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Air Mobile Ministries is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that does disaster relief all around the world. Since its inception in 1978, AMM has traveled around the world many times bringing medical supplies, food, clothing, and now the Vortex Voyager TM water purifier to those in need. Joe Hurston and his team of volunteers have worked to help disaster victims after hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and war. Since 2004, AMM has been heavily involved with bringing relief in the form of water purification. The Vortex Voyager TM water purifier is an amazing, life saving tool. At a mere 20 pounds, it can produce up to 30 gallons of pure water every hour. Mission Statement Air Mobile Ministries is a faith based evangelical group that provides disaster relief. Our mission is based upon the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35 and 40: "I was thirsty and you gave me drink." "Assuredly, I say unto you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me."

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

UPDATE - UPDATE - UPDATE!! Little Dieunika has arrived in the U.S. for her life-saving surgery!

April 1, 2008 - 4:39pm - Tuesday - Titusville, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston (Air Mobile Joe)

After a long and ardous battle with Immigration, we have little Dieunike, a 2 year old girl born with a very serious deformity in her body. Because of the extreme generosity and love of many, she is soon to have her surgery. We'll give you an updated report in the very near future!!

Air Mobile Joe

Now, read about an amazing (but sad) rescue flight to Haiti - A call in the night.


February 16, 2008 - Saturday - 1:37pm (Eastern Time) - Titusville, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston (Air Mobile Joe)

The voice on the other end of the phone was the daughter of a dear missionary that had recently passed away. After expressing my deep regret to Sherry about the loss of her father, she got down to the business of the call. A Haitian pastor and his wife had been severely burned in a freak accident. They needed help immediately to survive. Having dealt with burn victims before, I knew how delicate and desperate this mission would be. My precious wife Cindy and I prayed about it and we knew that I had to attempt to help them!
It was Friday morning, February 1, 2008. We needed an airplane and medical personnel to accompany us. Our Lord was there!! My dear friend and fellow pilot, Doug Rodante immediately agreed to the flight and the usage of his Cessna 401. Then we needed a nurse to come along. A friend walked through the door of our office and I just asked if he knew a nurse with a passport willing to fly to Haiti within the next couple of hours. Within minutes, I had spoken with Jody, a nurse willing to go.

We needed someone who knew Haiti and could back-up the entire operation. The Lord prompted me to call my son, Christian. Christian knows Haiti! He was born there and is my best "right-hand" man. I phoned him and asked how long it would take him to get to the airport. He said 25 minutes. Our team was complete.

Next we needed assurance that our burn victims could make the flight. After numerous calls to and from Haiti the word came that they were transporting the victims to Port-Au-Prince to meet our airplane. The time was 11:55am, Friday morning. That was our "GO AHEAD" signal. Within minutes Doug was in the air heading to our airport. Jody left her hospital in the middle of her shift (with her bosses blessing). Christian dropped everything and headed straight for the airport and we met at Space Center Executive Airport (Titusville, FL). We topped the airplane off with fuel and at 2:52pm on Friday afternoon, we embarqued on our tenuous journey to Haiti.

The flight is a bit long on a single tank of fuel so we landed at the midway point, Exuma International Airport in the Bahamas. While calling the tower, I asked if my good friend, Junior Strahan was available to fuel us. Junior has been fueling our airplanes since Christian (now 25) was a babe in arms. Junior shared the sad news that his daughter had just passed away and that the funeral would be tomorrow (Saturday). Please remember my good friend Junior in your prayers. We had a quick turn around on the fuel, filed our IFR (Instrument Flight Rule) flight plan and headed toward Haiti on a very, very dark night. It was like flying into a black hole. The plane flew beautifully.

We landed in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti within minutes of our projected landing time (8:15PM Friday evening). The officials treated us courteously and professionally. Now get this. On Friday morning, my daughter, Cherie lead a small team down to Haiti to help our intrepid Air Mobile Haiti team member, Barbara Walker. Cherie and Barbara picked us up at the airport and got us to our hotel close by the airport. We contacted the burned Haitian Pastor's son and advised him that we were awaiting his arrival and would be ready for an immediate, early morning departure. After dinner we tried to get some sleep as it would be a very short night.

At 5:00am, Saturday morning (February 2, 2008) there was knock on our door. The Haitian Pastor, did not survive the night. He had 90% burns over his body and went on to be with the Lord just before they were going to load him for the long road trip to Port-Au-Prince to meet us. His son was distraught, but very brave. He asked us to say nothing to his mother about the death of her husband. This would be too much for her and she would resist making the flight with us to get the medical care she desperately needed. She had severe burns on her legs and arm. With sadness we made our way to the airport.

As we were passing into the security portion of the airport, we told Marian Joseph that her husband passed away. We immediately surrounded her with love and prayer and strongly urged her to board the aircraft to get the urgent care that she needed. She very bravely agreed to come with us. Our mission, though changed, continued on.

Jody and Christian cared for her in the cabin as Doug and I began the journey home. You know, the Lord gave us TAILWINDS coming down to Haiti and heading back to the U.S. We made a quick fuel stop in Exuma International in the Bahamas. We then landed in Fort Pierce, Florida at 2:00pm. The Customs officials were very helpful and understanding of our mission.

After a quick flight to Orlando Executive airport, we landed at 3:45pm, we were met by Madame Joseph's daughter, Ann. After a moment of tears she too, bravely went to the airplane and helped us get her mother loaded into the awaiting van. They were soon off to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

We boarded the aircraft and headed back to Titusville airport. I thanked our team. We headed home. The mission was accomplished, though not exactly the way we wanted it to turn out. Pastor Joseph now feels no pain and is rejoicing before our Lord! Please remember his precious wife and children in your prayer.

Thank you for your love and prayer and support! Feel free to call anytime. You never know, I may be giving you a call in the middle of the night and inviting you to join us on such a mission. Stay in touch!!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - I just visited Madame Joseph on Wednesday, February 6th, after skin grafts and she is in great pain both in her heart (for the loss of her husband) as well as from the terrible wounds, but she is stong in faith and courage. Please remember her in your prayers! Joe

PPS - Stay tuned..... We have a little girl coming in from Haiti in the next couple of days to receive some critical surgery. Will tell you more about it later. Joe

Continue reading down for reports from other missions. Joe


December 11, 2007 3:26pm (Eastern U.S. Time) - I-95 Northbound between Fort Lauderdale and Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston (Air Mobile Joe)

THANK YOU for praying for us! We just landed from Haiti. Ken Baker, whom you may recall travelled as a "Water Mule" to Haiti in May was with me on this remarkable mission. The reason that I could give no details is because Ken and I travelled to Haiti with a Congressional delegation. Several weeks ago, I was invited to accompany this delegation as a reporter. My dear friend, Dr. Florence Alexander knows of our deep experience in Haiti and thought it would be good to have me along. As the invitation came to me, Ken Baker walked into my office. I simply asked him if he'd like to come along as a "camera-man". He quickly agreed and thus this mission.

