Thursday, August 06, 2009

A chance to breathe ... and some links

All thanks to God, Ryan has made it safely to a burn unit in South Africa, and it seems like the whole organization was able to take it's first breath in awhile.

There is a page on AIM AIR's site that covers the accident in detail... LMB accident. Two funds have been started for the Toew's and for Ryan Williams and his family. The costs are always a burden you hate to think about in the wake of this kind of tragedy, but they are a reality.
Also, I had been thinking about an AIM AIR facebook page for a looong time, and decided this would be a good time to kick that off ... the timing seems strange, but I really wanted to offer it as an avenue for the AIM AIR family extended throughout the world to be able to receive news and respond as they like. The link is: AIM AIR facebook

I thought I would share quickly snapshots of the week:
  • High: Almost all the pilots came to Nairobi, and it was nice to have them around and listen to them take digs at each other (especially the old timers - you know the ones that don't know what a blog is ;)
  • Low: I've still got to study for this crazy test next week. Kind of hard to concentrate and find time.
  • Quiet: The hangar floor was eerily quiet as guys worked on some smaller projects / cleaning up.
  • Busy: Bookings was initially full of phones ringing off the hook as the fantastic staff tried to take care of everyone who was depending on an AIM AIR flight, now voluntarily grounded.
  • Frustration: It seems some bystanders took sections of the wreckage, making investigation hard. Some tv footage (from what I was told) showed locals holding the tail of the airplane and shaking it jubilantly, like a trophy. Some said seeing the zoom in on the burned AIM AIR logo was something they will never forget.
  • Admiration: Some of the bystanders, I understand, probably saved Ryan's life, even in the midst of fire. Thinking of that makes the frustration melt away, and my eyes moist.
  • Not awesome: Ryan was supposed to fly out yesterday morning in a medevac, but it was delayed by at least two hours because apparently Nairobi hospital wanted the bill paid before he could go in the ambulance (the figure I heard was enough to buy a brand new Land Cruiser in the US). As one person said: "That's why we are flying him to South Africa! So you don't have to deal with this!!"
  • Awesome: All the letters of support from other operators here in Nairobi, other missionaries and mission groups, all the churches in the US, and all of you! Thanks! Breanna decorated a bulleting board, and all these messages are being stapled on it as a way to encourage and comfort the immediate family of Ryan and Frank, and also the entire AIM AIR family here in Kenya.
  • Grisly: The wreckage is down in our paint booth. It is incredible anybody survived, much less three people.
  • Touching: Everyone is pulling together to help the wives, being with them as they walk through the wreckage: both physical and metaphysical.
1The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is on me, because Jehovah did anoint me To proclaim tidings to the humble, He sent me to bind the broken of heart, To proclaim to captives liberty, And to bound ones an opening of bands.
2To proclaim the year of the good pleasure of Jehovah, And the day of vengeance of our God, To comfort all mourners.
3To appoint to mourners in Zion, To give to them beauty instead of ashes, The oil of joy instead of mourning, A covering of praise for a spirit of weakness, And He is calling to them, `Trees of righteousness, The planting of Jehovah -- to be beautified.'
-Isaiah 61

1 comment:

Amy-Lynne said...


"The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit."
~ Psalm 34:18


This is a heart-wrenching loss! I pray for Ryan and his family and Frank’s family to look to GOD for Help, Hope, and Healing. I pray they will know that GOD is indeed “near to the brokenhearted.”
May the entire AIM family (and you also) be Supernaturally comforted in your time of grief and loss. Thanks for the verses in Isaiah 61!
You have my sincere Condolences!
~ Amy-Lynne in California
~ a Friend of Steve & Angie Harding