Even better wings of the morning

Missionary pilot, Gaston Ntambo, is attending General Conference as a delegate for the North Katanga Conference, DR Congo. He flies with the Wings of the Morning Aviation program. Here is what he had to say about his ministry:

“People can walk 60 to 100 miles to get to a hospital in the DR Congo. People that we fly are people who have tried everything. They use the traditional medicine, they have tried the local medicine man, there are no clinics nearby—so basically, they have one chance to survive. They are in their last stage of life when we get called in.”

“The most difficult thing we face in Congo is not flying in bad weather, or flying onto difficult air strips. It is making that choice of flying in the wrong direction first and knowing that somebody is dying behind us. I have to go in the wrong direction to fetch fuel when they call me for a medical flight. We do the best we can to plan for it.”

Aviation gasoline is so hard to come by, they have to fly to Zambia, the neighboring country, to get it. The aviation ministry has been raising funds to buy a Cessna Caravan, which uses a cheaper fuel, a fuel that DR Congo can deliver. “I have waited 17 years to see the fuel truck come to me,” he said. “That will be a new day.”

Several annual conferences, including Greater New Jersey and West Ohio, are hoping to help Wing’s of the Morning reach the last $400,000 needed to purchase the new plane this year.

Sign up for our newsletter!

umnews-subscriptions
General Church
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon and benediction during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Delegates: Use GC2020 delay for new vision

An informal group of General Conference delegates is inviting church members to make use of the postponement to cast a new vision for the church.
The Rev. Edlen Cowley. Photo courtesy of Edlen Cowley.

Time for Cross and Flame to go

Symbol of The United Methodist Church is unwelcoming and even painful for many Black Americans, evoking memories of cross burnings.
The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

When pandemic ends, confusion in church will remain

A former Judicial Council president examines constitutional issues presented by plans for the future of The United Methodist Church.