Helicopter Prayer Request

Posted by: wrguptill on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

May 4

We are busy wrapping up our role here in Palawan. The flying has been turned over to Andrey, and some of the medical work over to local lay workers that Wendy has trained.  We will be going to the States in June to attend Eric’s wedding (my brother).  We will also be attending the Montana Campmeeting and the last part of the GC session in Atlanta.
God has been opening doors here for expanding our work onto the main Island of Luzon. There is a tremendous need for helicopter air support there. On returning from the States our focus will be to start our aviation ministry in Luzon.

We returned last week from a trip to New Zealand and Australia in which we looked at 3 different MD500 helicopters that were for sale. We only were planning on seeing 2 but unexpectedly the owner of the 2nd helicopter flew us to another airport to see the 3rd one that a friend of his was trying to sell. I felt impressed this 3rd helicopter was the one we should look at most seriously. It is one of only 5 MD500’s that were configured as a medical evacuation helicopter. After looking at the maintenance logbooks and talking with the mechanic, it looked well maintained and has over 2000 hours left on all the major components.
That was about 2 weeks ago and we have been praying for wisdom and God to lead to the best helicopter and to guide in negotiating for the purchase of this helicopter. Today we have reached an agreement with the owner for a purchase price.  We would need to pay $50,000 by the end of this week and another $150,000 by the end of the month, and the remainder when we ship it from New Zealand in August.

I ask that you would join us in prayer regarding this helicopter. If this is the right machine for God’s work here, we pray he will provide the needed money to purchase it.

Topics: Helicopter

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