I made it to JAARS!!!!!

As many of you know I will be spending the next 3 1/2 months in Waxhaw, NC doing aviation flight and maintenance orientation with JAARS to prepare me for the missionary service I will be doing in Zambia, Africa with Flying Mission.  I arrived earlier this week and will begin my training next Tuesday, September 4th.  Waxhaw is located near the South Carolina border just south of Charlotte.

Here’s a brief look at who JAARS is and what life will look like for me here in Waxhaw, NC!!!!!

Who JAARS is (this info was taken from their website, follow the links to their website to find out more):

“We’re a nonprofit that provides technical support services—such as aviationinformation technology, and media—to advance Bible translation and literacy programs worldwide. Our work impacts teams with SIL International, the Wycliffe Global Alliance, and many related organizations.”

“For more than 60 years, JAARS aviation has provided safe, dependable flight services to translators and support personnel, enabling Bible translation to flourish in locations that would otherwise remain inaccessible.”

JAARS used to stand for “Jungle Aviation and Radio Service” but at this point they do a lot more than aviation and radio service so the acronym was dropped and it’s just JAARS.

Because Flying Mission doesn’t have any training facilities in the United States, JAARS handles most of the evaluation and pre-field training for FM pilot/mechanics.

JAARS owns and operates out of JAARS-Townsend Field, and does much or their training on the field, as well as at other strips in the area.  While their main runway is long and paved, they have short grass strips set up on the side that can progressively train pilots to land within precise limitations.



For my training this fall I will be flying this Cessna U206G.  The Cessna 206 is a 6 seat single engine aircraft with a rugged design and powerful engine.  It is a popular bush plane, and is used all over the world by many different mission agencies.  The first airplane that I will be operating with Flying Mission in Zambia will be the 206, so my experience this fall will be invaluable when I begin flying in Africa.


I have a small (it’s smaller inside then it looks :-)) apartment that I will be living in during my training.  It is about a 5 minute walk from the airport, so it’s the perfect spot for me to be!





God Confidence!

I was having a conversation a while ago with one of my friends and they were telling me about a verse they had come across, and how it was strikingly powerful in The Message version.  The verse keeps coming back to my mind, I think it’s one of the lessons that God has been teaching me over and over for the past year and a half.  The line that is so powerful is this:  “Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.” 1 Corinthians 10:12.

I have learned so many lessons in the past year and a half.  But I think that underneath pretty much every lesson has been the need for one thing in my life:  God Confidence.

For me this has been so very difficult.  I know the truth.  I have memorized the verses:

Jeremiah 29:11-13 “11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.”

James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Romans 5:3-5 ” Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

And yet I still feel anxious.  I still feel unsettled.  I can repeat these verses over and over, but how do I get them to go deep down?  How do I get them from my head to my heart?  If we are honest I think that most of us will admit that in one area or another of our lives we all are struggling to find peace (at least I hope I’m not the only one).  And it is available, the Bible promises it.  It comes down to where our confidence is.  Self-confidence is most certainly useless. But if we have God confidence we can have peace.  As 1 Corinthians 10 continues “No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.”

I am sitting on the precipice of the beginning of the rest of my life.  In 2 weeks I leave for flight and maintenance training that will begin to prepare me to serve God as a missionary pilot in Zambia, Africa.  God has made it so very clear that this is where I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to be doing.  And yet I still find myself lacking God Confidence.  So what do I do?

To be honest I am not completely sure.  But there are a few things that I have begun doing that I believe will take me to a place of stronger God confidence:
  • I get up every morning and spend time with God.  How can I be confident in someone that I don’t know?
  • I remind myself everyday of the promises that He gives. I attempt to put more scripture and truth into my mind everyday than anything else.
  • I try my very best to not do anything that I know is wrong.

Beyond that I wait… BUT

13 I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.
                             Psalm 27
May God bless you as you move towards peace and God Confidence in your life.