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'Cell production'

Missions | Parish Furniture is on a mission to build skills and disciples as well as quality products in Peru
by Susan Olasky
Posted 6/20/09, 12:00 am

This is a story about six men, maybe seven, who make fine hand-joined and planed furniture out of native woods in Trujillo, Peru.

They are young men, not older than 26, who mostly hail from the mountain town of Moyobamba, located in the jungle, where they learned carpentry in small family-run shops.

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Short-term anxiety

Missions | Summer missionaries face rising costs, a falling dollar, and a steady flow of need
by Jamie Dean
Posted 5/31/08, 12:00 am

Just a few weeks before a fresh crop of short-term missions teams were scheduled to begin arriving at his church for summer work projects, New Orleans pastor Jerry Kramer described his mood: "tired, a bit fussy, but exceedingly blessed and privileged."

If Kramer is tired or a bit fussy, it's largely because he's spent nearly three years "living on the run and then the edge" after Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed his home and his Episcopal church in New Orleans' low-lying Broadmoor neighborhood in 2005.

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Pilot project

Missions | A new missionary plane may revolutionize ministry to the underdeveloped world
by Mark Bergin
Posted 6/09/07, 12:00 am

Missionary pilot Dave Voetmann spent a quarter-century looking for places to touch down amid the jungles and deserts of Africa. Now, he has found a permanent airstrip in the open spaces of Sandpoint, Idaho. It's there that Voetmann landed his beloved Quest Aircraft Company and set out creating a plane to reach every tribe and tongue.

The Kodiak, a rugged, single-propeller bush plane, will hit the market this summer at $1.3 million. With pre-orders approaching 100, Voetmann is scrambling to double his manufacturing plant's current production capacity of one per week.

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