Rob’s trip to Bethel and Mekoryuk went very well, with a few unexpected conversations with pastors at the Bethel airport. Mekoryuk was under low clouds all three days, which delayed his departure, but overall a great visit with some much needed prayer time. The snow is just beginning to thaw in Mekoryuk and they have had an additional storm since Rob’s departure, so the drive from the airport to the village was through a canyon of snow with the walls only inches from the truck’s mirrors, cut with a loader through drifts up to 15 feet deep in places.
Jonathan attended the Alaskan Missions Summit last week and came home excited! The feeling of unity was unprecedented, and there were many good conversations about how churches and ministries can partner to better serve the needs of churches in the rural communities in Alaska.
This morning Matt, Terry, and Jonathan started an annual inspection on the Cessna 182, which should take about a week, and Rob and Terry will complete their flight training in the Cessna 206.
Coming up this weekend in Anchorage is the annual Alaska Airmen’s Aviation Trade Show. It’s the premiere aviation event in Alaska, and every year our staff run in to many of the pastors who are also pilots in the rural communities—hope to see you there!
On Sunday May 6 Matt will be flying to Dillingham with several men from MSI (Missions Safety International), a group of aviation professionals who perform safety audits for missionary aviation programs worldwide. They will be performing an audit there, and will begin an audit of Arctic Barnabas’ aviation program upon their return from Dillingham on Wednesday.