We did not want to give any details for security reasons. Now that the mission is over, I can tell you a bit about it. As many of you know, I'm kind of an "out of the box" kind of thinker anyway, but this trip was quite a bit out of box even for me. The most important thing is that my wife Cindy and I really prayed about it, along with Ken and his wife Ruthie. We just had the strongest impression that we should go and we did. Man, am I glad we did!!

We met some remarkable and compassionate people who really have a heart to help Haiti. We also were able to share the things that Jesus has done for us. There was a lot of interest in the Vortex Voyager water purifier. We were even able to discuss upcoming legislation on "adoptions". Our intrepid Haiti Air Mobile representative, Barbara Walker has arranged hundreds of adoptions.

There is no question that the Lord "stretched" Ken and I on this trip, but that is what walking by faith is all about. At the end of this "mission" Ken and I look back and are just amazed at how our Lord orchestrated each step of this trip. It began when we landed. The diplomatic delegation dashed off to a clinic in downtown Port-Au-Prince and it appeared we were stuck at the airport. Our rented vehicle had a snag and Barbara was there to rescue us. As it turned out, we arrived exactly on time and captured the moment The whole journey was like that. Split second timing and many open doors. We'll post some photos later. Gotta run for now. GOD BLESS and thanks again for praying for us.

Air Mobile Joe

AIR MOBILE UPDATE - "GET FREE BREVARD" A complete success! - The "Roar Tour" continues - The Air Mobile Team heading South on a "Mission"!

December 8, 2007 5:36am (Easter U.S.) - I-95 Southbound - Between Jupiter and Miami, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston (Air Mobile Joe)

My wife Cindy and I have been concerned about the terrible effects of drug abuse in our community. The death rate is very high and one day we determined that we had to do something. Thus "Get Free Brevard" GFB was born. We live in Brevard County Florida and on Saturday November 17, 2007 a wonderful event occured. Many volunteers from all walks of life stepped up and lent their hands to this effort. The result was a day of deliverence and freedom for some! GFB began at 8:00am and ended at midnight. At the end of the day, hundreds of people passed through the doors of the Air Mobile headquarters. Everything on this day was free. Goodie bags, counsel, prayer, wonderful shows including a Samoan Fire Dance and finally a free ocncert. This will not be our last GFB. At the end of the long day, Cindy and I just rejoiced that our Lord saw fit to use two broken vessels for His glory!

The "Roar Tour" continues. After the release of my first book, "Run to the Roar", we have been blessed to receive speakikng invitations from across the country. Our last opportunity occured on Tuesday, December 4th in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The occasion: The Bowling Green Annual Prayer Breakfast. Cindy and I flew in on Monday evening. Kevin Mays, the event coordinator, and a precious brother had all arranged. On Tuesday morning, we arrived at a packed house and were able to share the great, wondrous grace of our Lord to over 300 people. The Mayor sat at our table and graciously opened her beautiful city to us. Again, it's so good just sharing the love of Jesus!

Today, Ken Baker (our May "Water Mule") are heading to Haiti. The Lord has opened an unusual door of ministry for us this time. I've never had a door like this one open for us. We're very excited about it, but feel constrained to not give any details until after the mission. I ask you to lift us up for the next couple of days. I may or may not send a report from Haiti. All I can say is when the opportunity to "GO" availed itself to both Ken and I, we both felt the Lord had opened an extraordinary door. So, here we go, on a "Mission for God". THANKS for praying for us.

Air Mobile Joe

TODAY IS "GET FREE BREVARD" at Air Mobile Headquarters!!

November 17, 2007 Titusville, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston (Air Mobile Joe)

Today is an incredible event at the Air Mobile Headquarters. It's called "Get Free Brevard". It's a day dedicated to helping to fight addictions. We'll write more about this event later. Stay tuned!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - Continue reading below as we report on our latest trip into Haiti following devastating flooding there. Joe

Haiti flooding wide spread and continuing on....

November 11, 2007 - Sunday 8:57am - LiLivois, Haiti - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe

Here's a quick update before the Air Mobile team heads out this morning for a few deployments of water purifiers and flies back to the U.S. this evening. Yesterday,we went to numerous areas of devastating flooding and saw evidence of the 2004 floods that killed thousands. Many are deeply wounded from past floods and the recent flooding from Tropical Storm Noel is devastating. Many are finding it difficult to cope. Rains are continuing to fall. As we traveled back to our village last night, we encountered pounding rains. Haiti truly needs our prayer, love and help. We're so thankful that we can do something to help!

After a grueling day of travel and near-misses, Joe and I were up until 1:00am this morning servicing water purifiers for deployment. I only have a moment for this report and will attempt to put together a more detailed report upon return to the U.S. THANK YOU again for your faithful love and support!!

Air Mobile Joe



November 10, 2007 - Saturday 8:28am Lilivois, Haiti - Report submitted by Joe Hurston (Air Mobile Joe)

Excellent flight right on schedule. Spent the day in Port-Au-Prince. The political atmosphere is calm. We worked well into the evening refurbishing water purifiers. Could not send out a report due to more rain. Our village was flooded. We were able to pump out quite a bit of water, but then it rained again last night.

Today, we head toward the Dominican Republic border and will be traversing a number of heavily flooded areas. We'll attempt to get a report on the situations this evening. We're blessed to have water purifiers to bring with us today. We'll help where we can. Our newest "water mule", Joe Prussell is doing great. He's learning a lot about the operation and maintenance of the water purifiers.

THANKS again for your prayer and love!!

Air Mobile Joe

PS - You know, it's very cool to come to Haiti and work on the water purifiers. Not only does Air Mobile provide the units, we help to keep them going long after the donation. We're continually training the operators as well as analyzing the performance of the unit so that we can continually improve and upgrade it to meet the demanding needs of providing clean water where the water is very, very dirty and dangerous. This is truly a life saving outreach and at the same time affording excellent opportunities to share the love of Jesus! Joe


November 9, 2007 - Friday 3:17am (U.S. Eastern Time) - I-95 Southbound - between Jupiter & Miami, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston (Air Mobile Joe)

Air Mobile on another mission of mercy. Will be in Haiti today. The flooding in the last few weeks have taken hundreds of lives, maybe more. The reason the number is unclear is that so many in Haiti have no identity and the areas are so isolated. Well, in a few hours we'll be on-site and will get a report back to you this evening..if we can get our internet connection.

