CBF Disaster Response and CBF of Florida are sponsoring a “Fly-in” to the Bahamas September 11-14 (reschedule dates, if needed: November 6-9). The purpose of this is to involve pilots, plane owners and folks who love to fly the opportunity to utilize their passion for flying, experience and gifts in missional opportunities.
The group will gather in Orlando at Showalter Field, Orlando Executive Airport (MORL)*. In Orlando they will eat lunch and then be briefed on flight over ocean waters, into and out of international areas, load their planes with supplies and chart their course. CBF is partnering in this project with Bahamas Methodist Habitat out of Eleuthera. BMH has a proven and successful track record with this type of practical good weather flying and orienting pilots to this kind of missional involvement. This experience will equip pilots so that after a hurricane and relief supplies are needed in a timely manner to and through our CBF of The Bahamas family, they have already experienced flying there in good weather.
After loading and briefing, BMH will lead a “caravan” from Orlando to Eleuthera (MYEM)* where all will go through Immigration and Customs, unload supplies donated for BMH and work on some of the projects on Eleuthera on Friday. On Saturday, the group will fly to Treasure Cay, Abaco (MYAT)* to deliver donations which are being solicited for CBF of The Bahamas. These items include school supplies, backpacks, thumb drives, paper, etc., as well as items that will be needed after a hurricane. After spending the night on Abaco, the group will worship with a CBF of The Bahamas church before flying back to the USA via Ft. Pierce, Florida (KFRP)*.
Donations of items can be made through an “Amazon Wish List,” “CBF Bahamas School and Hurricane Supplies.” Once purchased on line they will be packaged and shipped directly to Showalter Aviation in Orlando ready to be loaded onto the aircraft.
Tommy Deal, U.S. Disaster Response Director said, “This is a wonderful way for pilots to engage in helping others in Christ’s Name. After Hurricane Irene in 2011, our friends in the Bahamas asked CBF of Florida for assistance. CBF of Florida collected a plane load of requested items and a pilot friend of Ray Johnson, Coordinator of CBFFL, flew in from Miami to Orlando. In Orlando, David and Merrie Harding joined us as we departed for Aklins Island in the southernmost part of The Bahamas. Upon our arrival we were gladly greeted by members of the church who received the supplies and distributed them to their community. This is the kind of thing that we can replicate many times over with folks who are ready, willing and have the experience.”
Interested pilots and plane owners should register right away. This can be done via the BMH website, http://bahamashabitat.org/our-projects/fly-in-to-serve-others/fly-in-to-serve-others-registration-form/. (Be sure to complete the form AND check the box beside “Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Fly in September 11-14, 2014) The $350 fee is to cover the lunch, minimal airport fee in Orlando, lodging and some meals in the Bahamas. Other costs including fuel, fees, etc. are up to the participants.
Abraham McIntyre, Executive Director of Bahamas Methodist Habitat, himself an experienced pilot said, “Pilots are always looking for a reason to fly. We invite them to fly and do missions at the same time.” Deal added, “And, it’s not too bad a location to go to either.”
For further information, contact Tommy Deal, firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-313-5066.
* Airport designations are in parenthesis.