Thursday, September 5, 2019, Missionary Flights began an organized effort to collect in-kind and cash donations to aid in the relief effort for the Bahamas. The community followed in an effort to stand in the gap for our Caribbean neighbors, many of whom had lost everything. With an overwhelming donation of supplies for the Bahamas, our warehouse has demanded an increase in volunteers to receive, sort, and pack those goods. Also during this time, we have been visited by some very special children seeking to make a difference in their own way.
Charlotte Englert, a local 5 year-old, had a burden to stand in the gap for the Bahamas. Her mother shared that Charlotte’s grandfather was an air traffic controller in Miami in the 80s and 90s, and he remembered communicating with MFI during our flights. Naturally, that burden to help led the Englert’s to connecting with us.
Charlotte’s mother, Nicole, told us that she looked on the website and saw that children under 12 years old were being encouraged not to volunteer in our warehouse. Still wanting to be a part of the relief effort, Charlotte decided to start raising money by selling handmade bracelets. In just over a week, she had raised $1,280.
To celebrate her efforts and accomplishment, Nicole brought Charlotte to tour Missionary Flights and deliver the check in person. As she shared what she had done, a visitor who was just finishing up a tour of the facility walked out to their car and donated $1,000 cash to her fundraising effort. With a great big smile on her face, we shared with Charlotte that she had raised enough money to complete a round-trip relief flight to the Bahamas!
“We want to encourage you to think outside of the box. Charlotte’s ability to stand in the gap for the Bahamas is a testimony to how God can use all of us in this time of need,” said Joe Karabensh, MFI President. “Furthermore, as a parent, I know that this is a moment that will forever remain in Charlotte’s heart. I encourage those of you with children to seek opportunities such as these to allow them an opportunity to get involved.”
If you are interested in helping Missionary Flights raise donations for our Disaster Relief or General Fund, please consider using a creative outlet. It is because of our financial supporters that we are able to stand in the gap in a moment’s notice.