I'm bringing another "water mule" on this mission, Joe Prussel. I'll tell you more about him later. God Bless and THANKS for your prayer, love and support!

Air Mobile Joe

A quick dash to Haiti

November 7, 2007 - 6:36pm (U.S. Eastern Time) - Titusville, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston

Air Mobile is heading back into Haiti to assess the recent severe flooding. We'll be servicing water purifiers previously placed in Haiti thanks to you and other generous donors. Will update this report as we get closer to departure.

In the meantime, within the last two weeks, we have had an extraordinary number of inquiries around the world regarding extreme water needs. Here's a quick list of countries: Indonesia, Guatemala, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Sierra Leone,Uganda, Russia, Bangledesh and Kenya. The list is growing everyday. Wow, the needs are just staggering.

Our restriction is funds to go! Please join us in prayer that our Lord will provide that we might GO!! Stay tuned for more reporting as we head back down to Haiti.

Air Mobile Joe

Excellent turn-out for Air Mobile Emergency Relief Briefing - The Roar Tour on the Road

September 10, 2007 - 7:03pm (Eastern U.S. time) Providence, Rhode Island - Report submitted by Joe Hurston - President - Air Mobile

Here's a very quick update from Providence, Rhode Island (TF Green International Airport). The Emergency Relief briefing conducted on September 4th at the Air Mobile headquarters was a success. A number of prospective "Water Mules" came forward and were given a first-hand demo of the Vortex Voyager. Air Mobile is following the aftermath of Hurricane Felix and the earthquake survivors very closely. We are working very diligently to get help into those regions.

As a matter of fact, I am just returning from a whirlwind speaking tour to Massachusetts and Maine. On Saturday evening (Sept. 8th) the Air Mobile team was at the End Times Church in Uxbridge, MA. What a great church! After the service, one of our prize "Water Mules" Dennis West drove me all the way to northern end of Maine (Fort Fairfield). We arrived at Pastor Mark Babbins home at 8:15AM, Sunday morning, just in time for a quick shower and right to the platform of his wonderful church, The Celebration Center. Pastor Mark asked me to share at both the morning and evening service. Dennis shared his remarkable testimony and I preached.

In just a few minutes, I'll board a flight for home. It'll be good to be home again. Meanwhile, we continue to monitor the news coming in from the disaster areas impacted by Hurricane Dean and Felix and the terrible earthquake in Peru. Stay tuned.

Air Mobile Joe


September 3, 2007 - 7:18pm (Eastern U.S. Time) - Titusville, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston - President Air Mobile Ministries (Air Mobile Joe)

Hurricane Felix is between a Category 4 / 5 storm and just exploded overnight. The target will likely be between Honduras and Belize. The atmosphere in the Caribbean is right for killer storms to spawn rapidly. Please pray for the victims in the path. Here's a brief excerpt from a story on Hurricane Felix that just came across the wires:

(AP) September 3, 2007 5:57PM Hurricane Felix seemed likely to make landfall on the Miskito Coast, an isolated area along the Honduras-Nicaragua border where thousands of Indians live in wooden shacks, get around on canoes and speak a mixture of Miskito, English, Spanish, and African languages that arose after colonization.

"There's nowhere to go here," said teacher Sodeida Rodriguez, 26.

The only path to safety is up rivers and across lakes that are too shallow for regular boats, but many lack gasoline for long journeys. Provincial health official Efrain Burgos said shelters were being prepared, and medicine and sanitation kits were being brought in, but that 18,000 people must find their own way to higher ground.

"We're asking the people who are on the coasts to find a way to safer areas, because we don't have the capability to transport so many people," he said. "The houses are made of wood. They're going to be completely swept away. They're not safe."

Air Mobile Ministries is having an Emergency Relief Briefing on September 4th, 6:00pm here at our Headquarters located at 8850 Grissom Parkway, Titusville, FL. 32780. During this meeting, we will be demonstrating the Vortex Voyager@ water purifier, the rapid deployment water purification system that Air Mobile has deployed world-wide and saved many lives.

We'll also be sharing how you can become a "Water Mule", a person who helps Air Mobile carry these devices world-wide. I've invited a couple of past "water mules" to come and share a bit about their experiences.

During the past 2 weeks, we've had Hurricane Dean, a devastating 8.0 earthquake in Peru (the equivalent of 790 nuclear bombs!!) and now Hurricane Felix. If there is ever a time to think "Emergency Relief / Preparedness" it is now. I hope that you can make the meeting. If you need directions or have questions please contact us at: 321-267-7726 or e-mail us:

Stay tuned for more details. Again, God Bless You and thanks for your prayer, love and support. Together, we can accomplish much!

Air Mobile Joe



August 18, 2007 - Sunday 10:22am (Eastern U.S. Time) - Titusville, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston - President Air Mobile Ministries ("Air Mobile Joe")

As I write this brief but crucial report, Hurricane Dean, a huge killer hurricane, is passing off the southwest tip of Haiti. Air Mobile is preparing Vortex Voyagers at this time for immediate deployment. Yesterday, we were contacted by medical personnel wanting to go into Peru following the 8.0 earthquake. Water is desperately needed.

Meanwhile, Kingston, Jamaica is right in the bulls eye of Hurricane Dean (the worst Hurricane in Jamaica's recorded history). Things are happening very quickly. Air Mobile is gearing up to go. We need your prayer, financial support and "Water Mules". Read the story below of our last Haiti deployment to find out what "Water mules" do. Please contact me if you would like to help. My cell phone is: 321-544-7757 or e-mail me at: I hope to hear from your soon. Please help us save lives!

Air Mobile Joe



August 11, 2007 Saturday 10:11am - Cocoa, FL - Reported by Joe Hurston

Here's our report from our latest deployment to Haiti. Our team arrived in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on Friday morning, July 27th and just breezed through customs with 12 water purifiers! We certainly prayed and the Lord gave us immediate favor. This saved our team a lot of time.

Our latest "water mule" (a "water mule" is a Volunteer who helps us carry in water purifiers), Tom Franco has been up to the task. After very short notice, Tom jumped right in, booked his ticket and the next thing he knew, he was in Haiti helping us bring water to very, very needy people!

The political situation here in Haiti is calm for the moment, though reports state that there has been a sharp increase in lynchings. The latest incident just occurred. A couple of men were traveling to a wedding and were mistakenly identified as bad guys and were brutally murdered.

On the other hand, things have been quite calm and we've been able to move about the country with ease. Tom and I were on the road for Miami on Friday morning very early and flew out for Haiti at 7:05am. After our quick passage through customs we headed into town with our intrepid Air Mobile water coordinator, Barbara Walker. In addition to invaluable help with the water purification project, Barb does a miraculous job of finding homes for desperate Haitian orphans. We whirled around Port-Au-Prince and took care of dozens of tasks related to these adoptions.

