Finally being a missionary pilot (sortof): why I’m taking training courses.

My name is Jon, and I’ve been changed by goodness.

I’m talking about late night emergency room visits because of ill children, or the shoulder of a friend when I’m exhausted, or encouragement from scripture. As a society, we’re usually connected to what we need. That’s the goodness of God and our friends/family which has changed my heart.

Not everyone is connected to what they need. Not everyone has experienced this goodness.

That bothers me. Entire people groups are disconnected because of remote locations, poor infrastructure, conflict, or difficult terrain. It’s not right to forget about communities around the globe cut off from medical care, education, reliable transportation, access to market, and the hope of God’s word.

Everyone needs access to the goodness of I have known through connection. I passionately serve at Spokane Turbine Center so remote communities are connected with the life-giving people and resources they need.

xd12_8759c2

Spokane Turbine Center has the coolest facilities. Stop in for a tour when visiting historic Felts Field in Spokane, Washington.

Missionaries use high-performance turbine aircraft to reach people in Indonesia, Alaska, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Ecuador… all over. These are super-cool, specialized aircraft that are immensely capable of doing good. Professional technical training helps make connections possible. Spokane Turbine Center trains the pilots and technicians who fly these humanitarian missions.

Thus far, we’ve provided training courses to individuals from around 18 organizations, and they are now serving remote communities in over 20 different countries.  Donations enable us to offer missionary training courses at low cost.

Sometimes I struggle to explain our courses, and our global impact. For the next three weeks, I’ll be taking our missionary aviation training courses and blogging about the experience to tell the Spokane Turbine Center story. Join me on this journey and see how we make a difference!

Finally becoming a (sortof) missionary pilot means something to me. My next post will explain.

parkwater_dsc_6326

The Jon Weber of today. How did I get here? Find out in my next post!

Advertisements

13 thoughts on “Finally being a missionary pilot (sortof): why I’m taking training courses.

  1. Pingback: PT6A Class Day 1: Reducing Cost of Tuition | Propelling Life

  2. Pingback: Pepto-Bismol and Critical Parts: PT6A Comprehensive Overview Day #2 | Propelling Life

  3. Pingback: Turning Jet Fuel Into Noise: PT6A Comprehensive Overview Course Day #3 | Propelling Life

  4. Pingback: Ken’s Dolphin Video: PT6A Comprehensive Overview Day #4 | Propelling Life

  5. Pingback: The End Result: PT6A Comprehensive Overview Day #5 | Propelling Life

  6. Pingback: The Only American: Quest KODIAK Pilot Familiarization Course Day #1 | Propelling Life

  7. Pingback: Missing Knobs:Quest KODIAK Pilot Familiarization Day #2 | Propelling Life

  8. Pingback: The Bird Butcher of Yellowknife: Quest KODIAK Familiarization Day #3 | Propelling Life

  9. Pingback: Quest KODIAK Pilot Familiarization Day 4-5 | Propelling Life

  10. Pingback: What About the Airplane? Quest KODIAK Pilot Familiarization Day #6 | Propelling Life

  11. Pingback: The End Result, Part II: Quest KODIAK Pilot Familiarization, Day 7 | Propelling Life

  12. Pingback: Lessons at the End: Quest KODIAK Pilot Familiarization Day 8 | Propelling Life

  13. Pingback: Everyday Online Shopping = Eternal Impact | Propelling Life

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s