We have been on the road! The great connections with so many friends and family makes all the road weariness worth it, for sure. We hope that you can find a time to link up with us. Here is the link to our schedule: TOUR LINK.
THE CRITICAL NEED: A colleague from Gabon sent this picture, above, to highlight her difficulty in coming to Bongolo with a friend in need of medical care. A large, rainforest tree had fallen and blocked the road. It held them up for hours before someone cut a section of it just large enough for their SUV to pass.
A second recent event was when a short term visitor, doing roof work, fell off of a scaffold and needed more intense medical care than our hospital was able to give. Unfortunately, our aircraft was not available for this medevac. Without this critical tool in place, it took over 5 days to properly evacuate him.
With your teamwork, our aircraft overcomes barriers for those in need of Health & Hope.
REMINDER: As of November 1st, financial support for our work will now be exclusively through the Christian & Missionary Alliance. See below for giving instructions. Thanks for your teamwork!
C&MA Giving Options:
1. Online at www.cmalliance.org/give- Enter "Steve Straw" into the search under "Giving to Int'l Workers or Special Projects". You can even check a box to set up recurring giving.
2. Mail your donation to: C&MA- Marketplace Ministries 8595 Explorer Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80920 Make check to "C&MA"; "mm-Steve Straw" in memo
4. Give at a local Alliance church- fill out your check just like #2 (above). Find a church by clicking HERE.
Steve, in his role of Program Manager, joined Chief Pilot, Rob Peterson, at JAARS, in Waxhaw, NC, for their Supervisor Pilot Course. The focus of this training is for those pilots that will evaluate other pilots on the field, in the mission aviation context. Much of the time was spent evaluating the "human factors" that impact our flying. Our instructors were experts in commercial aviation training, mission aviation veterans, and highly regarded conflict resolution mediators. It was a highly valuable time.
Here are some interesting facts from mission aviation:
About 80% of all mishaps happen in the "High Risk Window"- on or near an airport.
Of those mishaps...
- 16% occur while an aircraft is taxiing
- 24% occur during takeoff sequence
- 60% occur during landing
CLICK HERE to read more about mission aviation safety.
UPDATES & LINKS:
We've been enjoying the winter weather after 7 years with no snow! In fact, we may be responsible for it- read more
So many of you have been waiting, and I'm happy to announce that Alace has been writing more lately! Read blog
We just received an email from a company in Gabon that has 40 drums of AvGas too many! As you may know, it can sometimes be very challenging for us to get this specific fuel for our aircraft there, so please pray for provision to get these drums that have showed up on our doorstep!
Our children, Joe (20), Megan (18), and Sam (16), are home for spring break along with Megan's boyfriend, John. Pray for an enjoyable time- we only have a couple more like this before we deploy back to Africa in July.
Steve's role in the central Africa region will be expanding as he has been asked by a partner organization to add oversight of their program (3 aircraft and associated personnel) to the Gabon project. Pray for us as we work out the details. More updates on this to follow.
Please pray as we find the right education programs and funding for Alace as she seeks more equipping for counseling in member care. She hopes to start online education soon after we arrive back in Africa.
2015 PROJECT - "ADOPT-A-PROP"
Please pray with us that we find the 4 sponsorships for this project. We've split up the total cost ($12,000) into more manageable chunks.
Would your small group, family, or church like to get behind one of these sponsorships?
We already have one propellor blade sponsored!!!
It is important that a new prop be purchased and sent to our shipping container bound for Gabon by September.
Please email about your interest at Gabon.Pilot@gmail.com