Do you hear that? It sounds a little different…
That’s no propeller you’re hearing. It’s rotors. Having finished our formal language and culture study in April 2019, we’ve been asked to return to the States for one year of helicopter training.
WHAT? MORE TRAINING?? (Yes, we’ve had that same thought ourselves.)
Although this means one more year of “delay” before we finally get to start doing what we’ve been trying to do for years and years (serve in missionary aviation), it’s actually a very necessary step. It’s a long story, but essentially what happened is this: the airplane in the region where we’ll be working had to be pulled (it’s a government thing). In other words, Ethnos360 Aviation had to return that aircraft to the States. Now there’s no airplane serving Ethnos360 workers in that region. Nothin’. Buying another airplane to replace the old one would be rather behind-the-times, since it’s getting harder and harder these days to get permissions to clear out large airstrips in the jungle. What we really need is…
…a HELICOPTER. And a helicopter pilot (or two). A helicopter only needs an approach strip and a small patch of clear ground to land on, rather than a large runway. Problem solved! With a helicopter in this region, Jared can offer shuttle service for consultants, emergency medical evacuations, and yes, the occasional supply drop. It will help make the opening of new works in new villages more feasible, as well.
Please don’t be discouraged by a perceived delay, but join us in our excitement in this new step of training. As the time of opportunity draws nearer, we are just itching to get out there and really SERVE people. Please pray that God will make our way clear as we continue this enormous task now and in the year to come.
Want to get involved personally? You can make a tax-deductible donation toward Jared’s helicopter training by clicking here. Please indicate your special gift with the words “helicopter training” (at checkout there’s an option to add notes to the finance office).
Below: Taken 6-13-19, Jared prepares to take off on his first solo night flight, a 2.5 hour cross-country in southern Arizona.