The Vision of Aviation Missions Inc.

"If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? And he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his works?" (Proverbs 24:11, 12)

Why our ministry is important

More must be done than prayer and Faith Promise to support our missionaries on the front lines in order to enable them to accomplish God's work. Some examples best illustrate why AMI has been formed and what we intend to accomplish in support of our front line missionaries.

One missionary I talked with has, on three separate occasions, had to lie flat on the floor of primitive huts while bullets were flying all around. On a fourth occasion, he barely escaped from a country in turmoil by means of a small private aircraft. It took several days to arrange the flight and cost him and three other men $1500 each (total of $6000) for the short flight to safety.

A pastor from the mid-western United States was on a missionary trip to Mexico. He was involved in an automobile accident in a remote part of the country. His leg was broken in five places. He waited several days, lying in a small Mexican clinic, while a mission board spent many hours on the phone trying to get someone to air-evacuate him back to the U.S. They finally contacted a commercial business aviation company that just happened to have a Lear Jet coming back empty from Mexico City that could pick him up. The cost to the mission board was $7000 cash up front.

A veteran missionary in Papua New Guinea fell and broke his hip. It was an artificial hip and broke out of the socket. It took his daughter several days to locate an air ambulance company to air-evacuate him to a treatment facility. The air ambulance company demanded $20,000 cash before they would fly him out.

A ten year old missionary’s son in a remote part of Mongolia was dragged by a horse through a forest, smashing his head severely against the trees. It was determined that he must be evacuated to Seoul, Korea if he were to have a chance of any recovery from the deep coma he was in. The air evacuation company required $67,500 deposited up front before they would even take off.

The family of a 56 year old missionary lady needing medical evacuation from Southern Mexico was required to put up $16,500 for an air ambulance to bring her back the United States.

The home church for a missionary in South America was required to post a $50,000 cash bond prior to the aircraft taking off to get him and bring him to the US for life saving medical treatment.

A 61 year old missionary in Southern Mexico shattered both legs from the knees down. He was also diabetic. After waiting for days for the Mexican doctors to treat him, the family, fearing gangrene, needed to move him to the US. With no insurance or enough cash available, how was he going to get back for proper treatment?

These examples illustrate a need that AMI is addressing through a cooperative effort to provide aviation support for our missionaries. In this last example, within hours of AMI being contacted, God provided an aircraft to transport the missionary to Fort Worth.

These are typical of the needs AMI is working to meet. We must do more for our missionaries than pray and give. We must act and get involved.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this ministry. For questions, please contact me and I will gladly discuss them with you.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Paul McCaulley