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"...And how shall they believe in Him in whom they have not heard?"

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Spring 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:38
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Warm wishes from North Pole, AK!

We've been waiting six months to be able to say that!  Those who record and track these facts tell us this has been the 4th coldest winter in Fairbanks since 1904.  When someone asked Earl how we stay warm at those temps, he told him we “sleep between the mattresses.”  Not quite, but it gets a chuckle.

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Spring 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:38
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Warm wishes from North Pole, AK!

We've been waiting six months to be able to say that!  Those who record and track these facts tell us this has been the 4th coldest winter in Fairbanks since 1904.  When someone asked Earl how we stay warm at those temps, he told him we “sleep between the mattresses.”  Not quite, but it gets a chuckle.

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Rigors of Winter PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:35
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Well the tightening up screws on the bladder tank didn't work.  The outboard tank leaked on my last long flight.  I'll be pulling it soon and sending it out and praying for a repair rather then an overhaul.

The truck has good tires on it now, and two brighter lights.  The lights aren't perfect, but I can see farther down the road, and that's a good thing.  I finally was able to afford the injector kit.  The engine had begun to run so badly, I've had to park the truck.  After two days of work, I started the truck and was backing it out of the hangar.  Long (and embarrassing) story short, I wound up outside the truck and the truck door was folded back and ruined.  Oh well.  Now I still can't use the truck. 

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January 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:22
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Greetings from North Pole, Alaska! 

We trust you had a blessed Christmas time.  We always enjoy getting all the Christmas cards, notes, and family updates from so many of you!  This year, we received a few “updates” from churches who have a part in our ministry and were reminded that, “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” Prov. 25:25

Those who follow our family and Mission Air Care on Facebook already know that our Christmas program at Manley Hot Springs went very well.  The children did great with the skit, and God's Word was preached. 


 Everyone stayed around and enjoyed a wonderful meal afterwards.  Someone said we had 41 folks in attendance!  That's a record for us.  We're grateful for the warmer weather (-18F) so that Lynn and Jeremiah could make the trip this time too.  Thank you for praying for this group of believers.  Pray the Lord of the harvest will send a pastor to shepherd these dear folks.

There was some shuffling around of missionaries in December too.  On December 21st , the day with the least amount of daylight, Earl flew the McCoy family back to their village of Unalakleet.  They had been out for a couple months, and the Youngblood family had filled in for them.  So when the McCoy's got themselves, their supplies, and belongings OFF the plane, the Youngblood's got themselves and belongings ON.  It didn't stop there.  They were flown across the Bearing Sea to St. Lawrence Island.  After the Youngblood's and their belongings were OFF the plane, the Smith family (and their belongings) got ON, and back to Fairbanks they came... on their way to North Carolina for a much deserved break.  Earl was told that this trip alone saved about $4500 in missionary funds.  There is not space enough here to include all that goes on during days like that day, but rest assured, flexibility is key.  You  never know when a plow might hit the runway lights, blow a transformer, leave a windrow of snow in the middle of the runway, just as you are about to land ...hypothetically speaking of course!

The coming year promises to be filled with exciting opportunities and challenges.  Earl will continue assisting Bro. Ronnie Starr in distributing scripture in villages, as well as our regular activities in aircraft maintenance, inspections, Iditarod ministry, and of course services at Manly Hot Springs.  Adding to the challenges will be the sad time of selling the hangar we have been working out of for the last 4 ½ years.  It has become too much of a drain on Earl's time and finances.  This is a discouraging development, but we believe we are following the Lord's leading in this matter.  Since the hangar at our house is too small for the twin engine, we are planning on selling our house as well.  We are hoping we will be able to find a more suitable situation when we come back from our next furlough.  And speaking of furlough…
 
We have received a number of requests regarding our furlough.  It has been almost four years since our last one.  However, we believe it would be best for Jeremiah to graduate high school here in Alaska first, and he is on track to finish in December 2012.  We plan on spending most of 2013 reporting to churches and visiting new ones. 

