Minnesota Chapter


The Minnesota chapter of Pilots for Christ, International holds meetings open to all interested parties on the second Friday of each month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Airlake Airport (KLVN) terminal building.

Airlake Airport (KLVN) is located at 22100 Hamburg Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044.


2016 Schedule

January 8

April 8

July 8

October 14

February 12

May 13

August 12

November 11

March 11

June 10

September 9

December 9

PCI at Oshkosh EAA AirVenture 2016

  • The Minnesota chapter will again be conducting the Pilots For Christ, International presents as an exhibitor this year.

  • This will be PCI’s 6th year at this the world’s largest aviation event.

  • We will have a double wide booth this year.

  • The dates for AirVenture 2016 are…July 25th through July 30th

  • The place is Oshkosh, Wisconsin….(KOSH).

  • We will be located in booths 4037 and 4038 in the GARMIN EXHIBITION HANGER D

  • We will have a flight simulator set up as an added attraction this year.

  • We will have a 43” flat screen TV to loop our PCI videos.

  • We will be premiering a new PCI Informational DVD.

  • Please send you chapter video DVDs for inclusion into the looping video.  Send to:

         Pilots For Christ, International

         16138 Jacquara Ave.

         Lakeville, MN 55044

  • Please send electronic copies of your favorite PCI mission photos to: paul.pankratz@ecolab.com

  • If you care to make a financial contribution to help support the MN chapter’s efforts to maintain a presents at the annual EAA AirVenture, please send to:

Pilots For Christ, International

16138 Jacquara Ave.

Lakeville, MN 55044


Minnesota Chapter

 

PCI Responds to Request to Assist In Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Event

 

Duluth Minnesota is home to one of the last surviving members of the famed “Red Tail” squadron, the all black 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd fighter group responsible for bomber escort of the 15th Air Force out of Italy during World War II.  Major (Retired) Joseph Gomer was to be honored at his alma mater, Iowa Falls Community College with a statue unveiling on April 23rd but unfortunately was too ill to attend the event in person owing to a recent diagnoses of cancer with treatment underway in Duluth.

 

The Minnesota chapter of Pilots for Christ was contacted by Mamie Lanford Singleton – Executive Director of YIMA (Youth Initiative Mentoring Academies) with the request to transport Mamie and two members of the academy to the Iowa Falls event as representatives on behalf of Major Gomer.  Major Gomer is an advocate for and board member of YIMA which offers programs designed to give at risk youth hope and focus in life.

 

Minnesota Chapter Secretary Steve Olson accepted the mission on short notice (only 24 hours) and when it became known to Mamie and Major Gomer that Steve is a serving US Army Colonel the request expanded to ask Steve to attend the event in uniform to represent the Army on Major Gomer’s behalf.

 

The statue creation and the unveiling ceremony were projects of members of the 8th Air Force Association and were intended to honor Major Gomer for his WWII service which included 68 combat missions flying A-36 Aircobras, P-51 Mustangs and P-47 Thunderbolts.  Steve learned that the president of the 8th Air Force Association, Mr. Chuck Taylor was the nephew of WWII General Maxwell Taylor of the 101st Army who became famous for his response to the German’s demand for surrender at the Battle of the Bulge when he answered the German’s with one word….”Nuts”. 

 

In attendance were 200-300 folks including World War II veterans, students and townspeople from Iowa Falls.  It was a warm sunny day, perfect for the outdoor event.  It is amazing how our Lord works behind the scenes in ways unseen to bring about His perfect will…in that in order to give honor to His servant Major Joseph Gomer, God provided that (1) Steve was able to fly the mission on such short notice, (2) Steve was able to transport three representatives on behalf of Major Gomer…Mamie Singleton, Elijah and Jordan twin 13 year olds from YIMA, (3) as a US Army Colonel Steve was able to respond to the request to honor Major Gomer by attending in full dress uniform and (4) Steve was personally asked by the event organizers to address the assembly and close the ceremony in pray.

 

 

 

PCI Aids in Bringing Closure to Spouse of Serviceman 

 

Earlier this year Steve Olson – Secretary PCI Minnesota Chapter, flew a mercy mission in his role as an ambassador for Christ and for the US Army and for PCI which involved picking up his Command Sergeant Major Scott Pavlock in Chicago for a flight to Columbus, OH to present to widow Lynn Shaffer and her family, her husband Colonel Anthony Shaffer’s service retirement award, the Legion of Merit.  The award had not been finalized prior to her husband’s death.  The local newspapers, friends, family and hospital staff were present for the heartwarming and blessed occasion.  Mrs. Shaffer expressed her gratitude and thanks.  The event offered her closure with her husband’s death even though she knows he is with Jesus now.

 

 

PCI Outreach at Local Church       

 

Minnesota chapter members Merrill Jorgenson and Jeff Christina represented Pilots for Christ and staffed the PCI booth which was one of 12 other booths on display at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Lakeville, MN on Sunday April 14th.  This was in support of the church’s Mission Outreach Sunday.  Many new contacts were made during this event.  Thanks Merrill and Jeff for your extra service to our Lord and to the PCI organization.

 

In all of the above…we give thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for gifts of time, talent and treasure which allow us to serve and spread His good news.