We received a newsletter this week from JAARS, which is one of the many organizations using airplanes to support worldwide missions. It is always so exciting to read about the ways that aircraft are being used to further God's kingdom, and to literally save the lives of men, women and children in remote parts of the world. These stories motivate me to work hard and pray for our financial support, as we desire to be on the front lines, serving through missionary aviation.
A theme that stood out in this newsletter was the need for laborers to go and serve. In fact, JAARS currently has 40 open positions! And JAARS is only one of many organizations in need of pilots, mechanics, administrators and other support staff.
The need is great! There are people in remote parts of the world who are dying for lack of the physical and spiritual restoration that we can offer in the name of Christ. The thing is, we have the means and the tools to help them right now. But where are those who will stand up and say, "Here am I. Send me!"?
I and my family have stepped out in faith to respond to God's call. Jesus said to his disciples, "the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Matthew 9:37-38). We are eager to go! There are airplanes waiting to be flown and people waiting to be served. But the reality is we cannot go without friends who will partner with us, sending us out with prayer and financial support.
As much as I love to read about how God is working through missionary aviation, it can also be difficult and even heart-wrenching. I desperately yearn to go and help meet the needs that exist in missionary aviation. Reading stories from blogs and newsletters just feeds my desire even more, making the waiting—and the sitting in my cubicle day after day—nearly unbearable. Would you please pray for us as we continue to contact potential ministry partners and trust God for provision? Would you pray that God would move in the hearts of the people through whom He will meet our ongoing financial needs? And, finally, would you pray about how you might partner with us in this calling?
Thank you so much, and may God richly bless you!