We Made It To Florida

We have arrived in the Sunshine State and are getting settled here. So far, it has not lived up to its name.

In the three days we’ve been here, we’ve gotten over nine inches of rain. Yes, nine.

We are enjoying getting to know our host family. They have been very generous to us, and we are grateful. We have essentially become part of their family for a month: sharing meals, rides, and evening conversation.

Work on the Seneca is off to a good start. These first two days I have wrapped up the assembly of the engine, and I’m hoping we can get it mounted to the airplane Wednesday. That will be a milestone because the airplane has not had two engines in many months. There will still be a lot of work before it’s ready to run, but I’m hoping we can get there before I have to leave.

The Seneca sits in the shop, it’s right engine on the yellow stand awaiting installation.

I’ve had the opportunity to talk with the staff at Harvest Aviation and learn more about their vision and work. They are positioned well to serve the missions community in many ways. Right now they are flying cargo to support missionary efforts in Belize. The airplane they fly is limited in capacity. The Seneca will haul more, enabling them to expand their ministry effectiveness. They are looking for ways they can grow into better service for God’s kingdom, fulfilling their mission: to glorify Jesus Christ through aviation-related ministry.

Harvest Aviation’s Mission Aviation Center in Wauchula, Florida


  • Reply Paul A Miller June 15, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Dear Brad and Crystal,
    Glad to hear you are getting situated. The rain will stop…

    • Reply Brad June 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      It finally has. Friday and Saturday have been beautiful.

  • Reply Mike Brubaker June 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    send us a pic of your host family! Glad to hear from you…

  • Reply Tom Bowman June 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Here’s prayer for you and family as you do the Lord’s work in Florida.
    Sorry about all the rain, but that is the way it is in Florida sometimes.
    When I lived in Miami, we received 14 inches in 24 hours and it was not a hurricane.
    Blessings and trust things will work for you to get the plane finished.
    Uncle Tom

    • Reply Brad June 17, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks, Uncle Tom. It seems like the ground is used to it. It didn’t really seem all that wet. That much rain in Ohio would have been nearly disastrous.

  • Reply Tom Bowman June 15, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    We look forward to seeing you when you get back here in Ohio.

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