Dear Family and Friends,
As many of you know we are working towards finishing up the requirements to apply to join MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship). We are still a couple of years out, but right now we becoming more actively involved in an organization called Servant Wings.
Servant Wings exists to help missionary pilot candidates get the training they need to join a missions organization. They are essentially a stepping stone on our path to joining MAF. Because of Servant Wings Eric is able to get valuable training and time in Servant Wings planes both through maintenance and flying to help him towards completing MAF's pilot/mechanic requirements. The people involved in the organization are also great mentors to us through the process of praying about joining MAF.
Because Servant Wings is a non-profit organization they raise all the funds required to keep this vital ministry going. As missionary candidates we also raise funds to be a part of this important ministry. We would like to invite you to prayerfully consider partnering with us in ministry with Servant Wings.
How can I help? I don't know how to fly a plane?!?!
Some of you may be thinking, " I don't know how to fly a plane much less repair one! How could God use me in Servant Wings?" Or you could be thinking, "I've never felt called to go overseas to be a missionary? How could I be involved in MAF?" It's a common misconception in the church that to be involved in missions you have to be the one out there on the field. What's amazing is that God has made us each uniquely gifted to be able to spread the gospel and to be a part of the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12 talks about how each part of the body of Christ is important, there is no separation of one part from another. In ministry this is the same. There would not be missionaries out on the field without people back home prayerfully and financially supporting them in their journey. By doing this in a sense, every day people and missions organizations back home are the "arm" reaching out to support the "hand" that is the missionaries. Without the arm to support the hand, and the body to support the arm, there would be no hand to do the physical work. It might sound silly, but it's the perfect example of how you can be involved in ministry even if you aren't the one called on the actual missions field.
How you can help now
Right now you can be involved in a vital part of the missions process by helping to support Servant Wings both financially and in your prayers. Your tax-deductible donations will help Servant Wings provide the necessary tools to help prospective missionary aviators reach the field. The money you donate will be used towards: maintaining the training planes, purchasing aviation fuel, eliminating student debt (This is often the #1 reason missionary pilot candidates never get to the field), flight hours (training time) for a missionary student, operation costs and in other areas to support missionary candidates. This is a HUGE help in being able to send missionary candidates onto the next step, applying to a mission aviation organization.
Every little bit counts!
We know that because of the economy that money is tight right now for many of you. That's why we're asking you to prayerfully consider donating just $10 a month to Servant Wings. Every little bit counts and gets spread out to help in all areas of ministry. If you'd like to become a ministry partner in this way please let us know. We'd love to talk with you personally about it and also encourage you to visit the website: http://www.servantwings.org/. There you can learn more about the ministry and because of the technological age we are in, you can now securely donate online. Servant Wings requires that we raise $3800/month. Would you join us in prayer and support to help us reach this goal?
If you are uncomfortable donating online you can send a check (written out to Servant Wings) to this address:
118 NE 108th St
Vancouver, WA 98685
Prayer and Encouragement for YOU! :)
We want to be able to encourage you all as you have continued to encourage us. If you have prayer needs or requests we'd love to pray for you. Please feel free to e-mail your prayer requests to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll pray for you. Your requests will be kept confidential unless you tell us otherwise. We know it's a hard time for many out there. We encourage you all to continue to look to God for guidance in your daily lives too as we try to do.
Here's a verse that is good to remember:
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Many people quote this verse out of context, but to give you a little history, this was written as an encouragement by the prophet Jeremiah (speaking on the Lord's behalf) to the people exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. It was to encourage them through the hard times they would be facing in exile. Even though most of us are not living in exile in a sense, it's important to remember that the Lord does have a plan for our lives and that we need to continue to seek His guidance in what we do. Sometimes it is really hard depending on what happens, but that means we need to pray harder to have the right heart and mindset in the hard times to make it through.
God loves all of you and cares about you very much! We care about you too! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about what we've written or what we feel called to do. We'd love to share our hearts with you and for you to join with us as partners in ministry.
With Love in Christ,
Eric and Kristine Reed