Dear Friends and Family,
Christmas! What does it mean to you? When I asked Melanie she simply said “Happiness.” Of course, many people can feel somber and discouraged at this time of year when they think about better days that are gone forever. The reality is that life on this earth can be very bleak when we look around and see all the suffering and pain. Christmas is about the greatest Gift ever given to mankind. The gift of eternal life found in Jesus is something we can celebrate no matter what our circumstances may be. This is the good news that we want to share with the Miskito people of Nicaragua who may not know Him yet. Our desire is to be His hands, feet, and voice to carry true “Happiness” to individuals who have so little. We thank God for each of you who have partnered with us throughout the past year with your faithful prayers and financial support!
Permission to Fly We are so excited to let you know that AWA in Nicaragua has been granted permission for our aircraft to operate. This is something we have been working towards for many months. We have written countless letters and emails and made many phone calls, and now flights are finally able to resume. There is nothing worse than to receive urgent requests for transportation and to have to explain that we are not authorized to fly. Praise God for opening the doors once more!
Flight Training Continues Another very exciting development this month was the opportunity for Norman to go to Tennessee and fly AWA’s Cessna 182 (N8764X) with Darren Lea. This airplane was provided at cost to AWA by Wings of Hope and modified for mission service in Nicaragua. In addition to larger tires, the wingspan has been lengthened which will provide additional lift and a STOL (short takeoff and landing) kit has been installed that will enhance it’s performance even more. Other significant modifications include folding rear seats and an extended baggage compartment that allows for patients to comfortably lie down, if necessary. This plane will be moved to Nicaragua later this coming year and will be a great addition to the 172 that is already there. Becoming comfortable with this plane is a major step in being prepared for mission flying in Nicaragua.
Prayer Requests and Praises
- Pray for resources for building a house in Nicaragua for our family.
- Please pray for the Kaboos and Karst families who are already in Nicaragua.
- Please pray for good weather, wisdom, and skill as Norman continues to work on his commercial pilot’s license and finishes what is left for him to complete.
We wish you God’s greatest blessings this Christmas and as we begin a New Year!
God bless you all,
Norman, Nancy, Andrew, Steven, and Melanie Hansen
Norman: firstname.lastname@example.org | (403) 357-9740
Nancy: email@example.com | (403) 357-7474
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