We arrived in our village and began repairing and servicing water purifiers. Tom is a great help. By 9:00pm Friday evening, we had 4 of the 5 units needing service repaired. Finally after going nearly 42 hours without sleep, we crashed.

We were up early Saturday morning, repaired one more unit. Then it was off for a deployment. The missionary who received the unit was just blown away that we would show up and just give them this incredible gift. It's such a blessing to do this!

Then up the mountain for another couple of repairs. At our last location, God's Little Angels Orphanage, we were told again, what a blessing the purifiers have been. The sickness has dropped dramatically with the children. They run the purifiers everyday and have for the last year.

We headed back to our Village. This is village that Barbara built for the care of her orphans that are being cared for before their adoptions are complete. This place is amazing. I could fill a book telling of the work that Barb has done here. That's for another report. Tom was really touched by the stories and miraculous stories of grace and favor upon these children.

On Sunday morning we headed to Grace Children's Hospital to visit little Bryce. This little one has TB and is very ill. Barb has arranged for him to be adopted. We stopped in to see how he was doing. Bryce needs your prayer as he's fighting for life. This is the kind of things that our dear Barb does to save the desperate. By the way, Grace Children's Hospital has a water purifier.

We are able to do this because of the extreme generosity of Harris Rosen and the Rosen Foundation. Harris has been touched by the suffering in Haiti and has helped Air Mobile put these units there. To date, with the 12 units that we just brought in, we have had the wonderful privilege to place 217 purifiers in Haiti. That is a lot of clean water.

Many of you have stood so faithfully with us. Though the Rosen Foundation provides the purifiers, your gifts and prayer have given us the added resources necessary to both deploy and maintain these units.

Later Sunday afternoon we headed to the airport and caught the afternoon flight back to Miami. About 3:00am on Monday morning I arrived home. Wow, what a wonderful, intense, tiring rewarding 72 hours! Want to be a "Water Mule"? Would love to hear from you! Thanks again for your love and support!

Air Mobile Joe


July 25, 2007 - Wednesday - 2:21pm (Eastern Time) - Titusville, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston (Air Mobile Joe)

Air Mobile is monitoring the terrible flooding in the UK. These are certainly perilous times!

An Air Mobile Team is preparing to depart for Haiti in the very near future. This is just a brief note and a request for your prayer as we plan to launch another mission. Will write more later!

Air Mobile Joe!


June 23, 2007 - Sunday - 10:13pm (Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston (Air Mobile Joe)

Since our last report, Cindy, Peter and I traveled to Washington,DC as nominees for the Bill Gates Global Health Award. As you may gather, we did not win. However, being a nominee was an honor. We did meet the winner and does he have an interesting story, but I'll not share it here.

I'd like to tell you that we're pleased to announce that Angelica, our 18 year old daughter, graduated with honors from High School and is on her way to Palm Beach Atlantic University to study International Nursing. Our 14 year old daughter, Juliet Joy graduated the 8th grade and is enroute to High School. We're very proud of our daughters.

In late April, our other daughter, Cherie headed to Africa with Overland Mission for an intensive Mission Training that will last nearly 6 months. We're so pleased at how or Lord is using Cherie. We really miss her around here.

Last week, Cindy, Angelica, Juliet, Peter and I slipped down to Jamaica for a couple of days of rest and relaxation. It's been nearly 2 years since we've taken a break and this one was really needed. On our second day, while sitting in a lovely restaurant having lunch, we were startled by a loud crash. Just 2 feet from our table a large ceiling fan fell and hit two guests right next to us.

Instantly, Cindy leaped to the aid of the lady who took a direct hit with the motor of the fan. I ran to her husband who was also struck in the head by the fan. There was blood everywhere. We tended to their wounds until medical help arrived. We prayed for the two injured guests and endeavored to return to our vacation, however, we were quite shaken by it all. I'm just glad that we could be there to help in their moment of need. I also thank the Lord for putting right where we were.

Cindy and I have been chaplains at a psychiatric hospital for nearly 10 years. Today, we went and ministered to the young people there. The service was great. Our Lord moved so sweetly. Afterward, Cindy and I stopped for a cup of coffee and a snack. When we got back into our car, an electrical fire broke out. Within seconds we had the flames extinguished. The fire was no big deal, I simply mentioned it to add a little flavor to the headlines. But really, we're thankful that there were no injuries. Our insurance will take care of the damages.

You know, as we walk through this life, stuff happens. Jesus said in John 16:33, "In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world". The message that comes to me again and again is, "I will never leave you or forsake you". My friend, as you read this, open your heart to Jesus. He loves you and cares for you. He'll help you navigate through this world.

In early July, we're heading back to Haiti with more water purifiers. What a joy to bring clean water to the thirsty. I haven't selected any water mules yet for this upcoming mission. Want to come? Oh, to find out what a water mule is, continue reading below for our report on our last Mission to Haiti. God Bless and thanks for taking the time to read "Air Mobile Joe's Editorial".

Air Mobile Joe

PS - Continue reading for reports on the last couple of missions.

One Orphanage Deployment

June 1, 2007 - Friday - 6:58PM - (Eastern Time) - Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston - President - Air Mobile Ministries

Welcome to Air Mobile Joe's Editorial. I really bare my soul in this one. It's just "One Orphanage Deployment", but there is a lot of insight in it. Hope you enjoy it. Here goes....

On Saturday morning (May 12, 2007) Dennis West (one of our faithful Air Mobile "water mules") and I were up before sunrise packing our bags. We headed out early for a couple of water purifier deployments before departing on the afternoon flight from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti to Miami.

I've been doing this kind of work for nearly 30 years and have visited hundreds of orphanages and seen a lot of operations. Walking through the gate brought out the kids dressed in ragged clothes with shy smiles. The initial assessment was not good. Broken stoves, old hospital gurneys, pump pieces all scattered throughout the compound. Obviously these folks don't take care of their stuff.

My logical thinking; how could I leave a water purifier in such a place?. The conclusion; we won't. Within 10 minutes, after snapping a few shots to justify the "reject" decision I was back in the truck waiting for Barbara (our Haitian / Caribbean Water Purifier Director). She asked "Well, what do you think?" My quick answer "Reject".

Now, Barbara Walker has worked with my wife Cindy and I for over 13 years. I've learned to respect Barb's wisdom. I quickly told her my reasoning and her answer stopped me dead in my tracks. "That's the very reason we need to help them - the kids need clean water".

Suddenly, I remembered the last shot I took before heading back to the truck. It was of a little girl. I saw the photo in my mind. The little one was around 2 years old. She stood at the entrance to the "hovel" of the living quarters of the orphanage. There she stood, just looking up at me. Her eyes said to me, "Please don't leave, we need your help". All of my logic left me and my heart began to melt. The Lord began to speak to me about "The least of these" (Matthew 25). Barb just stood there looking at me.

