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Final Approach

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by Justin Honaker  |  Leave a comment

The plane is just past the “abort point” and committed to landing at Methaleneng.

The plane is just past the “abort point” and committed to landing at Methaleneng.

On approach at Methaleneng, one of our most wind-sensitive airstrips, I’m at the “abort point.” This is the point of no return for me. If I am not on glide slope and on speed, I will abort. In the case of Methaleneng, this point is a healthy distance from the airstrip at about 1/4 mile, allowing plenty of room to exit the valley safely.

Every landing we verbalize our “decision point” and define beforehand how to accept or reject a landing. Each airstrip has one, even the easy ones. Past the abort point at Methaleneng, the airplane can’t climb fast enough or turn sharp enough to dodge the mountain filling the wind screen. No going beyond the abort point unless conditions are just right.

It is imperative that I have a stabilized approach, the wind isn’t too strong, and the turbulence is at an acceptable level. My altitude (not too high, not too low) and airspeed (not too slow, but definitely not too fast either) need to be right on.

Ready for takeoff and a different view of the airstrip and valley.

Ready for takeoff and a different view of the airstrip and valley.

This simple principle is life saving for bush pilots. I love how easily this translates into a spiritual application as well. One that says, in order to produce fruit in our lives, marriages, families, and communities, we must follow a strict code. It may go something like this:

If what I am about to do does not draw me or others closer to Christ, that’s my abort point. I will change direction; I won’t “land” there.

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Lessons on Character

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by Liz Schandorff  |  1 Comment

“I could never do what you do!” This is a refrain that my husband and I heard many times as we shared with ministry partners back in the United States while on furlough last year. I am guessing that what most people were referring to was the sacrifice involved in being a… [Read full post.]

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Bodies and Souls

Posted on: February 27th, 2015 by Nick Frey  |  Leave a comment

We transport a fair amount of bodies in Congo. I would have said passengers, but after someone passes on from this life we call them a body and don’t count their number on the flight manifest.

It occurred to me today, as we transported this body in a casket,… [Read full post.]

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Just a Glimpse

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Rebecca Cannon  |  2 Comments

I’m at the computer, reminiscing and looking through old digital photos. I marvel at the sweet faces of my kids a few years ago—chubbier, messier, softer. I notice my own face—fewer wrinkles, hair that isn’t sprouting a well-worn gray at the temples. And then it pops up: our… [Read full post.]

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Valentine’s Day in Indonesia

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by Rebecca Hopkins  |  1 Comment

I live on a small island where there are no long-stemmed roses, none of my favorite dark chocolate, and no romantic Italian restaurants.

And this Valentine’s Day, my own Valentine wasn’t even here. He’s been shivering in America for some training. I’ve been sweating through another tropical February… [Read full post.]

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