International (MNN) — African Inland Mission is in need of
a Cessna 206 aircraft to use for testing and training AIM AIR pilots.
Since 1994, AIM and Wycliffe Bible Translators have
partnered together to provide training and equipment to their mission pilots.
Through Wycliffe's aviation program, JAARS, pilots have been provided with "intensive
pre-field evaluations and orientations," according to AIM's Web site.
The training they receive in Waxhaw, North Carolina teaches
them how to supply air support in many remote locations around the world.
However, only one Cessna 206 remains in North Carolina, and
several of AIM's pilot applications have had to be postponed.
Both ministries are expanding, and the equipment they have
will not serve both their needs.
"With their own training needs increasing, it's possible
that JAARS will have to discontinue its services to AIM AIR altogether," AIM's Web site stated.
Thus, "JAARS has proposed that AIM AIR and a couple other
missionary aviation organizations come together and contribute toward the
purchase of another aircraft to fill this need," the Web site explained. "The availability
of another aircraft would ensure, and even expand, AIM AIR's ability to get our
pilot applicants tested, trained, and to the field without delays that can
amount up to several years."
In addition to mission aviation, Wycliffe and AIM both seek
to build God's Kingdom and prepares its workers. Through the purchase of this
plane, AIM said, they can ensure this vision is met.
By February 2010, AIM hopes to raise the $110,000 needed to
purchase the aircraft.
To partner with AIM in this effort, visit aimint.org.