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Jagged Horizons is a true story; the heart-felt powerful saga of a young missionary pilot's experiences flying in the Andes, a story which begins many years before, deep in the heart of a young boy who wanted to both fly, and serve others. His memoirs, hold nothing back in telling the story of a new missionary pilot who accepts a call to fly in the Andes. He brings the reader into the cockpit of his aircraft, and into his mind while flying into treacherous airstrips in the mountains as well as the Amazonian rainforests. You will experience missionary flying as if you were there....
Years earlier, however, the right people had come into his life; the right set of circumstances converged and his dream to serve unfolded. He meets " Neatzie", the lady who would become his wife and influence his life immensely. As a former short- term missionary she encourages and supports his choice to offer his skills as a pilot/mechanic serving others through mission aviation. Together, after years of preparation, the couple with their young children accept a call to serve with Andes Evangelical Mission based in Cochabamba, Bolivia, South America. But nothing could prepare them for the adjustments to a new way of life, a new climate, the chronic stomach illnesses known as “amoebas"; the long hours of language study, the odd cultural faux pas, misunderstandings, and altitude sickness.
Only faith, time and experience fashions the young 500 hour aviator into the pilot he needs to be to survive his calling. His formal training is cut short when his training pilot and predecessor takes ill. Alone he must face the challenges of flying a small Cessna 206 in, around and over the massive 16000 foot mountain ranges. He learns how to find his way around the country using a watch, a compass and maps with the label “Relief Data Incomplete". He must learn to master the skill of landing on mountain airstrips at 14000 feet, and taking off with a planeload of missionaries, or a critically ill passenger from tiny grass fields sculptured by hand from the jungle vegetation in the Bolivian Amazon . Over time he learns that his notion of assured divine protection must be tempered by improving his skills, learning humility, overcoming his fears and turning his mistakes into flying lessons to become a better and safer pilot. The glamour of flying in the Andes, for the Lord is quickly overshadowed by his many encounters with the unknown, the unexpected and the unforeseen.
Eventually, the couple and their children settle into their new home in the mountain city of Cochabamba surrounded by the magnificent peaks of the Andes. Together they overcome cultural and language barriers, financial hardships, discouragement and at low points even questions why? They begin to see direction to their calling, and purpose seems to unfold. .
But the story is more than just an aviation adventure; it tells the story of an ordinary young couple who simply wanted to make a difference. Their time in Bolivia is cut short; their dream to serve and to live out their lives together raising their young family faces a far greater challenge than the Andes...a fatal illness, a loss, a new beginning and many questions...
....... A must read book for aspiring missionary pilots who also feel the powerful divine call to serve others in this challenging ministry.
bound: 300 pages
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