We can make all our plans for the next year, but who knows?  Maybe the Lord will call us home soon!  “What a day that will be!”  There will be more souls praising Him because of your faithful prayers and gifts.  From the Malpass family and those whom we serve, thank you.

Lord bless!

 

 

Preparing for Winter PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 October 2011 22:40
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Well, all of our summer help has headed south.  Much has been accomplished this summer, and our Lord kept us safe through it all.  Praise His Name!  We are grateful for each of the folks who gave of their time and finances to serve the Lord up here.

But... hear comes winter... ready or not!  A near moose, er, I mean a near miss with a moose brought home the need to put on "moose lights" or big spot lights onto the truck.  Finding used tires and installing them is important too.  Driving 360 miles, round trip, every Sunday, mostly in the dark, to hold services in the village of Manley gives ample opportunity to see some of Alaskan wildlife up close and personal.  Where were they during hunting season!

Winter-izing the hangar so the pipes don't freeze, getting the plow truck up and running, finishing the inspection on N316AK, stocking up on firewood, constant maintenance on the plane, and catching up on all the smaller details that seem to get put off during the summer will keep up busy until... everyone comes back up in the spring!

Thanks for checking in!

 

Bladder Tank Woes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 October 2011 22:03
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We have been experiencing some "transient" leaks on our left, outboard fuel tank.  Sometimes it leaks, sometimes it doesn't(?)  I opened all the panels, inspected for blue stains (indicating a fuel leak), and tightened all the screws and/or bolts that are on top.  Maybe it was one or more of the cork gaskets leaking when the cold gas was put in and started expanding as it warmed up?  We'll see on one of the next flights!

Thanks for checking in!

 

October 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 October 2011 13:24
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October 2011

Greetings from Alaska!  The leaves have changed colors and locations.  They are no longer on the trees, but on the ground.  The water is getting stiff, and the smell of wood smoke is in the air.  Every year, winter arrives right on schedule, and yet, we never seem ready for its arrival.  One day, the Lord Jesus is coming back.  We know He is returning, but just not exactly when.  Are we ready for that appointment?  (1 Thes 5:2; 2 Peter 3:8-12)

Back in 2008, we teamed up with Brother Ronnie Starr to help with a ministry he has called “Operation Saturation.”  Initially,

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August 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:59
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Dear Prayer Partners,                                 August 2011

A verse often used by missionaries is, “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” (John 9:4) This verse might mean a little more to missionaries in the Arctic! In the summer, there is no “night” or darkness but, when darkness does come, it brings the cold! Most outside projects and activities come to a halt. It gives a sense of urgency during the summer, and much work must be accomplished during the 100 days between frosts.

Earl has taken part in three Operation Saturation trips so far this summer. That means all villages above the Arctic Circle have complete Bibles in every home.

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April 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 23:18
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Dear Prayer Partners, April 2011

 News flash! Snow is deceptive. That's right! It quietly drops down from heaven, layer after layer, applying numerous blankets of pure white, giving the appearance everything is clean and pure. Then comes Spring! Temperatures rise, the layers of snow slowly evaporate and reveal the “multitudes of sin” hidden from the human eye! God told us through His prophet: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Praise the Lord that once our sins are washed by the Blood of The Lamb, they will never be brought up again! Cast into the deepest sea! As far as the east is from the west! Remembered no more!

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30 January 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 12:21
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Struggles to be Reliable

I believe we all struggle to be reliable, dependable and consistent in our daily lives.  But sometimes, the extenuating circumstances can make it even more difficult.  The last two weekends of January are perfect examples.

Sunday, January 23rd, we woke up to -53F in Manley Hot Springs. 

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4 December 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 December 2010 23:52
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Earl finally arrived back in Fairbanks with the Navajo Chieftain.  There were many challenges and opportunities to grow spiritually.  Most notable was when the left engine lost oil pressure over the Canadian Rockies, 40 minutes from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.  After shutting down the left engine, the hardest part was finding the runway at Teslin, Yukon.  A blanket of six (6) inches of fresh snow made it impossible to see the lights until

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November 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 00:02
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Dear Prayer Partners,                            November 2010


Job said that he would seek his God. . . “Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number: Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:” (Job 5:9,10)  That's our God!  He does GREAT THINGS!  Our desire is to promote a high view of our God in our ministry.  Your prayers on our behalf help us do that!

