We went to NY to visit Danny for his 19th birthday, which was April 26th. We were blessed with a unseasonably (for them) warm and sunny stay.
We arrived very early Friday, we got to meet David and Sharon Banks who have graciously housed Danny during his time at Calvary Chapel of the Finger Lakes School of Ministry. David and Sharon, THANK YOU for welcoming us into your home (not to mention caring for our boy...er man) it was such a blessing to get to meet you and spend some time with you.
Later in the day we met Hannah, who is a very sweet young lady who Danny is very attached to...and her very nice family. We had dinner at their home and shared a time of fellowship (we hung out...lol). On Saturday we headed to Niagara Falls. It is an amazing and beautiful site...we walked out on the observation deck overlooking the falls, it was so windy and the mist truly drenches you! We also walked over to Goat Island. On Sunday we went to CCoFL for second service. Pastor Scott Galatin gave an awesome message. Then the amazing Banks hosted a birthday lunch for 11 for Danny, again thank you.
We were so blessed to be able to spend some time with Danny. We love you buddy and we are so proud of the godly young man you are becoming. Go Navy!!
We have been blessed to have spent the past 2+ years serving our Lord at Agape Flights. The past few months we have seen in various ways that this chapter of our life was ending. Last Thursday was Dan's last official work day at Agape. We will be spending this week saying goodbye to our friends there and closing out the remaining tasks. At this point we do not know what is next, but trust God to show us when the time is right. We are a bit anxious about Dan not having a job, yet are excited to see what is around the next corner. We could not sum up the experiences we have been a part of in a shot blog, but a condensed version would sound like this: We have laughed, cried, prayed, seen lives change, made new friends, witnessed miracles, served, travelled, trained, witnessed births, witnessed rebirths, ministered, been ministered to, and blogged. We would not trade the experiences or the relationships we have had at Agape for anything. Rejoice with us, for we serve a Great God!!!
Yesterday late morning Agape's plane, pictured to the left, encountered some difficulties when the right engine seized up and started smoking over the Bahamas. Pilots, Jeff and Steve, had recieved training recently on how to handle landing with only one engine should it ever occur. God is so good! They were able to land the plane fully loaded with cargo for the missionaries without incident. Praise God! Dave Spangler a missionary in the Bahamas came to the rescue and allowed his plane to to be used to get the cargo to Haiti and the D.R. Thank you Dave for your generousity! It appears as if the engine will have to be replaced. Dan, Harvey, and possibly a few of the aircraft mechanic volunteers will most likely be heading to Eleuthera on Tuesday to begin the process of replacing the engine in preparation to bring "Grace" as named by Harvey home. Please keep the mechanics in your prayers as there is no hangar and they will be doing all the work on the tarmac with what they can borrow or bring with them. We will update as we know more.