My answer was, "Well, let's do it". Soon we were heading back into the little compound. This time, I noticed how green things were. The working well was gushing out water. Walking over to inspect it, I noted that small drainage channel that directed all unused water into the lush garden. Every inch of soil was growing something. Orange trees, corn, mangoes, squash, greens. Obviously, the Lord had blessed the soil as there was food growing everywhere.

Upon closer inspection of the broken and dilapidated equipment, my mind was more clear. Of course, people usually donated old and broken stuff to missions. Half the stuff when received barely works if at all.

Working my way back to where Barb was setting up the training, I met the director of the orphanage. I knew in my heart this was a Godly lady. Barb had told me earlier that she lived here with the children. That was a very good sign. As we worked our way by the outdoor kitchen and into the "home" we passed the director's bed. It was right in the middle of the living area. Next to her single, neatly made bed was a little crib. Remember the little girl that I had photographed earlier? Well that was where she slept. She was the youngest little orphan in the orphanage.

All of the other kids doted on her. They gently held her and spoke to her in quiet and loving tones. This was not a show, it was the real thing. Now folks, as I said earlier, "This was not my first rodeo". I've seen plenty of orphan operations and many, many scams designed to simply raise money. Now, my heart told me that this was not a scam.

As Barb did her simple effective teaching, the young staff took careful notes and asked excellent questions. They were really paying attention. It dawned on me that this orphanage had likely not received a "new" anything in a long time; if ever. As Barb taught, I watched the kids. The older ones were caring and loving the young ones. This lady, the director, had done her "homework". Her heart of love and care had been transmitted to these kids.

Yeah, Barb was right, this place really needed help and our Lord Jesus had sent us there to fulfill His mission. Again, Matthew 25, Jesus tells us, "I was hungry, thirsty, naked and you gave Me food, water and clothes". This is the Gospel, caring for the needy and loving them. It was a joy to present number 501 to the Tabarre Orphanage. By the way, after just a few minutes of running the well water through the water purifier, the filter was filthy. We were right on time!

As we packed up and left the little orphanage in Tabarre, my heart was "tenderized" by Jesus. You know, in life, it's so easy to make snap judgments and assessments. Thank God that Jesus does not do that with us!! Thought, I'd share this little story with you.

Want to come sometime? We always have need of "water mules" for Jesus. Contact us if you have any questions. We are so appreciative for your love, prayer and support. Your gifts go far and deep in helping us to spread the Gospel of Jesus!! Remember, it would be a pleasure to come and share with your church or group. I'd love to hear from you. Until next mission. God Bless You!!


Air Mobile Joe
(Joe Hurston - President - Air Mobile Ministries

PS - I just heard from Barbara Walker. She and another missionary revisited the Tabarre orphanage on Thursday (May 17th) and brought some beautiful dresses for the little girls and clothes for the boys. They also arranged for some more food to be delivered on a regular basis. They're even working on a mission team to come in and clean up the mess do some much needed building repair. Now, that's the "Body of Christ" in Action!

As I write this update, Cindy and I along with Peter (our soon to be 10 year old son) are preparing to fly to Washington DC for the Bill Gates Global Health Award. Air Mobile Ministries has been nominated and we are blessed and hopeful. Thank you again for your love and support!! Joe


Saturday, May 12, 2007

May 12, 2007 Saturday 9:43pm (I-95 Northbound from Miami) Report submitted by Joe Hurston -

PRAISE GOD! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Heading home after a successful mission. Water purifiers have been repaired and deployed. There was one orphanage that we visited today that I must tell you about, but not tonight. There was one little girl that just melted my heart.

Dennis (the faithful "water mule" and I are winging Northbound on I-95 heading for home. It's been a tough couple of days (swarms of mosquitoes, pools of sweat, horrible traffic, difficult Customs officials) but.... rewarding beyond words. In the next day or so, after cleaning up and a good nights sleep, I'll put together a cool photo essay of just one orphanage deployment. I hope it blesses you. So for now, this concludes the "running journal" report of this Haiti mission. Be looking for the in-depth deployment report soon.

THANK YOU for your prayer, love and support. You are such a vital team member. Remember, we're always looking for "water mules" for Jesus.


Joe Hurston (Alias "Air Mobile Joe")

May 11, 2007 Friday 8:42am, Haiti - Report submitted by Joe Hurston - NOTE: Be sure to continue reading down to see how this cool mission has been unfolding!

PRAISE GOD! A quick update from yesterday (May 10, 2007) - after nearly 5 hours of patient waiting and prayer, the water purifiers were released from Customs (Douane)! THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYER!! Now, we can get to work on tune-ups and deployments.

With parts and supplies, Dennis and I have been able to get 6 purifiers back up into service. It's very encouraging to see how well the units are performing. Most of our work has been simply changing filters and simple tune-ups. The Haitian recipients are handling the units well and we're encountering only minor needs in the area of added training. To date, we have been able to deliver 206 purifiers into Haiti! Wow, that's producing a lot of clean water all over the country.

Again, none of this would be possible without the help of generous supporters and friends!! We're on our way to the capital now, so I have to run. Will write more when the opportunity presents itself. THANKS AGAIN!!


May 10, 2007 - Thursday 7:08am - Haiti - Report submitted by Joe Hurston - Air Mobile

Here's a quick update from "the field". We landed at Port-Au-Prince International (Wednesday, May 09, 2007). Customs (Douane) seized all but 2 of the water purifiers. We have been through this before. This is working for the good because this time, we're going to work very hard to get firm documentation that will allow future shipments to pass quickly and FREELY! This is not an easy thing to do, but we believe that the Lord is on our side. We meet this morning with the head of Customs at 10:00am. PLEASE PRAY!

Other than that all is going well. Haiti was actually a bit cool upon landing (76 degrees). The political climate is calm for the moment and for that we're thankful.

When we arrived in the village later than usual due to our hours of discussions with customs, we had a good number of purifiers that need "tune-ups". The problem is, customs has all our tools and extra parts. Still we managed to get one unit up and going. After starting our day at 2:30am, by 10:00pm, Dennis and I were beat. Long day!

This morning Dennis got up and set up a badminton set for the kids in the village. He's like a big kid himself. Well, it's time to grab a bite to eat and head to town and work out something with Customs. Again, please remember to pray for us.

Continue reading on down to see how this mission is coming together. Gotta run!

