William James LaBore – Mission Project Manager
Bill grew up in Sauk Rapids, MN and attended St. Cloud State University where he graduated in 1987 with a BS degree in Photographic Engineering Technology. Upon graduation, he accepted a management position in a full service Telemarketing firm where he managed a team ranging from 30-40 Telephone Service Representatives for two years. From there, he remained in business, sales, management and administration for 12 years. Bill accepted Jesus as his Personal Savior in 1994. He was baptized and joined the Seventh-day Adventist church in July of that year. After taking part in a church building project in Mexico, he was hooked on the idea of overseas missions. Bill has served the church as a Bible Worker, Sabbath School Teacher & Superintendent, Church Board Member and Elder. He met his future wife, Laura Kopitzke, in 1996 and they were married on August 13, 1999. Bill was responsible for establishing AWAs Guyana, South America project starting in September of 2015. Aircraft operations in Guyana began in July 2007 and continues to this day under different leadership. Over 7,000 people, many of them serious medical cases, were flown in AWA aircraft under Bill’s leadership. Bill and his family left Guyana in February 2015. In 2012, AWA offered Bill the position of Project Manager/Managing Director of AWAs Philippines project, which he accepted. Bill and his family arrived in the Philippines in February 2016. God has used his years of management experience, problem-solving skills, technical experience and administrative expertise in many ways during his tenure with AWA. The Philippines project is already proving to be his most challenging venture to date with the opportunity to impact thousands of lives for God’s kingdom on a geographic location spanning over 7,000 islands with a population of 90 million people.
Laura LaBore – Pilot/Aircraft Mechanic, Registered Nurse
Up to the time she was nine years old, Laura (Kopitzke) lived in Bolivia and Peru where her parents served as missionaries. Laura graduated from Pacific Union College in 1994 with a BS Degree in Nursing. She has worked in various fields of nursing but her favorite experiences include doing home healthcare and volunteering in countries such as Nepal, Mexico and the Micronesia Islands. Laura received her Private Pilot license in 1997. She graduated from Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, MI with an ASA Degree (Airplane Mechanic) in May 2002. Laura is both an IFR and Commercial rated pilot with almost 2,500 hours of flight experience. From 2005-2015, she served as a pilot/nurse with AWA’s Guyana project, which provided her an opportunity to combine both her pilot and nursing skills in an environment that was both challenging and rewarding. In 2012, along with her husband Bill, she accepted a call to the Philippines as a pilot/nurse. She arrived in the Philippines in February 2016. She is currently working on getting her Philippines pilot license and will begin to fly 2nd Quarter 2017.
Danielle Lynn LaBore – Mission Pilot in Training
Danielle turned 13 on January 11, 2016. She has solid skills in relationship building and easily makes friends wherever she goes. She enjoys homeschooling (most days) and is learning a lot. She is already at an eighth-grade level! Dani is also becoming quite a chef as she helps mommy in the kitchen. Her specialty is omelets. Dani loves to draw and is actively learning to play the Ukelele. She also loves animals and has a pet cat named Louie and a rabbit named Cookie.
Micah William LaBore – Mission Pilot in Training
Micah turned 11 on July 9, 2016. Micah loves technology and enjoys flying drones, doing Internet research and being a little scientist. He LOVES animals of all types. His favorites are cats (both small house cats and big cats like Jaguars!), parrots and tadpoles. He has recently adopted a rabbit named Tarzan that he is nurturing and has a beautiful cat named DJ. He is showing some artistic abilities in drawing and working with clay. It seems like he manages to develop new booboos on a daily basis. However, it’s been said that “it doesn’t matter how many times you fall, it’s how many times you get back up again that counts”. He’s our little teddy bear and we are glad that God has blessed us with his presence on our team.
Philippines - Palawan Project About Palawan Island of Palawan Palawan is composed of the long and narrow Palawan Island, plus a number of other smaller islands surrounding the main island. The Calamianes Group of Islands to the Northeast consists of Busuanga Island, Coron Island and Culion Island. Durangan Island (Dulangan) almost touches the westernmost part of [...]