Missionary Tom Needham began his ministry in Cameroon, Africa in 1991. As
the years went by, he was challenged by the fact that much time was spent in
just hiking into the bush. After putting his first airplane into service in 2000, he has
been able to fly into more remote areas to plant new churches and make a number
of medical evacuations, saving many lives. His current airplane has logged 1,500
hours; and due to rough landings on grassy mountainous airstrips (most built by the
nationals), he is in need of a newer aircraft with essential modifications (stronger
cage, updated instrument panel, etc.).
Missionary Tom Needham writes, “The Lord has enabled the planting of several dozen new churches directly through the aviation ministry here, and we plan to branch out into several different areas of the country. The highway transportation system in this country continues to deteriorate and become more difficult and dangerous. The time and safety advantage of aviation is amazing. In the bush, ten minutes in the air saves one long day on the ground. Where there are roads, one hour in the air saves one long day on the ground. It’s also no more expensive, considering out-of-pocket expenses, to fly than to drive.”
The WBC Missions Committee has agreed to try to raise funds, build, and give a Glasair Sportsman 2x2 airplane to Missionary Needham. This is an opportunity for our young people to get “hands on” experience in the “hangar” by building it from a kit. The benefit to our building this airplane is the savings in cost due to this volunteer labor. The total projected cost is $225,000. The first phase can be started with $80,000 in hand. Please pray about giving extra offerings to this very exciting project!
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