6 - 7 December 1998
Things have been happening quickly upon my arrival and I have not kept up
with my WEB page updates, excuse me. Most large Central American cities have an
" Aero Club" that fosters the growth of general aviation. They have
them in Guatemala City, Guatemala; Managua, Nicaragua and Tegucigalpa, Honduras
to name a few. Captain Harry Marrder, of the Honduran Aero Club introduced me to
Mr. Jack Midence of the Cornerstone Foundation of Honduras. This non-profit
organization is helping the small towns and villages effected by Hurricane
Mitch, especially the regions of the Bay Islands, and the "Mosquito"
Coast. The island of Guanaja suffered 275-mph winds, that is
incomprehensible to me! The damage that I saw was just unbelievable. I shot some
aerials, of a small village called Savannah Bight. The homes were literally
blown from their pier foundations. The entire town will have to be rebuilt, and
they have no infrastructure to support the ones who survived.
Mr. Midence was very appreciative of the flights made with the Avalon 450
into Guanaja. We delivered medicines and an insect powder by the 5-gallon
Since the hurricane, there has been a fly infestation, due to the unsanitary
conditions, and heaps of debris everywhere, disease is a problem.
We made trip after trip into Guanaja and another dirt strip called Danli.
Most of the people that we are helping, are actual leaders, pastors or doctors
When you leave such an industrialized society such as the West, and meet
some of the people that are working without monetary consideration, it is truly
heartwarming to lend a hand. Many times we shed tears together upon arrival to
some distant village. Many times we prayed together holding remembrances of
people that had vanished. This has been a truly humbling, emotional experience
for Barbara and me.
For the folks that have helped us be here in these two countries, you are
saving and rebuilding lives. The simple things that we nearly take for granted
are truly appreciated in these two nations.