Born and raised in the northwest corner of Ohio, Elliott Ott graduated from North Central High School in 2008. Growing up, Elliott attended Edon United Methodist Church with his parents and older brother. Always interested in aviation, Elliott first worked at the Williams County airport, doing odd jobs during the summer. After completing an aircraft mechanics training program in 2010, Elliott attended Spartan College of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK. He then began working at the Toledo Jet Center and obtained his private pilot's license in 2012. Still a member at Edon UMC, Elliott first learned about United Methodist aviation ministries several years ago when the West Ohio Conference was raising money for a new Cessna Caravan for Wings of the Morning in the Congo.
Elliott has served for six months as an Individual Volunteer missionary with Wings of the Morning in the North Katanga Conference, DRC. In addition to routine airplane maintenance, Elliott also volunteered with a program for homeless street children, teaching the young boys some mechanical skills. Elliott recently submitted his application for full-time missionary service, and in the meantime, will be speaking at local United Methodist churches and groups to share about his experiences. "I have a lot of passion to see more young adults serve in missions, especially in the DRC," Elliott says. "I say keep an open mind to missions and don't focus on the cost, focus on where God can use you and trust in him and you will go places and do things you never imagined."
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Help support Wings of the Morning and its ministry to the people of rural Congo! Click here to learn more about the ministry or to donate online. If your church is interested in learning more about ministry in the Congo, contact Dee Stickley-Miner at dstickley [at] wocumc.org. Elliot is available to speak to churches, youth groups, UMW's, and other groups about his experiences in the Congo. eeo1990 [at] aol.com (Contact Elliott by email for more information.)