Thursday, September 20, 2012


I've been told by many people that flexibility, patience, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances are important traits for anyone in the aviation world (and especially in missionary aviation). Well, I have been experiencing that for myself lately. I've been "almost ready" for my check ride for a few weeks now, and yet I don't feel that I am getting any closer. This week alone, I have had to cancel three flights. The reality is, no matter how hard I work or how well I plan, there are some things that are just beyond my control. Planes need unexpected maintenance, the weather doesn't always cooperate, and scheduling conflicts arise.

These delays can be frustrating, but they remind me to slow down and not to be so worried about "getting things done". God is also using my experiences to strengthen character qualities that I will need in increasing measure as we progress down this road toward serving in missionary aviation. I am reminded not to lean too much on my plans and ideas, and that this life of faith is more about a real, dynamic relationship with Jesus, than it is about accomplishing things for him.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Going Public!

This morning I had the privilege of sharing my story with our church family, and of telling them about our plans to join MMS Aviation. We had been speaking with individuals as we had the opportunity, but this was the first time that we shared our plans in front of a large group in a public setting. Now that we've told our family at Grace, I'm able to speak more openly about our plans.

I am up on stage most weeks at Grace, but it was a little different not having my guitar in front of me. I thought about turning my talk into a song, but abandoned that idea pretty quickly! I am thankful to have had the opportunity to share about the process that God has brought us through, and some of the lessons he has taught Tara and me over the last several years. My hope is that—by hearing our story—people at Grace will be encouraged to partner with us in our ministry, and to listen to God's voice in their own lives.

Thanks to everyone that came this morning to hear what was on my heart, and for your support and encouragement as we move into this new chapter of our lives. We are truly blessed, and look forward to what lies ahead for us!