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.
REPORT FROM THE LAST HAITI MISSION (ACCOMPLISHED!!)
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 http://www.globalhealth.org/conference/view_top.php3?id=656 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: email@example.com or give us a call at: 321-267-7726.
Thanks for reading "Air Mobile Joe's Editorial". Stay tuned for our next adventure.
President - Air Mobile Ministries