It has been an eventful four months since I last wrote. I was able to attain my mechanic certification back in January so that was a huge praise!
I had been struggling at my workplace for a long time but did not feel freedom from the Lord to leave. Within the last few weeks, I was under extreme amounts of stress at my job and sought counsel from many godly people. With their encouragement and support, I ended up resigning. The following Saturday, I was seeking the Lord about what the next step might be. Having my mechanic certification opens many doors for me. I reached out to 3 different missionary aviation groups and inquired about mechanic opportunities. All 3 organizations replied with interest. The first organization to respond was Harvest Aviation in Wauchula, Florida. The president of Harvest called me back that same afternoon and we spoke for about 40 minutes. We decided that I would try to visit while I am currently unemployed.
I left for Tampa three weeks ago and was able to spend some precious time with my cousin Mandy who just recently moved to Florida with her husband. She then brought me part of the way to Wauchula where a member of Harvest would pick me up. I spent 6 days visiting the mission organization. I cannot even begin to tell you how God showed Himself so clearly each day I was there. It was incredible!
I will just share a few highlights.
First of all, let me explain what Harvest does. There are three core ministries of the organization: Air Support, Missionary Care and NextGen Training. Currently Harvest serves missionaries and churches in Belize and Honduras by transporting cargo and supplies once a month. That would be the Air Support ministry. The Missionary Care ministry supports the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the missionaries and pastors who are serving God on the mission field. Lastly, NextGen training is aimed at training those who have the call of God on their lives to serve the Lord using aviation as either pilots or mechanics. I will be able to participate in each of those ministries and I couldn’t be happier!
Harvest Aviation currently owns 2 aircraft and has access to one larger aircraft which they currently use for the flights to Central America. I have been told within a year and a half that I could be piloting the flights to Central America! I am overjoyed at that possibility!
Another aspect of Harvest that I am excited to participate in is the actual trips to Belize and Honduras. The Missionary Care program focuses on the needs of the missionaries and those serving in full time ministry overseas. I have been given the opportunity to come alongside our Executive Director to help train and mentor the women in Belize and Honduras.
Lastly, there is another ministry in town whose goal is to restore families through breaking the chains of addiction in the lives of women. I had the opportunity to meet with the founder of this organization and we are seeking the Lord about forming a partnership where I could volunteer with her program in exchange for housing assistance. I am equally excited about mentoring women and using the Word of God to bring healing.
There is a lot going on. There are many open doors and an excitement about what the Lord is doing! I am planning to send out more frequent updates as I make this transition.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update. I am very excited for the next steps. Please pray that I would trust the Lord’s ever-faithful hand as He guides me through the next few months. You all are such a blessing to me! Stay strong in the Lord!