Monday, August 12, 2013

Amanda's Perspective on Helimission

Hello Friend that is reading this. =)

I am writing this to share my experience with Helimission and what God did in my heart when Matt and I visited headquarters.
Matt and I traveled to Switzerland to go to the Candidate Decision Camp in June.  Matt had already been to this camp back in 2009 as a single man.  Since then so much has changed for him....mainly myself entering the picture!  =) He got married and even though I was always on board with mission work and Indonesia, Helimission, as well as Matt and I, thought it would be wise for us to go through this process as a couple.  And I am so thankful that we did.

Before the CDC in June I was on board with Helimission, but it was Matt's passion, Matt's goal, and I was going along for the ride.  Being able to go to Switzerland and see the passion and absolute love these people have for Jesus and the way their heart is all about helping lost people meet Him changed me. I was able to shake hands with names I had only seen on an email before. I was able to hear the heart of Helimission, and all the staff. What an amazing group of people, they treated us like family from the second we stepped off the train at the station. They all are so on fire for Jesus.  Seeing the lives they have an impact on, and how many tribes and people will never see hell because of what Jesus is doing through Helimission was pretty cool for me.

I now can honestly say that Helimission is OUR passion, and OUR goal. Not only am I okay with it, but I am excited about it!  That is only something that God could have done. =)

Of course we have a few things we need to do before we go overseas, most importantly is have this little baby girl!!! =)   But we are on track and of course we ask for your prayers. Prayers that we would keep Jesus at the center of what we are doing with Helimission, that it is never about us.  That God would give us wisdom to make wise choices financially, health wise, baby wise etc, and that His hand will be over this whole thing preparing us and our hearts.   Thanks for reading. =)

Can't wait to post pictures of our little girl soon! Just under a month away!

Much love,

Our Trip to Helimission Headquarters

Hello Friends,

I know this update has been a long time coming and do apologize for the delay.  Life has been happening quite quickly.  Amanda is less than one month away to bringing our little "huckleberry" into this world.  We have her room pretty much ready to go and we both are very excited to meet her!

This past June, Amanda and I, flew to Switzerland and traveled to a little town called Trogen.  This little town hosts a community of people that have a big heart, and a desire for the Gospel to go to ALL nations.  Not only does this community serve the locals in Switzerland, they also serve communities around the world.  This place is called Helimission.

Amanda and I got to Trogen a little earlier than most, as Amanda had never been out of the US (except for Canada) and she was seven months pregnant.  This was a nice time for us to settle in, get adjusted to the time difference, and to build relationsips with the Tanner family.  Over a few days we were introduced to 5 more candidates of Helimisson.  We were all there for the same confirm that this is where God is leading us to use our talents to reach the lost.

God is totally at work in and through the work of Helimission.  The leaders are in love with God, and it is evident in how they live.  To them, its not about flying, or keeping the aircraft safe, its about relationships that are bent toward the good news of our Savior.  The flying and the maintenance is a byproduct of us living on mission and serving our King!  Aviation is a tool to get the gospel to people going generations without hope!  The helicopter is a means to further God's kingdom into some if the most dark and rejected places on earth.

Amanda and I had a lot of questions going into that one week meeting. It was a time of refreshment getting to know the heart of Helimission, and the love they have for Jesus Christ.  At the end of the meeting we had a time of evaluation.  Good news, we passed :)  Helimission would like Amanda and I to join the team in Wamena, Indonesia.  We are hoping to be ready to go January of 2015.  In January we would start a semester of Bible college in New York, after which we would move to Indonesia for 6-9 months of language school before getting on the field in Wamena.  There is a lot to do in the next year but Amanda and I are excited to be a part of the Helimission team and to use what God has been training us for to serve Him, love people, and to see the Gospel advance!

We'll update you soon on things we need to accomplish, and hopefully let you all meet our little girl!

Please pray for Amanda as she is in the final stages of pregnancy and is getting a bit uncomfortable.  Also, pray for a smooth delivery with no complications, but most of all pray that our little girl LOVES Jesus!

We love you all,
The Meeuwse's