The new year is already flying by. We are busy planning for the new year. So here is some of what we going in 2018:
We have moved to a new platform and simplified the management of it but of course you won’t notice that. You will see some other changes in the content and layout. We want to have all the current organizations listed as well as include a link to your website. If you want that link to go to a specific place you need to get that to us. Pictures will be a big help with your member bio descriptions. So, send any photos that you would like to include in your member bios. Check out your listing and send me any changes which need to be made.
There are a couple of new categories: “Marketplace” where things for sale can be listed and “Personnel Needed” where critical ministry openings can be listed. We are making these time sensitive so we can keep the information current. Items will not stay listed indefinitely but will expire after a period of time, typically 60 days, and be removed. You must relist if you still have a need and it is appropriate to do so.
A special thanks to James Baker who is helping sponsor and manage our website. James is offering IAMA members an 20% discount for all IAMA members. Contact James Baker Design at James Baker Design.
It is being hosted by Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Information will be posted on the website as it becomes available.
As of today I have just one table display space available. I’m sure it will fill quickly.
Smoketown Aviation Fair
This is event is now an officially sponsored event. The event will draw thousands from the local area and has always been an event that the mission groups have wanted to be involved in. As the planning progresses I will post it on the website with information on how you can get involved.
International Conference On Missions (ICOM)
Several IAMA members have gotten together and we will have the opportunity to create a “Missionary Aviation Plaza” to showcase the place aviation plays in missions as well as challenge young people to get involved.
Mission Aviation Repair Center
Mission Aviation Repair Center in Alaska just called me. Due to unexpected needs in other parts of the world the Cessna Caravan they normally use in the Summer will not be available to them. If you know of an available single engine turboprop aircraft please let them know. This is a short term need and they will work out any details.
Under His Wings,
Glen Ferguson – CEO
International Association of Missionary Aviation
This issue spotlights the College of Missionary Aviation located in Keystone Heights Florida. Of special interest is their beginning of a helicopter training program.
College of Missionary Aviation
“Training men and women to take the gospel to the world”
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!
Psalms 24:1-2 The earth is Jehovah’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Another Quarter has passed and time is moving so quickly. Our life is but a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes. I have been impressed from the Lord lately that we need to increase our labor for Him because time is so precious and people need to hear the message of salvation before moving into a Christ-less eternity.
From the Academic Dean and the administrative office, we are pleased to announce that our first step toward accreditation has been accomplished. We are now an Approved Member of the Association of Independent Christian Colleges and Seminaries. Thanks to Peggy Caldwell and Dr. Mackey for their work on this project. We now turn our sights on qualifying for candidate status as our second step in a third step process. PTL! We are graduating another student on January 7th at 6:00 PM. This will be our third Graduating class. Additionally God has supplied us with all of the academic Instructors that are absolutely necessary. We could use two or three more professors for the staff and we are confident that God will supply them in the forthcoming year.
We have a solid new class of six to seven students starting in January 2018. We have two new students that are scheduled to begin mid-term in April. The class for July 2018 is already beginning to form and we believe that by July we will have at least twenty-five students enrolled. Praise the Lord!
We are still short flight instructors however. God has been working in the hearts of one particular couple and we are confident that he will begin as a flight instructor full time by the last week of January 2018 and we have an additional three part time flight instructors that are willing to assist us with several days a week. God has supplied us with a helicopter flight simulator to compliment the infrastructure for the Rotary Wing Program. The program was scheduled to begin in January but God has seen fit that we complete our courses and infrastructure a little more slowly. Hence, that program will not begin until July. Our first airplane that was donated to the college and is under going a total rebuild is being painted as of this writing and we anticipate it to begin flight training in February or March. Our first Rotary Wing (Gyro Plane) aircraft will be on the premises in January. This aircraft along with a Robinson R-44 will be the two primary aircraft used for flight training for the students to gain their commercial Helicopter license. Below is an artist’s rendition of the new flight operations hangar. God willing it will be equipped with Flight operations office, flight planning room, pilot briefing rooms and bathrooms as well as aircraft storage. Please pray with us that the funding will come in to pay for the hangar. Heavy equipment was donated and the property cleared just north of our existing hangar to accommodate the new operations hangar.
The office has been very busy with the new students, Graduation and the holidays. Happy New Year to all from the students and staff!
GLOBAL MISSION UPDATE – COSTA RICA
The inspector has been down to Costa Rica to work on the aircraft. The new engine has been installed and the aircraft is ready to fly and there is one hiccup in the international paperwork. As soon as this is cleared up we can break in the new engine and test fly and then begin flight training and flight operations.
PRAY WITH US
- Pray that God will send in the resources for the new hangar.
- An additional fixed wing flight instructor.
- Additional funds for Costa Rica
- Additional funding for the General Scholarship Fund for the students.
Dr. Tim Huggins, President
College of Missionary Aviation
PO BOX 1033
Keystone Heights, Florida 32656
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