Frank had an opportunity recently to fly mail in for our missionaries-in-training who are currently living isolated from civilization as an important part of their education at the Missionary Training Center. (You may remember him doing this at Jungle Camp, a similar class at our Canadian training center, last year which we posted about here). Because a helicopter delivering mail is a realistic experience overseas, Frank and two other Ethnos360 Aviation pilots received permission to do a flight and bring both mail and encouragement to the students. We so look forward to doing everything we can on a regular basis to support and encourage isolated missionaries overseas!
Following is the original post by our mission:
Did you know that Ethnos360 has a training facility in Missouri where all of their missionaries, including pilots, prepare for the field? They complete courses that will help them for the task ahead, such as culture and language acquisition, phonetics, and other practical skills.
As part of their training, the students also spend about ten days living completely “off the grid”. They cook all their meals from scratch over a fire (with no refrigeration, mind you), sleep in houses they built with tarps and logs, and participate in classes such as how to tie knots and butcher chickens (that they then eat).
This year we had the chance to participate in this simple living class. Three of our pilots flew the helicopter there and landed in the field in front of their “village”. They got to walk and see all of the students’ houses, hear about the difficulties they were encountering, and encourage them with Ethnos360 Aviation’s heart to lessen their burden by providing logistics that will make their job easier…because living in the middle of the jungle could never be called easy. It was an encouragement to catch a glimpse of their future ministry…for all involved.