Aviation ministry: preparing for take-off

By August 4, 2014
The Cessna 172 is not only the most popular light aircraft, but also the most produced aircraft of any kind.

The Cessna 172 is not only the most popular light aircraft, but also the most produced aircraft of any kind.

Guatemala (MNN) — In the jungles of Guatemala, an aviation ministry is preparing to take flight. But it will need your help to leave the ground.

This spring, Paradise Bound Ministries announced the addition of an aviation component to their ministry, which would help them reach pastors in remote villages.

“Many of those areas are 2 1/2 or 3 hours away by vehicle. The furthest one away, by air, is only 32 minutes,” explains Dan Smith, CEO of Paradise Bound.

“When God gives a calling, He begins to confirm that calling in so many different ways, and He’s doing that now.”

The aviation ministry is the newest addition to Paradise Bound’s ministry; Smith announced this program’s creation three short months ago.

Speaking to MNN from Guatemala, Smith begins listing the pieces God is bringing together: several aviation ministries are offering to help Paradise Bound figure out logistics; an excavator with lots of mission aviation experience is offering to build a landing strip; a church in Iowa is praying about a significant fundraising campaign.

“We have a pilot and his family‚ĶGod has confirmed a call for them to now move from the secular world into ministry, specifically mission aviation,” Smith adds.

Here’s where you come in: Paradise Bound has until the end of summer to raise $50,000 for their aviation ministry. This amount will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor. The total sum of $100,000 would be a significant push toward this project’s end goal of $250,000.

“[It’s] very, very critical that we match that by the end of the summer because I think that’s going to be the catalyst that gets everything starting to roll,” Smith states.

Contact Paradise Bound here to learn how you can contribute toward the matching challenge.

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