Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Updates and Prayer requests

This month Agape Flights presented a dinner celebration to celebrate 30 years of ministry. We held a “gala” event to reminisce about the beginning of Agape, celebrate the successes of Agape, and the cast a vision about the future for Agape. Guest missionaries joined us to share stories of how Agape is helping in the field. We also had time to praise God for the lives that have been touched through Agape Flights.
Here is a short account of how Agape Flights began …..

On October 24, 1980, Agape Flights was incorporated as an independent Christian ministry committed to “Serving Christ through Serving His Missionaries” in Haiti.
Barely three weeks later on November 15, the inaugural flight left the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, captained by Alan Cayo, and bound for Cap Haitien, Haiti. The first flight served one missionary family but soon the small Cessna 411 delivered emergence supplies and mail to about 25 missionaries each week. (excerpt taken from the “Gala” program)

Keith and Clara Starkey started Agape Flights in their home in Bradenton, FL with a pool table as the mail sorting area and the garage for packages. These two farmers from Ohio had no idea what God was going to do with the ministry He had planted in their hearts. Through the years, God has been faithful to provide for every need of this ministry. God took care of the funding, the planes, the buildings, the people and the leadership. Every detail was directed by the Lord through the years.

Now, thirty years later, God is still in control at Agape Flights. He has allowed Agape to grow and expand, He has hand picked workers for the field, and He has allowed us to accomplish more in the earthquake relief than really seems possible. Today, Agape is serving 325 missionaries in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. Weekly flights carry approximately 3000 pounds of supplies. Lives are touched daily from the supplies delivered through this ministry.

We are truly grateful for the vision and dreams that God put in the Starkey’s hearts. We are thankful to be chosen to serve in this ministry and we are humbled by the response of our supporters to continue to allow us to work in the field. It is awesome to see where this ministry has come from and it is hard to imagine what is to come. God has plans so much bigger than we can imagine. We are grateful that even when we can’t see where God is going, we can trust Him. Thank you for your support of Agape Flights and our calling to serve. Here’s to another 30 years of serving the Lord through serving His missionaries…...

Lance and I with Keith and Clara Starkey, founders of Agape Flights

We also had some time with Rachel and Emma Mills this month. Rachel was one of the moms who we helped fly to Haiti to bring home her daughter Emma. Emma is a very happy and healthy 18 month old. We were so blessed to spend time with them this month and see the precious cargo that was delivered one year ago. Here are a few picts of their visit...so fun...

The cholera epidemic is still a concern in Haiti. This month, two new teams from our church worked with us to make another 1500 ORS kits. I love when God brings the workers and we don't have to fret about who we will call to work. HE brings them in with perfect timing every time. We appreciate the ears that hear His voice and respond by coming to help us.

Here are this month's prayer requests and praises..

Praise God for His servants who bless us with their time. This month, we had 2 amazing teams of workers from our church who served alongside us and helped us just when we needed it. We love when we see God’s perfect timing and His provision.
Praise the Father for His protection over our lives from the attacks of the enemy. We are so blessed to have prayer teams covering us in prayer every day. Through those prayers God has given us a hedge of protection on every side. We are grateful to God and we are grateful for our faithful prayer warriors.
Praise the Lord for the provision and guidance of Agape Flights over the past 30 years of ministry.
Please pray the search for an Executive Director at Agape Flights. We are praying that the person God has chosen will clearly hear His voice and answer the call.
Please pray for healing in Haiti as the one year anniversary of the earthquake passed this month. We know there are still many homeless and hopeless. Pray for a touch from God to heal their hearts and their land.
Please pray for end of the Cholera epidemic.
Please pray for our family as we struggle to complete all that God is calling us to do. Pray for strength and wisdom as we listen to His call and respond.

Many thanks to each of you that lifts us to the King. We appreciate you very much and we feel God's hands moving because of your prayers. Please let us know how we can pray for you as well.

Living victoriously in Christ,
Lynn for the Anderson ministry team

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13