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Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) T206 has arrived from the field and will be undergoing a major inspection plus an engine change.  In last weeks post you saw Stephen working on this 206's new engine but this week you will see him removing the old .

 An interesting thing about airplane engines is that they have a life limit.  This one's is 15 years or 1800 hours.  After the time passes the engine needs to be overhauled, which is basically a tear-down, inspecting for cracks, making sure nothing has worn outside of serviceable limits, replacing worn parts, reassembly and test.
 While the engine is out, the firewall, engine mounts and tunnel will be cleaned, inspected and repaired if necessary.  New hoses will be fabricated, tested and installed. 
The old engine came with parts that the new engine did not, so the exhaust, turbo system, engine baffling, prop governor and alternator will all have to be removed and sent out to specialty shops for repair, except the baffling that we can repair ourselves.

When those pieces return we'll be able to complete the assembly and test of the new engine.

Something to look forward to...

Thanks for taking the time to read this and remember to keep us in your prayers.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Catching up!

The last few weeks have been a whirl wind and we have had the pleasure of seeing God move on our behalf repeatedly.   

After spending the summer serving God in Mongolia, Hannah safely returned home to us with many stories to tell.  Her summer with Teen Missions international grew her spiritually in ways that probably could have never happened in Ohio.  She experienced spiritual warfare, seen God answer numerous prayers for provision and protection and had the opportunity to train 40 or so Mongolian Christian teens how to  reach their families, friends and community with the good news and hope that comes from knowing Christ.  The full extent to the success of her summer will not be known until she stands before Christ one day and He Himself tells her "Well done"!

 The last few years we have seen Noah working, struggling and praying about his future after high school.  Once again God showed up in a big way, made his will known in an absolute way.  With a few tears and much excitement we dropped Noah off at "The" Ohio State University.  God also provided him a job on campus as a calculus 1 tutor.  He is attending the on campus church H20 and is getting active in its small group.  He has big plans to go far at OSU.  Please keep him in your prayers.


In the hangar I've been working with two apprentices to overhaul two different engines.  Stephen (pictured below) is overhauling a turbo charged six cylinder-ed Contenintal engine that will be the heart of a mission plane flown by Missionary Aviation Fellowship in Mexico.

An interesting tidbit of aviation information is noted in the picture below.  There are two main engine manufactures for reciprocating engines.  The gray one in the foreground is a Lycoming, the gold one in the background is a  Continental Motors engine.  The are very similar in many ways but different in a key few.  The main debatable point often argued over is which one is better...  being a neutral party with years of actual hands on experience I'd have to say the better one depends on how they are taken care of,  Lycoming are know for having camshaft problems, Continentals are known for having cylinder problems but both of the problems stem from how the owner operates and cares for the the engine.  They are both great engines , I would be glad to have either. 

  Ryan (background of  picture) is overhauling a  six cylinder Lycoming engine that will be the heart of a mission plane serving with Missionary Aviation Fellowship in Suriname.

It will be a race to the finish, to see whether Ryan or Stephen gets his engine done and on the test stand first. 

I also have three more engines coming over the next few months.  Two for this fall and one to start in the winter.  

I will try to do better in keeping the updates coming look for another one next week.

Thanks, Josh  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Change of Plans for Noah

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Greetings from Noah! I am sad to say that I will not be attending Teen Missions International this summer.  With college rapidly approaching, and a good job opportunity, I will be taking this summer to prepare financially and personally for college life.  God has answered my prayer for financial support in a way that I didn't imagine.  The Ohio State University at Columbus has offered me a full-ride scholarship, covering room, board, and academic cost.  This is an amazing opportunity that God has offered me, and I am excited to pursue it as I go to OSU this fall.  Even though I am not going to Teen Missions, my sister is, please continue to pray for and support Hannah as she prepares for Mongolia this summer.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mongolia Update

  Big Top is up and there's only 65 days until the first day of Boot Camp! I'm so excited! Thank you to everyone who has donated! I've only got $900 left! Look at the thermometer and see how little is left! YAY! Mongolia: HERE I COME.

Friday, April 6, 2018

   Greetings friends! I have wonderful news! We booked my flight down to Boot Camp! Thank you all who have supported me this far! If you've been thinking about it, there's still time to give! I need $1,700 before my dead line of May 15.

   Above, you can see picture of the orphanage my team and I will be working on after we finish running our Boot Camp for the Mongolian teens to be trained and equipped to evangelize in their own country.