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Finding my Calcutta… There is a story told of a woman going through a rough time who felt very much alone in the world. She wrote Mother Teresa asking if it would be possible for her to join the Sisters of Charity who ministered to the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India. Many months went by without a response, when eventually a hand-addressed envelope arrived. Inside the envelope was a simple note that read, “Find your own Calcutta”. It would be safe to assume that Mother Teresa wasn’t turning down a helping hand as they never had all the workers they could use. Perhaps what she was trying to say was that each of us needs to find that one place in the world where we’re uniquely gifted to serve. It is my hope to find my own Calcutta. I’m writing today to update you on some recent happenings in life. Perhaps you know of my involvement in aviation, and more specifically, my desire to serve overseas as a missionary pilot. Following my trip in 2009 to Nairobi, Kenya, with Africa Inland Mission (AIM), I have ● ● ● continued to pursue missionary aviation as a career. What’s on the horizon? Flying the DC-3 over the equator in Africa! Continue full-time work at LU flight instructing and gaining I graduated in 2010 from Rocky Mountain College with dual degrees, a Bachelor of maintenance experience. Science in Aeronautical Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious and Philosophical Studies. After graduation I moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, to work for Liberty University (LU) as a flight Attend AIM Candidate Week instructor, and soon thereafter attended LU’s aviation maintenance school. I recently graduated this summer. from the program with my airframe and powerplant maintenance certificates, so I’m officially a licensed pilot-mechanic! Preparing for the Aviation Technical Evaluation later this Working on the Lycoming year. engine during maintenance school. ● ● ● Presently, I am continuing to work full-time for LU splitting my time between flight instructing two days, and working in maintenance three days per week. Life is nothing short of ● ● ● exciting, as I’m busier than ever while continuing to mentor other women in the program, assist with LU’s mission aviation group, and participate in my local church. Most recently I have Praises been accepted by Proclaim Aviation Ministries as a candidate for their Next Generation Fund. I Acceptance with Proclaim feel blessed to be working under their guidance and direction as they provide a financial Aviation Ministries! platform and encouraging partnership. Continued employment with I have a strong desire to serve with AIM Air (www.aimair.org) and I continue to work Liberty providing hands on toward gaining the needed experience to meet their requirements. AIM, like most mission experience. organizations, requires that I have minimal student and flight training debt before joining their overseas staff. My goal is to work full-time over the next year to pay off my maintenance Prayer Requests training and begin establishing a relocation fund. Proclaim Aviation recognizes that the most common barrier to students joining mission agencies is the high cost of acquiring the needed Guidance in continuing the training. Proclaim not only provides financial guidance and accountability, but provides a application process with AIM. platform to begin support raising while completing my training and greatly accelerates the process. I have been working diligently toward overseas ministry and formal acceptance with ● ● ● AIM Air, but I cannot make this transition alone. Would you consider financially, and ● ● ● prayerfully partnering with me as I finalize my preparations? We are not all called to "Go into all the world", but would you consider being a sender? Recent Happenings I am excited as I begin this journey and am anticipating great things from God! It is an honor Although my intent is to serve having your prayer, financial, and emotional encouragement. I have included my contact overseas in Africa, I'm striving to hone my missions mindset during information to answer any the interim period. Working for a questions that you may have, Christian university provides a and I am looking forward to unique opportunity to share my communicating with you more testimony and encourage incoming in the future. students. I'm also privileged to be mentored by active and former Sincerely, mission pilots and mechanics. This Lindsey Gray interaction continues to confirm the need for skilled pilot/mechanics and almost daily affirms my career path. At a recent Perspective’s course on missions, a speaker from India mentioned something that impacted me. He said “If all your Getting Connected – How can you help? prayers from last week were answered, would it change the More information can be found at world? Or would it just change your www.proclaimaviation.org or by completing the world?” As I continue to pursue the enclosed donor form. path in which the Lord has called me to, I pray that my life will be For questions or comments please contact me at: used by Him locally, and globally to Lindsey Gray communicate the gospel to the 601 Northwynd Circle unreached. I pray to demonstrate a Lynchburg, VA 24502 radical life, not only claiming my firstname.lastname@example.org faith, but to live it. ● ● ● Proclaim is recognized by the IRS as a United States 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax-deductible receipts will be issued for contributions received. Proclaim has been accepted into the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). The Christian nonprofit organizations that qualify for ECFA demonstrate compliance with established standards in financial accountability. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that Proclaim Aviation Ministries has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.
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