Prov. 27:10 Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
The brother that is close is the Dominican Republic and the workers there are being true brothers. Thank God for Iglesias Bautista Christiana and Pastor Rodriguez. His son, Yadin Rodriguez, a pastor at the church, has proven himself to be a real neighbor to those in Haiti.
Monday four planes left from Opa Locka, FL fully loaded with people and cargo. They hit a horrendous head wind that slowed the aircraft to as low as 90 kts at times. This head wind made their fuel consumption very high. One of the pilots, Jack Hunt, had to divert from his primary site, Les Cayes, to go on to Santo Domingo. Had he gone into Les Cayes he would have not been able to make it to Santo Domingo because of fuel.
One of our pilots, Dave Spangler, with Flying for God, had to land in Les Cayes to drop people and cargo. Greg Rife and Valarie Stancil had to go to Les Cayes in order to help Connie Anderson with Macedonia World Baptist Missions. Sadly, because there was no fuel in Les Cayes, Dave Spangler had to deviate to Port au Prince. When he got there on Monday evening he could not get fuel. There was no fuel in Port au Prince that he could buy. We did everything that we could to get fuel to him, but every attempt met failure. Finally, someone, because of the result of prayer, sold him enough fuel to get to Santo Domingo.
The only pilot to drop his load and go on to Santo Domingo was Dave Crispell. This was at least a victory. To our knowledge, all loads, currently, have been dropped at the places missed on Monday.
Today Dennis Conn is flying from Exuma, Bahamas and dropping his load at Les Cayes for the children’s home close to Les Cayes. We are tracking his flight and believe that he will be able to land and go on to the Dominican Republic.
Pray for the pilots. This coalition of pilots with AIR HOPE are brave, determined, and faithful men who have put their lives and planes on the line for the churches and people of Haiti.
Jack Hunt (missionary pilot with WWNT Baptist Missions) made ORH aware of a donation of 43,000 lbs of food in Santo Domingo through David Whetstone, which means that we only have to fly and not pay for food. Upon last word, the food donation increased by 8 tons,and now to my present knowledge there is 59,000 lbs of food available for air lift into Haiti. We want to fly this quickly,so we do not loose this precious cargo.
The donation came with a secure warehouse in Jacmel. This is not coincidence. When God commissioned the planes, He also provided the load and the security of the warehouse. Our God is sufficient. We are so thankful.
We have two more pilots who have volunteered with AIR HOPE which will come soon to the work. This will be good because some of our planes have to return to the US. Pray that we can keep a strong coalition of planes so we can keep flying. Please pray for Michael Coupe and Kelley Hein who will join the group over the week-end. Also pray for Bob Warinner and Capt. Terry Rushing, with Wings as Eagles, who will join us in February after fulfilling fight agreements and missions.
We want to say thank you to Todd Bell, founder of Wings with the Word. His help with airplanes and contacts is invaluable. Pray for his work in Maine.
In the next update we hope to have Greg and Valarie tell their stories of their exploratory visit to Haiti.
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