Come and bless the new Caravan for North Katanga Wings of the Morning. Personally greet the pilot Gaston Ntambo! From May 12 through May 20, a series of blessing events across West Ohio have been arranged for you to see the plane and provide blessings for the pilot and this ministry. Join us at any of the events listed below. Use this downloadable flyer to distribute to your congregation.
Download a press release to send to your local news media
Gaston Ntambo will be at all events.
- May 12, 2:30 PM, Dayton-Wright Bros. Airport, 10550 N Springboro Pike, Miamisburg 45342, Rev. Bob Knell will lead the blessing.
- May 15, 1:45 – 2:30 PM, Dayton International Airport, 3700 McCauley Drive, Vandalia 45377, Bishop Palmer, Bishop Ntambo, Bishop Devadhar will lead the blessing.
- May 16, 6:00 PM, Delaware County Airport, 1075 Pittsburgh Drive, Delaware 43015, Revs. David and Elizabeth Brown will lead the blessing.
- May 17, 6:00 PM, Gordon K. Bush Ohio University Airport, 747 Columbia Road, Albany 45710, Rev Wendy Lybarger will lead the blessing.
- May 18, 1:00 PM, Fulton County Airport, 9460 CR 14, Wauseon 43567, Revs. David David and Keith Luke will lead the blessing.
- May 19, 5:30 PM, Putnam County Airport, 6101-6239 Road J, Ottawa 45875, Rev. Bill Patterson will lead the blessing
- May 20, 6:00 PM, Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport, 262 Wilmer Avenue #23, Cincinnati 45226, Revs. Doug Johns and Curnell Graham will lead the blessing.
The Campaign Miracle!
Beginning in June 2010, the West Ohio Conference began the Caravan Campaign to help Wings of the Morning purchase the much needed Cessna Grand Caravan refurbished airplane. Other conferences and ministries from across the connection were involved in the campaign, but West Ohio experienced a miracle at the 2012 Annual Conference! The goal for the Miracle Offering at the 2012 Annual Conference for the campaign was $500,000. God’s people prayed and responded. At the end of the week, $1,050,000 was raised or committed. Small churches gave more than they dreamed possible. Large churches with tight budgets gave six figure gifts and still managed to balance the budget at the end of the year. All speak to the spiritual growth and sacrificial giving of the people of West Ohio.
By the end of 2012, the campaign raised about $2.1 million for the airplane, exceeding the original goal by a half-million dollars. A plane was found in Norway to be purchased and refurbished. The new airplane has more cargo and passenger room than the previous plane, and uses a more cost-effective fuel. Thanks to the support of those who donated to the campaign, Wings of the Morning has been strengthened in its capacity to reach and minister to the needs of the people.
Major Donors of the Caravan Campaign:
Churches and People of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church
Churches and People of the Greater New Jersey Conference of The United Methodist Church
Churches and People of the Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church
Churches and People of the North Katanga Conference of The United Methodist Church
General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas
The Need for Wings of the Morning
The North Katanga Conference, a global missions partner of the West Ohio Conference, ministers to many people across a widespread area with the love of Christ, as well as crucial medical relief through Wings of the Morning. Located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Africa, North Katanga is a vast terrain with nearly 6 million people, and is difficult to travel due to few paved roads outside the capital of Lubumbashi. The dirt paths that connect the villages to the city are often impassable. When supplies and medical attention are greatly needed, lifesaving help is unreachable or much too far away.
Wings of the Morning is an aviation ministry of the North Katanga Annual Conference in the DRC that provides transportation for those in need of hospital care, who would otherwise travel many miles and days to reach the nearest clinic. The aircraft flies to over 70 grass airstrips located throughout North Katanga, providing free vital services to remote villages and towns, including:
- Carrying pharmaceuticals, mosquito nets and medical supplies
- Transporting critically ill patients to clinics and hospitals
- Transporting medical workers, pastors, missionaries and volunteers
- Delivering church supplies, bibles and payrolls
Gaston Ntambo is the sole pilot for Wings of the Morning, and has seen one of his greatest dreams for the ministry met with the purchase of the new airplane. He is also the son of Bishop Ntambo of the North Katanga Conference. Gaston and his wife, Jeanne, are certified missionaries of The United Methodist Church, and also care for their five children. Both serve tirelessly with Wings of the Morning to bring not only physical help, but also spiritual vitality to the farthest reaches of North Katanga.
Join Friends of Wings of the Morning
Aviation ministry is expensive to maintain, however, and it costs approximately $250,000 annually to operate Wings of the Morning. Friends of Wings of the Morning is an organization whose goal is to provide sustainable support for the ministry’s expenses, which include fuel costs, salaries, insurance, maintenance, licenses and fees. With no resources available from the government, the goal for Friends of Wings of the Morning is to annually underwrite the total of these operating costs so that the ministry may continue to grow, extending God’s love across all of North Katanga.
Hope to see all of you at one of the Blessing Events!