On January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti. Approximately 316,000 people perished in the quake and 1.6 million people were left homeless as a result. For some reason, this disaster really caught our attention. We began praying for the people involved in this catastrophe. Then our prayers changed to: how can we help, how can we be used? We came to the realization that we have been blessed with the ability and resources to provide transportation by air and that's when Flights for Christ was born.
The vision of Flights for Christ is:
*To act in a supporting role connecting Southern Illinois and the surrounding area with Haiti and the Domican Republic.
*To provide a means of transporting supplies, missionaries, medical personnel, equipment, etc. domestically and abroad.
*To provide compassion flights to those with medical needs, family crises, etc.
Each request is prayerfully considered and determined by need and our budgetary limits at the time of the request. In addition to domestic compassion flights, and based off our current budget, we are planning 2-3 trips per year to Haiti or the Dominican Republic with the first trip taking place by March 2012.
James 2:14-17: "What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such a faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead."
In early 2014, Flights for Christ received a major blessing in the gift of a Cherokee Six aircraft. This gift opens the door to additional flights due to the decreased cost of operation and maintenance while not losing the hauling capacity. We would like to say a very hear felt thank you to Steve and Cathy Doonan of DeKalb Mechanical for their generosity and furtherance of the work of the Kingdom.
During the summer of 2015 through the generous donations of several people, FFC was able to purchase a much needed life raft of our own. This means we will no longer have to rent a life raft in Florida which will save us time and money. Thank you to all those who gave for this piece of safety equipment.
Flights for Christ
19983 North Hails Lane
Mount Vernon, IL 62864