Our newest plane has arrived! Late last Friday afternoon Matt and Dustin pulled in to the ABM ramp in the donated Piper Lance, a six-seat single engine plane that flies as fast as our Navajo (at half the price). Donated with the Lance was an iPad pre-loaded with ForeFlight, the premiere general aviation navigation software for the iPad. Our staff pilots can hardly keep their hands off it!
In early July the final funds were received to match a grant by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Included in the grant were funds to finish the interior of our hangar, and that work is now proceeding. In the next few weeks the walls will be taped, textured, and painted, and the floor will be painted. There are many tools and materials being purchased to outfit the hangar for the level of maintenance we need to perform. Funds were also designated to repair and reassemble a Cessna 182 donated to us a few years ago in pieces, but in late August we received permission to reassign those funds towards the engine overhaul of our newly received Cessna 206. We are praising God for this provision and are currently researching the best price on that engine.
In just a few weeks Conrad and MarJean Peters will be heading up to Anchorage to do a presentation at a large church about caring for people doing ministry in rural Alaska. We are thrilled about the prospect of churches and believers in this state joining us as we care for those in remote, isolated parts of the state! Pray for a good turn out and acceptance of God’s Spirit stirring in hearts.
As snow begins to dust the tops of the mountains in South Central Alaska, preparations are in full swing for our annual Ministry Family Retreat. We are looking forward to record attendance and covet your prayers for safe flying, good weather, and spiritual protection from the Enemy’s relentless attacks. As always, we would appreciate any financial help in making this event happen also. See our donation page for payment options.
The arrival of snow also signals changes in the animal world, including bears soon hibernating, but this year one bear has made an appearance and will remain active through the winter—our new ABM mascot, Arctic Barney! Follow Barney here on the blog page as he goes on trips, attends retreats, and gets his paws “dirty” around the office and hangar. Who knows, maybe next summer you can get your picture on our website with Arctic Barney on a work trip or as you swing by the hangar to visit us!