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A New Name for NTM Aviation

Tags: Aviation
POSTED ON Dec 08, 2017 by Wonita Werley
New Name Reflects Readiness to Serve

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that we are changing our name! In keeping with the goals and vision we share with Ethnos360 and its affiliates, NTM Aviation’s new name is Ethnos360 Aviation!

The new name holds significant meaning. With the tools and personnel God has provided, we are now equipped to go 360 degrees around the globe to any ethnos — people group where church planters need an aviation supply line. Many times, those church planters are from the very ethnos just reached and now we are providing flight service for them to reach their own people and other people groups too.

Our goal is the same as when we were called NTM Aviation: to provide flight service to church planting teams wherever they need it, whenever they need it, at the cost they can afford. We want to see a thriving church in every people group, and we want to harness the power of aviation to make the job possible in the most remote locations of the world.

From those humble beginnings in 1969 using a Piper Pacer on the airstrip carved out of a cornfield – to the current state-of-the-art Kodiaks and helicopters – God is using Ethnos360 Aviation to facilitate the work of church planting. ”
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Even from the beginning of New Tribes Mission, some missionaries owned planes. NTM itself owned a few. But it became clear that for flight service to be a viable, reliable option, NTM needed to establish standards and procedures. Pilots and mechanics needed training. Parts and service needed to be uniform.

That’s why, 48 years ago, NTM asked two experienced aviators, both involved with the mission, to consider heading up a flight department for the whole mission. Jim Ferguson and Forest Estelle agreed. They had no promise of finances for the program — only a cornfield and lots of prayer.

From those humble beginnings in 1969 using a Piper Pacer on the airstrip carved out of a cornfield – to the current state-of-the-art Kodiaks and helicopters – God is using Ethnos360 Aviation to facilitate the work of church planting.

Together with generous and prayerful partners that God provides, Ethnos360 Aviation will continue to serve His servants with aviation – to see a thriving church in every people group.

You can be part of Ethnos360 Aviation.