We get emails from family and friends in the lower-48 saying that “summer is gone, and fall is here.”  What fall?  A quick glance out our window and it's obvious to us that we have seen the last of grass until the end of April!  Earl has already used the snow plow and is trying to locate tire chains for the 4-wheeler.  It's difficult to push the airplane in on the icy ramp!  Winter has arrived.

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August 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00
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Dear Prayer partners,                                August 2010

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. (Psalm 103:8)
Earl experienced the truth of this verse on July 31, 1985, and on his “birthday” this year, he called his uncle to thank him again for being willing to share the Gospel with him.  How many of our friends and family have never experienced the mercy and graciousness of our Saviour?  May our Lord give us opportunity and boldness to tell others!

Thank you for praying for the efforts of Operation Saturation. 

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May 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 May 2010 00:00
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Dear Prayer partners,                                May 2010

Spring has sprung, and it seems to have sprung forward at lightning speed! We experienced the easiest “break-up” that we have had since moving to Alaska. With the small amount of snow this winter, there wasn't much to melt. There has not been the usual flooding that takes place this year.  We have been busy with the different aspects of our ministry.  We are thankful to be busy about the Lord's work.

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January 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2010 14:43
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January 2010

Greetings from balmy Alaska!

While we have listened to the news reports bemoaning the “record-low temperatures” in the lower 48, we have enjoyed a relatively warm winter in the interior of Alaska. We haven't had as many -40 degree days as we normally do. Thank you global warming!

There were not many flights the last quarter of 2009, which allowed us to catch up on many details that

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24 January PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 January 2010 12:05
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What a beautiful weekend!  Bright blue skies and -10F with very little wind.  Earl was able to drive to Manley and hold service.  What a sweet time.  There was a sweet spirit apparent and the singing was good.  Earl preached out of Luke 2:20 "And the shepherds departed..."  on the thought,

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Almost Made it to Church PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 December 2009 21:04
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We were unable to travel to Manley on Saturday.  One of the reasons was the 40 mph wind blowing across the mountains you have to cross on the way, that is, if you drive instead of fly.  These winds cause poor visibility and blow snow drifts across the road...and there are no guard rails.  The winds were suppose to die down overnight.  So we waited.

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Merry Christmas PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 December 2009 16:14
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The “Silent years” before the birth of Christ must have caused many people to wonder what God was doing!  They were blind to the magnificent work God was doing behind the scenes.  God was busy orchestrating events and the affairs of men world-wide.   “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law...”  

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More Daylight! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 23:27
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Springs is on it's way!  We added 30 seconds to our day today. (With only 3 hrs. 44 min. of daylight, you take what you can get!)

 

Christmas Service 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 December 2009 23:49
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Some people think bigger is always better. Well, our little group in Manley Hot Springs was probably smaller than most, but it was a joy to hear several children reading from the Gospels and singing Christian Christmas hymns! Of the 50 or so living in the village, around 30

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Church Planting

Manley Baptist Fellowship is a group of Believers who either live in, or within 40 miles of Manley Hot Springs, Alaska.  It is not unusual for folks to fly in, boat or 4-wheeler in (in the summer), snow machine in (in the winter), or just walk in for services on Sunday!

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Maintenance Matters

Mission Air Care maintains and inspects, six (6) missionary airplanes.  Two - Cessna 206's.  One - Cessna 207.  One - Cessna 172.  One - Piper Navajo.  One - Aerostar.

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Testimonial

Without MAC five young men wouldn't have been saved

Your friendship and help over the years has been a real blessing. Without MAC (Mission Air Care) five young men wouldn't have been saved. These young men are still active in our ministry and helped all week with VBS.

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