the Steidingers
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Spring flights

Posted by on March 31, 2016 in Brazil with 2 Comments

Praise the Lord we have been busy flying and keeping the airplanes flying. The Zenair (2 place float plane) was finally flown again after a new propeller, much needed new floats and an engine “revision”. We still have to finish up some maintenance before it is put back into full-time service. As I write, there is a container full of parts stuck in the Manaus customs port. This container has a new windshield, propeller and aluminum floats for the Rebel. Right now they are deciding if it can enter the country. There is a wooden crate that the floats are packed in.  There are two 4×4 wood pieces that were used to keep the crate off the floor– these are made of a type of wood that is illegal to import into Brazil. Just to clarify, the crate itself is made of wood that is approved, just the bottom pieces that were used to allow the forklift to move the crate are not approved (Update: they decided that this wood is indeed not acceptable so we have to rip it off the box, cut it up in little pieces and mail it back to the US. Anyone interested in purchasing some 4×4’s for a special project? wood that has been “around the world”? The wood is free—I’ll just charge you shipping)

 

A map of the places I've flown over the last month or so.

A map of the places I’ve flown over the last month or so.

Sometimes it's easier to use a boat as a "beach".

Sometimes it’s easier to use a boat as a “beach”. Here is a video of me leaving Rio da Ilha 

Starting the annual inspection on the RV6A: Maint RV

One of the landing strips in the middle of goldmine country. The worker in this "wild west town" has a flourishing church that needs a bigger place to worship.

One of the landing strips in the middle of goldmine country. The worker in this “wild west town” has a flourishing church that needs a bigger place to worship.

Vila de Socorro

Vila de Socorro

Aurana- An airplane parked in his backyard didn't stop him from finishing his fence.

Aurana- An airplane parked in his backyard didn’t stop him from finishing his fence.

This couple has been working in the city of Porto de Moz for about 3 years. They have over 65 home groups already!

The director of the mission (Jeff Hrubik) and I did a weekend trip with stops in 3 places as he ministered and encouraged the pastors. This couple (man on left, wife on right) has been working in the city of Porto de Moz for about 3 years. They have over 65 home groups already!

Ourives- I had to "hop" over a fence that was across this creek in order to land here.

Ourives- I had to “hop” over a fence that was across this creek in order to land here.

Purus- This family has been Christians for almost 3 years.  We went there to see the how the work was going on their 2nd church. They are determined to reach the rest of the 35 communities along their river.

Purus- This family has been Christians for almost 3 years. We went there to see the how the work was going on their 2nd church. They are determined to reach the rest of the 35 communities along their river.

The daughter church on the Purus river.

The daughter church on the Purus river.

Putting the plane in the water.

Pulling the airplane out of the water.

I was finally able to take Janelle flying. I had to pick up a pastor (10 minute flight) so I asked her to go along.

I was finally able to take Janelle flying. I had to pick up a pastor (10 minute flight) so I asked her to go along.

 

2 Comments

Joe and Kathy Rokey on April 1, 2016

God's Blessings on your service for Our Lord. What a beautiful place!!

Jana on April 4, 2016

Oh My! Unbelievable about the wood!! Lots of miles! Good work!!

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