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.
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
MISSION TO HAITI ACCOMPLISHED!
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
PS - CONTINUE READING BELOW TO SEE HOW THIS MISSION HAS BEEN UNFOLDING! GOD BLESS!! Joe
AIR MOBILE TEAM IN HAITI - HEADING TO FLOODED AREAS TODAY
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
AIR MOBILE ON THE MOVE AGAIN...HEADING SOUTH!!
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
HERE WE GO AGAIN - HURRICANE FELIX WITH NICARAUGA /HONDURAS / BELIZE IN THE BULLS EYE - AIR MOBILE HAVING AN EMERGENCY RELIEF BRIEFING AT HEADQUARTERS SEPTMEBER 4TH - 6:00PM
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
PS - CONTINUE READING BELOW FOR MORE REPORTS OF PAST AIR MOBILE DEPLOYMENTS
HURRICANE DEAN BARRELING TOWARD JAMAICA - HAITI HIT - PERU EARTHQUAKE CAUSING TREMENDOUS SUFFERING - ALL AREAS NEED CLEAN WATER IMMEDIATELY!!
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: email@example.com. I hope to hear from your soon. Please help us save lives!
Air Mobile Joe
CONTINUE READING FOR OUR LAST DEPLOYMENT REPORT AND A GOOD DESCRIPTION OF A "WATER MULE".
REPORT ON LATEST HAITI DEPLOYMENT! MORE CLEAN WATER IN JESUS NAME!
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
MASSIVE UK FLOODING - ENROUTE TO HAITI - AIR MOBILE ON THE MOVE!
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!
UPDATES ON - GLOBAL HEALTH AWARD, GRADUATIONS, A BRIEF GET-A-WAY (with a crashing fan) AND A CAR FIRE!
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
PPS - CONTINUE READING DOWN TO SEE HOW THIS MISSION UNFOLDED WITH OUR DAY TO DAY "RUNNING JOURNAL". ENJOY - JOE