What we’ve been doing…
The last two months have seen steady progress on the remote fuel pump project. It went into production last week, the circuit boards arrived from the prototyping shop and the rest of the assembly is being done here. The new shipping date is hopefully early March.
In January Travis also spent a good amount of time heading up the 100hr inspection on the Cessna 206 used here for training. Then this month we had a Spiritual Emphasis week. Every morning we started with teaching from the Bible on godly character, followed by updates from the field. The Aviation Program managers from all 4 countries as well as the staff on loan to Moody Aviation met here to participate in the meetings and have some additional meetings of their own. It was such an encouraging time being refreshed from God’s word and hearing about how God is using aviation around the world to help spread the good news of the gospel. During that time we were able to sit down and talk with the leaders from the field we will be serving in.
Where we’re going…
If you’ve heard us speak in the past, we usually say things like, “Ethnos360 Aviation has operations in 4 countries and we are most likely going to Papua New Guinea,” or “we’re 95% sure we’re going to Papua New Guinea.” Now its official, we’re assigned to Papua New Guinea! The leadership team here has talked to the leadership team in PNG and we have begun the paperwork necessary to make that transition. We’re also working on getting passports for each of the kids.
Find Australia on a globe and then move your finger North and you will run right into Papua New Guinea. There are over 800 different languages spoken in PNG. Currently about 200 of those languages still do not have a gospel witness among them. Ethnos360 has ministered among 81 language groups in PNG. Right now there are active works in 44 people groups. 10 of those works are accessed by road and/or boat, 16 are supported by the Kodiak airplane and another 18 are supported by the R66 helicopter. The Kodiak is also used to do medical evacuations from PNG to Australia. You can see recent updates from current church planting works in PNG on the NTM PNG facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NTMPNG/
When we’re going there…
We’re hoping to leave for Papua New Guinea in August of this year. That is contingent on completing our paperwork and getting visas, as well as meeting our targeted support level. We’re required to have 75% of our support before we buy our plane tickets.
We are currently at 60% of our targeted support level. If you are led to partner with us, we’d love to have you join our team. Email or call for more information. Contributions can be sent to Ethnos360, 312 West First Street, Sanford, FL 32771, or online giving and EFT’s are possible at https://ethnos360.org/missionaries/travis-and-rebecca-lesicka
See you soon?
In mid-March we will be traveling for two weeks to visit family and speak at a couple of churches in Pennsylvania. If you live in PA or NJ and would like to visit with us, send us an e-mail, or we will be at these churches:
March 12, Covenant United Methodist, Bath, PA 6pm Service
March 19, Ebenezer BFC, Bethlehem, PA 10:05am Children’s Sunday School
Praises and Prayer Requests
- We’re officially assigned to the field of PNG!
- The remote fuel pump is in production and should be shipping with the new helicopter to PNG in March
- Safe travel to and from PA and NJ
- Wisdom in parenting our kids
- That we would manage our time well
- That we would trust God for all our needs
Thanks for standing with us on this journey!
Travis & Becky