Air Mobile Joe


May 9, 2007 - Wednesday 4:14am (Eastern Time) - Heading South on I-95 - Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe

Well, the Air Mobile Team is headed south (not in the metaphorical sense)- we're on another mission for God! Soon we'll be in the Caribbean bringing clean water to those in need. It's a little after 4:00am and our faithful "water mule", Dennis is the captain of this truck. Next stop, Miami.

By noon today, we'll be "in the field" and on the mission. This sure is exciting to be used by the Lord in this way. It's also very cool to have a "wireless" card in my computer so that I can send little "snippet" reports while enroute. Any prospective "water mules" can get a sense of the "mission" by following the blog.

We've been up since 2:30am and will not likely sleep until late this evening. The political situation where we're going has been relatively calm for the last 2 weeks. We're very thankful. Please remember us in your prayer as you go throughout the day.

The generator in our village recently died. Barbara Walker, our intrepid Caribbean Team member has been patching current together with a series of back-up to the back-up generators, along with a series of batteries and an inverter. There has not been regular electricity from the government for over 2 weeks. We're hoping to have enough current to get the purifiers that need service up and going. If you'd like to contribute to the generator fund, I can tell you, it's a very good investment.

I'd better wrap up this for now. God Bless and THANKS FOR TUNING IN TO "AIR MOBILE JOE'S EDITORIAL. Please continue reading down to see how this mission has gotten to this point.



May 8, 2007 - Tuesday 10:42am (Eastern Time) - Titusville, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston - President - Air Mobile (Be sure to continue reading down for the unfolding story including the "Bill Gates Global Health Award")

Soon and very soon my good friend and "water mule" (a water mule is one who helps transport water)" Dennis West will be heading back to Haiti. This time, we'll bring in 12 Water Purifiers. You know, I was thinking about what these 12 units will do. As you may know, to date, we have brought in 192 purifiers to Haiti (THANKS TO THE HARRIS ROSEN FOUNDATION & FRIENDS LIKE YOU!!). Those units are producing a lot of clean water all over the country. They are in schools, orphanages, clinics, hospitals and with various other relief organizations. There is no question in my mind that these units have, are and will save lives!! That is so cool!!

By the way, as I write this report, the water purifiers are being built as I type. I truly appreciate our excellent staff that work so hard to help bring clean water around the world!

Now, EACH one of these 12 units that we're bringing in will produce between 20-24 gallons of VERY CLEAN water every hour. That equates to 240 - 280 gallons every hour that the 12 units are operating. After extensive study and experience world-wide, it is believed that if a person receives approximately 2 liters of clean drinking water per day (approximately 1/2 gallon) their health will dramatically improve!! That means that this mission will bring clean water to about 500 people per hour for every hour that the 12 units operate!!

These units are already assigned. Barbara Walker, our Air Mobile Haiti coordinator (Barbara works with us world-wide) has already found homes for these units. As I write this to you, it continually dawns on me, just how close to the heart of Jesus this project is! Our Lord speaks so highly of our bringing water to thirsty and desperate people in His name. This is such a clear mandate in the Gospel. In Matthew 25, Jesus says again, "that if we give a cup of water to the least of these (those that are desperate), it's the same as giving it to Him"! Wow, what a mission.

Of course, Dennis and I along with our Haitian staff will be repairing and overhauling any units that need work. It's very important that we keep these units working. They have truly proven to be "LIFE SAVING DEVICES".

Please remember to pray for Dennis and I and our Haiti team as we embark on another "Mission for Jesus"! We're always looking for good "Water mules"! Want to come?? Just e-mail me at: and let me know. I'll try to jot a quick update from Haiti. Love you all and THANKS again for your prayer and support!!

Jot us a note sometime. God Bless!!

Until next update:

Air Mobile Joe


Thursday, April 26, 2007


April 26, 2007 - Thursday 12:43pm (Eastern Time - U.S) - Orlando International Airport - Report submitted by Joe Hurston

In just a few minutes, I'll board a Southwest flight headed to Detroit then into Grand Rapids. I'll be speaking in a number of locations including 2 radio interviews. The theme: RUN TO THE ROAR! This is a message I never tire of sharing. Besides, each time I have the privilege to share this message, my own heart is strengthened.

Sometime in early May, the Air Mobile Team will be heading back to Haiti to bring in more clean water to the suffering and sharing the incredible Good News of Jesus. Continue reading on for a report on our last mission to Haiti.


The Air Mobile team is back from Haiti and again, "Mission Accomplished". This time we were able to bring in 12 more water purification systems and do strategic repairs to keep water flowing into some very needy areas. More on that report later.

We are pleased to announce that Air Mobile Ministries has been nominated for "The 2007 Bill Gates Global Health Award". Cindy and I will travel to Washington, DC on May 28, 2007 for the Award Presentation. There are many worthy Nominees and Air Mobile is truly humbled to be named among them. We are blessed that folks like Bill Gates see the need for Global Health and put their resources into saving lives.

You may go to for more details.

Air Mobile was pleased to have Ken Baker, our newest Air Mobile Team member on this last trip into Haiti. Ken and departed for Miami early Sunday morning, April 1, 2007. We boarded American Airlines with a full load of water purification systems. We would like to give special THANKS to American Airlines for allowing us to carry additional bags on-board. The staff at the Miami station know that we are carrying precious cargo that saves lives!

Upon landing, Barbara Walker met us and we were off to the "Village" to do maintenance on 5 water purifiers. Soon they were all up and going. We were particularly blessed to have electricity all through the night. This was Ken's first trip into Haiti and this unusual occurrence of all night current must have been in honor of this first trip.

For those who have never visited Haiti, ELECTRICITY is scarce. In other words, most of Haiti is without electricity at all. It is truly a rare and wonderful event when there's current all night. Well, after a pleasant nights sleep (with the fan running all night), we were up and headed to town bright and early.

On this mission, we were joined by Mr. Harris Rosen's representatives to help plan our strategy for deployments. Without going into a great deal of detail for security reasons, we were able to have excellent meetings with the Department of Social Affairs. We were able to coordinate the planning for the distribution into many orphanages throughout Haiti in the future.

In our last report, I explained by the Harris Rosen Foundation has funded now 192 Vortex Voyager water purification systems into Haiti. This is such a blessing to so many.

We were also able to help load rice for Barbara's village. This rice was a gift from "Food for the Poor", a tremendous organization that feeds millions around the world.

Monday, April 2, 2007 was Barbara Walker's birthday. After many meetings throughout Port-Au-Prince, our team headed north on Haiti's Route National 1 to a great restaurant on the ocean, the Wahoo Bay Restaurant. We endeavored to finish our meal quickly so that we would not be driving at night as the roads are very dangerous. Though the sun had set, we carefully made our way back to the village and thanked the Lord for His protection.

