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Humaita- road trip

Posted by on August 3, 2018 in Brazil with no comments, please leave one

Last month at 4:30 one morning seven guys left Santarem to “spy” out the land for our move next year. We drove over 1800 miles– mostly dirt. Two river trips allowed the Brazilian missionaries to experience the river culture in another state. Two families (including us) will live in the city of Humaita along with […]

Bearhawk- transformation

Posted by on June 27, 2018 in Brazil with no comments, please leave one

After much prayer and consultation, the mission gave the go-ahead to purchase some amphib floats for the 4-place Bearhawk. This occurred last fall. The floats were finished (in Canada) and shipped to Brazil in March. They arrived in April, and of course were delayed in customs. Almost to the day they were liberated, the truckers […]

Latest aviation project

Posted by on December 15, 2017 in Brazil with no comments, please leave one

One major headache I’ve encountered while living in Brazil was the importation of some aluminum floats. We asked for much prayer and after thousands of dollars and 18 months of waiting they confiscated them. HOWEVER we were able to purchase them “back” at an auction (I know if sounds frustrating, but this is Brazil). I […]

Recent flight

Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Brazil with 1 Comment

If you’ve read the book about the mission (Sunrise on the Amazon) or heard us talk about the mission, then you’ve probably heard of Pastor Nilton. He co-founded the mission (as an 18 year old) with Luke Huber. He is now 60 years old, still doing the same thing- pastoring churches in the Amazon Basin. […]

“No reserves, no retreats, no regrets”, William Borden

Posted by on December 11, 2016 in Brazil with no comments, please leave one

This is my battle cry for 2017! NO RESERVES, NO RETREATS, NO REGRETS!! Copied from:   “In 1904 William Borden graduated from a Chicago high school. As heir to the Borden family fortune, he was already wealthy. For his high school graduation present, his parents gave 16-year-old Borden a trip around the world. As […]

August 2016

Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Brazil with no comments, please leave one

August was a big month for the flight program in Santarém. We made 20 flights flying 32 hours. That may not seem like a lot, but when each hour of flight equals 5-10 hours by boat, we did a bunch of traveling! For those of you that read our newsletter (paper), you know that we […]

Three years ago

Posted by on August 23, 2016 in Brazil with no comments, please leave one

August 24, 2013 my mother passed away. I found some thoughts I had written down during that time:   During this time of my mom’s passing, I am sure I will hear these type of comments: “your mom was such a good person, but Jesus needed her more up in heaven than he did here.” […]

Mission trips

Posted by on July 19, 2016 in Brazil with no comments, please leave one

We’ve had a wonderful 2 months getting to know many communities and the people that came on all the short-term mission trips. Since May we were blessed to be part of six different trips. Where: Umbizal Group: college students from Oral Roberts University Family involved: Matt, Mariah, Jaelah Reason: Church construction, evangelism       […]


Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Brazil with 1 Comment

Last week I went 1,000 miles south and picked up another airplane for use in missions. It is 4-place land plane that can land in marginal airstrips. It was supposed to be a 7 hour trip with 2 stops to fill up. However with a couple oil leaks and some dirty fuel (when the motor starts […]

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 […]