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June 2017 Prayer Items

Pray for the “P.K.-27” social works campus construction in Gabon. Phase 1 is underway- a medical clinic and airstrip construction. A short term team is joining Steve there from June 18-30. Pray that this property would be used in mighty ways to express the Kingdom and draw people to Jesus. Pray for the provision of additional funds as machine rentals have increased dramatically. For more info, www.Wings4Africa.org  If you or your church are interested in joining a coming trip to Gabon for helping with other phases of the PK-27 project, please email:  Gabon.Pilot@gmail.com. Pray for the many staffing needs with […]

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End of April Update

Thank you for continuing the journey with us!  Here are some updates: 1.  We are faith supported and currently in need of additional sustaining partners.  (www.teamupwiththestraws.org) 2.  Alace and Steve give oversight to member care and aviation operations for bases in Gabon, Guatemala, and Honduras.  Please pray as they are introducing new strategies, policies, standards, and pre-field training requirements that will help their teammates at Missionary Air Group to be well-equipped for living out God’s calling in those cross-cultural settings. 3.  Steve is working with national church leaders in Gabon on their project to clear land for a runway that […]

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Please Pray

Monday, 22 August 2016 Prayer Update – Steve and Alace Straw: – Please pray for our daughter, Megan, who has been experiencing vision issues (difficulty focusing) for several days now. – Pray for peace in Gabon during and after this Saturday’s presidential elections (27 Aug). – Pray for the national Alliance church in Gabon as they plan outreaches to unreached people groups in the extreme NorthEast of the country. – Pray for aircraft inspections and scheduled maintenance on the AMB Gabon airplane. – Praise for a generous gift to cover pilot recurrency and training for Steve. – Praise for another […]

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Bongolo Hospital Needs

Year after year, dedicated supporters of medical missions at Bongolo Hospital make and collect items to be sent, via shipping container, to Gabon.  I (Steve) have actually been in Gabon, when these containers are being processed at the port, unloaded, and put into use.  Be rest assured that ALL ITEMS are used to bless those that come seeking health and hope in a very remote part of Africa.  Our Gabon team of international workers are so blessed to have this teamwork. Thank you for considering joining in the provision of the current needs at Bongolo.  The next shipment will depart […]

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Straw / Gabon Update

A few news and notes from our world: > Praise the Lord for a unanimous decision of the delegates to the Gabon C&MA national council meetings to re-elect the entire national leadership last week.  Since our partnership in Gabon is driven by and with these leaders, it’s nice when we have the same people in place.  More than that, however, this team of leaders in Gabon are Godly men and women that we really enjoy working with and being friends with. > Sam, our youngest, will soon transition to college (and life) in San Diego.  Please pray for him. > […]

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Life in the Fishbowl

This past year, we’ve had a great time living in Cameroon, on assignment to serve with SIL Cameroon.  Steve has continued to serve the Gabon work as program manager, but has added the same responsibility with the SIL program, here in the city of Yaounde. We’ve been living in a second-story apartment, with Sam, that everyone refers to as “the fishbowl” since it is the most visible living area on the compound where many expats live. At night, when we’re at the dinner table in the front room with the light on and curtains open, all those passing on the […]

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Sam is Graduating!

We’re so proud of Sam!  He recently struggled with a severe case of resistant malaria that threatened his life, but he has bounced back and persevered.  Now we will have three alumni from Rain Forest International School, located here in Yaounde, Cameroon (Central Africa).  Sam follows his big brother, Joe (’13) and his sister, Megan (’14).  Sam will start a job and community college with a fellow classmate in San Diego.  Your prayers for Sam and his big transition are very welcome!  

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Spinning In The New Year!

Thanks to the strong support from our Eastern PA supporters, “Aviation Medicale de Bongolo” is spinning into 2016 in style! The “ADOPT-A-PROP” campaign came to a conclusion on New Years Eve morning, here in Africa!  Rob reported a successful “RTS- Return to Service” test flight where the new prop was put through its paces.  Here is more from the process: “The new prop and spinner are installed. Paul (Bongolo Hospital facilities director) helped enormously by building a 3″ wrench extension for loosening and torqueing the prop.  It’s a pretty tight squeeze between the case and studs. Jean (one of our hangar […]

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Bongolo Prayer Update

Thank you for your prayers for the recent urgent issues with team members at Bongolo Hospital.  Here is an update:   Dr. Renée Valach’s treatment is going well and she is feeling much better!  We hope the recovery time goes well and she regains her strength.  She said she felt like having been hit by a truck!  She is also very thankful for our aviation services that helped in her medical evacuation.  During the flight, a nurse monitored her and directed Rob, our pilot, to stay at lower altitudes to avoid the thinner air.  This was critical as her X-rays […]

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Prayer Requests for Gabon

Dear Praying friends, Please hold up our Gabon team in prayer. Pray for the health of Alliance workers who serve at Bongolo Hospital. Dr. Renée Valach developed a high fever recently that has not responded to treatment and was evacuated to the States for evaluation. Pray for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment with complete healing. (UPDATE- diagnosed as an encephalitis virus and being treated. Praise the Lord that our aircraft was just out of a maintenance inspection and able to assist in Renee’s evacuation.) Also, pray for a speedy recovery for Sandie Freeman (a leader at the nursing school), […]

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