After checking the world news on April 2nd, we discovered the tragic news of the 8.1 earthquake that caused the tsunami in the Solomon Islands. We immediately prayed knowing all too well the terrible destruction of a tsunami. We later learned that the wall of water was nearly 30 feet high in certain areas. Air Mobile is following the events very closely and seeking direction as to what to do.

We were up early on April 3rd and heading into town for more strategic meetings on deployments. We then headed to the airport and boarded the afternoon flight headed back to Miami. Then the long drive back to Cocoa, Florida. A quick and productive trip to Haiti. We repaired water purifiers and brought in 12 more. All without a scratch (and for that, we're thankful to the Lord). Ken and I had a wonderful time of fellowship. I suspect he'll join me on another trip. Maybe the next one will not be quite such a "whirlwind".

Since Air Mobile is going into Haiti on a monthly (sometimes more frequently), perhaps you would like to join us on a mission. If so, simply write me at: or give us a call at: 321-267-7726.

Thanks for reading "Air Mobile Joe's Editorial". Stay tuned for our next adventure.


Joe Hurston
President - Air Mobile Ministries

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


April 3, 2007 - Tuesday 5:32AM - In the Caribbean - Report submitted by Joe Hurston - President - Air Mobile Ministries

I'm leading an Air Mobile team at this time and writing from the "field". We are following the huge earthquake (8.0) that struck near the Solomon Islands yesterday. As developments unfold, Air Mobile Ministries will see if we can help. Stay tuned. Meanwhile........

Welcome to Air Mobile Joe's Editorial. Recently returned from Haiti and here's a quick update. The main thrust of this last Air Mobile mission was to repair broken water purifiers. To date, we've had the wonderful privilege to place 180+ water purifiers in Haiti. That produces a lot of clean water. But like anything, things BREAK. It was vital that we get these purifiers up and working! My good friend Dennis West joined me on this important mission.

By the way, most of these 180+ units have been funded by The Harris Rosen Foundation. Harris Rosen has a heart to help the Haitian people. We praise God for Harris and his great compassion! He has inspired many others to join together with us on this noble mission.

We landed in Haiti Sunday, March 4, 2007. Barbara Walker picked us up and brought us straight to her "Village". There, among many precious children, were 26 broken or worn water purifiers. Barbara's village is the depot for all of the inoperative water purifiers that we have brought in to date. We began working on them immediately. We worked until late Sunday evening.

On Monday morning at sunrise, Dennis and I were at it, unit by unit, we repaired them. We worked well into the evening. On Tuesday morning, back up early and put the final touches on 22 of the 26 units. We just ran out of parts.

This mission was very specific and fast moving. In a couple of weeks, we'll return with more purifiers and the parts to get the other 4 units up and working.

Now, one may ask, what does that have to do with preaching the Gospel of Jesus? Everything! Jesus said that if we give a cup of water in His name, we give it to Him. Wow. What a blessed way to be used by our Lord.

Did you know that the number one cause of sickness world-wide is WATER-BORNE disease. When we clean up the water, we do a lot. That's the reason Air Mobile travels the world and endeavors to bring clean water to thirsty and sick people. We have a big job. It's really great to see the health of whole villages dramatically improve with the introduction of clean water. This act of kindness opens so many doors to tell people about Jesus and His love!

On Tuesday morning, March 6th, we packed our bags and the defective parts. However, we had to take a final shot of a couple of the kids in Barb's village. We then headed to an orphanage with 54 children and deployed a water purifier. Then we went right through the exact same area that we were attacked a year ago. We drove through some pretty intense areas and I must admit our prayers ratcheted up a bit. We then went to another very large orphanage with over 100 children. The Director of the orphanage was so excited about the purifier. He's responsible for a number of other orphanages and wants more for the other facilities. We then headed to the airport and flew back to Miami.

I just wanted to give a quick snap-shot of a cool mission to a dangerous and desperate country. As you know, know, we don't publish our travel itinerary to Haiti for Security reasons. The bad guys read blogs and reports. We don't want to give them advance warning of our coming. In that way, we get in and get out quickly and safely. The Lord gives us wisdom and His protection! PLEASE PRAY for us as we are heading back to Haiti in the very, very near future!!

The "Roar Tour" continues. Saturday morning (March 17, 2007) I was back at Sabbath Grace Fellowship in Apopka, Florida, pastored by Terry Pooler. It was great being with this wonderful church again. I was able to deliver "The Rest of the Story" of Run to the Roar. Dennis West joined me on this mission. I also ran into my dear friend Barry Millet. Barry lives in Texas, but happened to be just a few miles from Sabbath Grace and joined us for service.

I just received a couple of free tickets on Southwest Airlines from my dear friends and fellow partners in the mission, Brian and Michelle Ridgeway. Those tickets will be used to send me out on the "Tour". I'll let you know where we'll be next.

Do you remember the devastating tornadoes that hit Central Florida last month? I wrote about Scott Bush, the brother with the motorcycle ministry. Scott contacted me the day of the tornadoes and asked to borrow a Vortex Voyager water purifier to bring to the disaster area. Well he did. By the time he got there, there was plenty of water, so the Voyager was not deployed. Praise God it was there if they had needed it.

Well, Scott came up with this creative idea for presenting the Gospel of Jesus at Bike Week in Daytona. He got this big fish tank, with fish and all and pumped water through the purifier and passed out free water. He put a big sign asking, "WOULD YOU DRINK THIS WATER?"

It was a great hit. He put neat Gospel Messages behind the fish tank, so that when folks took a closer look, they got the Gospel. Bravo to Scott for his God-given ingenuity and his heart for souls and also his quick responsiveness to those in need. By the way, his ministry is purchasing a Vortex Voyager so that they will have one on hand for deployment in a moment's notice.

Don't forget to get the May Issue of Charisma Magazine. There will be an article on Air Mobile Ministries. By the way, when you support Air Mobile, you save lives and souls! We truly appreciate your love and support. Better run for now. God Bless and thanks for catching "Air Mobile Joe's Editorial. God Bless!!

Joe Hurston
President - Air Mobile Ministries


Saturday, March 10, 2007

Indonesia Flooding Update -
1 Year Anniversary of the Haiti Attack - and The Roar Tour Rolls On

March 7, 2007 Wednesday 1:13PM (Eastern Time U.S.) Cocoa, FL - Report submitted by Joe Hurston (Air Mobile Joe)

We at Air Mobile Ministries continue to monitor the terrible flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia. After reaching a peak of 450,000 evacuations due to the worst flooding in recent memory, the people are returning home to devastation and disease. The hospitals are overflowing with water-borne disease. A recent report stated that nearly 200,000 are ill due to water-borne diseases! We continue to follow the events that are unfolding and are praying about ways that we can help. We are in touch with several ministries in Indonesia that have Vortex Voyagers and we're supporting their efforts with technical support.

