A Season for Everything
As the flight training season winds down at Kingdom Air Corps, Alaska, our missionary staff look toward fall and winter ministry opportunities across the U.S. and abroad. Dwayne and I are no exception. We have just arrived in Pennsylvania, our personal winter base of operations and will be here just a few days before we fly to Russia. Our overseas aircraft fleet needs maintenance and we will bring necessary parts to perform inspections on aircraft stationed there. We look forward to seeing friends and affiliates after a long season away.
Dwayne and I had just arrived in Russia last September and had been there only four hours when we received the devasting news that his son, David King, had been in a fatal helicopter accident. We flew back to Alaska on the first flight out the next morning. Dwayne wanted to be with the same friends in Russia on the anniversary of this tragedy to reflect on the year, the loss and the grief, as well as the wins and the joys, and give thanks to God for the many blessings he has given us in the past year. Many of those blessings are you, each of you, all of you together, holding us up in prayer and offering words of encouragement and hope that have carried us through many difficult days.
Please continue to pray for us, for the health and wisdom to guide the ministry well; and also for the staff of Kingdom Air Corps, some of whom will be traveling thousands of miles over snowy roads. Others will be working hard in Alaska maintaining the property through the harsh winter, working on aircraft in heated, but still chilly, hangars, and caring for their families, hauling wood, cooking, and seeing to the needs of each other.
I’m glad for seasons and the change of perspective they bring. Glad for the hope after grief, the victory after struggle, the harvest after planting. Solomon, the wisest man who has ever lived understood this well and, inspired by the Holy Spirit, penned these famous words in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.