learning skills. Following a short time at home, we went to Spanish language school in Costa Rica for 8 months. In 1976 we arrived in Bolivia, South America where we served for the next five years. Dwight maintained a DC-3 airplane. I oversaw the mission’s library and then additionally the second year taught Kindergarten in the missionary kids’ school in Cochabamba. The DC-3 program phased out, thus changing our assignment at the end of five years. We also adopted our two children, Jen and Scott, during that time which is another story in of itself.

How did you get to MMS?

Jim Miller, the founder of MMS, was a JAARS missionary and Dwight’s supervisor at the JAARS Center in North Carolina. There, Jim would talk with Dwight about his vision for a training facility to prepare airplane mechanics. While we were home on a short three-month furlough in ’77-‘78, we stopped in and visited MMS – then a reality of Jim’s vision. But, it wasn’t until the DC-3 program in Bolivia was finished that we felt that MMS is where God might want us next. When we came home from Bolivia in the summer of 1981 we established a four month temporary residency in Miami to complete the children’s adoption process. A house was provided for us, rent free by a couple who needed house sitters. Dwight, during this time was able to assist MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) in familiarization with the DC-3 he had maintained in Bolivia and was leased to MAF who ultimately based it in Ft. Lauderdale. We made the decision to take a leave of absence from Wycliffe and in early 1982 to join MMS. That spring Dwight built our log home in Coshocton with labor free assistance from the dealer who happened to be a friend of mine from college days! Other family members and friends helped with the project and we moved into our almost finished home in July 1982.

How were those early years?

Well, the house was just a shell, with no interior doors and no floor coverings. That was a challenge with the kids. But we did just fine and are amazed at how the Lord provided the many things we needed. We had to set up housekeeping all over again as we could not bring many things back from Bolivia. Many people donated household items to help us.

That first year and a half, I did not participate in the office, but my contribution was to babysit another MMS lady’s son while she typed correspondence for Jim at MMS.  MMS did have a hanger, but the office was in a trailer that was unstable in one corner. We struggled with the furnace in the winter which would often blow out when the trailer door was opened. The finances of the organization were low and each of the families would take turns supplying toilet paper and other necessary supplies. It was toward December of 1983 that Jim Miller left and the board asked Dwight to step in as temporary Director. We then terminated our membership with Wycliffe. The temporary Director position later grew in to a permanent position and later the title CEO was introduced. Meanwhile I would go into the office 2-3 days a week and help with receipting, correspondence, developing forms, adding prayer and praise items to the include in the receipts and anything else that needed to be done of that nature. I also set up a follow up system to respond to pledges and to supporters. We worked before the use of personal computers, copy machines etc. Receipts were typed using carbon paper for file copies and cut apart with the paper cutter.

The years have just passed by. There have been many changes and additions. I even wrote for the Ground Crew, along with other wives, during its infancy.  The editor was the Chairman of the Board, Bruce Huffman. The mailing labels were submitted to a company who printed them and sent them back to MMS. We folded the GroundCrew by hand – a very time consuming project. I have really done a multitude of things over the years, the only thing I have not done, that I recall is inventory, bookkeeping and of course working in the hangar! In the early years we were a small group, so many of us multitasked in several areas – anything from planning our annual conference, social activities, (which were monthly in the early days), prayer events etc.

With retirement coming up what are your future plans?

Retirement is not in our immediate future, but the replacement of the CEO position will happen soon. My duties at MMS have dropped off over the past year as Juli Pottner has taken some of them. I still do the MMS Grapevine, welcome materials for new arrivals and I still get phone calls from time to time asking for advice. I guess with all this history I am a good resource person. But for right now I am not sure what God’s next step for me is. I will continue to take care of my mom’s needs as she needs them. I know I will be supporting Dwight and he will be supporting me. That is all I can really say with any certainty. God knows the future.

In closing:

Rena has been a steady part of MMS over the past 33 years. God has used her in a big way to be certain that MMS would prepare people and planes for world wide missionary service.

Rena, thank you for the time you took to chitchat over coffee and tea.