Welcome to our blog! We are full-time missionaries in Papua, Indonesia. We do missions a bit different than what you might expect. We’re helicopter pilots!
We work with an international ministry called Helimission. Helicopter travel allows us to access remote or otherwise inaccessible areas to bring medical relief and humanitarian aid. We also assist in mass emergency situations. Our routine treks include supporting jungle missionaries, who need aid to successfully acclimate and live amongst remote tribes in the mountains and spread the gospel. We also bring medical aid to the people they minister to, regardless of religious affiliation.
Ultimately, we just want to tell others about Jesus, especially those who may not hear about Him unless a helicopter flies in missionaries (and everything they need) to do so.
Our blog is about missions, aviation, and travel. Life can get pretty intense doing what we do. We’ve learned a lot about focus, courage, communication, and leadership. We love sharing these lessons (even the hard ones!). We generally post once a week. To stay up to date, subscribe via email or RSS!
If you’re new to our site, here are a few places to start. Besides, how many blogs do you know that involve helicopter pilots? These are the top 5 posts in the categories we write about:
- We Are Home! (Partially written by our daughter and has tons of pics of where we live!)
- Report From Nepal
- Can You Believe It??!
- From Fear to Faith
- Patience in Paradise
- All Over the Place!
- Tons of Pictures
- Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Lichtenstein
We got married in 2003 in sunny Coronado, California while Michael was in the U.S. Navy. After 21 years of service with the Navy and Marines, Michael retired and is now a helicopter and airplane pilot. God prepped Michael during every one of those 21 years with training in emergency field medicine, thousands of hours of flight in the back of various helicopters, search and rescue, external load operations, and jungle training – not to mention the leadership of many junior sailors and marines, several of whom he had the pleasure of leading to Jesus and/or discipling.
Fawn is also a helicopter pilot – trained as a private pilot. Her main role, however, is “internal relations and operations manager” (i.e. wife and mom). She has homeschooled the kids for the last four years, and also has taken every opportunity possible to travel anywhere she can get to. God has prepped her heart in a big way over the course of her life; drawing her into a sweet closeness with Him through much personal searching. With that, also came the desire to love anyone who needs it (um, everyone), and to travel everywhere.
Kalem and Adria, of course, live in Indonesia with us. Adria is not happy about the prospect of Komodo Dragons, unless she gets to carry around a machete, which makes her very happy. Kalem is excited to live amongst a new people group and eat Asian food, but like his mother, is not looking forward to the spiders.
To quote Toby Mac, “We don’t think we anybody cool.” But, God does, and because of that, He died for us. We just want to go tell others about that, too.