He’s faithful through the seasons
In just a few days Dwayne and I leave Pennsylvania, where we live November to May, and head for Alaska. Amid much travel and ministry, Dwayne has been busy with a team of pilots and aviation mechanics getting the airplanes that have been stored in various hangars on the east coast transported to the hangar the Lord has provided for us at Rocktop Airport in Chambersburg, PA. It sits beside a 1700-foot grass strip and the generosity of the Forrester family to allow us use of their hangar and strip has been a tremendous blessing. When not traveling, Dwayne jumped in at our local church, Antrim Brethren in Christ, where he quickly got acquainted. One Sunday, he was invited to share the ministry of Kingdom Air Corps, and the church has enthusiastically organized a work team to come help at the Ranch in July. Also, Dwayne along with two church leaders, taught a three-week evangelism course Sunday evenings at the church.
I retired from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association on April 5 after 30 years, and I’ve hit the ground running into retirement! I’m able to help Dwayne more with day to day ministry, traveling with him and hosting friends at our home. Andrey, an international missionary pilot and mechanic, was with us for six weeks, and Mitchell, a young man with a call to aviation ministry, for a week. I am also busy with writing, a work the Lord called me to years ago. I’ve completed my first novel, Floxx, book one of a three-part series for young (and old) adults. It’s being published now and should be available in a few weeks. My hope for these books is that they not only tell a good story, but also portray God’s unimaginable love and reckless pursuit of us, even when we ignore him, even when bad things turn worse.
As most of you know, this year has been heartbreaking, difficult, and challenging, yet our eyes are on God and our faith in his Word. He tells us to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4). We are continuing on with our ministry, our eyes on the Lord, fully trusting him. Our summer plans include a couple dozen students coming to the Ranch for missionary flight training, two weeks of Brooks Range Bible Camp, ongoing aviation maintenance and other work projects, and many opportunities to share the joy of our faith with visitors. I’ll post summer updates in this blog. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.