Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
As you may already know from my most recent newsletter, I accepted a full Time position with Missionary Air Group(MAG). I will begin next spring after the completion of my apprenticeship at MMS Aviation. I will be serving as Pilot/Mechanic as well as Program Director for the Guatemala field program. I will be based in Northern Guatemala and serve the people there by Showing Christ's love through providing emergency medical flights out of very remote ares.
Here is a note for the Kids at Grace Point Community Church as well as all those who have responded to God's call to be part of this ministry along side me.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This is a video of the Lutheran Association Of Missionaries and Pilots (LAMP) project I have been working on for the past several months. This video documents the first run of the engines after installing them on the airplane. MMS Human Resources Director, Kieth Dodson, put the video together.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Graham Fly In 2010 from Paul Jones on Vimeo.
A local Fly-In held every year just 15 miles away from Coshocton. Hundreds of people and more than 40 planes showed up this year. Good times! I went up in a De Havilland Chipmunk aerobatic plane that MMS had restored several years ago. The plane had been in an accident and was a donation to us. MMS fixed it up, and sold it to a local pilot. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take it for a spin with the owner! Literally!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Fresno Sunset TL from Paul Jones on Vimeo.
One of the beautiful sunsets God has created! I set my camera in the grass and let it do it's thing - capturing 850 pictures over 30 minutes. I wove them together to make this time lapse video. 30 minutes of sunset in 30 seconds!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
First Africa 2010 Journal Video from Paul Jones on Vimeo.
Here are the journal videos I shot While on my recent Rapid Response trip to Gabon, Africa. Three of us went to dissasemble a missionary airplane significantly damaged in a recent crash. We put the plane in a shipping container and it should be on a ship bound for the US. We expect the plane to arrive at MMS in a month or two. At that point we will spend approx. a year restoring the aircraft so it can serve on the African mission field once again.
I had intended to post these videos while in Africa, but as you can imagine the internet conection was poor. So here they are. Feel free to get an idea of what my time was like on this unique trip.
Expectant Fathers from Paul Jones on Vimeo.
On the way back to the US we flew through Johanesberg, South Africa. This is the current home of the first missionary airplane I worked on after arriving at MMS two years ago. Take a look at my first few journal videos from 2008, and especially at the Jan. 22nd 2009 timelapse videos and you'll see this plane at MMS. The airplane is back serving with Mission Aviation Fellowship in South Africa.
Monday, July 5, 2010
This summer myself and two other MMS staff had a couple of opportunities to be involved in teen summer aviation camps. The goal of these camps wast to expose young men and woman to aviation and how it is used as an effective tool to glorify our Creator.
The first camp was up in Ashtabula, OH and was at Stoney Glen Camp. This was a Christian Service Brigade teen boy high adventure camp. Each of the approx. 60 boys (12-18 yo) chose one high adventure activity to participate in for the entire week. The activities included Scuba, Riflery, high performance go-cart racing (these things are fast!), Paintball, Outdoor Challenge (spending the week camping in the wilderness), Life Guarding, and Aviation. We had 4 enthusiastic boys in aviation. We were the boys' cabin and aviation counselors.
The second camp was at Skyview Ranch in Millersberg, OH. This was more of a typical Christian summer camp for boys and girls and had approx. 350 Jr. & Sr. High campers. However, this year Skyview added the aviation camp as an option for daily activities. While the other 150 Sr. High campers did their typical camp activities during the day, the 11 boys and 1 girl who signed up for aviation had an entirely different experience. From 8am till 4pm we taught them more than the basics of how an airplane flies, and how to properly fly the plane. More importantly we studied scripture and focused on how God uses the airplane for His glory on the mission field. Every day, during these ground school sessions, pairs of campers would go fly in shifts in one of two airplanes. During the flights we taught them everything from how to taxi in a straight line to how to navigate cross country. We logged a total of nearly 30 flight hours during the week. By the end of the week at least 3 of the campers made public declarations to serve God full time through missionary aviation.
Above and beyond the aviation aspect of the camps, we saw young peoples' lives changed. God not only used these camps to show how these youth could glorify Him with their interests, but we saw Him soften their hearts and draw them closer to Him in powerful ways.
Thanks again for all of you who support the work God has led me to through your financial and prayer support. We are making an impact for God's glory!
Above is a video that Skyview Ranch put together after our week at camp. It gives a good idea of what our daily activities were like.
Monday, April 26, 2010
We had a recent "potato gun" church youth event . Several of the kids made potato guns and the whole group spent the evening launching spuds. This is the video of me catching the video camera launched from a potato gun. Watch the next video to see the potato camera aerial view!!
Friday, April 2, 2010
Myself and three other missionaries from MMS went up to Kidron, OH yesterday in order to remove two turboprop engines (jet engine driving propellers) from a WWII era DC3 aircraft. It took only nine hours to remove the engines. In a couple weeks, the same team will go to Florida to install these engines on the same type aircraft. That plane will be used by Missionary flights International (MFI) to serve Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
A couple weeks ago I had the chance to have some fun with the 1st - 5th graders at my sending church, Grace Point Community, in Columbus, OH. These kids are part of my support team and take a weekly offering to help keep me on the mission field. They are so excited about supporting a missionary and are a huge encouragement to me. I visited there Kids Quest service on Sunday morning and had them do some riveting to get an idea of what I do as I work on aircraft. Each kid put together a small personal cross made out of old missionary airplane parts. Each kid also got to put a rivet in a large 5 foot tall cross made from old missionary airplane pieces. We had a blast together.