In the meantime, we are heading back to Haiti. As is our method, we do not publish our exact travel dates to Haiti. The reason is strictly for security purposes. It was one year ago (February 13, 2006) that our Air Mobile Team was brutally attacked, robbed and by God's Amazing Grace, escaped being kidnapped. Rampant gang violence continues to plague the country. Relief workers and missionaries are prime targets of gang type attacks.

If you would like to read the actual e-mail that I sent to my dear wife, Cindy immediately after the attack - Go to: The story of God's amazing power to deliver and His protection are so evident in the detailed accounts that I sent to Cindy and my daughter, Cherie.

After the brutal attack in Haiti, we continued on with our mission and accomplished our goals of bringing clean water and "The Living Water" of the Gospel of Jesus to suffering and desperate people in Haiti. After returning from Haiti to the U.S. we were back in Haiti continuing our work within the month. Many people asked me why I returned after such a brutal attack. My answer was simple - we experienced God's miraculous delivering power first-hand (again!!). Jesus never promised us a "Rose Garden", but He does promise to always be with us and never leave us nor forsake us. Our mission is to preach the Gospel and bring help to the suffering.

Please remember us in your prayer as we travel back to Haiti. Your prayers do so much for us.

THE ROAR TOUR ROARS ON! On Saturday morning (Feburary 17, 2007), I had the incredible experience to speak in a church in Apopka, FL. My good friend, fellow pilot and film maker, Doug Rodante, who has traveled the world with Air Mobile, graciously arranged for me to speak at Sabbath Grace Fellowship (SGF) pastored by Terry Pooler. What a precious people! After service, Pastor Pooler and I discussed the possibility of my returning and sharing "The Rest of the Story"!! Really look forward to being with the folks at SGF again!!

On Saturday, February 24, 2007, I spoke at a Men's Breakfast at the Great Outdoors Church here in Titusville. My good friend, David Murton arranged this meeting. What a wonderful group of men. We had a great time.

The following Saturday, March 3, 2007, I'll be speaking at the Christmas Church of God in Chrismas, FL. Our dear friends, Dennis and Barbara West arranged for this meeting. It will be good to be with Pastor Steve Lee again.

I just spoke with Pastor Terry Pooler of the Sabbath Grace Fellowship (remember, I was just there on February 17th). Pastor Pooler asked me to return on March 17, 2007 for "THE REST OF THE STORY". It will be such a joy to return to sweet fellowship and lift up the Name of Jesus!

Be sure to pick a copy of the April issue of Charisma Magazine. There will be an article written about Air Mobile Ministries and our book, "Run to the Roar".

As always, feel free to contact us anytime if you have any questions or would like us to come and speak to your group. God Bless and thanks again for visiting Air Mobile Joe's Editorial.


Joe Hurston
President - Air Mobile Ministries


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

February 14, 2007 - Wednesday - 5:31PM - Titusville, FL (Eastern Time U.S.) - Report submitted by Joe Hurston

Thank you for coming to the Air Mobile Joe's Editorial. Before I give you an update on George Spee, the missionary that we rescued off of Eleuthera Island (Bahamas) earlier this week, here's a quick update on some in our area and around the world. On Friday morning, killer tornados struck our area of Central Florida. The deathtoll is currently 20 with many injured and massive destruction.

As we were beginning our plans to deploy to the area of destruction, another ministry headed by Scott Bush, a National Assembly of God Motor Ministry Chaplain contacted us. Scott asked to buy a Vortex VoyagerTM water purifier to bring fresh water to the affected region. Within an hour of contact, Air Mobile instead loaned a unit to Scott and trained him. He's been working in that region since Friday afternoon (February 2, 2007). Our Lord knows how to deploy HIS troops RAPIDLY!

REPORT FROM INDONESIA - February 5, 2007 7:34AM -By IRWAN FIRDAUS, Associated Press
"We fear that diarrhea and dysentery may break out, as well as illnesses spread by rats," Dr. Rustam Pakaya, from the health ministry's crisis center. "People must be careful not to drink dirty water."
Since early Saturday morning (Feb. 3, 2007) news has been coming to us from Indonesia. Terrible flooding has occured in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, and over 350,000 are homeless. We have contacted several mission organizations in that area and we're monitoring the situation very closely. We just received word that Vortex Voyagers TM that had been previously deployed in Indonesia are arrving into the disaster area. There is currently still a lot of rain falling and will likely continue for another week! THE DEATH-TOLL IS RISING! This situation could become very deadly! Please remember to pray for both regions (Central Florida and Indonesia). Your prayers do so much!! Now, on to the report on our beloved friend, George Spee.

Praise God! I spoke with George on Sunday afternoon (February 4, 2007) and he is recovering remarkably well after being released from the hospital! After extensive tests and a remarkable turn-around in blood levels he is now at his daughter, Ana's home in Melbourne, FL. Again, you all have been so precious to pray with us through this critical situation. Both George and his precious wife, Jean, wanted me to tell you all how grateful they are for your prayer and love. Now, here's how things unfolded on this amazing rescue!

George made it!! I landed N231HN (The Mooney 231) at 8:45am in Rock Sound, Bahamas on Tuesday morning, January 30, 2007. The Bahamaian Customs officials greeted me very cordially and cleared me quickly. Once through, I found George and Jean anxiously awaiting me. George was weak, but for the first time since his accident, he was able to sit. The Lord truly infused strength into him for the flight.

We carefully lifted George into the co-pilot seat and off for Fort Pierce at 9:35am . Everything went like clockwork, though the flight wore heavily on George. As I flew the plane, I prayed continually for George. As I climbed to cruising altitude, I monitored George's breathing to be sure he could handle it.

Upon landing at Fort Pierce at 11:45am (a 2 hour, 10 minute flight), the Customs officials were expecting us and we didn't need to bring George in. The officer came out to us. The Customs staff treated us with great courtesy and care, knowing the situation with George. It was with such joy to lift this veteran Amabassador of the Cross into the awaiting mini-van. Ana, his daughter was so glad to have her father back in the U.S.

George is far from out of the woods so I urge you to continue to pray for him. Personally, I can't tell you the joy that I've experienced just being part of this rescue. Each of you have joined together with us.

Immediately after sending out the notice to pray, e-mails came in from Haiti, Pakistan, Indonesia as well as from across the U.S. I praise God for this wonderful tool called e-mail! It is a powerful instrument to mobilize prayer quickly!

Oh, I must tell you, the Bahamians called George the "Honorary Governor of Eleuthera Island". This precious man and his wife have planted so many seeds. It's such a joy to be part of the PAYBACK for all the wonderful things he and Jean have done for so many.

Again, thank you for praying for us on this incredible mission!