But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Greetings from Florida

Hello all! Gavin here from Tampa, Florida. We flew down here from the JAARS Center in Waxhaw yesterday.
I first of all want to thank my beautiful bride, Carrie, for allowing me to do this. That last post was wonderful to see (as are all of them)!  She and her family are fully behind me as I come on these trips, so that is a great encouragement to me. The volunteers and other workers that help extra with Carrie and the babies are immensely appreciated as well. It is important for me to keep flying as much as possible to keep current and proficient. The flying opportunities in Dallas have not presented themselves as we had hoped and prayed, especially with the flexible schedule I need to have in these early days with the quints.
Yesterday and today we landed the helicopter at two different Christian schools. We were able to share with hundreds of kids from kindergarten to 12th grade about overseas missionary work and especially about Bible translation and the needs for it around the world. We really feel that it is important to get the kids thinking now about how God might use them for His glory with the gifts He has and will give them. (I was six years old when I knew I wanted to be a missionary helicopter pilot.)
           The kids watching the helicopter come in for landing.
                      The kids were excited to see the helicopter and full of questions.
At one school we participated with some of the students in an on-air radio show. Inspiration 1110 AM did the interview with myself and another pilot as well as a few other missionaries. We actually picked up Pete O'Shea, the radio host, at the first school and flew him to the second for the interview.  Him being afraid of heights as well as a comedian, he kissed the ground when he got off the helicopter.  It was an easy, smooth flight, so I don't think it was a comment on my flying abilities.  
            Pete kissing the ground as I am shutting down the helicopter after landing.
You can listen to the interview here (there is a bit of a lengthy musical introduction, but the interview does happen about a minute in).
               We had the on-air interview in the library with the seventh and eighth graders.

Though we may never know what impact our words and actions have when we speak to these youth, The Lord has some wonderful plans for them. It was wonderful this morning to meet the mother of a pilot who is planning to serve with us in Papua New Guinea in a few years. He heard about mission aviation and Bible translation from us when we visited his school several years ago. I may have been one of the guys who spoke to him when I was there in 2008. The Lord is working and it's exciting to be a part of it.

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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