Agape Flights is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Christian aviation ministry.
Our vision is a world where missionaries never lack resources to share the unconditional love of Christ.
Our mission is to provide excellent aviation service delivering cargo, mail and humanitarian aid to missionary partners serving Christ, carrying hope to the nations of the Caribbean.
Our purpose is scripturally aligned with our mission statement where in 2 Corinthians 9:12, the apostle Paul gives us a clear picture of God’s desire for us to “supply the needs of the saints.” For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of saints, but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God.
With that clear mandate, we are committed to supporting our missionaries, their families and their unique missions.
Nearly 13 million people live in the areas regularly reached by Agape’s flights to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. The supplies transported to more than 350 missionaries, their families and their missions are used to change lives, one person at a time.
Each year, Agape Flights touches the lives of more than 1.5 million men, women and children through its affiliated missionaries who provide clean water, community health, education, evangelism, medical services, microenterprise, orphan care and vocational training.
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Directions to Agape Flights
From the North:
Take I-75 south to Exit 200 (SR-681 to Venice/Osprey).
Continue south on US 41.
Stay in the right lane and follow the signs for Business 41.
At Venice Hospital, continue in the right lane -- this becomes the Rialto and dead ends at the entrance to Agape.
From the South:
Take US 41 (Tamiami Trail) north to Venice.
When Business 41 and the Venice By-Pass split, stay on Business 41 (in the left lane).
Make a left on Avenido del Circo.
Make a right on Airport Avenue.
Turn left into Agape's parking lot at the intersection of Airport Avenue and the Rialto.
Our Core Values
At Agape Flights, we strive to honor God, obey His Word, and follow His living example of love, Jesus Christ. "Agape," the Greek word for God's unconditional love, and the word chosen to represent this organization by our ministry's founders, is an integral part of what guides our daily actions and ministry service.
This set of shared values acts as a foundation for everyone working together at Agape Flights. Living out our core values helps Agape Flights stand accountable and reflect our mission, purpose and beliefs in all that we do.
Our Core Values are: Service, Integrity, Excellence and Shared Purpose
Agape Flights' Core Values Statement
Agape Flights was founded by Keith and Clara Starkey on October 24, 1980. In the words of Clara Starkey, "God laid it on our hearts to buy an aircraft to fly supplies into Haiti." They chose the Greek word for love, AGAPE (the unconditional love He has for each of us) to describe their mission and their ministry. Keith Starkey passed away April 23, 2014, at the age of 87. Click here to read more about our brother and co-worker.
On November 15, 1980, Agape’s inaugural flight left the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, bound for Cap Haitien, Haiti. The small Cessna 411 was loaded with donated emergency supplies and mail for about 25 missionary families.
Today, Agape Flights serves as a lifeline from family, friends, and supporters to more than 350 missionary families in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.
Why Agape Flights?
Agape Flights serves missionaries living and working in some of the most challenging mission fields in the world. Agape's routine mail and cargo service is dependable and cost effective. One of Agape's biggest strengths is that it is available to the missionaries; a support system on the other end of the phone or email that understands what they need to receive is important and not easily purchased "down the street."
The original principles that Agape was founded on 30 years ago continue to work today. The cooperative effort forged by missionaries, donors, volunteers, board members and staff, is grounded by faith in God's son, Jesus Christ to change and save lives.
1. How long does it take to fly to Haiti from Venice?
It is about 850 miles to Port-au-Prince and takes approximately 4.5 hours, including a stop for fuel. Due to weight limits of the plane, the fuel stop in the Bahamas allows the pilots to fly with more cargo and also provides the opportunity to serve missionaries based there.
2. How many missionaries does Agape Flights serve?
While the numbers fluctuate, we currently serve about 375 missionaries, their families and their missions.
3. How do I become an Agape Flights Afiliate Missionary?
If you are interested in becoming an affiliated missionary with Agape Flights, please refer to the Agape Flights Prerequisites for Membership. If you meet the qualifications, you may complete and submit a Missionary Application.
4. How much does it cost to send a package from Agape Flights to a missionary?
Agape's total cost to deliver cargo to the missionaries is $4.00 a pound. Missionaries affiliated with Agape Flights contribute $1.75 a pound toward the total per pound cost. Most people that send a package to a missionary don't want them to incur the cargo cost; so the senders are quick to include an amount to cover the missionaries' cost. Senders are also encouraged to include an additional gift amount to help Agape cover the actual delivery cost. Any thing above the $1.75 per pound helps Agape Flights continue to provide this vital ministry service. Click here for detailed instructions about how to send a package .
5. How much cargo can the plane carry?
The Embraer 110 (Bandit) can currently carry about 3,000 pounds of cargo.
6. Does Agape fly passengers?
In the past, and on different airplanes, Agape Flights has flown passengers. However, at this time, our focus is the transportation of cargo to the various airports we service.
7. Does Agape organize short-term mission trips?
We do not organize short-term mission trips. However, we can put you in contact with missionaries in need of assistance.
8. In what locations does Agape Flights serve missionaries?
Mission flights regularly land in the following airport locations:
Cap Haitian, Port-au-Prince and Les Cayes, in Haiti
Santo Domingo and Santiago in the Dominican Republic
Statement of Faith
God is a Person who has revealed himself as a Trinity in unity. The Bible is a divine revelation, the original writings of which were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the image of God who took our nature, being conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a substitution sacrificed for the sin of the world. He arose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He is at the right hand of the Lord. He will return to set up His Kingdom. Man was created into the image of God but fell into sin. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ who His own self bore our sins. The Church is an elect company of believers baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body.
For the full reading of our statement, please view Agape Flights' Statement of Faith.