March 25, 2020
Oh how we are missing members of our Agape family! We have asked that all volunteers remain at home for now and the doors to the office remain locked to prevent outside visitors from entering. Our staff is coming to the office, and some are working from home as able, but altogether filling many shoes right now in order to keep a supply line to our missionaries. Between 30 and 60 volunteers each week provide much of the labor that makes things happen at Agape Flights. Each year, volunteers provide over 10,000 hours of labor in areas such as mail sorting, shopping, cargo preparation, reception, filing, maintenance and construction. We are so very thankful for them and miss them dearly!
Today, as we prepare for tomorrow’s mission flight, staff is all hands on deck doing whatever it takes to make sure the missionaries get the supplies they need. In doing so, safety and sanitation measures are being taken. One of those measures being that incoming mail and cargo is held for 24 hours before handling, and then only with gloves after that. If anyone has any symptoms they are to remain at home.
This week the plan is a Thursday 3/26 flight to all Haiti locations, followed by a cargo drop in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Currently, we are unable to fly into the Dominican Republic due to their restrictions. We are communicating daily with missionary affiliates, customs and border patrol, Haitian officials, the State Department, our senators, Congressman Steube, and the Governor’s office to see if there is anything that we need to adjust along the way.
Please pray for Agape Flights and the missionaries we serve! This is a disaster unlike a hurricane or an earthquake. This virus is invisible and attacks unseen. But even greater is the enemy of fear that joins forces with this virus. But God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of sound mind and sound doctrine. God is still on the throne, and He has called us to be faithful even during these times. With all that is within us we will not run away and hide, but we will remain vigilant and confident that God called us to do a work of ministry and if He has called He will complete that work despite those challenges that may come.
We certainly hope and pray that you all are doing well….we love you!
Here is this week’s flight schedule:
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Destination Local Time Zulu Time
Arrive Cap Haitien 09:30 am 1430Z
Arrive Cayes 11:00 am 1600Z
Arrive Port 12:30 pm 1730Z
Arrive N. Eleuthera 4:00 pm 2100Z
Arrive W. Palm Beach 5:45 pm 2245Z
Arrive Venice 7:00 pm 0000Z
March 20, 2020
Agape received confirmation of our authorization from the Secretary General and the Head of International Relations of OFNAC in Haiti, to deliver cargo to Les Cayes tomorrow (Saturday 3/21). Please pray with us for a safe flight. Thank you prayer warriors and financial supporters.
March 20, 2020 Flight Schedule Update
Agape Flights received word that Haiti has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus and is closing all ports, airports and borders at midnight tonight (12:00AM Friday). Our plans were to make a Les Cayes day flight Friday morning however, we are forced to cancel the flight until Haiti reopens its airports and permits Agape to deliver cargo.
We are covering the CoronaVirus global challenge in prayer and hope to resume flights as soon as possible.
Jesus is Lord!
March 18, 2020
Dear Agape Family,
On March11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. Since its outbreak in January in Wuhan, China, the world has increasingly been gripped by fear as the virus spreads. Normal life and societies in many places have been disrupted. Businesses, schools, and industries have been affected. Countries are on lock down and large populations are under quarantine in an effort to contain the spread of this virus. This is a global challenge.
Agape Flights expresses its deep concern and sympathy for all who are affected, especially to those in parts of the world where this challenge is being most acutely felt. We express our deep regret at the fatalities that have occurred. As this novel virus spreads, we urge everyone to give attention to the health and travel advisories issued by local authorities. We urge everyone to show care and regard for one another by looking out for each other, especially for the elderly and the most vulnerable in the community.
If ever there was a time for prayers and supplications, this is such a time.
Please rest assured that we are attempting to work through the moment by moment challenges. We simply ask for your prayers and understanding that in the midst of this chaos we will be wise and discerning regarding our ministry of service to all of our Missionary Affiliates throughout Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas.
At the same time, I request that you would pray for the Agape staff. We have asked our volunteers to remain home in an effort to avoid and avert any spreading of this virus.
Because Haiti is only receiving direct flights from the United States, Agape is unable to make its regular service route which includes the Bahamas and Dominican Republic. In order to serve our missionaries the best we can this week, our plan is to make two one-day flights. You can track the flights through the links below:
We love you and ask for your continued prayers and support during this time of global challenge.
In His Service,
Allen T. Speer, CEO