Baby needs new shoes……..

Good news, Mercy Wings International (MWI) aviation services continue to grow in Guatemala. Bad news, soon “baby will indeed need new shoes”. The rough strips exact a heavy toll when landing a 3600 lb aircraft. Effectively reducing the useful life of aircraft tires. The Mercy Wings International, Cessna T206H, uses two (2) 800-6 main landing gear (MLG) tires. Each tire will cost $200.00 each, not to mention each new tire must …

The Battle is won!

For a few months oil had been gathering in increasing amounts, at the forward section of the engine compartment of our trusty T206H, based in the western highlands of Guatemala. With limited ability to obtain proper replacement parts and special tools, I went about removing as many suspected areas as possible, under the circumstances. The offending oil leak remained hidden for a few months. Now back in Guatemala, and armed …

Take me out to the ball park…..

Not too many nights ago Robin and I had the opportunity to share in a Fiday night tradition at Diamond field in the city of Lake Elsnor. This evening we would be sitting in section 101, right behind home plate. Nine of our family members joined 150 of the nearby Calvary Chaple churches to enjoy the game. More that 50 churches were represented and were seated together in varioius section …

An automotive answer to prayer!

While returning from a medical campaign near the southern coast of Guatemala, our vehicle of 6 years gave up the ghost. Over the next 6 months we had the opportunity to exercise our faith, as we shared our need with friends, family, supporters, and our Pastors here in Quetzaltenango (Xela). So began a seemingly endless, months long, string of rides, shared transportation, and borrowed vehicles. We continued to pray and …

On the road with Chuck & Robin….part 1

As the third week of June began, Robin and I started a journey that promised to be a long but fruitful road. From Guatemala our first stop was Sacramento. My parents, younger sister and brother live there. We were also joined by our daughter, son-in-law, and 3 year old grand daughter. We enjoyed some family activities, celebrating Independence Day together. The most precious times were spent getting to know (again) …

First of many to come

On a near perfect day in May, mission aircraft and their pilots converged on a dirt strip in central Guatemala. For many months as our paths crossed, sometimes just voices on the radio, there was talk of us all getting together to share experiences and aviation stories of course. At the same time a visitor whom we were all interested in had arrived in Guatemala. Bro Tom, a volunteer, and …

The drip that keeps on dripping.

In the last several of months a mist, then drips of oil began forming at the front of the engine. Requiring slow careful steps to begin to rule out various engine components as the source. Keep in mind that Guatemala is not the easiest place to find aviation supplies of any kind. Often availability is the reason, “you just can’t get that here”. Then, the cost will be double or triple over a …

Jeremiah 29:11- I know the plans I have for you………..

This last week, Robin and I, had an agenda. One that would see completed, several needed administrative, aircraft maintenance, and medical requirements. At the same time. We would drive to Guatemala City, and in the space of two days, complete all of the above. In my mind it was all to go so smoothly. My first stop was the American embassy to add visa pages to my passport. It will take …

Today is the day

After almost 15 years we say “So-Long” to our old windows based web site. We stumble headlong into the unknown, waving goodbye to what was comfortable to embrace a blog style website. Your smart device as well as your desktop will enjoy new way of keeping in touch with the Martinez’ and our missionary adventures in Guatemala.

Renew or not to renew?

Its that time of year again, our faithful old windows based web page is up for renewal. Instead, I am going to begin using a blog style web-presents that is more like being live, and with the ability to respond to remarks in near real time. So, what do you say? lets give it a try………………..