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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Off to the arctic.........

Arctic Barnabas is a missions organization that lives up to it's name, Arctic Encouragement. They are a ministry that is based out of Kenai, Alaska. The mission of Arctic Barnabas ministries is to strengthen and encourage pastor and missionary families to effectively advance the gospel of Jesus Christ through out remote Alaska and Northern Canada.

Recently Arctic Barnabas had an airplane donated to their ministry, a Piper Aztec. MMS was asked to take this airplane and do annual maintenance and prepare it for service in Alaska. This airplane arrived in late January and was completed this week. One of the modifications that was done to it was Tanis heaters which help heat the engines much like an engine block heater would go into a car. An important feature for use in the arctic.

 Paul came here to MMS to do the test runs after the work was completed and then he was off to Alaska with their airplane. We try and always send each plane off to its designated field of service bathed in prayer. The Aztec was no exception, Paul loaded his gear into the plane and we gathered for prayer and our final goodbyes and off he went. If you would like to know more about Arctic Barnabas and their mission you can follow this link

Tim is inspecting the engine on the annual

Jack(a student from LeTourneau) is connecting the fuel bladders

Jason is making sure that everything lines up on the rudder before riveting the hinge in place

After all was packed we gathered together for prayer to send Paul off

Taxiing down to the run way after prayer

And off Paul goes as he leaves the runway

One final fly by to say goodbye as he heads for the arctic

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