In January, I mentioned how God had provided for a fourth Kodiak to serve in Papua New Guinea two years before we anticipated being able to purchase it. That aircraft arrived here in Papua New Guinea on 4 June.
Its journey began in Kansas, where ferry tanks were installed in the cabin of the aircraft so it could carry enough fuel to make the long flight across the Pacific Ocean. Then after a layover on the west coast, its solo pilot flew it to Hawaii, the Marshall Islands and on to Port Moresby—Papua New Guinea’s capital. One of our own pilots flew it the rest of the way home where we were eagerly watching and waving from the ground as it made a “victory lap” around our mission center.
What an awesome thing it was to watch God bring together all the people necessary to build, fund, and transport this tool to this country. On Thursday (13 June) the members of our branch gathered together to thank God for his provision, and to dedicate this aircraft to the Lord’s service.
As soon as we receive its PNG Certificate of Airworthiness and Certificate of Registration, (expected by the end of the month) this aircraft will join our existing fleet and continue to support Bible translation in Papua New Guinea.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. --Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
*Photo of aircraft dedication by B. Ingle