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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Restoration and Repair

At the moment, we're enjoying sunshine, blue sky, warmer temps, our new roof, and our new hangar door. In fact, it almost finally feels and looks like spring. Not bad for the middle of May!

Here's a high angle view of the new door and and roof.

It's quite the door, isn't it?

Yet with the change in weather, our long-term projects continue to be long-term. Intricate, time consuming repairs need to be made and it takes great patience and attention to the smallest detail.

Jim builds a communication harness for the Brigade 172 wire by single wire.

Mark solders a single wire in preparation for making a repair to an engine sending unit for Wings With The Word's Cessna 402.

Andy S. installs, twists, and tightens one nut and one bolt at a time in hard to reach places and tight spaces as part of the intensive restoration of the Air Calvary 207.

Patience and perseverance are critical components of a mechanic's skill set. It almost never fails that when we rush a repair, we create the necessity for a larger repair. It sometimes takes a year or longer, and thousands of man-hours, to fully restore and repair an airplane.

It's like that in relationships too. Healing and restoration take time. Shattered hearts and broken lives aren't "fixed" with a quick patch and a piece of tape. God is in the business of restoring people to right relationship with Him, of creating wholeness from brokenness, and providing hope where no hope can otherwise be found. It can take a lifetime to restore a soul and required the life of His son, Jesus, to open restoration's door.

At MMS we're in the business of restoring the airplanes that carry God's people to share God's hope with those most desperately in need of what only God can deliver. Thanks for your prayers and gifts which enable us to do so.

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